2X Steam | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
432 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
93
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.6%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of thehappybelgian
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark straw color. Smells of grain and caramel, a bit sweet. Tastes of light sugary malts and alcohol. A bit metallic, leafy hops, fair amount of bitterness. Lighter medium bodied feel, graceful for the amount of alcohol. Has a filtered dryness and cleanness that makes it very palatable This is a good beer, a sneak attack for its mild character but its potent results.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of outsider
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of craftbrew502
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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 pschie1
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of letsdrink
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with less than one finger head and nice lacing.

S - Not much coming through on the smell. Not hoppy, pretty bland smell.

T - Tastes like your standard steam. I've come to expect a little more from ST. It kind of tastes like a weaker IPA.

M - Good carbonation and slightly sweet on the tongue. Bitterness comes through at the finish.

O - It's definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad I decided to pick one up. Not sure if I would ask for another one, however. I haven't had too many steam beers but in my novice opinion I'd rather stick to another one of the ST ales.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Supergenious
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of AL89BR
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of lach78
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured very clear amber with a nice 1" head

S - very light non distinct smell

T - once again a mild flavor that was not overwhelming. reminded me of generic lagers but slightly heaver

M - good carbonation w/o being harsh

O - not one of the better offerings at Southern Tier who makes some really great beers

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - So far so good it's a bright clear deep amber brown, fed by mild carbonation I do get a nice 1/2 inch of sticky head. Decent lacing.
S - Smells pretty plan like an ESB or a amber lager. Not getting much hops it smells rather boring.
T - Again it kind of taste like an amp'd up amber lager. Mild copper taste, caramel malts, and skunky lager taste. Man I can't get over the metallic taste...
M - Best part it hide the ABV well drinks like 6% but the flavors are all off and distracting.

Overall I see the label that 2 types of hops were used maybe they should have used another? Usually ST hits the ballpark with these 2X beers being balanced and hoppy but this one is metallic stingy and somewhat terrible...

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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