Gemini - Sixpoint Brewery
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +22%
Sorry, I use to collect wine for years in the 80's...but now I am into I.P.A.s & D.I.P.A.s. I don't have a great nose...but like the judge said about pornography..."I can't describe it but I know it is when I see it"...Well, I know a good D.I.P.A. when I taste it, and this is one of 'em! High alcohol, but you really can't taste it. Hoppy, but not too bitter. Overall, just a GREAT Double...enjoy!
12-02-2011 22:36:16 | More by EllisDee33
4.8/5 rDev +17.1%
On tap at Against the Grain in NYC.
A -- Bright golden orange color, good head with decent retention and lacing.
S -- Huge piney hops, with a bit of citrus. But pine dominates in a really impressive way, as with the nose on the Pliny's and some Alpine IPA's, for instance.
T -- Amazing. A blast of pine up front -- one of those rare IPA's that's like drinking an enchanted forest. Some citrus (as with the nose) in the form of bitter orange peel. A touch of sweetness in the middle, but never too much... and then a very dry finish with a hint of grain and cracker. Almost no sign of the big ABV, which is quite a feat at 10.6%.
M -- Nearly perfect -- a bit resiny and oily but not overly slick nor overly thick. Pretty much exactly how a big IPA should feel.
This was a surprising find. I'm guessing from past reviews that Sixpoint has tweaked this recipe (or even overhauled it). If so, they can go ahead and stop right now, because this beer would comfortably fit right into the IPA lineups at Russian River, Alpine, Pizza Port... all the west coast IPA giants.
Incidentally, my buddy ordered a Maharaja, and we agreed that the Gemini was clearly a better, cleaner, more elegant beer.
08-19-2011 19:59:02 | More by duluoz
4.58/5 rDev +11.7%
On tap, into a standard pint at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse, NY
Appearance (3.5): Thin film of off-white foam, leaving a ring on edge; could use more lacing, since I personally prefer a really bombastic head on my DIPAs but this is fine for on-tap. The body is bright gold with a slight haze, a plus in my book.
Smell (4.0): Hop profile comes through first with a bright orange and pineapple notes. Malts provide some moderate sweetness in the nose; overall, very nice. I like piney notes in this style, but this fits the bill, too.
Taste (5.0): Hops come through immediately as floral shifting to herbal, with citrus undercurrent—very nice! Lightly toasted pale malt is in back, supporting the hop profile. The slightly toasty malts complement the hops very well, actually. It’s got a long, bitter citrus finish—lemon all the way! A bit biscuity, and the yeast note feels German, if that’s possible. AWESOME! No alcohol presence whatsoever.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice carb, uneven and long-lasting mix of prickliness and soft creaminess; dry finish, well above average. Very nice, actually.
Overall (4.5): Great, really enjoy this. Great hops, great American DIPA. This needs to see much more of the world, and if this ever comes out in cans I’m buying lots of it. Lots and lots of it. Sixpoint, you really brewed a winner here!
10-01-2011 17:11:17 | More by fmccormi
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
A - Awesome appearance, nice cloudy orange, about 2 fingers of nice head at the top, that sticks to the glass after each sip leaving a nice lacing.
S - Lots of hops upfront, pineapple and grapefruit, and a bit of sweetness from something I cant pinpoint.
T - Great hops all around, a perfect blend of floral, and sweet fruits, Nice alcohol at the tail end.
M - Low carbonation, Medium mouthfeel, a perfect balance
O - Great DIPA, first beer from sixpoint and I loved it, perfect blend and great flavor!
10-26-2011 19:58:19 | More by thedoubler55
4.43/5 rDev +8%
a new sixpoint brew that I will quickly jump on
A- pours a hazy orange look that looks almost hefe like. There is not too much going on in the foamy head department. Lacing still lingers on the glass's edges andgives the brew a DIPA look that I expect. A touch of west coast look
S- spot on... piney resin on cue with the necessary grapefruit theme to have a steady DIPA. Bitterness surrounds the aforementioned themes to round out what I love... A DIPA that has all the necessary attribues of some east coast fellas making a west coast DIPA
T- bitterness participating as grapefruit all over. The hop bill is right to my liking
M- layers of flavor coate the palate. Very juicy
O- I am gonna say this now.... CAN THIS IMMEDIATELTY! Sixpoint like to use their interpretation of a style. IMO this is how they produce such winning beers. They are beginning to become a major player on the east coast
10-01-2011 17:03:45 | More by lovindahops
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Enjoyed this at Barcade last Saturday night after the Met game. It was their only cask and I've been meaning to try more Six Point when in the area so I went straight for a pint of this (only $4 before 8, good deal).
Poured a cloudy medium golden copper brownish and unremarkable head. Nose was hoppy and yeasty.
Thick, bold, hoppy taste with earth tones and a surprising breadiness. Very robust and malty for an IPA but the dry and bitter flavors were present as well. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish but overall it is remarkably hidden for a brew of this potency. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly cloying.
Terrific example of the style and also at masking heavy alcohol tones which sometimes puts me off big beers. Highly recommended if you can find it.
07-28-2006 03:43:14 | More by daliandragon
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
Had this on tap in an 11 oz snifter. Hazy, orange/yellow color with a nice, frothy one finger head that dissipates very slowly leaving a complex web of lace all along the glass.
