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Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

411 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%


Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-15-2005)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ever since the Cosby show, I've wanted to live in a brownstone somewhere. Call me weird. Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises honey-laden biscuit, light maple syrup, mild grass, light walnut, and a hint of incredibly vague citrus rind way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of grass, a slightly stronger contingent of citrus, and a dried version of the honey and syrup. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice little brown ale, nothing overtly special, but a decent option for the style.

Serving type: can

02-05-2013 21:51:40 | More by TMoney2591
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, slightly muddled, amber-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white surface coating. Aromas of hazelnut sweetness, with a creamy undertone. The nose is not overpowering, but it is inviting. Flavors are very rich and extremely roasty. Wow...the aromas lull you into a false sense of passiveness, and then you get a fire-roasted nut sweetness and richness, followed by sharp characteristics from both the thin, carbonated body as well as the lingering charcoal highlights. Some candied sweet characteristics build slowly as you continue to drink, but the rich and roasty carry you through the whole brew. The body is light, and remains able to support the robust flavors. Slick, clean finish with only the slightest short-lived linger of sweet. Solid brown.

Serving type: can

01-30-2013 00:38:48 | More by GarthDanielson
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brownstone - Pint Can

First off let me say that I will try just about any micro in a can, I don't know why but it is appealing to me. Also let me state that I am not particularly fond of Brown Ale's for the most part, so my review is somewhat biased in that regard.

Look - Pours a dark amber with a thick foamy head.

Smell - Malty and mahogany, tingles the nose a bit with bitterness.

Taste - Bitter and malty with mahogany overtones, made me think of a "Porter Jr."

Mouthfeel - Bitter mahogany. Not a trace of alcoholic content on the pallet. Fairly drinkable but would not have a second one.

Overall - Not overly impressed but it is above average. Decent, but not amazing. If I had to place this somewhere I would call it "New Castle's bigger brother" or a "Porter in training".

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 12:49:40 | More by JMScowcroft
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Best Before 26APR2013

A: Pours a ruby accented dark brown with 1 1/2 fingers of sticky off-white head. Retention was great with multiple rings stuck to the inside of the glass.

S: Carmel and maple aromas blend with lightly floral hops. Toasty bread with a piney glaze.

T: See above. Nice balance between the hop and malt flavors. A glint of milk chocolate when this approaches room temp.

M: Big and slick with a decent hoppy prickle. Soothing and refreshing, all in the same mouthfull.

O: This is a style we almost always pass up. Glad we slowed down enough to let this one hop on board.

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 17:00:31 | More by GbVDave
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can
A) Pours with a two finger head. Sticky lacing on the drink down. Fairly clear mahogany colored body.
S) Noticeable hop aroma - quite fragrant. Piney. Hints of caramel.
T) Hoppy brown. Bold hop bite upfront followed by tasty caramel malts. Toasty. Slight smoky notes. A hoppy finish, but not as powerful as the upfront.
M) Crisp. Medium light body.
O) A fantastic take on a brown ale. A great brew. I'll be drinking more.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 01:27:36 | More by u2carew
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pint sized can into pint glass. best before APR 25 2013.

A: very light brown hue, almost a dark orange. hazy. brownish/white head is frothy, one-finger. retention stands tall, recedes to a rim.

S: chestnuts. apricots. mild toffee. brown sugar. a slightly Belgian dubbel-like aroma in my opinion.

T: fruity, nutty, and sweet. I getting some sort of woody flavor in there as well. something in the middle of the body gives me a salt-like flavor as well. finishes with some lingering sweetness that tries to cloy.

M: I find this body on the lighter side of medium. moderate amount of carbonation.

D: good flavors, but a little muddled in my opinion. these guys have some better brews out there that I would recommend over Brownstone.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 23:55:53 | More by Jimmys
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, I am not a fan of Brown Ales. But I have loved each Sixpoint brew I have tasted.

The pour was solid brown with a very nice light cream colored head. There really wasn't much of an aroma that I could detect. I poured more into another glass to check for aromas, but again pretty neutral.

The taste was very full and soft. Softer then most brown ale's that I have tasted.

