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Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin - Sixpoint Brewery

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Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin
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89
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: younger35 on 10-22-2011)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice, clear light golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dose of the Nelson Sauvin hops with some green berry and white wine. The flavor has a nice hop presence with just a touch of malt in the background. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitterness through the finish. Quite solid.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 23:50:46 | More by Thorpe429
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

10-19-2013 20:04:20 | More by kjkinsey
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-01-2013 21:57:14 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color with a sticky white head on top. The lacing is very good here. The smell of the beer has a good amount of lemon on the nose. The taste of the beer was also quite citrusy and bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and very drinkable. Good carbonation too. Overall this beer was pretty good, I think it's better than the Warrior.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 23:31:35 | More by Knapp85
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at armsby abbey.

Creamy almost 1 finger creamy head fades slowly with lacing, super hazy golden orange color.

Nose has that typical nelson sauvin, light lemongrass, some citrus, tangerine, peach, light tropical fruit and resin, hint of white wine, juicy fruit.

Taste brings musty tropical fruit, wet hop like oily resinous taste, bit of pine and lemongrass, tons of white grape seeds and the fleshy part of a musty concord like grape, grape skin too. But fruity with light citrus, touch of tangerine and peach and apricot, hint of sweet like malts underneath. It gets quite bitter, and as it finishes dry gets astringent, and more musty chewy hop resins.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, bit oily.

Overall nice, great representation of nelson sauvin hop. Great white grape flavors, nice fruits, malts to balance, but gets a bit astringent and too bitter on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 01:47:55 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-31-2013 01:54:59 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

11-05-2013 15:44:47 | More by mdfb79
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-21-2013 20:58:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-01-2013 01:10:52 | More by PEIhop
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a hazed light golden color with some orange hues. Thick white head fades into filmy retention with plenty of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Pungent hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit notes. Pith and rind notes with faint sweetness and acid. Some bready and caramel notes.

Big time hop presence up front with pithy citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange with some rind and peel. Very spicy and dry with continuing bitterness throughout. Biscuit and bready malt notes with a light touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry on the tongue.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the palate. A wonderfully explosive IPA with a distinct hop flavor - I really like these single hops from Sixpoint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 05:30:03 | More by xnicknj
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerines, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a bunch of fantastic citrus taste. It reminded me a little bit of the Green Flash IPA, but mixed in with that Sixpoint taste that is common with all of their beers. It ends with a hoppy citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - An excellent beer.. probably the best Sixpoint beer I've had so far. I hope they put this one into cans at some point, I'd buy it for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 17:40:02 | More by spinrsx
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Brenden

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one that, despite being a bright, deep, shining gold, is almost entirely opaque, displaying thickness in the body. The pour from the tap brings up an extremely creamy not-quite-white head that drops very, very slowly, developing crags and crannies as it does. A web of sticky lacing is left before diminishing (the term is used lightly) to heavy patching.
The nose is light, with a little fruit, spiciness, and a floral quality.
In the taste, though, this beer is packed. It's spicy and juicy, so extremely citrusy but with something like papaya bursting on the tongue. It's bready with a pale malts balance but nicely hopped. It's not as hop-forward as IPAs are these days, but the hops are in charge.
The feel is crisp and smooth in even measure, with both bite and creamy flow. The body is medium, very clean, and it has a certain brightness to it as well. There are layers to the depth of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 15:36:52 | More by Brenden
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a pint glass a crystal golde hue with a one finger white head that leaves very thick and creamy side lacing.

S - Some sweet malts but this is very nice...full of those strong Nelson hop aromas. There are some light citrus as well as some light white wine on the nose.

T - More of those sweet malts and the great nelson hops. Slightly musty and bitter with good citrus notes (like others have said with oranges and tangerines). Very nice vinuos white wine grape characteristics too that go with Nelson Sauvin hops.

M - Nice carbonation, as usual for Sixpoint. Good bitter finish.

