Pillar Of Salt White Rye Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Pillar Of Salt White Rye AlePillar Of Salt White Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as "White Rye" in 2007.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-06-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 94
Photo of TheSSG
4.97/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a HUGE, white-tan head that has a lot of resin that persists.

Bright, spicy, citrus hop aroma is amazing.

Golden-yellow color similar to an IPA, actually.

Starts with a touch of sweetness, then moves into a wonderful blend of citrus hop and rye spice. Hop bitterness then makes a nice showing. Finish is a nice blend of malt, citrus hop, and rye. I love the initial flavor and how the malt transitions into this near the end.

Great mouthfeel. Not too carbonated, not too watery. Just perfect.

This is absolutely stunning. I could sit here smelling this all afternoon. If you are a fan of Cane & Ebel (my favorite), then this is for you. It allows a certain clarity of flavor that isn't found in Cane & Ebel. It's like a Cane & Ebel with edges that are just THAT much smoother (not that C&E isn't smooth).

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear straw/amber and low/medium carbonation.

S: Malty with spicy rye note and nice hop aroma.

T: Strong malt yet dry with spicy rye bite and bold hop finish which strengthens as this warms.

M: Medium/full mouthfeel and lightly carbonated

O: One of my favorite Two Brothers brews. Even better than Cane & Ebel.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color, average bubbling, but and awesome head and retention. Almost a finger thick for all 22oz.

The aroma is refreshing pale malts paired with light orange and lime zest hops. The rye adds a nice cleansing punch to the aroma.

This beer tastes like a hoppy, zesty Witbier. Fruity, lightly toasted malt and yeast flavors blend with citric zest and rye pop! This beer really hit the spot after a long Friday at work. Would love to see released as year round brew.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pillar of Salt 2012
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a cloudy golden with a big 3" white head. Thick things and speckled lacing remains on the glass.

S- very different. Real big spicy, citrus aromas. Some sweetness also but that spicy, citrus is just really different.

T- citrus and sweet caramel followed by spicy bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy with a dry bitterness aftertaste.

O- had this on-tap a couple months ago at the Two Brothers 15th anniversary party and liked it a lot then, and still like it a lot. Different flavors and aromas, and just a really tasty beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and a small earthy yeastiness. In the taste, citrus hops, yet mellow and a green apple dryness. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry rye and green apple dryness in the aftertaste. Almost saison like, with nice citrus hops upfront.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a touch of haze to a orange body with a slow big carbonation and a meringue of egg cream that sticks to the glass in cobwebs with each sip.

S- The citrus hops aroma has a faint jammy quality to them with a fresh floral grapefruit skins hops and an interesting watermelon rind note to them in the finish.

T- The citrus hops are a bit softer than the nose and a soft earthy spice to them takes on more of a grapefruit zest note as it opens up. There is a pale malt note that starts to grow underneath as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and the 68% ABV is well hidden.

O- The nice fresh hops flavor makes this very sessionable with a wonderful depth to the hops in the nose but a bit less in the taste.

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is part of the Retro Release series. Bringing back 15 beers from the past 15 years of operation. This is number 4 of 15.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/golden/orange color. A dense, two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace. This is a looker.
S: The first thing that hits the nose is a perfume like floral aroma. Some fruity esters of apples and pears. Slightly slick and oily, but not bad. Peppery spice, bread and biscuit. Really enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with a great floral, perfume like flavor. Zesty citrus and lemon. Other fruity esters that follow the nose. Peppery spice and biscuit from the rye. Maybe just a bit to slick and oily. A bit on the soapy side.
M/D: The body is on the lighter side of medium. Soft and fine carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Just a bit of soapy slickness, but not bad. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. The bomber will be gone in no time.

I love rye beers, and this is a good one. It is basically the opposite of the mega hopped Cane & Able, Founders Red Rye, or Hop Rod Rye. Much more delicate, and incredibly enjoyable. The soapiness almost becomes to much, but still something I highly recommend.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like the Pillar Of Salt. It is a tasty beer. The beer pour a beautiful clear golden color with slight copper hue. The head is nice an thick and is lacing nicely. The smell is a little weak, but you can pick up fresh hops that provide a pine like effervescence. The taste starts with a good rye push, then the jobs kick in which give a good pine flavor with a subtle citrus kick. The mouthfeel is a good medium bodied ale with decent carbonation. Overall it is one of the better two bros comebacks!

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzes up out of the neck of the bottle with intensity. That combined with the not entirely common tart spiciness of the aroma made me think for a second it was infected. It wasn't. It's just not normal.

Pours dark. More gold than the name had led me to anticipate, but thankfully much more reasonably fizzy than the uncapping had led me to expect. Smells, like I said, crispy citrusy and spicy, and the combination between citrus and spice nodes is complex in a way that doesn't at first seem intentional. It's a little apothecarian, like an old timey tincture. Also a little like a straight up Belgian. The zippy rye is manifest, but if it wasn't mentioned in the beer's name I might have mistaken it for something else, because rye just isn't normally presented in this manner.

