Sparkler
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
American Brut IPA
Ranked #14
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,417
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
102
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Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Notes: A brand new Brut, or extra dry, IPA featuring Citra and Mosaic. It's got a beautiful, pungent candy-like and tropical aroma with a light body, mild haze and a low bittnerness on the snappy, effervescent finish.
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Photo of BillBabbitt
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Unusually odd color. Looks like a glass of pineapple juice. Minimal head. Certainly dry, aromatic, but flavor is a bit flat. As a fan of Six Point, I was disappointed.

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Photo of Nass
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like the classy looking can artwork, great use of color. The pour is a hazy yellow/light orange in the IPA glass. The taste is lemon, orange, guava, grapefruit, green bell pepper, & basil with a juicy mouthfeel. The beer taste like some other juicy/hazy IPAs that I've had this year, but that's not a bad thing considering that i'm a fan of the style. Moreover, this beer sort of reminds me of a well made witbier. We got another winner from Sixpoint Brewery folks. Cheers! A-

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Nass from Florida, Nov 20, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7% ABV 6 IBU

APPEARANCE: pours hazy straw, no much head or lacing

Aroma: fruity, lemon, citrus, canned fruit

Taste: grapefruit, flat, dry

Mouthfeel: light bodied, fizzy at first, carbonation leaves quickly, astringent

After: grapefruit juice

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Photo of NelsonSauvin144
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - has the appearance of an NEIPA in just about every way though this beer identifies as a Brut IPA to my understanding. Orange and like grapefruit juice with a slightly darker color than a OJ itself. Looks great. Little to no head at all.

Smell - smells juicy with smell notes of things like lemon, orange, nectarine, canned fruits. Citrus fruit peel and zest. Nice fragrant beer.

Taste - citrus fruit and berry. Juicy as if fermented on rind and peel. Berries but light berries for sure, not blackberry or raspberry for instance, more like strawberry and the like. Nice taste and very pleasant.

Feel - effervescent and smooth with a crispness that seems appropriate. Crushable. Slight bite. NICE!

Overall - I would drink a 6 pack of this myself over the course of a chill evening. This is one of Sixpoint’s better offerings I think, though I like most of their brews! Overall a very solid hazy brew! My only concern is whether or not this should be called a Brut or if it should be considered a New England. Feels more like an NEIPA.

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Photo of Act25
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thrilled to review, the 27th, of a favorite local brewer. This unusual, refreshing brut IPA works.
a / Opaque orange/yellow color with thin lace, a small amount of carbonation, looks like grapefruit juice, flattish.
s / Big, juicy pungent tropical fruit aroma - all the way.
t / Mostly grapefruit but also tropical fruit, lime. limey in the finish.
f / powdery, cleansing, refreshing - half the reason for choosing it.
o/ belongs in class sixpoint line up. Try 24.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Sep 12, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 05 JUNE 2019 (3 months ago) BB 02 DEC 2019 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7% ABV 6 IBU 3 SRM. The beer pours completely opaque yellow with nearly white head that fizzled out within 60 seconds. No retention, no lacing, ugly beer. Looks like grapefruit juice. The aroma is fruity, mostly vague citrus but a little tropical also. The taste is again like grapefruit juice. The mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, I don't like it. I can recreate this drink with grapefruit juice and vodka for pennies on the dollar.

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jkblr from Indiana, Sep 07, 2019
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3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED 02 AUG 2019 BB 29 JAN 2020 1538"

Appearance: The body is cloudy-to-opaque with a light straw color. the head is large and white with a fizzy consistency that quickly fizzes out to a flat surface supporting a few lifeless bubbles.

Aroma: There are notes of garlic, onion, mango skin, and bay leaf.

Taste: There is some bay leaf flavor with a touch of pineapple skin and a hint of rye.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and fairly raspy. It has a nice dry finish and a decent level of carbonation. The body seems to carry the weight of the beer.

