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 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

Bright caramel orange. Thin white head.

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

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

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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, hops, more more grapefruit but there is pine in there. In the taste, pine hops up front and ending with a hint of citrus hops, with a nice sweet to dry maltiness. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hopped aftertaste. This is just a nice everyday IPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Light golden with some touches of orange here and there. Alot of bubbles rising amounts to not much of a head, just a faint cap of off white suds, no stickies. Smelling this, I knew two things. One, it is fresh (no bottle date) and two, I was going to enjoy this more than that recent ST DIPA that came out over summer. Scents include piney hops with tropics backed by sweet malt. The taste is the same with the pine and tropical fruit being dead center even split, neck and neck. Feel is approaching medium, carby, semi bitey, and good. Drinkability was good as well. I would pick up a sixer of this in no time flat.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6.0% ABV from a bottle. Pours a very clear amber with a nice amount of slightly off-white head. Thick, imposing laces web down the side of the glass

Intense in-your-face fruit aroma and taste! A gloriously bitter fruit punch full of cascade(centennial?)-hoppy-grapefruit goodness. To me, this is a pleasantly unbalanced beer, a true tribute to the hop!

Endlessly aromatic..a tasty, sessionable, sensual, dare I say, hopgasmic American IPA!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a clear, light orange color with near pure clarity and a finger of foamy head due to the vigorous pour.

S: It has strong aromas of piney and floral hops, big citrus notes, and a faint caramel maltiness.

T: It shows more piney and floral hops with tons of citru flavors but it's pretty one-dimensional and unbalanced.

M: It's rather dry and soapy but not as bad as 2xIPA.

D: It was missing the malty compliment to the piles of hops. This could definitely be better all around.

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Photo of phisig137
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy deep gold color. I honestly can't tell if the cloudiness is from lack of filtration or chill haze, but I'd lean towards chill haze. 2 finger cap of foam has amazing retention, along with superb lacing. Better head than a $5k hooker...

S- big time hops, dry papery grains, very slight aspirin medicinal dryness, and a touch of malt caramel notes. Very nice.

F- Holy citrusy hops batman! Seriously huge citrus hops, on the front, back and middle. Excepeptional complexity of hops, even within the "citrus" category. Malt flavors are promient on the finish, and can almost become cloying towards the end. Incredible flavor and balance.

M- Thick and creamy for the style. Damn close to perfect.

D- Overall great, but inconsistent.

I generally love this beer, but it isn't perfect. A touch less sweetness or less crystal malts would go a long way in making this more drinkable. Secondly, I feel that I've have many sublime sixpacks of this beer, and many that were just so so. Consistency would be greatly appreciated, but as it lays, this is a solid beer worth picking up.

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

Part of a Southern Tier 12-pack sampler. This was the best of the bunch [also Phin's, 422, Pale Ale].

Appearance: Light hazy copper orange. Medium density head that had decent retention.

Smell: Piney resinous hop and citrus hop. Classic IPA. Inviting.

Taste: Toasted malty presence is made known with a clean citrus hop bite and a bit of pine as well. Even a bit of floral in there toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly creamy, somewhat lacking on carbonation.

Drinkability: Good. It's easy enough to put a few away.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured hazy light amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Bitterness from the hops dominates the overall taste, which also has some underlying flavors of toasted malts with hints of citrus fruits. A slight amount of sweetness is perceptible in the initial taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves dryness in your mouth.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness is not overwhelming.

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Photo of heebes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy straw orange amber with a thicky fluffy head. Smells of sweet citrus, pine, dank hops, fruity malts. Taste is quite smooth and delicious, tinyiest hint of bitterness on the sip which quickly leaves and is replaced by a sweet caramel malt taste. Lingering hops in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel, slightly chewy. This beer is quie drinkable, impressed already. Now I'm really looking forward to which Southern Tier beers come into the LCBO in 2011.

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

southern tier brewing company--ipa--india pale ale--the iso-alpha acid experience--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.90% ABV--55 IBU's? (3.7 / 5.0) IPA--Thin mild lace white head. Pretty clear bright rich gold color. Delicate aromatic floral pine hop front. Cloying mild sweet doughy caramel mild fruit smooth light pine grapefruit resinous creamy hint body. Mild hop clean smooth end. Mild hop IPA. Sampled 1/3/2010. $9.99 / 6-Pack.

Southern Tier Brewing Company--IPA India Pale Ale--Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malt--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.40% ABV. 75 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace off white head. Clear bright soft amber color. Rich mellow floral hop front. Smooth balanced mellow sweet creamy light caramel doughy hint tasty IPA body. Smoth mild bitter clean crisp hop spice end. Well made not NW IPA. Sampled 10/30/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 from Seattle, Sokpo & Sons 8th & Market Shell on 10/20/2010.

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Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12 oz bottle served in tapered stange. Beer pours deep oragne amber with huge bubbles and a medium off-white head. Big aroma which is both malty and citrusy.

Initial taste is refreshing and a little thin, surprisingly so for an IPA. Hoppy but not aggressive; more of an APA with an edge of grapefruit less an American IPA. But fantastically drinkable.

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Photo of bcm119
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper with a fine white lace that sticks around. Slightly grainy nose with light citrus hops and a little toast. Hops have a nice clean bitterness and lemon flavor, with a hint of apple tartness and mineral water. Malt is lean and mild with a bit of caramel and toast. Fairly clean throughout, this one never quite opens up mid-palate, and finishes fairly dry, with leafy green hops lingering a bit. A reserved IPA but nicely composed and clean.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy orange with two fingers of head. The fluffy, cloud-like head has excellent retention and stuck around until I started sucking it down. Lacing is perfect.

Smell: Sharp hops and pine. It's an IPA smell, nothing special, but nothing wrong either.

Taste: Again, it's an IPA. What sets this apart from the normal pines and hops is the fairly heavy malt backbone. There's some floral aspects in the end that tie it all together. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. Just another middle of the road IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not much carbonation at all. It works with the heavy malts (for the style).

Drinkability: This beer excels at the drinkability. The heavier malts make this incredibly drinkable, and heavily mask the nearly 7% ABV.

This is another decent IPA. I got this as part of a sampler pack and welcome the three bottles I have, but I don't think this'd be worth picking up as a sixer by itself. It's still a good beer though.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,616 ratings