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2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.33%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BB1313 on 08-28-2013)
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Photo of roadsoda1


3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glas.

Pours a nice copper color, very little head, slightly hoppy odor. Taste is malty with a surprising amount of hops. First experience with a double rye, wasn't really what I expected. Didn't have as much rye flavor as I was looking for. Don't know if this is common for this variety of beer or not.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:09:34 | More by roadsoda1
Photo of rangerred


3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper with really no head to speak of; just a bit of fizz on the surface. Some splotchy lacing but it is not impressive.

Aroma definitely has that unique rye spice along with some earthy, piny undertones. A few floral notes in there as well.

More earthy rye in the taste but is quite muted. Pine and dark rye brea along with some Earth and tree bark. Bitterness is on the high side and it has some characteristics in common with an IPA. The alcohol is very well hidden and I would have never guessed this is over 8%. Fairly thin mouthfeel with a fairly crisp finish.

Overall, an ok beer but it is lacking quite a bit in terms of flavor and aroma. Not really worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:58:43 | More by rangerred
Photo of tigg924


3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 13:03:20 | More by tigg924
Photo of bum732


3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:58:23 | More by bum732
Photo of maximum12


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is just me, or are ryes suddenly proliferating like unprotected rabbits? I mean, fine by me, but for a while it was hard to find one, & now they're coming outta the woodwork. 12 oz. single that I need to consume, to see if I need to buy more.

Pour is a light, creamy, very clear orange with accelerating carbonation. I need spectacles to find the nose. Faint citrus, spare earthiness, not much going on here. Hopefully saving itself for the taste...

2X Rye punches well above its tepid aroma. The rye leans earthy vs. spicy, & I prefer the latter; this one tastes like a hand full of clean Kansas loam. Hopping arrives timidly after the rye, & lends a mild bitterness & a little pine. Breadish & grainy. Goes down easy enough, though.

After having a couple world-class ryes in the past few weeks, this brew just doesn't stand up. Pretty good, just not my speed.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 02:05:43 | More by maximum12
Photo of mdubzfrumpdubz

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall a pretty good rye, not one that is so complex it warrants a full review. The color was not as deep as I would expect from a rye. The mouthfeel was refreshing, but rather ordinary. One thing I need to point out is I cannot believe it is 8%...for a stronger beer, it is very very drinkable. Not boozy at all, and quite refreshing. Heck, I might put down a few of these tonight, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:32:38 | More by mdubzfrumpdubz
Photo of corby112


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous hops and grassy pine along with a strong malt presence and a decent amount of spicy rye. Soily with wet earth, grass and pine needle followed by caramels malt, toffee, biscuit and subtle dark fruit. Rye begins to stand out as it warms with a peppery spice character. Three different hop varieties but the hop profile in the nose is sort of one dimensional and the malts begin to overpower the rye after a while.

On the fuller end of medium body with a stronger rye presence than the nose hinted at. Spicy and peppery rye dominates the flavor up front but is quickly complimented by dry, earthy hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Dry, sticky hops are very bitter with grass, pine needle and spruce tip flavor. As it warms, the malts become more prominent with caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit, bread and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easier to drink than it should be. Complex and well balanced but the hops interfere with rye spiciness a bit too much for my preference. I would have preferred if it was heavier on the rye with a subtle earthy hop presence. Unfortunately it was the other way around. Still, this beer was interesting and an enjoyable drink. I haven't been a big fan of the 2X Series but this one was decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 07:47:04 | More by corby112
Photo of teromous


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice medium shade of amber that is perfectly clear. The head is a frothy off-white color and leaves great lacing.

S: Fairly complex hop aroma, a bit of pine, slightly catty, and a hint of grapefruit scent. It's not a really strong or fresh scent, but it has a good aroma to it.

T: First off there's a mellow bitter grapefruit flavor, followed by a light toast flavor. I do pick up a bit of the rye character, but it is so light compared to the hops. The hops really dominate in this beer. The more I drink it, the more the rye comes through...it's like the rye flavor develops layers on the palate over time and it becomes stronger. I don't get any alcohol flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is medium and not completely dry. It has a robustness to it.

