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 Bung
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. Darker clear gold pour, very thin layer of white. Laces just a bit.

Aroma, Bread, biscuit, light caramel. Some herbal like hop presence.

Taste, Grainy cereal malts, some corn muffin. Some yeasty and light hop notes. Quite a bit of alcohol in the end. Really crushes this.

Heavy side of light bodied, adequate carbonation. A little warm, but the alcohol is more in flavor than in mouthfeel.

Just not quite enough to back up the abv. I think. Interesting attempt, but I wouldn't look for another imperial steam beer after this one.

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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 artoolemomo
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which has some retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear medium amber which glows golden when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Rather nondescript malt bill. Slight sourness. Grain, biscuit, cereal, and crackers. Pretty much the same from the bottle. After some swirling, a slight sweetness (maybe white grape) appears.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma but definitely much more interesting. Starts with the same malt bill of grain and cereal (some cornflakes) but this backed up odd hop bitterness. Some pine and resin with the faintest hint of tropical fruits in the background. The bitterness of the finish lingers. Some earwax as well but with some astringency. There's a little bit of a medicinal spiciness to the finish as well. I can't say I like it all. There's also some undesirable alcohol. This is a very messy beer that could use a little less presence. The alcohol approaches acetone and rubbing alcohol. I am not one to drain pour but I could see this being a drain pour for someone else. Some green tea on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish that does not mesh at all with the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Barely. I will not be purchasing this again. I would not drink it for free.

Overall- I would honestly take BMC over this. I usually like Southern Tier's products but this is a failure. Pass on this beer.

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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 larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber orange with a half finger of off-white foam.

Fresh grains, slightly grassy, floral and herbal hop notes.

Floral hop bitterness, subtle orange/citrus, grass, cereal grains.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, bitter.

Overall, for the style it's a tad boozy.

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Photo of atr2605
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear amber with a white head with good retention
S-a bit fruity and some biscuit in the background
T-more fruit and very malty, sweet, and finishes slightly dry, alcohol is pretty noticable
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, drinkability is good but alcohol I think hinders the flavor. Probably wont get it again but worth trying once

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - copper with a short, white head that fades quickly

S - citrus, alcohol, lager-y

T - lager-y, bread, earthy, mildly bitter, some faint apple, alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, dry

This is a rather simplistic offering from ST. It's brewed to style and has decent drinkability given its size. It's a bit dry and the alcohol is noticeable, but there is enough depth to enjoy. As a beer this is a bit forgettable, but for the style it's on point.

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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 Oliver_Twist
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Back in the day there were few "craft" beers...Pete's Wicked Ale, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Anchor Steam (Steam Beer or California Common). Southern Tier's 2X Steam follows in the footsteps of Anchor Steam but jacks up the ABV and flavor to new levels!

Appearance – 2X Steam is an orange-amber (SRM 8-15) color with approx. 2.7 to 2.9 vols of carbonation...plenty of bubbles!

Smell – Sweet not hoppy.

Taste – Taste is sweet and reminds me of a corn laced cream ale. The Northern Brewer Hops are fairly well balanced with the high level of alcohol. It could stand a few more IBUs to match the sweetness. The 8% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Too thick and sweet for a California Common...drinkable but, too thick.

Overall – It's a hybrid of the California Common style. The ABV (nearly double the CA Common style) is fairly well balanced with hop bitterness/flavor. Very full and alcoholic to be a session beer but, with all that said...I enjoyed it and would purchase again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-amber color with a one finger white-orange tinted head. The head is composed of big bubbly carbonation bubbles. It head fades slowly over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite sweet overall with lots of caramel and a sweet corn syrup smell. Along with these aromas are some smells of bread and a bit of hop, mainly of a hay/grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with lots of biscuit and bready malt flavors mixed with caramel and a bunch of adjunct corn sweetness. Although the taste loses a little bit of its sweetness toward the end of the taste, it is still very sweet overall. While the sweetness lessens in strength ever so lightly, the breadiness gains more strength. Toward the end some hop flavors of a citrus and earthy nature come to the tongue, leaving a very lightly hopped, sweet and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the more average to slightly lighter side. The thick body is quite nice for all the bready and lighter hop flavors of the brew making for a mouth coating feel and really allowing these flavors to linger and be sensed. While very nice for the bready flavors, the thicker body is a little too much for the sweeter corn flavors in the brew making this flavor a bit too overpowering.

Overall – Sorta like a thicker and creamier malt liquor with a bit more hop than normal. Like a high end malt liquor. Not too bad if that is what you are in the mood for actually.

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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 BoardwalkBock
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained a 6 pack at a local distributor. 12 oz poured into pint glass.

A: Nice copper color with an insane amount of carbonation visible. Good for the style.

