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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 953 | Ratings: 2,559
Photo of bmeehan
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I'm not particularly compelled to go back and try it again, but my experience was that it was very bitter and didn't have much to it outside of its hop profile, which was strong for the sake of being strong.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date...so I have no idea if this is a proper sample to review, but here it goes for now.

Appearance is nice orange/tan that is rather hazy. Lacing is good, but the bubbles on the head are large rather than small and fine. Smell is rather mild for an IPA. I'm catching some piney hops and some sweet malt. I wasn't really impressed by the taste. I'm just getting some bitterness and the hop flavor is of mild pine, kind of one dimensional. Mouthfeel can be described as sticky pine needles. Not bad. Drinkability is acceptable, what you expect from an IPA.

I suspect this beer would be better if it was fresher, I'll try another sample down the road to see. Southern Tier should really use freshness dates...I turn away from a lot of beer because of no freshness dates.

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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cold from the fridge from a 12oz bottle with a 'DOB' of 03/21/12 (about 5 months old).

A: Poured into a Weisen glass, Southern Tier IPA yielded a half-finger of bone-white head; really nice lacing and retention around the glass. Color is a piss-like amber gold; a bit light in tint for an IPA, but rich-looking nonetheless. We're off to a good start!

S: A bit disappointing...not much to speak of here. I get a basic, generic "beer smell" that comes from any bottle of AAL product. No hops complexity, no undertones...maybe just a bit of maltiness. Inoffensive, but nothing to write home about.

T: A basic, rather unrefined woody, oat cereal, barley/malt flavor with moderate carbonation. I'm not getting any sense of the hoppy, traditional IPA characteristics which should be at the forefront, especially given the high ABV and the fact that Southern Tier advertises this brew as "four varieties of hops and four varieties of malts". I'm definitely getting some of the malts (in both smell and taste), but it's an unremarkable flavor. This tastes more like an American Pale Ale, or even a Lager than a proper IPA. The flavor is inoffensive and actually grows on me the more I drink it...however, it's not anywhere close to a top-shelf craft IPA.

M: Flows across the tongue smoothly and goes down dry, thanks to the restrained carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel overall.

O: If you're accustomed to REALLY nice IPAs (Bell's Two Hearted, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, etc.) this doesn't quite stack up in the hops/complexity department. As I said above, it's certainly a pleasant beer to drink- pretty mild on the tongue and tastebuds for 7.3% ABV- but it tastes more like an American Pale Ale than a proper IPA.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Not great, but not bad. Very bitter in the botanical sense, with notes of clover honey in the background and some malty backbone, but overall not a huge fan of this IPA.

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Photo of bigone4
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark hazey orangy tanish brown color. Adequate lacing around the pint nice creamy white colored head disipated rather quickly. Smells floral and has some nice citrus tones. Smooth and very drinkable not a strong hop bite but enjoyable. Has a good hop finish with suttle malt tones. Rather pleasent after taste. Hoppiness seemed to grow throughout the pint. At first it did not seem to hoppy but it seemed to grow a bit stronger half way through the pint. Good IPA not a overwhelming beer but good qualities and drinkability.

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Photo of smanders
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled Clipper City Brewery Loose Cannon prior to review.

Appearance - golden body with thin head.

Smell - cough syrup.

Taste - Big hops and good effervescence. Different flavors in every drink. Not sure what to expect next.

Mouthfeel - light, crisp.

Drinkability - Fair. There are a number of IPAs to sample.

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Photo of AAG
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average IPA. Too piny in taste. Head was disappointing after an aggressive pour from the bottle. After having the opportunity to taste a wide variety of IPAs, this one is very average.

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Photo of billysdad
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Would like to try it fresh. Neighbor in my distributorship with Stone. From an area of the country, I never knew existed till my son's college baseball season - who knew part of New York was Southern Tier. Hints of goodness overshadowed by dustiness, age. Too bad not all breweries prominently display bottled by date. I end up sticking with the higher volume, faster moving beers, just for freshness.

