IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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953 Reviews
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 scooter231
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty rusty/ruby color with a quickly disappearing white head, and minimal lacing. Nose is hoppy and very sharp- potent. Lots of fruityness in there as well. Agressive, but not painful. Just strong.

Tastes like an IPA should- hoppy, with a good malty backbone, and some fruityness going on. A tad bit of a grassy kind of thing in here too. Nothing exceptional, but a good IPA. Mouthfeel starts strong and full and ends weakly, watery. Every time I take a sip I feel like it's gonna be a great mouthfeel- and then it just withers away. As far as IPAs go, this is a solid one. Drinkable, surely- refreshing, sort of on the heavy side, but otherwise nice.

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Photo of Ego
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

acquired as part of a "mix six" 6 pack from DeCicco Market, Pelham NY $9.99

golden caramel with amber tone, active carbonation, decent lacing, nice cling film action, your a little above average lookin' IPA

malty caramel, grapefruit, the nice sweet malt balances very well with the pine hop notes... nothing is "fighting" in the nose and nothing is hitting younover the head like a morning after a maddog 20/20 night... very nicely done

taste etc...
the carbonation is as others have described, quite sparkling on the tongue which is refreshing and adds to the crispness of the mouthfeel. The prickilation carries the more bitter notes which fade into the malt but yet retain some of the bitterness. Much like the nose this is a well crafted brew with nothing fighting for dominance. This one has a nice medium drinking mouthfeel, almost with a slick syrup tendency from the hop oil me thinks. The alcohol is slightly perceptable but not distracting. later on in the glass the bitterness is becoming more aggressive and this starts to lose its balance. overuse of amarillo hops or one of the new varieties ? perhaps...

tasty. I would buy it again if it was available near me, I wouldn't go nuts looking for it though.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with small white foam.

smells like nice fruity hops. orange and grapefruit, nice hoppiness.

taste is sweet fruit maltiness. orange/grapefruit citrus dominates the taste with awesome hops. ripe fruit with nice hop bitterness. i love it.

mouthfeel is medium to light i'd say. pretty smooth, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of beerinator
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper colored beer. Nice head that lingers on the glass.

Aroma: First smell is solidly fruit and malty sweetness. Citrusy grapefruity smells are predominant here. But the caramel maltyness is pleasant.

Taste: Very balanced sweetness and hoppy flavors. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the finish leaves you wanting another taste. This is a very drinkable IPA.

Notes: This could easily be a fridge staple.

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

East Coast represent!
Tastes almost like a west coast IPA. Very assertive flavor profile. Potent in the nose. A little watery on the palate... could use a bit of sparklyness either from carbonation or hops (Lagunitas and Great Divide are examples of brews as I recall having a kind of sparkly mouthfeel; almost like poprocks at times).
This reminds me a little bit of HopDevil Ale. It has a good malty backbone to combat the assault of the hops.
Doesn't strike me as quite as good as the scores so far would indicate, but definately good stuff.

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Photo of kennyo
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the Southern Tier Variety Pack

pours a nice copper color with a heavy white head, kind of hazy.

Aoma is canabis, swet candy kind of like Jolly Ranchers

Taste is sweet candy, malt, some hop bitterness, flavor with a little heat on the back of the throat

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer from the folks at southern tier

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Photo of geexploitation
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an very good IPA. The appearance is pretty standard IPA fare -- orangey brown with a slight head that disappears quickly. The aroma is excellent -- upon breathing this in, you get a big blast of Cascade hops full of pine and grapefruit. There's a slight malt undertone to the nose as well. The taste of this beer is very smooth and well balanced, especially in relation to some of its poorly-constructed stylistic relatives. There's a slight acidity to the taste, but it's not overpowering; the hits the front of the tongue first, then slides to the back after you swallow. Throughout there's a powerful bitterness that's laid on top of a nice malt base. Mouthfeel is more or less average, nothing special. There's a fair bit of alcohol in this beer; it's something that could sneak up on you. Overall, a very smooth, pleasing, highly hopped brew that's a very solid IPA. Well done.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent amber with a small white head. Just a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is very piney and some caramel malt.

Awesome IPA. Strong citrus and piney hop flavor throughout but the hops are well balanced with the smooth malt. The hops stay with you in the aftertaste, but not in an overbearing way.

It has a nice creamy medium body.

