SOUTHERN TIER PHIN & MATT’S EXTRAORDINARY ALE

Phin & Matt’s isn’t a bad beer–its flavor profile is just so subdued that it risks fading into Bolivian.  Southern Tier makes a lot of outstanding brews.  This ain’t one of them.

NOTES: Bottle at Aleheads Central Command

STYLE: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.7%

APPEARANCE: Golden and hazy.

HEAD: Slight white head that dissipates quickly.

LACING: Trace amounts of white lacing.

NOSE: Like Slouch Six-Pack before a weekend road trip he won’t actually take, the smell of this beer over-promises.  It has a great floral hop aroma with strong undertones of fruit and even wheat.  Sadly, this tasting note goes downhill from here.

MOUTHFEEL: It has the medium body of an ordinary pale ale, but it’s above average in terms of carbonation. 

TASTE: Way too mild for my tastes.  It is like you took a can of Dale’s Pale Ale and added a can of seltzer.  The carbonation drowns out what little distinctive flavor there is.

DRINKABILITY: Below average for a pale ale, due to the carbonation.

RATING: 2 Hops

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One comment

  1. Amen.
    Disappointed with this offering. Both the nose and the name over-promise.

    Which begs the question: “What the fuck?” These are the guys who make the Unearthly and the Oak-Aged Unearthly. They know what they’re doing. They must know that Phin and Matt’s isn’t going to challenge our palette. It’s like they’re producing a tame ale with a catchy name to appeal to the average beer Joe.

    Oh. Think I answered my own question.

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