2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.11/5 rDev +7.3%
We crack the top, pouring a brew of dense maple syrup coloring into generic pint glasses. The head stands two fingers tall and is composed of fat and foamy sandpaper bubbles, retaining excellently. Sticky geographical and patterned lacing is left around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma boasts sweet floral hops atop a stable, hearty base of caramel, pale, rye, and raw barley graininess, elderberry and cherry fruitiness, medicinal and clovey phenols, candy corn and singed toffee sugars, banana esters, brandy sugars, white flour, bread pudding, raisin, pumpernickel breadiness, buttercream, and fresh ginger. Our first impression is that the flavoring follows the nose nicely, with bitter rye bite that excites and opens up the palate. As we sip, the taste begins with lime flesh, citric and floral hops, earthen grassiness, chlorine echoes, rye and pale malty cleanliness, bitter metallic bite, floury yeastiness, and roasty vanilla bean. The middle comes to a peak with an odd mix of fruity cherry, prune, and apricot with bitter plastics, barks, ethanol, coin, and earthen, floral hoppiness, for a cloying, yet surprisingly burning swallow. The end washes through with a melding bitterness of rye grain, corn meal and white flour, salt lick, toffee sugars, smoky plastics, roasty caramel malts, red grapey sweetness, toasted corn and husk, green and resinous grassiness, and floral and nectary hops. The aftertaste breathes of musk, cherry and plum flesh, dry rye, corny adjuncts, fumy booze, ink, penicillin medicinals and moldiness, coal, stagnant mineral water, chalky chocolate maltiness, malted milk balls, and oily citric rind hoppiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives great slurp and smack, cream, and froth, and vigorous pop and glug. The mouth is left wonderfully cooled and heavily coated, with eventual puck, but only slight dryness across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very nicely.
Overall, our favorite aspect of this beer is its robust dedication to the rye base through the flavoring. The taste remains flushed with rye at every turn, taking the form of the savory, the bitter, and the sweet. It mixes well at each of these stops with the surrounding fruit, hops, and medicinals, keeping things warm, hearty, and pleasant. This is really a fantastic brew. It is different enough from not only their stock, but of the entire local upstate NY stock, making it a stand out on numerous levels, all while keeping it heavy enough to appeal to people seasonally. It is also kind of a blend between the dark and the light, and with hoppy enough brightness to appeal to the hop heads alike. Their best “2X” to date.
12-27-2013 20:18:21 | More by TheBrewo
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4/5 rDev +4.4%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label listed the abv at 8.1%.
Appearance: It has a deep honey amber color with a very slight haze. There is some visible carbonation and a tall thick head on top. Head retention and lacing is very good.
Smell: The nose is big has some solid malty sweetness along with some deep citrus hop notes.
Taste / Palate: There is a big full bodied malty base with a good mix of bready sweetness and spice up front. This is quickly balanced with solid hop bitterness and orange like citrus hop flavor notes.
05-27-2014 08:32:16 | More by generallee
3.31/5 rDev -13.6%
Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear
Smell: spicy hops, earth, and lumber
Taste: spicy rye hops, big citrus hops, a bit of rye seed at the end
Mouthfeel: bitter but not overly so, medium-light body, medium-high carbonation
Overall: Lots of spicy rye hops but I would have loved more rye bread taste. This tastes like a slightly above average imperial ipa with lots of citrus. Not bad, but nothing that distinguishes it from the pack of other hoppy rye beers.
10-27-2013 13:03:20 | More by tigg924
3.79/5 rDev -1%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.
Appearance: Copper-gold with decent off-white head.
Smell: Citrus, bread, biscuit, caramel, rye, some earthiness.
Taste: Fruity and bready core with rye, biscuit, caramel and cherry. Hops are quite citrusy but somewhat sweet with little bitterness. There is also not much spiciness from the rye, as it is imparting more bready characteristics.
Feel: Medium to full body, quite smooth and creamy, but not quite as dry as hoped for.
Overall: Nice hoppy red ale with rye. I wish it had a little more oomph, as there is not much bitterness or spiciness to combat the malts and the surprisingly sweet hops. Still, definitely worth trying.
09-08-2013 03:40:14 | More by bsp77
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 9/3/13 (~3 1/2 months old)
Pours out a very clear light amber, copper color. Small, but retentive layer of slightly off white head, spotty lacing holds the glass well.
Pungent, resinous hops, with some spicey rye that blends with a semi sweet bready malt.
Slightly more hoppy than malty, but it is nearly balanced. Resinous, dry citrusy hops meets spicey rye and bready malts.
Kind of a bitey carbonation, some spice from the rye lingers, but mostly you get the resinous hoppy bitterness that lingers after the finish. Medium in body.
Almost more of an IPA, decent beer non the less.
12-28-2013 21:19:48 | More by dogfishandi
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured into stange; clear golden amber with lively carbonation feeding a lovely shiny yellow-ish white head of moderate thickness that sticks around, leaving chunky lacing when it descends.
Smells of nutty rye malt and a surprising dose of hops; pine and herbal notes dominate, with undertones of bitter citrus rind.
Taste starts off with sweet grainy nutty rye malt, hint of spiciness, before moving through more open, clean crackery malts into a dash of bitter hop flavor and slight warmth of alcohol at the end. Doesn't taste anything near 8.1%...
Mouthfeel is effervescent and moderately full, bit wet and sticky but the hops help clean it off.
Overall, the rye malt really lends a stubbly-smooth sweetness to this beer, which is balanced nicely by the extra hops. It's incredibly quaffable for the %abv. Really, without the hops, this beer would taste like a cloying rye doppelbock or something. I love when Southern Tier breaks the rules, and this is another great example.
09-24-2013 04:43:32 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5 rDev +8.1%
Appearance: amber/orange with thin off white head and great clarity.
Aroma: spicy, a little grainy, toasty, caramel, and a nice pine hop character
Taste: great rye flavor that comes off spicy and a little grainy in a delicious way. Piney hop character balanced but the rye malt really shines here.
Mouthfeel: medium body and very drinkable. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A great change of pace for pale ale drinkers. This is a fairly balanced and tasty rye based ale that showcases the spicy and grainy rye character with slight peppery character, but balances with bright pine hop notes.
10-06-2013 23:29:34 | More by dwren89
4.24/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
10-04-2013 15:46:11 | More by Brenden
4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 08/21/13.
A: Pours a clear copper amber with a one finger off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in a minute or so leaving a ring around the edges.
S: Pleasant hop aroma is the first thing I notice. A citrusy hop with notes of floral and earthiness. Rye comes out more as the beer warms up adding some sweetness.
T: As with the aroma its a hop forward brew. Rye malts come through nicely in the flavor adding some spice and a hearty malt backing. By the end its a real balanced brew leaving a pleasant aftertaste.
M: Medium body with low carbonation. A slight stickiness to it but the finish remains smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.
Overall I'm a big fan of rye beers and this is another tasty offering. Great hop flavor that doesn't overpower a solid rye base. Worth a try by any fan of beer.
09-07-2013 01:09:57 | More by CloudStrife
2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.