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2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 561 | Reviews: 94
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber/orange in color with brilliant clarity. The off-white head retains at a half inch. Lacing is thin and scraggly.

S: Plenty of earthy and spicy rye on the nose. Toasty grain and caramel notes. Some juicy fruit, faint whiff of alcohol. Mild grapefruit and tangerine coming from the hops, soft grassy scent too.

T: Just as in the nose, spicy and earthy rye is the focal point of the beer. Toasted grain and caramel round it out. Prick of alcohol hidden deep within the beer. Juicy fruit esters are fleeting. Hop bitterness is tame, so as not to usurp the rye. Grapefruit with sugar, tangerine, mildly grassy, oily, and green. Dry finish is dominated by rye and toast.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Low carbonation. Mild astringency.

O: A very nice rye beer. It showcases the rye very well without getting too overboard with it. Polished enough and smooth in texture, it makes for a very drinkable big beer.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of miwestcoaster
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger of white foamy head. The head has a great level of retention, fading over ~5 min and leaving a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma has a big dose of rye and citrus hop. Along with these aromas are some pine and a grassy smell giving a more resinous aroma to the brew. Some other smells of a light caramel sweetness and a bit of an oaky/woody smell round out the aroma making for a nicely hopped rye smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Rye flavors are present upfront, beginning more mild, but getting quite a bit more potent as the taste moves on. Hop flavors, quickly come to the tongue, being of an earthy and light citrus flavor. As the taste moves on the caramel loses some strength while the rye continues growing more potent. Like the sweetness and rye the hops transition as well with the citrus largely disappearing and the earthy growing stronger and being joined by some other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature. The rye, grass, pine, and earth take the taste to its end, where a light amount of wood enters the taste with a bit of caramel returning to the tongue as well, leaving a slightly resinous hopped but still rather present and smooth rye flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly below average in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation that is on the lower side. The thinner body isn’t the best for the combination of rye and hop flavors but the lower carbonation is actually quite nice for the rye flavors of the brew really allowing them to stand out.

Overall – A quite tasty and easy drinking moderately hopped rye. At 8.1 % abv and being so easy drinking and enjoyable, this one is a bit dangerous but regardless is very nice overall.

Photo of ZPB
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of beerloserLI
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 corby112
3.52/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BodiesLexus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.72/5  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.

Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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