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The Sourthern Tier Pale Ale Variety Pack Tail Gate Extravaganza: Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale, 422 Pale Wheat Ale, IPA and Pale Ale

Southern Tier Pale Ale1 300x266 The Sourthern Tier Pale Ale Variety Pack Tail Gate Extravaganza: Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale, 422 Pale Wheat Ale, IPA and Pale AlePack of Pale Ale’s: One of the Top Craft Beer Variety Pack’s on the Market

By Tim Rodgers with Matt Goldstein 

Southern Tier Brewery out of Lakewood, New York was founded in 2002 by Phineas DeMink and Allen (“Skip”) Yahn.  Originally envisioned as a regional craft brewery, Southern Tier’s fine craft brews can be now enjoyed in much of the United States including other parts of the world. What could have been conceptually and now in hindsight, was the last tailgate of the year in the city of brotherly love, I needed a beer that I knew wasn’t going to disappoint.  Based on experience and reputation, scoring a Southern Tier “Pack of Pale Ale’s” would ensure that we couldn’t be let down by the beer.  It was very possible however, that it would be my favorite NFL franchise doing the letting down on Wild Card Weekend.

southern tier ipa india pale ale 300x263 The Sourthern Tier Pale Ale Variety Pack Tail Gate Extravaganza: Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale, 422 Pale Wheat Ale, IPA and Pale AleAs soon as WhiskeyGoldmine founder Matt Goldstein and I arrived at an already lively tailgate party we wasted no time by diving right into the Southern Tier I.P.A.  Unlike many I.P.A.’s and especially those from the west coast, the Southern Tier IPA was more balanced and encompassed more malt flavors.  Slightly sweet but again was balanced with a nice appropriate bitterness in the aftertaste.  7.3% abv • 11.4ºL •  These went well with the buffalo wings that were hot off of the grill as soon as we got there.

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The Southern Tier Pale Ale

Next, we rolled up our sleeves and labored right onto the next beer.  The Pale Ale.  The Pale Ale like the IPA was slightly sweet with notes of grapefruit. I give Southern Tier points for a creative variety that stands out.  I would recommend these beers for those looking for more flavor out of their beer, but don’t want to get blown away by bitterness, hops, or malts.  The Pale Ale is about 6.1% abv.  We paired this with some Philly style roast pork sandwiches with extra sharp provolone!  Nice!  You haven’t had a real roast pork sandwich until you came to Philly.  FACT!  We recommend Tony Luke’s in South Philly or the New Valley Tavern in Plymouth Meeting PA. 

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The best part of that late Sunday afternoon was Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Pale Ale.  It is well represented by its name!  What was extraordinary was how well the malts and hops complimented each other and balanced to produce a perfect beer.  You can taste the quality of the ingredients and the final product is a true reflection of that.  5.7% abv • 7.3ºL.  We paired these with some bratwurst and sauerkraut and I think it went well for us.  I wonder if Michael Vick’s Pre-game meal was as good as ours. 

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Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale

Last in the infamous “Pack of Pale Ale’s” was the 422 Pale Wheat Ale.  This unfiltered wheat ale gets its name from “earth day” and is packaged with recyclable material.  (Earth Day?  What a bunch of liberal crap!  Who needs the earth.)  While all of that environmental stuff is commendable, my partner in crime Matt is more into that hippy crap than I am.  How’s the beer?  5.8% abv • 5.0ºL.  I thought it held up against the other ales.  It is a testament to the European wheat styles, and a very worthy beer.  With hints of zesty coriander and orange, all around solid.

southern tier pale wheat ale recycle symbol logo 300x300 The Sourthern Tier Pale Ale Variety Pack Tail Gate Extravaganza: Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale, 422 Pale Wheat Ale, IPA and Pale AleAlthough Southern Tier can’t drive your football team down the field in the 4th quarter to score a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, but it won’t throw an interception either.  The Southern Tier variety pack provides a quality beverage to your Sunday tailgate.  We have yet to be disappointed by the fine folks at Southern Tier.  Grab a “Pack of Pale Ale’s” for the upcoming Super Bowl to be the hit of your playoff parties!

Bottoms up!

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