Sixpoint Brewery

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #392
Ranked #46,166
3.58 | pDev: 13.97%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: The Mad Scientists kept tweakin' that Jammer till it rocked so hard. Bygone brewers repping the Sixpoint star provided the concept and our friends at Jacobsen Salt hooked us up with the key ingredient. It's salty, it's sour, and it's slammin.' It's Mad Science.
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jason_nwx from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Might be just sentimental, but it reminds me of the ocean with both the smell and flavor.

Jun 07, 2015
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Johnny_Cardboard from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think that the people who are rating this low, have no idea what they are drinking. This is a very refreshing gose IMO. the coriander and sea salt work very well.

Jun 09, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Like someone said in earlier poster said, I think that some people don't understand the beer that they're reviewing. It's gose. It's supposed to be very salty, almost like brine water, and very, very estery, like a wine. Based on those criteria, I think the beer does a splendid job. Here goes:

A: Very nice looking. Perfectly clear gold, plenty of carbonation (sixpoint is really good at carbonating their beers), and has a gigantic and fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. Great.

S: First thing one notices is the winey/estery quality that the beer has. Lots of sour notes. These are followed by salt water, white pepper, (some) coriander and lighter spices, and soapy yeast (lots of soap). I can understand why people might not like the beer, but it's probably more of a style issue than something being wrong with the beer itself.

T: Follows the nose. Very winey and salty. My woman drank this beer in less than ten minutes (and she's not a big fan of beer). Very much like a salty white wine.

F: Perfect. Perfectly carbonated and light.

O: I really love this beer. Not sure why it's getting so much negative flack.

Jun 12, 2015
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No explosive flavors, but that's not a bad thing. Super balanced, and that's a good thing. Makes the whole bidness readily drinkable. Almost the liquid equivalent of a lightly salted hot pretzel, with some herbal (coriander) high jinks in the dough. Enjoy at the beach, or on a sunny roof deck as I did.

May 08, 2015
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Naked_Batman from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have to retract/regrade this beer review after trying the revamped version.

A-dark yellow, a little darker than a pilsner, 1/2 an inch head that sticks around

S-noticeable coriander notes that are supported by light floral hops and a gentle tartness. The nose on this version was much more complex and subtle, which made it more enjoyable in my opinion.

T- Coriander is definitely present and while still the leading note, it is gentle and well balanced between the light tartness/sourness and just a slight hint of salinity from the sea salt. It finishes light and malty, but leaves a refreshing lemon/citrus touch on the pallet that lingers from sip to sip. This would be an easy brew to sip back on during a hot summer day.

F-perfect carbonation for a light beer. Easy to drink and refreshing

Overall-An absolute improvement from sixpoint. The balance of the citrusy coriander and the sea salt, while it may seem strange, is surprisingly refreshing. The light malt finish at the end reminds you what you're drinking and functions as a great receptacle to carry the other bright flavors. Nice job six point!

Jul 01, 2015
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gorbos from New York

4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has plenty of phenolic weissen smell and flavor (especially for the low ABV), plus enough warm coriander perfume and salt on the back of the tongue to give it an extra umami kick. Lovely.

While it doesn't taste like vinegar in saline solution the way some gose fanatics want, it completely succeeds (for me) in bringing up pleasant images of a lazy foggy afternoon by the seashore.

The trend is simple: people want tradition -- until they don't. (Belgian IPAs anyone?) In this case, we have a beer that matches its summery oceanic theme brilliantly and uniquely. In the process, it gives up a lot of sour, but that's about it.

May 27, 2015
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sifka4 from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I LOVE this beer! I had my first Gose years ago at a local microbrewery and thought it was the greatest thing ever. They haven't made it since, and all the production Goses I've had were nowhere close to that microbrew: way overly sour or no salt presence. However, this beer is it! To me, this beer defines what Gose should be. Wheaty, a touch of salt and the unique mouthfeel it brings, and downright refreshing. Way to go Sixpoint!

Jun 25, 2015
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange glass.

The color is a light, clear yellow/gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head that dissolves quickly and leaves a slight ring on the glass.

The smell is tangy in a briny kind of way. There is a touch of sea aroma that comes forward and makes me think of the beach. There is a mellow salty aroma that s present throughout with some slight citrus aroma hanging toward the back.

The taste jumps up and gives off a great lemon peel and coriander flavor before falling back in line and melding with a salty flavor that has a great juicy fruit flavor that is peppered with a sea-like taste.

There is a fantastic body here that is full but easy drinking with a robust flavor. There is little in the way of ABV so it great for a session beer and would be great for the beach.

Jul 08, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yellow orangish color.
Ocean. Coriander. Sour like slightly wheat funk
Coriander citrus, slight salinity. Mineral like, wheat sweetness
Lightish side of medium. Prickly carbonation. Slight salty drying

My favorite Sixpoint beer and possible a favorite of all time.

May 09, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was love at first sight/sip. Subtly salty (just a hint of Maldon), ocean-y and savory with a hint of crab and wind-combed beach sand.

Some malts, brown butter, heftiness. A lager-like finish, well-made.

Crisp, nicely-crafted, refreshing, poundable.

I've been always impressed by Sixpoint's great renditions of low-ABV brews and this is no exception.

Now why all the negativity?

May 28, 2015
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I am honestly shocked at the bad reviews of this. Opened it on a nice hot day after I had been working the yard. I absolutely crushed it. Definitely not overly sour with some lagery notes, but a great beer on a hot day.

