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"Hop Obama" Ale | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in tribute to the inspiration that has been Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In keeping with the Illinois senator's unifying theme, the "Hop Obama" is an indefinable ale that doesn't adhere to traditional style guidelines. The 5.2% ABV creation contains five different kinds of European crystal malt and three different kinds of Pacific Northwest Hops. Combined with a Scottish yeast strain for fermentation.

Added by RblWthACoz on 03-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of selecter70
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Obama brew disappointment. I eagerly sought it out at the Craft Beer Fest in Boston. While a decent IPA in general, it lacked overall quality, supplanted with extra hops. The on draught offering was a bright dark yellow with fluffy white head and an aroma of sharp oranges & lemon yeast. The feel was both thin & sharp, with a flavor that just pushed hops with the slightest yeast-malt. The lemon bitter hops were a bit much & I moved along unimpressed sadly.

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours beautiful, slightly murky amber with a rich .75 inch head. Reduces to ring quickly, soapy lacing.

S - Somewhat earthy and barnyard. Muted hop and malt smells.

T - Nice but somewhat unbalanced. More hops than malt.

M - Good stuff, finishes nicely, good carb and mouthfeel.

D - Not quite fat enough for me. Nice to try one, though!

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Photo of Freshie
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Grille here in Boston (Allston Rock City)

Poured in the appropriate regular style pint glass. Dark amber color, unfiltered, with a thin wispy, but strong head. Lacing was very tight around the edges of the glass.

Aroma was tough to discern due the frigid serving temperature, but slight notes of citric hops, and sweet malt permeated my nose. Some candy.

At first, I could have sworn this was an IPA, and had to check the beer menu again to see what style it was under. True enough, it said American Amber . Very hoppy for the style, but still malty and refreshing. Some tea like qualities in the malt backbone, but the hops are up front and pungent. Very dry finish. Citrus flavors, with some herbal hop notes.

A very drinkable brew, but the conflicting nature of this beer keeps it from greatness. Still, a solid brew all around.

Hopefully the namesake of this one will fair better. :)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flatbush Farm in Park Slope, Brooklyn on 1 August 2008:

Cloudy golden-amber body beneath a full head of white that held well and left sheets of lace.

The aroma was grainy and lightly caramel drizzled. There were suggestions of wheat, but that may have been from the yeast or hops giving the graininess an edge.

In the mouth it was medium-full with a delicate tingle from the median carbonation.

The flavor offered straight-forward grainy malt with a thin sliver of light caramel to round it out, and accents from some judiciously used citrusy and grapefruit-like hops. It starts with malt, gets spiked with a little bit of hop flavor, thins with bitterness, and then returns to hops and then residual malt in the finish. Only a very moderate bitterness remains.

Overall, it's a pretty basic ale that does offer some hop character, but certainly doesn't live up to the "Hop Obama" name.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours opaque cloudy orange with a big, rocky off-white head.

Aroma is biscuity malt and citrus hops, hint of pine.

Taste is sweet citrus and caramel malt on the front, with a prickly earthy, piney hop character emerging on the back of the tongue, and soft lingering bitterness on the finish that coats the throat, along with a hint of biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a subdued carbonation.

Like their IPA, the malt never really emerges from the hops -- it comes out a bit underneath, but never really establishes a presence independent of the hoppy character. Good beer - interesting, and very drinkable.

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Photo of kenito799
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Press 195, Bayside, NY.

Medium amber beer with a medium white head, recedes with really nice intricate lacing.

Fresh floral hop aroma, quite nice. A well-balanced ale with a lot of good hoppy complexity. The finish has a tea-leaf bitterness that is a bit annoying, but doesn't detract from drinkability. A very good brew.

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

Thanks go to Naproxen for this growler. Sent to me for the Growling at the Moon BIF.

Pours an amber-orange color with a nice head of off-white bubbles. Decent lacing.

The smell shows me some caramel, a bit of grain, doughy yeast, and some earthy/citrus hops. It's light, however, and I have try to force it out of the glass.

The taste is better, though. The grainy malt is strong, but the citrus hop profile helps to cut into it some. A little bit of caramel and some wood resin, also.

Smooth medium body leads to some almost prickly carbonation. Overall, a good beer. Nice job Sixpoint! Thanks, Aliza!

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handbottle from the Shane poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky reddish amber with lots of floaties and carbonation rising from the bottom. The head is a two-finger soapy white which hangs on as a cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is very mild with some subtle caramel malts and bits of earthy hops in the nose as well.

