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2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013

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Photo of Mediczod
2.27/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright amber to gold color. About 1" of frothy head that didn't linger very long. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bread and fruit, maybe a bit of honey as well.

Taste is very sweet. Apricot and malt, with a very cloying quality to it. Has a musty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy. Not a light bodied beer at all, despite the looks.

This was not a good beer for me. I had about 1/4 of the glass, then drain poured it. (444 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.3/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Pretty good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Grassy, spicy and slightly herbal hop aroma with a sweet malt backbone and subtle booziness. There's an odd caraway/sunflower seed presence as well but it's complimented by the sweeter malt notes. Bready, biscuit-like presence along with toffee, caramel and biscuit. There's a strange perfume, slightl adjunct like character that I can't really put my finger on but overall the aroma has a decent balance of earthy hops and sweet malt notes.

On the lighter end of medium body with a bitter grassy hop presence up front that's countered by a very sweet malt backbone and an unpleasant metallic adjunct like character that lingers long into the finish. This sweet adjunct flavor was evident in the nose but is much stronger here and really hurts the flavor of the beer. I'm not sure if it's just in my head but there is a sweet corn or rice flavor that is really sweet, overtaking over the hops and interesting malt notes. There's a touch of boozy heat in the finish but the high ABV is nicely masked. Not harsh per se but the hop flavors are muted and the off flavors make it tough to finish a small serving. (1,317 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear medium amber which glows golden when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Rather nondescript malt bill. Slight sourness. Grain, biscuit, cereal, and crackers. Pretty much the same from the bottle. After some swirling, a slight sweetness (maybe white grape) appears.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma but definitely much more interesting. Starts with the same malt bill of grain and cereal (some cornflakes) but this backed up odd hop bitterness. Some pine and resin with the faintest hint of tropical fruits in the background. The bitterness of the finish lingers. Some earwax as well but with some astringency. There's a little bit of a medicinal spiciness to the finish as well. I can't say I like it all. There's also some undesirable alcohol. This is a very messy beer that could use a little less presence. The alcohol approaches acetone and rubbing alcohol. I am not one to drain pour but I could see this being a drain pour for someone else. Some green tea on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish that does not mesh at all with the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Barely. I will not be purchasing this again. I would not drink it for free.

Overall- I would honestly take BMC over this. I usually like Southern Tier's products but this is a failure. Pass on this beer. (1,496 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

Pours a clear medium orange with a one finger white head.

Some light caramel and weak overripe fruit in the aroma.

The taste has more in the way of overripe fruit and caramel along with a touch of grassy hops. Orange is especially prominent. Alcohol becomes detectable in the finish with just a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side with an overall sweetness prevading throughout.

Overall, I am not especially impressed. The flavor profile is perfectly executed for the stlye but I really don't care for the abundant sweetness. I'll just stick to the regular steam beer. (607 characters)

Photo of vkv822
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz : tulip

Pours a very slightly hazy, burnt-orange with a foamy off white head.

Toasty malts, the alcohol is a bit more prominent than I would prefer, along with some floral/fruit notes.

Medium+, foamy body.

Not a bad beer, but nothing particularly special, and for the style, I found the alcohol a bit more prominent then I would like. (343 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Is it steamy in here, or is it just this beer? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-bronze topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, dried malt, mild flowers, milder pine, and a touch of candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a heavy, overarching dose of conflicting maple syrup and pine resin. This coupling clashes constantly, drowning out the otherwise mild and genial characters. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry and crisp finish. Overall, this is a bit too messy of a beer to do much good anywhere. It could be worse, though, so I guess there's that... (719 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

The date on the bottom of the bottle, which indicates the DOB, I assume is 4/13/13, although the three in the year is not readily legible. Pours crystal clear and golden amber with a nice, one finger sized head that is constantly replenished and maintains its size for the duration of the consumption.

Unfortunately, everything falls apart after the beautiful appearance. The aroma smells like adjunct lager, even malt liquor. Corn and alcohol are the prevailing aromas. Not a fan. Some grassy and straw aromas.

The flavor is more of the same. Alcohol, corny adjuncts, very little maltiness some hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Finishes dry. I do like the carbonation and mouthfeel. Tis one is all over the place and not very good.

I know this is a relatively simple style with hops being a major player, but this "imperial" version takes simplicity and mauls it. Perhaps this could be classified as a "classy" malt liquor, but this is not a great beer. Any newbies to the style, stick with Anchor Steam, the OG. (1,020 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow and a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweet malt that fades into a dryer hairspray like alcohol presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and small hairspray like aftertaste. Eh, I suppose it's ok, just a bit boozy. (328 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

$9.99 sixer from Bourbon Street.

