Sixpoint Brewery

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,770
Ranked #13,936
3.94 | pDev: 10.15%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Idaho 7 from Nate Jackson at Jackson Farms. El Dorado from Graham Gamache at Cornerstone Ranches. Amarillo from the Riehl’s at Double R Ranches. Galaxy from down under. These hops combine for a huge blast of complex hop character with juicy tropical notes, some candylike sweet aromas, stone fruit, and grapefruit. The aroma flies out of the glass.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 65
Photo of Spikester
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with three fingers of cream color head. Rings and swathes of lace appear as the level drops.
Smell is green with sweet bread crust malts.
Taste is green fresh hops some minor pine. Plenty of sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and balanced.
Overall an easy drinking NEIPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can the bottom of which "canned 3 July 2019"

Heavily hazed up pour, leaving a lastng dense cap and then fine scattered lacing.

Soft tropicals on the nose with honey dew melon.

Smooth, tasty, tropical goodness with more ripe melon and mango. Worthy and well worth a try.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Too dam sweet. Flavors are good when cold but buildvas it warms. Gets cloying and difficult to enjoy. Not something I want more of. One and done for me.

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Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma bursts as you crack the tab.
Pours hazed grapefruit juice like body with off white Lasting head that laces.

Purity of hops in smell and taste. Fresh, juicy, complex. But too citrus for me.
F) thins and clingy to teeth like grapefruit juice.
O) winner but too sweet and grapefruits bong.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can
Canned on 7/3/19
Opened on 9/23/19

White gold, NE style haze, all white foam head. Thins out to minimal coverage and a bit of lacing on the glass.

The aromatics of this thing is pretty amazing. Blasts of hoppiness just flows right out of the glass. Smells like freshly picked, still sticky hops and lupilin powder. Earthy citrus notes to the max! Pineapple and golden malted grains, pine tree sap and various stone fruits. Complex to say the least. Nice nose.

Much like the nose, the flavor is jam packed with a delicious hop combo. Stone fruits, malted golden grains, like wheat and summer grasses pop out first. Earthy based flavors dominate except for pineapple and peppery orange. A slightly sweet fruity taste rolls in but in a very subtle way.

Complexity is good, but cones off a bit like a session version, 5.4 % abv has it feeling and tasting a bit light. Crispy and light mouthfeel in some ways with dry earthy effects and a very smooth texture that I never get tired of from the New England or Hazy IPA styles.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Back from downtown where I had a can-o-bliss and a crooked stave IPA. This is fitting in nicely. It may be just a little light on "richness or body" but is an easy drinking semi-full bodied NEIPA. Back from VT for about 2-3 weeks I'll follow up with either a Heady or Crusher. Sixpoint just needs to brew in a little more body/fullness and this one can move to a 4.7-4.8.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 7/3/19, so 2 months old

Upon pouring, the drink looks like a glass of orange juice. The small white head shrinks to a thick ring and covering, and at first there is some nice lacing.

There is a mild somehow dull fruit aroma.

Upon tasting, it's tingly, bitter and a little watery.

Mouth below medium, finish on the bitter side

Overall, this one is a bit of a disappointment. It seems the malt isn't strong enough to balance out the beer, and it's a little weak mouthwise

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sixpoint Brewery "Hootie"
1 pint can, "CANNED 03 JUL 2019 BB 30 DEC 2019 0712 P" and sampled on 27 AUG 2019
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well it's got the cloudy look to it! The golden body almost looks tan because of it. The head is a short lid of creamy white. Overall, pretty nice. The aroma offers a combination of hop resins, fruitiness, and pine. I'm not really picking any specific fruits out but I'd definitely call it tropical and citrusy. I feel like the aroma could be a little bit brighter, but I don't feel it's so limited that it should be knocked down for it - it's more just "could be". The flavor opens up a bit and now I'm getting pineapple, apple, orange, pink grapefruit, and peach. There's still a lot of hop resin to it, and mild but raspy pine. There's not a lot of bitterness to it, the label lists 5 IBUs, but there is some hop bite that makes it seem more bitter than just 5 IBUS. It finishes dry, without bitterness, but with that hop burn acidity, and some gently lingering fruitiness. The head dropped fairly quickly, which is interesting because it seems to have a good, zesty carbonation to it. I guess it's all of the hop oils. The lacing, of course, was limited as well. It's an interesting beer in that I've never had a NEIPA that was quite the same. It seems to perfectly straddle the "juicy" side of style and the more "dank" side of the style while never really going too full on either of those components. That, however, is not really a compliment, as that leaves it kind of middle of the road. It's good but it's not too exciting. It's perhaps too perfectly balanced? I don't know, maybe I'm just talking out my ass, but that's my honest impression. Which, also, is not to say it's bad, just that it's missing that certain something. To wrap up, it's medium bodied and gently effervescent and crisp with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that leaves it lightly zest and then smooth across the palate. I think this would be a great summer beer where it's hot and you're at an event and it doesn't really matter, but in a darkened pub on a slow night in September I'd probably get bored with it.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 7-2-19 into pint glass. Pours a murky amber-straw color with an off-white fluffy head. Initial impression is juicy grapefruit, orange, mango, and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is soft and full-bodied; carbonation is fairly light. Finish is fruity and smooth. Sixpoint does good work, and Hootie maintains that tradition.

