Meltdown
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,586
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,872
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
223
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Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  25
SCORE
91
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Notes: A lush, hazy, juicy IIPA with ripe tropical and bright citrus characteristics, and a soft, easy finish. Loaded up with enough dry-hops to melt your face.

Brewed w/ Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria Hops.
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Beertsipper from New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color with soapy white head. Nose is complex. Stone fruit, malt and bread sweetness, pineapple, hints of pine, floral, papaya. Taste follows the nose but is not as strong as the smell. Medium mouthfeel and no detection of 8% alcohol. For a high abv NEIPA, this is very refreshing. Will probably purchase again. Also, very reasonably priced for a six pack.

Apr 03, 2021
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Nass from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I like the classic Sixpoint can artwork. The pour is hazy yellow. The taste is Peach, pineapple, mandarin orange, & grapefruit. It's a good hazy IPA but not a great one. Cheers! B

Feb 17, 2021
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MadMadMike from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slender 12 oz can poured into a 14 oz Founders Brewing snifter.
Good foamy head that didn’t stay too long.
Smells of tropical fruit with a little funk.
I like hazy IPAs, but somehow always finding myself thinking of mimosas. Champagne of any brand trashed with orange juice.
This hazy is decently carbonated, helping push the flavor.
Taste is mimo, excuse me, taste is juicy hops, the ‘usual’ hazy fruity (puts its toe on the line of ‘sour’, but doesn’t go all the way.
Thin lacing. Not oily.
Bright and refreshing finish.
Lingering bitterness saves the day.
Overall.,. sure. It’s OK.

Jan 23, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pour as billed. Decent head that dissipates quickly without lacing. Fairly aggressive flavor profile, mostly tropical fruit with a citrus underneath. Refreshing, enjoyable. My face didn't melt, but I did smile.

Jan 16, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

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

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small short lived head.

Smells of citrus with a bit of hops. Tastes of citrus and mango with a sweet finish.

Medium light watery body with low carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Jan 16, 2021
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some citrus notes. Taste is citrus, malts, light pine, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Nov 02, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slender 12 oz. can poured into a clear pint glass produced a lightly blond colored hazy liquid. Carbonated, obviously, but not very generous with a head nor glass lacing. There is a faint offering of a hazed IPA, but not enough to be enticing. The taste is pleasant, somehow leading to a finsh that is almost as tart as it is softly bitter. Light in the mouth, yet there is enough body to enjoy. A bit yeasty and a defined taste of alcohol are its flaws. Not bad, but not even close to the good hazy DIPAs and IIPAs now abundant.

Sep 23, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sixpoint Meltdown (4, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3.5)

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy light-orange juice like color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a sweet orange juice smell mixed with aromas of some bready and doughy smells. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of some herbal hop aromas as well as some light must and earthy smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately bready and citrus heavy flavor with the citrus being a mix of sweeter tangerine and orange along with some bitter grapefruit hop. These tastes create the base flavor for the brew and last throughout. After the initial tastes some of the herbal hop and a bit of alcohol come to the tongue adding a bit more dimension to the taste. The alcohol gets more potent as the taste goes on and is joined by some earthy hop flavors. Toward the end, there is a little bit of a decrease in the sweet, and with the rest of the flavor transitions, one is left with a slightly sweet, citrus, and moderately herbal hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is average. For the style, abv., and somewhat boozy taste (at least for an 8 % abv brew) the feel is good and makes this one a rather nice slow sipper.

Overall – A decent hazy IPA with a little bit of a more boozy taste. Nothing to search far and wide for, but fun to try if you get the chance.

Sep 11, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12oz can, pours light yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is floral hoppy and pleasant. Taste is citrus hoppy and overal bitter but with solid malt sweetness. Feel is very nice and juicy with a rich aftertaste. Overall it's a very nice IIPA.

Jul 05, 2020
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JPadilla from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 02 JUN 2020, Drunk on 02 JUL 2020 - 12oz. 6-pack $14.49
Served in a tulip glass from the can.

Hazy yellow color with a heavy bubbly white head of small bubbles as high as an inch.
Deep floral aroma with notes of hops and pine.
Tangerine and peach flavor with a malty feel. Smooth and not overly bitter. Taste lingers.
Medium carbonation that pops on the tongue with a sticky feeling.

It's a great IIPA from Sixpoint, I enjoyed it quite a lot. Doesn't quite dethrone Puff for me.

