Belgian IPA | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2005

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 32
Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger

Pours a golden amber color with a weak wispy white head.

Aroma is of a grassy earthy hop, some grapefruit. Light Belgian yeast spice and sugary sweetness.

The taste is of a grassy limey hop, light grapefruit and tropical fruit. A bit of clove from the yeast and a sugary candi sugar sweetness. Some candied fruit.

The feel is light with crisp carbonation. Good balance between hop and malt. Drinks easy.

An average bipa needs more Belgian character.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright orange color with a finger of frothy head. Smell is immediately present. Nice orange and citrus, grapefruit mixed with some slight spice.

Taste is well-balanced, and much different than a IPA. Take note, this is a Belgian variety of the typical IPA. Citrus tones and again, the spice, make for a very complex brew.

Finish is somewhat dry, and makes for a crisp beer. Overall, nice alternative IPA.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a half finger of off white head and great lacing.

Smell: Some sweet malt. Citrus hops dominate. This one has what I can only describe as a west coast IPA smell.

Taste: There is a crisp, peachy hop bitterness. Mild malt sweetness with bitter citrus peel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the hop profile and the fruity notes. This beer is really easy to drink.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of this style but usually try it, especially when it is introduced by a brewery I like. I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at a local beer bar the other day. Overall it was better than many in the style and I'd get it again if there weren't any better ipa's around.

Appearance was a golden color, somewhat hazy with a nice foamy head of carbonation.

Aroma was mostly of citrus hops but a little bit of belgian yeast and some cracker malt aromas as well.

Flavor was bitter enough to be an ipa but also pretty well balanced and easy to drink.

Overall a good beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a nice finger of frothy white head. The head had okay retention, reducing to a nice layer with some nice lacing.

S - Very nice citrus aroma with some earth hops mixed in. There is also some nice yeast spice to round off the nose. Very well balanced and very inviting.

T - Starts off nice and citrusy and a touch of hop bitterness with some earthy/floral undertones. In the middle, the yeast spice really shines. The finish is full of the citrus flavors and some nice lingering bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied with some nice assertive carbonation. The finish is very dry and along with the carbonation, the beer feels super crisp overall.

D - Very drinkable. The taste is really excellent with a lot of balance and a lot of flavor. Overall, very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, 12/10/10.

A-Pours a hazy golden, with a fluffy white head and huge lacing.

S-Belgian yeast and crisp citrus hops. nice.

T-Tangerine hoppiness, very bitter. Hop flavor blends well with the Belgian yeastiness.

M-Medium bodied, crisp fine carbonation.

D-Nice bitterness, good flavor. Nicely sessionable.


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Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beer with an excellent yeast character and a forward wheat quality that is similar to unibroue but less filtered. don't think it would do well in storage. has a hope quality like an american wheat but with esters added by the beligian sugar. nose of lemon zest and wheat and tangerine that carries over into the palate. palate is creamier in feel than expected. not the dry feel i was hoping for. but actually pretty successfully rendered. and estery hoppy 'blonde'.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Beer Table.

Pours dark amber with a healthy, creamy light tan head.

Nose is candy sweet, resiny hops, a bit of spicy yeast.

Taste is candy sugar and pale malt sweetness, a bit of zesty yeast spiciness, and a resiny, piny hop character that emerges about midway through and sits on top of the malty sweetness without dominating. Well balanced and drinkable, finish is dry and slightly resiny, with a bit of residual spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, a bit creamy, medium-full bodied. Well done and drinkable version of the style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from sixpoint, hand bottled at the brewery, thanks for the opportunity and generosity.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that persists forever. Lace sticks to everything in sight. Smells of clove, bubblegum, spicy yeast, citrus hops. Very sweet smelling aroma, very interesting nose. Taste is malty, hints of clove, pepper, apricot, very sweet, but not cloying. Very dry finish. Medium body, sweet sticky mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Great Belgian style IPA. I'd love to sample this again.

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottle courtesy of Shane poured into a pint glass.

This one pours a murky golden orange with a big, creamy off-white head that hangs around as a cap for the entire session leaving generous lacing.

Aroma is fairly spicy for a Belgian IPA. It's got the Belgian yeast and some earthy hops but there is a generous helping of spices that tingle to nose as well.

The taste has a bit more hops than the aroma with a bit of citrus and floral up front before the sweetness of the Belgian yeast takes over. The finish is where the spices come back and leave a bit of a dry, peppery finish.

The mouthfeel is super creamy with good carbonation and slightly dry in the finish.

This is a great Belgian IPA and one with some unique spiciness that I've not seen much in the style. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of dnichols
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured a orangeish golden and creamy body with a tall sticky off white head. There was layered lacing that clung to the side of the glass.

S: It had a strong sweet malt and sugar front with a spicy and bold citrus and floral hop bouquet.

T: It was crisp, citrusy and full of sweetness. It began with a sweet burst on the front of the tongue. Lots of candy richness complemented by syrupy mandarin orange flavors. The hops hit at the back of the tongue and moved to the center with a rush of sweet and tangy grapefruit and very light hints of pine.

M: It was medium bodied with light carbonation and good balance. It finished with a sweet and sour presence that lingered into the aftertaste.

D: It was a unique brew with lots of flavor and balance. Easy to drink and a nice mini session beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery Belgian yeast with a peppery hop and slightly sweet malt.

