Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a nice hazy golden orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was a tad of light foamy lacing that trickled for the most part. The smell had some light Rye malt with just a tad of bitter citrus hoppiness in and out of a slight bearing of the flavors. The taste was sweet and bitter, not at the same time but still showing a nice sweet to bitter and yet ultimately still having a slight Rye flavoring here and there all around. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth and subdued. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Rye beer worthy of having again.

Jun 07, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma Is wheat barley yeast, very grainy. Pleasant, not strong. Color is light brown, opaque very small white head . Flavor is excellent , sharp bite, good rye flavor . Grass, hay, vegetable. A little flat but otherwise a lively beer. Nice Rye.


Oct 24, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No date found.

Pours clear copper in color with a nice head that has very good duration, Nice sheets of lacing are left on the glass.

M: smooth and full, with excellent, lively carbonation.

Aroma: sweet malts, including caramel, with plenty of multi-grain bread and a little spiciness from the rye.

T: could be adequately described as a malty American PA with an additional spicy rye component.

O: A malty and spicy PA. Well crafted and easy to drink.

Aug 25, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good offering from ST. Here goes:

A: Dark but clear amber-brown. A very good head that lingers and leaves lacing as well. Interestingly, I was able to guess the abv merely from drinking it (the bartender was quite shocked), if that tells you anything.

S: Very sweet and piney. Lots of caramel malt and rye complemented by piney hops and some grapefruit. Very honey-ish.

T: Piney hops with caramel and honey. Follows the nose quite well. Also a substantial grapefruit aftertaste.

F: Good.

O: A solid beer. Predominate rye and caramel malt with a large helping of piney/grapefruity hops.

Aug 17, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a deep amber color with a small creamy off-white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top

S- sweet caramel malt with some toasted grain, spicy and peppery rye with piney hop aroma

T- citrusy and piney hop flavor up front mixes with spicy, peppery & earthy rye. Underlying caramel malt adds a bit of sweetness on the close

M- medium-viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly chewy finish

O- good drinkability with a nice spicy rye kick

Jul 02, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Almost redish in color. Half finger off white head. Smell is slight hop and all malt not sour id say but robust malt. Medium to low carbonation. Hoppy in the back so slightly and huge biting malt. Not hop bitter, but a bitter malt I assume is the rye. Like I said robust huge malt flavor but clean. My first rye and will try others.

Apr 08, 2015
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a hazey golden copper in color, topped with a pale-tan head and a with some good lacing.

A lighter hop note is obscured by the punchy rye character, which is all over the nose. Very light yeast character.

Brisk, sweet, and full of character on the first sip. Strong! Tastes much like a barleywine-stye ale to me, just one with a ton of rye in it. Lighter vegetal notes (fennel) and broader dark fruit in this one; Jammy, plum and strawberry.

A good deal of dryness despite the really firm malt character, here, with a very solid hop backbone (particularly bitterness) to nicely balance this one.

Pretty good drinkability for such a gutsy, strong beer.

Altogether this is a solid sippin' beer, and if you like rye malt, it's a must-try.

Bottle coded: "DOB 8/15/14"

Mar 04, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber producing 3 fingers of somewhat lasting, beige, foamy head that leaves motes & streaks of lacing. Aroma is dark malt, a little brown sugar, rye spice & a slightly sour note in a fruity/juicy, leafy floral, pineapple, light citrus & pine background. Taste is malty, lightly boozy, brown sugary sweet with heavy rye spice, tropical fruit, orange/tangerine citrus hints. Finish is caramel/honey sweetness & rye spice that becomes a hop/alcohol bitterness & dryness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, a little syrupy but creamy, lightly prickly & lively with rye spice.

Feb 11, 2015
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fourstringer from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. DOB 07/23/14.

A: Cloudy, iced tea-colored, brown body. 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Rye spice, brown bread. Fruity hops with notes of orange, lighter grapefruit. Fainter pine. Honey. A bit of bourbon.

T: Spicy rye maltiness opens, intermingled with even-handed hop notes. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. The former gently fades away to a mostly dry finish. Some wood and vanilla flavors. Some lingering grapefruit pulp, light spice in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is par for the ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a very gentle mouthfeel. Medium body. Rather quaffable.

