Mild Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Mild AleMild Ale

Brewed by:
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 jimbotrost
2.57/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am a big fan of this brewery and have enjoyed many of their products. This one was either old, mishandled, etc. I don't believe the product was meant to be this way. Pours with a small head, low in carbonation, and a pale copper color, not to style. Malty nose, is okay, but is one dimensional and cloying. Body is medium, syrupy malt and flavor is more pale ale like, more like a unhopped English Pale Ale. I will seek this one out again an I believe it will be better.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

part of sampler pack
poured a deep orange, slightly cloudy color with modest, quickly disappearing head. smell is fruity and malty but nothing real strong. Taste is also sweet and fruity but nothing outstanding. Mouthfeel is nothing to speak of. An average beer at best

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with almost no head to speak of,aroma has a slight burnt tinge to it with some light pizza dough notes as well.Taste is slightly sweet heave on the grainy malt flavor that lingers.Noticed that this beer is pretty light almost watery at times on the tongue I have had othe milds that seemed to be not quite as thin.This beer has some decent flavor and is very drinkable outside of its watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color, a clear, bright orange, beneath a satisfactory,1/2" white head.
Aroma, soft, fresh, hints of citrus, lightly flowering into a greater fruit bouquet
Tiny hops up front, tasty malt, light body, thoroughly mellow.
Very true to the style as I understand, but more substantial than some of those very-mild milds I've had. Not bad at all.
Hats off to McCall for sending it out!

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Photo of aaronh
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Meduim amber color topped by a tan head. Mild malt aroma with a british hop smell. A little earthy but smooth. Taste is very well balanced. Even malt andhops with a slight medicinal note on the finish. Herbal aftertaste. Decent on the palate and goes down smooth. A great session beer for everyday consumption.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. It has a malty aroma with a dry finish.The taste is good. It's light, but malty and dry. It has a great mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. This is a decent drinking beer. I like their IPA better.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was copper, with a nice head. The smell was a decent hoppiness. The taste was mostly malty, with a good hop to keep it well-balanced. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

Mild ales are what they are, and for the style, this certainly stands as quite a good one. Though not an Imperial anything, this is a beer I could certainly have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Suds
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 aerozeppl
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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 GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 malthead
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 shirfan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%

Photo of Scoats
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 CBFanWish
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +6.1%
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 GreatPondBrewer
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Mild Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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