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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by shirfan on 05-02-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of UnionMade
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a lovely autumnal gold, hazed just slightly with the bottle conditioning. A fat cap of ivory head tops the brew, keeping throughout the glass with ease. Impressive rings of lace cascade down the glass, accompanying each (long) sip. I couldn't ask for more.
The aroma is a study of biscuit malt. If you don't like it, you may be out of luck. If you do, this is your beer by the case. Fortunately, I love my malt, so this is most pleasant, particularly after the deep rooted hop bomb they call an IPA. Soft esters barely gather the gist of pear and plum, adding a very soft fruitiness. No real hop presence, merely a slight woodsy undertone hinting at a pungent fuzziness of rotting conifer and peat. Not unpleasant at all.
The flavor starts with a full, medium baked malt flavor. Earthen biscuit malt dominates the palate, allowing sweeter toasted notes some air-time. A vacuous suggestion of coffee, moving automatically into a grain driven, biscuity middle. The barest touch of estery fruit adds just enough complexity, mostly in the form of dilated pupilled pear and fig. The finish allows a soft hop presence to obtain a foothold, moslty a gentle english earthen-ness bespeaking peat bogs, heath and moors. Very open and spacious. Hints of whole grain bread and real-deal english Carr's tea biscuits. A wet, blurred finish, earthen malt lingering in the palate long after the sip is swallowed, urging you to sip again and revel in it's tastiness. A light body, although stranglely lingering on the palate, is supported by moderate, unassuming carbonation evoking the english tradition. Easy, easy drinking stuff packed with flavor.
Perhaps having this after their IPA wasn't the best idea, but I still loved it. One hell of a session beer. With the lovely malt character, it'd be easy to drink this all day long whilst working around the house. An easy going, gentle brew such as this is testament to the skill weilded by the brewers at Southern Tier. This is the REAL beer drinkers "light beer". No detectable off flavors. All the flavor of a real brew, packaged in under 5% with room to spare. It tastes much stronger than it is, with all the satisfaction of a beefier style, only you can have another and still stand up straight! It's no barleywine or smack you in the face IPA, but this is my kind of session ale. I could have one of these every day and and not get sick of it. Staple session beer for the lucky souls within Southern Tier's distribution. I'd love to try the draught varsion...or perhaps a cask of this stuff. Yes, reserve a whole cask fo myself and a friend...share the wealth.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a room temp bottle of this in a pint glass from my friend Stopper.

The beer pours slightly cloudy orange color and produces a small fluffy eggshell white head. The head fades quickly to a thin surface layer.

Aroma is light caramel and floral hops. First sip reveals a light sikly body and very soft mild carbonation.
Flavor is toffee sweet with some light fruitiness as well. The finish is slightly dry and grassy hops. The beer is incredibly smooth and very drinkable. Would make a great session beer for sure. Unfortunately I only have one bottle.

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Photo of steelreign
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew from the newly formed Southern Tier Brewing company. I found this on draft at one of our local restaurants, and promptly ordered up a pint for review.

It pours a nice dark amber color, with a light brown head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma was fantastic, roasted malt and hops coming to the forefront, with hints of coffee. It reminded me of a darker ale rather than one that you would expect from something called a "mild" ale.

The taste was well balanced, highlighted by the semi-sweet roasted malts and fresh hops. Honestly, the taste was really a bit stronger than I expected from the "mild" label. Excellent! Not at all bitter, the finish left a very slight sweet, but not too sweet, sensation. I am very pleased with how this one played out.

This is one of those beers that fooled me into thinking "light" when it says "mild", but in fact, it is rather full flavored and has a great mouthfeel without at all feeling watery. This one is very much recommended. The bottled version was every bit as good as the draught I had. Seek it out and see for yourself.