O: Overall it wasn't my favorite rye beer or anything, but it was pretty good. I can't really put my finger on it but it just didn't win me over. I wouldn't turn down a pint but I wouldn't go nuts looking for it. It has the added benefit of being over 8% without tasting like alcohol, so that might be something to consider if you're a fan of imperial versions of beer styles. If that is the case, then I would definitely recommend trying it out. If you're just a rye fan, really it just provides your standard rye beer flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 01:54:31 | More by teromous
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. There isn't much head - not even a finger's worth of white-shaded head - but what's there tries its best to retain well. Some lacing is left behind.

S: A good amount of rye malt on the nose, with just a kiss of sugar cookie sweetness. An herbal touch of hop bitterness blends beautifully with the rye aroma. Perhaps too well, though: it's a bit one note aromatically.

T: This has a nice rye-forward nature. A pleasant spiciness opens the flavor profile nicely, with the earthier rye tones closing it well. All of this is accentuated by subtle hopping that provides a good flavor with low bitterness. Some of the fruity sweetness in the middle goes away once it warms up. This is exactly what I expected it to be, and that's a good thing.

M: Most rye beers seem to prick the tongue slightly, but this does a good job of retaining a smooth texture, partly thanks to restrained (if not low) carbonation. The finish isn't really that dry, so it's not amazingly drinkable. It's not suffocatingly sweet either, so it's not hard to drink, either. Basically, it's about as drinkable as you'd expect a good 8.1% brew to be.

O: If the whole modus operandi was to showcase the rye flavors first and foremost, I'd definitely say they succeeded. While not the most complex, it's definitely a very good rye ale, and one where I wouldn't have regretted picking up a 6-pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:24:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of AdamBear


3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-amber with a very thin cream colored head.

S-crisp scent of rye, not so spicy, a bit malty. Fairly strong scent. Not too bad actually.

T-pretty bold flavor of rye and malts. There's not much complexity to it, but it's definitely a strong flavor. Has a good matching after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-it's not a terrible beer, but it isn't something I'll probably want again anytime soon. It's really rather boring. Definitely a fair example of they're style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 07:47:37 | More by AdamBear
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden amber colour with white head

Smell - spicy rye, citurs on this as well (grapefruit), orange peel

Taste - rye, caramel, grapefruit, hop bitterness

mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, spiciness and heavyness from the rye

overall - this beer is worth a try

price point - $1.67/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:56:28 | More by keithmurray
Photo of micromaniac129


3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber color with a slight haze. A desent size head formed on the pour but faded very quickly.
I didn't get much aroma and actually had that all too familiar old IPA smell.
The taste confirms my superstitions, yes it's old. I can detect a very light rye taste and barely any hops.
Taste is pretty good. It's sweet spicy and finishes with a dry biting bitterness.
Needs to be fresh for proper enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 11:33:21 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Alextricity


3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/21/13. Poured 3/21/13... yeah, that's kinda old for my liking. $2.19 single bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave a "frothy" (mm.. lovely word) white/sandy colored head. Very slight haze. Copper color.

Smell: Spicy hops and rye, but mostly rye. Maybe a little bit of caramel malt, but the rye dominates.

Taste/feel: Hm. Gotta assume it's past its prime by a decent bit. Nice body with a slight carbonation. A slightly spicy sweet rye flavor. Then a caramel malt aftertaste. Something's weird/off about this beer though. Maybe it's the sweetness I'm getting? It's a bit artificial or something. For some reason, a bit watery. It's hard for me to explain. It's definitely not bad, but it seems... light. 8% ABV isn't there in any way, so that's a good plus. The rye profile is nice, but it's not completely coming together for me.

I'd try this again on draft or in a fresher bottle maybe, but I'm not all that impressed with this beer as it is now.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 16:20:09 | More by Alextricity
Photo of StoutHunter


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:41:16 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Yards pint glass. Just got this into my store the past week, so want to check it out.

