Southern Tier “IPA” Review (#074)

Southern Tier
Lakewood, New York

From The Brewery

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 drank 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 tripled on its journey to your glass for a fully aromatic experience.

ABV: 6.9%
SRM: 11.4ºL


Appearance: I enjoyed this beer in a pint glass while sitting out on our brewery patio. It poured hazy and yellow with a decent sized tight white head.

Smell: Big hops – citrus and floral – followed by sweet malts.

Taste: A big beer! It starts off with sharp hops followed by citrus and floral hops all balanced out with a solid collection of malts (bottle says 4 kinds of hops and 4 kinds of malts were used). A complex and very balanced beer. They were able to fit a big amount of hops into this one without coming across as hop juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; perfect amount of carbonation to make this lively like I enjoy IPAs. The dryness is there but the hops are more dominant in the smell and flavor department.

Drinkability: High – this is a great tasting, smooth and balanced IPA.

Notes: I love this beer. I just had Southern Tier’s Porter; expect to see more reviews of theirs on here very soon (looking forward to writing up Pumking!)


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