This is a great session IPA due to the well balanced flavors and, in my view, perfect amount of hops. When this is available at my favorite beer bar, I often drink little else. One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of riversider76
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber. Foamy head gives way to a nice lace. Smell is fruit and floral. The hops are evident. Mouth is light with slight carbonation. Taste starts sweet and finishes with a nice bitter edge.This is a refreshing beer,with a hop edge. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is clear copper with reddish tinting. Understated head dissipates quickly to a covering of foam. Lacing is visible

S - Smells very hoppy. There is a strong aroma of floral and citrus.

T - Taste is nicely balanced between hops and malt. This beer has almost no bitterness. Finishes clean with no astringency.

M - The feel is a little on the thin side. Thinner than other IPA’s. Carbonation is very light.

D - The aroma is by far the best thing about this beer though the taste is not at all disappointing (unless you have bitten by the bitterness bug). Good beer for a reasonable price. I will certainly drink it again.

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

Creamy off-white head on top gives way to a luscious bubble-laden lace structure which clings to the sides of the glass as it recedes reminding me of the tide coming in at the ocean.

Pours a transclucent amber with fine sediment persistent throughout the glass. Bottle conditioned? I'll have to check the website...

Smooth, tasty and full of hups yet the malt profile is present throughout the beer as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy although it never lets you forget about the hops.

Tastes a bit tart with hops, very robust and it's hard for me to describe the taste of the malt. Blends together pretty well and went with some garlic triscuits very nicely.

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Photo of MattBrooks
2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was impressed with the packaging on this brand and intigued by a brand called Southern Tier that is from New York. I was also intrigued at the styles available as the lineup struck me as "cool". I'll be reviewing these as I go through them, I was given a mix of the styles recently.

Everyone makes IPA these days, so I figured I'd start with this one in my mix. Pours nicely, with rich color and good cascade & head, but has a sharp, almost obtrusive bite to it and a finish I did not need to linger around. There wasn't much going on with this beer that sets it apart from other IPA's. Some choose to crank up the hops, while others make a smoother, more delicate IPA; unfortunately this IPA came off rather bland.

The hops were too sharp like I said, the smell was in the way it seemed and the finish was nondescript and lingered too long. The mouthfeel was decent but I can't see myself buying this one in quantity.

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Photo of Gogol
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(0003) Reviewed: 1/11/06.
On tap at the Horseshoe Pub, Hudson, MA. Temperature appropriate for a kegged beer.

Appearance: Light brownish-red, with a thick (0.5”), tight head. Lace: Initially good, but eventually slipped back down the glass.

Smell: Piney hops, with malty sweetness evident.

Taste: Hops explodes at start, slowly overlain by maltiness, ending with sweet bitterness at end. All-in-all, it’s well balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between Fuller’s ESB (“comforting” and “warming”) and Smuttynose IPA (a sample of which was being consumed at the next barstool by fellow BA eanderson). Another example of balanced hop bitterness/flavor/aroma, and sweet, bready malt

Drinkability: Dang good, a well-balanced beer!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass almost crystal clear wtih a tall off-white head which rose well and fell slowly as it laced the glass.

The aroma was citrusy and resinous, but no overly so. The hop aromas while present, were not overdone. Behind the resinous and floral hop presence was a light caramel malt aroma and and just a hint of spice.

The flavor was mostly malty with a nice caramel malt backbone. The hops were certainly present in the flavor, but the balance was nearly even as opposed to overly hoppy. The flavors of the hops and the malt were nice, yet muted.

The finish was dry with a nice balance of hops and malt into the aftertaste. Both contributed to the aftertaste with almost identical presence. The body was medium and well done. A nice IPA, not overly hoppy and not overly malty, but highly drinkable.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

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Photo of Calico
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much head on this one, but well carbonated nonetheless. Fairly clear golden color. Aroma of hops, very flowery and piney. Hops strong in the taste. I definitely detect Cascade, but there's another in there, maybe Goldings.

At first this one really pleased my palate. Despite the relatively strong alcohol content, it seemed almost as quaffable as the similarly strong Snake Dog and Red Hook IPAs which I used to drink a lot of when I lived back in the Midwest.

