Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Southern Tier IPA

Here is what the Brewer says: 
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 triple hopped on its journey to your glass for a fully aromatic experience.  7.4% abv 
Serving Type: 12oz Bottle

My Thoughts:  This beer poured a totally translucent orange/copper color with minimal head and lacing.  The smell was pleasant, but then again nothing really jumps out at your nose.  Very small hints of pine, and citrus with an even smaller hint of sweetness.  The nose leads you to believe there might not be anything to this IPA.   I'm glad my nose wasn't totally correct. The first taste you get is citrus hops and the hops continue mid-drink with a little added grapefruit.  The end continues this theme and leaves you with a light bitter taste.  The sweetness also is present from start to finish, but is there more of a balancer than something that really stands out.  If you are thinking the flavors sound a little one note from start to finish you are right.  The body was average and carbonation was a little higher which helped the mouthfeel a bit.  Drinkability for me ended at one bottle.  For me it was good to try once, maybe twice but I don't see myself seeking this out on draft or in the bottle.

My Rating:  Overall 64.5/100
Look:4  Smell:2.75  Taste:3.25  Feel:3.5  Drink:3


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