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 maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is just me, or are ryes suddenly proliferating like unprotected rabbits? I mean, fine by me, but for a while it was hard to find one, & now they're coming outta the woodwork. 12 oz. single that I need to consume, to see if I need to buy more.

Pour is a light, creamy, very clear orange with accelerating carbonation. I need spectacles to find the nose. Faint citrus, spare earthiness, not much going on here. Hopefully saving itself for the taste...

2X Rye punches well above its tepid aroma. The rye leans earthy vs. spicy, & I prefer the latter; this one tastes like a hand full of clean Kansas loam. Hopping arrives timidly after the rye, & lends a mild bitterness & a little pine. Breadish & grainy. Goes down easy enough, though.

After having a couple world-class ryes in the past few weeks, this brew just doesn't stand up. Pretty good, just not my speed.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger of white foamy head. The head has a great level of retention, fading over ~5 min and leaving a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma has a big dose of rye and citrus hop. Along with these aromas are some pine and a grassy smell giving a more resinous aroma to the brew. Some other smells of a light caramel sweetness and a bit of an oaky/woody smell round out the aroma making for a nicely hopped rye smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor and a little bit of caramel sweetness. Rye flavors are present upfront, beginning more mild, but getting quite a bit more potent as the taste moves on. Hop flavors, quickly come to the tongue, being of an earthy and light citrus flavor. As the taste moves on the caramel loses some strength while the rye continues growing more potent. Like the sweetness and rye the hops transition as well with the citrus largely disappearing and the earthy growing stronger and being joined by some other hop flavors of a grassy and pine nature. The rye, grass, pine, and earth take the taste to its end, where a light amount of wood enters the taste with a bit of caramel returning to the tongue as well, leaving a slightly resinous hopped but still rather present and smooth rye flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly below average in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation that is on the lower side. The thinner body isn’t the best for the combination of rye and hop flavors but the lower carbonation is actually quite nice for the rye flavors of the brew really allowing them to stand out.

Overall – A quite tasty and easy drinking moderately hopped rye. At 8.1 % abv and being so easy drinking and enjoyable, this one is a bit dangerous but regardless is very nice overall.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pretty much straight amber.

Smell is pretty light with sweet sugars,

Smooth dry start, to the taste, with a light and sweet finish. Subtle rye and hops add to a slight bitterness. An interesting brew but a bit short of what I expected for a double rye.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a beautiful clear amber with one finger of white head. Nice retention and some lacing. A steady stream of visible carbonation aids there.

S- a nice coupling of caramel malt and citrus hops

T- a little dialed back from the aroma, but both elements are present. A little more malt forward than the aroma would indicate

M- feels nice and full on the tongue with a little bite from the hops and the carbonation.

O- a nice ale. Nothing really pops but it is really good.

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Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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 corby112
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous hops and grassy pine along with a strong malt presence and a decent amount of spicy rye. Soily with wet earth, grass and pine needle followed by caramels malt, toffee, biscuit and subtle dark fruit. Rye begins to stand out as it warms with a peppery spice character. Three different hop varieties but the hop profile in the nose is sort of one dimensional and the malts begin to overpower the rye after a while.

On the fuller end of medium body with a stronger rye presence than the nose hinted at. Spicy and peppery rye dominates the flavor up front but is quickly complimented by dry, earthy hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Dry, sticky hops are very bitter with grass, pine needle and spruce tip flavor. As it warms, the malts become more prominent with caramel sweetness, toffee, dark fruit, bread and biscuit. The high ABV is well masked making this beer easier to drink than it should be. Complex and well balanced but the hops interfere with rye spiciness a bit too much for my preference. I would have preferred if it was heavier on the rye with a subtle earthy hop presence. Unfortunately it was the other way around. Still, this beer was interesting and an enjoyable drink. I haven't been a big fan of the 2X Series but this one was decent.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know why I always expect rye beers to be red or amber. 2XRye pours a hearty gold color with a thin airy cap of head that deflates quickly.

Zippy rye malts, grainy barley, citrusy hops, perfume, and light pine. Spicy nose with woody tones. Malts have some carmel/toffee sweetness.

