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Mad Scientists #1: Spelt Wine | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 12-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 8
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum on 7/26/11 for their Big Lebrewski - The Dude Series Part 2 event.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice cloudy yellow color. It has a nice sized white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - It smells of some mild yeastiness and bready notes. There are also some scents of banana, clove, and hops.

T - The taste has some sweetness and a mild yeastiness to it. There are some muted banana flavors and some clove. There is also some earthiness, other spices, and lemon.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a nice refreshing quality to it. The finish is somewhat dry.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily have a few glasses of this. It goes down easy and I really like the flavor. Overall, I thought this was a really nice beer. I'm glad I got the chance to try it. I recommend trying some if you ever come across it.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a wine glass this settled a dull and unfiltered looking yellow golden color under a persistent rocky white head. The most outstanding characteristics here for me are the yeasty aroma and bright bready sweet malt aftertaste. I pick up on notes of earthy banana and robust but smooth wheat malt...Can't say that I'm too familiar with the Wheatwine style but after drinking this, I'm curious to try more...

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Photo of sleazo
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Mad Scientist Spelt Wine

A_Pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a thick and very solid off white cap. Amazing retention.

S_light nose, mild yeast nose with an empashis on bread.

T_tastes more like a Belgian Tripel. First hits with a bittersweet yeast, followed by a bit of floral hop bitterness. Hints of lemon, rose and some grain come through in the after taste. There is also some a bit of black pepper and all spice evident. Overall fairly dry.

M_Again quite tripel-like. Medium to thick body with a slightly aggressive tight carbonation. Rocky head adds to the experience.

D_The alcohol is hardly evident here though I am getting an internal warming feeling. Not sure I get any spelt but it tastes like a decent tripel.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange body with a small white head. Lots of haze.

Orange peel and grassy/citrusy hops in the nose. Semi earthy smell, very nice.

Lots of hops and then some alcohol is first noticeable in flavor. Spelt does not seem to lend a lot to taste except for that refreshing wheat characteristic. Very interesting beer otherwise. Reminds me of a high abv white wine, maybe a Chardonnay or Savignon Blanc. Some tropical fruitiness brings it all together.

Hard to rate this one because it is so experimental. As it warms up it starts to taste like a pale ale mixed with pineapple juice with a little licorice on the finish.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It had a much longer name on the beer list and mentioned something about spelt as well. I guess a wheat wine is a barleywine, only with enough wheat to be called wheat wine. Overall a good beer that doesn't taste too strong and surprisingly easy to drink.

The color was light and cloudy with an even lighter head that was a little large but not bad. Aroma is yeasty mostly but you can definitely smell the malt and some hops. Flavor is well balanced along with the mouthfeel. You get a good combination of malt, hops, alcohol and yeast.

I look forward future beers in the series.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sixpoint Mad Scientist #1 on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House in New York City, served in a thick goblet that looks like those used at my beloved Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD.

Labeled a "spelt wine", this is the first in an upcoming series of unique, limited-release beers brewed by Sixpoint (the "Mad Scientist Series").

Appearance: One-finger head, very white and somewhat restless like a champagne/bubbly, or the spray of the waves on the beach at Assateague Island. Color is a very hazy pale orange, like Nick Nolte's urine sample the night of his infamous mugshot or the golden fields of wheat that Vincent painted near St Remy.

Smell: Yeast, stale piss, cooked juices. Lemony citrus. Herbal candles, shampoo. Lemongrass and a tad of booze. A bit medicinal and definitely astringent.

Taste: Grassy bitterness upfront. A bit like a Belgian IPA. My wife said it tastes like "lemongrass wine". Hoppy-yeasty-champagne-y. Dry all around. It's got a cider feel to it, like a carbonated light wine.

Mouthfeel: Intense carbonation, but not too high or overwhelming- just right. Dry and bitter finish. Medium body.

Drinkability: A little filling. Definitely a sipper for that reason more than the alcohol, which at 9.4% is well played and not too evident.

They claim this beer is unique. Sure enough, I have never heard of a "smelt wine", but this tastes like a regular wheatwine. And as such, I have had better examples (Smuttynose's is one of my favs).

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Mad Scientists #1: Spelt Wine from Sixpoint Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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