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): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a dense and foamy cream colored head.

The aroma is well balanced between a caramel malt sweetness and a very citusy hop character.

The taste is also pretty well balanced, but does emphasize the citrusy hop flavour. The flavour is initially bready, like crackers or buttery biscuits. The hops flavour is pretty intense, and is floral as well as lemony. Orange peel comes to mind. The aftertaste is very bitter and citrusy. A refreshing and complicated taste to say the least.

Great creamy mouthfeel. A medium body with a soft medium carbonation.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! An incredible beer here. This has been one of my favorites for a long time. Its hard to find a brew better than this.

Pours a beautiful bronze shade, a little head, but that leaves quickly. The scents are amazing. Strong of hops, and fused with a sweet flurry of oranges, peaches, and citrus fruits. Fruit basket galore. I also seem to notice some slight malt presence in the nose as well.

The taste is very strong of hops. Very select hops. There is a killer citrus bite in the flavor as well. You'd almost think there was half a grapefruit soaking in the bottom of the bottle. Extremely delicious.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Very smooth, this one goes down great. The nice taste probably helps out with that also. It has about the perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable. I could tip these back all day long. About as close to paradise as I've been in a while.

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber with small off-white head. The head quickly dissappeared and left some good lacing.

It smell exactly like an IPA. . . Earthy, bright hops, hint a hint of clean citrus and some pine. Tastes wonderful. Clean lively hops, some orange and a touch of caramel as it warmed. This is probably the best balanced IPA I have ever had. Beautifully sharp and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

Clear copper color with a white head that fell fast but did leave a good amount of lace.

Orange rind, hop aroma. Sweet nose to a hophead.

Strong biting hoppy taste. If you don't like hops, you don't get it.

Clean, light bodied IPA. Not slick or oily, very good mouthfeel.

Very drinkable IPA, 6.5% abv is low enough to have a few but strong enough to relax your soul (or get you into a fight, if you're a 'tough guy' drunk!).

Final Notes: Southern Tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I plan on visiting their brewery sometime over the summer of '07 and can hardly wait to taste some brewery fresh un*earthy as well as this IPA.
Thanks, Luv Ya!

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Photo of Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly hazy, bright gold with some white head. It smelled like floral (specifically rose) hops mixed with some orange hops and honey malt. It tasted much like it smelled, with a nice blend of floral and citrus hops with some honey sweetness. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a moderately bitter aftertaste that was clean and lasting. Overall this beer used hops that I thoroughly enjoyed, which made it smell great and taste nearly as good. It was a clean, flavorful, and drinkable beer. Well done.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This 12 ounce bottle has some serious defects. It's almost flat, the seam seems as if it will tear apart. If this beer is as good as I've heard, then they ought to be able to make round bottles in the near future. Light orange body, slight haze, moderate carbonation, head of off white dribbles into a patchy lace.

Smell: Carmel and pale malt. Piney hops. Not real strong. Ho hum, in every sense.

Taste: Ahhh, much more lively than the comatose nose. This IPA has a real fresh feeling. It takes the well suited malts and tells them to sit back while the hops confuse the person drinking the beer. Honestly. The smell is lame. The inital taste is sharp and bitter, the secondary feel is sweet and fruity, then citrus, and not bitter. Oh damn. This just perfect. No wonder this won at GABFs. It is so unassuming, and after you take a half hearted sip, it absolutely steamrolls over you with perfect hops. All you can do is stare as it as it consistently rolls on by. This beer isn't flashy or gimmicky. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Wow. Sorry I complained about your bottles. You can put it in buckets, for all I care. Absolutely perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Um, awesome. I need more of these. Now. This is an absolutely perfect beer. I must have more. Well textured and lively, this is smooth and delicious.

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Photo of dunleav1
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a 20oz. pint glass.

Apprearance - golden orange hue with a nice head.
Head is gone quickly left with a nice ring around my glass.

Aroma - Citrus and a little piney.

Taste - pleasantly bitter but not on the harsh side of bitter.
I would have to say balanced. A lot of IPA are bitter face bitter, an IPA should be be bitter and hoppy but still can be balanced.

Mouthfeel - maybe a little thin, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
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 zdk9
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a dark orange, almost amber with a half fingers worth of creamy white froasting on top. Lacing is strong and spidery on my glass.

