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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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Reviews: 32
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally brewed as "White Rye" in 2007.
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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 94
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of match1112
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: three fingers of white sea foam sit atop a hazy orange colored body. retention and lacing are excellent.

s: orange and lemon with hints of caramel and bread.

t: bready with caramel malt sweetness and some citrus hops .

m: a tad thin, carbonation is great. a little sticky and a shoet lived dry finish.

o: this drinks more like a pale ale to me. was expecting the flavor to have more rye in it. other than that it was very drinkable, just didnt taste like a rye beer.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Duvel tulip.

Gotta say: this is one sexy pour. Medium orange colored with awesome, eggshell colored head which lingers for quite some time. Smell is largely of bready malts. For 68 IBUs, not a ton of hop presence here. A bit of lingering bitterness, but not a ton of hop OR rye complexity. I would rate this much higher as a pale ale, but not as a Rye PA. Decent, but not even close to their Cane & Ebel. I'm partial to the style, so I may be a harsh critic. Might be a bit faded as well.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of vic21234
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy light orange/ peach color. About a half fingers worth of head quickly fades to some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Not much of an aroma coming through, some rye hints come about as well as the faint aroma of citrusy hops.

T- Starts off smooth with some hop hints and leaves behind some malty rye notes.

M- Light, dry finish, nicely bitter.

Pretty good stuff from 2 Brothers, I think I like Cane and Ebel more though.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Retro Release 4 of 15 is the only freshness info provided. I've had trouble finding fresh Cane and Ebel around here.

A= Pours a nice light amber color with a nice thick two fingers of head on top of it with nice retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Not quite as "white" as I expected.

S= Has a nice fruity hop aroma. Sort of a light grassy with a little citrus smell to it. A little bit of the rye but not to much coming through. Somewhat similar to the original C and E I remember that was old...

T= The taste resembles the aroma in may ways. It doesn't taste as old as the C and E I've previously had. I wish there was a freshness dating on this so I would know how old it is. The hop flavor is again sort of light and grassy with a little citrus and the rye comes through a little better with some spice. Again somewhat underwhelming in the hop profile. It almost tastes old again.

M= Great mouth and carbonation is perfect. Nice coat to the tongue.

O= This is a quality brew for sure but it's not what I want in a rye. I don't know if it's old or if this is what they wanted the hop profile to taste like but it just doesn't pop.

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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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles climb eagerly in the column.

S: Very mild--a touch of aromatic pine and some feather-light rye, but too little of either.

T: Begins dry, with spicy rye and hop aromatics that are mildly floral with some berry qualities as well. Acidity is restrained, appropriate, into the middle where floral hop flavors continue on and lesser bready malt emerges. It finishes with but medicinal bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly typical pale ale for Two Brothers--well made but conservative in its approach. Balance is achieved but no qualities really stand out. As a historical footnote it is mislabeled as being 68% ABV.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I feel a bit awkward drinking some dude's doomed wife... It pours a clear brass topped by a couple o' fingers o' white foam. The nose comprises very light orange peel, lightly buttery biscuit, mild grapefruit zest, and a hint of some vague spiciness that I just can't put my finger on, but I can say that it's both intriguing and pleasant. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, stiff caramel, spicy rye bread, light biscuit, orange peel, a pinch of cardamom, and a squeeze of lemon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, hop-forward rye beer, one that does indeed satisfy, but also one that doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm... white rye,, this is new for me. I've had Cane and Ebel on multiple occasions and enjoyed it greatly, lets see how the albino version fares. Appearance is pale gold, slightly cloudy, with clinging white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is rye forward, even more so than Cane and Ebel. Tones of earthy and spicy notes along with a considerable wave of hop bitterness. A bit of a woody character is present as well. The taste starts of malty with notes of rye bread, this is followed by deep earthy hop notes with mild bitterness. Again, a bit of woodiness. Not as well balanced as its counterpart. The mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, I am intrigued by the concept of this beer, but I do enjoy the "red" version better. Worth a try.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Two Brothers Brewing Company shaker pint glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues and a two and a half finger bright white head. Mild aroma of bready yeast, mild alcohol, and very mild citrus with just a bit of spice from the rye. Mild grapefruit rind greets the tastebuds, then a bit of mild sweet maltiness that transitions to a dry finish accented with a bit of rye spiceness. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew. Great balance between the slightly sweet malt and dry rye spiciness.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's
Bottle date: None, but appeared on shelves a few weeks ago
Glass: US pint

