IPA (India Pale Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
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IPA - American
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3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
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220emaple from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very exceptional beer. I love everything about it from the hoppy aroma to the smooth hoppy flavor. Not too malty like alot of the other ipa's/dipa's and seems to have a perfect balance of bittering and aromatic hops.
Southern Tier really hit the nail on the head with this beaut. Can't wait to buy some more!

Mar 27, 2010
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rustic orange suffused with softly glowing amber. A thing of beauty, the head is pearlescent ivory in color, thickly creamy in consistency and looks to be an extraordinary lacer. The upper surface is pitted, lumpy, bumpy, softly undulating and rocky, all at the same time. Fine lace hugs the glass lower down and peppers it higher up.

The nose is outstanding. Leave it to Southern Tier to give me a nose that grabs my nose, so to speak, and doesn't let go. Not only is it cranium-filling in power, but it's as hoppy as all get out. Sweet orange, white grapefruit and ripe melon lead the way.

Hop, more hops and still more hops. I half expect to see a few hop cones floating in the glass. Southern Tier IPA is a wonderful beer, especially for the hopheads among us. The brewers are too talented to simply dump several boxcars worth of hops into the kettle however. They've worked their usual magic and have crafted a superb, hoppy ale.

Even though pale malt is noticed on the palate, it's swamped almost beyond recognition by a beautiful barrage of hops. A huge burst of white grapefruit pith and spruce sap swamps the taste buds and leaves them begging for more. Palate fatigue would be a definite possibility after a few of these, but I'll never find out since I only have the one. Dammit!

This beer is sweeter than many versions, which effectively takes the edge off of what would otherwise be a substantial bitter storm. I'm not sure that I have an ideal sweet:bitter ratio when it comes to IPAs, but this one is pretty close to perfect. The mouthfeel is full for the style with a velvety smoothness that is out this world.

There's something about Southern Tier beer that I just love. It's as if the brewers invited me to the brewery, gave me hundreds of samples (don't I wish) and tweaked their recipes to fit my exact preferences for each and every style. I had no doubt that the IPA (my favorite style) from these guys (one of my favorite breweries) would knock my socks off and leave powder burns on my feet. A huge thank you to HappyHourHero for the nectar.

Apr 07, 2005
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a classic imperial pint glass

A totally clear burnt gold color. Medium sized , smooth and relaxed white foam cover. Slow dissipation.

A very musky, herbal and earthy hop funk pops out of the nose to start. Light tropical fruity edge, citric fruit and sharp, tangy fresh herbs are a nice effect underneath.

An interesting mix of sharp, tangy and fruity hops. Earthy, spicy and tangy fruit hops go a long way, mixed with a light, crisp side of amber barley malt backbone that holds it all down for balance.

A very rich but crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied, malty and slughtly slick with a dry, earthy finish. The malt certainly plays a big role in the body and mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty standard and acceptable IPA. This one will live in the shadows of the vast primordial forest that is known as the IPA style dominance of the current beer market. A nice beginner IPA that has only slight hop complexity compared to some of the , and especially the new wave, New England Style IPA's that have achieved a high level of complexity and charm.

Oct 31, 2017
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz glass in my hotel room, because it was all that I had!

A – Poured a very nice and clear amber color, a nice orange amber with a good sized, maybe two finger high head of white frothy lace on top. After a few minutes this relaxed down and formed just a small amount of side glass lace down the sides, but what was there stood around for a good long time and really made it have a nice look on the glass. There was a very nice amount of carbonation which was apparent from the very beginning of this one. Lots of streams of bubbles working their way up and condensing to reinforce the little bit of film left on the top. Overall nice classic light IPA look.

S – The aroma was rich and full and caught me right away which was just what I was looking for. A huge bouquet of deep floral hops, lots of citrus notes here came off almost too strong at first, well maybe to the amateur but to me, no such thing. As it warmed it started to change over to some pine resin like aromas, but still with the sticking orange and tangerine flavor lingering. Some nice notable hints of sugar then started to make their presence felt and really took the whole thing to the next level and gave it that hop bomb character we all know and love.

T – The flavor was great, I mean I needed exactly this at the time, and it was just spot on. Deep thick citrus hoppy goodness is exactly the phrase I have written down in my notebook. It was just a mess of orange, tangerine, and pineapple, with some sweet sugary notes thrown in and a touch of pine to make it all fresh. The finish was super bitter and dry and brought out the flavors of a fresh meadow of flowers with the taste of almost like a dandelion and fresh cut grass. Just really great and a classic gem of a west coast IPA, but from an east coast source, what more could you ask for.

M – The body on this was much thicker then the initial look would have led me to believe it would have been. The clear well carbonated look would have lended me to think this would have come off a bit light, but this was a very nice medium bodied ale with a mild syrup like feel to it that really did not become bothersome due to the ample carbonation that kept it from becoming that way. It was just a really nice full feel to it with no slickness and just a smooth coating texture that really let you have it and felt really great.

D – This was a classic session ale for me all the way. I mean what more could I ask for then a moderate ABV highly hopped well carbonated brew that I could put down for hours. This was just about as good as it gets for me as far as being able to put down a few, I wish I had gotten a sixer of this instead of a single as it would have been nice to have another one after the fact.

Overall this was fantastic, and definitely another winner from Southern Tier. I am just starting to be able to sample a lot of their brews and the more I have the more I am impressed with. This one was no different. They took the style of the west coast session IPA and made it their own while staying true to the roots, could not really ask for much more. I would recommend this to any hop lover.

Jan 17, 2008
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at an Outback Steakhouse (out of despperation, given the alternatives). Poured a decently attractive deep amber with a nice off-white head that reduced to a thin cap rather rapidly. Initial impression was pine and citrus, with bready malt attempting to balance. Mouthfeel was middle-of-the-road medium, as was carbonation. Finish was slightly bitter, with the aforementioned notes of pine, citrus, and bread persisting. Overall, not terribly objectionable but not something that I would seek out. Unless there weren't any alternatives.

