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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Strong citrus hops balanced with malt breadiness. This is new take on our Pale Ale.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2013
On tap at Violet Crown. Aroma is oranges, a little earth, and caramel. Taste is brown sugar, butter bread, and citrus. Good finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sharpe1987 (8) - - APR 27, 2013 does not count
Do yourself a favor and try this APA. Quenching and delicious. So easy to go back to again and again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Southern Tier goblet. It was bottled on 3/12/13 making it one month and 13 days old.

Appearance: Sans yeast itís a crystal clear, dark gold/light orange hue. Plenty of fine carbonation visible. When the yeast is added it becomes quite cloudy and pale yellow like a witbier. Was disappointed by the small, white, foamy head which mostly evaporated and left almost no lacing.

Smell: Strong scent of flowers and citrus. Clean and refreshing to the nose.

Taste: I was a big fan of Southern Tierís previous pale ale, simply called "Pale," so Iím not sure why they decided to release a new one. This time around theyíve really amped up the hops, but have kept the malty side tame so that "Live" does drink like a true American pale ale without the weight or intensity of an IPA.

The bottle indicates the beer is brewed with four types of malts and hops, but I couldnít find a listing of which were used. For hops Iím guess Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. That would explain the bright aroma and taste of orange flesh as well as grapefruit and a clean, flowery character. Thereís lightly sharp, somewhat dry bitterness throughout the palette, but it doesnít linger or overwhelm. The malty side contains subtle flavor of honey and other pale malt, but nothing too sweet. Itís quite pleasant and fun to drink. Iím not sure I understand the point of bottle-conditioning this beer, though. The yeast really has no effect on the taste or drinkability.

Drinkability: I donít usually consider hoppy beers "refreshing," because the bitterness tends to dry you out. But in the case of Southern Tier Live, it IS the best of both worlds. A light, crisp mouthfeel thatís refreshing while on the tongue. The aftertaste is remarkably clean which will prevent palate fatigue. At 5.5% ABV itís quite sessionable, but not a session beer per se. It would pair well with standard pub food as well as picnics, cook-outs, and other types of gatherings where you could bring a six-pack to share and itíll likely be enjoyed by everyone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
Nice golden yellow with a healthy head and a sticky crown of lace. Very inviting and bubbly. Pine sap aroma, Christmas tree needles. Balanced by a touch of citrus. The malts are bready and dry. Flavor is more of that oily pine. There is a little bite at the end. There is a doughy, earthy quality to it. A tinge of funk. Bubbly, thick and smooth. This is another beautifully balanced Southern Tier entry. They just get it right.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnbuck100 (246) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
On tap at maxs fells point baltimore. very nice citrus hop-forward pale ale. very drinkable. REcommended

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1574) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle slightly cloudy yellow brew with a nice white head. Medium light body, citrus hop aroma, slightly sour finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Light yellow, slight haze. Small white head. Strong and pleasant citrus aroma and orange and hop flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2013
12oz bottle from Samís, Durham. First thought was: go back for a sixer. Really nice brew from ST. Lively medium orange pour with a thick, silky head. Nose of vibrant citrus and earthy bitter hops, lively and ripe all the way. Bottle conditioning really brings out a ton of freshness, earthiness, and vibrancy. Nice, distinctive improvisation on the APA, will definitely be looking for this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shonobiwan (217) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. poured a hazy orangy amber color with slightly off white head. Aroma is hop heavy and beautiful. Taste is really upfront with its hoppiness and there is a hint of citrus. Really good beer but should be called an IPA. Would drink again, many times! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Slightly hazy light gold with a medium white head. Strong yeast and citrus aromas. Orange and citrus pith flavors. Really refreshing and really good.


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