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Dec 16, 2007 04:37 PM

beer noob tried Southern tier

So... I went to a friends house and he'd gotten Southern Tier Brewing Company. It was their raspberry wheat. To me it was a semiheavy taste. The raspberry flavor lightened it up a bit. Obviously, it was fruity.. There was a mild aftertaste, but it was good. It is a good all around beer.
I know this isn't the best review...but its a start...
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  1. Had the Unearthly IPA (double IPA at about 11% abv) this weekend. Wonderful beer. Not too hoppy, nice malt balance. Fruity, a bit sweet and very palatable for the abv.

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    1. re: Ralphus

      Not too hoppy? Was it old?

      IMO, with the use of Chinook, this beer is usually one of the roughest hopped DIPA's out there. Age would let some of the roughness die down though.

      Fresh, their IPA is one of the better ones made in the Northeast, but everytime I have it on tap, its different. I thought their Pumpking beer was a disaster though.

      1. re: LStaff

        Why did you think the Pumking was a disaster? I thoughth it was one of the few that had a legitimate pumpkin taste to it, not just spices. The spices were also done very well and the alcohol was well hidden. You got a good rich hit of caramel malt and it felt like you were drinking a pumpkin pie.

        1. re: MVNYC

          I would agree that the Pumking was one of the best pumpkin ales I tried this year. I think Southern Tier is an up and comer and have enjoyed their Uber Sun and Hoppe recently, as well, even though I know you didn't.

          1. re: MVNYC

            Well, I thought the exact opposite about the Pumking. It was overdone with the spices. First sip was awesome, like pumpkin pie crust, but the domination of vanilla over the other spices became annoying after a few sips. After 6 ozs, the spicing and sweetness becomes cloying. Might be a good sampling beer, but not something all that drinkable.

            I did not detect ANY real pumpkin flavor/textures you would expect. Pumpkin does not taste like pumpkin pie - its has a light vegetal flavor similar to squash, and should provide some drying on the tounge (almost like rye does but not as intense), but I did not get any of this, just overpowering spices. I would rather my pumpkin beers be beer first with pumpkin and spices secondary, but this one was relying on the spices for flavor.

            1. re: LStaff

              You see, I really got that squash flavour out of it.

          2. re: LStaff

            No, it was fresh. What I meant to say was that it wasn't overwhelmingly bitter for the style (sort of an oxymoron there). Some DIPAs are just too bitter without any sort of malt flavor balance. The hops in this one were more floral/fruity that bitter.

        2. I have not had the Raspberry wheat but i have nejoyed some of their beers but to me they seem like a hit or miss sort of brewery. Some of their high alcohol offerings have a really harsh burn to them. The Hoppe(Double IPA) in particular did not sit well with me. The Uber Sun and Heavy Weizen also did not sit real well with me.

          That said some of their beers are real winners. the Hop Sun mighth be my top summer seasonal, the Pumking is the best pumpkin beer and their two imperial stouts I have had were excellent, Oat(Imperial Oatmeal Stout) and Jah-va(Imp Coffee stout.

          Still they are an interesting brewery who switched up their lineup to go from session style Pale Ales and such (Matt and Phin's is pretty good) to big bold monsters.

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          1. re: MVNYC

            yeah, overall, I think its a "good" beer. It definitely not the best out there. I don't think its as precise as Ommegang. But the taste is certainly good.

            1. re: tdiprincess

              Ommegang is a different animal all together, they are doing styles common in Belguim while Southernn Tier has gone for the brash bold American styles. You reminded me of another of their disasters, their Tripel which was way too sweet.

              If you like Ommegang's beers, another brewery who you could regularly get is Unibroue from Quebec. They have a very good lineup that you can go through to see which ones you like. I love the La Fin Du monde(tripel), La Seignuriale(belgian pale ale), Chambly Noir (dark Belgian), Maudite(not quite sure of the style but it is tasty). I also really enjoyed their Cassis flavoured beer as well whose name escapes me at this time.

              1. re: MVNYC

                I would totally agree that Ommegang and Southern Tier are different tastes. I was merely comparing that Ommegang has established its tastes while Southern Tier is still finding their niche in the beer world.
                I enjoy both tastes for different reasons. They are both bold. But, if in an arm wrestling match between Ommegang and Southern Tier, Ommegang's strength would overrule.

                1. re: MVNYC

                  As to the last beer mentioned, I suspect you're thinking of one of the seasonal variations of Ephemere.