IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,568 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:
2,568
Reviews:
956
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
469
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,568 |  Reviews: 956
Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 US fl.oz./355 ml bottle poured into a pint glass...

A - The beer pours a clear golden/light copper body, with a frothy white head. The lacing is quite nice, and the head retention is very solid.

S - Without having anything too special about it, this beer smells like a typical, quality East-Coast American IPA. Pine, flowers, caramel, and a hint of citrus.

T - This is a very solid IPA! Starts out with a very impressive hop bite, full of floral and citrus notes. A moderate sweetness follows right after, bringing a pleasant caramel feel to your palate. The finish is slightly bready, bitter, yet sweet. Very proper IPA! After a while you may even taste a hint of vanilla (not sure what causes that, though)!

M - Light-to-medium bodied, with a slight syrupness to it.

D - This is a solid sessionable IPA. Goes down smoothly, with a good balance between drinkability, bitterness, and flavour.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium golden clear with mild head and gentle lacing. Smell: Certainly doesn't jump out at you but pleasant piney citrusy smell. Taste: A most acceptable IPA. Nice blend of malts, hops, with a decent bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Drinkability: I will certainly drink more and could see this as a three or four at a sitting.

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Photo of sliverX
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented with a nice topped hued brew with a thick foam cap that hung around well with nice lacing.
Smell is pine resin with a nice slight sweetness
Taste is big pine with a bit of grapefruit rind
Mouthfeel is a light medium body which is fitting
Drinkability is pretty good, nice " session " ipa for me love to have a few on the porch or when drilling

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Photo of Kitt
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with an off-white weak head. Some lacing persists.

Strong caramel malts with a burnt pine hopped undertone. An unusual combination.

A moderate bitter tasting hop blend -- pine, caramel, and a hint of wheat bread -- well balanced with an obvious malt backbone. An interesting combination but not altogether impressive.

mouthfeel - rather weak bodied, a bit watered down. No creamy aftertone - rather dry.

drinkability - alcohol and carbonation prevelant, otherwise fairly easy going down. The bitter burning pine taste that lingers actually makes me hesitate for a moment before I take another sip. I don't know if that is good or bad.

Overall imperssion: a slightly above average American IPA. I would choose several others over this beer, but if I were stuck with it, it would not be the end of the world. For tonight, I'll have another.

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Photo of afksports
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm enjoying this on tap at amity hall. Hooray for locals! Southern Tier's IPA is good looking and drinkable, much like my girlfriend.

In appearance, ST IPA is orange to gold, filtered and clear, with a smooth head that sustains and clings to the glass. The smell is indistinct however, with only a touch of hops Merton the nose. Maybe some malts, and mostly water. The taste has more hops to offer, and features a consistent malt character with a bitter and clean finish. But there's nothing biting, nothing rewarding, nothing distinct about it. Very very plain.

The beer has a medium body, and in its plainness I suppose is its stength-- because it's highly drinkable. It's nowhere near th top of my growing IPA list, but it doesn't necessairly need to be.

Because its local, and I'll take this anytime over tons of other options.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this IPA more than I expected to. Straight-forward and true to style, with a strong flavor profile that won me over.

A - Amber-orange with some chill haze, rising bubbles, about a quarter inch of white head, with good lacing.

S - Lots of American hops in the aroma. Citrus, especially grapefruit with a little lemon, pine, and grass and floral notes.

T - A load of malt flavor, so much that it took me by surprise. It has a lot of bitterness up front, and really hits the citrus flavors. It mellows in the mouth and the sweet malts come through, very strong. There are several distinct flavors at work here, which remain distinct. The malt ends up dominant, but the hops never get lost.

M - This has a light to medium body, smooth or even slick, with medium carbonation and a nice pop from the hops.

D - I like IPAs, and this is a good one. It may not be spectacular, but it is different from the crowd of IPAs out there, and yet is very drinkable. For the money, this is a great buy. I will buy this again.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden to orange body with a foamy, pillow like white head that leaves scattered, yet sticky lacing behind.

The aroma consists of citrus hops primarily with some malty sweetness coming through as it warms.

The palate offers additional malty sweetness beneath the citrus and possibly herbal hops.

Medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation with just a touch of puckering bitterness.

Overall a fairly nice example of the style that is fairly easy on the palate versus some of its more aggressive counterparts.

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Photo of whisperjet
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice overall beer. Pours a clear amber with three fingers of strong white head. Has a really interesting nose that's full of grape and lemon scents. Nice hoppy feel to it. Taste is not as bitter as I would like but it is.very malty and has a great feel overall.

