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
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0
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Photo of bogus564
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -4.9%
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 +4.6%
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 -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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 +13.6%
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 -1.3%
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 -5.7%
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 +5.9%
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.
Cheers!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright & clear yet robust copper (just hints at orange). A few streams of bubbles rise to join the small white cap of foam. Limited retention, but okay lace.

S: Very tangerine citrus – sweet and floral. Blends super well with rich caramel malts. This is one juicy & inviting smelling beer. Makes me smile.

T: Yeah! Now here the hops are more aggressive. Far more complex citrus character too – tangerine, orange, grapefruit, rind. A touch of other fruits too – either from hops or from esters – briefly poke through showing melon and light stone fruits. Then it is back to the hop bitterness with some pine and resin joining the citrus (increasingly so as it warms). Sweet toasty malts with loads of caramel serve to showcase the hops. Pinch of pepper as it warms, which I assume is from alcohol.

M: A bit over medium body with carbonation just enough to match. Feels big and rich. A fitting sugary tack and chew, but with plenty of hops to lend touch of dryness to the finish. Very slight alcohol warmth.

D: Style points all over the board, even though it is at upper range of simple IPA at 6.9 percent. Still, this shows as just a slight warming and a soft pepper touch. Nothing outlandish, flamboyant or overdone, just a nice straight forward (if slightly balanced) and finely executed IPA. Drinkable in spades.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a mostly clear but very rich golden color. Head is just a touch off-white and fizzles down very quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. Light, spotty lacing serves as a reminder of the momentary beauty of the head.

Smell: Very floral and spicy orange hops. Light nutmeggy vibe. Malt isn't super-prominent. Not bad.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sharply bitter as the beer enters the mouth. Very creamy carbonation reveals a very intriguing taste (carob bean? vanilla?) and the hops parade around during the whole thing. Beer finishes very nicely, leaving a gentle bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: Surprised by this one! Great tasting brew here.

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Photo of RWNewhouse
2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into English pint glass.

Appearance – light amber to golden orange. Off-white head held well. Light lacing.

Smell – Very lightly floral, hint of citrus. Slight sweetness. No grassiness to me.

Taste – malt forward with nice balance of hops. Leaves with a increased bitterness, but could offer more depth.

Mouthfeel – Medium with medium carbonation. Pleasant overall.

Overall – A little disjointed overall. Moving from sweet to flat to bitter without good transition. Fair enough to try again, but not extremely impressing.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours light orange and is transparent with active bubbles. There is a decent amount of head, but the retention isn’t the best. The smell is very fragrant floral and citrus hops. The taste is very smooth and delicious with a good sweet and bitterness balance. This is not my new favorite IPA, but I was impressed with this beer the first time I had it. I have had it since, and it seemed a little bit lacking and possibly a little too sweet. I still say it's pretty good.

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

Poured into a pint glass
Appearance- clear, clean and amber with a nice creamy looking head, great lacing
Smell: floral, sweet and hoppy but not super strong
Taste- excellent light to medium hoppy IPA with some sweet citrus notes
Mouth feel- medium body light carbonation
Overall- really enjoyed this. I thought it was refreshing and crisp. Looking forward to the next one

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

Poured into pint glass

A: Totally transparent golden orange color. Frothy off-white head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing around edges of the glass but not much.

S: Citrus and floral hops followed by mild light malt aromas. Smells sweet and citrusy, with some grassiness mixed in.

T: Floral and fruit hops with a slight citric twang, followed by an earthy aftertaste, similar to that in unearthly, obviously in a more subdued way. Very tasty, not overpowering in the least.

M: Light to medium body, has a slight creaminess to it. A VERY drinkable IPA.

O: Although not as bold as their other IPA variations, this is a simple and delicious IPA. I still prefer their 2x, but this was not a disappointment at all. And, you can get this one in a 1/2 keg for pretty cheap.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

ST’s IPA pours a crystal clear shade of light amber with some nice orange highlights. The head is a bit deeper beige than many. The foam possesses only average staying power, but leaves gobs of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is a simple blend of sweet and citrus. Pale malt spiked with some caramel sweetness mixes with grapefruity hops. There is a bit of pine as well, but not much else.

The flavor is fairly disappointing. Sips are lackluster with too much of the pale malt coming through on the front side. The hops come in near the middle with their orange and lemon zest character, but they seem muted and washed out by the malt presence. The amount of bitterness also seems a bit low.