May 18, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Actually quite tasty I pulled this beer off an Arkansas liquor store shelf on a whim and it's really tasty. Smell isn't it's best feature but overall mouthfeel and taste puts it on a want more shelf in my books.

Jun 28, 2015
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Rschimmell from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing beer with a salty taste. Excellent

May 30, 2015
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drwatson32 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a solid four

May 20, 2015
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BradenMK from Alaska

4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a super good beer, I don't know what people are yammering on about.

LOOK (3.75) - A glorious, golden-orange color with about a finger of frothy, white foam. It's a real looker at first, but that billowy head fades away to nothingness rather quickly.

SMELL (4.25) - Wheaty with some additional fruity/spice-y hits that remind a little of a hefeweizen.

TASTE (4.25) - Whoo, that beautiful salinity in the aftertaste. So perfect. Largely wheaty up front with a surprising banana note in the middle where the coriander also comes into play, and then just straight up saline dreams, man. I can see why they have waves on the can. It's like drinking the sea... in a GOOD way. Not sour though, which is fine by me, honestly. Finishes in a delicious combination of salt and coriander.

No, it's not supposed to taste like licking salt off of a potato chip.

FEEL (4.75) - Man, for such a light beer, this has a remarkable mouthfeel that must have been achieved by the addition of so much high quality sea salt. The salinity of this beer coats the tongue in a subtle melange of aftertastes. It's one of the best feeling beers I've ever drank, that's for sure.

OVERALL (4.25) - I am surprised by how much I love this beer. I've had a couple other American Goses that, to me, were just over the top sour. I can see why others would appreciate them so much, and I didn't mind them at all, they just weren't anything I'd spend money on again. But this... inexplicably, this might be a new favorite beer. It's so damn good... beautiful in it's simplicity. I would be ecstatic to find out what an Imperial version of this beer tasted like, conventions and all sensibility be damned!

Jun 20, 2015
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, poured into a tulip glass at ~50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear pale golden yellow, and forms a multi-finger head of thick white foam with good retention. Said head leaves chunky islands of lacing as it recedes, atop veritable columns of bubbles streaming for the surface.

Smell: This captures "field of ripe wheat so close to the beach one can feel the spray from the breakers", and even throws in some light white grape scent to boot.

Taste: At first, this beer is not unlike taking a large bite of somewhat musty hay that has been liberally sprinkled with salt. As it moves along the palate, the salt becomes more prominent, taking on some mineral qualities. The musty hay fades into the background, allowing some light, faintly sour notes of white grape and, even more faintly, citrus to manifest. By the finish, the minerality of the salt is concentrated enough to be the sole remaining flavor, with a salty, very vaguely musty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This starts out close to medium-bodied with lively carbonation, and by the finish is a bit on the watery side.

Overall: This is quite a tasty gose if you're looking for more salinity, and less sour. Fans of the in-your-face sour goses, like Anderson Valley's offerings, may not find this their cup of tea. I'm a fan, however.

May 06, 2015
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BostonBrewRu from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinks like a clean wit beer. Not super salty, definitely not sour. Smells saltier than it tastes.

May 09, 2015
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ZBowden from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear straw gold with foamy white head, smells briney malty slight yeast, tastes of salty sour malty fruit that finishes with coriander, smooth mouthfeel with a lasting finish. A wonderful beer, an interesting concept that turned out very well and can be appreciated in this warmer weather.

May 09, 2015
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best gose I have had so far.

May 19, 2015
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sludgegnome from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable. Tastes like a gose should.

May 29, 2015
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nlb802 from Vermont

4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Less sour and more dry than other gose I've had. I love this one , detectable hop notes and great abv for quenchin yo thirsts.

Jun 07, 2015
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.68/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

UPDATE- 2nd batch: the recipe has been tweaked in a way that greatly improves this beer. It's more tightly balanced, refreshing, flavorful, and enjoyable. The refreshment factor will keep me coming back.

Below are my original thoughts.


Jammer smells like a day at the beach. The salt is integral, but not pushy. It's salty like a gulp of ocean water is salty, not salty like grains of salt. To continue the ocean metaphor, the coriander flows with the currents, making its presence known here and there.

I feel like the salt/coriander combo would have been the perfect stage for a bit of sourness, so its absence is definitely noticed. It could have retained its crushability while still being a bit tart, and that would have elevated this brew for me.

This was good, but not spectacular. Sixpoint releases have been top notch lately (Abigale, Beast Mode, Global Warmer, and the refined recipe for Hi-Res), so that may have colored my expectations. Needless to say, I'll be back next year to see how they've tweaked the recipe!

May 07, 2015
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mattpuskas from New York

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keep rating this low; more for me to buy. People expecting a sour/salt kick in the face need to look elsewhere. But this is a very smooth beer that smells like the ocean. People want it to taste that way too I guess.

May 23, 2015
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm updating my review after having Jammer 2.0...
The tweaks made to Jammer recently have turned this beer completely around! Very balanced salinity, not overpowering like Westbrook's but still noticeable. The coriander adds a pleasant floral to the palate. Not only is this an excellent beer now, Shane very well be my favorite brewer of any brewery! He took the time to contact me about my feelings for the beer and listened to my suggestions to improve this beer. He cares about beer and his brewery and it's good to see how motivated he is to do it right!

May 13, 2015
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timothybarney from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious brininess, like a salt spray. Didn't bother me that it wasn't as sour as other Goses.

Jun 07, 2015
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