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.
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
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