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RATINGS: 1440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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IPA stands for India Pale Ale and ours is an American version of the classic style. IPA’s namesake lies in its colonial roots. British soldiers on their way to India dark a lot of beer, but found it would go stale on the long voyages. Meanwhile, brewers knew that by adding more hops, the beer would stay fresh. Voila! A new style was born and it is one we are proud to brew. Southern Tier IPA is a triple-hopped on its journey to your glass for a fully aromatic experience.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2004
My label is "fancier" than the pictured label. I bought this case at Shangy’s yesterday. Copper colored, with a minimal, rapidly fading head. HUGE aroma of hops, pine, resin, subtle apricots. Tastes extremely hoppy, with some citrus and a lot of pine, resin, some apricot, and a hoppy, piney, acidic finish. This one is hoppier than some double IPAs I’ve had! I bought this case because it was around 20 bucks for a 4-beer variety package. I did not know nor expect that it would be this good. Bravo to Southern Tier. I can’t wait to try their other styles. A bona fide, knock your socks off, hall-of-fame IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 21, 2004
Very perculiar looking IPA. Dark color with amber and tinges of orange and ruby. Head is nice, off-white/grey color. Doesn’t hang around long but the lacing does. Smells really good, sweet pine and passion fruits.Taste is very dry and hoppy, pine cones and needles. Ending becomes sweet with peachy notes. Hardly any alcohol in taste. Very good beer from a small brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5176) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 This brewer is growing on me. I had this beer when it first came out but had not had a chance to get back and rate it until now. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle the beer poured a hazy copper-bronze color with a small tan head. The aroma was strong and had lots of flowery hops. The flavor was mildly sweet, had some light malt and was mostly dominated by strong flowery and grapefruity hops. The hops really coat the tongue and linger on the aftertaste. Very Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
This was a great IPA. I had this on tap while waiting to buy some beer at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. I have to say, if you see this beer, buy it and enjoy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Clear sparkling ambers and dark coppers, creamy off white head. Rich nose of pine, spruce, grapefruit zest, and buttery caramel. Flavor matches the aroma with all balancing out very nicely in the end. Full bodied, creamy and smooth, soft carbonation, citric hoppy finish. A session IPA that does well to incorporate east coast and west coast style. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Dark yellow pour. Citrus hops in aroma. A nice balance between maltiness and hops in taste with a crisp mouthfeel. Very good, and an impressive showing from this brewery at the fest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
Clear apricot body, nice sticky 1cm head lasts. Hoppy nose, orangey, foresty. Fresh hop flavors, subtle woodiness and piney notes. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, creamy texture. Initially fine carbonation, but rapidly fading out. Not much malt coming through, but it leaves a balanced hoppy afterthought if such a thing exists. Good all-around unagressive IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Tap. Very nice IPA. Hoppy, floral aroma. Good malt balance. Hops finish long. Well done beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Appearance: cast in the classic IPA hue, a solid bronze decked out in a fine, fuzzy, creamy head. Aroma: most excellent, sizzling with citrus, shining with grapefruit, peach, apricot, with hits of pine peeping up , as well...I held this one into the nose an extra-long time, postponing consumption for the greater thrill of the nose. Down the lips and on the tongue...Ah, tas-TEE! There’s more of a coppery feel on the palate, and hops are less pronounced in the flavor than they were in the smell. Very well-balanced and palatable, quite smooth and mellow, a vastly drinkable IPA, indeed.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (385) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Sept. 12, 2004; 12 oz. bottle. If there’s a better American IPA out there, I’d love to hear about it (although the Smuttynose IPA runs neck and neck, IMHO) - and, yes, I’ve had the Stone IPA (which is a bit too tame for me). Love this hoppy, powerfully-flavorful stuff, and pick it up every chance I get.

Re-rate on Feb. 16, 2008. Not sure this is quite as good as I imagined it to be a few years back. Maybe either my palate or the recipe has changed. Still a very tasty & well-balanced IPA that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. (Total score adjusted from 4.4 to 4.1.)


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