THE MOST INTERESTING of Southern Tier’s year-round standard lineup, being lively indeed without pushing the palate to excess (i.e. Pumking). Bottle-conditioned, this pale ale has some basic qualities recognizable from Phin & Matt’s, but a more potent and clearing aroma (touch of Pine-Sol), slightly darker color, and an enlivening burst of hop clusters early on the palate. More complex up front, but unexpectedly smooth towards the back with four malts combining to pull down the citrusy hop tingles on the roof of the mouth. Light to medium , sliding towards the former even so, and fairly strong carbonation. A brief swipe of the 5.5% ABV at the end completes this modest yet dignified suite of clear and distinguished flavors.
Served: 12 oz bottle