Tastes like it smells: different, but pretty good and well put together. White pepper starts things off, moving into sharp rye backed with pale, biscuity barley. This moves into a middle of lemon zest and orange rind and ends with a yeast profile that reminds me of Founder's' beers in a way I'm not quite learned enough to clearly explain.

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a decent sized eggshell colored head; decent retention, but didn't get much lacing; hazy orange gold color

S - Light fruitiness that made way to a more aggressive hop tone; hay and grass; lightly sweet

T - Fruity and a little bit of sweet maltiness at first; then really drying hoppiness; rye bitternss comes through at the end

M - Medium to thinner MF; very subtle but present carbonation

D - Nice drinking; interesting and tasty. Pretty different as well.

Overall, a neat brew to try, but it's hard for me to not compare it to Cane and Ebel, which is one of my favorites in the style, even though the white rye is a distinct and unique brew. Definitely worth checking out, though.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citrus hop and a light caramel.

The taste was upfront oily hops with a sweet caramel and a rye bite at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward rye beer. Hefty.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Irradecent orange wheat. Bone white head has great lace and retention. Holds up even after you accidentally pour it all over your friends - sorry Anthony.

S - Clean spicy rye, cream, and an herbal bitterness.

T - Super smooth. Black pepper, rye, dandelion, and a light caramel malt. Dry finish.

M - Great carbonation with a silky frame.

O - A great twist on the style, and an excellent beer in its own right.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2B tap takeover at Swig 7/11/12. Third and final beer.

This beer is a deep, cloudy pale gold with orange hues throughout. It forms a beautiful pillowy crown of head that shows good retention and leaves a pretty impressive broken sheet of creamy lacing as it drops.
This is an interesting beer. Rye notes and the spiciness from it are here along with a gentle fruitiness and floral notes with a very gentle bitterness. Malts impart almost buttery biscuit and caramel in the aroma, but something's lost just a bit in the flavor that would put it all together. It's interesting as a whole, perhaps unusual, the way it's put together, particularly as a hard to place herbal (not quite?) or spicy quality and something like cardamom come through.
Something right is going on in the feel, as this light to medium-bodied beer is brisk and has a continuing crispness while imparting a nearly velvety smoothness that never fades.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pillar of Salt pours an attractive gold color. It’s clear. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A white tan head tops it off. It stands about a finger and a half tall or so. Retention was pretty good. It fell to a surface covering rather quickly, but holds firm there for a bit. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. Perhaps a tad weak. A bump in strength would easily warrant a bump in score. It smells earthy and grainy throughout. There is a bit of bready, rye scent. Hops are easily noted. They have a citrus grapefruit and grassy scent. It’s a pretty nice mix. A little yeast is notable on the tail. It’s light and subtle. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Far from overbearing. Smells pretty good. A little more strength would do the trick.

The flavor is a tad better. The malt base is a little sweet, but it’s definitely reserved. The spicy rye flavor is lively and delicious. There’s a breadlike quality to it that works well. Yeast is more prominent than anticipated. Hops are very flavorful and work well with the rye. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and grassy flavors are noted. It’s slightly bitter and dry. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and dry. Good stuff.

Pillar of Salt has a body that’s on the light side of medium. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It goes down pretty smooth and easy. This bomber won’t be much of a challenge.

Pillar of Salt is good beer. I like it. Two Brothers should keep this one in the rotation for the long haul. It really is good stuff. The interplay between the rye and hops really makes it work. If you see it, grab a bottle.

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Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear light brass with a spongy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Soapy yeast and malt, citrus peel, sweet alcohol, pale malt, grapefruit.

T: Clear, mild, sweet rye malt shot through with citrusy hops. Squeezed orange, vanilla, doughy pale malt grain, floral esters, mild alcohol, hint of sweetly spicy white rye.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: Pretty interesting rye beer. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful light pale golden orange color, letting just a bit of light through from the other side. Glowing golden orange, with a light off white head, leaves fine sophisticated lacing. Aroma has spicy rye notes with hints of citrus and earthy notes. More clean yeast spice to go with the spicy rye, no caramel or toasted malts this was specialty rye malts with light toasted 2 row. Bitterness sits at 68 IBUs and abv at 6.8%, go figure a big beer bred from Cane and Ebel. Super sweet rye/malt layer that is backed by a nice citrus/zest, floral hop flavor, and it has an ample hop bitterness to stand up to it all. Mouthfeel is lightly resinous bigger bodied due to the rye additions, even flowing carbonation pretty soft in that regards. Overall impression is one that this beer is nice big and hoppy but lacks the finesse and mixture of flavors that Cane and Ebel provides.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Bright gold with thick white head and strong lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, bread and citrus.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel, fairly bready, with some orange and grapefruit. Barely moderate bitterness.

