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IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

very good
949 Reviews
IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 949 | Ratings: 2,535
Photo of brurevu
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Southern Tier IPA poured a bright gold with a pillowy white head with citrus and floral hops on the nose. The taste had citrus hops upfront that faded quickly to a dank pine presence that melded well with the floral hops. The brew left a pleasant bitterness that lingered on my tongue with a caramel malt body that added just the right amount of sweetness. The Southern Tier IPA was fresh and bright and a great example of an American IPA that I will gladly drink.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having on draft at Cambridge Common. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a puffy one finger head that remained there the whole time. It is a copper color with great clarity and tiny bubbles seen coming up through the glass. super awesome cascading lacing on the glass. Nitro is a thing of beauty.

Smell: Citrusy hops, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, toasted malts, and tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty solid beer and even better on nitro. Yummy.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: bright golden-orange color with good clarity. The head is short-lived and dies quickly. Small spots of lacing dot the glass.

S: Pulpy mango, hints of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Soft scent of aromatic pine needles. Honeyed and grainy malts. Not much 'pop' on the nose, it's a bit reserved.

T: Apricot, mango, clementine. Subtle pine in the background. Bitterness is very tame. Honeyed malt base with a slight toasty impression. Very mild kiss of alcohol and tropical fruit esters. Drying finish of honeyed malt and tropical hops. Tangerine specifically lingers for a little bit.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and very smooth. Mild seltzery carbonation adds some refreshing crispness.

O: A very approachable and drinkable IPA. It's a very quenching and more-ish quaff, and I drank through the glass too quickly. The competitive price point is enticing too.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After a day that could be considered a "CF," Raul finally sat his ass down in Rochester, New York with a Southern Tier IPA. Light like a Victoria's Secret model after regurgitating her breakfast, Raul cannot help but think that this beer might be over carbonated (bars fault, not Southern Tier). Still, it's light and refreshing enough.


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Photo of ghengisflan
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Okay, looks like cloudy apple juice

Smell - Balance malt and hop, no particular citrus or other aromas, just malt and hop

Taste - Sweet with an almost metallic after-taste

Mouthfeel - Pretty average, feels like beer

Overall, and okay beer

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Healthy two-finger head of creamy, microbubble beige foam, as you'd expect from a nitro tap. Body is liquid gold and clean, with some amber highlights around the edges of the glass. Foam settles to a half-finger blanket, like fallen snow. Lacing is thick and webbed--completely covering the side of the glass in some places.

Smell - The aroma seems to be masked by the dense layer of foam, but through the proverbial fog comes fresh-cut wildflowers and lemongrass. If you really work hard, you can smell some bitterness.

Taste - Not as forward as I expected, so either the nitro has tamed the aromatics of this beer, impacting the smell and taste, or the beer just isn't that deep, in spite of being quite tasty. Gentle flowers, like jasmine and lavendar, with mild phenols. Like with the smell, if you try hard, there is some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and decadent, with viscosity that reminds me of some hard liquors. Pretty much what one should expect from a nitro-tap beer. I'll be excited to have this one without the nitro in the future.

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Copper hue with an almost white head which is pretty weak.
Smell - Almost nothing here, slightly hoppy. Needs much more work here.
Taste - Not that great, there is a strange melding of alcohol flavor and hops I think. Not enough hop flavor. The hop flavor that is there though is sub par. It tastes a little of iron as well...

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip shaped glass

Appearance: Dark, golden hazy amber with a thick off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: smells pretty balanced between the hops and the malt. It's fairly sweet. citrus grapefruit and sweetness.

Taste: earthy hopness dominates with a hint of the citrusy hops and the piney hops. The sweet malty flavors are pretty dominating on this one. It's hoppy in the forefront and sweet and malty in the middle and a satisfying hoppy ending.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a hoppy bitter finish.

