609. Southern Tier IPA

609. Southern Tier IPA

This is the last of the three beers in the Southern Tier mixed six-pack that I picked up a few weeks ago. I let this warm to around 40ยบ F and served it in my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Alcohol: 6.50%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: American IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): This is the best aspect of this beer. It pours a lightly hazy amber-copper with a thick, sudsy head that fades to a bubbly layer leaving lace coating the inside of the glass.

Smell (4.0): Upon opening the bottle I noticed a strong caramel maltiness, but once poured into the glass hops dominate. They're floral, herbal and lightly citric with a sweet underlying raw maltiness.

Taste (3.0): Sweet caramel malts upfront, toasty through the center with a lightly peppery finish with a light bitterness that grows in intensity in the aftertaste. The flavors are nice, but the hoppiness could be stronger and integrated into the beer better.

Mouthfeel (2.0): Light-bodied and watery with low-carbonation. Higher carbonation would have helped prevent the beer from feeling thin and watery.

Drinkability (3.0): Pretty easy to drink, but needs more body and integrated flavor.

Overall (3.3): An okay IPA. Nice flavors, but watery and a little dull.

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