After a while though it seemed too acidic to have more than one. The astringent oakiness gets wearing after about the first ten or twelve ounces.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with white fluffy head. Little retention, but great lacing

Pretty good piney hop aroma

Mostly grapefruity hops with a slight honey sweetness on the backend. Slightly better than average, since it seemed to have a bit of complexity. Not overly memorable in as head and shoulders above the pack in any category, though

Medium bodied, dry, with a fairly clean finish. Found it to be tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden honey orange with a sticky ivory cap.

Smell: A nice piney hop aroma with just a hint of honey sweetness in the background. The hops are here to play for this one. Everything from pine, citrus, and floral. A nice assualt on the nose.

Taste: Pine resin followed by a flowery honey sweetness and a dry bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: A challange to the palate but immensely enjoyable. A hop head's delight. A touch unbalanced towards the hop end of things but very nicely done.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the last of a Southern Tier sampler I picked up tonight. This rates between the Winter and the Phin. Clear light amber color with no head, there was lacing all the way down the glass. The nose had lively citrus smells, with orange dominating. The taste is good with a piney resin sitting on the tongue, and a malt backbone holding the hops down. The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, very drinkable.

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber with small off-white head. The head quickly dissappeared and left some good lacing.

It smell exactly like an IPA. . . Earthy, bright hops, hint a hint of clean citrus and some pine. Tastes wonderful. Clean lively hops, some orange and a touch of caramel as it warmed. This is probably the best balanced IPA I have ever had. Beautifully sharp and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey color with a small, but creamy head.The smell is very hoppy and fruity.You can really get a good scent of citrus with this beer.The taste is like the smell.Very hoppy with a citrus undertone that is very refreshing.I would love to have this on a hot summer day.The m/f is lifgt and the aftertaste is a little watery,but not bad.This is a very refreshing beer, and I could myself having a few of these.

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

Hazy light amber with a nice small head and good lacing. Nose is of deep resinous American hops (Cascades?). Flavor is leafy with some unexpected milk chocolate. Smooth, full, malty feel with a pleasant crisp finish. This is really enjoyable and I wouldn't mind having a few. Makes me think of SNPA with a bit more body.

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

12 ounce bottle. The Southern Tier IPA pours out a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. The aroma is all about the hops, with fresh grapefruit and pine. The flavor too is dominated by hops. If you're not used to hops, you may find this beer challenging. If you like hops, you will like this beer. There is also a caramel sweetness, which prevents the beer from being too bitter. Some bubblegum flavor too. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Maybe I just haven't had any hoppy beers in a while, but this seemed almost excessively hoppy. That being said, I loved it.

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Photo of Celt44
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been hooked on this from the first. Currently, my #1. Even the green labeled bottle is beautiful to me.
Appearance is cloudy amber/copper. Medium head dissipates quickly but lacing lasts throughout.
Aroma is floral with hops and malt present.
Taste is strong of hops - grapefruit is more than present and it finishes with hints of pine. Not overly bitter at alll.
Mouthfeel is smooth throughout and finishes smooth - carbonation is not overbearing at all.
As I said before - I love this beer. The price and availability of Southern Tier products in my area make this one a great session brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Happy surprise to find this in cincinnati this past weekend. It pours a mostly clear copper color with a small head that retains rather well over top. Beautiful color. It just looks great sitting in my pint glass. Nose is big citrusy sweet hop. Awesome aroma. Good notes of caramel malt behind it. This brew smells really damn nice. Flavor is dead on with the nose. Big citrusy hop with just a hint of piney hop overlaying a very clean caramel backbone. This reminds me a lot of the best homebrew IPA I made. Very very clean lines on the beer. There is a very mild bitter that hangs on the finish and burps are very hoppy, drawing me back to the brew. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Not sure what else I can say about this one. One of the absolute most solid IPA's I have ever had. I am sad I have to drive an hour to get it. Top notch beer. Seek it and enjoy it.

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Photo of orfeu
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one is amber-orange in color with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Impressive lacing all up and down the glass as I drain its contents. Aroma is, of course, hoppy, with an earthy pine undertone but the main smell is of peaches and citrus fruits. It's a very tasty brew, mainly fruity hops and pine-scented burps. Decent mouthfeel, with a peppery carbonation. Amazingly drinkable, as this stuff goes down like water. Not to imply that it's thin or watery. A great beer, and I feel lucky that it's so readily available in my neck of the woods. Quality beer, strong recommendation.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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