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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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a copper to bronze color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some spotty lacing running here and there around the glass.
The smell had some light floral hops with a little bit of grapefruit and lemon. Light pine backs up nicely.
The taste copies the smell and allows in a slight caramel malt in the back. With a little bit of pine in the aftertaste, there's a quick dry resinous finish.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good as an AIPA and bitterness pounds at my tongue.
Overall, this is a good AIPA that I'd have again if I could find. Too bad, I had to find it in Oregon. Wish these guys were in Idaho.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a mostly clear copper color with a two finger fluffy white head with a lot of carbonation and good lacing.

The smell is light floral hops with a little grapefruit and lemon. There is also some very light pine.

The taste follows the nose with the flora hops dominating. Some light grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is a little piney hop resin in the finish which sticks to the tongue after swallowing. There is a light malt backbone and the finish is dry.

Overall this is not a "big beer" The hops are 'polite' and even the malt backbone is gentle to the point of being barely there. I guess you could say this is a "session" IPA. It might be good for someone who wants to try an IPA for the first time but is afraid of getting their palate shredded by an aggressive hop profile.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first try of a Souther Tier offering and I was pleased with it overall.

Right from the bottle it poured a beautiful golden amber color with weak head, but had very nice lacing down the glass. I noted hints of citrus and even some cinnamon mixed quite well with the strong hoppy scent. I was surprised to find it overly carbonated for my palate, which simply takes away from the enjoyment of the beer for me. I'm not sure what the IBU is on this one, but it was probably higher than I've been accustomed lately, leaving a strong aftertaste and slight tackiness in my mouth. Overall, I did enjoy this beer (as I had three of them at the little, backwater, hick-bar I was at) I just wasn't overly impressed. And the 7% ABV is something that catches up to you faster than expected - definitely not sessionable.

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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 Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA enjoyed while waiting on some burgers and fries at Shake Shack. Medium feel, modest malts suggest a bit of soft dark bread, hops bring out some citric pith and wood. Unexceptional but serviceable IPA.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice offering from Southern Tier. I liked the fact that this beer was very flavorful and strong, yet not overly bitter or harsh. It had a nice hoppy aroma off of the pour. You can get all of the strong characteristics of a great IPA. It all came together with the taste. It had a nice stingy, citrusy, and hoppy bite. The alcohol wasn't overly detectable. This had a nice medium hoppy bitterness and finished dry but not uncomfortable. I find this a nice refreshing IPA.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I definitely prefer this one over the 2xIPA. It slaps you in the mouth with what taste like cascade, chinook and centennial hops. If their 2IPA was this beer but doubled it would probably be one of my favorite beers. Also, It hides the abv very well so be careful!

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly malts, some citrus as well. Taste is piney hops, a good malt balance, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and refreshing beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 6, 2015.

The pour is orange-amber with a lingering cream colored head.

Pleasant and subtle grassy, earthy, and light citrus aromas along with a vague pale malt character.

Lighter body but semi-smooth.

Interesting apple or pear fruitiness kicks in that I did not pick up on the nose. Otherwise balanced nicely with a modest but lingering grassy hop bitterness.

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Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy body with medium hues of orange and gold with a fluffy thick white head that stick to the glass well enough to leave good lacing.

Aroma: There's a distinct marriage of pine and tangerine aromas. It's not especially fresh smelling but it smells good.

Taste: There is a light sweet caramel flavor that is eventually met by a very faint taste of orange pith and some grass.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice dry mouthfeel but it feels pretty shy on bitterness.

Overall: It's a pretty average IPA. I would buy it if I was in the store just looking for something quick and tasty, but it's not going to cut it if I want that big bold fresh hop flavor.

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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 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 HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy and floral;

T: there's a bit of mint in the background from start to finish; floral comes to the front at mid-palate and stays to the end; moderate bitterness from mid-palate;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not a lot in the aroma or flavor to get excited about;

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce.

Pours a mostly clear amber gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of fresh citrusy and floral hops over bready malt. Some clover honey.

Honey and bread malts, and a varied hop flavor that touches on citrus, floral, and woody.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation throughout.

Very nice drinkable IPA. Above average on all points and really nothing to complain about. The 2X version is better but richer while this goes down a little smoother and would pair with food better. Definitely something that could become a go-to for IPA drinkers.

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Photo of Dyldey
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid up-front with a good taste. Goes down without a hitch but leaves a little empty spot on the back end. 7.5 in the engine so no complaints. Overall I like it but the double IPA they make is bezerk.