Overall: Many people tend to visualize champagne as this bubbly and effervescent treat. While this beer delivers an initial burst of carbonation it doesn't ever look quite the part. It has a decent enough flavor and aroma that floats in that realm just above average, but it feels quite nice on the palate. It's tough to really recommend the beer because it isn't solid. It's worth drinking but there are better Bruts.

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teromous from Virginia, Aug 24, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Sabatinis beer bar, Exeter, PA this lunchtime.

Billed as a as a Brut IPA, in the glass, this has the look of a NE IPA. I can't say "hazy" since the solid body is the color of pale grapefruit juice. Nice soft white head which dissipates to a solid covering leaving decent lacing.

Mild fruity aroma.

Good tasting brew, luscious fruity profile, very easy to drink, only slightly bitter, abv only a suggestion.

Mouth is closer to full than medium, finish a mixed fruity wash. didn't seem dry at all.

Enjoyed this one. Maybe the lines between Brut/American/ NE IPA's blur somewhat, but this seemed a NE IPA to me.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Aug 21, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 8/2/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy pale yellow; eggshell white head that fades leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas have some subtle tropical notes. Some fresh bread. Some malts. The flavors are clean for the most part. Hints of pineapple, coconut and grapefruit. Some fresh grass. More fresh bread along with some crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing without dominating. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time, but it's probably on the drier side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's spritzy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. It's pretty unique. It has some "Brut IPA" characteristics going on along with some "New England IPA" characteristics going on as well. It's nothing too crazy, but it's nice and refreshing.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Aug 19, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Brewery "Sparkler"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 06 JUN 2019 BB 03 DEC 2019 0402 P"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: "Brut IPA w/ Citra, Azacca, & Mosaic", that sounds pretty good. It's a cloudy light yellow in color, looking very much like a glass of juice. There was originally a head of white on it but that's completely gone by now - disappointing. The aroma is pretty intense. It's resinous and super fruity, remarkably pineapple-like. Wow. As expected that carries over into the flavor. It's certainly not as sweet as pineapple juice, but it has the flavor. Overall it's a little thin though, not just in body, but in flavor. I'd say there are also notes of orange, mango, guava, papaya, and blueberry. It's interesting. It's oddly not that bitter for an IPA, even if it is a brut IPA, but it works. It's nicely balanced, and it is dry. It's not a bitter finish but it is dry; short and dry. I like it. So, on to the mouthfeel. It's light bodied and delicately bristling. I have no problem with that because it fits, and that explains some of the lack of head retention; there's just not that much sugar there. At the same time, although this is thoroughly fermented out, the alcohol doesn't show. How strong is this? 7%, that's not that much to begin with so that makes sense. Overall I think it's pretty good. It's one of the better brut IPAs that I've tasted.

Review #6,634

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Aug 07, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned 6-5-19, opened 8-3-19.
1/2" white head with loosely compacted bead...fades to 1/4" quickly. Color is unique, it's an opaque yellow/gold, almost the color of fresh squeezed lemonade. No lace.
Juicy hop aroma, pineapple, blueberry, big hop pop on the nose.
Mango, pineapple, blueberry, citrus, maybe some coconut late in the finish. Any malt perception is just a hop delivery vehicle.
Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Finish is unique, it's quick but not short...huh? Hard to explain. Definitely a dry finish.
Good. I like this better after having it in the fridge for about a month...was a little raw in the beginning but it's come together nicely and noticeably.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 6/4/19.
Look is hazy pale yellow. Smell is light tropical fruit and guava. Taste pretty much follows nose, with a very dry feel. Feel is fairly light. Overall a little different with the dry taste. Would drink again.