S: I must admit, there is not much there at first. Had to drink 8 oz for the beer to open up. The most prominent smell is the alcohol and malts. I think this may be due to the fact that the beer is just about 3 months from the bottling date.

T: Butterscotch and alcohol followed by malts and a lingering hop presence. Sounds strange but tastes quite good despite being a bit old.

M: Best part of the beer IMO. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation to balance the alcohol.

O: Pretty good beer for the style. I'm a fan of most of the Southern Tier beers I've tried, so I figured it was a must I tried this beer when I saw it. I wouldn't buy an entire 6 again, but could see myself having one or two as a session beer on the beach.

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Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty god beer. Poured cold, with smallish, cream-colored head that soon settled and almost no lace. Color is a clear deep, orange-copper-amber with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, oak, spice. Flavor’s like nose, plus caramel and Is rich. Body is full, not too counter to its heavy bitterness, and has great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with bitter hanging in there to the end.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from ABC Liquor in Orlando. Poured a clear pale orange body with a two-finger off white head. Aroma of Nilla wafers, milk (yeah milk), and starfruit. Medium-light body body and slightly sticky texture. Medium carbonation. Flavor is light butterscotch and pink grapefruit muted by piney long hop finish. A refreshing brew, starting with interesting spicy quality anf finishing like an IPA. Nice brew. Creative.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Pours a golden amber color with a large off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is mostly malt with very little in the way of hops. The taste starts out with a good amount of malt and is followed by a lingering bitterness from the hops. I'm enjoying this one, it has a great balance between the malt and hops and is pretty drinkable for an 8% ABV beer. As the beer warms in the glass, the hops do become more pronounced.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow and a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweet malt that fades into a dryer hairspray like alcohol presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and small hairspray like aftertaste. Eh, I suppose it's ok, just a bit boozy.

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Photo of emyers
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on date 5/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber-gold color with a one-finger white head, which dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of toasted bready malt along with some spicy yeast character. The aroma is somewhat intriguing, although I wouldn't really describe it as appealing either.

Taste: Heavy on the bready malt again, with some sweet caramel coming through. Earthy hops come in on the finish along with a healthy dose of hop bitterness. While certainly not bad, there just isn't much here to hold my attention.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth, with medium carbonation.

Overall: Making a "double" version of a steam beer is certainly an interesting experiment, but ultimately one that in my opinion does not have to be repeated

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear brassy yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of amber highlights. The beer has a very thin white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring that just about makes its way around the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of light fruit yeast and hints of toasted bready malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some hints of toffee and light fruits (apple and apricot). Light hints of alcohol and some light to moderate amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I think the suped up version of a California Common/Steam (higher ABV) is an interesting idea but needs to have the booze a little more well hidden from the taste to be really enjoyable for me.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a mix-a-six because I was intrigued by the style and also because Southern Tier's 2X series has been great.

Appearance: Poured a deep copper from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a thin head that disappears quickly, leaving nice lacing along the glass. Very clear with noticeable amounts of carbonation.

Smell: I can't pick out too much but perhaps caramel malt and a bit of fruit and maybe some pine notes. Tough to pinpoint, but a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Somewhat of a letdown to say the least, with a unique taste to it. Some bready notes and also a bit of caramel malt in there, but this one doesn't beg me to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and no burn from the alcohol. This drinks fairly easily and isn't overly filling.

Overall: This wasn't bad, but I had certainly expected better. This is a unique style and I applaud Southern Tier for trying this but it definitely isn't something I feel the need to buy again.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hope that Southern Tier's future business plans won't come to having to brew a triple steam beer. Or maybe a quad-steam.

On to the beer though. High grain presence it seems. Quite a lot of malt sweetness as well. Almost seems boozy, from a whole whopping 8% it's carrying. Decent enough to drink, just nowhere near as inspiring or interesting as other brews Southern Tier has done.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a nice deep golden color with a soapy white head on top. The lacing is minimal and the retention is thin. The smell of the beer has a big amount of toasted malt on the nose, not much in the way of hops. The taste has the same toasted flavor as what the nose was kind of giving a preview too. The beer is a little sweet with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty good carbonation to it. Overall this beer is decent. Nothing too crazy but was nice to try.

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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 oberon
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein wich brought good clarity to a copper/bronze body and a nicely defined one finger creamy-like head atop.Very clean nose with only mild toastiness and caramel sweetness.A full almost creamy feel to the beer is by far the best part of it.Flavors have subdued caramel and doughy sweetness up front more mild sweetness coming from the alcohol and a honey tinge,hops are subdued just giving a faint flash of leafiness,I even detect a sour note, although very light in the finish.Iam not sure about a double steam style but I Iam a big fan of ST going back to my western NY days.

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