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Signal | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Billolick on 08-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 47
Photo of sleazo
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A_hazy pale orange brown with a very frothy white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

S_Mesquite smoke, orange and bit of pine

T_Bready up front followed by a slight sweetness and then an orange cranked hop attack. The finish leaves the palate with a decent amount of smoke. Campfire and barbecue mixed together. Slightly spicy as well

M_Medium body with a nice mellow but present carbonation

O_A smoked beer mixed with a citrus forward balanced IPA. Fairly complex as the smoke, sweetness and bitterness mesh wonderfully. Terrific beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a clear orange-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to give a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was a mix of sweet caramel and a bready aroma mixed with a lighter amount of smoke. Behind all these smells are some quite light notes of a citrus and earthy hop aroma giving a rather smoked but sweet dirty aroma overall.

Taste- The taste begins with a big dose of caramel sweetness mixed with a bready malty taste. Upfront there is a little bit of citrus in the taste mainly of a light grapefruit hop and some orange. As the taste advances more roasted malt flavors start entering the taste. With these flavors comes smoke and burnt flavors with notes of a salty bacon like taste and a light almost pepper flavor hitting the tongue. The citrus hop is then joined by a little bit of an earthy hop in the end leaving a smoky but somewhat hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather fitting for the smoky and hopped flavors of the brew balancing the drinkability and allowing all the flavors to be fully sensed by the tongue.

Overall- A nice smoky brew with a nice blend between sweet caramel, smoke/burnt flavors, and hop flavors. Quite tasty overall.

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Photo of wes123
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber color. Nice head with sticky lacing on the glass. Smells very smokey with a little citrus hops and sugar sweetness. Strong taste of smoke which merges with the bitter and citrus hops. A little lingering sweetness. Very nice carbonation and clean mouthfeel. Had this at a smoked beer event. The smoke is a little distracting but fades into the hops as time goes by.

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Photo of Kelseyadolf
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. If you like the tastes of foods like smoked salmon, bacon, ect, you need to try this beer if you ever stumble across it. Every gulp is like a delicious smokey heaven. One of my favorite and most memorable beers I've ever had. Try it!

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: My first Rauchbier! Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams pint glass. Appears an orange amber with lazy carbonation with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Smells very malty up front with some toasted malt, caramel particularly. Towards the middle the smoke enters the aroma but is not overpowering. Interesting.

T: Similar to the smell, with a big malty foretaste that reminds me of a good Oktoberfest beer, with some caramel and nuts. Then the smokiness comes in with a jerky-like smoke flavor and finishes a bit dry with some astringent smokey residuals on the tongue.

M: Medium body with very light carbonation, could perhaps stand to be a bit more carbonated. Quite smooth on the palette though.

O: I was expecting the smoke to be in my face, but it is rather subtle and contained within the other qualities of the beer here. Very interesting and paired fantastically with some smoked gouda cheese.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange-amber body. Moderate sized white head, faint skim left on the glass.

S: Yup, there is some smoke here... but not as much as I was expecting. Lemon-citric and grassy hops over top a soft malty body.

T: The smoke is a bit more amped up, but not so much so that it drowns out the hops. Nice lemon-grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, mild bitterness, a blt slick in the finish.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by the balance between the smoke and hops that actually worked decently well.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alto Cinco in Syracuse, NY during a Sixpoint beer & food pairing for Syracuse Beer Week. Poured into a 8oz glass, it was paired with root beer braised pork belly. So f’ing good.

Appearance (3.5): Pours a hazy, orange amber body, with just a little off-white head. Not much lacing happening, but that’s not so big of a deal on draft in a small glass.

Smell (3.5): Earthy and lemony hop notes, with a subtle malt body in the nose; that malt is sweet and honey-ish though, which is interesting. Mild, but distinct.

Taste (4.0): SMOKE. Holy crap, what? Slightly sour starting out, ending with a charred finish that sticks around. Earth and grass and mild lemon hops in the mid-palate, but predominantly grassy . . . smoke mellows as it warms, but man oh man this is interesting.

Mouthfeel (4.5): There’s an active, fine, prickly carbonation in the body. The body itself is medium in fullness, no more and no less. Dry finish. Not bad. Pretty nice mouthfeel, actually.