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Photo of mrmuskie
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off i loved this beer. It poured a dark orange with amber highlights and a off white 2 finger head. The arommas were sweet maltiness with notes off citrus,apricot,and jasmine.
For the taste it was a very well balanced IPA with the intial taste being malt sweetness followed by fruity hops and finishing with just a slight bitter ting. The mouthfeel of this beer is where it stands alone in my opinion, it was strangly silky for a american IPA but still finished with the hop zing i want from a american IPA. This was my first Southern Tier brew...Im a big fan!

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

Out of the bottle came an interesting reddish orange liquid. I don't see any precipitation, but the color is inviting. About a finger and a half of light tan head rose up with a decent density (not marshmallowy, but well thick). Trace amounts of lace were left to hang around as the glass became ever more empty.

The smell first delivered an unambiguous orange with some grapefruit hints. Stinky old hops. Big and sweet caramel malt base. Smells fruity and acidic.

The taste is sweet then bitter then sweet again. A curious transformation all in one swig! Good stuff. The alcohol is slightly perceivable in the aftertaste, but this one doesn't give you that dry finish. The bite is not in here. The finish remains too wet and juicy to be dry.

Hops doesn't exactly play second fiddle in this beer, but it is definitely sharing the limelight. Malt is in the house throwing its weight around. The mouthfeel gives me a nice oily impression and has a light medium body.

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Photo of decimator
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
ABV marked as 6.0%.

A - Poured a clear golden orange with a 1cm head that quickly reduced to some bubbles. Decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pine, grass backed with some sweet malts.

T - Sweet malts, citrus, bitter hops in the finish with a hint of booze. A sticky bitterness is left on the inside of the mouth.

M - Average carbonation, sticky, drying finish.

D - Decent but not a stand out.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden slightly amber color with a very nice white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Some floral hops in the nose with a bit of soap and malt. I'm interested to see how the flavor turns out...

T- Some bitterness upfront but honestly a bit more malt that I was expecting. I wouldn't really say that the malt 'balances' the bitterness. In fact this beer is really bitter upfront with a very sweet finish...the two don't really compliment each other. They more or less duke it out all in the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. The alcohol is apparent, surprisingly so for a 6.9% brew.

D- Eh, I'll probably pass on this one next time. Not bad just alot of other IPAs that I prefer.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is lookin beautiful in my snifter right now. brilliant and vibrant orange color with a thin ring of head retention and moderate lacing.

I brought out my snifter just for this, to really bring out the aroma and this IPA is not lacking any. really appealing smells of orange and grapefuit take charge, maybe even pineapple. enticing to say the least.

Tastes like all above smells wrapped inside of hops with some malt on the side.

This has a fairly light-medium bodied creamy feel to it that beckons you to savor the flavors.

I could drink a lot of these...good price as well which really makes this stand out to me. Cheers!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows toasty and sweet crystal malt with some subtle grapefruit and pine also present.
Very similar flavours followed by a powerful hoppy bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher.
Not enough hop aroma/flavours.

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

Reviewed from tasting notes from 1/11/11

A - Honey-like golden with copper highlights. Plain white head with decent retention.

S - Pine air freshener, some sweetness, some citrus rind.

TMD - Assertive piney hop bitterness, good thick body, nicely balanced malt profile that's quite clean & not at all cloying. Hints of orange rind and grapefruit playing second fiddle. Fairly substantial 6.9% ABV went undetected in the taste. If I had to pick one word to describe this beer, it would be clean.

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Photo of rarbring
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear, a warm orange amber tint, a small off-white head , little lacing but some curtains.

The smell has grape-fruit peel in it, some wet grass and dry discreet pine needles.

Tasting sweet, brown sugar and dark bread, upfront, then the grape-fruit peel with slightly crushed seeds.

Medium high carbonation, a soft fluid with a good body and dry finish.

A nice solid AIPA, a good bitterness and good balance,

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

Nice balanced AIPA...not the hop bomb I go crazy for but a solid, drinkable IPA.

Pours a clear copper color with a somewhat large head on a hard pour. Good head retention and thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus and a little floral hops, not overpowering but still pronounced. Taste is balanced. Citrus hops up front, cut fairly quickly by bready and earthy malts. Then a nice little blast of citrus hops in the finish. THe longer you drink, the more prominent the hops become but there is still some balance here.

Mouthfeel is a hair thin at first, but then as the hops take over, it appears more rich. Crisp and light.

Drinkability is good. Fairly light, balanced enough for a non-hophead but with still some robust flavor. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden/pale body, nice off white creamy one finger head. I'd like to see a touch more head, this dissipates a bit too quick for my liking. A ring of lacing and a few blobs of big bubbles survive a bit longer.

S:Citrus, lavender, fruity, toffee, some smokey notes in there some how.

T: Sweet at first, slight grassy, some carmel, earthy hops on the medium long finish. A slight lingering metallic bitterness remains.

M:Feels medium thin bodied. I wish this was a bit thicker. Medium prickly carbonation.

