2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BB1313 on 08-28-2013

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Reviews by dwren89:
Photo of dwren89
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and spicy hop forward aroma with hints of rye, caramel, and citrus. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy and grassy hops with hints of pine resin. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Good scent of rye spicing. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, juicy, and earthy taste with notes of rye spice, caramel malt, and citrus. Citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Solid presence of rye spice. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty solid ripe taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat oily. A little heat is felt but it isn’t difficult to get down.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Rye beer. Good balance of juicy hop notes with caramel malt with the rye adding a nice kick.

Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly opaque orangey apricot colored with an oatmeal colored head that settles slowly. Aroma of bready malt, ripe fruit, piney hops, orange rind, dark bread, and alcohol. A bit of alcoholic solvent vapors which detract. Full mouthfeel, a bit tingly. Decent beer overall, not my fave from ST.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of 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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Amber in color light pour soft head

S: smells a lot like an English ipa some rye and overall fairly earthy slightly herbal

T: it almost tastes like rust smells,malty, rye is there more herbal floral hops

M: medium to light mouthfeeel nothing noteworthy pretty straightforward

 O: a solid beer nothing really stands out on this beer not even the rye Southern Tier makes straightforward solid beers like GLBC but unless it's the backwater series nothing stands out 

Photo of bum732
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Grainy, slight caraway, grassy, some hop aromatics, some perceived sweetness. Little bit of a pear note.

L: Fairly clear amber orange, off-white head that dissipates.

T: Sweet, rye bread like malt with an undercurrent of stone fruit like hops. Very clean malt sweetness. Medium clean bitterness, quite smooth. Touch of alcohol bite. Finishes semi-sweet with lingering hops but fairly clean.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Ok beer, love the rye component, but the hops were severely lacking for a DIPA.

Photo of zmfc
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good rye, but a little unbalanced against the alcohol flavor though I understand its a double

Photo of cp143phy
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a great Beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 15, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its medium amber color but there was not a lot of head to speak about.

The aroma tends to highlight the hops more than the rye with a forceful floral sensation and a soapy kind of scent that was slightly distracting. Double rye? Feels more like a DIPA.

The body is medium and has a kind of acidic astringency.

The taste does bring out a touch of those rye grains but this is really about the hops in my opinion. Floral, citrus, bitter hops.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, DOB 08/21/13. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that sticks around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like rye, pine and citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops, and some bready malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also an earthy/herbal flavor noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, I liked it. $10.99 a 6-pack.

Photo of fourstringer
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. DOB 07/23/14.

A: Cloudy, iced tea-colored, brown body. 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Rye spice, brown bread. Fruity hops with notes of orange, lighter grapefruit. Fainter pine. Honey. A bit of bourbon.

T: Spicy rye maltiness opens, intermingled with even-handed hop notes. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. The former gently fades away to a mostly dry finish. Some wood and vanilla flavors. Some lingering grapefruit pulp, light spice in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is par for the ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a very gentle mouthfeel. Medium body. Rather quaffable.

O: Well balanced ale. High drinkability, yet showcases the rye nicely. Tactful hopping. Solid.


Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a medium brown color, slightly tawny, with a half inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells pretty potent, with some great citrus aromas- orange and grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Not really noticing any rye yet.

The rye shows itself in the flavor. The rye hits you first with a peppery, spicy bite up front, that's washed away by juicy hop flavors reminiscent of the fruits mentioned in the aroma. The malt backbone on this one is substantial enough to hold up to the hops, but not substantial enough to overcome, them. There is some dark toasted bread flavors that are really nice, almost like pumpernickel bread.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