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Ronl12 from Massachusetts, Jul 14, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that left a narrow collar around the edge and a small patch of bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass.
S: Light aromas of green grapes and gooseberries are present in the nose along with hints of stone fruit.
T: The taste follows the smell but the flavors of gooseberries stand out in front of those of the green grapes and the stone fruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some dryness in the finish.
O: This Brut IPA tastes a little fruitier and not as dry compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Jul 11, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours an unfiltered looking, hazy, yellowish-orange color with a fine off white head of foam that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Smell: Pungent aroma of dry, spicy yellow grapefruit pith and white pepper upfront. Predominantly smells of funky guava, tangerine, and pineapple juice - with just a touch of earthy blueberry. I have to give Sixpoint kudos here, you can literally smell the hops on this beer from across the room.

Taste: Dry, but without being overtly bitter. The first thing I notice is a sort of tart lemon tang - punctuated by floral pepper and dried grapefruit peel. Some bittersweet basil and cilantro. . . It's sharp at first, and certainly quite dry, but after the initial "brut" flavors subside, the more succulent, juicy notes of the IPA come through as the tropical fruit flavors shine. I get lots of ripe mango, bubblegum, orange marmalade, pineapple puree and even malty banana cream. It ends on more mildly bitter dried fruit peel and pepper, with some faint hints of irish soda bread.

Feel: Well attenuated, somewhat champagne like, but not as bubbly. Light/Mid body. Dry. Crisp, but not thirst quenching (leaves a dry aftertaste).

Overall: I like the IPA base recipe they use here and think the hop varieties they chose work exceptionally well with the nature of the extra dry beer they were going for. It's tropical, but crisp and fresh. Funky but light and hoppy. As of right now, this is the only Brut IPA I've had the pleasures of having but it has endeared me to the style.

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Photo of donspublic
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting take. Had one similar in Pensacola from Perfect Plain, think they did a better job of it. Good cross between a NEIPA and a Brut IPA. Has all the juicy properties, but has the dry finish

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light honey color with a 3F head I a Tulip.

Nice aroma: tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, a hint of cream.

Moderate MF.

Strong fruit character: grapefruit, tropical, pear and more.

Dry finish.

I like this style, perhaps better than the American the American IPA.

Nice beer, well done!

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brureview from Massachusetts, Jul 06, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light opaque orange/tan color with thin lacing and a very small amount of carbonation. Actually, it reminds me of opaque grapefruit juice with some orange juice mixed in. (Can you picture it???)

S - Pungent sweet tropical fruit aroma, aroma is juicy.

T - Grapefruit, some lime, a little hit of tropical fruit, and a little bit of mango buried in there for measure. Even and balanced from start to finish with all of the flavors hitting at the same time up front. On the back end it leaves a lingering tropical fruit and lime coating in the mouth, finishes on the sweeter side of balanced.

M - Medium body and the hop intensity creates a somewhat cottony/fabric texture sensation in the mouth.

O - Very nicely done and drinks extremely well at only 7%. Sixpoint continues to create solid, enjoyable beers.
Recommended.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Jul 04, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

S: Citrus, tropical fruit, and light floral notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical hop notes and then picks up some floral notes as well as some sweeter maltiness. Light-moderate bitterness rounds things out

M: Medium bodied with moderate, effervescent carbonation

O: A solid brut IPA that is easy to drink. Highlights the citra and mosaic well. Well done

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Today is the ocCANsion of Sixpoint Me the Way to New Beer Sunday (Week 749). Interestingly, this is from a 16-fl oz pint CAN with a crack & peel label (!) in support of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Sparks Will Fly."