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Photo of Mikus
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a mixed 12 at the local bottle shop (supposedly just received), and no bottle date. Damn, why did I but an IPA again without checking the date! Poured into my snifter glass (aggressively). Nice clear, bright amber with a small bit of white head that was gone pretty quickly. Not a very bright nose... some hints of lemon and citrus, as well as an overall aroma indicating bitterness. The bitterness in the taste was on point, and I love a bitter IPA. A bit malty up front as well (surprisingly). Flavor-wise, however, some of those nice hoppy notes that I have come to expect were absent. Two-note wonder. Light to medium mouthfeel, with a slightly oily finish. Carbonation continued lazily throughout the life of said IPA. Overall, not a bad beer, not very complex, and no idea if this had to do with the freshness or the recipe itself. Probably wouldn't seek this out to discover the answer, but wouldn't hesitate to grab one out of a buddies' cooler at a summer party.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy orange beer with a little lace and a lingering small head. Some subtle pine and grapefruit, a little sweet malt aroma. Wondering if this is an older bottle since it's usually a little more fragrant. Tastes like some sweet malt, a little bitterness, some citrus and some cardboard. Definite oxidation, probably a bottle that's been sitting for a bit. Not excellent, but, knowing what I know about this beer usually, I won't knock it too hard for this unfortunate sixpack.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color. Couldn't manage to get a head on it even with an aggressive pour. No lacing.

The nose has woody, piney hops. Not much else.

Earthy, piney hops bite at first, and they're actually pretty strong. I kept waiting for something, anything else to creep up after the hop bite faded, but...nothing. There's a slight malt presence if I strain my taste buds to pick up on it. Otherwise this is like drinking carbonated hop oil. I love bitter hops as much as the next guy, but this doesn't taste like a well crafted or balanced beer.

It is carbonated like an IPA should be, which was nice. Felt good on the tongue and finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkablity suffers from the lackluster taste and overall underwhelming performance of this beer. Would I have another? Sure, if you're buyin'.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to davehoward
Ver clear amber pour with a medium sized beige head. Floral fruity and tea like sweet hops at first in the aroma, and then they turn to astringent, cleanser like hops which were slighly less pleasant. Taste is also a bit astringent and moderately hopped. Some spicy, green-ness to it as well. Thin bodied however and that detracted from its enjoyment for me. Still a decent IPA overall.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a copper-red/gold color with a nice clinging two finger head. A nice pour.

A pretty uninteresting nose, and compared to a lot of other 7.3 ABV IPAs, extremely mild. Faint aromas of pine with a vague citrus undertone, I actually don't get many hops in the nose at all. It doesn't smell bad, it just doesn't smell like much of anything.

For my personal tastes, I found the flavors to be a little off-putting for an IPA. Honestly, it was more like a Pale Ale. A little sweet, strawberry, tootsie rolls, and cloves were the dominant flavors, all backed by a solid - though not overpowering - malt backbone. But like the nose, I cannot decipher much of a hop presence at all.

Overall, I found this beer to be a huge disappointment. I feel it's poorly labeled (I cannot fathom how this is classified as an IPA), and tremendously underwhelming. If you're looking for an IPA, you're better off looking elsewhere.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into tulip. reviewing side-by-side with southern tier 2XIPA. DOB 02/20/12.

A: clear. golden orange. head is frothy and white. about one finger out of the glass. retention quickly dies to a rim, but leaves pretty sticky lacing.

S: im definitely finding sort of a cheesy hop component in the nose. that and pine. certainly bitter, but missing a bit of a wow factor.

T: a citrus bitterness only seems to harp for a second. there is a little bit of toffee/caramel flavor as well. finish has a little bit of menthol/minty flavor to it. maybe even slightly metallic?

M: the body actually drinks pretty light. however i guess i will chalk this up as a medium bodied brew. average carbonation.

D: certainly drinkable, but if you have read this far i am unimpressed. there are definitely better beers from southern tier to try than this.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with fluffy, long lasting white head.
Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and biscuit malt. Body is medium and smooth for IPA. Taste is similar to aroma, very balanced for IPA. Finish is medium and mild. I’m very disappointed with this brew. Maybe something wrong with the bottle.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Date Drunk 12/2/2010

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich golden color with a thick head.

S: Floral aroma with malt, but not really strong hop appearance.

T: This beer tastes just like it smells, floral at first with a back end of hops. I was disappointed with the overall flavor because it was extremely weak. The hops tried to make an appearance but fell flat.

M: Very light/flat feeling to the mouth.

O: The best thing about this beer is the appearance. The smell, taste, and mouthfeel all fell short of my expectations. Maybe due to my pallet in IPA. Probably good for someone who is beginning in the IPA realm.

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Photo of brstilson
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured out from the bottle into a room temperature mug. It poured a very clear, very deep copper but had only 1/4 finger of head foam, which dissipated almost immediately.

The aroma is of fresh hops, quite excellent actually and very yeasty. The smell reminded me of wort that has barely begun the fermentation process.

