IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

very good
2,584 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel Tulip.

A - Medium orange/amber colour with 2 fingers of bubbly white head.

S - A nice aroma of citrus and earthy hops up front with a s light malt sweetness. The citrus nose coming through has some grapefruit and tangerine smells to it.

T - Bitter hops up front with a grassy/earthy taste and some citrus note4s that aren't nearly as strong as the nose indicated. A nice sweet malt backbone balances this one out. A nice well rounded IPA.

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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in an open-mouthed pint glass.

Strange, I don't think I've ever had this before but enjoy American IPA's and like Souther Tier's beers in general. But the Winking Lizard had this as September's 'Hoppy Handle' so I gave it a shot. It paid off!

In the glass, this beer is orange with some golden and amber colors in the mix for good measure. Looks really nice! The body is filtered and clear, and the head is frothy and white. A nice looking IPA!

The nose is really nice, just a step away from greatness. Orange and grapefruit add wonderful citrus notes to the fold, while floral and perfume notes are also in the mix. A touch of pine rounds things out and a sweet body is nonexistent but for a sweet kiss of malt. Very expressive and, if it was a touch more unique, world-class.

The taste is equally impressive. A kiss of sweetness from some pale malt, then an explosion of hops. Almost a nuclear explosion, but just a 'little boy' not a full blown 'fat man' like only Sculpin can deliver (IMO). A ton of citrus and pine, and a nice medium bitterness. A well rounded, round-house kick to the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and just a touch of stickiness. The finish is bitter and lasts for a while. A great American IPA, I'll happily have this fresh on draft again. A must for a hop head!

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

Appearance - Clear Golden Yellow, 3/4 inch head, good retention, white lacing clinging to sides of glass, looks like most other ipas.

Smell - Mostly spells of hops, piney, floral, grapefruit, slightly spicy.
Sweet hops, some slight bitterness after swallowing, tiny bit of orange and slight bready taste. Hops are the primary flavor. Fits an IPA pretty well, tastes how an ipa should.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, slightly watery in the mouth, light/medium carbonation. Sticky in the mouth and lips.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, not too harsh or bitter so might be ok for people who do not like super bitter beers, the hops in this seem to be more sweet rather than bitter. I would have another but I find this to be nothing special. It is a solid ipa and is a good representation of the style but again nothing very special.

Many drink their beer too damn cold. Cold temperatures will numb the taste buds and literally masks the beer's true flavors, aromas and nuances. Use color (malts) and alcohol content to determine the best drinking temperatures. Try around 40-50 degrees F for paler or lower alcohol beers, and 50-60 degrees F for darker or higher alcohol beers.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance -The beer pours a hazy amber/gold colour with a massive frothy off white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some very nice lacing. The head stuck around for a long time

Smell - hops, pine, oranges/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - A nice perfectly carbonated mouth feel combined with a full bodied taste. Lots of hops and lots of caramel sweetness. There is also some pine and citrus notes and the beer leaves a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Just an outstanding beer, one I will continue to drink for as long as it's available. Another solid effort from Southern Tier.

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Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper-orange colour with huge fluffy white head and nice lacing. Smells of citrus hops and sweet caramel. Quite a balanced IPA. Flavour has some bitterness, with a lot of sweetness. This is a very nice east coast IPA. Some of the Southern Tier double IPA's put me off with the excessive sweetness, but I think it works nicely in this beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good full bodied beer but drinks more to a thinner side, maybe due to warm up.
This is a very good tasting beer that also hides it's alcohol warming impact very nicely.
When I take a big gulp of this golden brew I get a well balanced taste of malts and hops. THe hops are citrusy and floral, the malts are rich and support the hops greatly.
Interesting that not alot of hops aroma is present, but there is agood bit of malt sweetness. Completely opposite to the taste.
Some IPA's you can smell the hops a mile away.
Southern Tier IPA pours a bit hazy. A nice orange/amber color. Desent frothy white head, fading.
A very good IPA that isn't over powering.
That means drinkability
Drink well my friends

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light gold color with a thin head. Smells good. Aromas of citrus, pine, some grapefruit and hops. Lighter taste than expected. Bitter with citrus and hop flavors. Bitter aftertaste sticks around. Pretty easy to drink but a bit thinner than most IPAs. Still a good offering by Southern Tier.

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

Had on tap at the Vital Spot in Geneseo, New York. Was served in a pint glass.

Look: Golden with some orangey, reddish highlights. Small but dense head which is an off white. It retained very well and left a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops in the nose along with a hint of maltiness.

