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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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The advent of the Rye Beer style has finally given me something to look forward to other than a steady diet of AIPAs and even if it comes in a bottle, I will give it a try.

From the bottle: "Double Rye Ale"; "Brewed with 3 varieties of hops and 5 types of malts".

My aggro pour created just better than a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a button-bright, beautiful coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a big black pepper and peppermint bite and my mouth was already beginning to water at the prospect of this one! Mouthfeel was silky smooth and the minty pepperiness was like a celebration on my poor, aching tongue. The finish left me literally breathless, like I had been drinking mouthwash, in terms of its intensity. I was minty fresh and so was this beer. The lacing that began to form in the glass was beautiful and sticky and I found myself not worrying about getting it off.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found the last two bottles in the area for the season...

Pours a deep amber color with a little head and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells very fruity, maybe apricot, or peach like.

Tastes of rye, with some citrusy, piney hops and some hints of fruit with some hints of caramel and piney hops on the way out. Great use of rye, and overall, quite an exceptional beer.

Moderate body and lighter carbonation, goes down fairly smooth.

Overall, a very solid offering and I will definitely pick some more up either next year, or sooner if I can find it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure if there are rules about what a rye beer should be like, but if there are, this one broke all the rules. It has loads of IPA-like hops, and thus, it is better than any rye ever, as long as breaking rules is OK. If you wanted authentic, this isn't right.

It opens pretty and nearly clear. Good head and lace. The aroma is hinting already of the hoppy IPA-ish treat to come. The taste completely succumbs to the over the top IPAness. The aftertaste is finally dominated by a rye beer taste.

This is definitely a unique beer. It is huge and over the top but completely drinkable. Another Southern Tier triumph.

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Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with an orange hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap. Slightly pungent, ripe citrus hop and rye malt aromas with a touch of booze at the back end. Medium bodied with a slick oily feel that pushes the carbonation to the edges. Intense ripe citrus hop flavors from start to finish. Rye and sweet caramel malt flavors push through the hoppiness from the middle to the end. Finishes with a lingering citrus hop and bready rye aftertaste. Not terribly complex, but damn good.

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Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking my second one of these and just looked it up and am stunned to see it is 8.1%

I'd have guessed this to be more of a pale ale at 5-6%...that is how it drinks...

I don't know that I've had a rye beer where I enjoy the rye characteristics more than this one...features a real tasty, malty rye dimension...

Hops lend a little citrus on the aroma..a little spiciness as well on the nose...

The flavor is real rye malt forward....love it....hops and the rye also contribute some spicy characteristics...

Great drinker...like I said drinks like a pale ale to me....no booziness at all....very enjoyable..

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

BOD 8/31/13. Clear light amber pour with a slight dark ruby cast. Massive head with exceptional lacing and retention. Nice, but somewhat subtle, nose of caramel and rye over a spicy background. Heavy medium body with a nice oily creamy texture. Well carbonated with a nice effervescent finish. Even at one year of age, the flavor profile is outstanding with a complex balance. It begins with a spicy character that flows to nice rye notes. In the middle, caramel sweetness flows into a light hop flavor blend (dank, pine and citric) and light bitterness. The finish is long and leaves you with a nice rye spiciness over hop notes and bitterness. Even aged, this one is up there with the best.

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Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a medium brown color, slightly tawny, with a half inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells pretty potent, with some great citrus aromas- orange and grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Not really noticing any rye yet.

The rye shows itself in the flavor. The rye hits you first with a peppery, spicy bite up front, that's washed away by juicy hop flavors reminiscent of the fruits mentioned in the aroma. The malt backbone on this one is substantial enough to hold up to the hops, but not substantial enough to overcome, them. There is some dark toasted bread flavors that are really nice, almost like pumpernickel bread.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

This one was awesome, and a worthy entry into the 2X series.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The combination of a very attractive looking two tone orange amber body, and a nice two finger thick, beige head looked very inviting upon pour. The aroma was quite a lovely mix of floral rye and citric hops. The taste was heavy on the grains, with sour, spicy flavor given off by the rye, which was counterbalanced by citric hops and a bit of nuttiness from roasted grains. The finish was prickly in its feel, as the rye was allowed to rule the roost. The beer felt very dry and lean as well, with not a lot of sticky coating. Very nice burps after a few sips. I like the amount of rye shown off here.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/20/13:

Pours deep copper. A thin, lasting head leaves lacing.

The smell is of minty rye, caramel and piney/herbal hops.

The taste is of minty rye, some vanilla. The taste of mint is certainly noticeable, but doesn't overpower the spicy, piney/herbal hops or the caramelish malty backbone. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is well-covered. Finishes satisfyingly dry.

It's smooth. Nice carbonation level.

This is a very nice, robust rye beer!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a new belgium chalice, color is amber, transparent; head is off white, nice presentation and good bubbly lacing.

Smell is impressive, fresh hops, pine and lemon, earthy rye malts, hint of caramel, hints of bread.