Oct 24, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a deep cloudy orange and gave the same color body. A beautiful half inch white head forms and lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into the body. Nice ringy foamy spider web lacing speckles the sides and clings to the pint glass. The smell has strong tones of pine, citrus and hops. There are some slight malts coming out as the beer warms. The taste takes the previously mentioned smells and gives more of a earthiness to it. I like it. The palate is about a medium and feels great on the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent choice of an American IPA. I didn’t think I would like this one as much.

Jun 27, 2017
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice copper color with a light tan head that sticks around for a while. the smell is mostly piney and grapefruit hops, really powerful and really good. something hinting at caramel malt as well. the taste ends up being not quite as bitter as expected from the taste, but still packs a punch with grapefruity and slightly herbal hop bitterness. balanced with caramel and toffee, giving this a sweetness that plays off the hops well, the tatse is boardering on 4.5, but i'm gonna give it a 4. really smooth almost creamy fuller side of meduim body. with a perfect amount of carbonation. awesome beer, i got this from a friend that visited upstate NY, i wish they distributed in my neck of the woods.

Aug 25, 2004
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walser from New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good ipa. Readily available in ny.

Jun 30, 2019
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dmamiano from West Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I opened this , I had a immediate blast of the release of carbonation..seemed to be a bit over carbonated.
Massive head that I couldnt even fit a 12 ouncer into the pint glass.
Enough complaining.!
Medium straw color, with a huge head that lasted a long time.
Very floral and citrusy notes in the nose with a nice malt balance.
Taste was very pleasant indeed.Hoppy takes precedence here but a nice malty balance. The hops win here.
Bitter finish and a very good beer.

Oct 07, 2007
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is served in a nonic pint glass with a 1/4" white head that recedes fairly soon.

The aromas include some citrus, some pine, and a bit of what seems almost floral.

The flavors, as expected from the nose, include the citrus and pine with lots of bitterness that is only slightly smoothed out by the malt sweetness. Everything finishes in the dry bitterness that still has hints of pine resin as it disappears.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the light carbonation.

Overall this is a drinkable beer that I may have again but there's nothing really here that makes it stand out among IPAs.

May 01, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice, rich amber colored body topped with half-inch, quickly dissipating, white foam head; light, fine lacing. Perfect color but apparently under-carbonated.

S: Beautiful, balanced IPA aroma: citrus hops and caramel malts in perfect harmony. Very nice, and only fails to get a 5 because of a lack of complexity - I love the two dominant aromas, but they're the only ones there.

T: Somewhat more complex than the smell, but not in the way I was hoping. The hops run an interesting course of bitterness (from grapefruit to floral with just a hint of pine), but the caramel malt notes from the nose have been replaced with a less intense, dry, biscuity flavor on the finish. All bitter, all dry, not as balanced as the smell - still tasty, though.

M: Light carbonation and a fairly thin body.

D: The dryness of the finish makes taking another sip practically inevitable, and the 6.5% ABV is nowhere to be found. A highly drinkable IPA.

Notes: Definitely a quality beer for the price, I'm more than happy with this basic offering from Southern Tier - I've still yet to have a beer from them that I didn't either like or at least find intriguing (I'm looking at you, Creme Brulee). Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

Aug 26, 2009
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cdwil from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Apr 30, 2013
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jono0101 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

May 14, 2014
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Mikecap from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Feb 16, 2013
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Nunya from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 25, 2015
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Mar 18, 2014
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midnightcowboy818 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 21, 2015
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MrCruz23 from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just ok. Nada especial....

Dec 22, 2018
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mobud from Delaware

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Slightly cloudy, copper color with a nice oatmeal head.

S- Fresh hops smell with an even sweet malt base.

T- More malty than hops that reminds me more of an EnglishIPA rather than the AmerIPA style.

M- Malt aftertaste with a smooth medium mouthfeel.

D- OK for the style, but not one that I was overwhelmed by. Received this beer in a variety pak, so I gave it a shot. Would purchase this beer again.

Apr 17, 2007
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rmmm16 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent amber/copper with half finger of head, some lacing clings to the glass. The hops hit the nose first but there are some surprising sweet notes as well, white chocolate and vanilla buried in there. Average taste for an IPA, good hop flavor, but not much malt comes through. There is a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel, and the finish is bitter. Another decent but not spectacular IPA.

Jan 26, 2009
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spointon from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip glass.

A= This ale poured an orangey golden color with a nice 2" sudsy off-white head. The head quickly dropped to just a skim, leaving sheets of sticky white lacing.

S= This ale smells of tangy hop oils, orange citrus, and bakery malts. I also got a decent whiff of alcohol in the end.

T= This is an interesting IPA. The hops were there more in the taste than in the aroma. There were strong flavors of pine hops and medicinal herb notes balanced by a decent malt backbone. Slight alcohol finish.

MF= This ale has an oily heaviness that I wasn't thrilled with, and the carbonation release was only moderate throughout.

D= This is a damn fine ale, not the best out there, but really solid nonetheless. I'll be drinking more of this in the warm months!

Jun 20, 2008
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drcarver from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a dark yellow color with a decent sized head with nice lacing

S - The floral and citrus aroma of the columbus and cascade hops are strong

T - Sweet floral and flavor

M - Dry and metallic. The carbonation does not play much on the tongue leaving the hop bitterness to dominate.

D - Light and easy.

May 17, 2009
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shirtless_mike from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Dec 01, 2013
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Beerme09 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 11, 2012
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TigerOwl from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Oct 15, 2014
IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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