lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Style and Glass: DIPA; tulip, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 360 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $5.99
Aroma: fresh, nice, aromatic, pine, citrus. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label, golden, brilliant, clear, persistent, white head, slowly dissipating lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, strong, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, high texture, strong finish, drying, delicious. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A beautifully executed imperial IPA. Everything it should be. I’ll have it again. It’s an exemplar. Of average value. Beautifully crafted, and I expected nothing less of Southern Tier. 20 out of 20 JamesHulsizer (3) - Red Bank, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2010 does not count
From arguably one of the best craft breweries in America comes an Extra Pale Ale that really stands out. Aroma: Huge Columbus and Amarillo hops waft into the back of the nose, leaving a beautifully sweet and bitter flavor that makes the mouth water. Appearance: Hazy straw: looks nearly like a blonde Belgian ale. Taste: Wow. This is true American craft beer magic. Huge hops, massive soft sweetness and a clean bitter aftertaste. The flavors just linger on and on and on... Palate: As the taste indicates, this is truly one of the most balanced beers I have ever had, yet huge in flavor. This beer stands up very well to food like lobster fra diablo, ribeye/T-bone steak and dark meat chicken or turkey. Overall: I instantly fell in love with this beer. I can’t say enough about it. Southern Tier’s consistency is unbelievable and they just keep bringing us the unreal. Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
22 oz bottle: Pours a light amber color a thin but hearty, pock-marked foam top. The aroma is sweet and inticing, drawing me like a bee to honey. This drinks with a resiny oily body, smooth and incredibly easy to drink ... no way this has 10%! The hoppiness is sweet and piney, but not obtuse. Excellent beer! (#3244, 12/10/2007) mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2009
When I bought this, I had meant to grab the IPA, I was disappointed to realize that I had grabbed the Extra Pale Ale.
My disappointment was a distant memory after my first whiff of this hall of fame beer. Beautiful floral and piney hop aroma. Starts just a bit sweet on the tongue, and then has a great biting hoppy, piney bitterness, with a grassy resiny hope flavor. Just enough malt to balance the hops, but not enough to be noticed. Finishes with a grassy bitterness that lasted quite some time.
This also happened to be an unbelievable pairing with Humboldt Fog chesse, which had the bitterness and complexity to compete with this masterpiece. rajendra82 (1101) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Pale amber clear body, large and aggressive head formation, and lots of bubbles streaming up, very nice looking. Smell was very citric, with an abundance of grapefruit. Tasted similar to the Sierra Nevada harvest series, with a sugary clean sweetness, and herbal-citric hops. The hops won the battle for dominance. The finish was crisp and bitter, and enticed you into wanting another sip. Medium thick on the tongue, with enough stickiness to show off the hops. Very easy to drink.
beerlord (217) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Medium golden color with a thin white head the quickly dissipates. Humongous hop boquet. Bif xitius ho flavor with a sweet beack ground. Carmel, a touch of light coffee ad chocolate come through in the end just be for the dry finish come in. Medium mouth feel. Great beer. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Semi smeared glaze of honeyish gold in color and a very small capping of whitish foam. Tons of lacing trickles across the glass in holed sheets and tattered strings.
Aroma is big on piney hops at first, very soft, yet broad and fresh with a green sprucey waft over a taint of orange oils and other citrusy things that peak a bit more towards tropical as it sits. Resinous qualities also poke through as it warms giving a bit more depth and interest of cannibus and floral accents.
Taste is just as good, lots of fun tropical fruits spark juicy parts of orange, peach, tangerine, and pineapple. Pine tones are there in a good duration of bitterness underneath and always in check. Nothing overwhelmingly huge here. But damn flavorful and quite fresh and juicy. Kinda oily and resinous, which is quite welcome, keeps a great forward rounded tone of body thats creamy full and juicy fresh. The bitterness is wonderfully plain and piney with lots of growing resinous qualities and lofting citrus juices and slight pith and peel action as it trails off into the finish. Bits of pineapple remain with a bit of the pine very late and among the little hop burps that I get from downing the stuff!
Feel is pretty full, oily, lavish, juicy, clean, creamy, and fortified with hoppy goodness. Very nice balance and tone throughout the entire session. Smooth, sensual, and tropically delicious. The bitterness hits just right for me in the citrus and pine resined hoppyness.
Absolutely drinkable by a bunch! A very well toned and flavorful Dbl IPA by Southern Tier. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a clear gold with a nice crème head. Nose is that syrupy sticky pine sweet tone. Flavor is that double IPA goodness. Hoppy and thick with that pine character to it. This is a traditional, if there is such a thing, DIPA. Hearty and robust with a consistently full flavor. If you want a great example of this style, then this is it. No need to look further. Feel has that thick and slick and somewhat sticky liquid feel. Decent level of carbonation. This gives it how you want to see it. A must try. Stellar. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2007
So stoked to open and try this one! Here goes: Poured a pale tawny body, but as more poured, the color darkened to a light copper-amber. Lumpy thick whitish head that left a luxurious creamy lasting lacing way up the glass. Great grapefruity sweet IT quality nose that reminded me of Three Floyds’ Dreadknaught. Flavor was no Dreadkaught, but quite interesting and favorable/flavorful. Earthy, grassy, wheaty bitter and sweet flavor that was quite nice. And, quite unique. A little rough around the edges, but well worth the taste. NIce bubblegum finish that is much appreciated amidst a hop shortage. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2008
22 oz bottle: The honey red beer pours crystal clear into the glass and a thick, lace-inducing, head forms two fingers high on top. Hops hit me as I pour this thing - lookout. The nose is just fantastic - the hops are so fresh, defined and bright. Sweet orange, pink grapefruit, rose petals, rindy lemon and on and on. The aroma notes match the flavor hops in the body. More clean, fresh hops take over the tongue. This drinks insanely good for a 10% beer. Wow - this is a hop bomb but good God it is nice to have one now and again. Some caramel and honeyed malt notes do creep out as the beer comes to room temp, achieving a perfect balance. Wow - this is just really nice. I don’t know what else to say - fresh and drinkable. Yum.