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 puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 15, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its medium amber color but there was not a lot of head to speak about.

The aroma tends to highlight the hops more than the rye with a forceful floral sensation and a soapy kind of scent that was slightly distracting. Double rye? Feels more like a DIPA.

The body is medium and has a kind of acidic astringency.

The taste does bring out a touch of those rye grains but this is really about the hops in my opinion. Floral, citrus, bitter hops.

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle: this one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Surprisingly lighter aroma for an 8% beer. Some sweet malts, a hint of rye and a hint of spices. The taste is good, but not too exciting. Malts, with just a hint of sweetness. A touch of the rye and spices. Good, but could be better.

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Photo of slym
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I will tell anyone that listens when I get going on about beer, that I am not an IPA fan for the most part. I don't like beer that is "too hoppy" and when it gets too bitter, and/or medicinal tasting, well it just doesn't agree with me. I am more of a brown ale guy, TBH. So when I was in my local bottle shop looking for something different, all I saw on the ST 2X Rye carton was "3 kinds of hops and 5 kinds of malts" and figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't until I got home that I saw it was a rye IPA. Well, I certainly wasn't gonna waste this beer, so I cracked one and poured it into a glass...

My, doesn't /look/ like any IPA I have ever seen, nice caramel colour! Smells like an IPA, but not like "every other" IPA. I take a sip... and find myself enjoying this beer! Yes, it is bitter, but just within my boundaries of acceptance. I did find the malt coming through, and it ended in a very pleasant dryness without making my mouth pucker. The higher ABV content is well-hidden.

So, my basic proclamation is this - this is an IPA for people who don't like IPAs! I will be seeking out other rye IPAs to compare!

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Mojo
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass.

I didn't realize this was a fall seasonal or I wouldn't have bought it last week.

A - pours up a hazy apricot color with a one inch head, pretty good retention, and great lacing.

S - nose is pretty strong. Orange peel seems to be the dominant note.

T - Being that this one is a little old, it was malt forward with only the slightest hint of rye on the finish. This one was likely pretty good at its peak, but has probably faded.

M - medium fullness with good carbonation.

O - gotta look for a fresh one next fall and try it then. Hopefully I can revise this review. Not bad as is, but I bet it's much better before the hops have faded.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well I could now see why this beer has alluded me for so long this was a fall release. Found at Beermuda notorious for having old beer.

A - Pour is decent a clear chestnut brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back for great lacing. Not bad for a beer with 5 months on it.
S - Mild rye smell is rather sweet and a slight twang of herbal hops. It smells pleasant not very dry or spicy.
T - Not bad the rye taste pretty balanced with the citrus hops its just not wowing me. Guess I just don't love rye beers.
M - Light to medium in body easy to drink.

Overall its a good rye beer check it out if thats your thing.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber color with a slight haze. A desent size head formed on the pour but faded very quickly.
I didn't get much aroma and actually had that all too familiar old IPA smell.
The taste confirms my superstitions, yes it's old. I can detect a very light rye taste and barely any hops.
Taste is pretty good. It's sweet spicy and finishes with a dry biting bitterness.
Needs to be fresh for proper enjoyment.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/21/13. Poured 3/21/13... yeah, that's kinda old for my liking. $2.19 single bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Aggressive pour gave a "frothy" (mm.. lovely word) white/sandy colored head. Very slight haze. Copper color.

Smell: Spicy hops and rye, but mostly rye. Maybe a little bit of caramel malt, but the rye dominates.

Taste/feel: Hm. Gotta assume it's past its prime by a decent bit. Nice body with a slight carbonation. A slightly spicy sweet rye flavor. Then a caramel malt aftertaste. Something's weird/off about this beer though. Maybe it's the sweetness I'm getting? It's a bit artificial or something. For some reason, a bit watery. It's hard for me to explain. It's definitely not bad, but it seems... light. 8% ABV isn't there in any way, so that's a good plus. The rye profile is nice, but it's not completely coming together for me.

I'd try this again on draft or in a fresher bottle maybe, but I'm not all that impressed with this beer as it is now.

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2XRye pours with a hazy, iced-tea coloured body and a head that looks like untouched Arctic tundra. It's by all accounts a healthy looking beer, especially considering the strength of its shine. Its deeper tone suggests an emphasis on maltiness (indeed malt outnumbers hops five varieties to three).

Types of ingredients is one thing, quantity is quite another; a strongly bready aroma confirms the abundance of malt but traces of pine resins and grass ensure us that hops haven't merely been reduced to chopped liver (Southern Tier would never do that!). Still, this bouquet is very grain-forward and exudes notes of cookie dough, rye bread, cereal and straw.

When a beer has "2X" followed by an ingredient as its name, it's fair to expect twice as much of that ingredient. Indeed, this beer showcases more rye in its flavour than any other that comes immediately to mind. It has the taste of rye whiskey (minus the burning alcohol presence) and plenty of the grain's distinctive spice (aided, I believe, by some spicy hops).

On that note, despite the tall order of farmhouse pumpernickel, lupulin has certainly not been lost in the shuffle; elements of pine serum and candied citrus can be sensed in the aftertaste. The other grains aren't squeezed entirely out of the picture either; there's lots of biscuity and nutty, caramel sweetness on the finish as well.

Southern Tier does less wrong than the Pope - they are the Bishop of New York state microbreweries and a leader of the nationwide craft beer revolution. They've been a favourite of mine since I first discovered craft beer and, to this day, I find their seasonals so good as to warrant cross-border trips. 2XRye made the last run especially worthwhile.

