2X Steam | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Steam2X Steam

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I have a beef with this beer. A major criticism. It is better than this style is supposed to be. Where do they get off making something so good in this style?

I am pretty biased as I have professed my love of this brewery, but this really is a great example of a steam. If Anchor was this good I would drink it more often.

It is beautiful once you pour it, with clarity and a pretty little head. The aroma brings back the memory of what this is supposed to be. And the taste is Anchor on steroids. The aftertaste is a dark hoppy thing.

Perfect! Except that it is too good.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised and blown away by this beer. For one, steam beers are anything but common, and to find an imperialized version of one is pretty much unheard of. In fact, this is probably my first one. On to the beer... Rich copper color, lively carbonation, and a healthy white foam head that lingers. Smell is clean, with notes of herbal (Northern Brewer?) hops and light pale malt notes. Taste really wows as it's not heavy or sweet like I was expecting. Very drinkable, full-flavored. Good clean flavor from the lager yeast, neutral malt character (just a touch of toasty flavor), and a really nice snappy hop finish. That finish is clean and biting, and I just love whatever hops they used to do this. The strength of the beer is undetectable...until you finish; then you feel that this one packs a little more booze than normal. I was left really wishing I had gotten a six-pack instead of just a single. Definitely recommended, particularly if you like steam beers.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber, with a half finger of head, a good amount of sediment... But it is 6 months old so I am ok with that.

Smell is bready malt, pilsneresh hop, caramel, toffee, herbal hop, toast

Taste is sweet bready malt, herbal and pine hop, lager crispness, leafy greens, a little alcohol, bittering earth hops.

Mouthfeel is medium full but with heavy carbonation.... Takes the heaviness of a double beer with the crispness of a pilsner of lager and works it well!!! I enjoyed this and am mad I did not get more then a single when it was around.... If it was round next year I will not make the same mistake!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear copper amber with a fine white head at an eighth of an inch, slow dissipation.

Smells of brown sugar, coppery barley malts, and buttered bread.

Light buttered bread malt flavor, some mild caramel, a hint of slightly bitter hop, and a vanilla cream element.

Medium creamy body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A very good and underrated beer in my opinion, a really enjoyable mouthfeel and great flavor, hides its strength well, easy to like, definitely will have this again.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a tall off white head.

Smells of nuts, caramel, malt, and earth.

Big malt flavor up front with thick bread notes and some sweet caramel flavor. The taste is kept lively with good carbonation and a slight hop bitterness - floral and herb. A very tasty beer reminds me of an octoberfest without the roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: It has a light orange amber colored body with a light haze. The head is just off white in color and hangs on well. As I sip it makes lots of cool lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma has a good bready base with a balanced orange citrusy hop presence. Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma. It has a solid bready malt base with notes of orange marmalade and citrusy hop bitterness.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusted bronze hue with good clarity. Faint off white head that dies quickly. Rich fresh baked hearty breads on the nose. Very faint dark fruit notes.

Palate is much the same with a moderate body and low carbonation. Low lying earthy bitterness balances the malt pretty nicely. Almost like a whole grain raisin swirl bread without any cinnamon or much sweetness. Earthy bitter grain with earthy bitter hops and overall clean flavor profile. Not very refreshing for the season but it is a pretty goo beer and does place your mind in some wild wild west saloon with will smith and those weird spider bots. Seems like the most refreshing thing that would've been available. That was off topic but overall a pretty nice beer with traits common to a steam beer and alcohol that is undetectable even at dead warm temperatures. A little drier than most steam beers with less fruitiness.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2X Steam opens to a yeasty, malty aroma, reminiscent of rising whole wheat dough dusted with flour, with fresh-baked baguettes lingering just behind. Beneath this is a layer of brown sugar, which mingles with light orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters. Touches of caramel add additional sweetness, and the faintest hint of grapefruit from the hops brings in a bitter counter. The emphasis here is clearly on the yeasty malts, though the sugars do come in more strongly as the beer rests, and the overall effect is very nice, like hot breakfast cereal with berries and brown sugar. The main weakness here is simply potency, for despite the 8% ABV, the aromas are only medium strength at best.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the yeasty rising whole wheat dough noted on the tongue, amplified by floury baguettes, chewy biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. Brown sugar slides in next to orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters to provide sweetness, mingling with touches of caramel. A faint grapefruit note from the hops adds balancing bitterness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, focusing heavily on yeasty bread dough, and lingering for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice beer, the bread dough emphasis an excellent choice, and the sugars and hops providing good overall balance. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights. A one inch head slowly falls.

Smell: a mild bready and fruity aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, bread, golden apples, some soft citrus tones, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness throughout. Short lasting aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: an easy to quaff beer. I think this represents the style well despite the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly transparent amber body, with a huge huge foamy white head. Very good head retention. Great lacing, leaving foamy chandeliers on the glass.

S: Faint spicy notes...I can't specify the spices it just has a spicy scent. Light sweet caramel scent as well. There is a yeasty smell to the beer, which is surprising given how clear the beer is.

