IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,574 Ratings
IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,574
Reviews:
957
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
471
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Zzavela
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another day at The CANQuest (tm) as I CANtinue to winnow through the backlog. As a self-described, self-avowed hophead, AIPAs are my favorite style, closely followed by DIPAs and when I CAN get several in during a sitting, so much the better! I have known these guys since their inception & I love that they have made the leap to CANs. I am looking forward to this one.

From the CAN: "Why The hell Not?"

I know why the ale not! Sometimes, a gentle Glug will result in greater clarity than when I employ an inverted Glug, both following the Crack! Doing so in this case worked out about as well as could be hoped for. I ended up with a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with great retention as a cap above the beer itself. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity & loads of tiny CO2 bubbles in evidence. A poor man's lava lamp, to be sure. Nose smelled strongly of grapefruit, but underlain with pine needles. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but really big for the style. The taste ran the gamut from pine & citrus to an anise-like flavor to a light biscuity breadiness. I like when an AIPA runs towards unbalanced, although I know that not everyone agrees. This flirted with those margins, but it never really fell into that trap, if that is how you think of it. It bothers me when malts get in the way of the hops as in those Cascadian/Black IPAs, but here, the malts were CANplimentary to the hops and allowed them to shine while still remaining noticeable. Finish was dry, as it should be. It was interesting that I felt that pine was prevalent in the mouth & on the tongue, but grapefruit/citrus was what lingered on and after the swallow. Definitely worthy of cooler space CANsideration!

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Photo of Andnkuhn
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HogHeadJones
2.49/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden-orange pour with modest head and very little lacing
S: Sweet and alcoholic
T: Strong alcohol taste even though I have had beers with much higher ABV mask it better. Citrus, pine and an off-flavor, lingering metallic taste that doesn't quit.
M: Moderate carbonation
O: I enjoy many of Southern Tier's beers and I am a huge fan of IPAs, but this one is a total bust for me. They should reformulate this one and give it another try because this one isn't cuttin' it.

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Photo of Gawz
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billysdad
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Would like to try it fresh. Neighbor in my distributorship with Stone. From an area of the country, I never knew existed till my son's college baseball season - who knew part of New York was Southern Tier. Hints of goodness overshadowed by dustiness, age. Too bad not all breweries prominently display bottled by date. I end up sticking with the higher volume, faster moving beers, just for freshness.

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Photo of belgianvan
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Back in the day before trubby juice ipas, this was one of the better east of the Mississippi ipas out there. Good clarity, dark gold, a white head that is compromised eventually by the hop oils. Aroma seemed like C hops and Simcoe.

Taste ample bitterness, but a dry malt toasted pale honey feel. Does have an earthen mouthfeel aspect that owes something to across the pond. Drinkable.

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Photo of Stephan16
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinPStewart
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Orny18
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a light golden with amber highlights and a big frothy head.

Aroma is herbal bitter. Not much else.

Taste is herbal bitter balanced with sweet malt.

Not a bad IPA good to see in cans.

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Photo of ClePaul
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bedfordbeer
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SOUTHERN TIER IPA 7/3/16

a: Translucent dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and fairly s\dense lacing.

s: Mild grapefruit

t; Follows the nose with moderate bitterness. Dry finish. Medium ABV well-concealed.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: One of the better IPAs out there, although the emphasis on grapefruit flavor does get a tad unpleasantly bitter eventually for all but the most devoted hopheads.

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Photo of GregStoner
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattlsull
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,574 ratings.
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