Overall (4.0): Very interesting, a smoked IPA that doesn’t look like you’d think a hoppy smoked beer would! Who knew. Very inventive, Sixpoint. And kudos to Alto for the pork belly pairing—to be perfectly honest the beer and pork actually improved each other immensely. Very cool stuff. Would I get it again? No, probably not, but I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in smoked beers or considers themselves an IPA buff. Very, very unique.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled off the tap at Wantagh Beverage served in a plastic cup.

L - hazed copper color with a big, fluffy white head.

S - yeasty aroma with citrus hops in the background.

T - pretty well balanced flavor of malt, hops and mild smoke without tasting like smoked meat.

F - medium bodied with a slightly flat feel.

O - not a beer I would seek out but I'll drink it if it's for free.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Me: "What style beer is that"
Bartender: "I don't know, let's try it..." "I don't know if you are going to like this one, it's kind of weird- I don't like it"
::::takes sip::::
Me: "I like this a lot" "It's a smoked beer, for sure."

The brew poured a hazy and cloudy orangey amber color. Off white head, lingered for the duration of the beer. The smell was almost sour, citrusy, hoppy...hops very much present in the nose. Taste was very unusual, not your grandfather's smoked rauchbier...Piney and resiney citrus hops with a major smoked backbone. Mouthfeel was thick and palatable....Give this one a try, very interesting.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bierkraft growler (keg kicked half-way; half a counter-pressure filled growler for $2)

A: Cloudy gold with lots of lace.

S: An initial whiff of hops followed by warm, clean wood smoke. Later, the smoke crowds out the hops. I don't catch any malt.

T: Again, the hops come through initially, but the hop character quickly become muted. Lots of smoke that reminds me of a wood cabin or sauna--clean wood smoke, without char or ham. As it warms, toasted malt comes through. As the growler drains, the smoke and malt blend pretty well and the hops come through only in the mild bitterness. The beer is a bit too dry to support the smoke, though, and some more malt sweetness would give more balance.

M: I got only half a growler, and even though I drank it some eight hours later, the beer seemed pretty flat. I'm giving a 4 only because I have no basis to rate mouthfeel.

O: This was billed as a smoked IPA, but it seems much more like a smoked pale ale. Neither is a style I drink much of, however. As the growler drains, there isn't much that impedes drinkability, but not much that encourages drinking either.

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Photo of Gmann
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale hazy copper color with a small white head that disipated into a light ring.

The aroma has a strange sourness to it, kind of like a sweatsock or gym clothes from high school. Its subtle but odd. I do pick up some light smoke and some light grassy hop. Perhaps these two just result in an odd aroma.

The flavor is much better. A solid smoke flavor is paired with a sweet caramel bready malt and a floral grassy hop. This is what I would imagine a smoked APA would taste like. Some powdery flavors from the yeast that is typical with the sixpoint brews.

The feel is moderate with some fizzy carbonation. The base is sweet with some balancing from the hops and smoke.

An interesting beer. Some of the aromas definitely clash but work better in the flavor. It has that bright floral hoppy APA flavor then transitions into a rauchbier. I like it.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-finger slightly off-white head on it. The head has great retention and leaves a nice sticky sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The smell has a nice amount of smoke to it. It is a nice woodsy campfire smell. I like that the smoke doesn't overpower the nose, because there are nice smells of bread like malt, hops, and a little bit of citrus.

T - The taste starts off with some nice toasted malt sweetness and a nice bit of woodsy smoke to it. There is also a nice hop presence and some earthiness. The finish leaves some lingering smoke flavor and some hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a nice smooth creamy feel to it. There is some hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. I think it's refreshing and a perfect weight for the style.

O - This has awesome drinkability. I could drink this all day. It has great flavor and it goes down easy. I really enjoyed this beer. I like that the smoke is there just enough to let you know its the star of the beer, but it lets the other flavors come through and be known. Overall, I'm really glad I got to try this one, and I definitely recommend trying it if you come across it.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At DBGB’s in NYC this is a beautiful orange-ish amber brown, very hazy with a modest white cover and nice lacing. I can smell great pissy citrus hops and swampy caramel malt. Real nice although any idea of smoke isn’t real obvious, but I can translate a touch of ham here. The first taste brings a sharp knife-like bite of citrus hops while the rauch-smoked idea is very delicate, tasteful. This stuff has very delicate carbonation as well, a light bodied brew for a light and refreahing feel that works well with the delicious sausages at DBGB’s. It mellows into a pleasant citrus brew, lemony, while the smoke element just mingles very lightly here. This is a very drinkable IPA that goes great with food but not a stick to your ribs brew. Session hops. Nice, although it may disappoint those looking for a bigger smoke bomb.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is not what I typically think of as a smoked ale. Very little smoke at all but since I don't love smoked beers I found this one to be pretty interesting.