Ah, yes. We have a lot of spicy, husky rye notes with a wintry heartiness and a kiss of bitter sweetness. Perfumy hops have floral and citrus notes with flavors of bitter orange, grapefruit, and almond. A heather honey flair to the malts, which push slightly past even balance. A little caramelly in the finish, but bitterness stays pronounced all the way through. Fizzy feel accentuates the spiciness and bullies the tepid medium body. Slightly heady. A little oily.

A good package rye beer. 2X series is wearing me out a little bit with all of the fortified strength, this one has it's "chore-like" tendencies.

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Photo of bum732
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Grainy, slight caraway, grassy, some hop aromatics, some perceived sweetness. Little bit of a pear note.

L: Fairly clear amber orange, off-white head that dissipates.

T: Sweet, rye bread like malt with an undercurrent of stone fruit like hops. Very clean malt sweetness. Medium clean bitterness, quite smooth. Touch of alcohol bite. Finishes semi-sweet with lingering hops but fairly clean.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Ok beer, love the rye component, but the hops were severely lacking for a DIPA.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a decent white head forming on top. Carbonation is fairly active.

S: Pine and grapefruit rind hop aroma. A little alcohol aroma comes with warming.

T: Pine, rye spiciness, citrus peel, biscuity malt. Alcohol stays well hidden until the beer is nearly finished.

M: This has a little more body than your typical IPA. Minor syrupy slick feel towards the finish.

O: A very good rye IPA that rivals Founders Red's rye in my opinion.

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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 justintcoons
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Crystal clear amber with 1 finger of bone-white head. Decent retention and low-moderate carbonation.

Pineapple, pine, rye, caramel and candy sugar.

Fairly rye forward backed by pine, pineapple and hints of grapefruit. Caramel maltiness with notes of toffee and toasted bread. Rye and pine linger into the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and oily

Showcases the rye well. Balanced, well-hopped and easy drinking.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass pairing with spicy homemade Chinese food - chicken onion green pepper carrots and rice with a black bean chili sauce

A: pale amber in color with a small head some lacing.

S: spicy and citrus hops

T: the rye is definitely present in the spiciness. Piney citrusy hops nicely balanced by some malt presence. Definitely on the hoppier side though.

M: grainy and a smooth dry finish the tastes really come together in the end

O: not quite an outstanding beer but damn near close. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

To a world with more rye beer – cheers.

Brewed less than two months before the date of this tasting (08/21/2013).

A: Burnt orange body with stunning clarity adorned by a paper-thin layer of beige bubbles. A storm of fizz rises constantly from the bottom of the glass, creating quite a show. Lacing everywhere.

S: An exceptionally rustic nose dominated by peat, alfalfa, burnt biscuit, and a big dose of rye bread – truly excellent grain character. Hops on the back of the nose provide tangerine and strawberry aromas.

T: A rich, rounded palate that’s nothing like the nose suggested; sweet pecan pie and creamy vanilla flavors are prominent. It’s all about malt-forward tastes, quite sugary, but with more satisfying notes of pumpernickel, gingerbread, biscuit dough, and (once again) peat. Hops aren’t non-existent, but they’re certainly not upfront, providing only an ending bite of spicy dryness. Finishes with an even balance, lingering with a cereal grain aftertaste for just a moment.

M: Wonderfully creamy, so much so that is goes down with almost no discernible weight. You can tell it’s not watery, but it’s just so drinkable – wow.

O: I’d take a 2XRye over the legendary 2XIPA any day: it’s insanely drinkable with a full, complex malt character that’s not overwhelmingly sweet. Let’s hope this stays a seasonal for a while.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a ring of foam. It is a light copper color with great clarity with slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, caramel, grassy,

Taste: Grapefruit, tangerine, spicy, toasted malts, and mild hop bitterness. Very balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mild tingly bitterness, medium bodied, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Some rye, but not as much as others. I could still notice it and it balanced out with everything out in the beer.