Excellent clear copper body, topped by two fingers of rapidly decaying white foam.

Fresh bread aroma. Hint of alcohol.

Solid slab of semi sweet malt. Indeterminate fruitiness. Mild hop bite. Alcohol in finish.

Light/medium mouthfeel.

While a fan of Southern Tier, not a fan of their "2X everything and anything" trend. An imperial steam beer is not something craft beer needed. All the subtle balance of Anchor Steam is lost here. There is nothing really wrong here, but not much right either. Pass on this one. (549 characters)

Photo of letsdrink
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with less than one finger head and nice lacing.

S - Not much coming through on the smell. Not hoppy, pretty bland smell.

T - Tastes like your standard steam. I've come to expect a little more from ST. It kind of tastes like a weaker IPA.

M - Good carbonation and slightly sweet on the tongue. Bitterness comes through at the finish.

O - It's definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad I decided to pick one up. Not sure if I would ask for another one, however. I haven't had too many steam beers but in my novice opinion I'd rather stick to another one of the ST ales. (643 characters)

Photo of otterbearfla
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very low head. Cloudy hazy golden colour with a small size off white coloured head. Low carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hoppy, grass/herbal

Taste - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some biscuit/cereal and a bit of a fruity sweetness.

Mouth-feel - Medium body

Overall - Not distinctively a steam beer. Less acidity then I expected.

Serving type: bottle (540 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Amber brew. A bit coppery. Not much head to dredge up. Understandable at 8%.

Unexpectedly sweet malty aroma. Notes of treacle, golden raisin, toast, and some lingering booze. Hop profile comes off with Euro flair. I am confused.

Nope, this is a miss. Lots of alcohol, might be the primary flavor component followed by sugary malts, white grape, astringent floral hops, and toast. Not worth laboring through. Underneath the booze, it tastes decent, if not a little too sweet and too malty. This was brewed for the sake of brewing it. They shouldn't have bottled and sold this.

Body - medium-plus; carbonation - light... but, all I'm thinking about is how atrociously boozy this is. No, it doesn't feel good.

A rough one. I'm finishing it because it's engrained in me that I have to. Drink something else, or like me, learn the hard way. (839 characters)

Photo of dlcoblen
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle 01/21/14

A: dark orange in color. Practically no head therefore minimal lacing.

S: smell mostly of malts. alcohol.. It was hard to get a nose on this one.

T: Not a strong hop presence. I tasted malts, molasses, brown sugar.

M: I'd say medium bodied, not the best mouth feel, it wasnt all the smooth and balanced.

O: It wasnt a bad beer. It was my first California Common which I understand is a lager that is fermented at higher temperatures. Would I buy this again? Probably not for myself. Although the wife liked this one a lot, so I guess it depends who you are. (579 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on date 5/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber-gold color with a one-finger white head, which dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of toasted bready malt along with some spicy yeast character. The aroma is somewhat intriguing, although I wouldn't really describe it as appealing either.

Taste: Heavy on the bready malt again, with some sweet caramel coming through. Earthy hops come in on the finish along with a healthy dose of hop bitterness. While certainly not bad, there just isn't much here to hold my attention.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth, with medium carbonation.

Overall: Making a "double" version of a steam beer is certainly an interesting experiment, but ultimately one that in my opinion does not have to be repeated (849 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thinnish white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet with honey like malts, orange marmalade, and dark pitted fruits. Light bready pilsner malt shines through. The flavor is sweet and a bit woody with a firm earthy hop bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the flavor that I didn't find in the aroma. The flavor is not nearly as sweet as I thought from the aroma. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I usually enjoy southern tier, but this one is not for me. Boring, too sweet with a bit too much alcohol presence. (645 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. Darker clear gold pour, very thin layer of white. Laces just a bit.

Aroma, Bread, biscuit, light caramel. Some herbal like hop presence.

Taste, Grainy cereal malts, some corn muffin. Some yeasty and light hop notes. Quite a bit of alcohol in the end. Really crushes this.

Heavy side of light bodied, adequate carbonation. A little warm, but the alcohol is more in flavor than in mouthfeel.

Just not quite enough to back up the abv. I think. Interesting attempt, but I wouldn't look for another imperial steam beer after this one. (539 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a mix-a-six because I was intrigued by the style and also because Southern Tier's 2X series has been great.