The taste is a little more forward with the earthy hops popping up front with a strong bitterness. The bready malts form the backbone with some sweetness of caramel and fruits. The hops hit again in the finish and leave a bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style and creamy. The carbonation enhances the slightly astringent bitterness of the hops.

This is a very good amber and the drinkability is hurt just slightly by the hint of metallic bitterness in the finish. Thanks again to Shane for the opportunity.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handbottle from Shane @ Sixpoint. THANKS!! Poured into an Affligem goblet. Beautiful dark amber color with a fluffy white head. Long lasting and tons of lacing. Some caramel and candy like aromas along with a bit of earthy, bread like aromas. Taste is different than the smell would suggest. Lots of hops- kinda mish mashed, but good. good bittter finish on the sides of the tongue. Lots of sediment is left on the bottom of the glass. Crisp mouthfeel. Wish I had more!

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite the site to behold, with a cloudy peach nectar color and a full head that sticks and sheets

Smell: Biscuity, grainy and pithy

Taste: Biscuity on the opening with a building pink grapefruit bitterness; there are some sweet toffee tones in there, that were unexpected, that may have something to do with the Scottish yeast strain; after the swallow, there is a grainy, pithy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Marketing genious in the naming of this beer, but I cannot help but note the irony in the difficulty of pinning down the style with the candidate whose platform of change is also hard to pin down; I hardly think this is among Sixpoint's best beers as, to my palate, it is dialed down, like the politician, to appeal to a broad audience; it's still a decent beer but with a name like Hop Obama, I was expecting something really hoppy but I should have known better - politicians, on either side of the aisle, rarely deliver on all their promises either

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Photo of meganlibrarian
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Hazy amberish orange color, with a thin slightly off-white head. Great lacing throughout the sample

S - Hops right up front, more fruity and floral with some malt sweetness

T - There's those hops again, definitely a more flowery hop character vs piney or cedary. Great, strong malt backing

M - Medium to thinner feel, with decent carbonation (but certainly not a main feature

D - This is superbly drinkable, and I would almost say sessionable for me.

Overall, this is more than just solid drinking and another great offering from Sixpoint! Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/29/08. Growler. Pours a clear deep orange with a very small white ring of head. Aroma of citrus, piney, and grassy hops with a wheaty malt backbone. Flavor is quite hoppy with a nice balance of citrusy, grassy hops with wheat and caramel malt. Some light fruity notes in the finish. A very tasty beer that is practically an IPA.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of rbloomberg3
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danny2321
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of finding this limited release on tap at Sunset in Allston, MA.

Screw politics, I could care less about the name, I'm in it for the beer.

Looked fantastic with a cloudy orange color and a thick head, and smelt great with a nice hop aroma. Bitter up front on the taste, but easy to drink and smooth with the lacing sticking to the glass all the way down. Now clearly, I would not say this is bad by any means, just not great. There was something missing, and I think it was in the aftertaste where I was hoping for something crisper and more definitive; that post-quaff, lip-smacking "mmm" moment never came.

Maybe it's that I've come to expect great things from Sixpoint and had my expectations set too high, but I was not overly impressed with this one (however, as the score notes, being "not overly impressed" by Sixpoint still yields a beer far better than most).

It came across to me more of a hoppy amber ale than anything else (maybe a subdued SMPA, the ol' somehow- malty pale ale) so the style gets a bit blurred, but that isn't anything new in the beer world these days.

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Photo of albern
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston in July 2008. With a name like this, how could it be bad. It was such a popular beer at the festival that they were pouring it by the pitcher, forget the individual taps. The beer is cloudy, tawny brown, and talk about a head, wow. The cloudy, frothy, swirling head on this thing was amazing. The taste is a bit of a mishmash or hybrid but very good. It does have an IPA and an APA hoppy backbone. There are plenty of oily hops, but not quite as estery as say you would normally find in an IPA. There are plenty of sweet malts, a bit of graininess, the beer is also not as full bodied as I would have thought. If I can find this in the bottle I will re-review it. From my limited experience with the beer, it is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Damian
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Oh, the controversy. I cannot believe how much trouble this limited run offering from a seemingly tiny craft brewery has stirred up. Is this a "tribute" or an "endorsement"? Who cares honestly?