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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 mattLummus
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, well rounded beer. Pours with a deep head. The aroma is bright and citrusy. The body is pretty well carbonated and has a nice body, not too light. The first thing I taste is the citrus flavor, and a second or two later a fair bitterness. It's not too hoppy but is balanced by the tangy rye flavor. Nothing is overwhelming but complement each other. Nice balance. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Nothing unique, but nicely executed.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of golden amber and mostly clear, with a pretty decent head and lacing.

Aroma and flavor are peppery spiced and herbal, with perhaps a touch of peppermint and a good malty, rye backbone. Most enjoyable and along the lines of what I expect from a rye beer.

Body is medium and surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV beer. A slight sweetness finalizes the sip.

Always love southern tier.

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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 roadsoda1
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glas.

Pours a nice copper color, very little head, slightly hoppy odor. Taste is malty with a surprising amount of hops. First experience with a double rye, wasn't really what I expected. Didn't have as much rye flavor as I was looking for. Don't know if this is common for this variety of beer or not.

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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 Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson for the share, enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.

The color is honey golden with light haze with visible carbonation and think white head with fine bead. The smell is malty with a slight earthy aroma with malt toasted odor with light herbal hop note, the smell also has a woody essence. The feel is very good with semi-dry texture with modest carbonation and slight sweetness with moderate bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish.

The taste is good with nice maltiness fromthe rye with mild hop flavors backing it up with a slight toasted and woody combo with light citrus in the background and nice level of spice with a gentle alcohol taste in the finish. Overall this is pretty decent, not quite a rye Ipa, but strong and has good rye malt taste, I would drink this again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper with really no head to speak of; just a bit of fizz on the surface. Some splotchy lacing but it is not impressive.

Aroma definitely has that unique rye spice along with some earthy, piny undertones. A few floral notes in there as well.

More earthy rye in the taste but is quite muted. Pine and dark rye brea along with some Earth and tree bark. Bitterness is on the high side and it has some characteristics in common with an IPA. The alcohol is very well hidden and I would have never guessed this is over 8%. Fairly thin mouthfeel with a fairly crisp finish.

Overall, an ok beer but it is lacking quite a bit in terms of flavor and aroma. Not really worth going out of your way for.

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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 farrago
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little under two fingers of tan foam, islands of larger bubbles break up an otherwise even surface, peters out to a thick accretion along the glass edges, the lacing is broad and gluey, in some spots covers everything from liquid surface to top rims. Very clear, to the point of almost diminishing its color, coppery orange to lighter red, more orange to yellow at rims and glass bottom, sluggish bubbles. Straightforward nose, crisp and openly knit, sweet orange to pink grapefruit zest, the rye comes through easily, however, it still has a somewhat creamy texture in the nostrils, mixed sweet grains, light pepperiness, strong underlying maltiness, ripe peach to nectarine fruit scents, maybe banana as well, just hangs pregnantly like a rain cloud. In the mouth it is medium-bodied, soft and fluid but not creamy, the rye has an edge and that peppery quality is spotlighted. Grapefruit, lemon citrus, pine, wildflowers and a flourish of milk chocolate and caramel as it goes down the chute. The carbonation is not steady, more an irregular pulse but on the whole keeps the beer inclined towards dryness. Leaves a metallic earthiness behind as residue. Good drinkability and could see putting back 2-3 of these in a sitting, which is likely on the high end for this type of beer per se.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light orange color into my pint glass. Medium size, slightly off-white head with good retention and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma and flavor feature some slightly sour and bready rye. Hops bitterness follow as the predominant aspect of the beer. Good solid flavor, not just an IPA with some rye thrown in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice

This one is a winner.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle DOB 08/21/13
A - deeper amber color with nice clarity, creamy ivory head fades rather quickly
S - toasted grain, caramel, earthy spicy rye, fruity piny hops
T - nice balance and complexity; fruity, spicy, earthy, rye, toasted grain, caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, alcohol very well concealed
M - medium/full body, somewhat resinous, finishes dry and semi-bitter
O - nice strong rye ale with good complexity. Glad to try it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's 2XRye a couple weeks ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm kind of in the mood for a Rye Beer tonight and since I thought most of Southern Tier's 2X beers were nice I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty standard for the 2X series, it looks ok. It poured a fairly clear orange/amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty lacing behind with some nice head retention. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice malty aromas with some grainy and bready aromas coming through with some caramel malt aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the rye which imparts a nice earthy and spicy rye aroma. Towards the end comes the hops that impart a nice citrus hop aroma with citrus rind aromas seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it had a nice combination of malty, hoppy and rye like aromas.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but lighter. It starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a nice grainy and bready flavor with caramel malts still sticking out the most and they are followed by a medium amount of earthy and spicy rye flavors. Up next comes a lighter citrus hop and earthy hop flavor with a lower amount of medium bitterness and a malty and rye like aftertaste.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, fairly creamy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, it had just enough rye flavors but it didn't seem like the rye was bold enough to live up to the 2X name. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp clean, not too filing and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think a couple of these would be the right amount for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good, but I really liked the balance and the hop profile in the aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was still nice, but I thought the rye and especially the hops could have shown up more like they did in the aroma. I don't think I would buy this beer again, for a seasonal Rye Beer I would rather have a Ruthless Rye. I would recommend this to Rye Beer fans, but I don't think it's a stand out in the style. All in all I thought this beer was solid, but if the taste was as good as the aroma then this would be a pretty damn good beer, I think with a little tweaking it could live up to it's potential. This beer doesn't make me like Southern Tier anymore, but it doesn't make me like them any less either, it's kind of right in the middle.

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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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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light amber with a one-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops.

T - Quite citrusy with grapefruit really coming through. Caramel sweetness comes through from the malts. Rye is noiceable in the finish. Alcohol is not present at all.

M - Medium carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Sticky dry finish.

O - A very sessionable rye beer. At 8% the alcohol is not noticeable. My only complaint is I wish the rye was more present.

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