S- I have thrust my nose into a pine tree with the first whiff of this beer. Behind the piney hops I can find some hints of carmally and pale malt, but mostly this is a hopbomb.

T- The taste lends a broader pallate of hops flavors. Grapefruit rind is probably more dominating than the pine of the scent, though the pine still shows its face. On the front of my tongue comes some crumbly biscuit flavor, but I can barely taste this before my mouth is assulted with hops. A great show of what a great hoppy beer can taste like.

M- Very creamy and suprisingly not that bitter. I have to give major points to Southern Tier for not creating a bitter bomb when they created a hop bomb, because it is usually the bitterness of such beers that I dislike.

D- When I'm in the mood for hops this is a beer I will turn to- though there is little malt flavor showing through, the hops present a complexity of their own, and the beer dancing through my mouth is a treat to remember.

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Photo of ZAP
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent drinkable orange colored IPA without a load of pure bitterness but rather pure flavor...

There is a sweet, juicy feel to this beer....the aroma is floral, with sweet citrus (tangerines, mandarin oranges), a little spiciness, and a nice dose of caramel sweet maltiness...

Highly drinkable...the flavors blend perfectly...more sweet citrus and caramel on the taste but a hint of spiciness remains...

This is damn good....not a big smack you in the face badass bitter IPA...but rather a highly drinkable highly flavorful IPA....Not to say this doesn't have some bitterness to it...but it is placed perfectly and fits with the entire beer.

I am impressed with this..some may not like the balance...I love it...I could drink this all night long...Would have to rate in my top 10 or so of IPA's and probably one of the most sessionable on the list..

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Photo of mentor
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to francisweizen for this one. Poured a hlaf-finger cream-tan head over a light rust liquid. Somewhat cloudy, but I accidentally poured a little bit of sediment into my glass. Smelled of oranges, tangarine, and cinnamon. Really rich sweet orange smell. No alcohol or noticable fruity esters. Tasted, wow. This is a different IPA. Oranges as the flavor hop, rather than the usual overpowering grapefruit. Starts sweet with a hint of acrid carbonation on the front of the tongue, but this settles into an apricot with orange and tangarine hoppy jumping in. The end is pithy grapefruit bitter poking fun at the settling sweet. Carbonation is present throughout, but it never jumps to an extreme. The lighter fruits from the malt and nice carbonation balacne well with the rest of the beer. Just the right amount of hop cohumulone, too. Md mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This is a really delightful beer. Gentle, tasty...hell yah!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier IPA is a hazy sienna ale with a small white head with oily bubbles. It leaves good lacing. The aroma is very fresh. It smells like wort being boiled. It's mostly citrusy centennial hops with sweet caramel underneath. Medium-full bodied and velvety smooth, it leaves the tongue smooth and cleanly. It has a nice piny flavor. It is citrusy and resiny, grassy and a little sweet. The bitterness is strong and in balance with everything else. The aftertaste is faint and of citrus peel and evergreen trees. This is a great example of an American IPA.
(rated Jan 8, 2008)

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out a golden dark yellow color with a white head with many small bubbles. It sticks around for awhile and there is some good lacing to it. The smell is what IPA's are supposed to smell like, especially if you like them well hopped. Its dominated by the hop yet not overly hoppy at the same time. Beautiful blend of pine and citrus hops and some malts, it actually smells a little sweet. The flavor is also great. Great balance of citrus, pine hops. Tend to taste a grapfruity flavor with as some pine and herbal flavors as well. Pretty well malted, some toasted sweet malts, almost a slight butterscotch flavor. However did I mention the hops dominate the flavor? Again not overly hoppy and well blended. The mouthfeel is good, starts sweet and finishes nice. Bitter finish, could be a little cleaner but still good. Extremely drinkable, one of the best American IPA's on the market in my opinion.

Funny how things turn out over the years. I had several beers from Southern Tier before I finally tried the IPA. I first tried it about 2 years ago and I wasn't that impressed, and now I absolutely love it.

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Photo of woodske1
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from Southern Tier. I can't think of anything negative about it. It is also a rare beer of theirs that you can get 12 months a year.

The aroma is very nice...you know you are tasting an IPA when you crack a bottle of this open. It has a strong hop smell but not overpowering.

You can also put away many of these unlike other IPA's.

