2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
4.24/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The head on this beer is frothy and tight with a yellow tint to it, rising to just less than a finger but keeping up that height almost the entire way through. It settles to what looks like a solid pillow and develops craggy edges, while leaving a creamy sheet of lacing at the top and thin patching in its wake. It's sort of copper, maybe a little lighter, but pretty clear.
That earth is on the nose, and it's really pleasant. It's got a light spiciness to it that's not as heavy as some ryes. I think it's just softer from the balance of hops and the generally soft sweetness given off, as floral, citrus and leafy notes complement a sort of fleshy tropical fruits note. Malts add an additional note of caramel.
Floral and fruity (very specifically tropical, but with definite grapefruit notes), the taste mingles delicately with a leafy something. Spiciness is sort of on the back end, persistent but not hard. The earthiness works nicely off the fruits, neither taking away from the other. Alcohol is exceptionally well masked, peeking in at the back of the throat but barely.
This has a really soft feel that doesn't detract from the medium body, and a very nice creaminess that coats the tongue without being slick. It works off a crispness that leads right into the velvety texture.
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2013 15:46:11 | More by Brenden
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I will tell anyone that listens when I get going on about beer, that I am not an IPA fan for the most part. I don't like beer that is "too hoppy" and when it gets too bitter, and/or medicinal tasting, well it just doesn't agree with me. I am more of a brown ale guy, TBH. So when I was in my local bottle shop looking for something different, all I saw on the ST 2X Rye carton was "3 kinds of hops and 5 kinds of malts" and figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't until I got home that I saw it was a rye IPA. Well, I certainly wasn't gonna waste this beer, so I cracked one and poured it into a glass...
My, doesn't /look/ like any IPA I have ever seen, nice caramel colour! Smells like an IPA, but not like "every other" IPA. I take a sip... and find myself enjoying this beer! Yes, it is bitter, but just within my boundaries of acceptance. I did find the malt coming through, and it ended in a very pleasant dryness without making my mouth pucker. The higher ABV content is well-hidden.
So, my basic proclamation is this - this is an IPA for people who don't like IPAs! I will be seeking out other rye IPAs to compare!
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 21:57:01 | More by slym
2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.