T: Very nice mellow toasty sweet bread flavors. It has a taste similar to banana bread without an actual banana flavor, just the sweetness you get from it. There is some caramel flavor as well, right before the flavor of alcohol pops up towards the end of the sip. The end of the drink is greeted by a deep but not overpowering bitterness. There's a cedar flavor in the end as well. Similar to the scent, I do taste that yeast flavor in the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is very robust and filling. There is no question that you are drinking this beer.

O: This is a very memorable beer. There is a lot going on, so I wouldn't call it a clean beer. The only downfall could be that it has too much going on but there seems to be enough separation in the flavors from keeping it too muddled. I think that fans of sweeter styles of beer such as Bocks will really enjoy this one. It has enough bitterness to cut through the sweetness at the end, which really helps out with drinkability. While looking, smelling, and tasting the beer it is clear that effort was put into making a good quality beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, malt, and a fruity element.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, a surprisingly high amount of hops and fruit (apples, it would seem). Not exactly what I expected from a steam beer (this one is much hoppier), but still pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harshly bitter finish. LIght-bodied.

O: While this beer is somewhat uneven in spots, it's still an appealing beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S: A light copper colored beer with good clarity. A low long-lasting head

A: Some moderate fruity esters like peaches and a little apricot with light spice phenols. Some light hops aromas. A nice cracker and light caramel malt aroma.

T: A medium hops flavor with a medium hops bitterness. As in the nose there are a fair amount of light colored fruit flavors and a light spice note. A medium-light caramel and cracker like malt flavor with a light sweetness having a balance that is somewhat bitter. Some hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: A hop focused beer with a fair amount of yeast character. A cool idea for a style that has been well executed.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 4/16/13.

A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a 2 finger off white head. Decent amount of visible carbonation in the body. A few spots of lacing. Good head retention.

S: Malt forward aroma with a bit of an apricot like fruity tinge to it. Hoppiness is in the background which adds a touch of citrus. Hint of booze. Malts dominate the more it warms.

T: As anticipated this is a malt forward brew. The malt flavors are well rounded, a mix of breadiness, sweetness and fruit. Hops show up to even things out but arent too prevalent. Alcohol comes through but doesnt distract from the flavor.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. A pretty clean finish considering the style, just a touch of stickiness. Easy to session considering the ABV.

Overall a solid new beer, won't blow you away with flavor but is instead a balanced albeit malt forward brew. Works for coming out of winter and into summer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/30/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, apple, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, apple, pear, floral, grass, light pine, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with good flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial steam beer. Good balance of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Lager yeast at ale temperature, two varieties of hops, three varieties of malts" per the website. ABV: 8.0%

Pours out to a brilliantly clear light copper, forming a tall creamy light yellow head with excellent retention and solid lacing. The nose is clean with a slight fruitiness, a little earthiness, some husky malt, and a touch of crystal malts. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp finish and a medium dense body. The taste is kinda like a hoppy mai-bock...some slight DMS and a touch of earth in the middle, then a pleasantly firm hop bitterness which lingers over into the aftertaste and finish. Biscuity malt note. I taste lots of melanoidin malt. Some faint rubber and sharpee marker in the aftertaste. Peppery flourish of alcohol there as well. No off flavors. I don't get the Northern Brewer mint I was expecting for a 2x steam.

A good beer, but it's just a bit much. The melanoidin character is quite strong and needs dialed back to improve it's drinkability, perhaps replaced with Munich (if indeed, that is what they are using). One of these is plenty.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 04/16/13

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that fades to a cap within a few minutes

S: Fruity esters up front with some woodiness and lightly bready malts. Also get some earthiness

T: Follows the nose. Fruity and woody up front with some earthy hop undertones. Toasted malts and grains also come through along with a hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Even though the alcohol is a little on the higher side for the style (intentionally, of course), this is a solid steam beer. Easy to drink for a spring brew, where things are starting to get a little warmer but it's still on the colder side. A welcome addition to the line-up

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Mug

Appearance- Deep gold, very clear, white head with good retention, a lot of bubbles coming up

Aroma- Mild for the abv, a pleasant lemon, bready malts, herbal hops, earthy, not getting any alcohol here.

Taste- Much more complex than the smell would suggest. Bready sweet malts, the sweetness runs throughout but there a good bitterness there balancing it out, herbal hops, wood, light lemon, warming alcohol shows up here witch is a bit of a drawback, but it is a 2x.

Mouthfeel- medium full, heavy carbonation, warming alcohol

Overall- I like it considering the fact it is a bigger version of the style. It does have that woodsy feel to it, but the alcohol is not well hidden in the taste which makes it less drinkable. All in all its pretty good, wouldn't seek out but worth a try.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.

Golden amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Apricot, peach, bready malts and a touch of toast.

Light notes of peach, apricot and crushed Aspirin. Bready malts with a large addition of toast and some banana peel. Has an extra bitter pine essence with a good amount of earth, dried grass and a pinch of coriander.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, bitter and dry.

