2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
Where historically the rye grain has been regarded as useless and having no place in the alcohol producing world. Even the ill faded Rogenbiers of Germany celebrate an earthy and grainy quality that's regarded of lacking the refinement and elegance of modern beer. However, all that changes in the presence of Pacific Northwest hops.
With no hint of rye in the beer's appearance, the ale pours with a bright copper hue and casting golden highlights through its bright clarity. An off-white cap of foam floats the ale with stern, long-lasting retention and with impeccable lacing. Its a very inviting appearance.
And the aromas don't yet show the beer's husky character, instead preferring a bold and juicy hop scent. Grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, pineapple and soft tropical blends give the ale a highly vibrant fruit tone. Backed by a balancing caramel note, the malts seem to give a candied effect to the citrus and tropical medley.
But then to taste, the spicy "zing" of rye springs to life. Just as the caramel sweetness greets the tip of the tongue, an almost peppery grain bite strikes the taste buds simultaneously. Rye gives the sweetness a hearty, husky balance that roughens up the elegant maltiness. The middle palate really hits home as the hop flavors of tropical and citrus fruits add a counterpart to the malts for both added balance and an alluring IPA character. That is, until the beer finishes- where the expected super-charged hop bitterness was expected, the hops ease up and allow the spicy-sweet intertwining malt/rye flavor to finish grainy-sweet.
Medium bodied from head to tail, the beer's malty sweetness has a starchy structure that provides high creaminess with its dissolved carbonation. But as the carbonation subsides and the sweetness lessens up a bit, a drier and warmer finish ensues. All the while, the sharp pang of rye pierces the mouth like fresh cracked black peppercorns.
The marriage of hops and rye seem to elevate both with an effortless taste and spicy bite. Although the ale is dangerously drinkable for its high "2X" potency, I really wish the ale had delivered on its IPA promises and finish with the acidic bitterness that was expected.
09-23-2013 14:55:44 | More by BEERchitect
3.84/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to tenderbranson for the share, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.
The color is honey golden with light haze with visible carbonation and think white head with fine bead. The smell is malty with a slight earthy aroma with malt toasted odor with light herbal hop note, the smell also has a woody essence. The feel is very good with semi-dry texture with modest carbonation and slight sweetness with moderate bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish.
The taste is good with nice maltiness fromthe rye with mild hop flavors backing it up with a slight toasted and woody combo with light citrus in the background and nice level of spice with a gentle alcohol taste in the finish. Overall this is pretty decent, not quite a rye Ipa, but strong and has good rye malt taste, I would drink this again.
12-08-2013 17:16:12 | More by Slatetank
4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours deep copper. A thin, lasting head leaves lacing.
The smell is of minty rye, caramel and piney/herbal hops.
The taste is of minty rye, some vanilla. The taste of mint is certainly noticeable, but doesn't overpower the spicy, piney/herbal hops or the caramelish malty backbone. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is well-covered. Finishes satisfyingly dry.
It's smooth. Nice carbonation level.
This is a very nice, robust rye beer!
09-25-2013 19:41:29 | More by jwc215
4.11/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Moderate lace develops.
Smell: grapefruit, some graininess, and a mild fruitness comes through to the nose.
Taste: spicy rye, orange, mild grapefruit, a bit of pepper spice, and an apple tones shows up late. Moderate bitterenss and a mild alcohol tone rounds it out.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touvh dry late.
Overall: a refreshing rye beer that is well balanced and easy to consume. Very enjoyable.
10-04-2013 23:30:01 | More by Gavage
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
10-27-2013 07:47:04 | More by corby112
4.75/5 rDev +24%
The advent of the Rye Beer style has finally given me something to look forward to other than a steady diet of AIPAs and even if it comes in a bottle, I will give it a try.
From the bottle: "Double Rye Ale"; "Brewed with 3 varieties of hops and 5 types of malts".
My aggro pour created just better than a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a button-bright, beautiful coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a big black pepper and peppermint bite and my mouth was already beginning to water at the prospect of this one! Mouthfeel was silky smooth and the minty pepperiness was like a celebration on my poor, aching tongue. The finish left me literally breathless, like I had been drinking mouthwash, in terms of its intensity. I was minty fresh and so was this beer. The lacing that began to form in the glass was beautiful and sticky and I found myself not worrying about getting it off.
12-11-2013 10:30:13 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +4.4%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/21/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial rye IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. Not as much rye flavor as I was expecting; but this was still a very enjoyable offering.
09-07-2013 05:24:22 | More by superspak
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
2XRye pours with a hazy, iced-tea coloured body and a head that looks like untouched Arctic tundra. It's by all accounts a healthy looking beer, especially considering the strength of its shine. Its deeper tone suggests an emphasis on maltiness (indeed malt outnumbers hops five varieties to three).
Types of ingredients is one thing, quantity is quite another; a strongly bready aroma confirms the abundance of malt but traces of pine resins and grass ensure us that hops haven't merely been reduced to chopped liver (Southern Tier would never do that!). Still, this bouquet is very grain-forward and exudes notes of cookie dough, rye bread, cereal and straw.
When a beer has "2X" followed by an ingredient as its name, it's fair to expect twice as much of that ingredient. Indeed, this beer showcases more rye in its flavour than any other that comes immediately to mind. It has the taste of rye whiskey (minus the burning alcohol presence) and plenty of the grain's distinctive spice (aided, I believe, by some spicy hops).
On that note, despite the tall order of farmhouse pumpernickel, lupulin has certainly not been lost in the shuffle; elements of pine serum and candied citrus can be sensed in the aftertaste. The other grains aren't squeezed entirely out of the picture either; there's lots of biscuity and nutty, caramel sweetness on the finish as well.
Southern Tier does less wrong than the Pope - they are the Bishop of New York state microbreweries and a leader of the nationwide craft beer revolution. They've been a favourite of mine since I first discovered craft beer and, to this day, I find their seasonals so good as to warrant cross-border trips. 2XRye made the last run especially worthwhile.
01-26-2014 23:25:34 | More by biegaman
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-22-2014 23:47:03 | More by DrDemento456
2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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