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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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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Appearance: Pours a clear copper color capped by a couple of inches of foam; a reasonable amount of splashy lace lingers

Smell: Peppery/spicy/minty rye tones waft above caramel malt

Taste: A bit of caramel lays the foundation and then the rye and the hops take over; tasting a bit like rye whiskey, the peppery/spicy/minty tones assault the palate, with piney hops taking over where the rye leaves off; nicely blended into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is an interesting beer and I wish I liked it more but I am not a fan of the rye flavors being this dominant and clashing with the hops; worth a try as I always tip my hat to a brewer who decides to try something different

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/21/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial rye IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. Not as much rye flavor as I was expecting; but this was still a very enjoyable offering.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, citrus, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. There’s also some spice deep in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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