I felt as though I should have saved this one just a few more days to CANebrate the 4th of July, but it fits today's theme, I have plenty else in the backlog & frankly, I just want to get it in. I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent to get the CANebration started. My slow, steady C-Line Glug was not producing much in the way of clarity so I beCAN to let it run more freely. The finger of head that my efforts produced was a rolling, foamy, soapy, rocky mess with a Bone-White color that fell to wisps as quickly as I poured. Bah! Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Where was the attenuation? Bah! Nose had a pleasant tropical fruitiness. Brewery's site mentions "Citra, Azacca & Mosaic … illuminated by tons of extra-juicy, candy-like hops." I'll buy that, at least on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. I liked that the way that the taste did NOT allow Mosaic to dominate, as it easily CAN. It had a tropical fruitiness, sure, but the Citra helped to give it a citrusiness & the yeast had definitely dried it out to a Brut-level dryness. It was the sort of thing that I like in the style, but which puts many off. Hey, IMHO, IPAs should be bitter & dry & this is it in its extreme. I liked (spiced) White IPAs, too, but they went away as this style seems poised to do. 8=( Finish was Brut-ally dry& I was sweating, reaching for my asthma inhaler & getting ready for a water back! Phew.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jul 01, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Slim can
Bottled on 6/4/19
Opened on 6/30/19

Looks very much like pineapple juice with fizz. White haze in gold, a thin, jazzy white foam settles in and then fizzles out fast

Smells just like a decent NEIPA, pineapple fruity sweetness, strawberries and cream, soft golden grains on the malt side, bright and juicy hops overall

The feel is very light, crispy clean... Effervescent is the perfect word. Although, there is a sharp and grainy malty bite that is almost dry, juicy and snappy mostly

The flavor has golden grains, crispy tart effect from the super light malt tones. The three hops seem to bring more earthiness, dry citrus, grapefruit, stone fruits, dulled pineapple style sweetness with a big earthy finish as it all comes together. Not exactly complex, but interesting enough to keep it interesting. Bonus points for it's easy drinkabilty (crushable level). This is by far my favorite "Brut" IPA so far.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Jun 30, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into an IPA glass

Look: Pours a very pale, opaque yellow with a finger-width head that dissipates quickly into a small ring around the rim of the glass.
Smell: Tropical fruit, I'm mostly getting papaya and passionfruit. Some grapefruit in there, along with a kind of muted bready smell.
Taste: Follows the nose almost to a T, but you can taste the hops more on the palate than smell them on the nose
Feel: Light body, tiny bubbles, dry finish.
Overall: Definitely the best Brut IPA I've had to date. The dry finish counterpoints the tropical fruit and sweet beginning and makes it more drinkable rather than less.

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Jun 21, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super effervescent hazed gold with one finger of cream colored head. Head & lacing vanish in nothing flat

S: Green melon, orange peel & peach

T: Dryness, green melon & peach up front. Plenty of dryness, peach & green melons as this warms. Finishes dry with green melon & lemon

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation, pretty good balance. Carbonation drops off quickly

ABV is deceptive, this one started strong but flavors faded down the stretch. I suppose this go down quickly with hot, hot days ahead of me

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russpowell from Arkansas, Jun 21, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque yellow with a small white fizzy head. Smells like muted grapefruit, fresh baguette.Tastes like tropical fruits and seltzer Feels super carbonated,crisp and dry. Almost like seltzer water. This is the 1st Brut IPA I have sampled and I really like it.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Jun 15, 2019
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2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Can. Recommended by CBC Belmont. Murky fizzy pale yellow orange with no head. Grapefruit papaya aroma with hints of pizza dough. Very tropical fruity sweetness with light grapefruit bitterness in fairly dry finish. medium-light body. Basically an extra fizzy, extra watery NE IPA. Zzzzzzz.... Not worth finishing.

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malrubius from Vermont, Mar 16, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden haze look accompanying by a blast of hops nose is all too apparent immediately upon opening the can. Both enjoyable as the sweetness in the aroma pervades. Nice to finally see Sixpoint moving into the world of 16 ounce cans. I'm not too sure what a "brut" IPA is other than a gimmicky descriptor as I don't acknowledge enough of a sweetness scale in IPAs the way you would with wine (or even stouts and porters). Hoped for more substance in the taste. Nice sharp bitter palate but light on complexity. The hops are as upfront as on the nose and last nicely into the aftertaste. I miss the lusciousness of say Resin or Bengali. Very nice ale to be sure though.

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osheamatth from New York, Jan 25, 2019
Sparkler from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 102 ratings