Appearance: Poured a deep copper from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a thin head that disappears quickly, leaving nice lacing along the glass. Very clear with noticeable amounts of carbonation.

Smell: I can't pick out too much but perhaps caramel malt and a bit of fruit and maybe some pine notes. Tough to pinpoint, but a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Somewhat of a letdown to say the least, with a unique taste to it. Some bready notes and also a bit of caramel malt in there, but this one doesn't beg me to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and no burn from the alcohol. This drinks fairly easily and isn't overly filling.

Overall: This wasn't bad, but I had certainly expected better. This is a unique style and I applaud Southern Tier for trying this but it definitely isn't something I feel the need to buy again. (991 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear brassy yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of amber highlights. The beer has a very thin white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring that just about makes its way around the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of light fruit yeast and hints of toasted bready malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some hints of toffee and light fruits (apple and apricot). Light hints of alcohol and some light to moderate amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I think the suped up version of a California Common/Steam (higher ABV) is an interesting idea but needs to have the booze a little more well hidden from the taste to be really enjoyable for me. (926 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance: Slightly hazy amber, not substantial off white head or lacing.
smell: "Biscuity" malt, a little fruit. Pretty nice nose, nothing special.
taste: A good bit of bitterness without a lot of definition. Not near as good as the nose. fairly dry, a bit of sweetness.
overall: Haven't had a steam beer in years since Anchor Steam "back in the day". Interesting brew and kudos to ST for going for something different. Good, not great. (439 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained a 6 pack at a local distributor. 12 oz poured into pint glass.

A: Nice copper color with an insane amount of carbonation visible. Good for the style.

S: I must admit, there is not much there at first. Had to drink 8 oz for the beer to open up. The most prominent smell is the alcohol and malts. I think this may be due to the fact that the beer is just about 3 months from the bottling date.

T: Butterscotch and alcohol followed by malts and a lingering hop presence. Sounds strange but tastes quite good despite being a bit old.

M: Best part of the beer IMO. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation to balance the alcohol.

O: Pretty good beer for the style. I'm a fan of most of the Southern Tier beers I've tried, so I figured it was a must I tried this beer when I saw it. I wouldn't buy an entire 6 again, but could see myself having one or two as a session beer on the beach. (894 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DOB of 4/29/13

Pours an effervescent copper with a thumb of pearl colored head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Pears, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grassyness & dryness up front. A touch of winesap apples & a bit of white pepper & grassyness, some pears. finishes crisp, fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, nice balance

Great drinkability, nothing life changing but goes down easy (428 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/16/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt orange, slight haze that glows. Small white head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. This beer is loaded with caramel malts and grains. It personally reminds me of an Oktoberfest/Marzen on steroids. There's no doubt that this a big lager. There's a decent hop bitterness to this one. Subtle sweetness. Finishes slightly syrupy. There's a touch of heat. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but isn't overboard and adds to the character of the beer.

This is a meat & potatoes kind of beer. It even has an Irish vibe to it. I definitely appreciate going outside the box in the California Common / Steam Beer category. (758 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper penny color. Thin layer of foam on top. Light malt and that familiar California common yeast aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Very malty profile with the familiar yeast flavoring. I get some hop interplay in the back of the palate. Never had an imperialized California common. It is pretty good, but not amazing. (328 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - So far so good it's a bright clear deep amber brown, fed by mild carbonation I do get a nice 1/2 inch of sticky head. Decent lacing.
S - Smells pretty plan like an ESB or a amber lager. Not getting much hops it smells rather boring.
T - Again it kind of taste like an amp'd up amber lager. Mild copper taste, caramel malts, and skunky lager taste. Man I can't get over the metallic taste...
M - Best part it hide the ABV well drinks like 6% but the flavors are all off and distracting.

Overall I see the label that 2 types of hops were used maybe they should have used another? Usually ST hits the ballpark with these 2X beers being balanced and hoppy but this one is metallic stingy and somewhat terrible... (713 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Light brown/medium amber with a small white head looks light to medium bodied

S- Slight malt sweetness with a lemony tartness, slight alcohol. Got a slight rye whiskeyness to it that I wasn't expecting.

T- Similar to nose, malty sweetness with a lemony tartness and a small bitterness on the tongue

M- Medium-light viscosity easy drinking

O- This is pretty good version of a California Common. Of course I compare it to Anchor Steam which prefer, but this has a surprising level of tartness that I found interesting and not to dominate and refreshing. I picked up a 6-pack of this for 5 bucks at my local bottle shop, how could I not pick it up!? (654 characters)

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2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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