2X Steam | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 93
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of keithmurray
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - translucent golden amber color with frothy white head

Smell - wheat, baked bread, corn

Taste - bread, black pepper, wheat, sweet corn, grassy hops

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sweet, syrupy, bitterness at the back

Overall - Decent representation of the style, although it comes in a bit heavier and is not quite as refreshing as an Anchor Steam

Price Point - $1.49/12 oz single

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pokal. Crystal clear yellow-orange with a thick fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving delicate lacing. Smells like an ale; hops and clear malts. Taste is like a cross between an IPA, a pale ale, and a lager; hops move in and out of clean malts with lager yeast finishing a little bitterly with hops. Mouthfeel is clean, a bit thicker because of the high abv.
I'd like to try more of this style, but it doesn't amaze me.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure I have ever heard of an Imperial/Double California Common but I guess pushing boundaries is needed in this industry. To be truthful I haven't been a huge fan of Southern Tier's 12oz offerings lately but we shall see if this changes the trend.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass with a clear light amber body, carbonation can be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. A small white cap builds atop the beer to about one finger in height. Head retention is sub-par and a bubbly ring stays on the top once the foam dies down. Not much lace at all and the head pretty much disappears entirely in my case.

S- Not the most aromatic of beers, especially for 8% ABV. A light hoppiness with earthy, pine and citrus elements with some toasted caramel malt hints as well. Slightly fruity.

T- One thing I do notice right away is this beer is fairly sweet but not necessarily malt forward. A clean bitterness from the hops that lend pine, mint, orange zest and herbal flavors. Fresh cracked grains, caramel, toasted nuts, light fruits, juniper(?), banana and raisin spice also comes to mind. Overall this is hop forward but not in an IPA kind of way.

MF- Medium bodied beer with a creamy consistency. Carbonation at a moderate level with a good bitterness on the palate. Alcohol warms a decent amount for 8%.

This is certainly an interesting beer to me, I really haven't had that many like it. One thing I don't like is the residual sweetness, more than most beers for my palate. The bitterness and alcohol only seem to augment with warmth and each sip, bringing the beer more and more out of balance. A ton of interesting flavors but it just doesn't form a great end product due to alcohol and sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

The date on the bottom of the bottle, which indicates the DOB, I assume is 4/13/13, although the three in the year is not readily legible. Pours crystal clear and golden amber with a nice, one finger sized head that is constantly replenished and maintains its size for the duration of the consumption.

Unfortunately, everything falls apart after the beautiful appearance. The aroma smells like adjunct lager, even malt liquor. Corn and alcohol are the prevailing aromas. Not a fan. Some grassy and straw aromas.

The flavor is more of the same. Alcohol, corny adjuncts, very little maltiness some hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Finishes dry. I do like the carbonation and mouthfeel. Tis one is all over the place and not very good.

I know this is a relatively simple style with hops being a major player, but this "imperial" version takes simplicity and mauls it. Perhaps this could be classified as a "classy" malt liquor, but this is not a great beer. Any newbies to the style, stick with Anchor Steam, the OG.

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2/5  rDev -43%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

Pours a clear medium orange with a one finger white head.

Some light caramel and weak overripe fruit in the aroma.

The taste has more in the way of overripe fruit and caramel along with a touch of grassy hops. Orange is especially prominent. Alcohol becomes detectable in the finish with just a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side with an overall sweetness prevading throughout.

Overall, I am not especially impressed. The flavor profile is perfectly executed for the stlye but I really don't care for the abundant sweetness. I'll just stick to the regular steam beer.

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1/5  rDev -71.5%

2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 432 ratings
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