Sixpoint Brewery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.96 | pDev: 8.33%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: First brewed in 2005, this Abbey-inspired brew uses an authentic Abbey yeast, belgian candi sugar made from beets, and American hops for a unique Sixpoint formulation.

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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/16...from the can.Pours orange copper, darker on top, 1/4 inch white foam that settles out. Slight sugar nose. Heavy malt flavor, dark fruit, candi sugars. Complex flavor. Slightly sweet, but balanced by a slightly hop.

Oct 12, 2015
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Brianakagemini from New York

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a home run...with loads of American hops and malts to balance. Traditional Belgian yeast, give a great mouth feel. Abbey style with a sixpiont twist! something new and bold! and in your face! I love this beer!

Sep 18, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweet marmalade, candied orange, a touch a floral, a touch of honey, slight bitterness of the back end. Overall...a very sweet beer. I'm a big fan of Sixpoint however this beer doesn't quite do it for me. Didn't hate it by any means, just wouldn't buy again.

Aug 27, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 4 oz. pour off tap at The Crafty Monk (Fairfield, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

Overall a very decent example of the style, but I happen to try NEBCO's Neighbor of the Beast earlier that day that takes the win over this one. Wouldn't mind tasting this one again.

Aug 21, 2015
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My daughter's namesake...

A - Two fingers worth of crisp yet lush and fluffy light khaki colored frothy goodness... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a full but uneven lacing and moderate to thick collar... The color is a mix of deep amber and light caramel... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Rather exquisite appearance all the way around...

S - The Belgian yeast is slightly out in front of the rest of the aroma, but it doesn't over power... There is a subtle spicy component... There is also a light hop presence... Light tropical fruit... Pear and apple... Also some sweet honey notes... Then a big malt base surfaces... Mainly a mix of caramel and cake batter...

T - All the components from the aroma are pleasant... Belgian yeast... Tropical fruit hoppiness... Honey... Light spice notes... Cake batter... Rock solid malt base... Loads of layers and loads of complexity... All the flavors ebb and flow with each sip yield subtle new nuances...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Full of lively, but not overpowering carbonation... Lush... Light and refreshing.... Smooth... Very pleasant...

D - A very interesting and very satisfying take on the Belgian Pale Ale... Well above average in all facets... I don't have any constructive criticism to provide and this one is stellar exactly as is... This one ends up being a bit more than the sum of its stellar parts... I would have this in my regular rotation if available around me (unfortunately it is not)... Highly recommended...

Aug 15, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The people at The Fridge get so excited when they get in a new CANned beer or two for me to add to The CANQuest (tm)! I was happy to take this Slimline (tm) CAN off of their hands and distribute them accordingly.

From the CAN: " ... The story of ABIGALE begins in an 800-sq.-foot garage in BKLYN when we first brewed Abbey back in our own 'Dark Ages': 2005. Wake up, brew beerm sell beer, deliver beer, drink beer, sleep beer, rinse, repeat. Carry the monastic torch through the darkness and the star keeps on shining. It's Mad Science."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."

I am in love with these new Slimline CANs! It feels like I am opening an energy drink with each Crack! This one was nice and loud and although an inverted Glug might have been fun, dry-hopping suggested lees. I still got a finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention from my pour. Nose was really sweet, sugary sweet. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality, although the CAN puts it at 14 SRM. Scoff now! Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin. The taste could not seem to decide whether to be sweet or bitter. There seemed to be a wrestling match taking place on my tongue. There was no clear-cut winner as the fusel alcohol decided to take a flamethrower to my poor, bruised tongue. Wah! This was, indeed, a big ale. Finish was dry, but hot. It seems to me that this is a beer to be aged, despite the CAN scoffers. If I CAN score another, I may give this idea a whirl.

Aug 10, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours vibrant amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols, pear and apples, some soft floral hop notes and sweet clean malt.
Flavours are clean too but with some booze and Belgian yeast notes showing.

Jul 28, 2015
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JNPIII127 from New York

4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one wasn't has highly rated as other Six Point offerings, so I went into this one with not as high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. It is an overall well balanced beer that hides that alcohol content well.

Jul 26, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Naw. They didn't really do that, did they? Abigale = A/Big/Ale? Yeah, knowing Sixpoint, they probably did....

From a can dated 26 Sept 2015 (about 2 months from now) into a pint glass. Pours a medium amber, with a very thin head that dissipated so quickly I hardly saw it. Medium carbonation.

First impression is hops - citrus, pine resin, floral. But a malty sweetness is there too, and becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. A little alcohol burn reminds you that this is an 8 percenter; be respectful. Medium mouthfeel - not sticky, but not real crisp, either. Dry finish. Pine resin lingers.

Kind of a hopped-up Belgian Blonde Ale. I'm a big fan of Sixpoint, but not of Belgian beers. Abigale is probably my least favorite of Sixpoints offerings thus far, but if somebody was buying rounds I wouldn't refuse.

