IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2,567 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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Photo of DNICE555
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At plan B with my good buddy AAAron.

A - Clear golden orange. Nice looking ipa.

S - Hops, floral, citrus.

T - Hops, citrus, slight malt. Very nice easy to drink ipa. Very refreshing. Very nice.

M - Light body - very easy ipa.

D - Despite the 6.5 ABV, very sessionable. Liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Kpowers
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a one and half finger head. Very mild sweet hoppy smell. Smells of pine and citrus hops throughout with some caramel malt background lingering. Very well balanced IPA. The mouthful is medium bodied with a light creaminess. I really enjoyed this IPA and consider a great session beer for me.
I poured this from A 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

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

Had on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (10/20/09). Served in a pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear lighter shade of golden orange with a two finger off-white head. Fairly standard look for an American IPA.

Smell: A medium hoppy spice floral bouquet with muted scents of citrus.

Taste: Overall a mild flavor of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt. The flavor seems to diminish quickly leaving the finish with a slight bitterness. Mild yet refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but acceptable for the style.

Drinkabilty: Very high considering the mild flavor and refreshing nature of this IPA.

Overall this is a solid yet unremarkable IPA that is highly drinkable, but not necessarily worth seeking out.

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Photo of claminat420
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a slight transparent amber color. solid two finger white head with medium lacing.

S- just smell some citrus hops. grapefruit scent.

T- just a nice hop bite but without the bitter hanging at the end. grapefruit/ citrusy taste.

M- light to medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- five or six and i'm good.

Overall- i've been loving this brewery more and more each day. for only $7.99 a six of some good american ipa you can't beat it. i highly suggest anyone who is an american ipa fan to try this one. you might not say it's a "a" but nothing lower than a b-.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red amber, but very clear. Has a nice hop bite as do most ipas of this kind. Very easy to drink and smooth. The after taste lingers too much though. So its hard to drink more then a few of these. Hard to rate it a session beer. Won't be seeking this again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. The IPA appears a hazed golden amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. The head leaves a minimal lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of a good amount of pine, earthy, white grapefruit, tangerine, toasted bread, light caramel malt. Decent carbonation level with a medium body and a bitter finish. Worth trying if you happen upon a bottle.

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Photo of m1ked
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill @ Bowery WF

A- Poured (unintentionally) aggressive out of the growler producing a huge 2-3 inch pure white craggy head that almost looked like a mousse (not hair), with considerable sticking lacing down the sides. The liquid itself is a clear golden honey color. Nada streamer noticed.

S- Straight resiny pine cedar aroma here.

T- Starts out with the piney/cedar hops, but definetly not as potent as the nose. Piney hops hold throughout, I don't get a malt balancing property, outside of a decrease of the bitterness at the end. There is a slight mineral bitter flavor at the end too.

M- Not alot of carbonation noted. For tasting resiny, it is lighter bodied than I thought it would be. Medium/mild. Bitter aftertaste lingers for sure.

D- If you like hoppy bitter IPA's this will deliver. Not much in the balance department though. Not bad, straight forward hoppy IPA, kind of one dimensional.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. Leaves patched of lace on the glass throughout the drinking.

Smell is very hoppy with citrus and some of the piney scent to round it out.

Taste is nicely bitter and hoppy with a crisp lingering bitterness. The malty backbone starts showing itself about a quarter of the way through the glass.

Mouth is smooth and bitter. Leaves a hoppy flavor that lasts longer than expected. Leaves a bit of a film on the tongue towards the end of the glass.

Drink-ability is pretty good, nice India Pale Ale from outside of the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of my reviews deleted. Well ok how about this. Poured a bright slightly hazy yellow with a very thick white tiny bubbled heading. Left good lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is very hoppy at first and replaced by a biscuit aroma.

Taste is again very bitter hoppy with a crisp bready maltiness.

Mouth is smooth and bitter. Leaves a hoppy film in the mouth that lingerie's for a little while,

Drinkability is good a very good IPA a little more malty than anticipated but still good.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a vibrant light orange/amber. A little bit more than a finger of foam doesn't stick around too terribly long, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Love the aroma. Sweet and citrusy, and just delicious. Much hoppier than I was led to believe. Grapefruit, orange, peach...you get the point. Awesome.

