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2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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tsp247

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-22-2014 20:52:42 | More by tsp247
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

01-21-2014 22:02:32 | More by threedaggers
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-19-2014 04:06:47 | More by Lehighace06
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-17-2014 04:35:58 | More by bernat1971
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Wukk

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-14-2014 00:10:18 | More by Wukk
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CHickman

New York

3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:58:20 | More by CHickman
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

01-03-2014 22:04:10 | More by LarryMyers
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monriverrat

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-28-2013 23:54:36 | More by monriverrat
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-28-2013 04:03:06 | More by RandyBoBandy
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

12-28-2013 01:21:50 | More by Molson2000
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:46:25 | More by nickapalooza86
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Notninja

New York

3/5  rDev -14.5%

12-26-2013 23:00:09 | More by Notninja
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

12-25-2013 03:11:49 | More by WDJersey
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:52:24 | More by Slatetank
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ColterKoch22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-17-2013 15:15:34 | More by ColterKoch22
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 06:12:55 | More by corby112
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

12-15-2013 06:24:42 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a classic "better than a sum of it's parts" beer. After reading a lot of reviews talking about how sweet this beer was, I was expecting not to like it too much. But honestly, I didn't get any of the sweetness others referred to. It was nicely balanced had a nice hop finish to clamp down on the solid malty backbone. My only complaint is that it's a bit thin. Not to the point of being watery, but a little less robust than I would have liked. I won't put this on a "favorites" list. but it's a thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 23:58:32 | More by LCB_Hostage
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-01-2013 19:42:05 | More by coldmeat23
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skubas86

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-26-2013 00:08:49 | More by skubas86
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erogers

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-24-2013 04:18:17 | More by erogers
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's 2X Steam last month for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. This is the last of the Southern Tier beers I picked up while i was up north, I wasn't too impressed with the last two and I'm hoping this one turns out better, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and it has the typical layout for Southern Tier's 2x series, it says it's brewed with 2 types of hops ans 3 types of malts. It poured a slightly hazy golden/amber color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer and it looks true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness that borders on being highly sweet and it's followed by loads of malts that impart a sweet malt, grainy, bready and caramel malt like aroma with a slight alcohol like aroma. Up next comes the hops which are on the lighter part of medium and impart some grassy, earthy, and herbal hop aromas, with no single aspect sticking out the most. This beer had a nice aroma, but I thought it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that borders on being highly sweet and it's followed by lots of malts that impart a sweet malt, grainy, bready, and a light caramel malt like flavor with just the slightest bit of alcohol taste. Up next comes the hops that retain all the aspects that they had in the aroma with the addition of some light citrus rind flavors with no single aspects sticking out the most. on the finish there's a medium amount bitterness with a sweet malt and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, I wouldn't have mind more hop flavors, but it stayed fairly true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it wish the body was slightly thinner.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style. I haven't had a lot of steam beers and I've certainly never had an imperial version, but I thought this beer did a good job at sticking to the basic steam beer formula but making each aspect bolder then it normally is. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, but it was a little filling and the I think I would get bored of the taste eventually so I think one is enough for me, and I think the sweetness also hurts the drinkability a little. What i liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was and the appearance, I thought both of those aspects were pretty good. What I liked the least was the sweetness and thickness, I thought they could be both be toned down a little. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it really not the type of beerddd that I would normally buy, but I would recommend it as a good strong version of a Steam beer. All in all I wasn't too let down with this beer, even though it was a little rough around the edges I thought it was solid for what it was going for and I thought it was also a pretty good deal for an 8% beer. Solid works guys, I'll keep a look out for more beers from this series.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 22:32:22 | More by StoutHunter
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14%

11-17-2013 14:02:06 | More by Bunuelian
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-15-2013 18:25:45 | More by MN_Beerticker
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-15-2013 03:32:28 | More by BARFLYB
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.