D:I could drink a few of these at a time. I think the lingering bitterness and thin body detracts from this as well.

$1.50 each from a mixed sixer from Copaco in Bloomfield.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold body with decent bubblage. A head that almost overflowed so I had to take a sip of it. White Iceberg effect with the head.

Citrus hops some pine and malt upfront. Smells really good. If it taste like it smells we're in for a treat.

Okay, taste is good but comes up a little watered down. Not enough bitterness. You got the pine, citrus taste slight malt and some bitterness at the end. A little disappointed but isn't a horrible IPA.

Body almost comes up as water. Really light feeling in the mouth. Not impressed. Light .carbonation. Mouth feels a little dry.

Drink ability is okay. I could have another since its really light feeling for an IPA. I think I will get bored of this real quick, though.

This would be a good introduction IPA for people who haven't tried one. If you have a friend who is trying to get into beers, wants to try a IPA, this is a okay one to try; it won't rip your tongue off.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle at D's sixers in Swissville for 2 bucks.

A - Pours a nice clear copper amber color with an inch of fluffy head.

S - Smells pretty hoppy with citrus and pine and a nice sweet malt base.

T - Kind of a let down really. Mild citrus tones with a huge sweet malt base that seems to take over. Wanted it to finish more bitter...

M - Light to medium. Pretty good

D - Well I had this before and out of most brews it lacked much hop base that I hoped for. For me it seems they do a good job in Imperial based beers than low class IPA's like this one. I will give them some credit that the bottle maybe old.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The poured an excellent shade of amber, almost with shades of orange. The beer had a dense, but very big white head that was very well retained and a better than average cap was left. Some noticeable carbonation was floating to the top. Probably could not ask for better.

The aroma was very hoppy, citrus hop.

The taste was very good as well, hoppy, but not overly so. I guess what was different about the beer has that the bitterness did not knock me over like some other IPA's do. This beer had a nice mellow, even flavor to it.

The beer felt a bit heavy to me, almost like all the carbonation slipped out when I poured the beer. Reminds me more of a DIPA. The beer was crisp, a bit creamy and very smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste, which did linger. Drinkability was very good. Overall, one of the best IPA's that I have tried to date.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Hard pour, resulting in a creamy, white, thumb-sized head. Quite clear out of the bottle with a pale copper/orange color. Retntion and lacing were mild. Big nose of citrus. Oranges, grapefruit and a touch of mango. Palate is suprisingly balanced, with a decent malt character to go with the citrus hops. Bitterness is there but not overpowering, leaving behind a nice dryness. Good quality AIPA that I would drink again but isn't worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kakaraht
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours with generous thumb of thick white head that is slow to dissipate. It has a tawny amber color that makes the drink look quite crisp and refreshing, especially as a bead of precipitation rolls down the sexy curves of my Innis and Gunn glass.

S:The aroma is quite citrusy, and has that quintessential American IPA essence to it. One thinks of grapefruit, and orange peels, with a hint of what might be a creaminess.

T: The first thing I notice is how subtle and smooth the bitterness of the beer is, lingering just long enough on the back of the tongue too make you want more. The citrus balance is quite creamy, almost a buttery flavor.

M: This is a very smooth brew that coats your mouth like it is made of orange velvet. The carbonation is just right, giving a good earthy belch to finish it off.

D: Excellent drink, it is really nice to have an American IPA that is not trying to win any IBU competitions. Will buy this drink again. Very high quality beer, love Southern Tier.

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Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code 122 A3 14:26 take that for what its worth.

Crystal clear deep golden color. Low carbonation. Decent white frothy head.

Massive malty sweet and hop resin aroma. Smells much bigger than the labelled 6.5%. Difficult to pick out a single hop trait except to say there's heaps there.

Extremely well balanced and drinkable. The beer may be taking a bark is worse than bite approach. The aroma is a bit heavy handed and confused while the taste is nicely rounded and complex. Big malt presence is well handled by the hop flavor and bitterness.

Not completely sold on this, though it is nice. Wish I knew what hop varieties they used as that may be what I have reservations with. Use another variety and I may just love this beer. As it is, it's still very nice.

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Photo of Star80
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium amber color with a frothy head and attractive lacing. Smell is nicely hoppy, some grapefruit, resinous pine, with a faint orange zest in there. Taste is actually well balanced, some nice grapefruit and some pine, herbal bitterness and lemony zest, bolstered by a solid malted backbone. An interestingly complex hophead brew not overly simplified by a big bale of hops hitting you over head, this one has some character. Mouthfeel is fine. At about 7% I would consider this an average abv for an American style IPA but not overly alcoholic, it is well hidden by the goings-on between the hops and malts and yeast. I have been impressed by most of the beers by Southern Tier, L'Chayim!

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,568 ratings.
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