Sixpoint DDH Hi-Res

Tonight’s beer is another one from Sixpoint. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 11.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Zoom in—down to the smallest state of matter. Break it down to atomic particles. After HI-RES, can you really keep turning the dial? We doubled down and took the aromatic potential of this beer to excruciating extremes. When it feels like too much, you realize it’s just enough. Bring on the atomic juice bomb… now you’re getting the big picture.”

Random: I remember it being a big deal that Sixpoint referred to their cans as “nano-kegs.” I still think it’s a cool way to refer to cans.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and orange in color. There was some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was citrusy. It smelled like orange oil along with grapefruit oil and dried grapefruit peel. There was some booze as well. I picked up a little pine too. The taste was intense. The grapefruit and orange oils came through first, with some pine as well. There was a slight floral characteristic, along with booze. Given the ABV, this would have been difficult to hide, but it made it a bit difficult to drink. The body was thick and oily and had lower than expected carbonation. The finish was equally oily with grapefruit and orange. I’m glad I tried this beer, but it was a touch too intense for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sixpoint Dabble

It’s been awhile since I picked up a Sixpoint beer. When I first got into beer, I was super into their stuff and haven’t seen many new beers from them hit distribution by me. When I saw this, I thought I would give it a try.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There’s nothing quite like your first taste. Hop farmers are breeding insane new flavors—one sip and you’ll be hooked. To truly harness these new flavors though, you’ve got to dabble a bit and test them out. The new hop blend blew our minds, so for DABBLE, we’re taking our experiment full scale with massive loads of hops so everyone can experience it. Sabro provides an incredible coconut note, Cashmere brings a soft, delicate complexity, and Idaho 7 brings potency and depth. Dip a toe in—dare to DABBLE. #DareToDabble”

Random: This is part of Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop IPA series.

This brew poured with a one and a half finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy orange with a little bit of carbonation visible. The nose had orange segments along with tangerine juice and lemon zest. The taste was citrus dominant. I specifically found some orange segments, like the nose, and tangerine peel. There wasn’t much tropical fruit to this. The beer was very boozy, which was a bit off-putting. The body was middle of the road on thickness with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish was sticky with orange and tangerine. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. It was a bit one note and needed some complexity.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sixpoint Puff

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

Sixpoint Sensi Harvest 2015

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

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

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

Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #21 Lump Porter

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