2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 428
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 5.4%
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 kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger white head with nice lacing on a clear bright deep golden body. Musty pale malts, hint of wood, musty lemons and also some lemon custard sweetness. Flavor is fairly bitter but also has a tropical and lemon sweetness balancing it out. Sharp herbal hop finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I have only had a few steam beers. This one seems to be a little more boozy than any other u have had as I dictated by the 2X. Definitely worth trying. (462 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that never completely died down.
S: Light aromas of biscuity and malts are present in the nose along with some hints of fruity and earthy yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy yeast along with notes of biscuity malts and hints of fruity yeast and faint bits of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a slight amount of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength compared to other beers in the style. (674 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

just a tad too heavy to be golf course beer, and I made that mistake. that's on me. however, this is a nice fall brew, being a real malt forward offering and something highly rare as far as I know, an imperial steam style. smelling like german and English malts, caramel and toffee abound, but its not that sweet. liquid bread comes to mind, if it weren't for the ale yeast, which is bright and punctual, dabbing in and out with a lightness that seems to temper an otherwise heavy grain forward brew. almost lager clean in the finish, something to behold in terms of mouthfeel. could use a touch more vigorous carbonation, but the big body is right on. not my favorite of the 2x beers, but I absolutely caught this one out of context. full autumnal, I am wring to critique this fun beer too hard. great buzz for the price too, a sixer is a chore. (846 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the most authentic and rustic American-type Pale Ale at heart, the taste of the westward bound Steam Beer has undertaken a decidedly current American twist with an Imperial upscale. These New York brewers have pulled no punches here.

Deep copper-amber in its pour, the Imperial California Common Ale gives the eye a dense appearance of deep hazy honey. Capped by a creamy ivory froth, that blanket of foam sternly tops the beer and laces intermittently in the wake of the fading beer.

Malty aromas are deep with caramel and fresh-picked tobacco. Herbal hop notes give a tea-like scent and reinforce the raw tobacco presence. Moderately estery- fruit notes of apples, figs and apricot add richness to the nose and aid the balance of hops and alcohol.

Rich to the taste, the beer's malt sweetness reigns supreme. Caramel, bread, gingersnaps, and honey carry the beer from early palate until very late- all the while the taste buds pick up on earthy sweet herbs of tobacco, figs, dates, tea, and sassafras. Its late charge balances slightly with stemmy hop bitterness and spicy alcohols.

Moderately full in body, the ale soothes and satisfies the mouth with the light creaminess of English-type ales. It retains its full mouthfeel until very late in the session where hops shyly dry the beer and alcohols thin the texture and off slim bitterness in itself. And aftertaste of tobacco and fig close the beer with a near-minty taste.

I want to read English Old Ale and Dopplebock into the flavor profile here, but neither of those are apt here. But the familiar and comfortable flavors remind me of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale and Double Dead Guy. (1,644 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a nice deep golden color with a soapy white head on top. The lacing is minimal and the retention is thin. The smell of the beer has a big amount of toasted malt on the nose, not much in the way of hops. The taste has the same toasted flavor as what the nose was kind of giving a preview too. The beer is a little sweet with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty good carbonation to it. Overall this beer is decent. Nothing too crazy but was nice to try. (509 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein wich brought good clarity to a copper/bronze body and a nicely defined one finger creamy-like head atop.Very clean nose with only mild toastiness and caramel sweetness.A full almost creamy feel to the beer is by far the best part of it.Flavors have subdued caramel and doughy sweetness up front more mild sweetness coming from the alcohol and a honey tinge,hops are subdued just giving a faint flash of leafiness,I even detect a sour note, although very light in the finish.Iam not sure about a double steam style but I Iam a big fan of ST going back to my western NY days. (626 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark orange-gold body, fairly clear, with some steady streams of carbonation. Inch-high white head, decent lacing produced.

Smell: Muted aroma. I thought I'd give it some time to warm up, maybe that's the problem. I was watching the opening ceremonies for a soccer match. Question to soccer fans: do they always cart out kids and light up smiles faker than the flopping prior to every game? Nearly a solid thirty later, it's still pretty dull. A little yeastiness, whisper of honey/toffee, and a sniff of booze.

