Meltdown
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,582
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,867
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
223
From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  25
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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Reviews by vfgccp:
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vfgccp from New York

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 22, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like Michael Phelps doing the backstroke, this one delivers. Think of yourself on an island, Tahiti, perhaps. And some monkey just blended up a bunch of tropical fruits with some booze. This is it. This is as exotic as it gets, my friend.

And Raul knows one thing for sure, “Hey monkey, can I have another?”

Oct 19, 2018
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jrnyc from New York

4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint hit a home run on this one. To get a NEIPA this well made out into national distribution so quickly is very impressive. Although this is a NEIPA it is a bit unique like many Sixpoint beers.

Oct 27, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 10/11:
A mostly opaque stream flows from the can, filling up the glass with a pale burnt yellow-orange cloud. The head does not betray the cloud theme, with a fluffy grandness that settles down slowly. Tufts of white foam hang around until about a quarter of the beer is gone, leaving its mark along the glass wall in this time. Swirls prevent more lacing later, but there are spots here and there later in the drink.

The nose has a mildly strong tropical fruit drink impression to it. There's the sweet-tart over-ripe fruit notes along with notes that aren't alcohol per se, but are doppelgangers for a higher-that 14 proof spirit. Really, they seem to be more of spice and burnt rubber notes. Outside of this distraction/detraction, I am getting pineapple, mainly - with a bit of fermenting grapefruit-orange juice, and maybe some mango. The fruit notes are nice, and luckily the astringent notes fade a little as the beer warms - or my score for smell would be lower.

Taste actually hits somewhere between crackery and biscuity as a clean malt opening. It is quite fleeting, as a somewhat bitter tropical fruit skin flavor keeps this beer from being juicy. That sensation, however, is similarly not long for this world as the mango-pineapple juice squeezes in from the sides. Brought along is that rubber-band flavor and feel, keeping the beer on the bitter side overall. As these all clean up, there's a return of the malt with a little unsweetened banana chip-like note to it (so maybe wheat in the malt bill?).

A medium thick feel but not as much heft as some NE IPAs, as this isn't syrupy or sweet - it's actually somewhat dry to me. That rubber-band feel isn't too strong and thankfully doesn't bring with it the friction to become a burnt flavor.

My first sip came before any analysis and I was thinking this was too hot and rubbery overall to be to my liking. I ended up finding this to have a refreshing bitter side that many NE IPAs miss - skin and rind involved versus pure flesh. Near the end, when the beer was about cellar temps, the juice seemed to have been squeezed out, and a more malt-driven beer was left - but one that had some bitterness still hiding in back.

Oct 21, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 10/10/18.

Pours cloudy yellow with a moderate head and retention. Pear, cantaloupe, and melons in the nose. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy and crisp mouthfeel. Pithy citrus on the palate with shades of melon and grapefruit. Zero malt with a moderate bitterness. Finishes dry and fruity.

Tasty but kind of a strange hop profile and a bit faded.

Nov 26, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall 12 oz cane...11OCT2018 canned on dating.

Nice looking NEIPA kinda pour, fully hazed, delicate and fine ringed sheeting left behind.

Earthy ripe fruits on the sniff.

Worthy, juiced up take on the style...more fresh and ripe tasting fruits, with pineapple coming to mind. Ripe fruit, earthy and herbal dankness adding to complexity.

High quality shelfie Sixpoint.

Nov 13, 2018
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Mortarforker from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2018
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MilaMila from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 13, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10-11-18.

A - Medium tan orange color, opaque, very frothy creamy head that sticks to the sides of the glass and to the top of the beer without dissipating.

S - Strong mandarin orange/tangerine aroma, pineapple, lemon, lime, and spicy on the nose.

T - Dank, juicy citrus from start to finish. Intense tangerine, lime, pineapple rind, resiny pine, mango, and finishes with an intense bitter sweetness.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish on the top of the tongue while the sides of the mouth water like crazy.

