2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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
3.94/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy light khaki head that lingers.
Spicy rye, dank and citrusy hops, and toasted nutty malt form the initial aroma. Hops are dominant, but both malt and rye are present in full force. Mango and pineapple become noticeable as it warms.
Nutty, toasted malt forms the base of the flavor profile, with strong underpinnings of muted tropical fruits, citrus, and onion adding complexity. Rye is woven throughout, finishing slightly peppery and dry.
Body is fairly thick and smooth, with moderate carbonation and alcohol warmth.
I'm not a rye fan. I expected to dislike this beer, but the rye bitterness is not as overwhelming as in some rye beers, and there's enough hop flavor complexity and depth of character in the malt to keep my interest.
09-24-2013 00:43:14 | More by barczar
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
4.36/5 rDev +13.8%
I'm not sure if there are rules about what a rye beer should be like, but if there are, this one broke all the rules. It has loads of IPA-like hops, and thus, it is better than any rye ever, as long as breaking rules is OK. If you wanted authentic, this isn't right.
It opens pretty and nearly clear. Good head and lace. The aroma is hinting already of the hoppy IPA-ish treat to come. The taste completely succumbs to the over the top IPAness. The aftertaste is finally dominated by a rye beer taste.
This is definitely a unique beer. It is huge and over the top but completely drinkable. Another Southern Tier triumph.
09-22-2013 20:15:58 | More by schoolboy
3.71/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-22-2013 02:33:24 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.59/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
09-21-2013 07:47:37 | More by AdamBear
4.25/5 rDev +11%
Amber in color with an orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Slightly pungent, ripe citrus hop and rye malt aromas with a touch of booze at the back end. Medium bodied with a slick oily feel that pushes the carbonation to the edges. Intense ripe citrus hop flavors from start to finish. Rye and sweet caramel malt flavors push through the hoppiness from the middle to the end. Finishes with a lingering citrus hop and bready rye aftertaste. Not terribly complex, but damn good.
09-21-2013 03:23:14 | More by IronLover
4.14/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured into a new belgium chalice, color is amber, transparent; head is off white, nice presentation and good bubbly lacing.
Smell is impressive, fresh hops, pine and lemon, earthy rye malts, hint of caramel, hints of bread.
Taste is very solid rye ipa style, good solid rye malt presence, crisp, earthy, hints of caramel and biscuit malts, hops are strong, bitter, pine and lemon are most noticeable.
Mouthfeel is very pleasant, nice lingering, strong bitterness on the tongue, not too sweet, solid carbonation.
Overall, a very good, tasty rye ipa, hard to believe the strength is where it is as the flavors really come through nicely.
09-20-2013 22:38:40 | More by mvanaskie13
3.99/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a classic amber orange color with a skinny head of off white foam that fell off fast to a thin cap and ring. A few loose bubbles hang around to greet all the streaming effervescence coming up from the bottom. Leaves sheets of wet lace to slide back down into the beer as you drink. Perfectly clear.
Nose is sweet lemon rind and bold rye. Hops floral and a light sweet pine. There's a kiss of orange peel and a light spice. The malt is sweet and light. Smells like a lemony sugar cookie. No alcohol on the nose. Light scent of fresh grass and you can't help but wonder if this a summer beer. Very simple straightforward nose.
Greets the palate with a bold rye and a little spice. Hops are herbal and leave a nice moderate bitter. The lemon is so light and sweet and the malt is flowing and light as air. As it war,s the toasted grains come out a little more and add depth and body to the middle of the beer. The spice and the sweet lemon are perfect together as both are soft and graceful. Carbonation is moderate and the body of the beer is full but not heavy. Despite the higher abv there is only a gentle warming in the finish.
At first you might think that the nose is not terribly complex and I don't think that is a bad thing. Lager yeast does it's part to keep this beer tasting great and drinking smoothly. All the characteristics are light and together they combine for a crisp and refreshing rye beer that is flowing and boundless. it's earthy from the malts but delicately, so that the quality is all around and that adds a nice dimension to the drink. It finishes dry but with the tartness of the citrus that has gone unnoticed up until now. It is so lightly sweet all over and then in the end a gentle bitter finish and a nice mouthwatering tartness.
Southern Tier has made another terrific beer . Brisk, friendly and positively carefree.
09-19-2013 14:48:40 | More by utopiajane
2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.