2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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2.8/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
05-18-2013 21:38:59 | More by SaCkErZ9
2.61/5 rDev -25.9%
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.
05-18-2013 01:48:20 | More by rangerred
3.74/5 rDev +6.3%
12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.
Golden amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.
Apricot, peach, bready malts and a touch of toast.
Light notes of peach, apricot and crushed Aspirin. Bready malts with a large addition of toast and some banana peel. Has an extra bitter pine essence with a good amount of earth, dried grass and a pinch of coriander.
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, bitter and dry.
A little hop bitterness makes this an enjoyable Steam Beer. Very easy drinking at 8.0%.
05-17-2013 13:14:25 | More by justintcoons
3.66/5 rDev +4%
A: Clear, copper, mild head, lightly carbonated. Nothing special.
S: A blend of toffee malt and noble-type, floral hops. Maybe a bit vegetal? Kind of smells like... beer. Not a ton of aroma.
T: Nice blend of malts and hops. Nothing over the top. Alcohol very well hidden. Hops are slightly lemony, grassy, floral, malt is quite a bit of caramel. Nice beer, would be easy drinking... why is this 8%? I'd probably drink more of it if it wasn't. Small subtraction for the pointlessness of this 2x beer.
M: Medium heavy, a bit syrupy. This beer would benefit from a higher carbonation level. I think the low carb goes along with the 2x theme.
O: I actually like this beer, find it balanced, and fairly refreshing. I wish it was 1x. Should I blend this with water? What the heck is wrong with 1x?
05-17-2013 01:07:03 | More by mattbk
2.23/5 rDev -36.6%
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.
05-15-2013 00:26:44 | More by Mediczod
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 4/16/13.
A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a 2 finger off white head. Decent amount of visible carbonation in the body. A few spots of lacing. Good head retention.
S: Malt forward aroma with a bit of an apricot like fruity tinge to it. Hoppiness is in the background which adds a touch of citrus. Hint of booze. Malts dominate the more it warms.
T: As anticipated this is a malt forward brew. The malt flavors are well rounded, a mix of breadiness, sweetness and fruit. Hops show up to even things out but arent too prevalent. Alcohol comes through but doesnt distract from the flavor.
M: Medium body with light carbonation. A pretty clean finish considering the style, just a touch of stickiness. Easy to session considering the ABV.
Overall a solid new beer, won't blow you away with flavor but is instead a balanced albeit malt forward brew. Works for coming out of winter and into summer.
05-14-2013 23:16:02 | More by CloudStrife
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-13-2013 06:32:49 | More by BEERchitect
3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
12 oz. bottle. DOB 4/12/13.
Clear and clean medium copper body with golden edges. Pinkie finger of gauzy, dense, eggshell white head. Good lacing up the sides of the glass. Bready, honeyish sweet malts on the nose. Some fruity notes as well, along with spicy, peppery hops.
Toasted bread notes up front. Herbal hop bitterness picks up right away. Honey wheat bread malt fills in; light sweetness. Toasted edge to everything and hints of cooked carrots. Woody, herbal bitterness carries to the finish. Lingering honeyish malt. Medium body with a slightly sticky feel. Slightly warming. Not bad, but feels like the amped up ingredients don't work as well together at these levels.
05-10-2013 21:25:00 | More by alexgash
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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