2X Steam | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
432 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of yankeepride
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey golden color, with a quick burst of foam that goes away fairly quickly. Not overly carbonated, and it smells a bit like banana and graham cracker. Tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids. Has a malty taste that is crisp and clean, that yields to a little bit of hop bite, which doesn't linger too long.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

$9.99 sixer from Bourbon Street.

Excellent clear copper body, topped by two fingers of rapidly decaying white foam.

Fresh bread aroma. Hint of alcohol.

Solid slab of semi sweet malt. Indeterminate fruitiness. Mild hop bite. Alcohol in finish.

Light/medium mouthfeel.

While a fan of Southern Tier, not a fan of their "2X everything and anything" trend. An imperial steam beer is not something craft beer needed. All the subtle balance of Anchor Steam is lost here. There is nothing really wrong here, but not much right either. Pass on this one.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PhotoMattT
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of LMH88
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of norinco
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a lasting thick head. Very nice retention, especially for the high abv. Plenty of lacing sticks

The smell is musty/perfumy with some grain and a touch of grape.

The taste is musty/grainy with some grape skin. Peppery and slightly boozy with a finish leaning towards dry.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

Boozy, but not too harsh. It's an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Acforster2
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden color with a frothy one inch cream head that lingers.

Grain, bready malt, citrus undertones and resin form the initial aroma. There's a bit of a floral, perfumey character. Somewhat subtle, overall.

Flavor is fairly sweet and grainy at first, with citrus kicking in and disappearing fairly early, fading to bread dough at the finish. There's bitterness present, but it doesn't linger. Citrus character is lemony.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, an astringent bite, and significant alcohol warmth.

Not sure what season they're aiming for with this one, but it's far too heavy for a summer brew. Sweetness is almost cloying, and hop flavor is somewhat one note. The bitterness has an odd, almost stale, soapy feel to it.

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Photo of musicman7070
3/5  rDev -15%

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 PapiMagnum
1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 cw13
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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