AP: Dark amber to caramel colour, though not dense as I can see my fingers through the glass. Not as thick as I'd have thought it would be. 3/4" fluffy white head dwindles down to 1/8" with decent lacing on the sides.
AR: Like stone ground crackers, hard German pretzels, toasted cereal grains, cracked pepper and a hint of citrusy lemon. Not really a complex array of aromas going on here, but the ones that are here smell like they should be tasty.
T: Like it smells. Tastes like these pepper laced multi-grain crackers I had recently, along with the pretzel and cereal grains from the nose. Thankfully the rye in this does not have that anise flavour that I detest. Soft notes of lemon, pine and grapefruit towards the finish that linger a bit afterwards. Like the nose, flavours aren't complex but the ones that are here are tasty. I'd have liked the hops to be a bit more assertive. The beer is well balanced, but both the malt and hops are light to moderate with neither being bold.
M: For an 8% ABV brew, the body struck me as being on the light side. It is crisp and fairly smooth with moderate carbonation which gives it some creaminess and an off dry finish.
OV: A solid brew. At 8% you can't call this sessionable, but it drinks like it is as the body is on the lighter side and the flavours are mellow. This goes down rather easy, too easy for an 8%er. I like the flavours, just wish they were more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:33:24 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of thecheapies


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know why I always expect rye beers to be red or amber. 2XRye pours a hearty gold color with a thin airy cap of head that deflates quickly.

Zippy rye malts, grainy barley, citrusy hops, perfume, and light pine. Spicy nose with woody tones. Malts have some carmel/toffee sweetness.

Ah, yes. We have a lot of spicy, husky rye notes with a wintry heartiness and a kiss of bitter sweetness. Perfumy hops have floral and citrus notes with flavors of bitter orange, grapefruit, and almond. A heather honey flair to the malts, which push slightly past even balance. A little caramelly in the finish, but bitterness stays pronounced all the way through. Fizzy feel accentuates the spiciness and bullies the tepid medium body. Slightly heady. A little oily.

A good package rye beer. 2X series is wearing me out a little bit with all of the fortified strength, this one has it's "chore-like" tendencies.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:08:58 | More by thecheapies
Photo of JayQue


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light orange color into my pint glass. Medium size, slightly off-white head with good retention and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma and flavor feature some slightly sour and bready rye. Hops bitterness follow as the predominant aspect of the beer. Good solid flavor, not just an IPA with some rye thrown in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice

This one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 14:05:19 | More by JayQue
Photo of bluejacket74


3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:50:31 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of golden amber and mostly clear, with a pretty decent head and lacing.

Aroma and flavor are peppery spiced and herbal, with perhaps a touch of peppermint and a good malty, rye backbone. Most enjoyable and along the lines of what I expect from a rye beer.

Body is medium and surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV beer. A slight sweetness finalizes the sip.

Always love southern tier.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:41:09 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of beerloserLI

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pretty much straight amber.

Smell is pretty light with sweet sugars,

Smooth dry start, to the taste, with a light and sweet finish. Subtle rye and hops add to a slight bitterness. An interesting brew but a bit short of what I expected for a double rye.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 02:10:37 | More by beerloserLI
Photo of bsp77


3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:40:14 | More by bsp77
Photo of delta490


3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a beautiful clear amber with one finger of white head. Nice retention and some lacing. A steady stream of visible carbonation aids there.

S- a nice coupling of caramel malt and citrus hops

T- a little dialed back from the aroma, but both elements are present. A little more malt forward than the aroma would indicate

M- feels nice and full on the tongue with a little bite from the hops and the carbonation.

O- a nice ale. Nothing really pops but it is really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 20:22:08 | More by delta490
Photo of BB1313


3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 19:50:36 | More by BB1313
Photo of TreyIsWilson


3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light amber with a one-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops.

T - Quite citrusy with grapefruit really coming through. Caramel sweetness comes through from the malts. Rye is noiceable in the finish. Alcohol is not present at all.

M - Medium carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Sticky dry finish.

O - A very sessionable rye beer. At 8% the alcohol is not noticeable. My only complaint is I wish the rye was more present.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 04:41:14 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Archimetez


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice, clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head on pour.
-- Label is nicely done. Unassuming at first, but on closer look, it transition from a dark amber to greenish/yellow in color. Details on close observation is nice.

S: Sweet smell, in my opinion, floral

T: Sweet "rye" flavor with faint vanilla hinting on the backend. Cannot taste the high alcohol content during the enjoyment of a bottle.

M: Clean semi-dry

O: No complaints and recommended for a rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 04:07:34 | More by Archimetez
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2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.