IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,580 Ratings
IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,580
Reviews:
959
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
473
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,580 |  Reviews: 959
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A knockout on-tap, as a guest beer at Bru in Rochester. Very citrusy very grapefruity hops. Sour but substantially less so than in the bottle. Can drink this all day, switching from the tap to the bottle. Hops come at you with citrus and pine aroma. Bitter citrusy aftertaste. Accompanying a nice lunch of anything.
Had about three years later on tap. Not a knockout but still a great IPA. Astringent rather than sour.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with some lacing on a amber with golden hues body.

S: floral, citrus and oak notes.

T: caramel malts with the hops supplying a woody and earthy note which is best appreciated in the finish. Nice bitterness level.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the malt profile and hops are nicely balanced and representing in this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit of a vegetative ipa, fleshy and bold. the pours is clear, a little copper hue to it, but mostly pale gold. small white head on top with good lacing left behind. the nose is that of fresh hops, some pine, but a lot of green vegetable stuff, meaty in that way, from the garden. a little bitter. but not brutal at all. the flavor is actually a bit more balanced than the smell lets on, stays bitter in the end, but has a nice fruity punch to it, which makes it a little sweet, but it works well with the hop dose. overcarbonated i think, really bubbly and hard to drink quickly as a result, but this is a great ipa overall, kind of a little brother to the 2xipa they do, same hop profile. good drink.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden color with a good looking head on it. The head was white and looked pretty nice as it stuck to the glass. The smell was much like the unearthly to me so I'm thinking it was probably the same hop combo in the mix. The smell is very good. The taste is hoppy and had a really nice malt backbone with some strong hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was on the medium or lighter side. Overall it's a really nice IPA for casualy drinking. Well worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a Southern Tier Sampler pack (12/$14.99)

This was a well above average IPA. Very hoppy aroma and taste while still being well balanced. One odd thing was a lack of lacing in the glass, but it did look presentable. The high ABV is well hidden and it's a solid beer all around, a great IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Bitterness from the hops dominates the overall taste, which also has some underlying flavors of toasted malts with hints of citrus fruits. A slight amount of sweetness is perceptible in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves dryness in your mouth.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness is not overwhelming.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7-5-08
The beer holds true to most of the comments made in the first time trying the beer. This time around, I appreciated the very well attenuated malt character with no astringency or graininess. For an IPA however, I expect the hops to dominate the nose and palate and this beer does little beyond the balance expected from a standard pale ale. Still a good beer with no evident flaws, albeit a little light on the hops.

5-13-06
Though solid throughout, the beer could use a little more togetherness and complexity. A firm malt flavor reminds me of the malts found in Amber Ales, but the hops set the beer apart. Hop bittering is high, and backed up with lots of citrusy and piney flavors and aromas. A light woodsy / earthy aroma adds a welcomed spiciness. The malts also contribute a light toasty / biscuity flavor and aroma. The flavors are all a little separated, easy to pick out individual characteristics. Would like to see if a little age could pull the beer together. The beer thins quite a bit for easy drinkability, but waters a bit too much. A light drying effect and astringency shows up from the hops, grain, and alcohol -- never enought to deter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium orange colour, with a small thin soapy white head, and very sparse lace. It smells of light citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is orange and grapefruit hops, and more strong caramel malt. The carbonation is average, the body is nice and full and creamy, and it finishes off-dry and hoppy. A very well-balanced and tasty Yankee IPA.

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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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a one finger head that retains reasonably well and leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Sweet and citrusy, with a piney element as well; a little too sweet, for my nostrils

Taste: Starts out sweet and citrusy, but there is a quick shift to the bitter side, with a somewhat grassy aspect to it; by mid-palate, the sweet malts return and bring an almost sugary sweetness into the fray; after the swallow, the flavors blend together as expected

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but it has a sweet and grassy edge that I am not too crazy about; I like their bomber series much better

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of mild bitter hops are dominating. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops and a nice caramel malt base. Full body with OK carbonation. Well done but nothing that really stands out for the myriad of IPA offering in the US.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head that left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of citrus and mild notes of grapefruit. There was a slight caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus, some grapefruit, sweet malty caramel and some bitter/hoppy spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice IPA. It is easy drinking and sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/23/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, pine, orange rind, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, pine, orange rind, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA! Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. No complaints at all, very well done.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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