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2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013)
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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.

BEERchitect, May 13, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Kerrie, May 13, 2013
Photo of ericlawton007
4/5  rDev +13.6%

ericlawton007, May 12, 2013
Photo of ryry887
4/5  rDev +13.6%

ryry887, May 12, 2013
Photo of nebula1999
3/5  rDev -14.8%

nebula1999, May 12, 2013
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +13.6%

bluntedboywonder, May 11, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

alexgash, May 10, 2013
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.5/5  rDev -29%

alienlifeforcecube, May 10, 2013
Photo of pottergator
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

pottergator, May 08, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

BB1313, May 08, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Stinger80OH, May 07, 2013
Photo of KornWallace
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

KornWallace, May 07, 2013
Photo of StonyB
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

StonyB, May 07, 2013
Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev +13.6%

DangerDawg, May 06, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mctizzz, May 06, 2013
Photo of yankeepride
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey golden color, with a quick burst of foam that goes away fairly quickly. Not overly carbonated, and it smells a bit like banana and graham cracker. Tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids. Has a malty taste that is crisp and clean, that yields to a little bit of hop bite, which doesn't linger too long.

yankeepride, May 06, 2013
Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

nyyfanatic213, May 05, 2013
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

RonfromJersey, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DrunkinYogi, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

PhotoMattT, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

MarkJBurch, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

CaptDavyJones, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

LMH88, May 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, May 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

djrn2, May 03, 2013
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.