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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.93 | pDev: 9.67%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: An Imperial Red ale of global proportions, rich with toasted malt and enough bright hops to warm you through the winter.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best by 4/23/15"; drank 11/25/14 @ the Yarchives.

Clear orange/red hue.

Big off-white head; frothy lace.

Mild orange citrus nose; faint hints of bread.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Bitter grapefruit & stake bread flavors up front; mild macro-lager finish.

Drinkable but hardly enjoyable.

Apr 01, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Aroma is hops and some spice. Light Amber color, lasting white head. Loses points for being a little too hoppy for a winter beer. Also get pine, sourish resin, tar."


Apr 21, 2018
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Look: Thin, cream-colored head ring, and a bat-shape of lace. Burnt amber center, light orange at the edges.

Smell: Fruity hops (grapefruit comes to mind), malt.

Taste: Up front hop fruit, biscuit malt back. Sweet, with tropical bitterness.

Feel: Medium and dry.

A nice red with some great balance. A fruity, hoppy bomb of beer.

Oct 13, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date of '20FEB2017'. Only described as an 'ALE' on the can.
Hazy, red amber body. Frothy white head settles to interrupted head, and moderate lacing.
Smell is tropical and piney hops, biscuit malt.
Spicy taste, mostly of piney hops, some tropical in the middle, strong malt underlying throughout. Sweetness at the end.
Coats the mouth, slightly bitter to smooth.
Touted to be a beer to "beat back raging storm clouds". A winter warmer of a different sort. It works.

Oct 11, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Bierkraft. At Elba Costa Ballena. In hotel's tubular glass. Nothing unpleasant,some caramel and neutralish bitterness,but without anything that makes it memorable.Very drinkable though.Abv well hidden

Aug 02, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red with an unblemished tan froth. Smells of citrus, pear and herb. Grain up front with light fruits, faint grapefruit and grass following. Light to medium in body.

Pairs well with An Inconvenient Sequel.

Jul 30, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a hazy golden amber colored body with a slim one finger white foamy head that dies within about a minute; some adequate foamy lacing that tries to cling but ends up sliding into the body; the aroma mainly bitter, now is that hops or is that just plain bitterness for the most part, to me at least its just coming across as plain bitterness, not really getting much hops for the most part; I will say this, some caramel malts do come out as it warms; the taste is mainly bitter again, and those caramel malts do try to make a presence, but end up making a sly subtlety to help balance it just a tad; bitter dry aftertaste and finish; on the palate, well, its a sort of between the light to medium and it comes across super dry in the mouth and tongue; overall, hey, not a bad American Amber/Red Ale that wants to be an Imperial Red Ale.

Jun 20, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

FEB 2017. Hazy amber pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (orange, grapefruit), pine with a good dose of spruce, light pepper and spice over a solid caramel base of toasted biscuit.

Heavy medium body that almost achieves light full. This results in a smooth rich texture that is slick with distinct creamy aspects. World class carbonation / body balance that provides just the right amount of effervescence in both the middle and finish to allow flavor separation and support of the texture.

The flavor profile is outstanding. The balance is world class. Separation is an on going affair that occurs over a mild bitterness that is contrasted with a perfect amount of toasted / nutty sweetness. The citrus aspects of the nose aren't prevalent, although orange rind is present. Orange becomes more pronounced as it warms, especially towards the finish as sweetness is ascending. Caramel is also less pronounced than expected with toasted biscuit being the base. Cold, spruce / pine hop flavors are most noted. As it warms, these become more competitive with orange rind. The finish is a slow fade of blended hops over a sweet base with a touch of lingering pepper.

Mar 08, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, deep copper color. Thick, frothy head with solid retention and lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and citrus, with herbal and earthy notes. The flavor follows suit, with some pine hops flavor, as well as spice, floral & citrus. Resinous mouthfeel, sweet up front with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A decent beer overall.

Feb 28, 2017
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DuckFacts from New Jersey

4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious. im drinking this one later than most so its possible it may have can conditioned (is that even possible?), but i absolutely love this beer. forewarning; i am a sixpoint fan and regularily drink their standard line as my go to when i dont feel like making decisions. that said, i still think this is a solid beer that really shows that ambers can be creative too.

Feb 13, 2017
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pro45 from New York

3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Canned on 10/27/16. The smell was the best part of this beer. Very dank and bitter. You could taste the grapefruit peel and some hops and caramel malts, but this beer was not balanced well. Perhaps if I got a fresher 6 pack, the flavor would've been a lot better. However, it's a beer I wouldn't seek out again.

Feb 08, 2017
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morimech from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish hued amber that is slightly hazy. Two fingers of head forms and leaves heavy lacing down the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel, and toast. Flavor is hoppy upfront with pine and citrus but the malt balances out the flavor with caramel that makes this a red ale. Nice body and carbonation compliments the flavors well.

Jan 26, 2017
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Stooven from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can, drink-by date of Feb 2017. Did not pour, so can't comment on the color. Smell and taste match. Taste is citrusy and piney -- don't quite sense the red ale/amber aspect. Still, it's refreshing. Alcohol well hidden. Would definitely buy again.

Can't say I agree with the name, however. It's very difficult to discern what Sixpoint beers are attempting from the can exterior. Grabbed this in a mix-a-6 and assumed (it being January) it was something more seasonal. Or maybe that the alcohol taste was prevalent. Neither. Go figure.