O - This beer is intensely juicy and fruity. Sixpoint has a winner here!

Oct 20, 2018
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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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plaid75 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2018
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rab53 from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 24, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed & effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Some breadyness, grassyness

T: Orange peel, pomelo, dryness up front. Leafy hops show as this warms, along with more pomelo& dryness. Finishes dry with leafy hops & a little citrus

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation,, good balance

Easy to drink, but was hoping for more from this one

Nov 04, 2018
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tbeer40 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 08, 2018
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charrel from Texas

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

Nov 17, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have long been a fan of Six Point ales and their DIPAs in particular. At 7.8%, I consider this right on the edge of that line. Beautifully hazy neon orange, with sumptuous lace and a very slow head retreat. Nose is tropical fruit and underlying sweet bread tones. There is an over wash of citrus and tropical fruit notes and a savory, biscuit note laden finish in the sip. The alcohol makes its presence known without actually breaking the chains.

I am not surprised this is so well thought of: I see it as a second generation NEIPA that corrects the minor deficits in the original. This is a complex yet drinkable beer.

Nov 06, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 26, 2020
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Kendo from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/11/18, consumed on 10/28, so it's just over 2 weeks old. . . .

A: Poured from the 12 oz "energy drink"-style can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy golden with a half-finger of white head on top.

S: Very nice nose of juicy, tropical fruity hops - touch of pineapple, ripe melon - and citrus (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit peel) and ripe peaches.

T: Juicy tropical fruit. Pineapple orange juice, citrus peel, a hint of apricot and a touch of pine at the finish. The 7.8% ABV is felt as heat in the belly, but not noted at all on the palate. This is an excellent version of the style, tasty and juicy, with fresh hop flavors bursting out of the glass.

M: Juicy, call it medium in heft.

O: Very impressed with this one. I've had NE-style IPAs that I've spent far more $ for that weren't anywhere near this good. I will be buying a lot more of this when I come across it.

Oct 28, 2018
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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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Budlum from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 19, 2018
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Unclevince from West Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 09, 2020
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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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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/10/18
Opened 10/29/18

Pours out looking super hazy with golden orange and white highlights in the color. Looks like pineapple juice. A fluffy, but short, all-white foam top simmers down to a thin layer of complete coverage.

This one has a megaton level of juicy hops in the nose. Pineapple, papya, orange citrus, sweet cantalope and wet earthy notes are bold and deep. Classic New England style ipa aromatics.

The flavor really does coincide with the nose with ripe fruits, both sweet and bitter hop dominated goodness. Dried pineapple, honeydew melon, orange peel citric and bitter effect, seriously juicy overtones from this radical hop combination. The Mosiac and Mandarina hops send your tastebuds through a seriously complex, lupilin funhouse. Layer upon layer of earthy and juicy hops that eventually allow the light, golden malty backbone to pop through in subtle ways. A sweet and field-grains style malt effect is just right for this style. Sweet and sour notes come from this hop combo as it really does tadte like a wild and fresh hop cone being splashed with straight lupilin powder. Boing.

The mouthfeel starts out crisp and light but then becomes pretty heady in the middle as it gets juicy and slightly long in the malt. The finish is a mix of smooth juice and dry, earthy and slightly bitter ending. A wee bit of alcohol heat provides a boozy style buzz.

Overall, a facemelt level New England style ipa.

Oct 29, 2018
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 13, 2020
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depechemode1983 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an incredibly hazy pale gold color. The head is two finger and off-white. Retention is phenomenal and produces large amounts of lacing. Many cascading bubble can be seen on the sides of the glass.

Semi sweet juicy grapefruit with its bitter rind. Also picking up a decent amount of sweet orange and pineapple. This beer is very tropical indeed.

Sweet orange and ruby red grapefruit upfront with lemon lime bitterness coming in through the middle. The bitterness is moderate and lingers for just a bit on the roof of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Cabonation is easy and pleasant. Excellent.

Nov 15, 2018
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 223 ratings