Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brownstone opens to a sweet, malty nose full of caramel and brown sugar, with strong touches of vanilla, and an overlying cola/kola nut aroma, lending the beer a strong resemblance to an old-fashioned hand-mixed vanilla coke. The brew is quite sugary on the nose, in addition to the aforementioned notes including some nice cherry, fig, melon, and mandarin orange fruit esters. Hops add a bit of pine and sweet pink grapefruit, but just enough to provide a soft bittering effect. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the vanilla coke overtone is somewhat strange at the same time as it’s alluring, with the main weakness being a relatively light presence that could have used a bit of cranking up.
On the tongue, the beer is far hoppier than the nose let on, the 45 IBUs immediately present in good levels of pine, grapefruit rind, and light eucalyptus. These mix well with the sugars, which bring mainly brown sugar, as well as smaller notes of cherry, orange, and fig fruit esters. Breads are far more present here than on the nose, with biscuit, toast crust, and thick brown breads adding nice earthiness. The vanilla coke notes are thankfully gone, though touches of vanilla do remain, as well as hints of caramel and toasted nut. The aftertaste is mainly hops, toasted nuts, and toast crust, most of the sugars having died off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is very nice fare, and for a comparatively low 6% ABV, has good flavor and presence, even over the course of several mouthfuls. It could have still used a bit more oomph for even more presence, and the sugars needed to be stronger to better make themselves noticed against the hops and breads. Still, what is given in here is drinkable and delicious.
Serving type: can
02-01-2013 20:09:23 | More by jondeelee
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2.84/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a medium-toned brown body with a slim, paper thin, tan head.
Smell: Pithy, resinous top note from the hoppier elements. Muted brown sugar, nuts, ashen roast, and ineffusive chocolate powder.
Taste: Earthy, roasted nuts. Very low hint of brown sugar, even lesser hint of cocoa powder. Some ashy soot, molasses. Never much sweetness present. Resinous, citric hops with a medium-plus bitterness. Light nutty, roasty flavors, as well as some sustained, scraping resins on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely), feels a little hollow. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A muddled hop-forward brown ale that, even with the addition of extra hops, still feels bland and lifeless.
Serving type: on-tap
11-17-2013 16:07:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.