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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 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 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 keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden amber colour with white head

Smell - spicy rye, citurs on this as well (grapefruit), orange peel

Taste - rye, caramel, grapefruit, hop bitterness

mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, spiciness and heavyness from the rye

overall - this beer is worth a try

price point - $1.67/12 oz single

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

A: A nice medium shade of amber that is perfectly clear. The head is a frothy off-white color and leaves great lacing.

S: Fairly complex hop aroma, a bit of pine, slightly catty, and a hint of grapefruit scent. It's not a really strong or fresh scent, but it has a good aroma to it.

T: First off there's a mellow bitter grapefruit flavor, followed by a light toast flavor. I do pick up a bit of the rye character, but it is so light compared to the hops. The hops really dominate in this beer. The more I drink it, the more the rye comes through...it's like the rye flavor develops layers on the palate over time and it becomes stronger. I don't get any alcohol flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is medium and not completely dry. It has a robustness to it.

O: Overall it wasn't my favorite rye beer or anything, but it was pretty good. I can't really put my finger on it but it just didn't win me over. I wouldn't turn down a pint but I wouldn't go nuts looking for it. It has the added benefit of being over 8% without tasting like alcohol, so that might be something to consider if you're a fan of imperial versions of beer styles. If that is the case, then I would definitely recommend trying it out. If you're just a rye fan, really it just provides your standard rye beer flavors.

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Photo of mdubzfrumpdubz
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall a pretty good rye, not one that is so complex it warrants a full review. The color was not as deep as I would expect from a rye. The mouthfeel was refreshing, but rather ordinary. One thing I need to point out is I cannot believe it is 8%...for a stronger beer, it is very very drinkable. Not boozy at all, and quite refreshing. Heck, I might put down a few of these tonight, cheers!

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Photo of mattbk
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper. Slow moving bubbles, not much carbonation. Surprisingly clean for a beer containing rye, much less 2x rye. Looks like it might be fairly sweet, based on the viscosity.
S: Slight grapefruit, some spicyness from the rye. Not extremely aromatic, likely due to the muted carbonation.
T: The taste is very good. Grapefruit, it has some dank to it, rye spiciness, almost some mellow smokiness too. Not much of an alcohol bite, if at all. Only some very slight sweetness. Bitter, but not overwhelming bitter. A very interesting beer, not extremely drinkable, but not overwhelming with complexity either. Enjoyable.
M: Fairly full bodied. Adds to the complexity. Not very carbonated. I don't mind it this way.
O: Not much in the aroma department, but this is a complex and tasty double IPA style beer. The rye adds some thing to flavor profile, possibly to mouthfeel as well. Nice job STBC.

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Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark orange amber color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is quite malty with some sweet bready malt as well as that spicy big rye. The hops are of sweet orange, some grapefruit, and pine. There’s certainly garlic and onion in the back as well.

The flavor follows with some grapefruit, a good amount of garlic, then the bready malt and huge rye spice. The pine bitterness really lingers well with the spicy rye on the finish.

This is a really great take on 2XIPA. For rye lovers, this is a great beer to try.

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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 Lordquackingstic
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a mini snifter.

A: Deep amber honey color with a sticky and slightly off-white head. This beer is reeeally clear, you can see all the way to the bottom of the glass with perfect clarity.

S: Spicy rye melded with citrusy hops followed by a slightly herbal note.

T: Rye bread, lemons, slight pine, green tea.

M: Very, very light bodied and masks the 8.1% alcohol content perfectly, making it insanely drinkable. I could see myself knocking these back easily (until the high abv catches up to me, obviously!)

O: This is a great addition to the fall lineup for ST. I'd prefer a slightly heavier body to make it feel more like an autumn seasonal, but otherwise it's really nice. Rye and hops go together like peanut butter and jelly, I just can't get enough of this combination!

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Photo of Archimetez
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice, clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head on pour.
-- Label is nicely done. Unassuming at first, but on closer look, it transition from a dark amber to greenish/yellow in color. Details on close observation is nice.

S: Sweet smell, in my opinion, floral

T: Sweet "rye" flavor with faint vanilla hinting on the backend. Cannot taste the high alcohol content during the enjoyment of a bottle.

M: Clean semi-dry

O: No complaints and recommended for a rye beer.

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