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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Lexluthor33 on 09-13-2008

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a creamy off-white head that disipated into a sparse cap. The aroma starts off with a nice shot of banana and clove, some pepper, and is followed by a mellow grassy hop. The taste is of banana and clove from the yeast; nice belgian flavors. This is followed by a slight sour berry and a good amount of grassy hops. Almost seems to be a Belgian IPA. The flavors are quite nice, not super strong, but nice. There is a moderate feel, fizzy carbonation; mainly sweet on the palate but finishes with a sour touch. Really nice balance. The abv is nowhere to be found and this beer is scarily drinkable. Probably the best I have had from the brewery. Very nice job.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a special 12 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear, bright golden color with a white head that lasts until the last drop - great retention!

The aroma is very fruity and Belgian-esque. The taste is quite refreshing and incredibly clean. A little citrus and a little hay - almost a cross between a Belgian golden and saison. It is effervescent and easy to drink, with medium to light body. A perfect companion for a hot, summer day, and a beer all should seek out!

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Photo of dudecandle
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium-golden color with a nice fluffy white head

It's got the spiciness/pepper of a Belgian pale ale, the wheatiness of a pilsener, and a decent amount of hops, but it's also got the metallic taste of Brooklyn water. The high alcohol is moderately noticeable.
It's got a good body, but the metal is a bit off-putting. It's a nice hybrid style, but I'm not so sure about it as of yet.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in NYC.

Light maple wood with graded shades of lemon yellow. It has a lovely natural haze that imparts a considerably lambent gloss. It has what I'll call a 'phantom' head; it is so thin that it appears to disappear and reappear depending on angle observed. Without a proper collar it floats like a white sheet and flutters like a ghost at each tip of the glass.

The menu lists 'Sweet Re-Action' as a 7.2% American Pale Ale but its aroma tells me it far more resembles a witbier; it is absolutely brimming with zest and spice. You sense as though whole coriander seeds float and dried orange peels lay just beneath your nose. It's malty character was cut with a zesty lemonade and topped with tons of freshly cracked pepper.

It tastes a lot more like a witbier as well. I have to admit though that by this point I'm at a loss trying to pin-point exactly what style it is. (I later find out that Sixpoint didn't brew this to any specific style guideline. It shows, the beer takes on a number of different characteristics. Foremost, it is very zesty, fruity, floral and above all else, quite neat!)

The flavour seems dominated by an odd herb or spice. Truthfully, I'm finding it terribly difficult to figure out. Whatever spices were used have blended wonderfully with the hop bill. These two intermingle and combine for a unique and delightfully pleasant tasting beer. The taste of honeycomb wafers are drenched and drowned in high alpha hop resin. The result is something that tastes like tangy lemon pancakes.

The hops and spices compliment each other so nicely. My best guess would be C-hops with coriander but the spice could easily be something more exotic. The higher alcohol isn't obvious but the extra malt sure is - this is one hefty (but very refreshing) beer. It's definitely too heavy for an American Pale Wheat or Witbier. The spice can be a little much but granted this is a very fresh sample. Besides, I wouldn't want it to fade anyhow, it is zestfully nice.

I'll just come right out and say it: I love Sixpoint Brewing. The fact that they refuse to create or constrict their beers according to set styles makes me all the more enamored with them. Good on Sixpoint for treading the notion of specific style restrictions. Their brewer goes by taste and imagination; when you're as talented as him the results are apparently quite good.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle N' Hum, NYC.

Poured a cloudy deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast and a citric hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront grapefruit hop with a spicy wheat malt.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty ale. Certainly a hybrid of sorts.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/6/08. Growler. Pours a cloudy orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of sweet melon rind, light spices (clove). Flavor is very similar, nice spices and light fruitiness, some orange peel. Slight hoppy bitterness, but mostly just lots of sweet tropical/light fruits. Very flavorful, well balanced, and quaffable.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I purchased this from the Whole foods market and it poured a golden amber with a decent foamy head and it settled to a small thin,bubbly lace.
The aroma was not strong.I could only smell yeast and fruit notes.
The taste started off sweet and creamy and consisted of yeast and fruit notes.The hops were mild yet well placed and a bit of the alcohol warmth and taste could be detected.Some spicy hints as well.
The feel was mild carbonation,light body and some oily feel in the finish along with a mild spicy touch. Some mild bitterness and moderate carbonation with grains and yeast in the finish.

Notes: I called Six point on this one and while the rep on the line explained that the beers are creations that do not necessarily fit into one particular style;they do concede that in order to be rated and classified they must bear a certain likeness to some style,but may stand on their own as a unique brew style.
This brew was well balanced and sessionable despite the ABV.Not only easy to drink,but the alcohol was so well masked. This was unique and well worth the growler.

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