Taste: very pleasant hoppiness here. Citrus and floral hops are what I got for the most part. I like the balance between the hops and the malt.

Feel: medium bodied but tending a little towards being light in body, which is surprising. Good carbonation in that its not overly done but its still there.

Drink: very high. I didn't know this was 6.9% and had a few of these when I was out. Definitely good to session.

Overall, this beer is a solid East Coast IPA. I'd definitely recommend you try it out. I'm really happy with what I've had from Southern Tier so far so hopefully they keep it up.

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Photo of MattyV
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden colour with orange highlights. The head is a dense a creamy off-white colour that shows good retention and leaves gobs of foamy lacing in its wake.

Right away I'm hit with a wave of pine and citrus in the nose, followed by a bready malt undertone.

The taste is hop-dominated, more specifically the citrus and floral notes evident in the nose, but not overly harsh, with the malt providing some bready/caramel flavour. The hops provide a pleasant lasting finish.

Moderately-bodied and carbonated. This is goes down all too easy if you're into bitter and hoppy beers. As others have noted, this is arguably the top IPA currently available at the LCBO, putting all of the Canadian options to shame.

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Photo of gopens44
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice color, being a fan of anything reddish-blonde. Head never really developed. Immediately regressed into a thin layer with moderate lacing.

S - Citrus scent lingering over the expected hop smell with a seemingly clean presence.

T - the hop taste dominated, as expected, with hints of grapefruit maybe.

M - thicker presence on the tongue than I initially expected, but not something that puts me off. Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

D - I like this, and I am certain that I will have more.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into a pint glass. no freshness date.

pours a perfectly clear (and filtered) deep golden color with some orange coming through. nice big 2 fingers of chunky white head that lasted the whole way through, great retention, tons of sticky lace.

a big very pungent hop aroma. full of grapefruit citrus, whole leafy hops before you brew with them, and lots of fresh pine needles. a little bit of caramel malt just barely struggles to be noticable.

the taste follows suit with the pungent resinous hops. also from the hops you get citrus, whole flower hop cones, and some pine. a great hop profile. the malts are outnumbered by the hops, but the still blend with the beer nicely with a slightly sweet bready caramel quality. nicely crafted.

medium bodied, a good feeling carbonation, the hops wreck the palate and i love it.

the is my favorite ipa to session anytime. mainly because its a local favorite and because its great hop profile. one of the better ipas out there and its not going to cost you tons. highly recommended!

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Photo of case4816
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a very nice head, auburn in colour.

S- smell was very floral. Hops were very noticeable, with a hint of Malt smell in the back.

T- Very smooth, nice hop taste. Almost a leafy taste to it; very "nature" tasting. Also the hint of malt comes through with a little caramel taste to them.

D- I do believe this to be the best IPA I've had from the LCBO. Far more floral than anything I have tried there as of yet and the hops seemed less harsh with more of a savory mouth feel to them.

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Photo of brandoncox
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with amber traces and a two finger frothy head that settles to a one finger head. Very good amount of lacing throughout.

The smell I pick up are floral and biscuit-like with hints of grapefruit. Smells delicious.

The taste is sweet with a malty bitterness. A complete refreshment.

Body is very smooth and then becomes chewy after lingering in your glass.

Overall a very nice IPA. The bitterness is not overpowering and is well balanced, but I like my IPA's with more of a bitter kick.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. This IPA pours a hazed orange straw and offers a light cap of foam. Retention is somewhat brief and the pour glasses off after a few minutes.

Decent nose with citrus hops and a bit of yeast funk. Not sure what yeast these guys might use but it surely adds an interesting dimension here. Love it or hate it perhaps. I'm liking it but it does take some agitation to bring it out. Touch of Belgium.

Flavor is good though neutral. Nothin' is killin' it either way here. Good though not epic(aka, unearthly). Touch of citric sweetness and a nice balance are offered. An enjoyable and lightly bitter IPA that is worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never had this, oh well here goes...

Pours an effervescent amber with 1+ finger od sandy colored head. Insane lacing & super head retention

S: Herbal & floral hops, not much else

T: Follows the nose, some honey & biscuitty malt, then big time leafy hops up front. Honey & apricot mix with herbal woody hops as this warms, makes me think "East Coast IPA", in a good way.. Finishes with a nice sweet maltyness, more herbal & woody hops, plus dryness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, becomes chewier once warm & with good balance

Drinks very easy a nice hoppy option for this time of year. Hopefully I see this around more in the future...

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Photo of theghost3
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden/light copper with a 2-finger, frothy light yellow head. Lots of soapy lacing.