Taste is very solid rye ipa style, good solid rye malt presence, crisp, earthy, hints of caramel and biscuit malts, hops are strong, bitter, pine and lemon are most noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, nice lingering, strong bitterness on the tongue, not too sweet, solid carbonation.

Overall, a very good, tasty rye ipa, hard to believe the strength is where it is as the flavors really come through nicely.

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Photo of dwren89
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top, pouring a brew of dense maple syrup coloring into generic pint glasses. The head stands two fingers tall and is composed of fat and foamy sandpaper bubbles, retaining excellently. Sticky geographical and patterned lacing is left around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma boasts sweet floral hops atop a stable, hearty base of caramel, pale, rye, and raw barley graininess, elderberry and cherry fruitiness, medicinal and clovey phenols, candy corn and singed toffee sugars, banana esters, brandy sugars, white flour, bread pudding, raisin, pumpernickel breadiness, buttercream, and fresh ginger. Our first impression is that the flavoring follows the nose nicely, with bitter rye bite that excites and opens up the palate. As we sip, the taste begins with lime flesh, citric and floral hops, earthen grassiness, chlorine echoes, rye and pale malty cleanliness, bitter metallic bite, floury yeastiness, and roasty vanilla bean. The middle comes to a peak with an odd mix of fruity cherry, prune, and apricot with bitter plastics, barks, ethanol, coin, and earthen, floral hoppiness, for a cloying, yet surprisingly burning swallow. The end washes through with a melding bitterness of rye grain, corn meal and white flour, salt lick, toffee sugars, smoky plastics, roasty caramel malts, red grapey sweetness, toasted corn and husk, green and resinous grassiness, and floral and nectary hops. The aftertaste breathes of musk, cherry and plum flesh, dry rye, corny adjuncts, fumy booze, ink, penicillin medicinals and moldiness, coal, stagnant mineral water, chalky chocolate maltiness, malted milk balls, and oily citric rind hoppiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives great slurp and smack, cream, and froth, and vigorous pop and glug. The mouth is left wonderfully cooled and heavily coated, with eventual puck, but only slight dryness across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very nicely.

Overall, our favorite aspect of this beer is its robust dedication to the rye base through the flavoring. The taste remains flushed with rye at every turn, taking the form of the savory, the bitter, and the sweet. It mixes well at each of these stops with the surrounding fruit, hops, and medicinals, keeping things warm, hearty, and pleasant. This is really a fantastic brew. It is different enough from not only their stock, but of the entire local upstate NY stock, making it a stand out on numerous levels, all while keeping it heavy enough to appeal to people seasonally. It is also kind of a blend between the dark and the light, and with hoppy enough brightness to appeal to the hop heads alike. Their best “2X” to date.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle.

Going deep tonight with my beer drinking tonight. I don't care, I'm not on a usual work week schedule. Enough jibber jabber, time for the beer. This brew pours gorgeous! Clean medium copper to a nice shade of Deep Amber body. Nice soapy white head. It's very attractive. The aroma is hops and malts making love in my nostrils! Very clean and resinous hops with a sweet malt backend. Citric lemon with an herbal tea quality that spits forth a hint of tropical goodness. Smells good, let's continue. The taste is just as good. It's all the qualities of a good IPA with a spicy rye bread backbone. The flavor starts out citric that turns to a bit of tropical stone fruits (pineapple acidity). Resinous hops show up too. Leaving a nice coating of lupulin oils to savor. The malts are present with a sweet, spicy and a bit multigrain toasted cracker. This finishes sweet, semi-dry, spicy with a lingering resinous hop bitterness. The feel on the brew is above par. Medium-light with active carbonation.

Overall: This brew is very enjoyable! It comes off as a Rye IPA vs a Rye Beer. Is this one of those beers that a brewer throws in as a curve ball to keep you guessing on the style? If so, I like it! There isn't any really negative things to say about this brew. Back to Basics, this brew is Recommended!

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Photo of leantom
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good offering from ST. Here goes:

A: Dark but clear amber-brown. A very good head that lingers and leaves lacing as well. Interestingly, I was able to guess the abv merely from drinking it (the bartender was quite shocked), if that tells you anything.

S: Very sweet and piney. Lots of caramel malt and rye complemented by piney hops and some grapefruit. Very honey-ish.

T: Piney hops with caramel and honey. Follows the nose quite well. Also a substantial grapefruit aftertaste.

F: Good.

O: A solid beer. Predominate rye and caramel malt with a large helping of piney/grapefruity hops.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Born on date of 7/29/14, so say 2 1/2 months.

Pours a very nice yellow amber with a small off white creamy head which maintains to the end. Lacing starts off okay, but later is a solid wall. Very goos arbonation as well.

didn't get anything on the nose. nada. zip.

Now taste is a nother matter. excellent balance of sweet malt on the top of the tongue and hop bitterness on the sides, and pepperiness from the rye spiking in here and there. Beautifully balanced, which could be a signature this particular beer, or because it smoothed out a little after 10 weeks. Only way to know ist to drink some more next fall.

