Archive for the ‘Sixpoint’ Category

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I enjoy Thanksgiving, although not as much as Christmas, since that’s my favorite holiday. The cats like it too since they get leftover turkey. I’ll probably be on the couch watching football right about now, so let’s get to the beer.

puff

ABV: 9.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imagine puffing away on hops for days, then just chillin’ as the party starts winding down. But wait, a final burst of energy; one last dose in a tank of dry hops. A special hop bouquet for the afterparty. If you love Resin, try tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s PUFF – a hazy, unfiltered pour with an extra dose of dry hops…a new blend devised just for Puff. We decided to capture our own puffy, cloudy brew in a limited release can. First puff says it all – this is is Keller. Breathe deep and put your head in the clouds…it’s Mad Science.”

Random: This is a beer they want you to drink really fresh.

This beer poured with a two finger head that was slightly off white in color. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with pine and fresh cut grass clippings. Some grapefruit pith came through as well. The taste was much more dank than the nose. There was a lot of fresh pine needles. The taste was made lighter with grapefruit flesh and a moderate dose of lightly toasted malt. The booze dried out the beer a bit, but didn’t burn the back of my throat. The body was lighter than I expected but had a generous dose of carbonation. The finish was quick with menthol and pine. A can of this $3.12, which came to $.26 per ounce. This was interesting and I drank it with no problem, but it didn’t floor me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a beer from Sixpoint, and what better one to have than their fresh hop beer that comes out annually. Let’s crack this can open.

sensi2015

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Mad Scientists make a pilgrimage to the hop motherland during harvest time to find the ripest, juiciest cones to put into SENSI. This year, Amarillo and Cascade were calling our name. Crack open SENSI 2015 and be transported to the hop fields… it’s Mad Science.”

Random: It’s becoming harder to find fresh hop beers because they’re getting so popular.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of fresh pine, grapefruit pith and an herbal note too. I didn’t pick up any malt on the nose. The taste had grapefruit flesh and pith and quickly went into a pine bite that had fresh mint and light juniper. At the end of the sip, there was bready malt, but only to give the beer a bit of balance. The body was relatively thick with moderate carbonation, which made it quite drinkable. It had a lengthy finish with pine needles and grapefruit pith. A can of this set me back $2.17 ($.18 per ounce), which isn’t bad for a fresh hop beer. I really enjoyed this beer. It had a lot of flavor to it and went down very easily. I will be searching this one out next year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sixpoint 4Beans

Posted: October 7, 2015 in Baltic Porter, Reviews, Sixpoint

It’s been about 4 months since my last Sixpoint beer. Much like this one, it was very polarizing in the craft beer community (Sixpoint Jammer) and I was not a big fan of it either. Let’s see how this beer was.

4beans

ABV: 10%

Style: Baltic Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With the addition of Madagascar vanilla beans, 4BEANS takes Sixpoint Imperial Porter to the next level. Romano beans used by bygone brewers provide body, as the flavors of dark malt, cocoa and coffee are rounded out by smooth vanilla. The result is a quadrality of roasted, savory, and complex flavors. Modern formulation meets Baltic tradition and BKLYN partnership… it’s Mad Science.”

Random: This beer is the big brother of Sixpoint 3Beans.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight crown was left on top of the dark brown body that had no visible carbonation. The nose had intense coffee and roasted malts. The taste started with notes of oily, coffee beans with some smoke as well. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and smoke came through as well. After a few sips, I picked up ash as well. The alcohol was well-integrated, but still had some warming that presented on the back of the throat. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was long and sticky with ash and dark chocolate. This was $3.50 for the single can ($.29 per ounce). I know this beer has gotten panned by a lot of people, but I thought it was solid. It wasn’t the best beer I had, but I had no major qualms with it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sixpoint Jammer

Posted: June 20, 2015 in Gose, Reviews, Sixpoint

The other half and I headed to Philly for a little bit to go to the West Elm. We ended up at the Foodery (which I love). We needed a snack and I wanted to try a few brews. This was the first one that we ordered. I’ve heard a lot about this beer, and not much of it was good. Gose is a really interesting style, so I wanted to see if it was as bad as everyone has been saying it is.

jammer

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “…the Mad Scientists kept tweakin’ that Jammer till it rocked so hard. Bygone brewers, repping the Sixpoint star, provided the concept and our friends at Jacobsen Salt hooked us up with the key ingredient. It’s salty, it’s sour, and it’s slammin’. It’s Mad Science.”

Random: From the pictures online, the can is really pretty.