There's a piney hop component that I could not smell...the citrus and pine balance nicely, and they're pretty well represented. Lots of hop flavor, without any overpowering bitterness. The sweetness (whether from the malt or elsewhere) makes sure of that. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Body is medium, with some light carbonation. Really smooth, velvety feel. Supremely easy drinker. What a pleasant surprise. Very good IPA.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Light orange in color, but looks surprisingly deep. Head disappears pretty fast, nearly white color. Nice lacing down the glass. Almost full rings on each sip.

This smells great! Everything an IPA could be. On the subtle side, but citrusy, orange, grapefruit, maybe slightly limey hops. Sweet notes as well. Yum.

Again, taste is subtle, yet delicious. Not an in your face IPA. Hops up front, pale malt to balance it out. Sweet and bitter, this is super refreshing.

Great mouthfeel. Heavy enough, but still on the ligher side.
Easy to drink, even at 6.5%. I think I might grab another....

Another good offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier IPA poured light gold with a two-finger head and lots of lace. The color was lighter than I prefer for an IPA.

During the pour, there was a pop of citric aroma; however, the taste was far more earthy and grassy. It was loaded with gritty flavor--more like an Imperial IPA than an IPA. The feel also was gritty, bitter, and full, and as a result, it was more a sipper than a thirst-quencher.

Although not the easiest to drink, the hops in Southern Tier IPA grab you, shake you, and make sure you know you've had a real IPA.

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Photo of DawnL
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish/amber with a nice head that dissipates to fluffy lace.

I expected more hops on the nose. It's more light veering toward floral. Almost no aroma. I like a delicate nose.

Palate is so subtle. More like a Pale Ale. The hops don't overwhelm the palate. A little pine character that is nicely balanced by the malt.

Good effervescence that refreshes.

Very drinkable.

This is a well-made, not over the top IPA. Has a distinct point of view. Nicely crafted!

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Photo of BigMike
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Tangerine orange in color with a quickly disappearing two finger head.

Smell of this one makes my mouth water in anticipation. Citrus, candy and dominated by lovely fresh cut grapefruit.

Some sweet sugary notes followed quickly with a smack in the mouth hoppy bitterness.

Light creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink at 6.5%

Southern Tier makes some quality beers. I new this would be another good one and it didn't disappoint. This is a really good ipa.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass, drank to toast the Giants opening game. In an unfair turn of events I'm having this after a Lagunitas DIPA, let's see how ST does. First off, the beer looks to be above average, clear and copper colored with a wet lacing head. It smells sweet, a little pine sap, maybe some light citrus. All of this comes through in the taste, along with a surprising amount of caramel malt, really a lot more malty sweetness than I expected. Decent body, thick and a little sticky, good overall but not as good as ST's bomber IPA's.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thin off-white head that quickly fizzes down to a thin film. Color is scarlet red or an orange-red with medium carbonation and is clear. Slight ring remains until the end and it leaves some splotchy lacing down the sides. Average at best for the style.

SMELL: A mild nose or toasted malt and spicy notes, coriander and tyme. Some hoppy floral notes as well as some grapefruit touches too. Nice, but a bit too muted.

TASTE: Toasted malt and spicy notes, like coriander and pepper and a good deal of citrus grape fruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is mild and long lasting with spices, floral hops and a touch of alcohol.

PALATE: Medium body and creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth with a slight bite and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Not bad.

OVERALL: A pretty decent taste profile, though the nose could use a little beefing up. It's definitely an enjoyable and drinkable brew, however. Could have a few of these, but it's not something worth writing home about.

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Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So someone told me that this is a good beer to try considering that I enjoy IPAs a lot. I have to say I was not disappointed at all. This is a very good beer with a ton of flavor. A great hoppy flavor, great taste and no bitter after taste at all, which I find tends to happen a lot with IPA microbrews, but none of that here. A touch of malty flavor to round out the beer really is a nice touch. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing.

