Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 671 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BraveMountie from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Aug 10, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Pale Ale in name only, this Imperial IPA claims roots in the American Pale Ale form, but just scaled up- but the final product has nothing to do with the balanced flavor of "Pale" but more so with the dry malt, highly hopped taste that is IPA- but in greater drinkability and strength- this will prove to be one dangerous beer!

Its hazy straw pour is everything "light" to the eye. A modest haze and a soft honey glow gives impressions of a timid ale. But its fluffy, frothy, and creamy head releases quickly from the beer's body below and further promotes the sense of drinkability and friendliness. Broken rings of lace with each sip signals the beer's quality.

Bright citrus overtones of fragrant grapefruit, orange peels, pineapple and freshly crushed herbs fill the nose with bright zest and zeal. A backing of the most timid of honey and cracker from malt supports the hops.

Yet in taste, its the soft powdered sugar seduction that takes place on the front of the tongue while a pile-on of red and white grapefruits, freshly zested oranges, an fresh-cut grass build on the middle palate. But finishing with a dry malt taste and a pleasant, soft bitterness the ale is herbal and minty in its closing taste.

Mid-light in body, the beer's ample carbonation and void of sweetness all keep the beer airy, fluffy, and cottony on the mouth. It simply wisps away with only a mild hint of minty warmth.

Its a beautiful ale that deserves a conflict in its stylisticic declarations and its marketing verbiage. This Imperial IPA does all that big pale ales should do- but it's a much drier and drinkable beer that never relinquishes its crisp and clean undertone.

Jun 30, 2013
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Jenray from Texas

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Dec 28, 2013
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MisledTitan from England

3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 07, 2015
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Tafyob41 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

May 15, 2014
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sep 16, 2014
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Jul 20, 2014
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Zetcha7x from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Jun 13, 2014
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DWolf from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Feb 08, 2014
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Sep 22, 2013
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Domvan from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Jul 01, 2014
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Griffith from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Feb 26, 2014
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Evango from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Jun 20, 2014
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Cook82 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Jun 30, 2014
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irishkyle21 from Canada

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2015
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Cramerican from North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Jul 17, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, grapefruit citrus and a note of tart earthiness. In the taste, orange citrus hops and a dryness of earth. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite earthy and dry, offset against the citrus hops.

Jul 27, 2013
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jpd026 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Sep 11, 2013
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bomber bottle into a pint glass, this "sparkling ale" 's head is 1.5 fingers thick and bubbly as the name would imply with spottier lacing, and a medium-gold clear body.

Smells like the rose hips used in the brewing of this select beer,along with the citrus hops mentioned on the label. Can't really detect much malts going on with this part of the review.

I'm tasting most of the components listed above, although now I'm getting malts of an earthier characteristic. These all compliment each other pretty damned well. I honestly can't notice the 9% ABV of this brew.

The mouthfeel of Compass is lively and crisp. Only a slight dash of a rose hip/hop combo that leaves pretty fast.

Overall, I'll give Compass - Southern Tier Brewing Company a 4.25. This is quite a different taste and overall vibe for me, but I may pick up another bottle or so in the future.

Mar 01, 2015
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kaelingirl from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Aug 18, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with a one finger fluffy head. Aroma of floral hops with notes of sweet citrus and a bit of earthiness. A little bit of the rose hip smell and a funky yeasty straw aroma. Sweet up front flavor fades quickly into a refreshing, effervescent bitter hoppy straw. Ends dry with a definite character from the rose hips. Lingering sweet floral flavor on the palate. Light and effervescent mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Easy drinking and can’t believe this is 9%. Hit right on what I was hoping for with this beer. A winner from Southern Tier.

Jul 11, 2013
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vheissu15 from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Jul 28, 2014
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halo913 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Nov 11, 2013
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cheefdaddy1 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sep 12, 2013
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RavenForBeer from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16%

Nov 06, 2014
Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 671 ratings