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 scottyb88
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured a dark clear copper type color with a sticky one and a half finger head, plenty of lacing and carbonation

S-smells of fresh pine, citrus

T-very similar to the aroma; very nice clean bitter taste

M-smooth, creamy, slightly carbonated; the bitterness left a slight dryness on the aftertaste

D-great IPA; bitter yet nothing too ridiculous; I would definitely seek this out in the bottle format

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Photo of GPHarris
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that settled into a thin ring with some slight lacing. the body was a bright and clear amber color.
s - citrusy hops with a hint of sweetness underneath somewhat like caramel.
t - dry earthy and grainy hops.
m - thin to medium.
d - easily drinkable but a slight disappointment considering how great ST's big beers are.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may7 2010

A clear light bronze with some bubbles of all sizes popping up from everywhere, a solid thumbs width of head has decent retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S citrus and pineapple with some caramel

T not to far of the smell but a little sweeter and with a biscuit aspect that's hard to place.

M slightly slick and enough body to satisfy with a good amount of carbonation

D a good session IPA not lacking in any areas and quite easy to drink

I would drink this again if it were available in my area, but its not so I will thank Moniker for sending this one my way

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Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier IPA is a deep orange in colour and topped by a fairly retentive off-white head that leaves behind a spotty lace as it recedes. Bright, appetizing tropical fruit hop aroma over a base not of toasted bread. Peachy, mango-like hop flavours are dominant, and transition into a citrus pith bitterness. Bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. An underlying malty sweetness provides a little bit of contrast. Medium body and carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel. I've only had a handful of American IPAs, but this one seems a little less attenuated than other examples I've tried. This didn't detract from my enjoyment of it. I found myself looking at an empty glass fairly quickly.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Maine. This is the first Southern Tier I have purchased in Maine.

Wholefoods in ME had this and was a treat while not blowing me away is a nice start by coming to Maine.

A - Clear copper nice head in Nonic pint glass.

S - grassy smell nothing overwhelming but not bad.

T - Medium citrus notes very nice IPA but again nothing overwhelming.

M -has a nice taaste I have been spoiled by Red Racer IPA but this is not bad.

D - I could have many of these so smooth can't rate it a 5 as I would want others in front of this.

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

I bought a single of this brew for $1.73, generally the average price I head to for one bottle of beer.

From the 12 oz bottle it smells of amarillo/cascade hops. Poured into a nonic pint glass, the brew looks light-amber, desperately trying to show an orange hue, or maybe my lighting is fooling me. The brew is pretty clear; crisp. A grimy, spotty white head (hues, not quality). Healthy 1/4 inch head or a little less. Stormy lacing.

Smells of citrus, amarillo/cascade hops, grapefruit. Tastes of fresh grapefruit, carrying a bitter-sweet malt-hops ratio, alcohol, & a flavorless corn cob. Feels soft, with a creamy/minced grain quality, and a medium body in well enough shape to throw it down with you several times over. A clean finish overall, coupled with the hops resin that comes with the territory. A brew worth buying.

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Photo of Thur123
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lighter, clearer orange color with a solid one finger head that fades slowly and with lacing with a solid column of bubbles rushing to the top. The smell is a sweet barley malt presence with a bittersweet hoppiness that comes off really light.

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The flavor is balanced and the malt more pronounced than in many IPA's. A bitter herbal tatste with a bit of sour lemon involved. Neither the hop or malt profile really disappoints and the overall flavor is nice. The might be the most straightforward IPA I've had in awhile. Seems to want to nail the style rather than push the limits. And for that this is a good brew. I've had less watery IPAs, the body of this really reminds me of Pale ale but it's still not bad.

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

Moderate malty aroma with hints of caramel and a moderate citrusy, earthy hop profile.

Moderately clear gold colour with a big, fluffy white head. Decent head retention.

Good flavour with moderate American hop character coming through.Generic citrus and earthy hop again. Strong bitterness may be a bit out of balance but I like it. Good, laid back malt with touches of caramel. More late hops would be appreciated.

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. Suitable.

A tasty, if under-hopped, IPA. The malt profile is nicely understated. Well done.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a beautiful clear gold with a one finger white head that has fair retention and leaves nice lacing.

S-Somewhat faint. Floral and citrus hops, sweet malty notes also present. Pleasant, but very understated.

T-Citrus hops are most predominant followed by floral and some biscuity malt in the back. Tastes very good.

M-On the light side of medium body, crisp carb bite.