Floral and citrus hop aroma with hints of citrus fruit, pineapple and grapefruit and a caramel malt backbone. Slightly piny.

Very crisp and smooth drinking with a decent balance of malt and hops. A little too malty for my preference taking away from the bitterness and citrus notes from the hops. Still earthy and bitter however with a dry pine finish.

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Photo of Stonepot
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice looking color and head. Good retention.

S - Sweet to the nose, with a hint of bitterness in the back.

T - Very hoppy. Too much for my liking, but pleasant enough.

M - Meh.

D - I had four out of the bottle, would try it again on draft, but more than liking will be trying something else in the future.

Note; I have heard great things about this brewery and am looking forward to trying more of their products in the future.

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head that quickly dissipated to a sparse covering. A very nice, golden-amber color with some haziness throughout.

S: The hops are what come through the most, but they're slightly fruity with hints of lemon and lime; maybe even some orange in there as well.

T: Very nice. Starts with the lemon-lime that you detect in the smell, and then finishes quite dry and bitter. This is a very fine-tasting IPA.

M: Average carbonation, with a light body and slightly creamy texture.

D: A really good IPA; the hops and bitterness come through quite nicely, but I wouldn't have a problem having two or three of these. Definitely something I'd get again.

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Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A golden ale with a slight haze and very little head. The aroma is very fruity with fresh peaches and apricots. The taste follows with fruit dominating the experience. There was very little bitterness and it was a bit empty in the middle and the finish. It could definitely use some more bittering hops to give it some bite. The consistency and carbonation were moderate. There's some decent lacing as the glass empties. This beer is easy to drink but it didn't have enough to warrant a second glass.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Filled the growler two days ago at Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA

Looks quite nice, small head after two days in a growler. Pours a pretty golden amber, and has pretty nice lacing.

Smell is a little weak, but is mostly fruity hops with a little floral overtones. Good stuff.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with a strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth...quite drinkable. I'm glad I have a growler of them.

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Photo of jera1350
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange color with short tight sticky dirty white head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Fruity and hoppy scents. Light on the nose.

Very nice balance of citrus hops and caramel malt. I can taste a hint of gemini/unearthly in this. You can tell it's Southern Tier and I like it.

Smooth, almost medium bodied. Soft on the tongue, but enough bite to keep it real. Slight piney aftertaste that finishes pretty dry.

This is one beer I could have all night. One of the better IPA's I've had in a while. I would get this again, but I'm so hooked on their gemini and unearthly that I don't know if I will. Great IPA.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice, rich amber colored body topped with half-inch, quickly dissipating, white foam head; light, fine lacing. Perfect color but apparently under-carbonated.

S: Beautiful, balanced IPA aroma: citrus hops and caramel malts in perfect harmony. Very nice, and only fails to get a 5 because of a lack of complexity - I love the two dominant aromas, but they're the only ones there.

T: Somewhat more complex than the smell, but not in the way I was hoping. The hops run an interesting course of bitterness (from grapefruit to floral with just a hint of pine), but the caramel malt notes from the nose have been replaced with a less intense, dry, biscuity flavor on the finish. All bitter, all dry, not as balanced as the smell - still tasty, though.

M: Light carbonation and a fairly thin body.

D: The dryness of the finish makes taking another sip practically inevitable, and the 6.5% ABV is nowhere to be found. A highly drinkable IPA.

Notes: Definitely a quality beer for the price, I'm more than happy with this basic offering from Southern Tier - I've still yet to have a beer from them that I didn't either like or at least find intriguing (I'm looking at you, Creme Brulee). Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick off-white head that lingers. Dark golden color.

S - Hmm. Not as hoppy as most IPAs tend to smell. Smells lightly of pine and more intensely of sweet malt.

T - Ah, there are the hops. This is a sweet IPA, not bitter at all. Very well balanced.

M - Creamy but not overly thick. Crisp.

D - I could session this more than other IPAs due to the sweet, clean taste and lack of bitterness.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. I'd like to taste more hops and less sweetness. Still, this is well balanced and refreshing.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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