Southern Tier Imperial Ginger Beer

While we in Hawaii, I had a few Moscow Mules since the beer selection was limited as most places. Hawaii is definitely all about the cocktails and not about the beer. Let’s see how this beer interpretation of a cocktail is.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen ‘Skip’ Yahn started the brewery with the vision of reviving the practice of small-batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002, with equipment gained from the purchase of the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Southern Tier Brewing Company began production in the woods just outside of Lakewood, New York. By 2003, select varieties of small batch ales were locally distributed, and by 2005, sales to a rapidly growing base of fans covered the majority of New York State and Pennsylvania. The brewery produced Pilsner, Mild Ale, and India Pale Ale before adding a successful roster of seasonal beers to the portfolio. Southern Tier immediately garnered regional attention and demand quickly outgrew what our modest facility could handle. In 2009 a new 20,000-sq-ft building was added to the property. In this new facility, the small brewery was able to grow and offer the product both nationally and internationally, while still satisfying its loyal local fans.”

Random: There is nothing about this beer on the brewery’s website. I’m not sure if it’s discontinued?

The beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It went away quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with freshly sliced ginger and orange segments. The taste was intense. THe ginger was a punch in the mouth, and not in a good way. It was quickly followed up by lime, which did nothing to tame the ginger aspect. If there were any other flavors here, I couldn’t pick them up due to the strength of the ginger note. The body was heavy and the booze was overt. It had an unfortunate and lengthy finish. This beer was a miss for me. I could see that they were trying to make a beer version of a Moscow Mule, but this was just too unbalanced.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking

Tonight’s beer is a draft only take on a Fall classic, Southern Tier Pumking. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the, “Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking, a new variant of one of the most well-known pumpkin beers, releases soon. The mere mention of Pumking will typically get a strong ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ reaction. Either way, it’s hard to doubt this pumpkin beer has made quite an impression on the beer scene. Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is created in a few steps. First, the brewery mashed in the grains at a higher temperature in order to leave a little residual sweetness to pair better with the coffee flavor. Once fermentation was completed the beer was cold crashed to 32 degrees, and 150 pounds of cold pressed coffee from local roaster Stedman’s was added. Incidentally, the brewery pressed the coffee themselves. In the end, the coffee adds nutty and cocoa flavors to Pumking’s strong pumpkin and pie crust flavors. Due to the infusion, this beer does have traces of caffeine. Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is a limited, draft only offering.”

Random: I’ve been getting into cold press coffee lately. It’s pretty good.

The beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head. it went away quickly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange with only light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with the normal pumpkin spices, specifically nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, but quickly into a lot of black coffee. The taste was filled with the same pumpkin spices or ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon and had less coffee than the nose. It had a touch of alcohol warming at the back of the throat. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee. The beer was an interesting take on pumpkin and I wasn’t even sure before I tried it that it would work, but it did. It’s definitely a one glass only beer for me, but I’m glad I sampled it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Southern Tier 2XTangier

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Southern Tier. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a beer from them and they did a lot of rebranding in the past year or so.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tangier has inspired thousands of legendary stories. It is a land that has fallen under Roman, Arab and Portuguese rule, and it’s home to legends tall and small. It is written that before his battle with the giant Antaeus, Hercules rested in a nearby cave. It is said that the city is a haven of spying and espionage. The city is an enigma with a history unlike any other and it’s a worthy namesake of our 2XTangier. A Double India Pale Ale with spicy citrus aromas and stone fruit flavors. These flavors, with the addition of lightly roasted malts and brilliant hop bitterness, make 2XTangier a beverage as refreshing as it is exotic. 2XTangier is brewed as a stronger, bolder ale than its older brother, Tangier. It shares the same synergy between tangerine peel and spicy, citrusy, Mosaic hops. Enjoy 2XTangier in celebration of your epic adventure.”

Random: I always wanted to go back and revisit their Creme Brulee beer and see if I like it any better, but I still haven’t done it.

The beer poured with a finger’s worth of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of lemon and grass with peach and apricot. There was also some honey sweetness that followed up the citrus notes. The taste started with a lot of booze. It went into more citrus with tangerine, oranges and lemons. Grapefruit was also prominent. There was some malt at the end, but everything was dominated by the citrus. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grapefruit peel. A bottle of this set me back $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. The prominence of the alcohol really took away from this one. I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Southern Tier Choklat

Now that we’re finally getting settled in the house, I can buy more beer. I happened to pick this one up at Joe Canal’s in Hamilton.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples. Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brew house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bittersweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses and renew the power and interrelation of history in every bottle.”

