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IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 2,633 |  Reviews: 969
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being from the Southern Tier area of NY state, I stumbled onto this splendid IPA at a local pub, which also served Southern Tier Brewings' Porter on tap. What a nice surprise!

Aroma consisted of pine notes, hints of yeast, hops and more hops. The white head left nice lacy webbing on the glass as it went down, lasting throughout the entire pint!

The taste is bold and full of wonderful hop character, as an IPA should. This one does not disappoint at all, feeding the tongue with slight bitter hop layers followed by a nice dry, malty finish. Very pleasing and not overpowering, which translates into a very drinkable brew. I loved it so much, I asked for a six pack of bottles to go! Enjoy this one and support this brewery! The porter is also amazing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poures a deep copper with a nice fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass,aromas of pine needles and some nuttiness pretty well balanced on the nose.A very resiny,piney hop flavor up front but a firm crisp malt backbone hold up well keeping the hops from being to overbearing.The finish is very abrupt not much finish going on and not much lingering flavors,a real well balanced IPA not overly hopped but with a real hop identity,recommended.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Boy, did this one look the part. The body was a mostly clear orange that held up a gorgeous head that laced well and pitted all over the top of the liquid.

Smell – This one is smooth with some piney notes and a nice malt balance. I can pick up shades of grapefruit and a “green tea” scent.

Taste – This IPA starts off with a big grapefruit rush followed by some lovely floral hops and a nice, strong sugary-malt backbone. There’s a nice little bitter twang at the finish.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. It is incredibly smooth and exactly medium-bodied. Very nice.

Drinkability – The grapefruit is really strong here and might turn some off, but I lapped it up.

Comments – Thanks to the venerable OldFroth for sending this one my way.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Supersweetshirts
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had a few beers from Southern Tier and my thoughts remain the same after each one. Southern Tier makes a decent beer. Its not amazing and its not awful. It's just plain decent and its a beer that I will get if I'm out at a bar that has a limited selection. The beer has a decent helping of citrus and hops and doesn't leave an undesirable, lingering bitterness in your mouth. This is actually a beer that I thought tasted a little better as it got warmer, becoming sweeter but still maintaining a decent malty flavor. I poured the beer into a standard pint glass where it displayed nice color and mild carbonation. Overall, the Southern Tier IPA would be more of a casual beer that I would keep in my fridge. It goes well with spicy food and is reasonably priced.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle came an interesting reddish orange liquid. I don't see any precipitation, but the color is inviting. About a finger and a half of light tan head rose up with a decent density (not marshmallowy, but well thick). Trace amounts of lace were left to hang around as the glass became ever more empty.

The smell first delivered an unambiguous orange with some grapefruit hints. Stinky old hops. Big and sweet caramel malt base. Smells fruity and acidic.

The taste is sweet then bitter then sweet again. A curious transformation all in one swig! Good stuff. The alcohol is slightly perceivable in the aftertaste, but this one doesn't give you that dry finish. The bite is not in here. The finish remains too wet and juicy to be dry.

Hops doesn't exactly play second fiddle in this beer, but it is definitely sharing the limelight. Malt is in the house throwing its weight around. The mouthfeel gives me a nice oily impression and has a light medium body.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in nonic/

Look (3.5/5) - This one pours a rich caramel-gold colour. About two fingers of fluffy head with fairly good stand and good lacing rises from the pour. Clarity is pretty poor, I'd call it hazy.

Smell (3.5/5) - The nose is pretty well dominated by hops; resin and grapefruit stand. Some light breadcrust and biscuit malts. A hint of peppery spice on the finish.

Flavour (4/5) - Very similar to the nose. The malts taste a touch lighter than in many IPAs and APAs (again breadcrust and biscuit). Grapefruit is a bit more prominent on the palate and a bit of pine compliments the resin here as well. A bitter finish lasts for a while and is complimented quite nicely by the peppery flavours.