There is a nice hop presence that lingers on the tongue, but not nearly as much as other IPAs I've tried. For the style, it's very mild. It feels thick in the mouth, the consistency of Coca-Cola, and leaves a coating on the teeth. It is a little malty, but this takes away a lot of the harshness found in other versions.

This batch had potential but for me it was lacking in two areas. The mouthfeel could have been a lot better. It is way too thick, and feels like a Stout (though strangely not filling), or like a thick Cola. Also, the head retention is dismal at best. This may be my opinion, but a true IPA should have an intense foam head that lingers through the entire drinking session. It's quite drinkable for me, and is a good introduction to the style for new beer connosueirs, but not as good as several other brands out there.

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Photo of BTodd
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bought as part of sampler pack. Now seeing 9-month old bottle date.

A-1-2 fingers of foam. Golden, light amber color. Lasting head.

S-soapy, light pine, citrus, and caramel qualities.

T-Fairly bitter, caramel and some pine. Not getting a lot else from this one.

M-Medium bodied, coating, pleasant.

O-Drinkable but not getting much on the aroma or much complexity from hops. Might need to try this one again when fresher.

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Photo of Brew33
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had read some reviews on this beer and I was hoping it would be a great beer... It isn't. This is possibly the most boring IPA I have ever had. I love India Pale Ale, it's my favorite style but this beer isn't very good.

Sure, I'd drink another one but I wouldn't pay for it. This beer tastes like the brewer followed a recipe card for a generic IPA. It tasted VERY similar to Goose Island's IPA which to me is Goose's worst offering.

It smells like grapefruit and pine, a nice hop note but the taste is biting hops with an almost non existent malt character. Little to no complexity or depth of flavor. It stuck to the glass like any IPA should but the mouthfeel was rather thin.

Not a great offering. Try a Dogfish Head or Great Lakes Commodore Perry before this beer. BLAH!

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Photo of Maestro
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is what I call a "Dry" IPA. The malts are basic and serve only to make it beer. The focus is hops. The head is thin, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The color is orange. The nose is a bit toasty, with strong hops. The taste is bitter and oily. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and chunky. Overall, this is a drinkable beer with some good characteristics, but not amazing.

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Photo of JohnLasher92
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought this from my local chain grocery store for 8.99. Bottle has DOB 5/04/15 printed under the label on the glass.
Appearance: A caramel-gold with decent carbonation and lace. I poured from an angle all the way through which left a good sized head.
Smell: Sweet citrus with a note of bready malt. Pleasant enough for an IPA.
Taste: The hops don't bite your tongue but are enjoyable for the IPA enthusiast. Good balance between malt and hops which is something I really enjoyed about this brew. Again, not very bitter unless you have never had a hoppy beer before.
Feel: Carbonation was spot on. This brew was medium bodied and easy to sip.
Overall: A solid IPA. If you have or haven't had the 2XIPA by Southern Tier, you may want to go with that if you have the option. If not, this is a great choice. Good ABV, good carbonation, excellent balance of malt and hop. If you are looking for something extraordinary, look elsewhere and spend a few extra bucks. But if you are sick of drinking cheap beers to save money, Southern Tier's IPA is where it's at.

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Photo of claytong25
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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 tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy/cloudy, small head, medium/high carbonation, orange/gold in color

Smell: hops, citrus, and pineapple

Taste: hops and pine dominate--especially after the first brief initial taste of pineapple

Mouthfeel: brief sweet start followed by a lasting bitter finish. smooth and light.

Drinkability: I think this is a very average IPA. It is very hoppy for those that love hops. I will most likely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale amber/light golden-brown with a slight white head.

For an IPA it looks a little light bodied for my tastes. I would expect it to be a darker reddish brown.

Good hop characteristics right off the bat! Strong hop flavor with a mild finish.

Light and smooth in the mouth. Maybe a little too light.

I would have maybe two of these per sitting and move on to something else.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the last of the three beers in the Southern Tier mixed six-pack that I picked up a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in my Harpoon IPA glass.

Appearance: This is the best aspect of this beer. It pours a lightly hazy amber-copper with a thick, sudsy head that fades to a bubbly layer leaving lace coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle I noticed a strong caramel maltiness, but once poured into the glass hops dominate. They're floral, herbal and lightly citric with a sweet underlying raw maltiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts upfront, toasty through the center with a lightly peppery finish with a light bitterness that grows in intensity in the aftertaste. The flavors are nice, but the hoppiness could be stronger and integrated into the beer better.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and watery with low-carbonation. Higher carbonation would have helped prevent the beer from feeling thin and watery.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but needs more body and integrated flavor.

Overall: An okay IPA. Nice flavors, but watery and a little dull.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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