Overall: This is a fairly balanced beer, perfect for those who don't like a hop explosion. It's a little malty for my preference. I'm not really getting the piney citrusy hopness. I get more of the malty flavors. It's pretty easy drinking and it goes down fairly smooth. Overall it's not too hoppy. I was expecting a little more hops since Souther Tier states that they use 4 different types of hops, but it's a very refreshing IPA.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark golden amber, small amounts of carbonation visible. About a one finger head, which dissiapted at a normal rate, leaving a very small white foam on top. Small amount of lacing on glass.

S - Lot's of fresh hops. Hints of grapefruit, a general fresh earthy bitterness and even a small amount of bubble gum noticed. Kind of strange, but it worked. Very good smelling beer.

T - Was very suprised, this is one of my new favorite IPA's. Lot's of fresh hop taste without being bitter for bitter's sake. Hints of pine and grapefruit, and strangely, a small amount of the bubble gum aroma was tasted, too. But again, it worked.

F - Nothing different from most IPA's. Finishes a bit dry, strong finsish.

O - Not sure why, but this tasted damn good. I had heard a lot of good things about this brewery, and this was my first sampling of one of their brews. Lot's of good taste, and it's on the unique side. Recommended for any IPA fans.

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Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light amber.

The aroma has a nice juicy grapefruit and pine.

The taste has a bitter punch of grapefruit, some Simcoe pineyness, and bitterness, but then a good malt finish and backbone with sweet caramel. However, the sweetness of grain and syrup push a bit too aggressively. This does not have the clean refreshing flavor that I want from IPAs. Instead, the malt takes over a bit too much and is too sticky.

Still, a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours hazy golden-orange with a small creamy white head, short retaining layer on top with no lace

S- citrus and pine hop aromas, honey, grainy husk, sweet doughy malt

T-citrusy hop with an herbal touch, big bready and doughy malt backbone with some grainy notes, honey flavors follow the aroma, finishes dry and malty with an herbal hop linger

M- medium bodied with a slightly viscous-yet-creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation with a bit of alcohol on the finish

O- very drinkable for the higher ABV, was a bit maltier than expected

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Photo of pmorey
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I had this about an hour after a Zombie Dust which is certainly a tough act to follow. Looked good in the glass with a clear and bright golden color and nice two finger head that hung around a while and laced the glass all the way to the bottom. Hops hit the nose but no other notable hints. Unfortunately the taste was a disappointment - strong piney hops but no subtlety or other flavors while in the mouth, and a resinous bitter aftertaste. More of a chore to finish, not one that I enjoyed.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - clear golden copper, thumb of off white head retained very nicely, some spotty lacing
S - pleasant citrus with mild hints of pine and florals, faint dry grain
T - citrus and dry earthy hops followed by light pine, multigrain savoury malt, finishes with citrus shining through
M - medium body, crisp and clean through the middle with a medium bitter and significant dryness to leave the palate clean
O - a nice hop mix and just in your face enough to make you sit up and take notice, still very drinkable, this is the kind of IPA I would love to have on tap locally

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Photo of ipacac
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely easy to drink. Perfect balance, clean taste, no heaviness. Poured from a bottle into a tall glass -- medium head, nice, light amber appearance, not too fizzy. No distinctive aroma. The bitterness is just right, refreshing and stimulating. It's just lacking some heft or intensity -- the aftertaste is a bit watery .

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Photo of BeerYoss
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to goblet

A: clear, light orange/copper. very little head, retreats quickly to edge the glass and slight lacing.

S: almost no smell. very faint citrus and pine

T: moderate hit of piney hops accompanied by a fizzy carbonation. not followed by much of anything except lingering bitterness and more pine. the alcohol is right there in your throat at the end.

M: quite a lot of carbonation, low - medium body. goes down smooth and the lingering feel in your mouth is good

O: I prefer a bit more complexity, taste and balance but it packs a good hit of decent tasting hops. not my favorite but drinkable.

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Photo of Zanico
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice one finger amber color head. Although it didn't hang around long. It did leave some nice lacing though.

