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2XRye - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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very good

337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.07%

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 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 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 IronLover


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 03:23:14 | More by IronLover
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 22:38:40 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 14:48:40 | More by utopiajane
Photo of LI_PO12


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Pint Glass

Appearance- Deep copper, clear, 1 finger head fell fast.

Aroma- Spicy rye snap, pine, herbal ,citurs hops, slightly sweet bready malt, slight booze

Flavor- good amount of rye spicy, and earthy, pine more up front here with some floral notes as well, good malt backbone, much easier drinking than 8% would suggest.

Mouthfeel- a bit more than medium but light for the abv, medium cabonation. slight alcohol warmth

Overall- I was pumped for this being that I love ST and rye beers in general, and this is tasty. Really fits the weather right now and is damn tasty. Maybe not the best rye beer out there but a must try for rye fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 04:00:50 | More by LI_PO12
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 Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle - born on 8/30/13, consumed on 9/13/13 - into a Duvel tulip, the body appears reddish in lower light, but when backlit is clear orangey-amber with a half-finger off-white head.

S: Mild nose - touch of bready malt, some spice. Maybe some smoke too?

T: Wow, the rye is pretty strong - I had a session IPA before this (cleansed the palate with water, crackers and Monterey jack cheese), and the difference in the profile is dramatic: hops versus rye. Good malt foundation provides some sweetness, then the rye kicks in, with spice on the back of the palate. Doesn't seem terribly hoppy, though I'm getting some tropical fruit. Higher ABV (8.1%) is noted at the finish.

M: Heavier than expected for some reason - call it a little heftier than medium in weight. Slightly slick in feel.

O: Good. Different.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:52:54 | More by Kendo
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 superspak


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:24:22 | More by superspak
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:09:57 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of ZAP


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking my second one of these and just looked it up and am stunned to see it is 8.1%

I'd have guessed this to be more of a pale ale at 5-6%...that is how it drinks...

I don't know that I've had a rye beer where I enjoy the rye characteristics more than this one...features a real tasty, malty rye dimension...

Hops lend a little citrus on the aroma..a little spiciness as well on the nose...

The flavor is real rye malt forward....love it....hops and the rye also contribute some spicy characteristics...

Great drinker...like I said drinks like a pale ale to me....no booziness at all....very enjoyable..

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 03:48:01 | More by ZAP
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 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
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