IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
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3.83/5
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IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

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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#12,614
Reviews:
963
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2,603
pDev:
11.23%
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Photo of rarbring
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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 0%
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 -6%
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 -11.2%
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 +5%
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 +13.8%
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 -4.2%
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 +24%
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 +5.2%
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 +8.4%
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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Photo of perrymarcus
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, bright golden honey tone with less than a finger of foamy, off-white head; so-so retention, decent lacing.

nose is dominated by citrus with of pine, maybe a little malt loitering in the background. nice aroma, though doesn't necessarily set itself apart from a bunch of good ones out there.

some sweet maltiness leads the nose, though the citrus hops are immediately behind, carrying through into a hoppy bitterness in the finish. tasty, enjoyable IPA.

medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. very drinkable.

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Photo of ToddT
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy copper color topped with a large off white head. Head is long lasting, sticky and leaves lots of nice lace on the glass.

S- Grapefruit hops a hint of malt, and a little pine and grass in the background.

T- Sweet malt that is soon overpowered with the grapefruit hops. No real clash of the sweetness and the bitterness but a smooth transition from on to the other. Finish is mostly clean and with a bitter final note of the hops, both in the form of taste and in a little oil on the palate.

M- Medium in body, slightly viscous and oily, carbonation is good.

D- Easy drinker for an IPA the 6.9% ABV is well hidden, and it's not overly bitter.

A decent choice, not too extreme this would be a good gateway IPA for the inexperienced drinker.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another excellent find while traveling between Michigan and New York. I found this in Erie, PA at one of their "six-pack" stores.

Appearance - Very orangy color, but clear. Moderate head that rapidly dissipates but yields persistent lacing.

Smell - Definitely an IPA. Hoppy with obvious citrus and flowery aroma.

Taste - Lotsa hops with just enough malt. Yummy!

Drinkability - I'm considering another road-trip to fetch some more. It's good enough that it should probably be enjoyed by itself - no food or anything else to interfere with the experience.

Update 2010-12-31 (from 2004-06-30 original review): This has been available in my area for the last few months and I truly enjoy it even after a six year hiatus. I've updated the taste, smell, and appearance to 5.0 from 4.5.

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Photo of jmich24
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Bright orange slightly cloudy. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Citrus hops. Sour Orange.
T: Nice citrus hops, bitter finish. Slight sweetness to balance.
M: A little on the thin side this year.
D: Solid drinkability.

Tasty Brew would love to try super fresh.

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Photo of HopsterDufus
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank this with Christmas dinner as a starter. Others at the table mentioned it looked disgusting and i kinda have to agree.

A: Deep amber-gold, small head with very thin lace. Incredibly hazy with suspended chunks. I really looked for something to indicate that this was intended but I can not find anything. hopefully a one batch thing.

S: Not particularly impressed. Slightly citrus hop forward aroma with even smaller hints of caramel maltiness. When agitated, a small amount of alcohol can be perceived.

T: Clean, sweet caramel maltiness up front. Not overly impressed with the hops in this IPA. It is not that the bitterness is not there, but rather that it lacks any real prominent characteristics like citrus, floral, resinous or piney aromas typically found in IPAs. Flavor and bitterness fade rather quickly.

M: medium-light mouthfeel.

D: Not a horrible beer, but not the great beer that i have expected from other southern tier. If this wasn't horrible to look at, I would have another, but have to move on to something more aesthetically pleasing at the moment.

Overall, not impressed and hope this is a one time flaw from a brewery that i have been rather impressed by in the past.

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

a- a lot paler than i would expect from an ipa, if i walked up on a glass of this id think it was a pilsner, minimal head with minimal lacing
s- really hoppy smell with a touch of grapefruit and a little orange
t- nice grapefruit hop kick, tastes good without being very bitter
m- kinda thin for an ipa
d- overall this is a quality ipa even if it doesnt meet the standards for appearance and mouthfeel, great starter ipa, i put down a sixer of this with no problem

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

Aroma is strong and hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit, just like any good IPA. It pours a clear amber with a typical white head. Flavor is very hoppy, only a little bitter, with hints of citrus and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fairly fizzy, rough and tingly. Not too shabby.