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Photo of teromous
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The can I have is red but only says "HOOTIE" and is "5.4% ALC./VOL."
From the bottom of the can: "CANNED 03 JUL 2019 BB 30 DEC 2019 2166 P"

Appearance: The body is opaque and a light straw color. It has a very large fluffy white head with persistent retention and a lot of lacing.

Aroma: There is a big floral aroma with notes of tangerine and orange peel. There is an interesting sage scent to the beer.

Taste; There is a big wildflower flavor to the beer which is intriguing. It remains floral without being soapy. A light bit of mint comes in towards the back-end of the palate and there is a touch of cedar there as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and effervescent with a nice dry finish. Bitterness is low and it has a nice clean finish on the palate. Very enjoyable.

Overall: It's a fun beer to drink given its interesting and well-tamed floral characteristics. It's not your average New England IPA but rather something a bit new and different. It is bubbly and foamy with a floral bounce that sits perfectly on the palate as it rolls dryly across the tongue to a clean finish. I really enjoyed the beer and I would both drink it again and recommend it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Succumbing to the pressure of the haze, the brewers of Sixpoint eye their Puff and say, "we can do better". Laced with Idaho 7, Galaxy, Eldorado and Amarillo hops, their New England style IPA promises a tangier side of citrus and tropical fruit while also buying a vowel.

Off turbid but cast in a pastel golden hue, Hootie billows to the rim with an ivory froth and an aromatic display that delivers on the citronella culmination of citrus, tropical fruit and botanical herbs. Creamy with cereal, honeysuckle and vanilla nuances, the early maltiness is rich and juicy.

As the ale turns to a more hop favorable middle palate, the radiance of under ripened oranges, pink grapefruit and lemon team up with green mango, pineapple and passionfruit for a tangier take on hops. Trending nearly wine-like, the beer sees a spicier finish with the taste of green tea, lemongrass, hemp and gin spices looming.

Medium full in body, the rich cereal character proves stubborn and the "smooth" hop bitterness just seems absent, at least to the point to diminish the balance somewhat. A medium long aftertaste of wine and tea mingle after a malty-dry finish and a soft booziness.

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Photo of puck1225
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 7/3/19 into a tulip glass.

Murky light yellow color with good head and lacing. Fragrant citrus smell, orange and lime. Taste was nice and citrusy but a bit flat. Mouth feel was good and the beer was enjoyable but not he best of the NE style IPAs.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a yellow custard-like body with decent head and lace patches. Smells like citric and pineapple juice in the aroma. Smooth, acidic, bittersweet like pineapple juice with hint of mango sweetness. Perhaps the milk sugar and vanilla add to smoothness and the sweetness on the crisp finish but they are muted.

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Photo of Dgestri
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm a big fan of sixpoint and this beer was intensely disappointing. Very unbalanced flavor, metallic and sickly sweet. Smelled like yeast in a sweaty kind of way. Weird and underwhelming flavor profile with very little hop presence. I love hazy IPAs and I would not recommend this one at all, I actually just gagged trying to finish my glass.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No way. Not feeling it (the bcurrent score that is). This bad son of a gun is way better than an 89. This is way up and higher like Snoop Dog during a spelling bee. What is going on here? I’m digging this beer like a Lana Del Rey single. Sing to me baby!

Come off it and get it good.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can dated 07/03/2019. Sampled on July 27, 2019.

Murky, milky looking pulpy yellow color with a modest, fading white head.