The smell is mainly citrusy grapefruit with a little bit of floral hops. The taste is very bitter--grapefruit and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is carbonated, crisp, light to medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer; particularly if you like bitter hops. It goes well with cheddar cheese.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice orange colour. No noticable carbonation which seems strange. Thin one finger, white head that disappears fast.

S - Huge citrus hop aroma. Some pine as well. The citrus pulls through alot more though and is really nice.

T - Nice citrus flavour but less than the aroma. Minimal bitterness. Odd for an American IPA.

M - Medium body and very smooth but not something I would bring home to mom.

D - High because of the great citrusy, fruity hop flavour and aroma but if that wasn't my favourite kind of hop I would be upset.

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Photo of BBP
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber with formidable head. Robust carbonation. (POST-REVIEW-- After my beer was gone the side I didn't drink from was just lathered with it's head. Quite frothy.)

S- Sweet with hops. Slightly floral. These two things dominate the smell. I believe I could smell caramel underneath, but I'm not sure.

T- Immediate bitter hops. Not too much sweet to this one, which works for me. Wheat and grain taste works in after you get used to the hops, and you start to notice just the slightest sweetness. Leaves you wanting more after every sip.

M- Smooth and full. Carbonation is just right.

D- Is really hitting the spot for me, and I would love to try it again. Very drinkable for 6.9%. I'd have to watch myself if I bought a 6pk of them. If you're a fan of bitter IPA's, I think you should check this one out.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times before, but this particular sample comes from a Southern Tier mix pack I picked up at Wegmans in Cicero NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This brew pours a clear deep gold color with a lovely 1 1/2" head that settles slowly and eventually leaves some whispy ice bergs of foam behind. The smell is semi-sweet with sugary light malts and a healthy resiny orange and pine hop. The feel is light and mildly sweet, just enough to back up a great resiny hoppy bite. Taste is of bitter orange rind and pine, with a light candy sweetness. Great lace on the glass throughout. Carbonation is adequate and the nearly 7% ABV is undetected. This is a great everyday IPA.

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Photo of madjr80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- copper/orange

smell- very floral and sweet.

taste- plenty of hop flavor. bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it is a good bitter taste.

could drink a few of these. A bit too high for a session beer, but good for about 2-3 while watching the game.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Lager-like golden color with good head retention and carbonation. Half-inch head persists throughout, right to the last sip

S- Nice. A little sweet, a little piney. Nice mix of hops, but not overwhelming.

T- Much more subdued than I expected. Flavor is similar to DH 90-Minute without the alcohol bite, which is appreciated. This brew is even a little more complex. I'm searching for a bit more sweetness, but otherwise nice and earthy. A little dry to finish, but not bad.

M- The constant head gives a nice, soft touch to every sip.

D- Pretty mild flavor, considering the brewer and style. It's a pretty accessible brew.

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

Let me say first that I don't like beer, and I certainly am not a huge fan of hopy beer, however, for what It's worth and what southern Tier is trying to do, this was great.
Great taste, nice and smooth with some serious hop punch through out the whole thing.

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Photo of Torps
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass..

Looks like an atypical IPA.. golden with a touch of amber highlights. The aroma is very mild. Not much hop aroma here. I'm picking up mostly sweetness from the malt, with a touch of resinous hops. Taste follows the aroma mostly.. Very bready, very sweet for an IPA.. almost taste a bit of apple. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.
Not a bad east coast IPA in my book, but I'd rather spend the couple extra bucks and get a sixer of 2XIPA.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pours a solid see thru copper color with a finger worth head that quickly falls leaving nice lacing behind

S:Nice floral hop aroma in the nose

T:Solid hops up front followed by a nice malty finish, Slight bite and alcohol sting on the backburner

M:Nice body with good carbonation

D:Fairly decent offering from S. Tier. Very drinkable and tastgy as well

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Think amber honey - the kind you get in the pudgy little bear. Cravable, and might go well with biscuits. A faint white head rings the glass, with only slight head within.

Sweet hops pervade, almost like apple juice in its sweetness, with only a mild whiff of spice.

Much more hoppy than you might expect from the nose, it settles relatively heavy on the tongue, with a lasting bitterness. No other predominant flavors come through, but it ends with a bit of alcohol.

Nice in the mouth, but because the flavors are somewhat lacking, it's not necesarily one to savor.

Honestly, didn't enjoy this beer that much - sweet and bitter for the sake of being bitter, rather than imparting the depth I like in an IPA.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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