The finish was good and neutral.

So, my summary is that this one is pleasant. I have nothing negative to say about this ale, and on the other hand, I have nothing very positive to say, except that it is good tasting beer. I am glad I tasted it, but it wouldnt be something I would have again.

However, keep in mind, I really do not like Brown Ales to start with, but I always enjoy tasting different beers. Not only for my personal reviews, but it helps when it comes to describing various beers to our customers.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 13:05:30 | More by rdilauro
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barknee

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownstone pours a dark burnt caramel color with a wealthy mocha tan head and generous carbonation.
On the nose; toffee, breaded malts, burnt sugar and lively yeast are on parade.
As for the taste, this brew in wonderfully bitter with just enough sweetness to balance things out. But I mean - this is one bitter brew with heavy handed hopping!
Well constructed like all six point products I've enjoyed, this one seems like a prototype and foundation for many other varieties they brew.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 16:06:40 | More by barknee
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 16 oz. can into a small snifter, a tight cap of creamy foam rose and feel quickly. A thin broken skim mottles the surface, while a threadlike ring circles the edges of the glass. A tiny bit of spindly lace is left around the edges.

Fruity ale yeast, apple and raisin, some light spice and specialty grains.

Tangy with a light bitterness, nutty malt character, a drying and mildly hoppy finish. Medium bodied with a little bit of astringency and bittering hops. Light carbonation. A fairly straightforward brown ale that's a bit hoppier than the usual.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 00:34:29 | More by emerge077
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brownstone pops open with some ivory foam already formed in the CAN. Once out, the liquid takes on a shoe polish brown look with some red poking in at the sides. Not much of a cap, semi lacing.

Smell is fairly easy for a fairly simple beer, Brownstone does have pungent strength. This includes a boatload of English malt giving off nuts and slight toffee and grain. A nice hop presence from the dry hopping.

Taste starts off malty and nutty and well, that's pretty much it. But wait, English malt is just large in this. A bit of chocolate malt in there as well, maybe a pinch of cocco flavor/brown sugar. Brownstone is a str8 forward style with a str8 forward taste. No bells or whistles.

Feel is kinda nice and the carbonation is pretty lively for a brown. It just sort of goes down smooth like and there is no prick. For the style though, not everything needs to pop like that.

Brownstone is great beer and one I would take down with some BBQ, it seems like a great match. 6% leads to all day drinking.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 03:37:31 | More by BARFLYB
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dogfishandi

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can at fridge temp into a snifter. best before 26APR2013 stamped on the bottom.

a rather vigorous pour from the can yields a 1-2 finger light beige colored, rocky head with a nice foamy cap and very good retention. some good lacing is left behind as it drinks. chestnut brown body with just a slight haze.

citrusy, resiny hops seem to be at the forefront. not till it warms does a toasty, slightly biscuity malt come out with just a hint of nuttiness. as it warms even further, fruity esters are noticeable.

a nice balance of hops to malt. dry citrus hops with a toasty, biscuity malt back. finishes with a pretty substantial hop bitterness akin to a pale ale or maybe even some IPA's. very light roastiness noticeable under everything.

light in body with a touch of a watery feel. hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

this reminds me more of a hopped up amber ale than a brown ale, but to each his own. the extra hops are much welcomed and make this something i could see myself enjoying again. the can is always a "plus" in my book as well. one of the better brown ales out there.

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 23:03:00 | More by dogfishandi
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug. Best before March 2013.

Appearance: medium tawny brown with a moderately heavy haze. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam with decent retention and an attractive lace. Pretty good!

Smell: rich and complex malt aroma with caramel and toastiness which change character over time; a good dose of earthy hops is also present. I like it.

Taste: again, toasty and caramelly malt character which seems a bit sweeter than in the aroma. Hops are earthy and a little bit herbal and are more intense than the aroma. Bitterness is on the high side for the style, but altogether it works pretty well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and a concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a bit bitter for a brown ale, even an American one; still, quite drinkable and definitely worth having again.