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Photo of orfeu
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sorta hazy but bright copper with active carbonation and a few floaties. Decent off-white froth with a bit of lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma with a bit of orangey hop presence. Really excellent balance with a strong maltiness and enough hops (very English in flavor, but I don't know the specific kind of hops) to keep it lively. Pleasant biscuity finish. Soft fruity palate, rounded and very quenching. Don't know much about the style, but this seems to be right on target, at least for an American interpretation. Translation: not so hoppy it seems like a Pale ale. This would be a great one to have around for lunch on a regular basis. Very nice.

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Photo of sponberg
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can I just say I love the aroma of this beer? Toasted malt with hints of hops and caramel, and a whiff of something like cinnamon-laced coffee way in the background. Outstanding. Medium dark amber with a whitish head that lasts a little while.

Starts with a slightly sweet-ish toasty maltiness, balanced nicely with a background bitterness. Maybe a touch of astringency mid-sip as it warms up a bit, but otherwise excellent mouthfeel. Sort of tastes like a lighter brown ale, but with a bit more hoppiness and bitterness. Hints of roasted malt and toasted bread along with a touch of fruitiness way in the background of the finish.

A simple, enjoyable session beer. It went great with a simply grilled Porterhouse steak. These guys know what they're doing - I hope that they do well in the marketplace, and not just because I'm originally from the Southern Tier.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

purchased as a single 12oz'er

pours out clear and light orange.. or is it dark gold? head quickly disappears and leaves me with something that looks like any old beer on tap at the local watering hole. smell is intriguing.. big on burnt sugar and butterscotch.. some malts. wow is this beer malty! sweet caramel flavor compliments the light body nicely.. not too fizzy, this beer slides down the throat with ease. lightly hopped euro-twist hits you in the end. as soon as i put my glass down, i want to pick it back up again. nothing too complex or special, but probably my 2nd favorite beer from southern tier.. not to mention it tastes overwhelmingly different from all their other brews. definitely english inspired, would probably be an ass kicker on cask. make sure to buy 6 of these at once or you will be left unsatisfied.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a soft white head and slight bit of lacing. Smelled of sweet floral hops and doughy malts. The taste was sweet with a biscuity almost honey like note and some good oily hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was well carbonated, but mixed well with the body of the beer. Easy drinking, especially when fresh with a good Southern Tier hop burp. I wish more breweries would take a stab at this style.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A darn fine tasty mild. The appearance might be the weakest aspect of the beer; not really anything bad, but just not amazing. A golden, cloudy color, with moderate head retention. Smell is interesting, and surprisingly potent. Taste is good, sweet but not overly so. Hops are present but very light, with the sweet malts. Very fruity, though specific fruits are perhaps undetectable. VERY drinkable, downed my first bottle before I was even done drinking it. An excellent conversion beer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice copper colour with a good head retention. There was also a pretty lace effect left aftter the head did finally dissapate. The scent was hoppy, but not too much. It also had a cool sweetness to it. I went to MacGregor's looing for greatness an I found it here. The tatse was hoppy with a slight graininess to it. It was sweet, but wasn't overly so. Nice and balanced. This is one of the main things that I look for in an ale. Balance. The hops were balanced nicely with the malt where it wasn't so bitter I couldn't drink it. This is the first of what I think is a great session drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Minimally murky apricot-orange with sparse, lazy carbonation and a creamy head of bone white. Gently popping bubbles are visible on the surface as the softly whipped creamy cap falls, leaving abstract patterns of lace in its wake. Some beer says quality simply by virtue of its appearance. This is one of those beers.

Hops lead malt in the nose, but not by a large margin. Mild Ale smells like what it was undoubtedly meant to be, a balanced, drinkable ale. Specifically, the aroma is of citric fruity hops and lightly toasted pale malt.

Good beer. How is it that Southern Tier can nail each and every style that they attempt with such precision? At this point, I'd be shocked to discover that one of their offerings was anything less than very good. This one is pleasantly fruity with a gentle, rounded bitterness on top and modestly sweet malt beneath.