What initially struck me was that this beer was a 10 ounce pour. I’m not sure why, as the ABV is smack dab in the session range. But, let’s move on. This beer poured with less than one finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy, light yellow color. There was some carbonation visible in the beer. The nose had coriander and salt water and that was about it. The taste was not what I was expecting for gose and was really boring. I didn’t pick up many sour notes and there was only a dash of salt. The only other flavor that I picked up was corn. The body was very thin and has little carbonation, which didn’t help matters. This was like drinking beer seltzer. The finish was instantaneous with corn. Although I was surprised at the pour at first, at the end, I was happy there was only 10 ounces of this that I had to finish. This beer was a total disappointment that I wouldn’t have again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at Uno’s. They had a lot of darker beers on tap that day, which is a bit odd given that it’s gotten pretty hot out, but no complaints from me. I haven’t had any beers from the Mad Scientist Series, so let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If you got nothing but coal for Christmas it’s okay…LUMP, the latest Mad Scientists brew, is here for you. Mad Scientists #21 is not a historical brew or collaboration – it comes from another element of Mad Science, toeing the lines of multiple beer styles and incorporating lesser used ingredients to create a unique beer. LUMP is our small-batch, draft-only winter brew and he’s a naughty bugger. Don’t let the 350 lbs of cherry puree, and the gobs of blackstrap molasses we used to finish the brew fool you…if you’re looking for a sweet treat or a sugar cookie, look elsewhere. LUMP is a sticky-fingered gremlin that pours extra-black – light-thieving black – and slaps you with bitter hops and roast flavors before sneaky cherry notes even creep in on the back end. Residuals from the molasses lean towards savory, and the bitter, rich, complex finish clings to your palate long after the last sip is gone.”

Random: When I picture a “mad scientist,” I think of Christopher Lloyd circa “Back to the Future.”

This brew poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation. The nose was dark with roasted malts with lots of licorice. Coffee was in there as well. The taste had intense roasted malts with smoke and dark chocolate. Black licorice was present as well. What I didn’t get from this beer was cherry anything, which is disappointing, because it sounds like it would pair well with the other flavors. I also didn’t get a lot from the molasses, which was equally disappointing. It was quite bitter, as they promised. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bitterness and roasted malts. This beer originally came out in December 2014. It could have lost some of the flavor, but my impression as of today is that this is just mediocre.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sixpoint RAD

Posted: July 14, 2014 in Fruit/Vegetable Beer, Reviews, Sixpoint

After a short absence, I’m back. As usual, work has been taking up a large amount of my time, thus the lack of updates. We also had another wedding to go to this weekend in New York and I had to work a half a day today on my normal day off. Since I’m backlogged, expect more details in the coming posts. Anyways, this brew was one that the other half was really excited for, so we had to bring home. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 3.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With Sixpoint RAD, the cycle of innovation continues. The Mad Scientists reimagined Franz’s concept using a blend of juices, instead of lemon soda, to create a craft radler like nothing you’ve ever seen. ‘There aren’t many craft breweries trying this with real juice,’ Sixpoint Founder Shane Welch noted one night, sitting at the big table in our brewery, trying dozens of different juice blends. ‘When you see all the complications here, it’s not hard to see why.’ You’ve got to begin with the right base beer, balance acidity and sweetness, and pack a ton of flavor into a tiny ABV. Simply put, creating a craft radler is not as simple as Beer + Juice = Totally Radical. But for RAD, the juice was worth the squeeze. The proprietary blend of fruit juices bursts with citrus essence, balanced by a smooth wheat beer base. It’s the ultimate summer crusher in a 16 oz can. Shane weighed in on the finished brew: ‘No one in their right mind would dispute it being… TOTALLY RADICAL.The recycling continues!’ Available in cans across the Sixpoint network.”

Random: Now Food Network has an ice cream show? I miss when Food Network had mostly solid cooking shows.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was murky and filled with what looked like pink juice with no carbonation apparent. The nose was all fresh grapefruit juice without anything else. The taste was like a really tart grapefruit soda. I got some lemon rind as well, but grapefruit overwhelmed everything. The body was on the thick side with very heavy carbonation. It had a long and tart finish with grapefruit. Despite the fact that I was very excited about the release of this beer, it was a total one-trick pony. Even though I really like grapefruit, it needed something else. I won’t be grabbing another pack of these.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

It’s Saturday, which for most people, means the weekend. For me, it’s the last day of my work week. Tonight, I’m stuck here extra late waiting for a truck to come back and load out. I would usually be annoyed by this, but the lawyer (also known as the other half) is down in DC for the weekend to catch a couple of concerts. So, if I’m stuck at work late on a Saturday night, I guess it’s better that it’s tonight. Anyways, this was a beer that I had last night, and yes, I did make sure that I got my badge on Untappd when I originally bought the four pack. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We crafted HI-RES as a testament to ceaseless, intrepid human nature. RESIN, our first slim can release, is an embodiment of the sticky quintessence of hops. It’s a beer soaked in snappy, energetic bitter compounds. Hi-Res, though a heftier formulation, uses a softer touch. It further clarifies hop perception by displaying a different component of the essential fiber of hops. With massive amounts of late-addition, new-age hops, Hi-Res eschews raw bittering force in favor of lush aroma and hop essence. It still holds to the spirit of Resin, carrying its heft cleanly, and drinks far easier than its 11.1% ABV and 111 IBUs. A full golden body, and a flavor profile driven by mango and passionfruit notes make Hi-Res a bittersweet ode to hops, and perfect for smooth sipping.”

Random: I really like the new Neon Trees song. It’s quite catchy.

This brew poured with a two finger pure white head. It was slow to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, deep orange color with very high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was huge. I got a lot of pine resin with mango and a touch of alcohol at the end. It was really nice. The taste was even better. The tropical fruit aspect of this brew was right at the front. I got mango and a touch of pineapple as well, coupled with fresh grapefruit and then the hops just hit me in the face. The booze was at the end of the sip. The dominant flavors were definitely tropical fruits. The body was medium thickness with very high carbonation apparent. The finish was long and fruity with a touch of booze at the end. I would definitely have this brew again. This was a standout from Sixpoint. Go grab some now!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0