IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
2,591 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:
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Added by John on 03-24-2003

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Photo of secondtooth
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, with a substantial head of yellow/tan bubbles. Lovely, detailed lace.

Aroma is fresh and grapefruity. Some pine in there, too.

Flavor is punchy, and bitter. The malts seem to linger and this one feels heavy and syrupy almost. I don't get a lot of complexity.

Not a bad IPA, but not an "A" just yet.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber color with only a thin layer of white head that leaves some gentle lacing.

S: Really surprising aroma for an IPA. Incredibly sweet, grapefruit, peach. Finishes with piney notes from the hops.

T: Taste is much more standard for an IPA. Sweet malts up front, followed by Notes of grapefruit and a finishing bitterness with notes of pine.

M: Light-medium body. A bit of a syrupy feel and moderate carbonation.

O: A very drinkable beer. Well balanced, doesn't overwhelm with hops, but rather balances the malt sweetness with the hop flavor and compliments with a nice finish of bitterness.

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

Pours a clear golden-amber colour with a sizable, frothy, tan-coloured head that laces and gets retained as a collar.

Nice hop aroma. Lots of citrus tones including grapefruit and tangerine. There's also a subtle honey-like note that brightens everything up. Very fresh and appealing.

Surprisingly sweet, toasted malt taste up front. Well-balanced bitterness before buttery, piney and citrus hop tones come through.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body and little carbonation. Honey-like sweetness at the very end. No real trace of its ABV at all. Very smooth and easy-going.

For me, this is a well done IPA that represents excellent value ($12.75/6 in Ontario) given its quality and import status. It could use a bit more character, but definitely a beer I'll try again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a great foamy white head that tiers and laces quite well. Then reduces to a nice wafer evenly coating the top of the brew. Slightly foggy orange color.

S - Smells not at all like a IPA... A little Iced Tea-ish... Very little citrus in the nose. Not your typical IPA

T - A little like iced tea... Grassy. Really not up to speed as far as IPAs go... A little disappointing by Southern Tier. I wish it was more bitter and spiced.

M - Quite good, bitter, but refreshing...

D - Easy to drink, goes down well.

Recommended! Thanks for the trade Kevin!

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Photo of jifigz
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Victory tulip.

A: A nice amber/orange that is pretty typical of many IPA's.

S: Floral, as with most IPA's, but there is an additional sweetness in the nose that I am detecting. Almost like a sugared freshly brewed iced tea aroma.

T: The sweetness/tea flavor is very pronounced upon the first initial sip which then yeilds to some hop bitterness. The aftertaste is an equal balance of the tea flavor with the hop bitterness with a touch of spiciness on riding the tail.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is a little thin and watery. The consistency doesn't change much as it is in your mouth, no complex shift in how your tongue or overall palate feel the beer.

O: A decent IPA, nothing exceptional though. Due to the relative low hop bitterness I detect and the watery mouthfeel, I could crush these beers one after another. The alcohol is masked well and carries a very appropraite ABV.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local restaurant

A-Clear deep amber, 1 finger head that left lacing all down the glass.

S-Some hops, slight citrus notes. Easily the worst part of this beer.

T-Rather bitter. Could use some more malt though. Citrus and pine tones. However as the beer warmed more malt flavoring came through.

M-Medium bodied

D-I didn't pair this beer well with dinner, but I wanted to try it again. It is a good IPA, worth a try to any hop head but at the end of the day there are better IPAs out there available on the east coast (60 min and Smuttynose come to mind instantly)

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

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy gold-amber with a finger of white, bubbly head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Piney, citrus hops and caramel candy. A little light grains and grass.

Taste. Bitter grassy hops and yellow grapefruit. Some toasty malt in the middle and a little lingering grassy, citrus bitter.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. Great drinking ipa. Could blaze through several of these without any trouble.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a tulip. This one is a clear golden straw color with just a thin white head. The head dies down pretty quickly leaving just a thin rim of lace.

Pretty standard smell here. A decent bitter hop profile and a bit of citrus to rond it out. The hop aroma seems a litle weaker than I would preffer to see. Again on the pallet it just seems a bit weak. Faint bitter hops with a bit of citrus sweetness rounding it out.

The feel is decent, a light bottle with adequate carbonation. Overall, when I bought this I was a little reluctant just because they don't date the bottles. I don't know how old it is but this has only been in my possesion for about a week. It's decent, but there is no way for me to know if this is a fresh beer.