Jul 20, 2015
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evianIPA from Australia

4.91/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355ml can BB 25.9.15

If you're expecting this to conform to normal BSGA rules you're in the wrong place. Abigale is all about the interplay between yeast and hops, and what a beautiful interplay it is!

A - A foam monster this is not. A light tan head recedes to a thin cap, but underneath is a brilliantly clear sea of deep gold just waiting for you to dip right in.

S - Where do the hops end and the yeast begin? At first it's all hops, but on the next breath I get a face full of phenols. Tropical fruits, or is that bubblegum, maybe some cinnamon spice. My nostrils are delighted.

T - Ooh yeah. That candi sugar and yeast is kicking in here, and maybe a hint of caramel malt to round it out.

M - Bang on. Just a hint of chew, a whiff of booze, and a light bitterness to keep it in check.

O - I don't know why this beer hasn't rated higher than the 89 it currently is. If it came at a session ABV I'd gladly sit down with a six pack and while away the day.

Jul 11, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

American take on a belgian style. has more of a watery look than the belgian classics...sticky lace. nose has some nice nutty and grape smell with some spicing. taste is mire odd the same with a heavy handed bitter slap from hops. little boozy but nice beer.

Jul 11, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint "ABIGALE"
12 oz. can, "BB26SEP2015 1154"
$1.92 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Although Abigale is "Abbey-inspired" the massive usage of American hops in both the flavor and aroma will initially have you thinking anything but Belgian. It's boldly citrusy and piney like a west coast IPA. The hops ride roughshod over any yeast character other than a little bit of spiciness and a bit of apricot, both of which you might also find in a non-Belgian-style beer. The malt, however, displays the use of Belgian candy sugar in that it's not too 'malty', for lack of a better word, and that helps to reign it back in (from just becoming the base for almost any other caramel-accented beer), and gives you a bit more Belgian character to chew on. In the mouth it's medium-bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation. It's solidly bitter at 52 IBUs, but balanced; and the alcohol is well cloaked. It finishes dry with some quickly fading sweetish malt, some leafy hops, and a dull, resinous note of pine that lingers.

All in all it's an interesting beer in that it straddles the fence between a Belgian strong ale and an American IPA, initially appearing more American but then eventually warming to become more Belgian. That gives it complexity and character, adding to its overall "drinkability".

Jun 22, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, floral hops, caramelized malts, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then some spiciness and Belgian yeast flavor comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid and flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

Jun 21, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz best by 9/26/15 poured into a tulip
A: Orange color with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: A strong hop note, orange peel and pine, along with with caramel, Belgian yeast and dried flowers
T: Matches the nose though the wheat/hops are more balanced. Still noticeable hops. The palate also adds coriander/pepper
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and a bit spicy
O: Straight-forward but tasty

Jun 02, 2015
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tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, if a little unique. Was hoping for something closer to a quad, but instead got a sixpoint take on a belgian beer. Hoppy as hell, certainly more so than most Belgian beers. But there is belgian malt very present along with candi sugar which makes this a unique experience. Like an American IPA crossed with a Belgian dark.

May 27, 2015
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright amber color. Reddish-tan reminiscent of cream soda. Moderate off white head.

S: Crusty bread and caramel. Honeyed figs and raisins. Herbal hop character. Very floral.

M: High carb with soft creamy touch.

T: Peach minerality. Some prunes. Semi sweet caramel, brown sugar, vanilla. Clashes with the phenols and herbal element.

May 27, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tall slim can from Bert's
Deep amber color with a good sized white head with moderate staying power. The aroma hits me as spicy floral yeasty a bit hoppy and hints of cardboard. The flavor is sweet bready honey like maltiness with a solid hit of raisiny dark fruits and some amped up resiny hop flavor and bitterness. Hints of cardboard again in flavor. Its kind of a weird beer, not traditional Belgian in any sense but has hints of the inspiration in there. I thought some of the flavors clashed a little, and I could have done without the oxidation.

May 17, 2015
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Czarkazm from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Completely clear, deep copper color; thin off-white head, loads of carbonation streaming up. Aroma of candied orange, sweet caramel malts, apple, belgian yeasty esters, faint heat from the alcohol. Earthy and spicy hops on the palate, citrus and pine, caramel, some dark fruit. Getting more of the belgian character in the flavor. Medium bodied and easy drinking.

May 16, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Highly filtered brown with a good white head that leaves good lacing. Feels too clear for an "Abbey Ale"

Smell: Piney, citrusy hops

Taste: Piney, citrusy hops, some Belgian yeast flavors, spiciness

Feel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Not my favorite Sixpoint brew. It does taste like Sixpoint, but I guess I was expecting more of a traditional abbey than a hoppy Americanized abbey. It is still good, but not something I want to get again

May 15, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated :
Copper pour a decent billowing of small bubbled head. Lacing is strong early.
Nose is light initially, and the most predominant note I get is saspirilla or even licorice. I could also interpret the nose to have a smokey alcohol-soaked cherry smell. Some odd scents, but enticing nonetheless.

