Frosty Beverage Report

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale

Sipping our way through the craft beer renaissance—one brew at a time.

It’s the first day of fall—in theory, a great time for an autumnal brew. In reality, it feels like summer came back for one last, humid hurrah in Manhattan. So let’s take a look at a crisper offering. Southern Tier Brewing Company launched in western NY State in 2002, and Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale is their American pale ale offering.

I’ve had the pleasure of drinking Southern Tier’s unbelievably tasty IPA in the past, so I was pretty damn excited for this one from the start. The pour—slightly hazy amber with a thick off-white head—only bolstered my anticipation. But then I smelled the stuff. A little citrusy hops, slightly floral and sweet, but really, there wasn’t much to it. Same goes for the taste. Citrus and floral notes were followed by sweetness that settled into a somewhat cloying aftertaste, and there was a disappointing wateriness to the whole affair. It’s… OK. I wanted to love it, but I don’t. Guess I’ll be sticking to the export strength stuff in the future.

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