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Pillar Of Salt White Rye Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Pillar Of Salt White Rye AlePillar Of Salt White Rye Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally brewed as "White Rye" in 2007.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-06-2008)
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like the Pillar Of Salt. It is a tasty beer. The beer pour a beautiful clear golden color with slight copper hue. The head is nice an thick and is lacing nicely. The smell is a little weak, but you can pick up fresh hops that provide a pine like effervescence. The taste starts with a good rye push, then the jobs kick in which give a good pine flavor with a subtle citrus kick. The mouthfeel is a good medium bodied ale with decent carbonation. Overall it is one of the better two bros comebacks!

More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright gold with thick white head and strong lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, bread and citrus.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel, fairly bready, with some orange and grapefruit. Barely moderate bitterness.

Feel: Lighter than expected but very creamy. Finish is mostly dry.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall, but not much rye character, and not much of an IPA either.

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful light pale golden orange color, letting just a bit of light through from the other side. Glowing golden orange, with a light off white head, leaves fine sophisticated lacing. Aroma has spicy rye notes with hints of citrus and earthy notes. More clean yeast spice to go with the spicy rye, no caramel or toasted malts this was specialty rye malts with light toasted 2 row. Bitterness sits at 68 IBUs and abv at 6.8%, go figure a big beer bred from Cane and Ebel. Super sweet rye/malt layer that is backed by a nice citrus/zest, floral hop flavor, and it has an ample hop bitterness to stand up to it all. Mouthfeel is lightly resinous bigger bodied due to the rye additions, even flowing carbonation pretty soft in that regards. Overall impression is one that this beer is nice big and hoppy but lacks the finesse and mixture of flavors that Cane and Ebel provides.

Photo of JuniperJesus
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a touch of haze to a orange body with a slow big carbonation and a meringue of egg cream that sticks to the glass in cobwebs with each sip.

S- The citrus hops aroma has a faint jammy quality to them with a fresh floral grapefruit skins hops and an interesting watermelon rind note to them in the finish.

T- The citrus hops are a bit softer than the nose and a soft earthy spice to them takes on more of a grapefruit zest note as it opens up. There is a pale malt note that starts to grow underneath as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and the 68% ABV is well hidden.

O- The nice fresh hops flavor makes this very sessionable with a wonderful depth to the hops in the nose but a bit less in the taste.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2B tap takeover at Swig 7/11/12. Third and final beer.

This beer is a deep, cloudy pale gold with orange hues throughout. It forms a beautiful pillowy crown of head that shows good retention and leaves a pretty impressive broken sheet of creamy lacing as it drops.
This is an interesting beer. Rye notes and the spiciness from it are here along with a gentle fruitiness and floral notes with a very gentle bitterness. Malts impart almost buttery biscuit and caramel in the aroma, but something's lost just a bit in the flavor that would put it all together. It's interesting as a whole, perhaps unusual, the way it's put together, particularly as a hard to place herbal (not quite?) or spicy quality and something like cardamom come through.
Something right is going on in the feel, as this light to medium-bodied beer is brisk and has a continuing crispness while imparting a nearly velvety smoothness that never fades.

Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's really an attractive beer with a light copper color, both slightly clear, yet with specs of goodness roaming around in the liquid. Up top is a gorgeous bright white head with a classic IPA look to it. Lots of different sized bubbles, eventually ending up around the sides of the glass. A beautiful thin white lace is left behind as the head finally dies.

Smell could use more aggression. It's faintly floral, with some orange peel and a bready, yeasty scent.

The rye is obvious, but so are the caramel malts and a hint of toffee. I wouldn't think the two flavors would work well together, but they do.

Like the taste, the two feels--the spicy from the rye and the sweetness from the malt-- works very well together to give a nice balance. Has a pale ale feel to it, but it's very mild.

It's very easy to drink, goes down nicely. Moderate alcohol and good flavor combinations. Fairly smooth. Somewhat non-descript, yet good at the same time.

Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pillar of Salt pours an attractive gold color. It’s clear. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A white tan head tops it off. It stands about a finger and a half tall or so. Retention was pretty good. It fell to a surface covering rather quickly, but holds firm there for a bit. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. Perhaps a tad weak. A bump in strength would easily warrant a bump in score. It smells earthy and grainy throughout. There is a bit of bready, rye scent. Hops are easily noted. They have a citrus grapefruit and grassy scent. It’s a pretty nice mix. A little yeast is notable on the tail. It’s light and subtle. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Far from overbearing. Smells pretty good. A little more strength would do the trick.

The flavor is a tad better. The malt base is a little sweet, but it’s definitely reserved. The spicy rye flavor is lively and delicious. There’s a breadlike quality to it that works well. Yeast is more prominent than anticipated. Hops are very flavorful and work well with the rye. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and grassy flavors are noted. It’s slightly bitter and dry. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and dry. Good stuff.

Pillar of Salt has a body that’s on the light side of medium. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It goes down pretty smooth and easy. This bomber won’t be much of a challenge.

Pillar of Salt is good beer. I like it. Two Brothers should keep this one in the rotation for the long haul. It really is good stuff. The interplay between the rye and hops really makes it work. If you see it, grab a bottle.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a nice clean golden amber with a big sticky white head.

The smell is a light mixture of citrusy hops and spicy rye notes.

The flavor is good, with a grainy and peppery rye flavor with light juniper and citrus hop notes. A touch of lingering sweetness evens out the mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice and zippy,

Overall a nice rye, i like the rye notes and flavors, just needs more dry hopping to take this beer is to the next level.

Photo of Chrixsus
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of oso
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of beersdmf17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed orange body with copious sticky white foam in the glass, forming a halo ring of lace around the top. Lasting head retention.

Light floral sweetness in the aroma, grainy notes, fairly light and smooth impression.

Tastes a bit like caramel malt, sweet and biscuity. Smooth, but not much zest to it from the rye, and the hops just aren't there. It's pleasant though, and comes off like a typical pale ale with more than average rye in the grist. Medium bodied and average in feel, again like an average pale ale. Not really something i'd seek out again, glad I didn't get two.

Photo of TMGH
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Retro release number 4 of 15. A remake of one of their beers from 2007, rebrewed in 2008. All I know is that this bottle has been on the shelf for a long while, the local store still has some, and I thought it was the time to try it.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - The bottle basically exploded upon uncapping it, and I lost over half of the bottle, and the remains pours a dark dark murky peach color with like five plus fingers of giant foaming off-white head.

S - The smell has basically deteriorated from what this beer once was and all that now remains is earthy, yeasty green apple skin and some must. The aroma is still quite pleasant in my opinion, but this is definitely not what it should be like.

T - Taste isn't bad either, but it has still gone downhill indefinitely. Faded earthy herbal hop bitterness, and yeasty green apple. A long time in the bottle has turned this beer sour.

M - The feel is bitter and dry. Clean maltiness.

Overall, I am tempted to pick up another bottle to see if it gushes all over again, but I am also apprehensive. Either way, it is long past it's prime. One of my first major disappointments in reviewing a beer on BeerAdvocate.

Two Brothers Pillar Of Salt ---3/5.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citrus hop and a light caramel.

The taste was upfront oily hops with a sweet caramel and a rye bite at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward rye beer. Hefty.

Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear light brass with a spongy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Soapy yeast and malt, citrus peel, sweet alcohol, pale malt, grapefruit.

T: Clear, mild, sweet rye malt shot through with citrusy hops. Squeezed orange, vanilla, doughy pale malt grain, floral esters, mild alcohol, hint of sweetly spicy white rye.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: Pretty interesting rye beer. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. The label says this is 68% ABV. Someone forgot a period along the way.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange color. Almost three fingers of off-white, frothy/pillowy head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Pleasant earthy spicy rye. Citrusy, herbal, and earthy hop aroma. Grapefruit is the main culprit here. Bready malts and yeastiness. Not much in terms of complexity, power, or impressivity.

3.0 T: Like the nose, but a little better. Earthy, spicy rye with notes of pepper. Citrus and earthy hops. Grapefruit, orange, and some pine. Lightly bready and lightly yeasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.0 D: Nothing special, but not bad either.

Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of javahead71
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of 3agle87
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Pillar Of Salt White Rye Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.