A little hop bitterness makes this an enjoyable Steam Beer. Very easy drinking at 8.0%.

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with some streaks of lace.

Aroma: Bready malt with some light floral and lemon rind notes.

Taste: Big, creamy body with lots of chewy malt, with lots of earthy bitterness building towards the finish. Finish is lingering with a grassy/oily hop bitterness.

The Rest: While it may not be apparent from my review, this is a really good beer. Big, bold flavors, not much hint of the alcohol hiding in there and great drinkabilty. A buddy brought over a six-pack for a Bar-B-Q, and we quite enjoyed these.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown-gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pale malt and toffee

Taste: woodsy hops, pale malt, alcohol, and toffee

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, sweet start with bitter middle and end, dry

Overall: I tried rating this to style as it is better than several beers I have had of this style. That said, of the 2X series it is probably my least favorite. It meets the style, but the extra alcohol really does not do much for me flavor wise. The rest is just an ok beer. I will pass in the future.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from "Lifesource" grocery in Salem OR $2.19 Holy cow 8%!! a steam? Pours a beautiful golden colour with a large ,thick and frothy off white head. Malty aroma..bready,a lot of cereal ( Cream o wheat),herbal and a touch of fruit as expected from style. Taste is like the aroma but sweeter and with a good touch of warming alcohol..but not over the top. Mouthfeel is good and substantial..smooth. nice. Really don't know how to judge this beer ..but i like it but maybe one bottle would be enough.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the 2X series, especially the stout and IPA, never had the 2XMAS ale...these beers are higher in the alcohol department but served in a more manageable size unlike their other high octane brews. Pours a crystal clear amber body with a cream colored head, kind of thin textured in appearance, fine speckled lacing patterns left behind as it settles. Aroma semi sweet nose, muted a bit served cold at first after warming not much more opens up. Flavor has the same raw earthy bitterness that the Steam beer from San Fran has, semi sweet bread mostly a subdued caramel sweetness with evident alcohol with a minimal light syrup texture. Drinks down way too easy especially for 8 percent abv it doesn't offend in anyway it's just a solid drinking beer about as refreshing as an Anchor, just with more malts shining through. Mouthfeel light residual sugars on the palate even carbonation light to medium bodied not cloying at all, alcohol is just barely evident. Overall, a beer that will get your non craft beer drinkers wasted, even though this beer is flavored toward a newbie into craft beer with somewhat of a lack of complexity they did what they wanted to do and stayed true to the originators of the style.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a rich amber color, thin fizzy head, nearly no lacing.
S - Lots of lager yeast smell, some herbal hops, a little grassy.
T - Lager taste up front and at the end, lots of sweet malt filling in the middle, along with some spice and herbal feels from the hops. Fades leaving some bitterness and some of that standard lager taste.
M - The sweet malt can be a bit sticky, and you feel the warmth of the 8% at a point.
O - Not bad, this is a different take on a steam, but its the abundance of malt that makes this one not superb, but worth a try if you're looking for something different. Also, the 8% is masked well in taste, so its quite drinkable for its weight.

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Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold amber color with a small off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded kind of quickly, leaving good lacing and a ring around the top.

Smells of malt, caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, light fruit, herbs and something sweet like honey or syrup. Hops don’t come through and the aroma is soft and malty in general.

Tastes pretty malty up front, but there are some more dry leafy hops in the mix with alcohol also showing through; like the nose, the flavor consists of malt, caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, honey, lightly roasted grains, herbs, citrus, and yeast that leaves a sweetness like a bottle fermented Belgian. There was a bit of least left it the bottom of the bottle so it makes sense regarding the flavor, but this was more complex than an Anchor Steam and the ABV coming through was surprising as well.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and a sweet malty finish that has a little yeast funk like a penny.

Overall a pretty tasty beer that was more complex than I expected from a California Common/Steam Beer, and I think that the ABV showing through separated this from the pack in this style so I definitely want to have this again.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle given to me by my sales rep. Poured into a Victory pint glass.

AP: Hazy dark gold colour with a 3/4" fairly foamy white head that dissipates down to 1/4". No visible carbonation other than the head.
AR: Mostly bready aromas like sourdough and rye with caramel, biscuit, cereal grains and baguette loaf. The only other aromas I'm getting from this is a hint of lemon and a faint bit of spice that is cinnamon.
T: Mirrors the nose for the most part. The caramel is much more pronounced in the taste than the nose, but all those bread-like flavours are there. The cinnamon scent is also a bit more prominent in the taste as is the lemon tartness which mixes oddly with the cinnamon/spice aspect but somehow works, IMO.
M: Moderately carbonated, enough to give the medium body a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering moistness that allows the flavours to keep teasing your palate.
OV: An interesting beer. I've never had the style before, so had no preconceived notions about what to expect here. The flavour is good and the mouthfeel very nice. An interesting mix of flavours that work pretty well together and the 8% ABV is well hidden. Good effort from ST.

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2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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