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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Added by John on 03-24-2003

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ReservaPrivada
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type : Bottle to Duvel Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful golden-slight amberish. Finger and a half of head. Nice big bubbles give a foamy head. Disappears rather quickly prob from 7.3% ABV. However leaves picture perfect lacing. Very Clear.

S- All pine and grapefruit. Kind of like a west coast style ipa meets and hybridizes with a east coast style ipa. Medium malt backbone gives a sense of balance. Inviting and Enticing.

T-Wow. This is an exceptional IPA. Very balanced. Great Hop profile. Clean and Crispy with mild carbonation. Its a pretty straight forward beer. Piney Hop that leads way to a clean grapefruit finish that is balanced by that malt backbone. No taste or smell of alcohol esters or astringencies.

M- Great mouth feel. Silky and soft with just the right amount of carbonation.

I am very impressed with this IPA. Reminds me of Loose Cannon Hop3. A very balanced beer that is more of a hybrid than a east coast or west. Very Recommended and I will be back to grab at least a 6er!

**Off review I have found out that there is not a drop of Vienna or Munich malt whatsoever in this beer. Marris Otter is the base with Crystal 20 and Caramel.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Gorgeous deep orange colour, translucent, with a large amount of froth. Retention was solid and some sticky lacing was left behind.

S - Grapefruit and other citrus notes, along with a pungent pine hop aroma.

T - Citrusy body with a good hop bitterness, not too complex, but tasty.

M - Oily medium body, slightly silky, mild carbonation level, and a semi dry finish.

D - Good solid IPA. Definitely worth trying, and a serviceable dinner beer at that.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold color, very clear. Thick white head. Nice lacing. Awesome retention.

Aroma: Wonderful crisp hops! Pine, grassy, sweet caramel.

Flavor: Crisp fresh hops, as the smell suggested. Mostly pale malt, along with some vienna or munich. Floral, honey, a bit of caramel. Burnt sugar. Definitely tasting the complex malt structure specifically during the aftertaste, it is very strong. A bit roasty, resionous.

Medium to full body. Tingly on the tongue, but not much carbonation overall. Oily.

Overall: The hops flavor is great, however it is overshadowed by the malt. No need for that much caramel or roastiness. I tasted some strong vienna or munich malt, doesn't fit in well in this IPA. Perhaps they were experimenting here, but this is their boilerplate IPA, not a limited edition brew.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, the first glass from a freshly opened keg.
Massive frothy head, which was not unexpected since it was the first serving. The head dissipates slowly to leave behind some excellent lace.
Aroma was intensely floral, citrusy and hoppy. There is nothing more pleasantly aromatic than a fresh IPA.
Taste was also predominantly hoppy, with the hops making their presence felt upfront. The malt backbone was evident in the finish. However, the malts were eventually drowned by the hop bitterness which leaves a nice lingering aftertaste.
This was a delicious and well balanced IPA. Again, this review might seem to be a lot in the favor of the beer since it was a fresh keg.
I will have to drink it off the bottle to get an even better picture.
Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep orange colour, one finger white head, some lace on the glass. Smell is of pine and malt, some citrus, tangerine, light grapefruit quality, fairly hoppy overall. Taste is saft malt and bitter hop up front, citrus and grapefruit take a backseat to pine which is also strong in the finish, light alcohol, white grape skins, well balanced. Med carb, full body, oily and quite slick, near perfect mouthfeel. Solid stuff overall, pretty consistant also, this is one of my go to beers.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier tends to focus on the hops, and out of these four Southern Tier brews tonight, this is going to have the most of them. Southern Tier IPA is an American IPA, and it comes out an orange colored brew, with a small, bubbly white head. The scent is nice, very nice. Nice caramel malt, but its dominated by the hops; grapefruit, citrus, bitter, piney. Same goes for the taste, caramel front, with a complex hop profile. Grapefruit, floral, citrus, a touch of bitter, a lil' sappy, kinda spicy. Nice hops. Full bodied and creamy. A bit of spice from the alcohol as it warms up a bit.

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

Appearance: Amber color with 1 finger of off white head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: A nice citrus bouquet with caramel malt undertones and just a touch of breadyness.

Taste: A big blast of bitterness upfront, but with a hefty malt presence as well that has a nice, toasted flavor to it. The malt fades towards the back end and you're left with a just some dank bitterness that lingers a long time.