Appearance is a light copper or straw color. Quite hazy and good carbonation.

Aroma had some smoke but I would characterize it more as woody than smokey. Also could definitely smell the hops. Overall, a pretty balanced nose.

Flavor as well was quite balanced with some wood combined with the other elements of hops, malt and alcohol.

In general a very good beer from a great brewer.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Whole Foods, shared with the pops on Father's day. I am going to review this one as a smoked pale ale, since that is what I was told it is and it is like no other Rauchbier I've encountered.

A- It pours a orange-reddish amber, definetly looks like an IPA. Good sticky lacing in the glass, but not much head.

S- some hops, but really the nose is all about the smoke. It has a campfire, woodsy smell rather than a bacon aroma.

T- Lots of that woodsy smoke, along with some hops bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

O- Quite an original offering here from Sixpoint, a hoppy smoked beer. I would have liked to see a little more complexity, since this one seems to be all about the smoke. Still, it was unique and tasty, a good combo.

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Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Drank at Barcade in mid-May, 2011.

Pretty sure the bartender told me this was a smoked pale ale, so the classification on this site is a bit puzzling. It tasted more like a smoked IPA or PA and not at all like any rauchbier I've ever had.

It was an orange/golden color, not too much head. The aroma was only slightly smokey, with some basic bready malt and citrusy hops too. Taste is pretty much the same. This tastes like a slightly hopped up pale ale. Good balanced taste. In addition to citrus, I also get notes of peppery or spiciness as a secondary flavor too. The smoke comes from the linger and is faint, which I think is OK. If it were stronger, this experiment would be a disaster.

Overall, I liked this beer a lot, especially toward the end of the glass. Again, I grading this one as a smoked Pale Ale, not a rauchbier. Hops and malt came first with only a kiss of smokiness at the end. Nice effort by Sixpoint.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a peppery hop but a complete lack of smokiness, as was previously reported.

The taste consisted of, again, a spicy peppery hop that was complimented by a biscuity malt and a light sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a spicy hop forward IPA. Enjoyable.

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Photo of sholland119
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, 12/10/10.

A-Pours a clear honey amber with a thin white head and some stickiness.

S-Smoky, which I did not expect (the board at the Tiger said it was a pale ale). Ah, Signal, "Smoke Signal", I get it now. A little malt but not much.

T-Malty, smoky, some citrus hops. The hop character and the smokiness do not work well together for me. Maybe it's a balance issue, maybe there is too much of each.

M-Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D-No thanks.

A rare miss from Sixpoint. I could not finish this one.


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Photo of CooperEllis
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Bierkraft into .3l tulip

Very hazy, dark amber, muddled carmel color with a full pale head, some stickier lacing around the glass and tight bubbles on the brew.

Very smoky aroma. I have a smoked salt that I use to finish some dishes and this smells exactly like that. I find it pleasant, but it doesn't smell like an APA - on pleasantness I'd rate it a 4.

The flavor is largly dominated by the same smoke characteristic. There is some nice hop up front and a bit of malt/roasty mixed w/ the smoke.

The cabonation is excellent, and I wish there wasn't such an overpowering smoke flavor because there are a lot of notes heavily obscured here that would really make this an exceptional brew. Certainly a bit of citrus fruit and a light malt/carmel flavor are present.

The mouthfeel is right on, a little off because of the acrid finish/aftertaste lingering but really good weight.

For me, drinkable. Enjoyable. I've had two glasses over two nights and found each to be the same and I'll likely have another tonight before finishing the growler tomorrow. I can see why someone would think this was a one-trick pony and not enjoy it much at all, but if you enjoy smoked beers, this is a good route to go.


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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler pour from DeCicco's Market in Ardsley, NY. Pours cloudy darker amber, minor/next to no head, and no lace left behind. Sweat caramel nose, spiced up with some citric hop notes. Flavorful and tasty brew. Citric hops lead the way flavor wise, with a generous undercoating of whole wheat bread malting. Quite dry in the finish with a gritty hop presence. Real nice brew from Sixpoint. Thanks to Alex from DeCicco's for hooking me up with the last pour of this limited offering.

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