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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
87
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 1
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:
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-02-2012 02:22:40 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-04-2012 19:17:05 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-01-2013 05:50:10 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:27:58 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:06:39 | More by emerge077
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:23:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-03-2012 16:14:41 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:55:02 | More by rhoadsrage
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plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 18:30:47 | More by plaid75
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-01-2012 02:36:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-14-2013 21:32:21 | More by drummermattie02
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color, average bubbling, but and awesome head and retention. Almost a finger thick for all 22oz.

The aroma is refreshing pale malts paired with light orange and lime zest hops. The rye adds a nice cleansing punch to the aroma.

This beer tastes like a hoppy, zesty Witbier. Fruity, lightly toasted malt and yeast flavors blend with citric zest and rye pop! This beer really hit the spot after a long Friday at work. Would love to see released as year round brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:54:51 | More by scruffwhor
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and a small earthy yeastiness. In the taste, citrus hops, yet mellow and a green apple dryness. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and green apple dryness in the aftertaste. Almost saison like, with nice citrus hops upfront.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:41:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-13-2013 14:32:14 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:30:52 | More by WoodBrew
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vfgccp

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 22:58:04 | More by vfgccp
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champ103

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is part of the Retro Release series. Bringing back 15 beers from the past 15 years of operation. This is number 4 of 15.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/golden/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace. This is a looker.
S: The first thing that hits the nose is a perfume like floral aroma. Some fruity esters of apples and pears. Slightly slick and oily, but not bad. Peppery spice, bread and biscuit. Really enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with a great floral, perfume like flavor. Zesty citrus and lemon. Other fruity esters that follow the nose. Peppery spice and biscuit from the rye. Maybe just a bit to slick and oily. A bit on the soapy side.
M/D: The body is on the lighter side of medium. Soft and fine carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Just a bit of soapy slickness, but not bad. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. The bomber will be gone in no time.

I love rye beers, and this is a good one. It is basically the opposite of the mega hopped Cane & Able, Founders Red Rye, or Hop Rod Rye. Much more delicate, and incredibly enjoyable. The soapiness almost becomes to much, but still something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 05:08:10 | More by champ103
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-12-2012 08:57:19 | More by barnzy78
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-24-2012 01:12:52 | More by whartontallboy
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Brenden

Ohio

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 14:52:31 | More by Brenden
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 01:42:30 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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mynie

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:35:46 | More by mynie
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 00:36:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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prototypic

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 03:17:39 | More by prototypic
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 05:42:29 | More by homebrew311
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Pillar Of Salt White Rye Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.