Mild Ale is fairly neutral until the final portion of the flavor arc, becoming progressively more bitter and dry as the finish approaches. Like most all ST beer, the mouthfeel is lush and creamy; even more remarkable in this case since the body doesn't rise one iota above medium.

Even though it's brewed by one of my all-time favorite breweries, I wasn't sure that this offering would thrill me because of the style. I needn't have worried. Mild Ale is truly wonderful beer and is one of the best session ales that you'll find anywhere. Once again, consider yourself fortunate if you live in Southern Tier's distribution area. Thanks, as always, to HappyHourHero.

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Photo of Scoats
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We only managed to score 12 bottles of these at The Grey Lodge and based on what I read here on BA, I took executive priviledge and set one of the 12 aside for myself.

The copper color and light body didn't really excite me as I poured it into a shaker glass. But hey beer is for drinking not looking at.

This is a wonderfully drinkable beer. There is nothing overly anything about this beer but it is instintly tasty from the first smell as you bring the glass to your lips to the first taste straight through to the end. Wonderful.

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Photo of shirfan
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I happened upon this at Consumer's Beverage, which is now carrying the lineup from this apparently new micro.

What's with the odd name? Very simple; the mostly rural region of NY State from which this hails (south of Buffalo and Rochester) is called the "Southern Tier".

Pours a bright and clear orange-copper with a fluffy, retentive off-white head. Aroma is of english-style hops and bready malt.

Taste: Excellent session beer choice for the ale afficionado. Again, a British flare, with a chewy, fresh-bakery malt body and mild-mannered yet assertive hops. Easy to drink, but has a full fledged ale mouthfeel; not watery at all. Yeast strain stays out of the way and lets the malt and hops do their thing.

A very balanced brew; malt is strong but not overly sweet, and hops are very noticeable without being bitter to the point of turning off non hop-heads. I'm impressed.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. A dark russet red neck and obverse label has the words Southern Tier Brewing Company. The main label also has the words ‘Mild Ale’ and Real Beer. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Wow!! Boy was I surprised at this one, especially as it listed as a Dark Mild, it seems it is really a Pale Mild. It pours with an amber-orange body that has a slight haze. The head is an off-white color and has a decent consistency and look at first, but it soon collapses to a thin broken covering, but not before it leaves some nice lacing. Above average carbonation levels result in a reinstated head when the beer is swirled.

Nose: Biscuit malts and a light fruity feel that has some grass and a shortcake hint at the backend. Fresh bread as well as it warms.

Taste: A very flavorsome effort given its name. Biscuit malts start to make way for a light bitterness and a spice laden fruity ending. The finish develops a pepper feel with some floral character, especially after two or three mouthfuls when it gets to lay down some coating on the mouth. Lingering finish which is very moor-ish. I loved this brew. A great beer to accompany you on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Lovely and creamy, yet light and inviting. Great body!

Drinkability: A very drinkable solid Pale Mild Ale, given its strength at 4.2% it drinks like an English Bitter at times and could even be labeled a Pale Ale period. Nevertheless, a highly quaffable Pale Mild Ale. I could easily take a Gallon of this brew.

Overall: A very decent effort indeed, listed as an English Dark Mild Ale, but this is really an English Pale Mild Ale cum English Pale Ale for me. Excellent!

Thanks to the Davo for this sample.

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Photo of malthead
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's real nice. Dull orange/copper color, half inch white head. Smells malty, biscuits and maybe a little hops to keep it it clean. I love the taste, biscuit malts with an earthy undertone and a crisp finish. Never had a mild before... it's not as malty as a brown ale, or as hoppy as a pale ale.. overall, very balanced. Mouthfeel is decent. Great drinkability. Not a hugely flavorful beer, but very nice indeed.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, Southern Tier should be commended for bottling a mild. Now, that's something you don't see very often at all. The beer has a nice orange-amber color with a nice lacing that is typical of good British pale ales. Getting a tiny bit of smell off of this. Taste is a good pale ale, just less. I know I shouldn't take marks off when this is spot-on for the style, but I can't in good conscience give this higher marks. Good mouthfeel, not thin at all. This is probably very good on-cask.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A three year old bottle.