The Rest: Body is medium. This is one of my favorite IPA's. The bitterness just boarders on harsh, but with a nice malt base its is extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA pours a golden cooper color, with not much of a head. The smell is very hoppy; nice strong floral scent. The taste is a bit dry, and decently hoped; it finishes a bit sweeter, and maltier. The complex flavor is stronger, but iam not sure the sweeter taste fits enterily well. Overall this is a pretty good IPA, a bit different, and I think that hurts this one.

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Photo of bogus564
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, poured into a pint glass.

Just got home from work, grabbed some pizza on the way home, and am looking to try this beer that I bought yesterday (not cold enough to drink yesterday).

And away we go...

A: Good color, light to medium amber, head the color of orange peel, 2cm high, doesn't last but a minute.

S: Smells hoppy, like an IPA should. Here's what's different - the hop characterstics are balanced in the nose. I'm getting just as much pine as I'm getting citrus (weak grapefruit, that is). I can't detect much else - either the A/C is blowing too hard, I've got a cold, or the nose just isn't that strong.

T: Okay, that was a bit disappointing. The taste actually mirrors the smell; it's just not strong. Though the hop characteristics are well balanced, they're not as pronounced as I'd hoped they'd be. Maybe this is the "Light Beer" version of their 2XIPA, which, by the way, I absolutely love.

M: Okay. Light in body, well carbonated, piney / citrus finish. It's alright.

O: It's like the dependable straight A student who brings home a B plus. It's good, it does the job, but the expectations are higher. I will say this, though; it goes quite well with pizza.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber/copper color with small 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Not a huge hop bomb smell, but nice blend of sweetness and bitter hops. Some grapefruit and orange peel, almost the sweetness of honey present.

T - Actually a decent amount of hops present, the taste is a bit more piney than the smell would have indicated. Still some of that sweetness as well. There's nothing outstanding present, but a good decent flavor

M - Lots of carbonation, leaves the mouth a bit dry.

Overall - A decent IPA, nothing stands out or anything, just stickin' to the basics here.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clarity in a bright orange beer with decent head retention that sticks around in patches. Leaves very nice lacing down the glass. The smell is like getting hit in the face with a grapefruit. Huge notes of grapefruit come up and hit the nose, making this smell very appetizing. You can almost taste the bitterness of the hops in the nose.

Smooth and creamy in the feel, with a grapefruit-like taste that is both balanced and fairly bitter. The bitterness is soft though, easing into the palate but making a home there and filling the whole mouth with pleasant citrus hop tastes. A touch of alcohol is present in the middle of the taste as well, warming but not detrimental. A malt presence is felt in the front, but is forgotten after the hops take over. This is a good IPA, and add on to everything the overall drinkability of it, and this is a very nice and enjoyable beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich copper-orange color with a big two-fingers of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving tons of lacing behind.

S - Aroma is a fairly potent, but well balanced mix of sweet caramel malts and citrus/grapefruit hops.

T - Starts off again with a nice balance of sweet caramel malts and grapefruit hops and bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness gets a bit stronger alongside a bit of deeper bready malts. The finish is a mix of some sweet caramel malts and bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and very refreshing, especially at the finish with is very dry and crisp.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is very nice from start to end and very well balanced with the caramel malts.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark orange color with off white head. Little lacing and quickly dissipating head.
Great grapefruit smell. Very inviting.
Tastes of grapefruit-clear and crisp. Ends with definite holiness. A ver tasty IPA.
Medium mouthfeel with little carbonation.
One of the better IPA's on the market. Great for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of nc41
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this one by accident I thought I was grabbing a sixer of 2X. I was pleasantly surprised, absolutely loved the nose, although
the head was rather thin a few minutes after the pour, nose is all hops, as is the 1st hit on the tingue, no staggering bitterness, but definately not sweet. Drinking this blind folded I might
guess this was a light style DIPA, I assume that the malt balances this out quite nicely. Have to say I really enjoyed it, and next time I buy it it won't be an accident. I usually prefer a real crisp biting IPA, and this one isn't anywhere near that kinda style, but it's still obe very well made and balanced IPA.

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Photo of Mako82
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

A - Clear golden in color, white fizzy head that didn't last long
S - Strong smell of hops and citrus
T - Strong taste of hops with a nice citrus taste. Alcohol esters are fairly apparent in taste, strong bitter aftertaste
M - Fairly carbonated with dry mouth feel

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good clear amber tone, a little lace of a cream white head to top it. No sediment in the bottom of the bottle, just a good clear ale. Smells hoppy backed by malt. A great smooth IPA taste. Nothing to overbearing or over bitter. A little honey taste in there for me. A good blend of hops. Definitely something I could session with.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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