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Photo of Beergod50
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consistently good IPA. I find myself stocking it in greater quantities and drinking it more frequently than the competing IPA's that I keep on hand. One of my absolute favorites. I'm happy to say it seems to be growing in broad distribution in Central New York. Distinct happy taste and smell. Fresh consistent taste.

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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 rjs246
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This is a very good IPA that tastes very similar to other very good east coast IPAs. I would drink it again in a heartbeat but wouldn't be compelled to go out of my way for it.

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Photo of joe12pk
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Poured into a glass.
This starts nice with citrus and fruits - then BAM!- I am being pummeled by pine. Quite a disturbing turn of events. This could of been a great beer if there was only a whisper of pine. At 7.3 ABV and only $7.99 a six pack, it will get you sloshed for a reasonable price. If, on the other hand, you wish to have a pleasant buzz & a decent brew, just get a familiar friend and skip this mess.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- golden orange, decent head, thin ring like lace shows ok retention.
Smell- hoppy in the nose without being overpowering. Resiny and slightly dank.
Taste- hops forward, solid malt backbone, mostly dry palate but also a juicy hops feel on the backend.
Feel- medium bodied on the side of light. The carbonation is both crisp and mellow. A good balance for easy drink ability.
A nice clean and hoppy ipa.

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Photo of MVotter
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy gold w/1/2 inch cream head

S - Malts, breads, grain, diacetyls

T - Sweetish hop flavors abound, malt flavors follow the aroma notes

F - Some stickiness, plenty of carbonation

O - This is on the opposite end of the bitterness scale of hop-centric beers. The hop profile is sweet rather than tart, and complements a sweet carmely malt flavor. The overall flavor is a departure from the grapefruitish flavored IPAs and ends up being reminiscent of flavors associated with old English yeast origins. Unique. Nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"DOB: 05/05/14." Normally I'd refrain from reviewing an IPA which is 5 months old, but Southern Tier's website for this beer has a recommended cellaring temperature, suggesting aging is just fine by them, if not recommended. Interesting.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label design and branded black pry-off pressure cap purchased as a single at Whole Foods HQ and served into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an IPA for obvious reasons. 7.30% ABV.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. Off-white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Fairly soft complexion. Nice even frothy consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an IPA, but is pretty conventional. Nothing stands out as unique or special here. Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: It's an even pairing of pale malt and caramalt sweetness with floral, herbal, and lightly piney hop notes. Maybe some tangerine citrus in there too. It borders on the boozy fruity character I despise in IPAs, but never quite ventures into it. On the sweeter side by American IPA standards, sure. Grassiness emerges as it warms.

No overt alcohol, spices, off-notes, or yeast character are/is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Strangely wood-evocative, actually. The sticky slightly syrupy feel pairs poorly with the overdone sweetness, which borders on cloying. Hop notes are plentiful, but still provide insufficient bitterness to counter the dominant pale malt and caramalt sweetness: grapefruit pith, tangerine rind, spruce, floral notes, and grassiness. It's light on hops for an American IPA, and the sweetness does little for it. As it warms, I pick up on the beginnings of some of the boozy pineapple notes I despise in IPAs.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average flavour intensity.

It's smooth and wet, and overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and creamier. Overall presence on the palate is average; this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer beyond the limits of the flavour profile.

While the balance - as abovementioned - is subpar, it's not a badly built IPA per se. There's a nice diversity of flavour, and while it isn't even, gestalt, subtly executed, or complex, it's not unpleasant to drink. I do like it in a general sense, but I'd liken the hop profile more to that of a tame pale ale than an IPA.

OVERALL: It's a downable IPA with a well-hidden ABV and a wide distribution footprint. I found it entirely too sweet, throwing off the balance, and that's coming from a reviewer known for finding most "typical" West Coast IPAs imbalanced to the other extreme. I wouldn't buy this again, but it's well-priced for what it is and you could do worse. This won't impress the discerning drinker and it's far from up to par with Southern Tier's best offerings, but I'm glad I tried it once. I'll easily finish the glass, but I wouldn't want another.

All of the above said, I can see where this might have been an impressive offering 11 years ago.

High C-

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%

Very solid IPA. The appearance is a pale yellow with a thin head that trails the glass. The smell is full of citrus and piney bitterness from the hops. The taste was a lot of hops in the beginning and then mellowing out and then a last bite at the end. Very crisp and refreshing. Would definitely recommend for IPA lovers who might not have tried it yet.

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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 Ephraim
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked this up after a magazine said it was one of 2014s IPAs to try. It's a very light color, smell and taste for a 7.3 abv. Lots of citrus and pine but no the strong hops taste I was expecting. It's a cheap 6 pack for such a high alcohol percentage also compared to others. I'll probably stick with dales as my go to IPA.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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