Taste is a tad bitter throughout, like an English bitter-light and not overpowering, but a lightly herbal/earthy bitterness throughout. Feel is quite carbonated, small bubble tickling the tongue. Early in the taste, there is a spiciness that might be the taste equivalent of the licorice/sasparilla, but is not really those flavors. This neer seems to have sweeter notes come on, a light caramel midway through. All the mentioned tastes blend eventually and the slowly fade.

Enjoyable, if slightly odd beer. As Sixpoint likes to blur lines, I think they've succeeded here. Definitely would grab another six-pack next year.

May 13, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is grapefruit, apple, and Belgian spices. Good deal of hops here. Above average for the style, not sure if I would rush out for it again though.

May 13, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish copper color. The head is two fingers high, and pale yellow in shade. Bubbly and frothy, the head's texture is style-appropriate. Retention is lacking, but at least lots of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Well I certainly get the Belgian yeast...and the hops. The hoppiness is mostly grassy and piny - the perfect complement to a BSPA. It's 'Belgian' portion isn't perfect (it's not intricately balanced; I do get notes of bread, caramel, and apple however), but it's done fairly well. Yet again, Sixpoint makes something that utterly intrigues me. (3.75)

Taste: The hop character that hits the palate first takes on more of a fruity note here - think grapefruit, with only a touch of grass. Again, it meshes well with the malt backbone. Then it evolves into a hybrid of esters. I get the usual Belgian fare (bread, apple) and even some stone fruit notes. The finish is caramel-laden yet very grassy. My only reservation towards giving this a 4 is how its Belgian yeast doesn't perfectly balance with everything else; this is otherwise a delicious beer with a nice hop profile. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Well, Sixpoint nailed the appropriate dryness, albeit in a different fashion than the Duvels of the world (typical Sixpoint, amirite?) Instead of evaporating off the palate with lively carbonation, the hops cleanses the tongue well. It has a full body and lowish carbonation - normally, that's not good in a BSPA. But those aforementioned hops make it go down easily. (3.75)

Overall: Belgian IPA? There are definite hints of this, but other hints that it isn't anything like that, either. Get away from the style constrictions, and you'll find a tasty, hop-forward ale with a twist. In other words, a typical Sixpoint offering. (3.75)

3.74/5: Oh Sixpoint, you so cray-cray (but that's good!)

May 13, 2015
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BethanyB from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A dark Amber glows beneath a covering of chill haze. The creamy beige head is low, yet lasting.

Smell: A romantic, tantalizing aroma of honeysuckle, peach juice, and mandarin orange peels, lightly wrapped in a whisper of pale malt. The fragrance lasts longer than the beer itself, making its impact with every sip.

Taste: More malty and less fruity than the nose would have you believe, but the citrus and stone fruit is still there in the form of apricot and red grapefruit. C-hop flavor comes with much hop bitterness, too much for the style, in fact. The malt is most noticeable in the aftertaste, and possesses unexpected notes of spicy rye. Makes for more of a fruity pale ale, or even an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation does a good job supporting the complex, yet zesty flavor profile. A moderate creaminess is juxtaposed by a dry finish.

Overall: This tasty beer would be tastier if its flavor matched its perfume, but it's still a well-balanced, well-made brew that could easily gather a following.

May 11, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown orange body, with a nice creamy off white head.

S: Hoppy grapefruit right up front. hints of raisons, dried cherries, and clove come out afterward. The finish is caramel, and sweet orange peel.

T: Nice grapefruit flavor, with orange backing it up. The hops overshadow the Belgian Yeast, but the flavor is still there. Smooth, enjoyable, with a decent kick of hops, although the finish does come off a little watery.

M: Medium in body, smoooooth.. carbonation is lacking a bit for me considering the style, but not so much that it is a major detraction.

O: Very tasty and interesting beer. It doesn't quite kill my craving for a Belgian style, nor IPA, but is at least subdues both.

May 11, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange and soft yellow hues. Hazy. White head of foam that falls pretty quickly but leaves a thin film on top and sheets of shimmering lace. Good stream of effervescence. Nose is wicked with tropical fruit. Alight touch of candi sugar and a sweet little toasty biscuit. Citrusy. Light bubblegum. Floral. taste is alight touch of fruit, a sturdy belgian dry malt . A dry cracker in the drink. Taste follows the nose except for a touch of spice. There is a tartness mid palate that is lovely and juicy. Orangey. Moderately dry finish with only a faint tickle from sweetness at the back of the throat. Finishes with a light hop bitter, a touch of pepper on a medium light body.

I think that this beer is a terrific example of a classic belgian style made with 'different" hops. It does not ask you to suspend your disbelief at all. It is a belgian pale in every way. Drinks like a text book example. It does have a bit of an edge from the different hops. I chose that word because the fruitiness is so soft and gentle. The malt qualities in this beer they are sturdy and not shy or lacking in confidence. The edge is in the contrast between the texture that the american style hops lend to the palate and a delightful toastiness drizzled with tartness. I think they did this extremely well.

May 09, 2015
Abigale from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 320 ratings