Pillar of Salt is interesting: the Brettanomyces facets of the beer lead me to wonder if I have an infected bottle or if I'm just picking up elements that others have not. I liked what this beer offered: the hops and malt bill provided some interesting flavors, but the Brett character made things a bit strange (though still enjoyable). The result being that I'm not totally sure if I enjoy this beer heavily or just a bit. Thankfully, I have another bottle with which to update my thoughts.

Pours a very tall head (>3cm) composed of small to medium-sized bubbles. Head retention is very good, lasting several minutes as it gradually fades to a thin cap atop the beer's body, leaving substantial clumps of lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a hazy dark orange-gold when out of light, golden-orange-yellow when illuminated. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of rye mash, malt sweetness, and some apparent Brettanomyces-derived yeast and pineapple notes. Not sure where the "citrusy dry hop" is, but this is still enjoyable.

Tasting opens with interesting rye and pale malt mixture with Brettanomyces-influenced yeast and pineapple flavors. Front palate intensifies grain bill over Brettanomyces factors, which remain present. Mid-palate balances grainy malt characters with some mild grapefruit and citrus-like hops. Hops remain present through the back of the palate, mixing with Brettanomyces notes and some light ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of Brettanomyces yeast flavors and light spiciness from hops and, perhaps, rye.

Beer is medium-bodied with high levels of carbonation. The carbonation foams the beer up on the palate nicely, but also prickles the palate a bit too much: borderline of being overcarbonated. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly, with a dry finish and modest stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy orange/red with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and apple. Flavor of caramel malt, apple, fruity light hops, citrus, and maybe a touch of coffee grounds/roasted malt. One of my favorite Two Brothers beers.

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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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Irradecent orange wheat. Bone white head has great lace and retention. Holds up even after you accidentally pour it all over your friends - sorry Anthony.

S - Clean spicy rye, cream, and an herbal bitterness.

T - Super smooth. Black pepper, rye, dandelion, and a light caramel malt. Dry finish.

M - Great carbonation with a silky frame.

O - A great twist on the style, and an excellent beer in its own right.

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a decent sized eggshell colored head; decent retention, but didn't get much lacing; hazy orange gold color

S - Light fruitiness that made way to a more aggressive hop tone; hay and grass; lightly sweet

T - Fruity and a little bit of sweet maltiness at first; then really drying hoppiness; rye bitternss comes through at the end

M - Medium to thinner MF; very subtle but present carbonation

D - Nice drinking; interesting and tasty. Pretty different as well.

Overall, a neat brew to try, but it's hard for me to not compare it to Cane and Ebel, which is one of my favorites in the style, even though the white rye is a distinct and unique brew. Definitely worth checking out, though.

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzes up out of the neck of the bottle with intensity. That combined with the not entirely common tart spiciness of the aroma made me think for a second it was infected. It wasn't. It's just not normal.

Pours dark. More gold than the name had led me to anticipate, but thankfully much more reasonably fizzy than the uncapping had led me to expect. Smells, like I said, crispy citrusy and spicy, and the combination between citrus and spice nodes is complex in a way that doesn't at first seem intentional. It's a little apothecarian, like an old timey tincture. Also a little like a straight up Belgian. The zippy rye is manifest, but if it wasn't mentioned in the beer's name I might have mistaken it for something else, because rye just isn't normally presented in this manner.

Tastes like it smells: different, but pretty good and well put together. White pepper starts things off, moving into sharp rye backed with pale, biscuity barley. This moves into a middle of lemon zest and orange rind and ends with a yeast profile that reminds me of Founder's' beers in a way I'm not quite learned enough to clearly explain.

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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!

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Pillar Of Salt White Rye Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.