IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 2,588 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 03-24-2003

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,588 |  Reviews: 959
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Glass, on tap.

This is not my first encounter with his beer and it wont be my last. This beer pours clear gold and orange with a modest head. Smell is pretty faint but smells like a traditional IPA which is what this beer is. Great taste, you can tell they used a lot of centennial dry hops which I love for taste, not too bold and well balanced. This beer may pour clear but it had a silky textured feel, almost as if there were little hop particles in my mouth; not a bad thing but unusual considering the clarity.

This is a great IPA, nothing too crazy but its balanced, available and delicious. This beer is a benchmark of what an IPA should be.

 657 characters

Photo of CyanideCastro
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RJLarse
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Waddell's. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a dirty gold color and clear. Creamy off-white to beige head

Smell is a light bread and citrus scent.

Tastes like an English style IPA. Very malty bread and caramel up front wiith a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth.

A nice English style IPA.

 314 characters

Photo of rinhaak
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

 967 characters

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date visible poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber/orange with one finger white head.

S: Deep waft catches a bit of piney hops. Very subdued. There's also a bit floral hops, as well.

T: Nice, soft, and floral up front. Opens up to some piney hops and leaves a lingering bitterness. All of this is supported by a sweet malt base. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied, soapy slick mouthfeel.

O: For my IPAs, I prefer ones that are balanced. If I wanted the intensity of a DIPA, then I'd buy a DIPA. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE DIPAs, but sometimes it's just nice to chill with a regular, balanced IPA. This one fits the bill quite well. It's not particularly offensive or intense in any way. It's just a nice, solid IPA.

 749 characters

Photo of climax
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It ends up a burnt orange, just the slightest bit murky. The head was a medium egg-shell white with good retention and lace.

I am a bit surprised at the mellow character of an 7.3 % IPA, it just doesn't jump out of the glass and go for the nostrils like some do. Bits of tropical citrus and bubblegum hop notes do their best to stay slightly above a toasty dark bread malt backbone. Other than that, I'm not gettin' much nose action.

Solid bitterness comes through in the flavor, which is still on the lack-luster end of things. Juicy tangerine flavors and a good grassy finish comprise of the hop bill. A bit of buttery smoothness and generous sweet toffee and grain balance things out more than I like. The beer doesn't indicate a brewed on date - but it hasn't sat but a few weeks since purchase - so I just can't be sure of the true nature.

The medium body has a nice chewy residue which lingers despite an otherwise slick feel. The carbonation is right on the money, putting everything on an even keel. As far as IPA's go, it's OK. As far as Southern Tier goes, buy the 2XIPA, you'll be glad you did.

 1,110 characters

Photo of UDbeernut
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the dutch, pouted a nice amber color, translucent. Nice 1" head with plenty of retention. Lacing rings the pint glass as this critter is consumed. Scent is a mix of caramel malt and pine and citrus hops. I believe simcoe. Taste is very similar. I found this pint to be a bit more balanced than i was expecting. I did appreciate that. Mouth was medium, slight drying. A good ipa.

 388 characters

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nose: it's dominated by the malty sweet aroma reminisent of a dogfish 90-minute or a lagunitas little sumpin ale or undercover shutdown ale. there's a great hoppy(citrus character) aroma.

middle: ok, it's a regular IPA, not an Imperial. But the alcohol and malty character really places it in between the average regular and imperial. This is completely congruent with southern tier's overall line of beers. By that I mean they are all well thought out and acheive incredible balance while still acheiving a generously higher (at least 1%) ABV compared to other similar styles. Most beer labeled IPA is an avg of 6%, the impressive thing about this is it acheives the flavor profile (with the slight extra maltyness) while weighing in at a whooping 7.3.

Finish: bready due to a great balance of hoppy and malty. Maltyness is as prevolent as is hop character at this point. Great mouthfeel and finish that proves that this company thought this beer out damn good at every point of the flavor profile. Support Southern Tier. The taste of their beer will be sufficeint payback.

