Monday, May 3, 2010

307. Southern Tier Pale Ale

Another non-imperial from Southern Tier (our other non-imperial was Old Man Winter); we had this on tap at South Park Tavern. Our previous Southern Tier victims include Krampus, Old Man Winter, Crème Brûlée, Mokah, and Jah*va, making this our sixth beer from Southern Tier. Chalk up another illustrious rhyme to Tom.

Southern Tier Pale Ale pours a golden straw with a thin white head; the nose is dominated by hops, with resin, herbal, and earthy hops predominating, some lower levels of floral hops hiding around the edges, and a bit of malt sweetness in the backdrop. Opening with a soft sweet malt front before moving into an assertive hop bitterness accompanied by resin and floral hop flavors, Southern Tier Pale Ale finishes with lingering herbal flavors and bitterness, but overall rather clean. The body is medium with medium to low carbonation, and there is a fair amount of tongue puckering from the bitterness. Delicious beer with a very wide ranging and interesting hop profile that might almost push this into the IPA category, although the cleaner finish helps keep it within the pale ale category (well, at least mostly). Nice job here, Southern Tier. And more sweet sweet rhymes...

From the Southern Tier website: “Our Pale is an aggressively hopped, with immense overtones of grapefruit and tangerine wrapped in a delicately refined body of pale barley and wheat.”

ABV: 6.0%


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