The mouthfeel is solidly medium with a nice light amount of carbonation. The beer finishes quite well with a fairly unobtrusive bitter character that lingers on the tongue.

I have to say that this is one of the more disappointing IPAs I have had in recently memory. It looks great and smells decent, but the flavor is just such a letdown. I am pretty sure that this is a fairly fresh bottle, so I am not sure exactly what is up. Perhaps I just came in with my expectations too high since I love 2XIPA so much. I may have to give this beer another chance if I see it on tap, but out of the bottle it is not wowing me.

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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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Photo of regspeir
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Pinocchio’s (Media) poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer pours a golden, slightly cloudy amber with a smallish head that dissipated into an uneven coating. Lacing was present throughout, although thin. Nose was citrus hops with some grassiness and floral notes as well. Taste was citrus (especially orange and lemon zest) with nice balance added from the caramel malt. Mouthfeel was light for an IPA and carbonation was moderate to light with little stickiness. This was a refreshing beer I will try again.

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

Poured into a pint glass, golden almost orange appearance, nice lacing lasting throughout.

Aroma is a nice balanced hops scent, some grassy notes and citrus notes as well.

Taste is honey, floral and sweet at first and bitter and piney afterwards.

Good mouthfeel, slides down easy.

A pretty good IPA, done well, nothing too fancy, a good standard.

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

12oz into a weizen glass.

a - pours a clear, light amber with a two finger, pale, yellow head. leaves a bit of puffy, sticky lacing in the glass and head retention is excellent.

s - grassy and floral with a sweet malt base and a touch of honey.

t - lots of flavor here, but nothing too complex. sweet and toasty up front, dank, piney bitterness in the back. more malt forward than most ipa's, but still balanced.

m - medium in body and carbonation.

o - a pretty solid beer, could easily drink this all summer. seems to fit in with east coast ipa's. enjoyable, but probably won't knock anybody's socks off.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle and looked completely average. Fortunately it got a bit better as I dove in. The smell and taste were very nice representatins of the IPA style and I enjoyed the smooth finish. and it went great with a warm summer day. Not my favorite IPA, but I wouldn't turn one down. I love Souther Tiers bottle art and Unearlthy speaks to me, so I am sure I am biased towards the brewery.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding, benchmark (American) India Pale Ale.

Beautifully dark golden, clear amber and pleasant levels of carbonation and mouthfeel. Outstanding aroma of grapefruit, mango and hops. Rich taste profile, well balanced and wonderfully complex. Caramelized notes, bready goodness, plus the joy of mango & citrus.

This has been one of my favourite beers since long before I joined BA, and no matter your location it is well worth a trip to tour this brewery. Delighted to have an excuse to rate this experience rather than just enjoy it!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- light copper with a 3 finger head that is mountainous and peaked. Sticky and frothy.

S- lemon and floral hops. sweet caramel malt tones with hints of a chocolate.

T- dry lemon zest and rose or some sort of dark floral notes. light on the sweet malts but everything is nicely complemented for an IPA. not as hoppy though.

Mouthfeel- light bodied and sweet and less hoppy of an IPA but nice.

D- goes down easily and a refresher. this is a chugger.

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

12 oz bottle into glass.

A - Golden and hazy with a thin white head. Nice lacing.

S - Malty and florally. I didn't get a lot of citrus like other people are describing. It was pretty weak in the hops for an IPA.

T - Malty sweet up front, with a good mix of earthy green bitterness. The aftertaste was almost medicinal though. Not my favorite type of bitterness.

M - Light and crisp mouthful. Carbonation was not very strong.

D - It was a smooth beer, but I didn't like the aftertaste. I couldn't do a couple of these.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice-drinking standard IPA from Southern Tier. American mostly in its character, but clean and light-bodied like an English version.

Superb lacing - thick scummy bands - left behind by an initially huge, puffy, cottony head. Lacks retention, however. Brassy amber liquid, very clear.

Cakey malt aroma balanced nicely with some spicy, lemony hops - a bit pungent and piney.

Lingering moderate bitterness throughout. Hops come off grassy, lemon-orange, and a touch spicy. More assertive as it warms. Lightly sweet up front. Crystal malt-y - an almost graham cracker / biscuit quality. Nothing over the top. Well-balanced.

The body, however, feels the slightest bit too watery, thin. The finish fairly dry, bordering parching, with a faint warm rush leading to the end. Some sips it's pleasant, others it feels like the beer's breaking up.

Not too shabby though. I could see picking up a sixer of this. Definitely quaffable.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,580 ratings.
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