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Mild Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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 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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Photo of aaronh
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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 feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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 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 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 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 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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Mild Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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