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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz Sixpoint can

Pours clear typical amber, fluffy and slow to retreat khaki cap.. Leaves well developed stick/sheeting

Moderate maple and mellow pine nose

I'm a big fan of the Sixpoint brews, especially ones like this one.....waves of malt and then dense hops all over the rear.....great cool to cold weather brew ..complex and quite tasty

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Photo of GregJ
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with finger thick white head. Smells of orange blossom, orange rind an sweet malts. Tastes of tangerine, sweet malts, rye, barley, grapefruit and bready. Medium/light body, sweet malts, some orange and pine aftertaste.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - filtered crystal clear amber, not red as advertised.

Aroma - low intensity, but pleasant. Very light citrus and pine. Very little malt aroma made it past the filter, but it looks good so.....

Flavor - leans towards the dilute side, but not too weak. The flavor is more enjoyable than the aroma and can be consumed in mass quantity without hesitation or objection. Very smooth, easy drinking beer.

Overall - I rated this as an Imperial Red because that's what it says on the package. As far as Imp Reds go, this one is soft and not hoppy enough. If I rated it as an Amber ale, the score would have been higher. Regardless of the ramifications of the style conundrum, this is a nice beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper with a tall, soapy head and heavy lacing. Not a very strong nose, but grapefruit and piney hops are evident without much malt. It tastes grapefruity up front, but it ends with warm, toasty malts. It feels smooth, bubbly and light.

Overall, one of the better Amber Ales I've had! Smooth, balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange body, somewhat hazy, topped by four fingers of dense off-white foam. Thick lace circles.

Big orange aroma, with some pine highlights.

Thick semi-sweet foundation. Big juicy fruit middle. Quick bitter nip at the swallow. Tingly finish.

A very good hop forward big red, seek it out.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with one finger head and lace ring down glass. A mostly citric hop aroma with touches of malty sweetness like caramel but more hoppy. I really enjoyed this beer as it is balanced as is my preference with even hops and caramel malt sweetness, although it does finish a little dry with soapy hops.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint from the can.

Appearance: Crystal clear Amber color with medium bubbles to the body, as a matter of fact it's closet on the light side because the carbonation seeks light. White head rising to about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Heavy hop scent but dissipates quick.

Taste: Bitter hop, not to the extreme where it's going to remind you of an IPA but more like the Bavarian lager feel. Light cinnamon feel but definitely not sweet. Has a lemon zest property at the end that is icing on the cake for me.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Bread feel, like toasted raisin cinnamon without the raisin.

Overall: Very good brew, definitely a keeper during the season in your fridge. I wouldn't hunt the world looking for it but definitely give it a go. Salud!

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Photo of MightyYui
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a little bit on the gratuitously hoppy side, which makes a like of what might otherwise be incredibly interesting subtle notes mostly disappear. But over all, still quite nice.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange to reddish color, with a ton of carbonation, with a two finger frothy head and good lacing. The odor is IPA like, citrus, mandarin, orange, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, pine, resin, rose, floral, violets. The taste is floral, rose, pine, resin, grapefruit, malty bitter throughout.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can courtesy of my brother-in-law, poured into an imperial pint.

A- 1-1/2 finger of dense, khaki head. Clean, amber body with moderate carbonation. Head settles to 1/2 finger and leaves good stick.

S- Fresh and slightly hoppy. Grassy, maybe minty. Malts are grainy and slightly sweet.

T- As aroma suggests, fresh and on the hoppy side of balanced. Initial leafy and slightly grapefruit-like hops from the start. Sweet, caramel/toffee-like, and slightly grainy malts peek out in the middle before getting cleaned up by the leafy and slightly spicy/herbal finish. Very flavorful.

M- Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Light bite from the hops.

O- A very flavorful amber that packs a solid hop flavor for the style. Higher ABV comes out as the full flavor. Somehow reminds me of the Vivant Big Red Coq, which a "go-to." Given a renewed availability in MI, I could see buying a bunch. A very solid brew.

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Photo of mpyle
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and long lasting

Big hop aroma with some nice citrus. A bit of caramel malty sweetness. Slight metallic penny smell in passing.

