2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
01-23-2014 11:41:37 | More by dlcoblen
3.74/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours hazy gold amber color with a small off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded kind of quickly, leaving good lacing and a ring around the top.
Smells of malt, caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, light fruit, herbs and something sweet like honey or syrup. Hops don’t come through and the aroma is soft and malty in general.
Tastes pretty malty up front, but there are some more dry leafy hops in the mix with alcohol also showing through; like the nose, the flavor consists of malt, caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, honey, lightly roasted grains, herbs, citrus, and yeast that leaves a sweetness like a bottle fermented Belgian. There was a bit of least left it the bottom of the bottle so it makes sense regarding the flavor, but this was more complex than an Anchor Steam and the ABV coming through was surprising as well.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and a sweet malty finish that has a little yeast funk like a penny.
Overall a pretty tasty beer that was more complex than I expected from a California Common/Steam Beer, and I think that the ABV showing through separated this from the pack in this style so I definitely want to have this again.
01-05-2014 00:58:20 | More by CHickman
4.2/5 rDev +19.3%
Pours a hazy golden amber, with a half finger of head, a good amount of sediment... But it is 6 months old so I am ok with that.
Smell is bready malt, pilsneresh hop, caramel, toffee, herbal hop, toast
Taste is sweet bready malt, herbal and pine hop, lager crispness, leafy greens, a little alcohol, bittering earth hops.
Mouthfeel is medium full but with heavy carbonation.... Takes the heaviness of a double beer with the crispness of a pilsner of lager and works it well!!! I enjoyed this and am mad I did not get more then a single when it was around.... If it was round next year I will not make the same mistake!
12-27-2013 02:46:25 | More by nickapalooza86
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
12-21-2013 00:52:24 | More by Slatetank
2.23/5 rDev -36.6%
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.
12-17-2013 06:12:55 | More by corby112
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.