Jan 26, 2017
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MrFabulous from New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can pours a nice amber beer of piney hops. I thought it was @winter warmer" but this is a straight up IPA. It is 7 ABV so quaffable. Nice beer but perhaps not legendary

Jan 25, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-clear orange-Amber tap pour to glass. Foam cap persists. Aroma is muted, more malt than hops. Flavor is slightly bitter. Body is light and finish is smooth; bitterness lingers.

Jan 24, 2017
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JohnCassillo from California

3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy red with a significant, foamy head. Initial aroma is malty and bready, which carries through to the taste. You get some piney hop notes on the back end, but it largely sits in your mouth with caramel, bread and malt flavors prevailing. Mouthfeel's a bit heavy and carbonated at once. It's a decent red, but perhaps it could be a bit hoppier or sweeter (rather than sitting in the middle).

Jan 19, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer didn't do much for me, but then again, its not exactly my style, so it has to work a little harder to impress, you know? Appropriate amber coloration, clear, with a beige head a few fingers high. Woodsy and earthy aromas of musk and citrus followed by flavors along the same lines. Not particularly bitter or sweet - a mild ale; moderate carbonation, fairly lightweight, with a lingering aftertaste.

Jan 17, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brief initial impressions from a can purchased as part of a 6 pack for $10.99 at a C-town supermarket in Brooklyn.

Billed as a "cloudy red"...but it isn't actually cloudy. Dull amber body colour with a standard off-white cap. Head retention is good - ~8 minutes.

AROMA: Toasted amber malts, caramalt, bubblegum phenol, floral hops, hints of resin, a blip of pine. Subdued, but of average strength. Suggests a nice red ale with a more noticeable hop profile than most.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Amber malt with a toasty undertone. Caramalt. Generic floral hop flavour, subdued pine and resin. A scratchiness to the mouthfeel helps bring out that toastiness, but more of a bready feel would be ideal. Aptly medium-bodied. I'd like to see them go bigger on the hops (with more interesting hop selections) and go even more toasty in terms of the malt backbone. Balance isn't bad here, and there aren't any off-flavours, but it's wanting in terms of ingredient selection, vividness, and depth and intricacy of flavour.

Slightly coarse, wet, unrefreshing. Not too weighty or filling. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: Everyone seems to like Sixpoint's beers more than I do. This is a competent amber ale that goes a bit heavier in terms of hops than most but doesn't live up to its "cloudy red" billing and isn't anywhere near the level of beers like Troegs' Nugget Nectar. Fine for what it is, and not bad at $10.99 a six pack (though price has no bearing on my ratings), but not a beer I'd buy regularly and while I enjoy plowing through the six pack I bought of this drinkable ale, I doubt I'll ever buy it again if there are alternatives. Like it, don't love it. Worth trying once if you're curious, but far from a world class expression of the style, nicely executed though it is.


Jan 13, 2017
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DallasK from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy dark amber. 1/2 inch frothy head leaves behind lacing. Smells of muted hops and sweetness. Pineapple? Taste is well balanced. Piney hops and sweet bread. Solid beer that is easy to get ahold of.

Jan 12, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

Pours dark Amber and very hazy.

Smells balanced and stylistically ambiguous. Doesn't really seem like a red ale but it's sure as shit not an apa. More like a hoppy amber. Light, semi sharp malt and citrusy hops.

Tastes like it smells, wonderful balanced and no sign of its high ABV. Biscuit, citrus, and a little honey on the finish.

Jan 09, 2017
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz slim can bought from Lifesource in Salem OR $2.00 Pours a nice amber/light brown with a gorgeous thick and luscious cream coloured head. Pretty hoppy aroma on it herbal and citrus like. Brown sugar and caramel malts. Taste has the same aspects as the aroma..but slightly more resin in the hops.Some bitter coffee/toffee right at the end. Mouth feel is medium to full with medium the bitter aftertaste. Nice medium hopped amber

Jan 02, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip

L: Semi-opaque dark golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Sticky lacing. Looks delicious.

S: Fresh baked bread and resinous pine. A bit of toffee.

T/F: Somewhat doughy with a pretty bitter hop profile. Lots of herbal tones and evergreen. Floral and bitter. Not as balanced as expected... definitely tending towards a dry IPA flavor and very light on the malts for a red. Well carbonated... a bit resinous and the finish is dry and floral.

O: A solid brew from Sixpoint... not as malty as I'd expect from an Amber/Red... and this definitely tends towards the IPA side of things. Not that this is a bad thing... it's a solid beer from a great brewery. Doesn't compare to their Bengali or Resin though.

Dec 26, 2016
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HenryPorter7777 from Oklahoma

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not your typical red ale: golden amber color with beautiful lacing that gives a slight creamy mouth feel. This red ale comes across as more a balance of an IPA with a red ale. Malts, hops and IBUs are balanced. A good solid beer. SIXPOINT.
7% ABV.

Dec 24, 2016
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Venice_Beacher from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours cloudy orange red in glass with three fingers of cream colored foam. Heavy lacing on glass.
S: citrus first then an expectation of hops finishes well.
T: the citrus gives way to the strong hops with a tingle at the back of the mouth.
F: high carbonation that fades a bit when left to breath for a while. Finishes dry like I am still thirsty.
O: enjoyable beer but the dry finish just makes me want a glass of water.

Dec 24, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bright citrusy hops in the nose. The taste has a nice toasted malt sweetness that balance out the hops nicely. Solid beer!

Dec 20, 2016
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