Hop flavors dominate, with a solventy pine and citrus flavor dominating. Bitterness is subtle, but definitely overcomes any malty sweetness. No sharp transition to bitterness...just seems to hover slightly on the bitter side of balance. Tastes more like a "not crazy bitter" IPA than anything else to me.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency. Slight hint of warming, but nothing overpowering.

Unexpectedly hoppy beer for me in a cool can. Malt could be more assertive, but makes for an easy drinking 7% ABV hop bomb.

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Photo of pagriley
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Great lacing. Pours a clear reddish amber with light cascading carbonation
S - Pine and not much else. Wish there was more malt coming through
T - Astringent bitterness with nice grapefruit in the background. Again, wish there was more malt going on to balance out, but it is still very nice
F - good body, and correct carbonation (I hate over-carbonated beer!).

Overall a very solid offering - planning to enjoy the rest of these! If there was a bit more malt backbone to chew on this would have been perfect, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can that looks as only Sixpoint cans can appear (I for one really dig the Sixpoint aesthetic), courtesy of Shane at Sixpoint. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this is best by April 23, 2015.

Poured a dark amber color and clearer than I was expecting. Big, creamy and rocky beige head that took it’s time settling in a Hopworks pint glass, leaving lots of lace.

Big hoppy nose as soon as I popped open the can. At that moment it reminded me for all the world like a Jever Pilsener (that happens to be my favorite of that style, but it wasn’t what I was expecting)! As it warmed a little in my glass, the hoppiness emerged as a little more piney and slightly citrusy than when I opened it, but there was also a slightly herbal, “European” hoppiness to it. While the hops dominate, there’s some bready malt scents as well.

I initially thought this tasted like a “Red IPA” (I’ve had one beer described thus, at Big Time Brewing in Seattle), brewed with just enough malt to make it look like an amber, but with way more hops to be mistaken for anything but an IPA.. Having said that, the hoppiness isn’t smack you over the head with an alpha oil shovel – it’s balanced just at the tipping point between crisply bitter and citrusy. There are some bready, slightly sweet malts, but they are subordinate to the hops. The more I drank this, the hop profile seemed more and more balanced to be just barely the stars of the show while allowing the malts to come out and play just a bit. The finish is dry.

Lighter bodied than I was expecting, perhaps because I thought this would be closer to an amber ale. The mouthfeel is fairly light for a beer of this strength and rather crisp.

A unique take on either a winter ale or an amber ale. While hop forward, it is quite drinkable if you don’t mind a little hop bitterness. It is NOT a malt bomb (like many ambers) or festooned with massively citrusy hops, (like so many brewers are using these days). While it’s abv kinda rules it out as a session beer, the combination of unique but enjoyable flavor and lower impact on the palate makes it way more refreshing than I expected. I wouldn’t mind having several of these, so long as I’m at home or not driving!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 355 ml. can. Sampled on January 11, 2015.

Attractive copper-amber pour under a foamy, off-white colored head. Slow fade with lost of lacing.

Aroma is nicely hopped with a toasted malt underbelly.

The body is mostly medium with a creaminess throughout.

The hop character plays up more so in the taste leaving a decently balanced lingering finish with the toasty malts.

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Photo of Tom_O
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best red out there, but by no means bad. Pours red as ever with a smooth taste. I'd recommend as I enjoy Sixpoint, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to purchase again.

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Photo of bound4er
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber appearance with a one finger white head that leaves a copious amount of lacing. Smell is somewhat muted - I get mostly bready malt with hints of grass and pine. Very crisp and dry with caramel malt and resiny pine. There is a nice balance here to keep the bitterness from going too far - well made beer for sure. Nice feel to it too with perfect carbonation. Sixpoint has done a nice job with this beer - highly recommended.

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Photo of TimG_0913
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

crystal, copper color. Hints of floral and pine. Grapefruit at the start that leads into a little caramel. Hoppier than I thought this would, overall very drinkable. Another good brew from Sixpoint.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stickee tofee and bread pudding meet too create a hoppy and malty ale. It's hard to classify. Maybe there is some rye used as well which adds some spice and some delayed heat on the back of he throat. It fakes you out like it is going to finish clean, then there is tons of sticky resin. They've created a monster that puts you in the holiday spirit!

