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2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013)
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Photo of kbnooshay
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

kbnooshay, May 24, 2013
Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +14%

Hoagie1973, May 24, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a rich amber color, thin fizzy head, nearly no lacing.
S - Lots of lager yeast smell, some herbal hops, a little grassy.
T - Lager taste up front and at the end, lots of sweet malt filling in the middle, along with some spice and herbal feels from the hops. Fades leaving some bitterness and some of that standard lager taste.
M - The sweet malt can be a bit sticky, and you feel the warmth of the 8% at a point.
O - Not bad, this is a different take on a steam, but its the abundance of malt that makes this one not superb, but worth a try if you're looking for something different. Also, the 8% is masked well in taste, so its quite drinkable for its weight.

Omnium, May 23, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Danny1217, May 23, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Gregwa, May 23, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

st9647v3, May 22, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure I have ever heard of an Imperial/Double California Common but I guess pushing boundaries is needed in this industry. To be truthful I haven't been a huge fan of Southern Tier's 12oz offerings lately but we shall see if this changes the trend.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass with a clear light amber body, carbonation can be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. A small white cap builds atop the beer to about one finger in height. Head retention is sub-par and a bubbly ring stays on the top once the foam dies down. Not much lace at all and the head pretty much disappears entirely in my case.

S- Not the most aromatic of beers, especially for 8% ABV. A light hoppiness with earthy, pine and citrus elements with some toasted caramel malt hints as well. Slightly fruity.

T- One thing I do notice right away is this beer is fairly sweet but not necessarily malt forward. A clean bitterness from the hops that lend pine, mint, orange zest and herbal flavors. Fresh cracked grains, caramel, toasted nuts, light fruits, juniper(?), banana and raisin spice also comes to mind. Overall this is hop forward but not in an IPA kind of way.

MF- Medium bodied beer with a creamy consistency. Carbonation at a moderate level with a good bitterness on the palate. Alcohol warms a decent amount for 8%.

This is certainly an interesting beer to me, I really haven't had that many like it. One thing I don't like is the residual sweetness, more than most beers for my palate. The bitterness and alcohol only seem to augment with warmth and each sip, bringing the beer more and more out of balance. A ton of interesting flavors but it just doesn't form a great end product due to alcohol and sweetness.

cbutova, May 22, 2013
Photo of tjsmith910
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

tjsmith910, May 19, 2013
Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev +14%

greg4579, May 19, 2013
Photo of Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Drk93TT, May 19, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

SaCkErZ9, May 18, 2013
Photo of bluestar0828
2/5  rDev -43%

bluestar0828, May 18, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

mattparsons, May 18, 2013
Photo of rangerred
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

rangerred, May 18, 2013
Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Mr_Hoptimistic, May 18, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

BigTrubble, May 17, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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%.

justintcoons, May 17, 2013
Photo of firstlighthiker
4/5  rDev +14%

firstlighthiker, May 17, 2013
Photo of mattbk
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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?

mattbk, May 17, 2013
Photo of Ironcityblackand
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Ironcityblackand, May 16, 2013
Photo of JoeLacy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

JoeLacy, May 15, 2013
Photo of Mediczod
2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Mediczod, May 15, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

CloudStrife, May 15, 2013
Photo of Chegui
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Chegui, May 14, 2013
Photo of gpblackgt
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

gpblackgt, May 14, 2013
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.