Aroma is oh so hoppy. Fruity, citrusy, piney, floral hops with faint hints of malt.
Just like the aroma, this is a complete hop-assault taste-wise.
This was a fresh keg and it was evident in the taste. The hops blast as soon as the liquid touches the tongue. Not for the faint of hops. The quintessential 'hop-heads' dream beer.
Definitely worth a try. Highly recommended.
09-03-2011 05:21:35 | More by CaptDavyJones
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Growler from Big Z Beverage; pours a cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger foamy/bubbly off white head that faded very slowly leaving great lacing coating the glass. This brew leaves fantastic lacing, and after each pour the lacing kept sticking like the Christmas white foam that you spray on windows - crazy ass lacing that was really thick.
Smells of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, mango or pineapple, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices that I can't make out due to the hop dominance; this is all hops in the nose, and quite potent. I found it really enjoyable.
Tastes of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, mango, light lemon zest, pineapple, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, grass, hay and other earthy tones like wheat, coriander, light cinnamon and spices like pepper and cumin or allspice; some minor alcohol heat like rum or just the massive oily hop presence that leaves a resinous flavor. The back end of the swallow is sweet and malty, with some toasted grains and more spices coming through; the finish is like a pine cone or tree bark with some oily hop sweetness. There is some bite to this beer, which is just fine with me.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and oily slick, which is surprising to me for a DIPA with this much heat; it has a medium body, light to average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that's on the dry side, leaving a sweet, bordering cloying sweet taste coating the tongue, which has a crisp citrus pucker.
It's hoppy, it's malty, it's spicy and it's got heat, but it's quite tasty and surprisingly drinkable. A very enjoyable beer that went down easier than expected due to the ABV; this is definitely worth checking out. Brooklyn in the house!
07-22-2011 03:28:52 | More by CHickman
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured into a snifter
A - Pours orange\amber with a thick foam that quickly disappates. Lacing is excellent.
S - Strong scent of pine. There is a slight smell of citrus. Would have liked a little more of that.
T - Has a pronounced hoppy front, as is the calssic "hop bomb" of many good DIPA's. The complimentary flavors of citrus are more noticeable in the taste than in the aroma.
M - About the smoothest DIPA I can recall. Clearly to me its defining quality. For such a big IPA in hoppiness and ABV it is very, smooth, light, and quite drinkable. Went perfectly with my Chinese food.
O - Gotta love Sixpoint. I'd add this to their list of very good beers.
09-03-2011 23:51:01 | More by socon67
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Picked up a growler of this at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in NYC.
A - This beer pours a golden amber color. It has a little more than a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.
S - The nose has a nice bit of maltiness and a good hop presence. There are also some aromas of caramel, toffee, fruit and some citrus.
T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with marly sweetness, and then a nice big piney citrus hop flavor comes through. There are also some slight caramel, fruit, toffee, and citrus flavors that come through. The finish leaves some lingering citrus and hop bitterness behind on the palate.
M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some nice caramel sweetness in the background, and a nice amount of citrusy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
O - This has good drinkability. It has awesome flavor and is hard to put down, even with the high ABV. Overall, i think this is a really good beer, and a good representation of the style. I really enjoyed this beer, and I recommend checking it out. There is a nice citrus flavor and a good hop presence. I would buy it again.
02-10-2012 10:55:34 | More by JizackFH
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
On tap @ Little Frankies in NYC, on "Sixpoint nite", this new creation upon arrival looks bold, strong and flavorful, it did not dissapoint! The look is a murky shade of dark almond, brownish plum, minimal head, but leaving nice ringed, fine lacing. Full bodied and bold, woody, smokey and vinious, hop crunch more then respectable. Very tasty, heady brew, leaving a long lasting hop glow on the teath. Well done SP, another fine fine brew.
07-04-2006 22:44:22 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
I hope this is the correct beer. The menu simply said "Six Point Double IPA" and this is the only DIPA on here, so i will take those odds.
Had on cask.
Poured a dark brown/amber. Absolutely no head (insert bad joke here). Really rich smell, test mirrored accordingly. Incredibly robust, even for the style. I couldnt drink more than a bit at a time because I think it would have been too overwhelming. A hop-lovers dream. Not that balanced, but for some reason, i dont htink you will mind. It puts itself out there and says "here i am - take it or leave it."
A fine brew - not the best for the style. but certailny one worth drinking if you have the opportunity.
08-07-2006 01:09:26 | More by Lnedrive14
4.18/5 rDev +2%
From previous reviews, it would appear this new batch has been edited a bit. I'd dare say for the best.
Orange with a sweet little head into the tulip. I close my eyes and am in a land of fruit and evergreens. A bit of pine, a dash of orange, a smattering of mango in the nose with a touch of sweetness. The flavor is fantastic, bitter but balanced with the malt. Appears from the previous reviews that quite a bit of the crystal has been taken out. Citrus, pine, and some tropical action. Doesn't drink like a double even. Tastes just like a strong IPA. I wonder if they've dialed down the ABV a bit because there is no indication of even 10%. A bit sticky.
Whatever they've done with this new batch, they've done it quite well. Very impressed with this offering. Plus, hey, they're brewing it themselves!
04-28-2011 00:43:59 | More by dragonWhale
Gemini from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.