O - Overall enjoyed this beer just like I did every other Spice of Life offering Sixpoint has created. Cant wait to try the rest as they debut.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 03:43:41 | More by rudzud
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, this should be interesting. I am a fan of almost everything Sixpoint and also almost everything Nelson.. I also just received the Hill Farmstead Nelson which I'll drink this weekend. Figure its time to have these go head to head. Stay tuned.

The pint comes with overflowing whipped cream as a head. Slowly settles like the same whipped cream does on hot chocolate. Lace clings everywhere and coats the inside of the glass.
The beer is a light and very slightly hazy amber color tolting towards orange.

Aroma is fantastic. A fruit explosion up front and then just below some nice toasted malt. Perhaps some grassy notes.

Ok, this continues to go very well. Awesome IPA. The fruit and grassy hop flavors are fantastic. Maybe some papaya, a touch of grapefruit peel some lemon and then grassy notes. The malt notes underneath are very bready and wonderful.

Fairly light and really refreshing. I could sit and drink this all day.

What a fantastic beer. Sixpoint does it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 18:54:46 | More by Reagan1984
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

02-23-2014 00:09:40 | More by Griffith
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-06-2013 01:58:53 | More by outoffocus
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

10-21-2013 15:23:00 | More by brez8791
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david18

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-29-2013 15:33:13 | More by david18
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-03-2013 20:54:54 | More by DonFrap
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-23-2011 23:04:11 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

11-10-2013 19:41:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-16-2013 01:12:36 | More by GJ40
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younger35

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this from BeerTruth just yesterday. As a homebrewer (and lover of Alpines Nelson) I’ve been extremely interested in this hop and what the exact characteristics are really like. A single hop brewski by a professional; what better way to learn! Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a lightly chill hazed straw yellow with a nice petite quarter inch bright white head. It fizzles away fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and spotty cap. Not much in the way of lacing.
Smell- You can really smell the white wine characteristic that is often used to describe this hop. It’s snappy and almost tart with a deep fruity earthiness that really is vinous in aroma. Behind the earthiness is a light sort of fruitiness that is grapefruity and almost orange peel like. The harder I smell the more I get some grassiness that really plays into the characteristics of the hop. The base of the beer is pretty neutral with a touch of cracker crumb that really allows the hop to show its shit.
Taste- Very unique flavor here that would really satisfy the dank hophead. Deep and earthy and tastes very much like it smells. Maybe not quite as vinous as the nose but obviously the tartness doesn’t translate to the taste. Pretty damned bitter and it reminds me a lot of raw dandelion stems (don’t ask). There is literally not a shred of fruitiness in this hop. It’s just brutally earthy and bright. Finish is dry with absolutely no shred of any malts. Perfect base for a single hopped beer.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice silky/oily feel. The carbonation is light and prickly and f’n spot on.
Drinkability- As a IPA fan and a homebrewer, I’ve received best of both worlds here. This is an extremely unique hop and I know this beer won’t be a fan of everyone. I’m definitely a fruity/citric hop guy but I find a weird satisfaction in this beer. Add a touch of Simcoe in this with a sprinkle of caramel malt – BOOM - you have Alpine Nelson. Dank, bitter and delicious. Thanks much Adam!

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 22:18:33 | More by younger35
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

10-11-2013 05:28:53 | More by Tiernan
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is lightly hazed straw colored golden color with a faint tinge of orange to it and a ½” white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. Sipping leaves rows and speckles of lacing for part of the beer.

Smell: The, grassiness, citrus and fruit from the hop are right up front and supported nicely by some biscuit and a hint of caramel.

Taste: The flavor displays a touch of grassy pine resin and grapefruit with some biscuit malt in the background. There are also hints of tropical fruits and a faint touch of caramel sweetness shows up here and there. biscuity malt in the background, some lemongrass and bits of tropical fruits

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of medium with lots of light prickly carbonation that keeps it nice and crisp. The finish is medium length and mostly dry and mildly bitter as the malts disappear early on leaving behind the moderately long dry bitter tail.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This beer made my night. It was thoroughly enjoyable and each ship was soon followed by the next. If I see this one again it will be at the top of my list. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer that showcases the Nelson Sauvin hop to good advantage.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 22:53:25 | More by drtth
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Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.