2X Steam | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.51/5
432 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
432
pDev:
13.68%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.

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

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, bitter and dry.

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

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Photo of firstlighthiker
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mattbk
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, copper, mild head, lightly carbonated. Nothing special.
S: A blend of toffee malt and noble-type, floral hops. Maybe a bit vegetal? Kind of smells like... beer. Not a ton of aroma.
T: Nice blend of malts and hops. Nothing over the top. Alcohol very well hidden. Hops are slightly lemony, grassy, floral, malt is quite a bit of caramel. Nice beer, would be easy drinking... why is this 8%? I'd probably drink more of it if it wasn't. Small subtraction for the pointlessness of this 2x beer.
M: Medium heavy, a bit syrupy. This beer would benefit from a higher carbonation level. I think the low carb goes along with the 2x theme.
O: I actually like this beer, find it balanced, and fairly refreshing. I wish it was 1x. Should I blend this with water? What the heck is wrong with 1x?

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Photo of Ironcityblackand
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JoeLacy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Mediczod
2.27/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright amber to gold color. About 1" of frothy head that didn't linger very long. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bread and fruit, maybe a bit of honey as well.

Taste is very sweet. Apricot and malt, with a very cloying quality to it. Has a musty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy. Not a light bodied beer at all, despite the looks.

This was not a good beer for me. I had about 1/4 of the glass, then drain poured it.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Chegui
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of gpblackgt
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mrskunk
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jrbchef
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the most authentic and rustic American-type Pale Ale at heart, the taste of the westward bound Steam Beer has undertaken a decidedly current American twist with an Imperial upscale. These New York brewers have pulled no punches here.

Deep copper-amber in its pour, the Imperial California Common Ale gives the eye a dense appearance of deep hazy honey. Capped by a creamy ivory froth, that blanket of foam sternly tops the beer and laces intermittently in the wake of the fading beer.

Malty aromas are deep with caramel and fresh-picked tobacco. Herbal hop notes give a tea-like scent and reinforce the raw tobacco presence. Moderately estery- fruit notes of apples, figs and apricot add richness to the nose and aid the balance of hops and alcohol.

Rich to the taste, the beer's malt sweetness reigns supreme. Caramel, bread, gingersnaps, and honey carry the beer from early palate until very late- all the while the taste buds pick up on earthy sweet herbs of tobacco, figs, dates, tea, and sassafras. Its late charge balances slightly with stemmy hop bitterness and spicy alcohols.

Moderately full in body, the ale soothes and satisfies the mouth with the light creaminess of English-type ales. It retains its full mouthfeel until very late in the session where hops shyly dry the beer and alcohols thin the texture and off slim bitterness in itself. And aftertaste of tobacco and fig close the beer with a near-minty taste.

I want to read English Old Ale and Dopplebock into the flavor profile here, but neither of those are apt here. But the familiar and comfortable flavors remind me of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale and Double Dead Guy.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ericlawton007
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ryry887
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of nebula1999
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of alexgash
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle. DOB 4/12/13.

Clear and clean medium copper body with golden edges. Pinkie finger of gauzy, dense, eggshell white head. Good lacing up the sides of the glass. Bready, honeyish sweet malts on the nose. Some fruity notes as well, along with spicy, peppery hops.

Toasted bread notes up front. Herbal hop bitterness picks up right away. Honey wheat bread malt fills in; light sweetness. Toasted edge to everything and hints of cooked carrots. Woody, herbal bitterness carries to the finish. Lingering honeyish malt. Medium body with a slightly sticky feel. Slightly warming. Not bad, but feels like the amped up ingredients don't work as well together at these levels.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of pottergator
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BB1313
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/16/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt orange, slight haze that glows. Small white head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. This beer is loaded with caramel malts and grains. It personally reminds me of an Oktoberfest/Marzen on steroids. There's no doubt that this a big lager. There's a decent hop bitterness to this one. Subtle sweetness. Finishes slightly syrupy. There's a touch of heat. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but isn't overboard and adds to the character of the beer.

This is a meat & potatoes kind of beer. It even has an Irish vibe to it. I definitely appreciate going outside the box in the California Common / Steam Beer category.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KornWallace
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonyB
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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