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
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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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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 32
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Retro Release 4 of 15 is the only freshness info provided. I've had trouble finding fresh Cane and Ebel around here.

A= Pours a nice light amber color with a nice thick two fingers of head on top of it with nice retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Not quite as "white" as I expected.

S= Has a nice fruity hop aroma. Sort of a light grassy with a little citrus smell to it. A little bit of the rye but not to much coming through. Somewhat similar to the original C and E I remember that was old...

T= The taste resembles the aroma in may ways. It doesn't taste as old as the C and E I've previously had. I wish there was a freshness dating on this so I would know how old it is. The hop flavor is again sort of light and grassy with a little citrus and the rye comes through a little better with some spice. Again somewhat underwhelming in the hop profile. It almost tastes old again.

M= Great mouth and carbonation is perfect. Nice coat to the tongue.

O= This is a quality brew for sure but it's not what I want in a rye. I don't know if it's old or if this is what they wanted the hop profile to taste like but it just doesn't pop.

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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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Pillar Of Salt White Rye Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 94 ratings