Serving type: can

12-01-2012 00:28:10 | More by flagmantho
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farrago

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average finger’s worth of tan foam, moderate dimpling across the surface, disappears steadily but final retention near the surface is very good, not much lacing to speak of. Hazy brown liquid with a strong orange influence, almost looks like rusty water, very active carbonation throughout. The nose does a good job of creating an even spit between sweeter chocolate, toffee crunch, cola bean notes and an earthier, grassier hop presence, almost metallic or minerally at times, nothing here has too much cutting punch to it while also stays firm, maybe could soak in a bit more for added length. Medium-bodied, comes on quickly with carbonated churn in the mouth which likely keeps it drying than otherwise might be. So-so richness to the cocoa, malt, caramel, coffee bean flavors, not a lot of roast but there is decent yeastiness in a dry powder form. Less earthy and minerally here, about same level of herbaceousness with a run up in pine and grapefruit pith. No real fruit flavors. Curiously, sweeter colder than as it warms. Extends the finish well without sacrificing freshness, the bitterness could be ratcheted back.

Serving type: can

11-12-2012 03:40:07 | More by farrago
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can into a weinhenny glass... its the only thing I have that can hold this 16oz can of deliciousness....

A- pours a deep amber brown, big white froathy head... reached 4 fingers! Nice sticky lacing to the glass

S- sweet breed, caramel malt.... earthy over all

T- sweet bready malts, caramel laced...earthy hops... woody nutty undertones

M- malty, earthy with a crisp finsih line.... cleans up very well. Nicely done

O- nicely done brown ale... maybe one of the leading in the style... six point is never a let down.... and a huge value as far as great beer in cans...

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 21:24:18 | More by warrenout330
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best before March 22, 2013 (I think--the date is pretty smudged; I remember the date being in March of 2013 when it was legible)

A: Clear reddish brown with a thick head and good lacing.

S: Resinous, piney hops.

T: Citric, resinous hops that come across as sour. Bready malt is faint in the background. Well hidden toastiness on the finish, if I really concentrate.

M: Soft, yet a bit prickly. Too thin.

O: A far cry from the draft version I remember from the Redhook brewery.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 01:22:10 | More by greybeardloon
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.0% ABV, 45 IBUs, 21 SRM, Best before 26APR2013

A - Rich ruby mahogany in color, Brownstone pours clear with a tall tan head. The firm pile of foam lowers slowly, collapsing around the perimeter but leaves whispy-to-chunky lace left on the pint for a sexy appeal!

S - Brownstone has a pleasant balance to the nose from the very beginning. Dry toasted bread is drizzled with zig-zagging strings of melted caramel and served up to combat the hoppy nose. Delicate pine and wood earthiness keep with the brown ale theme while a faint ale yeast fruitiness of plum and fig closes the aroma out.

T - Brownstone loses some of the aroma's more intricate complexities but replaces them with other interesting and unique traits. Toast and caramel sweetness linger with a lightly roasted coffee bean flavor that all overcomes the faint pine and woody hoppiness.

M - Smooth to the last drop, Brownstone is a medium bodied brown ale with a dry bite and crisp hoppy lingering bitterness but the finish feels just a little bit thin with a touch of alcohol poking through.

O - An easy drinking brown ale, Brownstone is crisp and clean with great malt and hop balance for an understated result. Sixpoint packs in delicate nuances which prevail when contemplating it's nature but are comfortable being lost in it's drinkability.

Serving type: can

10-24-2012 23:41:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep translucent caramel color with about one finger of tan head. The foam fades quickly, and there is thin lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet and malty. I get caramel, roasted chestnuts, and slight hop bitters. Decent smelling beer.

T: This seems like a pretty typical brown ale. I get a nice malty sweetness mixed with mild nuts. There are more hops in here than I would expect for the style, but I'm into it.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's easily drinkable and goes down smooth. There is nothing too outstanding or detracting.

O: Good beer, but I'm not overly impressed with the style to begin with. I thought it was ok, but I doubt I'll buy another can.