 1,076 characters

Photo of Neorebel
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color, with a small but thick head that clings to the glass. The nose is more reminiscent of a pale ale with extra hops. I can tell this is going to be a very balanced beer. The flavor holds true - with 4 kinds of malts and hops it is a very nice, middle ground taste - not a hop bomb, perhaps enjoyable for you non hop heads and craft beer noobs too. No strong booze slap even though it is over 7% ABV which is nice. Great mouth feel. Win.

 454 characters

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For Starters this is the little brother of my favorite beer 2xIPA....

A/S- Poured a Orangish color with not much of a head half finger at best. Smell is weak but still nice a light piny citrus aroma.

T/M- Well it is a great drinking and tasting experience. It starts out slight bitter up front then becomes sweet with a decent malt back. A lot of citrus sweetness makes this in my top 3 IPA's. Mouthfeel is pretty full I don't really get any alcohol at all which is great for a 7.3.

O- If you sometimes feel like you want a IPA that is not as intense bitter as like a smutty, or a torpedo, and would like a IPA that is in between a APA and a IPA then this is your beer it is certainly my beer!!!

 698 characters

Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier IPA is an amber color with a two finger head. A smooth flavor that is full of hops and a good pine taste. Citrus fruit is also very present with a bit of malt. The beer has a creamy character and is Medium Carbonation the fruit flavor masks the alcohol. It serves the style well and is hoppy and easy to drink.

 324 characters

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

(placeholder for later full review)

Had this on tap, but want to get a better feel for this brew by samping a 6-pack. I'll give a full review later.

But for now....

A good solid IPA, not overly hoppy, with a very light malt balance. A bit of a metallic taste, but not off-putting. A solid B+.

 295 characters

Photo of NickRivers
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a clear gold with a finger of white head with light lacing. Standard IPA aromas, with nothing jumping out at you. You got some light malt, some carmel tones, fresh citrus and earthy hops, as well as some sweet fruit.

T&M - Hits fizzy with a really attractive carmel, malty front with a hint of alcohol. Some fresh juicy hop flavor comes through a bit but no bitterness is present at this point. The beer then settles down and the bitterness begins to grow. Finish is very bitter and smokey, which takes away from the malty backbone and throws off the drinkability/mouthfeel.

O - A good light bodied IPA that somehow comes in at 7.3. Its very pleasant and juicy but that overly bitter finish threw me off. I look forward to the DIPA as the extra malt will hopefully compliment the fruity hop flavor they had going. If it was locally distributed i'd probably buy it every so often, however it is nothing I would go out of my way for. Try it if you can find it, and definitely try everything else Southern Tier has to offer! Cheers!

 1,043 characters

Photo of Ilovesuds
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice bottle, label and graphics. Requires an aggressive pour for a decent head. Foam not thick and creamy but soap bubbly and sticky. Nose is musty. Not an IPA at all until you take a swig. Piney with a rose type finish. Very different than others. For all it's shortcomings I'd try this again.

 294 characters

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours orange and clear. Carbonation seems low. The head is very minimal even with an aggressive pour. White head that leaves alright lacing.

S: Honestly, not too much aroma. The bottle is about two and a half months old so not super fresh. I get a hint of pine and a hint of malt, and not much else. Not great, but not bad, so average.

T: Very floral and quite a bit of pine with a big malt backbone. The malt gives this beer a pleasing fullness and nourishing quality. It definitely tastes better than it smells. Pleasing bitterness that isn't ever overbearing, and it sticks on the palate well into the aftertaste. This is a very nice beer to drink.

M: On the high side of medium with good carbonation. Just about perfect for the style.

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. At first the appearance and especially smell were nothing special at all, but it makes up for it with the great taste. Another good east coast IPA. Would like to try this one fresh.

 968 characters

Photo of yankeej13
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always a very enjoyable IPA figured I would rate it after I had it on draft.