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Photo of fscottkey
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [5.00] Copper/caramel color boor. Forms a nice 1 1/2 finger head that is dense and seems to stick around. It is also sticky and coats the glass with excellent lacing. The can is great - it lists the IBU (70) the ABV (7.0%) the best by date (4/23/15) and for a bonus the SRM (color) of (17) which puts it in the dark lager color range. Kudos to making me an informed consumer!!

S: [3.75] Really nice hop forward smell. A piney/resiny scent comes through on the nose. It is not subtle - a pretty bold smell.

T: [3.50] I get a bit of a metallic taste up front (this went away after a few sips). Then some hop bittering in the middle and finish. There is definitely a lingering hop bitterness on the palate. Not a lot of sweetness anywhere. This presents like a dry wine.

M: [3.75] The mouthfeel is a bit sticky and resiny. The carbonation level is right on. The hop finish adds a bit of dryness.

O: [3.75] The nose on this one is great. The mouthfeel is really nice for the style. The taste is a little one dimensional. I was looking for a little malt to balance the hops somewhere. It is enjoyable but there are IPAs that are a bit more multidimentional (bringing flowers or fruit etc.).

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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Light Amber in color with slightly off white head. Beautiful lacing along the glass.

Pleasing tropical aroma. Guava and pineapple come to mind with just a light caramel character.

Very nice first impression. Medium body. Big hop presence and a malt bill that comes off with a very chewy overall feel. Very dry piney finish. Plenty of citrus that leans towards grapefruit.

Another impressive beer from Sixpoint.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: more grapefruit that anything; pine and a little floral note in the background; tough to identify any malt - this is really all hops;

T: grapefruit up front; mixes with a little caramel at mid-palate; light to medium bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not sure how this falls under the amber/red category; not balanced between hops and malt as I would expect from that category; drinks more like a pale ale or an IPA; sixpoint website says this beer can't be classified - I guess this is proof of that; at any rate, this is a really good beer and that's all that matters;

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Easily the best beer I've had from Six Point to date. The beer has some sweet malt, including some light spice and brown sugar, but the flavor profile was clean, with a nice hoppy bitterness that cleaned up the sweet malt and light roasty flavor component on the finish perfectly. This is a very easy to appreciate hoppy red amber, and for me, the abv. is/was just right.


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Photo of gillagorilla
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best before 4/23/15

A: Nice brownish copper with great lacing, a nice collar and a voluptuous initial head.
S: Light and piney with something I can't quite place.
T: This is a nice, solid amber. Light in nearly every category, but still nails them well. Could use a bit more hop character and body. It does have a great balance, especially compared to their other hoppy beers.
M: Smooth with very little carbonation. The carbonation that is there is very soft.
O: Another one bites the dust. Probably one of the better hoppy beers from Sixpoint.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good initial head that settles to rim bubbles. Leaves a cross between blanket and spotty lace. Light amber color. Clear.

The smell is a good blend of malt and fresh hop.

The flavor is far more hoppy, giving this a long biting aftertaste. More IPA than red ale. Good Crystal malt flavored base. Rich body but with an equally elevated carbonation level. Easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased for a reasonable $2.25 at Craft Beer Cellar, Islington St, Portsmouth, NH. Code BB23APR15 0921 (best by Apr 23, 2015). I've always liked how Sixpoint gives the bitterness and color measurements along with the ABV. In this case: 7.0% ABV, 70 IBU, 17 SRM. (I'm a scientist, I like numbers.)

Immediately upon popping the pull tab, I got a strong dose of resiny hoppy goodness. Is that Simcoe? Poured into a tulip. Clear copper red brew throws up a frothy taupe head which leaves some thick lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes. The nose is filled with crisp resiny bitterness- citrus rind and pine, certainly indicative of Simcoe- backed by a sweet background of malt sugar. On the tongue it's not as sweet as anticipated, mostly dry with a subtle sweetness. Hops are forward and dominant, but not as crisp or resiny as I was hoping. Don't get me wrong, it's solidly enjoyable, but it just doesn't keep pace with the aroma. Mouthfeel is appropriate, though lacking a bit of body and sweetness which I think could really round things out and turn this great beer into a phenomenal one. Kind of thin and a tiny bit undercarbonated.

This is a good beer. It would easily be a new favorite if it had a bit more body and sweetness. Reminds me quite a bit of the Humboldt Red Nectar, which I think has some of the things that are missing here.

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