Feel: Lighter than expected but very creamy. Finish is mostly dry.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall, but not much rye character, and not much of an IPA either.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy orange/red with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and apple. Flavor of caramel malt, apple, fruity light hops, citrus, and maybe a touch of coffee grounds/roasted malt. One of my favorite Two Brothers beers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's
Bottle date: None, but appeared on shelves a few weeks ago
Glass: US pint

Pillar of Salt is interesting: the Brettanomyces facets of the beer lead me to wonder if I have an infected bottle or if I'm just picking up elements that others have not. I liked what this beer offered: the hops and malt bill provided some interesting flavors, but the Brett character made things a bit strange (though still enjoyable). The result being that I'm not totally sure if I enjoy this beer heavily or just a bit. Thankfully, I have another bottle with which to update my thoughts.

Pours a very tall head (>3cm) composed of small to medium-sized bubbles. Head retention is very good, lasting several minutes as it gradually fades to a thin cap atop the beer's body, leaving substantial clumps of lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a hazy dark orange-gold when out of light, golden-orange-yellow when illuminated. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of rye mash, malt sweetness, and some apparent Brettanomyces-derived yeast and pineapple notes. Not sure where the "citrusy dry hop" is, but this is still enjoyable.

Tasting opens with interesting rye and pale malt mixture with Brettanomyces-influenced yeast and pineapple flavors. Front palate intensifies grain bill over Brettanomyces factors, which remain present. Mid-palate balances grainy malt characters with some mild grapefruit and citrus-like hops. Hops remain present through the back of the palate, mixing with Brettanomyces notes and some light ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of Brettanomyces yeast flavors and light spiciness from hops and, perhaps, rye.

Beer is medium-bodied with high levels of carbonation. The carbonation foams the beer up on the palate nicely, but also prickles the palate a bit too much: borderline of being overcarbonated. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly, with a dry finish and modest stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Two Brothers Brewing Company shaker pint glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues and a two and a half finger bright white head. Mild aroma of bready yeast, mild alcohol, and very mild citrus with just a bit of spice from the rye. Mild grapefruit rind greets the tastebuds, then a bit of mild sweet maltiness that transitions to a dry finish accented with a bit of rye spiceness. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew. Great balance between the slightly sweet malt and dry rye spiciness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I feel a bit awkward drinking some dude's doomed wife... It pours a clear brass topped by a couple o' fingers o' white foam. The nose comprises very light orange peel, lightly buttery biscuit, mild grapefruit zest, and a hint of some vague spiciness that I just can't put my finger on, but I can say that it's both intriguing and pleasant. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, stiff caramel, spicy rye bread, light biscuit, orange peel, a pinch of cardamom, and a squeeze of lemon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, hop-forward rye beer, one that does indeed satisfy, but also one that doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm... white rye,, this is new for me. I've had Cane and Ebel on multiple occasions and enjoyed it greatly, lets see how the albino version fares. Appearance is pale gold, slightly cloudy, with clinging white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is rye forward, even more so than Cane and Ebel. Tones of earthy and spicy notes along with a considerable wave of hop bitterness. A bit of a woody character is present as well. The taste starts of malty with notes of rye bread, this is followed by deep earthy hop notes with mild bitterness. Again, a bit of woodiness. Not as well balanced as its counterpart. The mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, I am intrigued by the concept of this beer, but I do enjoy the "red" version better. Worth a try.

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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles climb eagerly in the column.

S: Very mild--a touch of aromatic pine and some feather-light rye, but too little of either.

T: Begins dry, with spicy rye and hop aromatics that are mildly floral with some berry qualities as well. Acidity is restrained, appropriate, into the middle where floral hop flavors continue on and lesser bready malt emerges. It finishes with but medicinal bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly typical pale ale for Two Brothers--well made but conservative in its approach. Balance is achieved but no qualities really stand out. As a historical footnote it is mislabeled as being 68% ABV.

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Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's really an attractive beer with a light copper color, both slightly clear, yet with specs of goodness roaming around in the liquid. Up top is a gorgeous bright white head with a classic IPA look to it. Lots of different sized bubbles, eventually ending up around the sides of the glass. A beautiful thin white lace is left behind as the head finally dies.

Smell could use more aggression. It's faintly floral, with some orange peel and a bready, yeasty scent.

The rye is obvious, but so are the caramel malts and a hint of toffee. I wouldn't think the two flavors would work well together, but they do.

Like the taste, the two feels--the spicy from the rye and the sweetness from the malt-- works very well together to give a nice balance. Has a pale ale feel to it, but it's very mild.

It's very easy to drink, goes down nicely. Moderate alcohol and good flavor combinations. Fairly smooth. Somewhat non-descript, yet good at the same time.

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Photo of vic21234
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy light orange/ peach color. About a half fingers worth of head quickly fades to some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Not much of an aroma coming through, some rye hints come about as well as the faint aroma of citrusy hops.

T- Starts off smooth with some hop hints and leaves behind some malty rye notes.

M- Light, dry finish, nicely bitter.

Pretty good stuff from 2 Brothers, I think I like Cane and Ebel more though.

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