This one was awesome, and a worthy entry into the 2X series.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chalice pour: Clear amber, low head and nice lacing.
Rye with some dank citrus on the nose. Bready malts punch through it, along with a bit of alcohol.
With the taste, the rye gives way to citrus hops, which then gives way to bitter earth, and a grainy bite of alcohol. Flavors of this style don't develop where I expected they would. The rye is there, and this ends up having a nice rye-led cereal grain aspect to the flavor, but it still ends up muddled with an odd spice, which translates as detectable alcohol, somehow.
Mouthfeel is medium thin, well carbonated though. Some syrup. Dry.
Overall, a mild disappointment. Rye brews have grown on me lately, but this example doesn't quite meet the standard numerous others have. Still, a solid brewery.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's 2XRye a couple weeks ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm kind of in the mood for a Rye Beer tonight and since I thought most of Southern Tier's 2X beers were nice I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty standard for the 2X series, it looks ok. It poured a fairly clear orange/amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty lacing behind with some nice head retention. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice malty aromas with some grainy and bready aromas coming through with some caramel malt aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the rye which imparts a nice earthy and spicy rye aroma. Towards the end comes the hops that impart a nice citrus hop aroma with citrus rind aromas seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it had a nice combination of malty, hoppy and rye like aromas.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter. It starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a nice grainy and bready flavor with caramel malts still sticking out the most and they are followed by a medium amount of earthy and spicy rye flavors. Up next comes a lighter citrus hop and earthy hop flavor with a lower amount of medium bitterness and a malty and rye like aftertaste.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, fairly creamy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it had just enough rye flavors but it didn't seem like the rye was bold enough to live up to the 2X name. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp clean, not too filing and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think a couple of these would be the right amount for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good, but I really liked the balance and the hop profile in the aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was still nice, but I thought the rye and especially the hops could have shown up more like they did in the aroma. I don't think I would buy this beer again, for a seasonal Rye Beer I would rather have a Ruthless Rye. I would recommend this to Rye Beer fans, but I don't think it's a stand out in the style. All in all I thought this beer was solid, but if the taste was as good as the aroma then this would be a pretty damn good beer, I think with a little tweaking it could live up to it's potential. This beer doesn't make me like Southern Tier anymore, but it doesn't make me like them any less either, it's kind of right in the middle.

Photo of CMUbrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a decent white head forming on top. Carbonation is fairly active.

S: Pine and grapefruit rind hop aroma. A little alcohol aroma comes with warming.

T: Pine, rye spiciness, citrus peel, biscuity malt. Alcohol stays well hidden until the beer is nearly finished.

M: This has a little more body than your typical IPA. Minor syrupy slick feel towards the finish.

O: A very good rye IPA that rivals Founders Red's rye in my opinion.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well I could now see why this beer has alluded me for so long this was a fall release. Found at Beermuda notorious for having old beer.

A - Pour is decent a clear chestnut brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back for great lacing. Not bad for a beer with 5 months on it.
S - Mild rye smell is rather sweet and a slight twang of herbal hops. It smells pleasant not very dry or spicy.
T - Not bad the rye taste pretty balanced with the citrus hops its just not wowing me. Guess I just don't love rye beers.
M - Light to medium in body easy to drink.

Overall its a good rye beer check it out if thats your thing.

Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/21/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent dark golden with a slight haze; fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves very nice lacing and retention. Great looking beer. The aromas are full of grapefruit. There's some fresh flowers in the aromas as well. There are hints of malts, but they seem to take a backseat. Floral aromas. There's some pine and grass in the mix as well. There's an earthiness to this one. Flavors are extremely smooth and refreshing. Alot more grapefruit going on. Slightly sweet. There are hints of black pepper as well. The rye is clearly there, but far from dominant. It's not as spicy as I anticipated, but it has a subtle bite. Alcohol clearly goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's extremely fluffy and creamy, due to the rye. Carbonation is on the lower side, but it really works in this case. It starts off as one dimentional, but it seems to open up the more you drink it. This brew is extremely smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice beer from Southern Tier. I was hoping for a bit more rye, but it's well crafted and enjoyable. I like it. It's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To a world with more rye beer – cheers.

Brewed less than two months before the date of this tasting (08/21/2013).

A: Burnt orange body with stunning clarity adorned by a paper-thin layer of beige bubbles. A storm of fizz rises constantly from the bottom of the glass, creating quite a show. Lacing everywhere.

S: An exceptionally rustic nose dominated by peat, alfalfa, burnt biscuit, and a big dose of rye bread – truly excellent grain character. Hops on the back of the nose provide tangerine and strawberry aromas.

T: A rich, rounded palate that’s nothing like the nose suggested; sweet pecan pie and creamy vanilla flavors are prominent. It’s all about malt-forward tastes, quite sugary, but with more satisfying notes of pumpernickel, gingerbread, biscuit dough, and (once again) peat. Hops aren’t non-existent, but they’re certainly not upfront, providing only an ending bite of spicy dryness. Finishes with an even balance, lingering with a cereal grain aftertaste for just a moment.

M: Wonderfully creamy, so much so that is goes down with almost no discernible weight. You can tell it’s not watery, but it’s just so drinkable – wow.

O: I’d take a 2XRye over the legendary 2XIPA any day: it’s insanely drinkable with a full, complex malt character that’s not overwhelmingly sweet. Let’s hope this stays a seasonal for a while.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, citrus, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. There’s also some spice deep in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.