Looking forward to it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, some graininess, and a mild fruitness comes through to the nose.

Taste: spicy rye, orange, mild grapefruit, a bit of pepper spice, and an apple tones shows up late. Moderate bitterenss and a mild alcohol tone rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp and a touvh dry late.

Overall: a refreshing rye beer that is well balanced and easy to consume. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. DOB 07/23/14.

A: Cloudy, iced tea-colored, brown body. 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Rye spice, brown bread. Fruity hops with notes of orange, lighter grapefruit. Fainter pine. Honey. A bit of bourbon.

T: Spicy rye maltiness opens, intermingled with even-handed hop notes. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. The former gently fades away to a mostly dry finish. Some wood and vanilla flavors. Some lingering grapefruit pulp, light spice in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is par for the ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a very gentle mouthfeel. Medium body. Rather quaffable.

O: Well balanced ale. High drinkability, yet showcases the rye nicely. Tactful hopping. Solid.


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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber producing 3 fingers of somewhat lasting, beige, foamy head that leaves motes & streaks of lacing. Aroma is dark malt, a little brown sugar, rye spice & a slightly sour note in a fruity/juicy, leafy floral, pineapple, light citrus & pine background. Taste is malty, lightly boozy, brown sugary sweet with heavy rye spice, tropical fruit, orange/tangerine citrus hints. Finish is caramel/honey sweetness & rye spice that becomes a hop/alcohol bitterness & dryness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, a little syrupy but creamy, lightly prickly & lively with rye spice.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden with brilliant clarity. Head settles quickly and leaves sparse lace. Nose is resinous wih heavy pine, earth, and rye spiceness. Taste is quite resinous like the nose with a fair amount of pine needles paired with bread, rye, and a bitter kick at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise, very freh and hoppy.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga, N.Y.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 17, 2014
Misc.: DOB on Aug. 31, 2013

Poured a caramel orange color with 2-to-3 fingers of off white frothy head. Great amount of even layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled citrus hops, floral hops, Cascade hops, rye hops, iced tea, lime and pine.

Tasted rye hops, citrus hops, floral hops, pine, slight resin hops, iced tea and lemon notes.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

Overall this was a very good IPA. I would certainly love to try them again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Where historically the rye grain has been regarded as useless and having no place in the alcohol producing world. Even the ill faded Rogenbiers of Germany celebrate an earthy and grainy quality that's regarded of lacking the refinement and elegance of modern beer. However, all that changes in the presence of Pacific Northwest hops.

With no hint of rye in the beer's appearance, the ale pours with a bright copper hue and casting golden highlights through its bright clarity. An off-white cap of foam floats the ale with stern, long-lasting retention and with impeccable lacing. Its a very inviting appearance.

And the aromas don't yet show the beer's husky character, instead preferring a bold and juicy hop scent. Grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, pineapple and soft tropical blends give the ale a highly vibrant fruit tone. Backed by a balancing caramel note, the malts seem to give a candied effect to the citrus and tropical medley.

But then to taste, the spicy "zing" of rye springs to life. Just as the caramel sweetness greets the tip of the tongue, an almost peppery grain bite strikes the taste buds simultaneously. Rye gives the sweetness a hearty, husky balance that roughens up the elegant maltiness. The middle palate really hits home as the hop flavors of tropical and citrus fruits add a counterpart to the malts for both added balance and an alluring IPA character. That is, until the beer finishes- where the expected super-charged hop bitterness was expected, the hops ease up and allow the spicy-sweet intertwining malt/rye flavor to finish grainy-sweet.

Medium bodied from head to tail, the beer's malty sweetness has a starchy structure that provides high creaminess with its dissolved carbonation. But as the carbonation subsides and the sweetness lessens up a bit, a drier and warmer finish ensues. All the while, the sharp pang of rye pierces the mouth like fresh cracked black peppercorns.

The marriage of hops and rye seem to elevate both with an effortless taste and spicy bite. Although the ale is dangerously drinkable for its high "2X" potency, I really wish the ale had delivered on its IPA promises and finish with the acidic bitterness that was expected.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber/orange in color with brilliant clarity. The off-white head retains at a half inch. Lacing is thin and scraggly.

S: Plenty of earthy and spicy rye on the nose. Toasty grain and caramel notes. Some juicy fruit, faint whiff of alcohol. Mild grapefruit and tangerine coming from the hops, soft grassy scent too.

T: Just as in the nose, spicy and earthy rye is the focal point of the beer. Toasted grain and caramel round it out. Prick of alcohol hidden deep within the beer. Juicy fruit esters are fleeting. Hop bitterness is tame, so as not to usurp the rye. Grapefruit with sugar, tangerine, mildly grassy, oily, and green. Dry finish is dominated by rye and toast.

M: Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Low carbonation. Mild astringency.

O: A very nice rye beer. It showcases the rye very well without getting too overboard with it. Polished enough and smooth in texture, it makes for a very drinkable big beer.

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2XRye from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 596 ratings.
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