I was a little disappointed with the smell. There wasn't much to speak of. Was expecting a nice hoppy, IPA type smell but nothing much at all.

Despite the lack of smell it has a very good flavor. Some bitterness but no overpowering.

This is a very good IPA, not the best I've ever had but very good none the less.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange/copper in colour. Very clear with active carbonation. Frothy white head with good retention.

S: Oranges, hint of ginger, biscuit, grain

T: Follow the nose with a hint of alcohol detectable.

M: Good carbonation, low - med body.

O: A good ipa but for the alcohol level I find that the malt/hop flavours are lacking. Need more backbone to hold it up.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber, slight cloud, medium carbonation, 1 finger slight yellow head.

S: Malts, caramel, British hops, cereal malts, candied orange peel.

T: Follow the nose- Malts, caramel, british hops, cereal malts, candied orange peel.

M: Medium slight syrupy body, medium low medium carbonation.

O: Delicous and Christmas like in my opinion, yet with British style moreso than many American IPAs, also my opinion. Really enjoying this one!

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/23/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, pine, orange rind, light honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, pine, orange rind, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, light caramel, light bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA! Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. No complaints at all, very well done.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden color with thick white head in DFH IPA glass.

Smell grapefruit and pine with hints of malt.

Taste is well balanced with lots of nice pine notes and malt. Lots of bitterness lingers on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent IPA. I would describe this as more of a DIPA.

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Photo of JaredM
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: An apple cider like appearance with about one finger of an eggshell colored head.

S: Nice earthy/piney hop aroma followed up by citrus (grapefruit).

T: Piney hop taste and bitterness right away (bitterness lingers). Citrus flavors round out the end which gives it a nice finish. I can taste a bit of the alcohol at the end. This has a great flavor.

M: Light to medium feel. Just right.

O: Awesome beer. This has been one of my favorite IPAs (and not because this is brewed a few hours away from me) that I've had. I love the East Coast style of IPA which seems to focus more on the earthy piney hop flavors than on the citrus.

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Photo of fx20736
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass served at fridge temp.

clear apple juice with a 1 finger natural white had that recedes

aroma; a juicy combination of pineapple, papaya and lychee, with some resinous pine mixed in.

mouthfeel is soft.

taste: thick pale malt with grapefruit and pine bitterness, some of the other tropical fruits make an appearance on the finish.

notes: pretty nondescript looking and tastes like lots of other IPAs but is enjoyable, nails the style, tastes good and is affordable. The fact that it is brewed here in Western NY is a plus. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, necessarily but wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of Adeeez
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprised this one does not rank better, the Chinook Hops are ridiculous !!! Very nice, great odor !! Love the piney light finish, could drink this one all day. Great in a glass nice head, one of our " everyday " drinking type of IPA's, like its brother the 2x ipa this is a wonderful representation of a particular take on a IPA. Very nice!!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger white head. A little rocky it dissipates over the course of a few minutes leaving a good coating of lacing on the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Good hop aroma going on here. A sweet fruitiness that has a citrusy overtone. Also a decent earthy and floral hop too. Malts come out more as it warms but add sweetness to the hop.

T: As anticipated this is hop-forward that is similar to the aroma. A blend of earthy hops and grapefruit citrus with a sweet malt backbone. Lingering hoppiness. Booze is pretty well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Isnt too sticky for an IPA yet has a good nectar like mouthfeel. Has a dry finish from all the hop. Certainly not a hot beer yet warms the stomach.

Overall a beer I have enjoyed time and time again. Very happy it is so readily accessible to me. Would recommend to any hophead.

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Photo of dougfur
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clearly this isn't a hop-loaded DIPA, but when I'm in the mood for beer that is tasty, with some real hop flavor, and that doesn't cost a lot of money, this is hard to beat. Kudos to the brewery for getting in the flavor, without using a lot of hops (and therefore driving up the price).

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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