O: Well balanced ale. High drinkability, yet showcases the rye nicely. Tactful hopping. Solid.


Jan 19, 2015
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InkedinRi from Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a dark copper color. With mild sediment. Great lacing, smell i get malts, hops, bread. I do detect alcohol one the taste. Over all it's a good beer for 8.1% abv. If you like ryes you will most likely like this one.

Jan 03, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, citrus, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. There’s also some spice deep in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Dec 07, 2014
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange/amber color with a light tan head. Not a lot it but it takes a while for it to fade to a very thick film. Not a lot of lace, though.
Smell is hoppy, rye, some malt and nut.
Taste is similar to the nose though the hops are a bit less prevalent and the balance is better. Malt, rye, hops, nut are pretty well blended.
Mostly full bodied, light effervescence. Warming too. Drinks a lot like a restrained IPA but without the slap upside the face from the resin.

Dec 03, 2014
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fps_dean from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Found the last two bottles in the area for the season...

Pours a deep amber color with a little head and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells very fruity, maybe apricot, or peach like.

Tastes of rye, with some citrusy, piney hops and some hints of fruit with some hints of caramel and piney hops on the way out. Great use of rye, and overall, quite an exceptional beer.

Moderate body and lighter carbonation, goes down fairly smooth.

Overall, a very solid offering and I hope they bring this one back. I happen to love rye IPAs when done right, and this one was certainly done right!

Nov 23, 2014
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper, clear, with a light white head and very extensive lacing.

S - Fruit, primarily grapefruit, and cardamom spice, a hint of grain and malt sweetness.

T - Grapefruit flesh and pith, combined with a subtle caramel malt note, that fades to a spicy bread line, cardamom again like the nose, but also white pepper. The close is more bitter, with a slight note of chalk.

M - Crisp, clean, hiding its high ABV well, and with only a mild drying.

O - Generally, I am always a bit concerned about rye ales, because I am not a huge fan of rye breads, but it is amazing how different the two can be. This suggests a spicy DIPA, more than anything, and it is a tasty and well-balanced one, too.

Nov 12, 2014
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far333 from Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly opaque orangey apricot colored with an oatmeal colored head that settles slowly. Aroma of bready malt, ripe fruit, piney hops, orange rind, dark bread, and alcohol. A bit of alcoholic solvent vapors which detract. Full mouthfeel, a bit tingly. Decent beer overall, not my fave from ST.

Nov 04, 2014
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Amber in color light pour soft head

S: smells a lot like an English ipa some rye and overall fairly earthy slightly herbal

T: it almost tastes like rust smells,malty, rye is there more herbal floral hops

M: medium to light mouthfeeel nothing noteworthy pretty straightforward

 O: a solid beer nothing really stands out on this beer not even the rye Southern Tier makes straightforward solid beers like GLBC but unless it's the backwater series nothing stands out 

Oct 14, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and spicy hop forward aroma with hints of rye, caramel, and citrus. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy and grassy hops with hints of pine resin. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Good scent of rye spicing. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, juicy, and earthy taste with notes of rye spice, caramel malt, and citrus. Citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Solid presence of rye spice. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty solid ripe taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat oily. A little heat is felt but it isn’t difficult to get down.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Rye beer. Good balance of juicy hop notes with caramel malt with the rye adding a nice kick.

Oct 11, 2014
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Born on date of 7/29/14, so say 2 1/2 months.

Pours a very nice yellow amber with a small off white creamy head which maintains to the end. Lacing starts off okay, but later is a solid wall. Very good carbonation as well.

didn't get anything on the nose. nada. zip.

Now taste is another matter. excellent balance of sweet malt on the top of the tongue and hop bitterness on the sides, and pepperiness from the rye spiking in here and there. Beautifully balanced, which could be a signature of this particular beer, or because it smoothed out a little after 10 weeks. Only way to know is to drink some more next fall.

Looking forward to it.

Oct 11, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle DOB 7/23/14 at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of citrus
Head small (<2 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins with rye spiciness and graininess, ends with a lingering astringency; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625

Oct 10, 2014
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle.