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

Look:
Bright caramel orange. Thin white head.

Smell:
Caramel candies, citrus and apples. Flowery aromas as well.

Taste
Heavy caramel flavors with green apples. Floral hops add bitterness. Hints of grains, honey, and citrus peels.

Feel
Crisp carbonation. Nice dry aftertaste though still much fuller than expected.

Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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

Pours a slight red bronze light brown, but has a very small head. Very little bubbles from the bottom coming up, apple juice looking color but clear.

Smell.. small... very very weak red sweet fuji/stayman apple, muted hops, no bread/grain characteristic, but perhaps even some sweet honey but hard to detect.

On the palate, decent body with apples coming through but minimal hops, some sweetness apparent (throws me off) in an apple brown sugar way, strange sort of mild carbonation upon first taste, slight dry afterfinish with bitter lime feel.

Drinkability is kind of meh, I'll pass I've had better.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very translucent copper color with a thin amount of foamy head that disipates quickly, leaves a very nice amount of lacing

S: great citrus notes, slight hoppiness

T: great citrusy taste that really lingers on the back of the pallet, nice hopiness

M/D: slight carbonation tingle, very smooth on the tongue, finishes with a slight bite, extremely smooth drinking brew

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Photo of bminor7
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from Steve. Thanks!

a - amber orangish hue, with a little haziness. head that forms is sticky and full, but dissipates, and is by no mean duvel-rocky.

s - like a bag of 50% crystal, 50% malted wheat with a pinch of simcoe thrown in

t - resin, then grapefruit, finishing with a very grassy and malty (more like malted grains - literally, before they are mashed - than anything i've tasted prior) taste. bitterness is under control.

m - since this is a little on the higher abv side, the mf is relatively thick for what you'd call a standard american ipa. suiting.

d - ironically i find this less drinkable than the captain lawrence captain's reserve iipa. it is only slightly less powerul but the sweetness just isnt there.

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

Pours orange-amber with white head. Aroma of hop resin, deep citrus, candy, and slight honey. Tastes of oranges, honey, hop resin, booze, bitterness/dryness come through the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A West Coast-style IPA that overwhelms the palate with some tasty and then some not-so-tasty flavors.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured in a chilled glass.

Appearance - Beer pours a amber colour with a decent amount of carbonation present. The head is about 1 finger and slowly disappears. The head is white in appearance. Some very nice lacing, almost creates a wall around the glass.

Smell - Lots of hops and pine present in the smell. Exactly what one would expect from an IPA. Some slight earth/grassy notes as well.

Taste - Very well made IPA that offers a lot to the taste buds. The hops and pine come through with a slight bitterness near the end. I actually tasted some sweetness near the end, not as citrus based as i would have guessed.

Mouthfeel - some good carbonation generated that brings fwd the sweetness hint. Still a solid base of hops and pines, but this is a nice tasting beer in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very pleased with this beer, this is one i would buy a six pack of and have on hand.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Ginger Man in NYC in a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a thick white head.

S: Lots of juicy hops, a hit of sweet malt.

T: A very well balanced IPA. It's only slightly bitter with a very good malt backbone. The hops come out in the presence of fruit but not so much citrus, but rather other fruits such as peach and apricot.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A very good, very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Southern Tier's more flamboyant brews, so I was looking forward to trying this.

It's a beautiful deep copper color, with a very small head and a pleasant smell.

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be all that much to the taste -- it's very very malty, sweet, and caramelly, and not unpleasant, but the hops are far too subdued to stand up to all that malt, and it ends up seeming kind of syrupy and almost sickly sweet. It's not obviously fruity or minerally, or anything else really, just sweeet. There's nowhere near the hop presence I've come to expect from a strong American IPA, and an over-the-top sweetness like this really needs some hops to balance it out.

I guess maybe it shouldn't be all that surprising given their other very sweet (and good) beers, but it just doesn't suit an IPA very well.

The ABV is high, so they needed some strong flavors, but really they should have thrown in a hop or two as well...

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,603 ratings