A- A nice golden color with a nice little bit of white foam. Mild amount of carbonation.

S- Had a nice hoppy smell with mild fruit aroma. Also got small hints of citrus.

T- A good hoppy taste with a bit of fruit flavor that takes away the bitterness.

M- Good drinkablility, really smooth and leaves your mouth with a nice sweet taste.

Overall- Always enjoy this IPA especially on draft. Cheers!

 476 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with 1/4" of soapy head. Great retention. Smell is a little more malty than expected with some hops coming through. Taste is also rather malty; nice, rich, smooth. There's also a good deal of hops here as well; citrus and pine characteristics. Nice balance. Nothing like a lot of the intensely hopped IPAs out there. Smooth, medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

Nice change of pace in the IPA category, but overall I'm not as impressed with ST offering.

 475 characters

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Sweet malt and citrus hops.

T: Floral and citrus hops up front with a nice malty finish.

M: Thin viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A very easy drinking American IPA that would be favored by those who like their citrus and floral hops with a dose of malt.

 375 characters

Photo of kingcrowing
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber with The small white head. Nose is a bit tame but it is earthy and a bit malty.

Mouthfeel is big and full making it really smooth. It's really well balanced, earthy and Piney flavors with a nice crisp finish, very tasty and refreshing.

 297 characters

Photo of andrewsporter
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a straight pint glass.

Appearance - Moderately yellow on the lighter side, pale, crisp haze with no particles. Poured with almost a finger of head, not too much. Lacing is beautiful and abundant.

Smell - Not pungent at all really, distant hops.

Taste - Surprisingly mild and drinkable. It certainly isn't hop-heavy which initially disappointed me. But it's enjoyable and humble in its own right. Well rounded. It lingers with polite understatement. I would almost call this a pale ale on the heavier side.

Mouthfeel - On the slight heavier side of average. Pleasant. Pleasant. Semantic satiation.

Overall a very drinkable, modest IPA that I would consider offering not-so-hop-heads if I don't finish the other five tonight.

 743 characters

Photo of isthatbeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip shaped glass

A: Hazy copper color with two fingers of creamy head. Nice lacing.

S: Mandarin oranges, a little pine resin, a little biscuit

T: Wow what a nicely balanced IPA. When I first put it in my mouth I got this flash of fizzy orange soda but that was quickly overtaken by a nice dry hop finish.

M: Medium-to-light body

I really drinkable well balanced IPA. I will definitely be having this one again.

 444 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, and shone a pale golden-copper color. It had a one finger head of big beige bubbles, which gave thick lacing as they left. No real haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation was seen to be quite low. The aroma burst with fresh piney hops, with accompanying hints of grapefruit and apricot. Malts here were pale, but deeper and richer than the average pale malt. On the back of the nose there was a faint steel quality, attributable to the yeast or a grain used. As we sipped, sweet floral hops burst onto the palate. There was also a sweet nectary flavoring as well, amplifying the earthen character about it. Clean pale malts marked the transition into the middle, where more apricot and bitter white fruit, in the form of peach and green grape acted to cut the malts. We finished on more notes of fruit, with a light cherry tartness and a revival of the floral hops to round the flavoring out. The aftertaste breathed of bitter grassy hops, steely grain, metallic yeast, and a cooled vegetable mineral. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium to high. To each sip there was a nice froth and slurp, with a slight coating. The coating eventually gave way to an astringent drying, but the mouth is left satisfied in the end. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how light and refreshing it was. This is not to say that it was a light beer, or watery in any sense, but rather that the beer remains appropriate for a hot day, without flopping of flavor. The flavor was also seen to carry many different fruity notes, which was an added bonus. The only criticism is that the aroma was a bit light, but what was able to be smelled was certainly rich and enjoyable.

 1,831 characters

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.

 998 characters

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.3% out of 100 with 2,588 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.