D-Very easy drinking. Great session beer.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I liked it. I do wish the nose was more prominent though. I like a strong hoppy aroma.

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Photo of pootz
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a standard rocky 2 finger cap which it does not retain too long...fair lacing.

Aroma is standard Pac.NW Cascade hops grapefruit and floral, with a sweet malt undertone and some leafy herbaceous earthy accents.- excellent nose on this ale.

Flavor profile is fairly decent for an APA of this genre but I find it a bit unbalanced towards bittering rather than the juicy citrus cascade hopping in other Micro APAs...Good caramel malt spin ride just below the bitter citrus-resinous hopping then it tails off in to a light drying in the finish with a lingering metallic after taste.

A big APA but personally I prefer Anchor Liberty and other select +65 IBU APAs over this as they seem to balance the bittering better with the malt profile.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours golden with a nice frothy white head.

Smells like hops. Lots of hops.

Tastes of hops, melted plastic, and copper. Uh, wait. What's wrong here?

Watery to boot.

Ok, it's fairly obvious I got a bad bottle, but this isn't the impression a brewery new to the market wants to impart on its prospective drinkers. Oh, well. I can't wait for the Blackwater series to start coming in.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into english pub glass.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 1/2 head with good lacing.

Smell of bitter hops with a touch of malts, very piney and one sided.

nice and bitter at first although a coarse bitterness that is trying to be subdued by malts. finishes a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is normal for that of an IPA, moderate carbonation with a nice bitter bite to it.

At 6.5% it is an easy drinker. I will admit though i prefer unearthly or gemini over this any day.

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

Picked up locally at Total Wine, what a great assortment, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice waft of citrus like west coast hops, very tangy with an apparent malty backbone underneath. Pours into a pit glass with creamy 2 inch head on top of a cloudy yellow orange brew. Upon the taste, the hop bite is evident right of the bat, the bite then mellows a bit. Grapefruit is highly prevalent along with a touch of banana. Nice malty backbone kicks in at the middle of the taste as the bite fades. The finish leans more towards balance then the aftertaste continues bitter yet sweet. The head on this brew is quite incredible, standing until the end of the pint. This is a go to IPA, i will be seeking out again.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this beer yet? Picked this up in the Pack of Pales. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Southern Tier IPA pours out a lighter pale amber color with some copper highlights. Brew is crystal clear. A bit of a vigorous pour brought on about a finger of white, soapy foam. Head faded quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Some thin sticky lace was left behind. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell: A little hoppier than I had expected. Medicinal hops mostly, with some light floral notes. Some underlying citrus made up mostly of grapefruit peel. Short notes of pine. Plenty of bready malt back up the hops. Slightest bit of yeast and some fresh cut grass.

Taste: Hoppy like the nose, but the hops in the flavor seem a bit subdued. Very medicinal. A little of the citrus and pine found in the nose. Plenty of sweet, bready malt balances out the hops. Has a bit of an off metallic flavor. A little yeast is noted.

Mouthfeel: Thicker, medium bodied mouthfeel that coats the palate. Lower amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable actually. A middle of the road IPA for me. I would buy this again though.

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Photo of mnrider
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle. No freshness date. Pint glass

A: Pours a nice looking light orange, with a large fluffy off white head. Lacing is good. Little visible carbonation.

S: Very hoppy with a citric smell. Almost acidic. Some pine is also in there.

T/M: Hops are very dominant. Pine and citric. Not bitter really, so I guess that means their is a good amount of malts in there. Nothing that special however.

D: This is a pretty good brew. Nothing special. Kinda dry. There's better IPA's out their.


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Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

No date on bottle, poured into a Stone IPA tulip glass. Beer is amber and hazy, forms a thick off white head of small and medium bubbles that falls away slowly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is pretty malty on this single. There is some pine in there but its not the forward smell. That's unfortunate.

You give IPAs a bad name. This is all sweet malt up front and there is some lingering bitterness in the back. Its drinkable but its no IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, a hint of caramel and a good dose of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some malts that is complimented by a nice amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Not an extreme hop bomb like some IPAs can be, but enough hops to satisfy most hop cravings.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southern Tier IPA is a solid IPA that I would probably purchase again. It is pretty easy drinking for an IPA. Recommended!

