2XRye | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BB1313 on 08-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 597 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by stjjoseph87:
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label listed the abv at 8.1%.

Appearance: It has a deep honey amber color with a very slight haze. There is some visible carbonation and a tall thick head on top. Head retention and lacing is very good.

Smell: The nose is big has some solid malty sweetness along with some deep citrus hop notes.

Taste / Palate: There is a big full bodied malty base with a good mix of bready sweetness and spice up front. This is quickly balanced with solid hop bitterness and orange like citrus hop flavor notes.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: spicy hops, earth, and lumber

Taste: spicy rye hops, big citrus hops, a bit of rye seed at the end

Mouthfeel: bitter but not overly so, medium-light body, medium-high carbonation

Overall: Lots of spicy rye hops but I would have loved more rye bread taste. This tastes like a slightly above average imperial ipa with lots of citrus. Not bad, but nothing that distinguishes it from the pack of other hoppy rye beers.

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Photo of Coletrickle
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Copper-gold with decent off-white head.

Smell: Citrus, bread, biscuit, caramel, rye, some earthiness.

Taste: Fruity and bready core with rye, biscuit, caramel and cherry. Hops are quite citrusy but somewhat sweet with little bitterness. There is also not much spiciness from the rye, as it is imparting more bready characteristics.

Feel: Medium to full body, quite smooth and creamy, but not quite as dry as hoped for.

Overall: Nice hoppy red ale with rye. I wish it had a little more oomph, as there is not much bitterness or spiciness to combat the malts and the surprisingly sweet hops. Still, definitely worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 9/3/13 (~3 1/2 months old)

Pours out a very clear light amber, copper color. Small, but retentive layer of slightly off white head, spotty lacing holds the glass well.

Pungent, resinous hops, with some spicey rye that blends with a semi sweet bready malt.

Slightly more hoppy than malty, but it is nearly balanced. Resinous, dry citrusy hops meets spicey rye and bready malts.

Kind of a bitey carbonation, some spice from the rye lingers, but mostly you get the resinous hoppy bitterness that lingers after the finish. Medium in body.

Almost more of an IPA, decent beer non the less.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and spicy hop forward aroma with hints of rye, caramel, and citrus. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy and grassy hops with hints of pine resin. Toasted malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Good scent of rye spicing. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, juicy, and earthy taste with notes of rye spice, caramel malt, and citrus. Citrus hops with juicy notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of pine resin and grass. Solid presence of rye spice. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty solid ripe taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat oily. A little heat is felt but it isn’t difficult to get down.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Rye beer. Good balance of juicy hop notes with caramel malt with the rye adding a nice kick.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly opaque orangey apricot colored with an oatmeal colored head that settles slowly. Aroma of bready malt, ripe fruit, piney hops, orange rind, dark bread, and alcohol. A bit of alcoholic solvent vapors which detract. Full mouthfeel, a bit tingly. Decent beer overall, not my fave from ST.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into stange; clear golden amber with lively carbonation feeding a lovely shiny yellow-ish white head of moderate thickness that sticks around, leaving chunky lacing when it descends.
Smells of nutty rye malt and a surprising dose of hops; pine and herbal notes dominate, with undertones of bitter citrus rind.
Taste starts off with sweet grainy nutty rye malt, hint of spiciness, before moving through more open, clean crackery malts into a dash of bitter hop flavor and slight warmth of alcohol at the end. Doesn't taste anything near 8.1%...
Mouthfeel is effervescent and moderately full, bit wet and sticky but the hops help clean it off.
Overall, the rye malt really lends a stubbly-smooth sweetness to this beer, which is balanced nicely by the extra hops. It's incredibly quaffable for the %abv. Really, without the hops, this beer would taste like a cloying rye doppelbock or something. I love when Southern Tier breaks the rules, and this is another great example.

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Photo of dwren89
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber/orange with thin off white head and great clarity.

Aroma: spicy, a little grainy, toasty, caramel, and a nice pine hop character

Taste: great rye flavor that comes off spicy and a little grainy in a delicious way. Piney hop character balanced but the rye malt really shines here.

Mouthfeel: medium body and very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A great change of pace for pale ale drinkers. This is a fairly balanced and tasty rye based ale that showcases the spicy and grainy rye character with slight peppery character, but balances with bright pine hop notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No date found.

Pours clear copper in color with a nice head that has very good duration, Nice sheets of lacing are left on the glass.

M: smooth and full, with excellent, lively carbonation.

Aroma: sweet malts, including caramel, with plenty of multi-grain bread and a little spiciness from the rye.

T: could be adequately described as a malty American PA with an additional spicy rye component.

O: A malty and spicy PA. Well crafted and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The head on this beer is frothy and tight with a yellow tint to it, rising to just less than a finger but keeping up that height almost the entire way through. It settles to what looks like a solid pillow and develops craggy edges, while leaving a creamy sheet of lacing at the top and thin patching in its wake. It's sort of copper, maybe a little lighter, but pretty clear.
That earth is on the nose, and it's really pleasant. It's got a light spiciness to it that's not as heavy as some ryes. I think it's just softer from the balance of hops and the generally soft sweetness given off, as floral, citrus and leafy notes complement a sort of fleshy tropical fruits note. Malts add an additional note of caramel.
Floral and fruity (very specifically tropical, but with definite grapefruit notes), the taste mingles delicately with a leafy something. Spiciness is sort of on the back end, persistent but not hard. The earthiness works nicely off the fruits, neither taking away from the other. Alcohol is exceptionally well masked, peeking in at the back of the throat but barely.
This has a really soft feel that doesn't detract from the medium body, and a very nice creaminess that coats the tongue without being slick. It works off a crispness that leads right into the velvety texture.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 08/21/13.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a one finger off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation. Head dissipates in a minute or so leaving a ring around the edges.

S: Pleasant hop aroma is the first thing I notice. A citrusy hop with notes of floral and earthiness. Rye comes out more as the beer warms up adding some sweetness.

T: As with the aroma its a hop forward brew. Rye malts come through nicely in the flavor adding some spice and a hearty malt backing. By the end its a real balanced brew leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. A slight stickiness to it but the finish remains smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall I'm a big fan of rye beers and this is another tasty offering. Great hop flavor that doesn't overpower a solid rye base. Worth a try by any fan of beer.

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2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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