Feel (3.5/4) - Medium-light body that has some medium carbonation. A slight hint of oily, mouth-coating texture on the finish goes well with the flavours at play.

Drink (3.5/4) - Quite smooth and drinkable. Nice flavours. Like a lighter malt American IPA. Offers some nice new world hops.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a medium amber with an orange hue and an off-white head with lasting retention.

There is citrus and floral hops aroma with a malty sweetness in the background. Herbaceous maybe grass character to the hops as well as a with some alcohol noted. It's not an in your face but it's good.

A medium-high citrus and resinous hops flavor with a medium-high bitterness and a moderate malt support. There is a lingering bitterness after the medium-dry finish.

This is a lively medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation.

A solid American IPA featuring American hops flavor with a over a good bitterness. I'll usually reach for a more aromatic IPA with intense bitterness but sometimes an easier drinking version like this one is a welcome change every now an then.

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Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claytong25
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average to say the least. To give this IPA a little credit I drank a few outdated ones just because that was what came in my SOuthern Tier variety pack. Ill update this review once I drink one that is more fresh but for now its not one that I like

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Photo of JMD71
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper, gold to orange. Almost no head when poured. Also, seems to be very low carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy American hops in the nose! Citrusy, piney, earthy. Very sweet smelling from the malt, too. Nice balance.

Taste: Very hoppy! Sweet malt turns to bitter American hops with the usual citrus, grapefruit flavor. Finishes clean without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Leaves mouth feeling crisp, although slightly cloying. Not overpowering, but does coat the mouth a bit.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. This is easy drinking. Could easily hold up against any IPA. Enjoyable with every sip. Smooth, refreshing, delicious...

Comments: Excellent IPA! One of my favorites to date. Others are overly bitter, but not this one. This is well balanced, smooth & enjoyable. The only downside to this is that is does taste similar to other Southern Tier beers. They all seem to use the same hop bill which leaves them all tasting similar.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with cool green artwork. Pours from the bottle a dark orange and amber color with a half inch of taut off white foam that leaves lots of spotty lacing across the glass. Aromas of green hops off the bat. Tropical fruity and citric with pine resin accents. Sweet caramel in the background. A lovely mix of leafy hop scents.

First sip brings some sweet caramalized maltiness that's a touch doughy. It leads the way for a nice mix of citric, piney hops that have some tropical fruit notes as well. Medium bitterness with a good balance between the hops and malts. Finishes with lingering leafy hop flavor that makes you want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. This is a drinkable IPA that I'd imagine would be a good session brew. Easy drinking and full of good hoppy flavors. Definetly an IPA worth seeking out from the great state of NY. Thanks to kmpitz2 for saving one of these for me!

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Photo of blitz134
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little Friday afternoon beer while I work on some homework. Received from Jay23 in Secret Bunny '07. Thanks!

Clear, orange-light caramel mix. Little head on the pour and what was there disappeared to only a ring around the glass and some intermittent bubbles on the surface.

Aroma is nice and simple, but still has a little strength. Fairly clean malting. Presents a little biscuit and a little crystal malt, not much though. Mostly hops in the nose though. Nice floral and citrus blend, some tangerine rind and a touch of straw.

Taste has a bit more malting evident and less floral hops. Malts are more upfront and have more bready, dinner roll to it. More straw and herbal hops in the finish. Some lingering bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and crisp. Coats the mouth okay initially but washes away with a little bread flavor and lingering bitterness.

Good drinkability. Not a huge standout of the style, but definately a solid offering here. This would be my fallback IPA if I lived in the area. Nice and refreshing brew.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JasonA
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy, solid 2 fingers of thick head. Ample lacing, lots of carb.

Light and fresh. Maybe malt. Not much present.

Medium hop, light pine, little light malt. Somewhat nice little malt.

Medium bodied, well balanced with ABV. Could use a little more malt, mape some more aroma hop.

Id have more, but not exceptional. Id probably look for other IPAs instead of heading back.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,633 ratings