Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by younger35 on 10-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one that, despite being a bright, deep, shining gold, is almost entirely opaque, displaying thickness in the body. The pour from the tap brings up an extremely creamy not-quite-white head that drops very, very slowly, developing crags and crannies as it does. A web of sticky lacing is left before diminishing (the term is used lightly) to heavy patching.
The nose is light, with a little fruit, spiciness, and a floral quality.
In the taste, though, this beer is packed. It's spicy and juicy, so extremely citrusy but with something like papaya bursting on the tongue. It's bready with a pale malts balance but nicely hopped. It's not as hop-forward as IPAs are these days, but the hops are in charge.
The feel is crisp and smooth in even measure, with both bite and creamy flow. The body is medium, very clean, and it has a certain brightness to it as well. There are layers to the depth of this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured to a standard shaker point at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse, NY

Appearance (4.0): The body is an almost opaque medium orange, with an opaque white haze on top—a solid sheet of lace on the sides appears as the beer recedes. This is a darn good looking beer, to tell the truth.

Smell (4.0): Starts out with a beautiful citrus note, mild to moderate in strength but fragrant as all get out. Somewhere between lemon and orange. Very simple, light bread note is also evident in the nose.

Taste (3.5): There’s a tart, vinous note that comes out first—it’s like white wine mixed with a chalky, light malt body. The finish is composed of an interesting mix of lemon and white wine characteristics. The yeast note is nowhere to be found . . . and where is the malt? It’s almost non-existent here. Would like some more balance to this, but the notes lent by Nelson Sauvin are quite nice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Dry finish, with a light to medium body in feel—quenching. Easy drinking, all things considered.

Overall (3.5): I always applaud different breweries’ experimentations, and this is no exception. Single hop beers might be an easy way to make a buck (relatively cheap to brew I imagine, and almost guaranteed to sell a certain volume) but I’m a sucker for it anyway. Glad I tried this beer, but as interested as I am in Nelson Sauvin and other kiwi hop varieties, this one didn’t work particularly well. Yes, it’s a decent IPA, but it didn’t do what I was hoping Nelson Sauvin would do for me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerines, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a bunch of fantastic citrus taste. It reminded me a little bit of the Green Flash IPA, but mixed in with that Sixpoint taste that is common with all of their beers. It ends with a hoppy citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - An excellent beer.. probably the best Sixpoint beer I've had so far. I hope they put this one into cans at some point, I'd buy it for sure.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is lightly hazed straw colored golden color with a faint tinge of orange to it and a ½” white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. Sipping leaves rows and speckles of lacing for part of the beer.

Smell: The, grassiness, citrus and fruit from the hop are right up front and supported nicely by some biscuit and a hint of caramel.

Taste: The flavor displays a touch of grassy pine resin and grapefruit with some biscuit malt in the background. There are also hints of tropical fruits and a faint touch of caramel sweetness shows up here and there. biscuity malt in the background, some lemongrass and bits of tropical fruits

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of medium with lots of light prickly carbonation that keeps it nice and crisp. The finish is medium length and mostly dry and mildly bitter as the malts disappear early on leaving behind the moderately long dry bitter tail.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This beer made my night. It was thoroughly enjoyable and each ship was soon followed by the next. If I see this one again it will be at the top of my list. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer that showcases the Nelson Sauvin hop to good advantage.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice, clear light golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dose of the Nelson Sauvin hops with some green berry and white wine. The flavor has a nice hop presence with just a touch of malt in the background. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitterness through the finish. Quite solid.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at armsby abbey.

Creamy almost 1 finger creamy head fades slowly with lacing, super hazy golden orange color.

Nose has that typical nelson sauvin, light lemongrass, some citrus, tangerine, peach, light tropical fruit and resin, hint of white wine, juicy fruit.

Taste brings musty tropical fruit, wet hop like oily resinous taste, bit of pine and lemongrass, tons of white grape seeds and the fleshy part of a musty concord like grape, grape skin too. But fruity with light citrus, touch of tangerine and peach and apricot, hint of sweet like malts underneath. It gets quite bitter, and as it finishes dry gets astringent, and more musty chewy hop resins.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, bit oily.

Overall nice, great representation of nelson sauvin hop. Great white grape flavors, nice fruits, malts to balance, but gets a bit astringent and too bitter on the finish.

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Appearance was a dark straw color with little head, but some lacing left behind. The nose is very weak - nothing bad, but nothing really good either.

The dominant taste is of dried fruits and wine. Overall, it was pretty thin. This offering did have a dry finish, but it lacked any punch of hop bitterness

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Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 52 ratings