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Photo of jsh420
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear golden orange with a 1/2 finger white head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells great - hoppy grapefruit/pine with plenty of malt in there to

taste - much like the nose this beer has great balance - it does tilt a little on the hop side but the sweet malts are there so the bitterness is not too much for this single ipa - plenty of pine grapefruit hops to make me think this might be the best east coast ipa made in the west coast style

mouthfeel is light crisp smooth and creamy

drinkability - i have had this beer a few times and this was the first i ever said to myself this is a great ipa (makes me think the last few i had were not fresh and thats the name of the game with ipas)

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light yet rich orange hue with a touch of haze. One finger of rocky, light tan foam forms the head. Nice terraced lacing sticks to the glass as I drink. Overall, a pretty picture.

Smell: rich, biscuity malt aroma backs a very earthy, herby hop profile. There are some notes of citrus here too; overall, quite good.

Taste: malty flavor with very deep hop presence. Bitterness at the back of the tongue is quite strong. Hops are earthy and a bit citrusy in flavor. It's an interesting overall effect -- and not a bad one.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation. It works for the style, but isn't outstanding.

Drinkability: this is pretty good, but the cumulative bitterness wouldn't work for me as a session beer. Tasty, but one at a time.

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Photo of korguy123
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as a single at the LCBO, poured into my favorite pint glass.

Pours a orange/tan color with a thin white head on top which doesn't last very long.

Smell of hops and citrus and pine makes my mouth water.

Taste the hops right off the bat, citrus comes through very faintly, bitter, almost a little too bitter to be balanced IMO. After sitting for a couple minutes the hops and the citrus start to balance and the beer has a juicy taste in my mouth; like biting into a grapefruit slice.

Mouth feel is definitely carbonation, but at the same time smooth enough to make this a decent beer not a sipper.

I'd have this beer again if there were more singles available. Would be good for drinking on a hot night flipping burgers on the BBQ. Wouldn't be my choice if 60 minute was available at the same time.

Overall not a bad IPA

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Photo of Gtreid
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier IPA

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pretty clear coppery, straw, yellowish, orange. The pour drops a quarter of eggshell white head that fades to a thin rim and leaves nice spider web lace.

A: Again, really nice. I get notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine. The hops are forward, but there is a nice underlying biscuity malt backbone that gives this some semblance of balance. But don't misunderstand, the hops shine.

T: A little let down here. From the aroma, I thought I would get a nice sweet citrus bite. I still get the notes of orange, grapefruit and tangerine, but I get an unpleasant bitter twang at the end. Can't put my finger on it, it's just a little off. But even though I am let down, because the aroma was so nice, this is a very solid example. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Light to Medium body, aggressive carbonation. A bit sharp, but not too bad.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little limited. I think if the weird bitter twang was replaced by some residual sweetness, this would be one fine IPA. Overall, I liked this beer, just didn't love it. Almost really good. But worth the try, and if it's around I'll drink it. Skal.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a pint glass. It is an orangish color with a good creamy head.

The smell is awesome. The hops are immediately present.

The taste is really good too. The hops dominate, but there is a definite citrisy taste too.

The love the mouthfeel. It is very drinkable. I really like this beer. It is a great value too.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A sweet, fruity hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some toasted grain in the background with a hint of caramel.

T - Bready malt and moderate, fruity hop flavor up front. The hop character becomes more pronounced in the middle with notes of pine and pineapple. Finishes with more hop notes, this time with an emphasis on grapefruit, and a good dose of sweet, toffee malt that is balanced out by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this is a straight forward IPA with an emphasis on bready malt sweetness and a fruity, aromatic hop profile. The thick malt sweetness really emphasizes the fruit character of the hops and while there is a definite pine component, the pineapple and grapefruit seem to dominate. It finishes with just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable and refreshing and is a rather nice example of the style.

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

This is my first IPA from which i can say that it's OK! Untill now the most i tried were disapointing.

Poured in a local dutch beerglass the head is nice white and fluffy. After a few minutes the head is almost gone but the lacing in the glass remains.

The smell is better than normal. I think my nose gets some pineapple.

Taste is good, not spectacular but very drinkable.

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

Recently a group of people I know placed a special order for stuff we don't usually get out here on the coast. Southern Tier IPA happened to be one of them, and I happened to get a few bottles.

Pours an amber-orange color with a finger of nice white head. Head slowly evaporates to a thin film and a larger ring around the glass.

Scent is interesting. Certainly hoppy. Some muted pine and a bit of sugary malt is hidden in there. Some light citrus as well.

Bitterness is up front with this one. Lightly hopped in the middle with a smooth malt backend rounds it out. Aftertaste consists of malts and hops. Nice moist finish.

A nice change from the west coast IPAs I have been drinking lately. Good balance, refreshing, drinkable, a solid beer all around.

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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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