Random: This has been on my list to try for awhile.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated quickly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was a dark black color with no visible carbonation due to color. The nose had notes of chocolate and licorice. There were roasted malts as well. The taste was pleasant with lots of depth. Bitter chocolate started the sip with roasted malts and a touch of smoke at the end. Although I thought the booze well-integrated, there was definitely some warming at the back of the throat. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. It had a long finish with bitter chocolate and booze. This beer was on sale for $8.99 a bomber, which broke down to $.41 per ounce, which isn’t a bad deal. I thought this beer was pretty good, but it was just missing something for me. Despite that, I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Southern Tier Demunck’s Holiday Cider

This was a cider that we picked up in Philly a while back. I opened it for the lawyer and she was not a fan of it at all. Let’s see what I thought of it.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Holiday Cider is make with the same care and attention to detail that our every day cider is. But we add a special blend of holiday style spices, making a winter warmer experience similar to mulled cider. Of course, we use only 100% pure apple juice and ferment with our house Belgian Abbey Ale yeast. DeMunck’s Holiday Cider is made in small batches and is naturally gluten-free.”

Random: I am not enjoying the lack of sports on right now. Why is it not time for Spring Training yet?

This cider poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, light yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had apples and a lot of holiday spice, specifically cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste was like a glass of liquid potpourri. It was insanely spicy and absolutely horrid. Any apples that were in the taste were hidden by how strong the spice flavor was. The cinnamon specifically was very abrasive and off-putting. The body was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and very spicy. This could be the worst cider that I’ve ever had and was a complete drainpour. Avoid this one, unless your hobbies include chomping on potpourri.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

Southern Tier Rum Barrel Aged Pumking

It snowed again last night. The other half got a delayed opening, but it looks like we didn’t get much snow here. It’s since turned to rain and looks like it will be gone within a day or so. Anyways, here’s a beer that I had while pregaming for Super Bowl.


ABV: 10.75%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imagine Pumking aged in 30 year old Spanish rum barrels. Yo ho ho! Time to fly the Jolly Roger. The ‘King has hit the seas in this limited release. Because of it’s very short run, it won’t be available in all of our markets. Note: We had originally named this beer “Rumking” for obvious reasons. Much to our surprise, the TTB refused to allow the name. Nevertheless, the liquid inside the bottle is what counts. It is Rum Barrel Aged Pumking, née, Rumking.”

Random: I’ve read a lot of good reviews on this one, although rum barrel aging sometimes misses the mark for me.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pumpkin spice, specifically cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. There was very little barrel aging notes on the nose. The taste had a lot more barrel aged notes to it. The expected pumpkin beer notes came through with gourd, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The rum barrel aging brought vanilla, oak and sweet molasses. The booze was insanely hidden. The body was medium thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with pumpkin notes and vanilla. This beer was possibly one of the best pumpkin beers that I’ve had. At $15.99 for the bomber, this broke down to $.73 per ounce, which was definitely worth it. If you see this one the shelf, grab at least one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Southern Tier Tripel Cafe

End of quarter is finally over. After doing chores this morning, I’m tackling the end of quarter review backlog. Let’s start with this one.


ABV: 8.8%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This series is all about experimenting with unusual brewing ingredients. Tripel Café uses green coffee beans, orange peel, and coriander – brewed with Belgian yeast for an 8.8% Belgian Tripel. This is the fourth in our 750ml Belgian Style series. In this beer, we wanted to experiment with green coffee beans. The unroasted coffee beans bring a light coffee bitterness to compliment the citrusy hops, spicy phenols, and yeasty floral esters. Tripel Café is light, with a delicate body and a rounded, soft bitterness. Classic Belgian lacing gives way to pale straw color and highly effervescent mouthfeel. Of course, because the 750ml bottle is conditioned, some haziness is to be expected. When pouring the bottle, be aware that some sediment may be present. Pour carefully to avoid this, or don’t. The choice is yours.”

Random: The amount of things we have on the DVR since end of quarter is crazy. We’ve started with one of our 3 episodes of SNL.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left spiderweb lacing on my Brewer’s Art glass. The body was a slightly hazy orange with heavy carbonation visible. The nose had generous citrus. I picked up some orange peel along with banana and Belgian yeast. The taste started with the green coffee beans. They weren’t overwhelming, but were really pleasant and transitioned right into the citrus peel and the Belgian yeast with some peppercorns as well. Candi sugar and coriander were apparent as well. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. It had a long finish with light coffee notes. For $9.99 a bomber, it broke down to $.45 per ounce, which was on the more expensive side. But, I really enjoyed the addition of the coffee to the beer and thought it worked well with all of the other flavors of a tripel. I would have this one again, despite the higher price tag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0