Jul 03, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Took me a while to discover this NE IPA that nears the front range and must be tested blind vs the best. (Came back, worked again, 8-11-20)
a) Murky, apricot, flattish body. white, short lived head.
s) facefull of hops, fruit, stone fruit, hemp, dry grass, sun-drenched herb.
t ) follow smell, but one of the loveliest see-saw DIPA profiles ever, which I why I wanna blind taste test w friends.
f) Nicely peppery, bitter into a clean and rush- (jump in the sea)- kind of climax.
o) Lovely how 6point (a fave brewer) can refresh this busy category.

Jun 06, 2020
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from the can.

Appearance: Hazy yellow color with a heavy bubbly white head rising a notch below one finger's length.

Smell: floral aroma with notes of hops hitting the nostrils.

Smell: Smooth lemongrass with hints of hops and light smooth piney feel.

Taste: Lemon and grapefruits with a strong malty feel. Piney feel to the beer but still comes off smooth and not overly bitter.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a little extra to the bubbles. Sticky but average at best with medium to heavy carbonation.

Overall: Good brew, as you do feel lemon in the beer and no sourness to go with it feels like a Gatorade with hops. Definitely a must grab for IPA lover. Salud!

May 10, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixpoint Brewery "Meltdown"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 05 JAN 2020 BB 03 JUL 2020 1212PM" and sampled on 11 APR 2020
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's a very hazy golden beneath a far-sized head of bright white foam. It looks like a glass of orange juice. Woah! I must've hit something wrong there, auto-correct changed my mistyped "orange" into "organ"~ gross. The aroma is fairly bright but I've certainly had "juicy" beers that were brighter. I should note, however, that for whatever reason double IPAs tend to have less bright aromas than standard IPAs. Normally, I think, that's because the hops are fighting against the extra malt but that's not the case here, or at least I don't think it is. It's sweetish, citrusy (mainly orange-like), otherwise tropical, and berry-like. I'm really liking it! On to the taste... well, this is another case of the aroma foreshadowing the flavor. It's exactly as expected. I'm getting more tropical notes and a lot more berry but the citrusy side remains. The malt is basic, lightly bready, and sweet but not overly so. A spritz of alcohol helps to balance it along with a median bitterness and it finishes mainly dry. Not a lot lingers but there's some orange and melons and a bit of an herbal note. In the mouth it's medium leaning towards medium-full in body and gently zesty. Looking back, the head retention and lacing were just average, unfortunately pulling its numbers down a bit. Still, this is a great double IPA that clocks in at 8% and has a wonderful orange/tropical and berry-like character to it.
Review #6,995

Apr 11, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED 06 JAN 2020 BB 04 JUL 2020 0135AM"

Appearance: The body is a light gold color that is mostly opaque but has a slight opalescence as light strikes the edge of the glass. The head is very large, white, rocky with pockmarks, and has both excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a little bit of cabbage, some hay aroma, a scent of wildflowers, and a light bit of malt scent.

Taste: There is a light sweet flavor of sugar with a bit of what tastes like fruit candy. It has a bit of a peach and tangerine flavor but it's very sweet and off-putting.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied and airy which is nice. There is an odd bitterness to the beer that detracts from the mouthfeel. There is also a strong sweetness which hampers drinkability.

Overall: The beer is pretty hard to palate, especially for a New England style IPA. It feels bitter and has this vegetal aroma that comes across as grassy. It is slightly floral and fruity but that is kicked away by the overt sweetness of the beer. It really wasn't very enjoyable and I wouldn't drink it again or recommend it. This doesn't meet the mark of a Sixpoint beer.

Mar 27, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I forced myself to start writing reviews some months back, but I'm quickly running out of things to say about all these good, not great IPAs flooding the market. This is another one of them. I'll give it a whirl, though: It's hazy, but not off-puttingly so with an attractive, dense head. Smells citrusy as all of these brews tend to; picking up plump, juicy naval oranges and the requisite bitter grapefruit with a bit of crackery malt. Taste is a pleasant balance between sweet and bitter. Mouth is light to medium bodied, could maybe use a more robust grain bill but then it probably wouldn't be as quaffable as it is. Yeah... this is pretty good and I'll probably never drink it again. Yippee!

Feb 17, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.
A: pours hazy yellow body with small white head with ok retention and lacing.
S: dank, earthy hop notes with some lemongrass undertones.
T: sweet, earthy dank notes with sweet alcohol and lemongrass notes.
M: medium bodied; a little thin but good.
O: nice balanced IPA; nice drinking beer.

Feb 09, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i wanted to like this much more than i do...

