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Belgian Double IPA - Sixpoint Brewery

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Belgian Double IPA
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87
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bonbini26 on 09-20-2008)
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Reviews by Crosling:
Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange color. Thin, creamy white foam. Nose is very pungent with hops and fruit notes, very orange-like. Flavor is very sweet, tripel-like, with orange and peach notes. Similar heavy fruit notes from the hops as well. Well hidden alcohol. Nice beer overall .

Crosling, Mar 16, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of bonbini26
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask @ the Manhattan Cask Festival

Appearance-hazy orange, copper in color,

Smell- Citrus, Orange and grass hoppiness are powerful in the aroma, pepper notes also
Taste- follows with a nice pepper and citrus hoppiness, a bit of the grassiness and yeast is here as well, tingling the tongue and balancing the soft candy sugar mouthfeel and taste. Some grapefruit rind bitterness and bready yeastiness in the taste as well.
Mouthfeel is soft and silky on the tongue, cut by the zesty peppery hops with a slightly drying in the bitter finish.

Very nicely done and extremely drinkable even with the 10%abv

bonbini26, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of PEBKAC
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pricey little growler filled at New Beer.

Poured into my Ommegang Anniversary glass.

Slightly chill-hazed, orange/amber underneath "stiff-peaks" of off-white head.

Immense citric notes of pineapple, orange, & grapefruit overflowing from this beer. Candied ginger & spicy yeast perfume along thanks to the alcohol.

A sharply sweet bready malt upfront, followed by a tangerine & leafy green bitterness macerated in ethanol(that lingers). Minor medicinal qualities peak through. A school crossing of yeasty, doughy dryness finishes it off. When I drink this, I think of a richer rendition of a tripel.

Slightly syrupy. It rolls more then pastes. Carbonation is spritzy, but small, fluffing the feel up.

Price, availability, & the fact that I can't compose myself to have another might make me say, "maybe next time". Might. :)

PEBKAC, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The blower motor on my furnace went out tonight so this growler is keeping me warm.
Beerloco is awesome. Just sayin'

Pours amber with a nice long lasting head. Smells Fruity, Earthy, and Spicy. Tastes of Citrus, Hay, and Caramel. This reminds me of a maltier version of Simcoe Silly and is pretty much on par with it. Creamy, Smooth, and highly carbonated.

TheBlackMallard, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy caramel, stark white 1 inch head. Reduces to thin disk. Thick, small bubbled lacing.

S - Musky, earthy, with ripe tropical fruit.

T - Focused caramel center effectively bittered with citrus like hops to neutrality in the end.

M - Medium body, good coating and carb.

D - For the style, quite drinkable, but in reality, the ABV wouldn't fit into session.

Thanks to Barrelman!

srandycarter, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of DawnL
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7.1% abv

Rich head of white took minutes to dissipate to sticky lace. The brew is a deep brown with copper tints. The nose has coffee, caramel, and popcorn/puffed rice/rice cracker aroma.
The palate is a little raisiny. This may be a brew for Amarone lovers - maybe not.

The beer was not quite as full-bodied as that rich color would suggest. It's very drinkable and dangerously so. It drinks like a session beer.

DawnL, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Deep orangey copper color, with thin whitish head

S - Piney/cedary hop aroma, with solid malts to back them up

T - Great hop bitterness up front, and less piney than aroma suggests. Good malt balance to the hop presence, and some yeastiness. Had an almost savory nature to the taste...very interesting

M - Creamy smooth and a tad viscous. Great mouthcoat for the style

D - The alcohol is completely hidden in this brew, which makes it very deceiving in terms of strength. That being said, easily drinkable for me.

Overall, Sixpoint just doesn't disappoint and this is an excellent brew.

Nickls, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this hand filled bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This one pours a clear medium gold with a good 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is both hoppy and sweet. Lots of piney notes takes care of most of the hoppiness while there's a huge tropical fruitiness here that adds the sweetness. Very flavourful nose indeed.

The taste on first sip and whoah..big pine and grass dominate the early going with a fresh orange flavour moving in brfinging some earthiness. Big flavours and pretty big alcohol presence. I want to say that this is really balance but...some sips show the hops more, some sips show the fruit more. Good drop for sure, either way.

Mouthfeel just creeps over into medium territory, the carbonation is close to medium, and it finishes bitter and sweet with grassy notes being the last thing I notice. Ok, so my tongue has a ton of bitterness after every sip is finished. A bit too much, imho.

Drinkability? It sure drinks like a 10.2%abv brew so I take small sips only...lots of warming after the swallow. Btw, head retention is great and there's lots of sticky lacing.

Bitterbill, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one served up by my buddies at Stand. The head was inconsistent, mine a two finger rocky mound but others I observed were flat; definitley a result of the pour and not the ale. Smell was spicy hop, but a bit tame. The toffee malt came through in the aroma but I expect an aroma wallop from a DIPA. The sip was smooth, creamy head, bisuity malt base, spicy hop. Peppery and herbal at times with the high ABV providing a tannin burn at the end. Definitely a hybrid, boasting the better characteristics of Belgian yeast and a large IPA bill. Gotta get it in a bottle to understand to a greater degree. A tasty, drinkable extreme ale that has the 10% sneaking up.

SeanRedd, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Deep orange bordline copper color with a nice rocky 2 finger head of foam. The head is comprised of lots of bubbles of various sizes.

Smell: A nice balance of hop bitterness and belgian style yeast. Cedar notes, slightly orange notes, grassy notes, etc.

Taste: Well balanced belgian style double IPA. Most of the taste notes parallel the nose. Unlike a previous review stating the alcohol is completely hidden in this brew, my sample is quite hot.

Mouthfeel: This is a super creamy IPA and I think the mouthfeel is the best aspect of this brew. Not quite chewy but it coats nicely.

Drinkability: Although not extremely drinkable due to the 10+ percent ABV and the slight hotness of the taste, this one is easier to kick back than you'd expect!

koopa, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler fill from earlier this afternoon (1/10/09).

Pours a hazy dark copper, with almost no head.

Nose is sweet citrus, pineapple specifically stands out, a bit of an underlying clove note, some fruity esters showing through, and a bit of a medicinal note. Bit unfocused.

Taste starts off with a big, sweet caramel and citrus note, with a big, resiny hop note coming in to join soon after. A bit of spicy alcohol towards the finish. Finish is long, dry, bitter, a bit prickly, with some strong (almost overwhelming) clove and medicinal phenols on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, moderately active carbonation. A good effort, but the Belgian aspect seems more distracting than anything - the phenols compete with an already intense finish, can be a bit much. Still, a nice beer.

JohnQVegas, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of ballewblake
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to PEBKAC for this one.

Two finger soapy off white head on an opaque amber body. Nice floral hops on the nose with a belgian yeasty strain, some pale malts in there too. Seafoam lacing on the glass as the head falls down somewhat slowly. Low carbonation on the body, maybe due to the growler. Plenty of bitterness on the back, some ethanol is noticeable too. Taste is really over whelmed with the hops, I'm getting a few different hops too, maybe some pines and grapefruits, but just barely.

Way smooth as it warms up. Left the bottle out for the second pour and this is delicious. More Belgian yeast in the nose, warm and smooth. It does have that American spin for an IPA on it, the hops are in your face noticeable, so the lower score is mainly due to it not being in that Belgian IPA range, which I can only assume is what they were going for with the name... Way tasty otherwise.

ballewblake, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

In_Control_Mike, Aug 23, 2013
Belgian Double IPA from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.