The aroma is subtle but I get esters of fruit, tropical fruit, and white bread.

Medium mouthfeel.

The taste begins sweet but the fruity bitterness takes over in short order and lingers on the palate at the finish.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours murky yellow with a nice white head that settles to a thick ring. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Big overly ripe fruit aroma along with some wheat and oats. Pineapple, mango and orange strong grassy hops are present as well.

Taste - The taste seems a little watered down compared to the strong nose. Grassy hops dominate mango and orange along with citrus peel.

Feel - Medium bodied not as creamy as expected carbonation seems a touch high for a NEIPA.

Overall - Looks the part and the nose is nice, the taste is a little watery and the feel thin.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy yellow/gold with rich white head and sticky lacing.
N: Lots of citrus, hops, and some floral.
T: Bright citrus hit up front with hops and floral notes, slight bitterness in finish.
M: Medium feel, clean and easy to drink.
O: A nice little beer, flavors were good and easy to consume. Was not over the top but enjoyable.

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Photo of EMH73
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a half inch white head that settles to a long lasting ring that leaves spotty lacing. Smell is rather mild with some citrus, tropical and grassy/earthy notes. Taste is rather muddled with the grassy/earthy notes dominant, orange, orange pith, peach, a bit of lactose sweetness and a bit of oak. Medium bodied, light carbonation, moderate bitterness and a dry mouth feel.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the first NEIPA-style beer made by a non-New England brewery that actually tastes like a real NEIPA and not like an imitation of it. ITs not without its flaws, the back end is a little thin, which tends to drag this style down more than other styles, especially when paired with more bittnerness than your average NEIPA. Overall it's a solid, tasty, bright, and almost lemony orange dip into that VT hoppy goodness!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

April release, 2018. Black can, 5.4%

Hootie pours like bacon fat. Creamy, opauque yellow. An impressive white foam of a head perches proudly and persistent, before descending and leaving a mountain range of peaks as lacing.

Rubber and weed. Weed and rubber. Rubber, weed, and orange juice.

Rubber, weed, orange juice, grapefruit pith, lemon, rind, weed, and uncooked owl skin.

It is very creamy and smooth. For 22 ibu, it packs a decent bitter punch, but that could be percieved by the dirty and weediness of it all.

This one is not my jam. Perhaps the first from Sixpoint that I wasn't at least very pleased with. Decent, and I'd still drink it, but not something I'd grab for again. Sorry. Cheers.

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Photo of frozyn
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This review is for batch #5, released April 14, 2018 at the small batch release in Red Hook. Hootie is now Sixpoint's house Pale Ale, coming in at 5.4%, 5 IBUs.

This pours a bright, golden, hazy orange with a thick, frothy white head that lasts, leaving behind layers of lacing.

Smell is a strong citrus to start off, warmth brings a layered tropical fruit. A little piney dankness around the edges. While powerful, this is not a highly complex aroma -- in the best of ways. At 5.4%, I have looked at this pale ale as a drinking beer – something you can have a few of in a row – and so the aroma matches that approach well.

Smell follows along the nose very closely. Not overly complex, but delicious nonetheless. Warmth brought a more dynamic flavor, so next time, I will have to let the can warm before opening it. I drank ¾ of the can in about 10 minutes (more on that to come), so this review is very open to change.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It’s medium body for the style, but finishes with the kind of dryness that doesn’t sap your mouth, but makes you want to take another sip. There is a bit of resin left behind on the tongue and teeth, but it works with the dryness to make you want to drink more. Carbonation is medium-high, matching the thick head, and that makes it go down very easily as well.

This is a great pale ale. It has the qualities you expect from a NEIPA – haziness, fruity, juicy, full body – dialed back in just the right proportions to pale ale levels. Some will argue that the dryness or bitterness is a bit much, but I think those are important aspects that help create the repeat-sipping-must-do-now effect.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another knockout by Sixpoint. I hope these small batch easy to get beers become an everyday reality.

This beer is every bit as good as the ultra hyped beers people camp out for. Looking forward to the future with Sixpoint.

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Photo of bishop170
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Similar to their Smoothie release but with the lower alcohol the mouthfeel and overall taste is more of classic NE IPA. Big fruit and tropical flavors but the hops aren't lost in that. Such an easy drinking brew. I applaud Sixpoint, every small batch release has been great.

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Hootie from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 65 ratings