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

bottle cites 7.0%abv

poured in a nonic. clear and golden slight orange tint. honey gold. bubbly one finger head with rocky bubbles. some carbonation bubbles floating up from bottom. looks great.

smells really sweet and yummy. marmalade aroma from malt with a citrus pine hops.

loveliness. sweet malt bitter hops. nice mouthfeel and body. well balanced. delicious tasting beer.

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Photo of joefeidt
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this unassuming IPA. It's funny, I'm not getting much smell, but the taste is intense and gives me a blast of piney hops. It assaults the back of the tongue and stay there for a long time giving it a big mouthfeel. All in all, quite quaffable.

Thanks, ST, for this tasty brew.

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Photo of CaffeineZombie
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from the fridge I poured this from the bottle into a pint glass and got a fairly small amount of off-white foam which left little lacing as it melted quickly into the golden amber colored beer.

The first sip was bright and full of hoppy flavor, but had very little smell. The initial flavor lingers on the sides of your tongue for a while, which is nice since it's a pleasant flavor to begin with.

The beer had a moderate to heavy carbonation which also seemed to make the beer have a little more bite when you first sip it.

As it warmed up, the smells came out a bit more, and the initial bite faded a bit making it a smoother beer that's well worth sipping on.

Overall, it's a good solid IPA for fairly short change. I look forward to grabbing some more, especially if I can find it in a 12-pack for around $15, like I did this time(it was a variety pack, not all IPA's).

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Photo of JesteR14
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- It pours a orange/amber color. One finger foamy white head.

S- I get some hops, and a faint smell of malts. And that is it for me.

T- The taste is very piney like all east coast IPAS. Hops come in also leaving my mouth feeling that hop burst the entire time the beer is in my mouth. Malts come in at the end to finish this beer off.

M- Good feeling but i wish it had more citrus and more carbonation.

D- Its a good east coast IPA.

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Photo of TheSignPost
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice little beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. Not overpowering, but just hoppy enough to please. Not super-strong, alcohol wise, but just enough.

This could easily become a perfect every day kind of beer. Nice taste, at a good price. How do you beat that?

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Photo of JayS2629
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice copper amber color with a frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lace. The smell is more faint than expected. Citrus, pine, and grapefruit with a bready tone in the background. Some earthy notes peak out. The taste is more floral, grassy, yet still retains those pine and citrus elements especially the grapefruit. A slight bitter aftertaste which is to be expected. Mild and soft overall for the style. Very easy and enjoybable to drink. Slightly creamy. Very refreshing. Overall nicely balanced and good beer.

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Photo of paulginva
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass. When it got to my table, it had a nice 1" frothy white head with good body lacing that dissipated somewhat slowly. Body was a clear amber with soft carbonation.

AROMA: There was a moderate hop aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Not overpowering at all -- obviously supported by some malt that I simply couldn't make out. Pleasant.

TASTE: A moderate and well-camouflaged sweet malt flavor supported a strong hop taste of citrus, grapefruit, possibly a little orange peel, and a nice pine flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a light to moderate body with a nice smooth texture and soft carbonation. The finish started with a moderately bitter flavor that turned somewhat dry at the end of a medium finish time and left a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Body lacing was fair and it dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A pretty good American IPA. While not particularly memorable, it was quite drinkable and provided good value for the money. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours an amber color with a solid head that coats the side of the glass.

S-Really spicy, hoppy smell. Nice and appealing to the nose.

T-very hoppy, very spicy. A tad creamy as well. Mild citrus taste comes to mind as well.

M-Liquidy, thin feel.

O-A very solid IPA from Southern Tier. Easy drinking and very pleasing to the senses.

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

Visual: Poured into pint glass. Copper-orange in color. Extremely thin head retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Floral hops up in the air. whoop whoop

Taste: Big floral taste in the mouth complemented with kiwi, grapefruit, and sweet berry notes. Also a bit of toasted malt and earthen character. Growing bitterness from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with a touch of foaminess.

Drunkability: Fairly drinkable ipa. Taste is not exceptional but is solid and is backed with appropriate bitterness.

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Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice golden color similar to honey. Nice white head and decent lacing. The aromas are nice, but basic and not too pungent. It tastes like it smells, but a little better. There are subtle amounts of citrus and pine. The hops seem to take a backseat to everything else going on in this one; malt is present. The mouthfeel is good.. well carbonated, smooth; medium-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, easy drinking; alcohol is undetected.

This is well-crafted, it's a good beer, it's just kind of boring for the style.