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Photo of jabel9
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. I find this beer to be exceptionally smooth with a great hoppy flavor. This IPA pours a fantastic bronze color and has great lacing. The smell is exceptional. This is Southern Tier's flagship for a reason. If you enjoy this brew try to find the imperial version called Unearthly. Again, Southern Tier knocks it out of the park. Cheers!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1" light beige head, which laces quite well. A darkish amber brew, with a citrusy, piney hops scent defining the nose. Taste is dominated by the piney hops, but there is still ample pale malt character for moral support. They work well together. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Just a extra special IPA all around.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.0% ABV from a bottle. Pours a very clear amber with a nice amount of slightly off-white head. Thick, imposing laces web down the side of the glass

Intense in-your-face fruit aroma and taste! A gloriously bitter fruit punch full of cascade(centennial?)-hoppy-grapefruit goodness. To me, this is a pleasantly unbalanced beer, a true tribute to the hop!

Endlessly aromatic..a tasty, sessionable, sensual, dare I say, hopgasmic American IPA!

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with small white foam.

smells like nice fruity hops. orange and grapefruit, nice hoppiness.

taste is sweet fruit maltiness. orange/grapefruit citrus dominates the taste with awesome hops. ripe fruit with nice hop bitterness. i love it.

mouthfeel is medium to light i'd say. pretty smooth, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of mrcharlie
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like what they did here. This is pretty well balanced and I get some of the other reviews that compare it to an English IPA. I picked up just a single of this out of curiosity, now I wish that I would have got a sixer. Just for point of reference, my go to IPA's are Hop Hunter and Torpedo. This one has a great sweet malt backbone that my favorites are lacking. This is a welcome treat after having a Duvel Triple Hop and a Torpedo. Yum.

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Photo of mjryan
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich gold colour with a nice fluffy white head that forms a decent lace on the glass. Has a strong American citrus hop aroma. The flavour is all American citrus hops and light crystal malt for balance. This beer does not have the agressive bitterness one would expect from an American style IPA. I had never had any of this breweries beers before and I admit I am very impressed. It is long on hop flavour and aroma with just the right amount of crystal malt to tie the beer together. Very good!

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Photo of blkknight02
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the tasting room at the brewery. A nice copper color with excellent head retention. A good dose of pungent aroma hops in the nose and smooth, balanced bitterness interplays with the malt to make this a solid IPA. The hops could be Tomahawk but I can't say for sure. A very clean,neutral yeast allows the malt and hops to work well together. Very drinkabe and I would certainly order it again.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass

Dark golden color with about a finger of bubbly white head. Scent of hops is present but is not overpowering. Malt backbone is also present in the scent giving this a very even scent. The even, balance translates very well into the taste. The hops are present, but are not as up front in this tasting from the bottle as they are on draft. Very well balanced makes this lighter in the mouth and makes it very smooth and easy to drink. This is a local and a go to beer for me, and I highly recommend it if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This IPA is clear, dark golden with copper hues. The head is thick, white and long lasting. The aroma is very inviting, a burst of very citrusy hops. The flavor is highly hoppy and highly bitter. The mouthfeel is very creamy and has a smooth finish. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall a great IPA, the creamy mouthfeel and citrusy hops go wonderful together. Recommend!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is copper and head is white. There's a small layer left once the fragrant head fades. Nice nose...loaded with pine resin, juicy citrus, fruit, peat and sweet malt. Very refreshing and hop-fully delightful. Taste is piney and resinous, citrus and floral, with a great subtle honey sweetness, and a nice sense of malts throughout. Mouthfeel is slick, a little resinous, and very smooth. Giant drinkability! I could drink this all night for sure.

I really like this IPA. Its very pleasant, not assaulting like some special occasion IPAs...and its extremely balanced. This would make a great session IPA.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid example of an east-coast IPA. It is nicely balanced beer. The hops manage to dominate the malt, but that is more because they are more interesting than they are the more important factor.

The beer pour a nice ruddy gold with a nice, compact head.

It smells nicely of citrus.

The taste is more of the same. There is a nice sweet balance from the malt, but it is fairly nondescript. The hops, on the other hand, explode onto the scene. Lots of lemon, grapefruit, and pine needles.

It reminds me a lot of orange tea. By itself, orange tea is good, but it takes a little bit of sugar to make the flavor explode. This beer manages to do the same with hops -- it is sweet enough to let the flavors shine.

I dig. I would buy it a lot if it were readily available in my area, but I've cherished the two I've had.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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