A: Slightly hazy copper color with golden highlights near the edge of the glass when held up to light. Minimal white head that only had a trace of itself about about a min.

S: Little oxidized. Has that weird to describe faded malt swell. Some earthiness as well.

T: Not that bad. The malt is a bit faded and it tastes like tea in the middle and finishes that way. Quite a bit sweet. This beer really held up well. Tastes like it came up from a hand pump.

M: So light on the tongue while still having a nice bite from the body. Really nice.

D: Wow this was much better than I expected. This is damn easy drinking. I know they do not really make english style ales anymore but I would love to have this on cask.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tumbler, served on-tap at Kclinger's Publick House in Etters, PA.

Appearance: The ale has a nice light golden color. While unexpected, the ale is hazy, no visible particles but hazy nonetheless.

Smell: The ale has a very lightly hopped aroma. The biscuitiness of the malt is well balanced against the hops.

Taste: A very mild, low alcohol ale! This beer has a sweet caramel/biscuit undertone that interacts well with the low hop content.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel leaves just a bit to be desired. My tastebuds seem to seek out more hops than there are.

Drinkability: A true sessioner...

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

First imperial pint glass pours with a 1/4" off-white head, which laces well. Slightly cloudy amber brew, with a slight kind of generic palt malt/hops aroma. Taste is smooth pale malt body carrying a (wait for it) mild hops bite. Mouthfeel is and drinkability are excellent. Session, anyone?

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Photo of necoadam
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out an orange/amber color with a big enough of carbonation in there. Smell consisted of light hops, citrus, and some spiciness in there as well. Taste was light but flavorful which I liked. Reminded me a little bit of Fuller's ESB, but lighter. Hops hit the palate then blend in with some malt flavors. Aftertaste had a peppery, biscuit like flavor to it. The thing that bothered me with this brew is that it had just a little bit too much carbonation. Even though a mild ale is light on lots of things, the carbonation should be toned down to let some of those flavors come up. But other than that, a nice beer.

Thanks to my boss for getting me a variety pack of Southern Tier.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely, clear honey-amber. The head is thin, white and bubbly. First to the nose is a citrusy note with some undertones of grainy hoppiness. The taste is unusual, kind of muted (that is, not as tangy as the aroma). The finish is a nice bready surprise. Mouthfeel might be a touch too heavy on the carbonation, but it has a smooth overall presence.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with an off white head that dies rather quick. Lower carbonation evident, consistent with a mild ale. Biscuity malt aroma with a weaker, vegetal hop aroma in the background. Sweet malty taste with some spicy English low alpha hops in the dry finish. Light body and consistent lower ABV make this beer a great sessioner.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a with a thick white head. The aroma is lightly malty, with a distant floral hoppiness. The beer has a teriffic biscuity, doughy character. Moderately sweet. Low carbonation, with a very soft, creamy mouthfeel. This one’s amazingly easy to drink. It would be a fantastic all-night session brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a copper amber tone with a nice full cream off white hued head, speckled lacing not bad impressed by the head retention. Aroma: Grainy sweetness mild hops not bad very mild there goes the name does it right so far keeping it mild. Taste: Surprisingly evident hops and a great semi-grassy note in the malt profile, not bad at all a nice beer to start out with the flavor is there but doesn't over do it in anyway. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body perfect carbonation I am liking this one. Drinkability: Session brew all the way, not the most flavorful ale but definitely a nice sipper can stomach alot of it due to the lighter bodied but overall a well crafted mild.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a two finger white head. Smells very grainy with a hint of hops. Little lacing.

The taste is just full of malt sweetness and diacetyl. Highly caramelized. Quite smooth with an equally pleasant hop finish. Mouthfeel and body are in the low to medium category. It is what it claims, mild. Nice beer that could be enjoyed over a whole evening.

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Mild Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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