Serving type: can

10-24-2012 15:12:16 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

LOOK: Hazed amber red hue, sticky two fingers of froth

SMELL: Clean hop resin, toasted bread, mildly estery, spicy, caramel, faint orange peel, herbal, hay, roasted pecans

TASTE: Very malty, medium bodied, very smooth, toasted character throughout, juicy hop bitterness, chicory, hint of unsweetened chocolate, peppery alcohol, slightly orangey hop flavor, citrus pith, vaguely nutty, drying finish

A bit raw but certainly not unfinished, layers peel away with each sip as it warms up. I've had this on tap many times and the can seems to have held on to all of this greatness. Hands down one of my favorite American brewed browns.

Serving type: can

10-22-2012 02:09:04 | More by Jason
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Appearance is a moderate brown with reddish hues and a touch of cloudiness. Nice 2 finger head upon pour with good retention. The nose features caramel, cream, faint chocolate, and earthy hops. The nose suggest that the flavor is going to be subtle with a decent presence of both malt and hops. Taste starts with some roasted malt character which I barely picked up on the nose. Some crusty bread comes in with a touch of caramel character. The taste finishes with a hop note. This brown ale has a decent bit of character and is also unique for the style. The mouthfeel is moderate with high carabonation. Overall, worth a try, especially if brown ales are your thing.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 06:42:44 | More by homebrew311
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 4/26/2013. Pours fairly cloudy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, grass, herbal, grapefruit, pine, chocolate, toast, orange zest, and slight nuttiness. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, grapefruit, biscuit, pine, grass, orange zest, chocolate, and light nuttiness. Decent amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, grass, biscuit, and light nuttiness on the finish for a bit. Pretty good flavor balance; but is very much hop forward with hardly any noticeable darker malts until after the finish. No cloying flavors or sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a farily creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a good brown ale. Could have use more prominent chocolate roasted flavors in my opinion; but was still nicely balanced and very drinkable. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 03:06:07 | More by superspak
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JayQue

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown ale. Served from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Somewhat hazy mahogany color, lots of light comes through. Big off white frothy head with good retention and plenty of lace coating on the glass.

Slightly better than average smell. Before the beer warms up there is some hops presence. Afterwards just some mild malty characteristics.

Tastes good. Toffee and roasted malts, some piney hops bitterness. More hops than usual in a brown ale, but still nicely balanced...advantae on the malty side.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but nice and crisp/ refreshing. Seems a bit light for 6.00 abv, no hint of alcohol.

A solid brown ale, a bit hoppier than most. Goes down real easy...A winner

Serving type: can

10-11-2012 00:32:50 | More by JayQue
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownstone pint can (awesomeness) poured into my CBS snifter. Thanks Adam -

A: Dark caramel colored body with decent clarity and a light tan head with great spotty lacing left on the glass.

S: Herbal hop notes, caramel and nutty aromas, brown malt base, mostly sweet without any real roasted presence.

T: Hops are more subdued here, very little perceivable bitterness on the palate, some caramel sweetness mixed with the nutty brown ale notes...hint of some woody & earthy notes and a faint flash of darker fruit.

MF: Creamy medium body, softer carbonation leads to a somewhat velvety mouthfeel.

O: Really pleasant brown, and a good one to pair with dessert. I did.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 14:09:41 | More by Scotchboy
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a finger of off white foam that fades away quickly. Aroma is pretty hoppy, dominated by citrus hop aromas, but not overwhelmingly so.

First sip is pleasingly refreshing, effervescent, mild hop flavor, sweet crystal malt backbone, and a nice bitter finish. Certainly a hoppy take on the style, but it works nicely. I feel it could use a bit more body or malt sweetness, but that's a relatively minor fault.

Serving type: can

10-04-2012 02:28:48 | More by FickleBeast
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a light chestnut color with a finger of beige head. Nice retention with some sticky lace.

This one has a nutty aroma with hints of toffee in the background. Seems to have a bit of citrus in the background. The pallet has a nice toasty malt profile with some hints of toffee and nuts. A distinct hop character in the background.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty solid. Enjoyable as are most Sixpoint beers.

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 23:12:29 | More by Bendurgin
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
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