Monday, June 15, 2015

Southern Tier Right-O-Way IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1374) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Southern Tier has been making quality brews for as long as I can remember. Most of what they make is traditional and to-spec, or experimental and memorable. With their Right-O-Way IPA they’ve made something that’s only just plain good, but not especially distinctive.

I poured a 12oz bottle into my official Southern Tier goblet. It was bottled on 3/23/15 and cost $2.55 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Rather dark copper hue with a slightly cloudy body. Some carbonation is visible. Pours to a small, beige, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Fairly potent orange marmalade scent and light lemon candy aroma.

Taste: I don’t mind an orange-tasting beer as long as it’s got some nuance to it. In the case of this brew, there’s a lot of orange flavorings going on: orange peel, orange marmalade and even orange fruit flesh itself. There’s also a slight malty component that creates for a flavor of (unsweetened) iced tea and toast. Though it sounds complex, the palette is actually a bit mild with a strong dry bitterness on the finish. I detect a slight lemon lollipop candy flavor in the aftertaste (usually indicative of oxidation). It’s an interesting combination of bitterness and sweetness, though as a whole it’s nothing amazing; merely good.

Drinkability: I was a little shocked to see such a low alcohol content on the label of Southern Tier Right-O-Way IPA as it’s only 4.5% ABV. This brewery is known for making much bigger brews, so the change of pace was refreshing – much this beer is when it’s in the mouth. The hops do linger a bit and leave a mild drying sensation, but it’s easily tolerable. The mouthfeel is noticeably thin, though, but constantly crisp so as to always be lively. This beer should be in cans, not bottles.

Score: 7/10

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