L; pretty beer with a decent head that dissipates quickly.
S: not much; perhaps a few floral notes
T: disappointing. bit of floral, bit of citrus, little bitterness.
F: smooth as expected of a NIPA.
O: I wanted to like it a lot but just couldn't get there.

Jan 31, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 oz pour on tap. This is an excellent mass-produced NEIPA. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit aroma with just a bit of bitterness to balance out the slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. That said, it's not something I'll feel the need to seek out in the vast universe of NEIPAs.

Jan 29, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Citrus, tropical fruit, and some very light floral notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruit and then picks up some light floral hops as well. Malt balances nicely. Finishes with lingering citrus and tropical fruit

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and smooth

O: A very nice (nearly) DIPA that is super easy to drink, especially given the mouthfeel. The citrus and tropical fruit notes pop while remaining very well balnced

Jul 13, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Murky straw yellow in color and appearance. 3 fingers of a bubbly white cap that settled nicely into a fingers width of a frothy off-white cap. The amount of lacing is superb. Tons of it, enough to coat the entire glass.
S: Very herbally and citrusy. Malts also noticeable on the nose. Smells bready with nice grapefruity background.
T: Citrus, melon, malts, and crackery yeast flavor. Finish is bready with flavors of mango, orange and pine. Also tastes like flakes oats are implemented in there somewhere. Very biscuity with nice amounts of citrus.
F: Medium in body and weight. Moderate carbonation. No booze presence.
O: An enjoyable beer. Smooth and easy to drink. As I drink more of it, I become more accustomed and appreciate it more. I would like to try more from Sixpoint, and I like the 12oz format. The feel is great on this. I would drink again. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Feb 23, 2019
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morimech from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/11/18 and best by date of 04/09/19. Murky brew with some particulate matter suspended in the fluid. Nice head forms. Aroma of citrus, grass, hay, and a strong herbal component. Flavor is dominated by a herbal and hay flavor to the point that is all I can taste. The citrus and the customary Mosaic dankness is lost. The malt gives a sweet notes. Maybe the "good" hop flavor faded since canning. Excellent body and carbonation.

Feb 03, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy salmon in color and has a thinnish off-white froth. Aroma is full of grapefruit, coconut, sugar and passion fruit. Has a big fruity flavor with more grapefruit, passion fruit, tangerine and coconut along with more subtle notes of pith and zest. Has a lasting tanginess in the finish. Lighter side of medium in body and quite easy going.

Sixpoint always makes a point of being on point, and I can definitely see their point, and taste it too.

Jan 25, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate orange + golden yellow + bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/tangerine, citrus/mandarin orange, herbal, spicy, tropical/pineapple, tropical/mango, and stone fruit/peach hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + honey + oat malts with a light amount of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit + honey + oat malts with a light amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dank and juicy citrus/tangerine + citrus/mandarin orange + herbal + spicy + tropical/pineapple + tropical/mango + stone fruit/peach hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while leaving light to moderate lingering tropical hops flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a hint of soft/fluffiness mid-body and a light amount of dryness in the finish. Light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Drinks pretty easily though I wish the alcohol was a little more well hidden. Nice tropical + citrus + dank hop profile which works well

Jan 11, 2019
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scootny from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A cloudy light orange gold with a sunshine in a glass character. A big, soapy head that fades slowly and leaves some decent lacing. A light, soapy covering on the brew as well.

Nose is a well balanced melange of malts, pilsner with a bit of, (probably) crystal and caramel or Munich and fruity hops. Lots of tropical fruits. Pineapple is up front with undercurrents of guava and mango. Juicy and lucious with a melon tinged depth that makes you want to pause even as your pleasure centers beg youth chug. A nice citrus grove flows into a light peppery bite from a touch of alcohol.

Taste follows nose and really brings home the tropics. The blend of pineapple and mango, guava and grapefruit bonded to a bready malt framework of sweetness and grains, flowing into a minty, grapefruit skinned, dry short finish that is so clean you just smile. Faint notes of herbal hops and mint.

Feel is crisp and lighter that is should be. Soft and smooth with a touch of light cream. Dry and quenching. Refreshing with each swallow.

This should move from limited to regular rotation. One of Sixpoint's best DIPAs. So easy drinking so innocent indoor mouth, you just want to session a beer meant to sip

Jan 08, 2019
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TargaFlorio from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thick and hazy orange pour with plenty of floating particulates. Pretty solid foamy white head that quickly recedes. Aroma is grapefruit, orange and other tropical fruits. Flavor is rather zesty. Orange zest and grapefruit along with some other citrus notes. Overall, not a bad beer for the style, just a style I'm becoming much less interested in.

Jan 01, 2019
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