The taste consisted of eatery yeast spice,earthy hops and a grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and seemingly genuine rendition of the sytyle

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Photo of bonbini26
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the ginger man 10-01-08

a- peach iced tea color, thick and murky. even head of heavy cream and amoeba-like lacing. light shines through the edges and glows a golden orange.

a- belgian candi sugar leaps off the page, and the hops here impart a bigger, fresh orange citrus character that exceeds belgian standards, cant believe its from brooklyn.

t- very hoppy. nice crisp bite. underlying sweet maltiness, carrying some of the oily bitterness and a tad licoricey. O so tasty

m- light and fruity,. not very carbonated which allows the odd flavor combonation to really blossom and be appreciated. definitely drinkable, i could drink these all day

overall, an awesome beer from sixpoint, not only did they match this belgian style, they exceeded and put that American twist on it, that makes it better. I love this beer, but it was a little pricey @ $8.00 for a 13oz serving

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A felllow beer geek let me know about Six points doing a multiple tasting at the Great Jones Cafe and with $4 a pint, how could one refuse?

A: Poured into a pint glass showing a cloudy peach color with a fine one and half head, thick and cbuncky and moderate to minimal lacing.

S:Sweet overtones for the most part.

T: Initially follows the nose at the front with the sweetness, but quickly comes the hops. No bomb to the pallet but still a strong hop taste.

M: Medium body, goes down very easily with the retetion remaining.

D: An excellent creating by the chapts at Six Points. This was my first Belgian IPA and by happenchance, my first copy of Beer Advocate magazine arrived hours before I tried this brew. Good to know the style is still in it's infancy as well as how the hops and sweetness are an amalgam of American style with the Belgian. Top notch brew and I was not the only one going for another.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange. Dough and yeasty nose. Flavor has a good combo of citrus with a biting salty and acidic hoppy thing. There is a weird almost metallic aftertaste, but it doesn't really matter much. At least, I don't care. Feel is well bodied on the liquid and the carbonation is slightly biting. Nice to drink. Good complexities and thick and robust. Another good one by Sixpoint.

I'm done drinking and I have the taste of apricots all up on my mouth.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-y copper in color, a fairly large fluffy white head with very nice sheets of lacing, especially when swirled in the glass. Orange and grass hoppiness are powerful in the aroma, a fresh cracked pepperiness is there as well. Taste follows with a nice light orange and citrus hoppiness, a bit of the grassiness is here as well, and the pepper is stronger in the taste, tingling the tongue and balancing the soft candy sugar mouthfeel and taste. Some grapefruit rind bitterness and bready yeastiness in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is soft and silky on the tongue, cut by the zesty peppery hops with a slightly drying in the bitter finish. Very nicely done and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of brownsbilliards
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Four of us split a bottle, and we all agreed we wished we had more. The appearance is a clear golden at first, until you dive a little deeper into the and get the the chunks of yeast. There was probably enough yeast in the bottom to brew our own batch. The nose had a citrus and fresh hop aroma that got our taste buds ready. The beer had a fresh hop and grapefruit taste with a very dry finish. It was very creamy and we thought it would be a great session beer, although we didn't really have enough to really judge this. We were all sad to finish the beer and wish we had more.

BB Reviewers: Larry, Ray, Dan, Joe

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love sixpoint, do these guys ever release something that's not great !?!?!

Had a 12oz pour of this on tap at Spuyten Duyvil

Poured a Hazy Amber Orange with a 1/2 finger thick head. Sticky with some moderate lacing. Candied sugars are present on the nose with a strong dank hop profile, with heavy notes of grapefruit and other botaninicals. Floral hops are present on the tongue, but there is also a slightly peppery taste, sweet malts provide a nice support for the citric hop show. Lighter bodied nice ammount of carbonation and super easy to drink

update 12/21

I enjoy a pint of this at least weekly at Mugs Ale House and I have to say hands down it is one of my favorite beers out their right now

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones...keep 'em coming have yet to disappoint.
Arrived a solid clear copper color w/ less than a finger of bright white head...disappeared quite rapidly except for a fine layer that stuck around for the duration of the pint...impressive lacing too.
Aromas faint...a nice citrus zest is about all I pick up at this point.
The taste is what you would expect for the style...a hefty dose of hops, but the feel is not overly bitter. Citrus at first with just a hint of malt sweetness...mouthfeel is decent, not too thin and the carbonation is perfect.
I could easily drink this one all day and would never become bored with the flavor...once again, Sixpoint scores big with this offering.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more handbottled sixpoint..

a- peach iced tea color, thick and murky. even head of heavy cream and amoeba-like lacing. light shines through the edges and glows a golden orange.

a- belgian candi sugar leaps off the page, and the hops here impart a bigger, fresh orange citrus character that exceeds belgian standards. slight pruney ripe juiciness and even something that evokes lychee. salivatingly good.

t- very hoppy. nice crisp botanical flavor with a surprising follow-through bitterness, similar to orval but double the flower power in this particular beer. underlying sweet maltiness, carrying some of the oily bitterness and a tad licoricey. leaves a welcome coating of plant resin on my tongue and in my cheeks.

m- light and fruity, but deceptively heavy in the stomach. not very carbonated which allows the odd flavor combonation to really blossom and be appreciated. definitely drinkable, i could probably have three of these in a session no problem.

overall, another great brew from sixpoint. also, done in a style that i see catching on soon with the young brewing kids and critics. i feel this could be brought to so many different freakish levels.. but this is helping to set the standard for the east-coast belgian IPA with its delicate balance and mindblowing flavor combinations.

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Belgian IPA from Sixpoint Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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