As for the beer, it poured a hazy, copperish-amber (apparently this is an unfiltered red ale) with a bubbly, one-finger head that faded to a lasting film. Thin sheets of lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was unusually malty and sweet for the style. I couldn't put my finger on what style this beer reminded me of but it most definitely was not a red ale (after finding out that this beer was fermented with a Scottish yeast strain, I determined that this was the culprit). Bready and rich with notes of brown sugar and orange peel. The hops were noticeable but they definitely took a back seat to the malts.

The taste was punchy and flavorful yet much more straightforward than the nose. Slight malt creaminess up front before the hops took over. Super citrusy, juicy and fruity. Spicy and somewhat earthy. Beneath the hops however lay a moderate, toasty maltiness which held the beer together nicely. The lingering finish was hoppy and resiny.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and semi-creamy with a slightly higher than expected amount of carbonation.

Drinkability was rather good. This beer was fairly well balanced and could definitely serve as a flavorful session ale.

While the brewers at Sixpoint are avoiding giving this beer a definition, it definitely seems like a hoppy version of an American amber ale, and quite a good one. They definitely succeeded at putting an interesting twist on a typically ordinary style of beer.

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Photo of RichThatchr
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. I found this orange/gold ale at Superstar in Huntington to be very drinkable with the strong aroma of hops up front and interesting malts in the body. I couldn't name the elements of spice in the aftertaste or foamy head, but I just kept pouring as it went well with baked chicken and whole wheat pasta with diced tomatoes. Reflecting on it for a moment before pouring another pint, it reminded me of a maltier version of the Sweet Action. I could easily devour my growler's contents while wishing I had bought another one.

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Photo of tedstertm
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at Deep Ellum.

Pours a light gold with about a half inch of fluffy white head. The smell is fresh hops with floral notes with a little bit of spruce some fruit and a nice malt smell to it. It tastes almost exactly like it smells, a good amber ale with an extra hop kick added on. It was pretty light and fizzy in the mouth and it is a beer I could drink all day if circumstances allowed.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Amber with a slight bit of haze (chill haze?). Mellow signs of carbonation.
(S) Fruity, hoppy aroma. Hints of peach.
(T) Fruity sweetness coupled with a nice hop bitterness, almost a grapefruit type bitterness. Some Earthy tones.
(M) Very mellow, smooth body. Citrus-like bitter feel.
(D) Very delicious. I recommend drinking this again and again. A great brew, unfortunately this may only be around a short while - 8 years?

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Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with slight cloudiness. Three fingered head with good retention. No visible carbonation. Good lacing.

Wonderfully complex smell. Citrusy hops with grapefruit notes. Heavy malt sweetness and bakery breadiness. Yeasty esters suggest juicy melon. A bit of toffee.

Big bready malt structure followed by an equally big hop component. Earthy and dry it features an herbal profile. Malt is sweet and yeasty bread. finish brings back herbal dry hops. Lingering on the palate is dark bread and hoppy earthiness. Whole grain crackers as well.

Lively and smooth feel with a medium weight.

Good stuff easy to drink and quenching.

From tasting notes 11/2/2008

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 12oz 'hand bottled' sample of this brew in a trade with Sixpoint, Thanks Shane!

L - served in a standard pint glass the brew is a murky orange/brown color with a fluffy beige head that overflowed a bit on my pour leaving lacing on the outside as well as the inside of the glass. There was some yeast sediment but I left it in the glass.

S - hoppy aroma with some sweetness in the background.

T - bitter hoppy bite upfront is balanced out with malt sweetness before finishing dry and somewhat bitter.

F - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - good, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I got the chance to try this. I think all the noise this beer caused is hilarious. Who cares? A hoppy amber with scottish ale yeast? It sounds awesome.

Let's Barack and Roll.

Pours a peachy orange with a thick white head. Sixpoint beers are always great to look at.

Can you smell what Barack is cookin? Bready, yeasty, sweet oranges, floral hops.

Taste: Pine, grass, spicy, earthy, biscuit, citrus, and there is a familiar taste I can't put my finger on. As it warms it gets a little sweeter.

Creamy, medium body. Smooth, well balanced, and easy drinking.

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Photo of NoahSYGG
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a great local IPA. the color was a nice typical ipa copper. strong hop aroma. a huugee hop flavor, not too bitter though which is a good thing. slightly malty. a heavy ipa though. a great effort for a great candidate. when is sixpoint going to bottle its beer!?!

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