Taste: Lightly toasty breadiness, an initial kick of sweetish toffee. Fruity touches of apricot, apple throughout. Earthy, woodsy, lightly citrusy hops open up with a medium-plus bitterness to temper the sweetness. Drying, bittersweet, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit of over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Letting it ride as a somewhat bigger, somewhat bolder beer it was fine. (1,011 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 TheManiacalOne
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent lager to drink for a while if you want something a bit different. (791 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is deeply hazed amber with golden highlights and thick cream head with very fine bead and thick lace pattern. The smell is malty with a slight toasted nose with some gentle german yeast esters that bring to mind marzen with a mineral aspect. The feel is good, strong yet balanced with malt and some mild hop tinges with spice and mild bitterness with the finish heavy with alcohol, not too sweet actually more drying from the alcohol.

The taste is pretty decent with some malty flavors which are toasted and slightly caramel with some very nice hop flavors which are both woody and slightly spiced with some mild yeast flavors which seem to clash ever so slightly making the malt come forward along with a mild alcohol infused finish. This is an odd beer...I like the concept, but it doesn't quite deliver a 'double california common' it does provide the double strength which is probably why it doesn't get a better score since the alcohol kind of holds it back from being more enjoyable. (1,078 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hope that Southern Tier's future business plans won't come to having to brew a triple steam beer. Or maybe a quad-steam.

On to the beer though. High grain presence it seems. Quite a lot of malt sweetness as well. Almost seems boozy, from a whole whopping 8% it's carrying. Decent enough to drink, just nowhere near as inspiring or interesting as other brews Southern Tier has done. (385 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 WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the 2X series, especially the stout and IPA, never had the 2XMAS ale...these beers are higher in the alcohol department but served in a more manageable size unlike their other high octane brews. Pours a crystal clear amber body with a cream colored head, kind of thin textured in appearance, fine speckled lacing patterns left behind as it settles. Aroma semi sweet nose, muted a bit served cold at first after warming not much more opens up. Flavor has the same raw earthy bitterness that the Steam beer from San Fran has, semi sweet bread mostly a subdued caramel sweetness with evident alcohol with a minimal light syrup texture. Drinks down way too easy especially for 8 percent abv it doesn't offend in anyway it's just a solid drinking beer about as refreshing as an Anchor, just with more malts shining through. Mouthfeel light residual sugars on the palate even carbonation light to medium bodied not cloying at all, alcohol is just barely evident. Overall, a beer that will get your non craft beer drinkers wasted, even though this beer is flavored toward a newbie into craft beer with somewhat of a lack of complexity they did what they wanted to do and stayed true to the originators of the style. (1,215 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lasting thick head. Very nice retention, especially for the high abv. Plenty of lacing sticks

The smell is musty/perfumy with some grain and a touch of grape.

The taste is musty/grainy with some grape skin. Peppery and slightly boozy with a finish leaning towards dry.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

Boozy, but not too harsh. It's an interesting take on the style. (395 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/30/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, apple, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, apple, pear, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with good flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial steam beer. Good balance of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,184 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 Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights. A one inch head slowly falls.

Smell: a mild bready and fruity aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, bread, golden apples, some soft citrus tones, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness throughout. Short lasting aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: an easy to quaff beer. I think this represents the style well despite the higher alcohol content. (498 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - copper with a short, white head that fades quickly

S - citrus, alcohol, lager-y

T - lager-y, bread, earthy, mildly bitter, some faint apple, alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, dry

This is a rather simplistic offering from ST. It's brewed to style and has decent drinkability given its size. It's a bit dry and the alcohol is noticeable, but there is enough depth to enjoy. As a beer this is a bit forgettable, but for the style it's on point. (459 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark straw color. Smells of grain and caramel, a bit sweet. Tastes of light sugary malts and alcohol. A bit metallic, leafy hops, fair amount of bitterness. Lighter medium bodied feel, graceful for the amount of alcohol. Has a filtered dryness and cleanness that makes it very palatable This is a good beer, a sneak attack for its mild character but its potent results. (383 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 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 cjgator3
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Pours a golden amber color with a large off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is mostly malt with very little in the way of hops. The taste starts out with a good amount of malt and is followed by a lingering bitterness from the hops. I'm enjoying this one, it has a great balance between the malt and hops and is pretty drinkable for an 8% ABV beer. As the beer warms in the glass, the hops do become more pronounced. (450 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden colour with a small size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops, grass/herbal

Taste & Mouth - 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.

Overall - A good interpretation of the style I guess. It's quite boring and has the taste of a session beer with enough booze to slow you down. Another beer worth trying but not something I'd pick up again. (699 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 avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, malt, and a fruity element.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, a surprisingly high amount of hops and fruit (apples, it would seem). Not exactly what I expected from a steam beer (this one is much hoppier), but still pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harshly bitter finish. LIght-bodied.

O: While this beer is somewhat uneven in spots, it's still an appealing beer. Drinkable. (598 characters)

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