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Photo of engagechad
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at The Hard Shell in Downtown Richmond, VA - poured into a pint

Twas a poor pour. No head on this beer until I could get it down low enough to agitate. Once I did I was able to get some decent head but it was still pretty okay. Yellow in color with very slight hints of amber.
Smells of grassy citrus hops, and upon agitation the smells kept coming.
Tasted good, on the bitter end and the mouthfeel suffered a little from this.
Over all I think this beer is a good IPA but they also had Stone IPA on the menu there and honestly, looking back I'd take the Stone over this for sure so that is very revealing for me.

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Photo of jar2574
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Giant 1.5 inch head over a burnt orange beer. Good lacing. A good looking beer. Smells of hops, honey and (unexpectedly) a hint of tea leaves.

Unfortunately, this is another Southern Tier that tastes too watery and flavorless, at least for me. It's got a very slight metallic touch in the aftertaste. The beer is balanced for an IPA. Rather than being hoppy you get a feel of both hops and malts. There just aren't enough of them to make things interesting. Mostly, it reminds me of water.

Overall, a rather boring beer. Not undrinkable but not that enjoyable.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We just got this in within the past two days at our local Buffalo Wild Wings in Morehead, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have this from a freshly tapped keg. Served in a pint glass. I texted myself notes on this one... how big of a geek am I?

Appearance: Pretty standard for an IPA, I suppose. Poured a rusty orange/copper color from the tap and was topped by a thin but creamy one-finger ivory-colored head which had solid retention and left strings of lacing down the glass, especially the lower half. Nice looking, but not great. This may have to do with the slightly chilled glass the beer was served in.

Smell: Wow. This is a hoppy beer if there ever was one, but it doesn't knock you flat out. Plenty of citrus and fruit in the smell: Grapefruit, oranges, maybe even mango and pineapple. Pine resin and rich, springy, floral scents also leap out of the glass toward the drinker as the beer warms over time; this makes me look forward to what I'm drinking. This is all backed by a subtle but enticing malt profile which features a touch of caramel and even a little bit of honey sweetness with notes of fresh bread. Very well-done and mouth-watering. The tropical fruit smells give me a clue of what I'm getting myself into.

Taste: Sweet citrus, mainly notes of orange, ripe grapefruit, and lemon, sweep the palate at first. Oh man, this is GOOD stuff. This quickly gives way to some more herbal notes from the hops as well as sticky pine resin and some grassiness which lingers for a LONG time. There's just enough malt balance of honey and caramel flavors to not bombard you with the hop flavors in the finish. Although this is a hoppy beer, it's not aggressive; it's elegant, mouthwatering, and the bitterness is balanced by the sugary sweetness of both the hop and malt profiles. All of these flavors combine well in the finish and linger for a long time in the back of the mouth. Little hint of alcohol pops up in the finish, but it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Oh my gosh. It's like a cloud from Heaven in my mouth. For such a hoppy beer, this is smooth, creamy, and has just the right amount of body. Even the lingering notes of pine resin and citrus don't leave a big dry finish. Granted, it's slightly dry, but it's done in a way to make you want the beer that much more. Medium carbonation assists in this - flavors develop over time - as well as the lingering melting pot of flavors in the finish.

Drinkability: Admittedly, I couldn't drink this ALL night, since I'm just getting into the IPA style - but the slightly high ABV is well masked and the flavors are so enticing that it would be hard not to order another one. I will GLADLY order this every time I go to my local Buffalo Wild Wings. This is fantastic stuff, and at $5 a pint, it can't be beat. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite powerful. A lot of pine resin and citrus jumps out from the get go, quite hoppy even for style. A sign of things to come? We'll see.

The taste surprised me just a bit. There's certainly a good presence of fruity hops right away (grapefruit, and a little tropical), but it's somewhat muted in the front and has an obvious spicy, biscuity malt profile along with it. As it fades into the finish, the hops take over and wrap up the beer with a bitterness that lasts quite a long time into the aftertaste on the sides of the tongue. Basically, it's very balanced at first, and gears towards hops in the finish. Still, not as bitter as most IPA's.

All in all, very very tasty example of style here. It surprised me with its balance. Loved the malt profile.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a white head - has good retention.

Smells of citrus, floral, and a touch of caramel. A delightful aroma with a bit of a bite.

Bitter grapefruit up front backed by sweet orange and an aromatic floral liveliness giving way to a bready malt taste with a touch of caramel. A very lively mouthfeel with flavors moving around and developing throughout. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +12.3%
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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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,591 ratings
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