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Review of Southern Tier Pale

For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Southern Tier Pale produced by the Southern Tier Brewing Company located in Lakewood, New York.

As you guys well know, Southern Tier makes some outstanding stuff, so I’m hoping that this brew is more of the same.

From the website, southerntierbrewing.com, we find this description of the Pale.

Our Pale is an aggressively hopped, with immense overtones of grapefruit and tangerine wrapped in a delicately refined body of pale barley and wheat.

Let’s sip.

The Pale comes in a standard 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.1%.

This beer poured a hazy, golden/yellow color with some bright yellow (almost white gold) highlights at the bottom.  The collar was white and of decent size.  It was smooth and creamy and held its shape for a decent amount of time.  Some clingy lacing stuck to the sides of the glass for a few moments before eventually falling back into the beer to leave a thin skim on top of the liquid for the remainder of the drink.

The aroma smelled of grapefruit and orange citrus mixed with some sweet, sugary malts.  Something similar to caramel candies.  Some light floral aspects were detected, but it also seemed quite herbal and earthy too.  I noticed a slight “creamed corn” fragrance deep within the bouquet as well.  It wasn’t very strong or robust, yet it was sturdy enough for me to take notice.  Pretty decent nose on this beer.

Within the taste I, again, picked up on that “creamed corn” aspect.  It tasted like the thickening (flour and corn broth) that people use when they make “creamed” sweet corn.  Once I got past that I stumbled upon savors of grapefruit and orange citrus, a light caramel sweetness and a dollop of honey.  Overall, a suitable bit of hop bite and bitterness to satisfy me.  The herbal distinction wasn’t really noticed until after the brew warmed quite a bit.  I was not able to detect any sort of wheat or breadiness like was mentioned in the description.  I guess my palate is broken or something.    

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, dry, slightly sticky and smooth.  The carbonation seemed ok and an honorable amount of flavor was left covering the roof of the mouth and the tongue after the swallow.

Well.  I thought this was a pretty good beer.  It wasn’t quite as “clean” as I thought it might be, but it was still ok.  It’s an easy drinker for sure and it would pair excellently with the Spring and Summer weather.  It had enough aroma and flavor to keep me interested for the session and even though the “corn” characteristic was a bit unique, it wasn’t off putting or obtuse.  I can’t say that I think the Southern Tier Pale is as good as some of the other Pale Ale’s I’ve tried before, however I would drink it again if it were offered and would recommend that you guys do the same if you happen to run across it.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5
Grade:  B

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Country: USA, Southern Tier

 

Review of Southern Tier Un*earthly

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying a Southern Tier Un*earthly produced by the Southern Tier Brewing Company located in Lakewood, New York.

Let’s just skip all of the small talk and jump right into the commercial description of this beer, which I found on the website, southerntierbrewing.com

At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.

How ’bout a taste?


This Imperial India Pale Ale has an ABV of 9.5% and it comes in a 22 oz. bomber.

The beer poured a semi-hazy, orange to amber color.  The cap was of very good size, off white in color, very smooth and mostly creamy.  It had a mixture of both large and small, compact bubbles.  The retention time was very good and the lacing looked very nice.

The aroma was a beautiful mixture of grapefruit, pineapple, a touch of orange and other assorted tropical fruits.  It had a slight sugary “cotton candy” fragrance that I absolutely loved.  It was also very bright and floral with piny notes billowing off the top of the liquid.  Sweet caramel malts added even more candied goodness.  As the brew warmed, some of that sweetness was restrained by a toasted biscuit smell that I thought totally set this thing off.  This beer had a spectacular aroma in my opinion.

The taste seemed very, very sweet.  To the point of being cloying.  Tons of caramel malt combined with the enormous amounts grapefruit and pineapple citrus really made for a wary experience in the beginning.  Heaps of bitterness sent the taste buds reeling.  It began with way too much for me at first, but as the brew came into being it became much more manageable and harmonized.  Some breadiness and toasted biscuit savors really helped dial this thing down.  It needed it I thought.  As I dove into the taste a bit more I started to recognize the piny hops as well as a light tone of alcohol.  Lots of flavor with this one.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, smooth, snappy, bright and crisp.  A little bit of warmth was left behind from the alcohol and the palate was doused with enough flavor to make most any craft beer fan happy.

Overall, after the beer opened up and I was able to comprehend what I was experiencing, I really started to like this beer.  The appearance was great and the aroma was “world class” I thought.  The taste shocked me at first, but once I settled in, I began to appreciate all of the bitterness and sweetness.  If you like big, hoppy, sweet beers…..  give this one a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  The drinkability was a little lower than what I had anticipated however.  I found it to be a sipper.  I didn’t rush my way through it by any means.  Like I said before, I really liked this brew and would try it again if it was offered.  It’s not quite the best Imperial IPA I’ve had thus far, although it’s still pretty darn tasty that’s for sure.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I hope you guys are still enjoying the reviews.  I would love to hear some feedback regarding the blog.  I appreciate the interaction.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.05 out of 5
Grade:  A-            

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in Country: USA, Southern Tier

 

Review of Southern Tier 2XIPA

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the 2XIPA produced by the Southern Tier Brewing Company located in Lakewood, New York.

I have never had this beer before, and as most know, Southern Tier is one of the best brewers on the east coast, so I’m really looking forward to tasting this brew.

Here’s the description from the company’s website, southerntierbrewing.com.

Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India pale ale. Our double IPA is a hop lovers dream. Citrusy and clean with an incredible finish.

It’s now time to pour.

This brew has an ABV of 8.2% and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

The 2XIPA poured an extremely clear pale orange to golden color with a white, fluffy, frothy, rocky and soft looking head.  It was very well endowed with size, the retention time was more than suitable and the lacing held on to the sides of the glass for a good long while.

This beer was very aromatic.  Pungent floral notes that were both bright and clean.  A mixture of piny and grassy hops cleared my sinuses along with hints of citrus that were reminiscent of grapefruit, orange peel and maybe even a touch of lemon zest.  The citric characteristics were not quite as “loud” as I thought they might be for a Double IPA, but they were still easily noticed and made for a good showing.  As the brew warmed a bit I started to get a fragrance of white bread.  Overall, well balanced, even and delightful.

The taste brought forth a touch more of the grapefruit and orange citrus.  Like the aroma, the taste was very clean and bright with savors of grass and pine.  I found plenty to be happy about in regards to the hop bite, hop oils and bitterness.  Only a touch of the bready malt was distinguished making this brew very hop forward.  It was hard to believe at 8.2% ABV, but I found absolutely no trace of alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very dry, clean, crisp, snappy and smooth.  It was also quite refreshing and thirst quenching.  A good showing of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

I think we have a very good beer here.  I was taking huge gulps of this thing.  I would have never guessed that the ABV was nearly as high as it was had I not looked on the website.  It kind of reminded me more of a Pale Ale as opposed to a Double IPA.  It wasn’t overblown or overpowering.  Just a good, all around, flavorful beer.  I definitely think it’s worth a try if you happen to run across it.  It would sit very well with a fresh and warm Spring day.  Again, just my opinion.  See for yourself and be sure to let me know what you think when you do sample it.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I appreciate it.  Until next time.

Cheers.

Score:  4.05 out of 5
Grade:  A- 

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Country: USA, Southern Tier

 
 
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