Going deep tonight with my beer drinking tonight. I don't care, I'm not on a usual work week schedule. Enough jibber jabber, time for the beer. This brew pours gorgeous! Clean medium copper to a nice shade of Deep Amber body. Nice soapy white head. It's very attractive. The aroma is hops and malts making love in my nostrils! Very clean and resinous hops with a sweet malt backend. Citric lemon with an herbal tea quality that spits forth a hint of tropical goodness. Smells good, let's continue. The taste is just as good. It's all the qualities of a good IPA with a spicy rye bread backbone. The flavor starts out citric that turns to a bit of tropical stone fruits (pineapple acidity). Resinous hops show up too. Leaving a nice coating of lupulin oils to savor. The malts are present with a sweet, spicy and a bit multigrain toasted cracker. This finishes sweet, semi-dry, spicy with a lingering resinous hop bitterness. The feel on the brew is above par. Medium-light with active carbonation.

Overall: This brew is very enjoyable! It comes off as a Rye IPA vs a Rye Beer. Is this one of those beers that a brewer throws in as a curve ball to keep you guessing on the style? If so, I like it! There isn't any really negative things to say about this brew. Back to Basics, this brew is Recommended!

Sep 30, 2014
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

On tap:
Pours an amber orange, clear with visible carbonation that barely holds a thin edge. Some lacing can be found, but sparsely. At restaurant, nose hard to pick up, but I think it's stronger than I get. Sorta dark bread, bit of caramel, perhaps, maybe some orange blossom - I don't trust my interpretations, so a re-review will be interesting.

The taste does have some citrus to it, but also a lightly sweet spice to it-kind of a cinnamon sugar accent. The rye bite does come in, but it's not as dry as I am used to in a rye. There is an oaky-citrus rind type of bitterness in the end, but I keep getting something resembling a pumpkin beer. This sorta sweet beginning with a bit of a drying finish is right up my alley.

I enjoyed this beer, but am not sure what I got. I have no reason to believe I got the wrong beer as I did see the pour from the tap. I definitely need another shot at this, because if the next one equals this one, I could up my rating.

Sep 27, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great rye. Nice hearty and rustic tones on it. Consistent flavor. Easy drinker. If you are looking for a regular rye to go to, this would definitely be one to consider.

Sep 24, 2014
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chalice pour: Clear amber, low head and nice lacing.
Rye with some dank citrus on the nose. Bready malts punch through it, along with a bit of alcohol.
With the taste, the rye gives way to citrus hops, which then gives way to bitter earth, and a grainy bite of alcohol. Flavors of this style don't develop where I expected they would. The rye is there, and this ends up having a nice rye-led cereal grain aspect to the flavor, but it still ends up muddled with an odd spice, which translates as detectable alcohol, somehow.
Mouthfeel is medium thin, well carbonated though. Some syrup. Dry.
Overall, a mild disappointment. Rye brews have grown on me lately, but this example doesn't quite meet the standard numerous others have. Still, a solid brewery.

Sep 20, 2014
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Murky lemon honey and amber yellow orange. Low almost non exsistant off white head with whispy cobweb lacing that shows up out of nowhere. Also moderate continued carbonation. - 4

S - Faint rye in the glass sharp rye in the bottle. This beer wants to be let out. Faint sweet citrus honey notes. - 3.5

T - Sweet initial tastes and sharp rye aftertaste. Hoppy without all the hops almost. Very playfully bounces from sweet and bitter. - 4

M - Payfully smooth and fizzy. This low head seems like it might be wrong but no in fact it's quite right for this style. - 4

O - of the 5-10 rye beers I've tried to date this might be the most delicate and best for a newcomer. - 4

Sep 16, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by a couple of inches of foam; a reasonable amount of splashy lace lingers

Smell: Peppery/spicy/minty rye tones waft above caramel malt

Taste: A bit of caramel lays the foundation and then the rye and the hops take over; tasting a bit like rye whiskey, the peppery/spicy/minty tones assault the palate, with piney hops taking over where the rye leaves off; nicely blended into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is an interesting beer and I wish I liked it more but I am not a fan of the rye flavors being this dominant and clashing with the hops; worth a try as I always tip my hat to a brewer who decides to try something different

Sep 13, 2014
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