Six Seam
Idle Hands Craft Ales

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New England IPA
Ranked #190
Ranked #1,429
4.48 | pDev: 5.13%
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States
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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, white gold color. The head is small but dense, lasting throughout the tasting. Excellent lacing with a combination of rings and blankets.

New England IPA hoppy with pineapple and mango smells.

Dry, clean pale malt start. The hop is straight up bitter. The body fits the rich profile of a NE IPA. Decent carbonation but not enough to cut the chewy mouthfeel. The finish has enough yeast to lower the peppery bitterness a little bit. Still, the aftertaste lingers for a long time.

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Photo of Holderness
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11 days ago.

For some reason I'm just not as blown away by the X Seam offerings from Idle Hands. While they check off all the necessary boxes to qualify as a 'good' NEIPA, they don't wow me like the offerings from some of the other breweries in the area. Somewhat generic citrus, and a bit of alcohol bite in the back that comes across as somewhat unfinished. Still quite tasty, worth a try if you like Four Seam


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Photo of Bork77
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not going to break it down in all categories. Just an overall. Very smooth DIPA. Love Malden, Everett and Charlton beers. Never thought the towns I grew up in would one day create beers that are literally art work.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes dated 4/9/18 and from currently drinking on 4/20/18

A: Tangerine gold with more yellow undertones than orange - hazy and more milky than turbid - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to virtually nothing, retains a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Bright yet also soft citrus, with some orange and grapefruit flesh, zest - herbal, leafy, green hops, with some hoppy spiciness - bag of hop pellets - range of fruity aromas, peach, apricot, pear, mango, melon, pineapple - some dank, earthy, and woodsy notes - light sweetness but mostly just neutral malts

T: Nicely aggressive yet not at the same time - tangerine and orange juice with some notes of ruby red grapefruit - marmalade - floral citrus - herbal, green, leafy hops with some dank notes, woodsy flavors - notes of pine - pear and peach - tropical notes in the background with some mellow pineapple, mango, and melon - some spicy notes - medium, vaguely earthy bitterness - pale malts - some minerality in the finish

M: Medium body, medium-low carbonation, lingering prickly hops

O: But what about five seam?

To some extent, Six Seam smells, tastes, and drinks like Four Seam cranked up to 11. But it is also more complex. For my palate I think I prefer the relative simplicity and cleanliness, but if you are looking for a NEDIPA (totally a thing now), this is an excellent example.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a hazy yellow color with a great looking white head on top. The smell has a very nice hop aroma coming off of it. The taste of the beer is very well balanced with a nice malt profile and hop bitterness. The feel is nice and smooth, very drinkable. Overall it's a very nice beer!

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Photo of ichorNet
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it's been about 9 months since I first had this beer's little brother, Four Seam... seems like yesterday that IH's first NEIPA graced my palate. Honestly, Four Seam is an awesome little beer, but Six Seam is in another league (baseball jokes notwithstanding!)... read on to find out how much this beer has impressed me!

Six Seam is a double IPA made in the new-school, hazy "NE style IPA" tradition, and it features a focus on Mosaic hops and a sizable rye component to the grist. It clocks in at 8.2% ABV.

The pour here is pretty much par-for-the-course for an NEIPA, with a hazed-over, opaque and milky golden color crowned by a thin yet retentive head of foam. The lace here is excellent and evocative... almost tableau-like in its consistency. Legs are solid too, though much of the lacing attaches to the head of the beer by way of vestigial connections.

The nose consists of an incredibly complex and intense melange of scents ranging from coconut to earthy spice to citrus elements, all the way through the gamut of possible notes in this kind of beer. There's some dank pine, woodsy spruce, wildflower honey, papaya and mango along with baking spice (nutmeg/allspice) and even some berry notes, as Mosaic is wont to produce. Nothing overpowers anything else, though, which makes for a very balanced and intense olfactory experience. This doesn't seem at all like your typical "NE juice bomb" from first brush. I love the intense dankness combined with solid fruity suggestions and the backing spicy element from the rye. It just comes together so cleverly that I can't help but be excited by it.

The palate keeps things going quite well. It's juicy with wonderful flavors of fresh-squeezed orange, tangerine and grapefruit juices, with some strong caraway spice, damp earth, fresh-cut grass, pine resin, papaya, blueberry and raspberry notes with some honeydew melon toward the finish. Speaking of the finish, this definitely has a hold on the bitter side of things, though it's not dry at the end of each sip by any means. On the contrary, Six Seam feels wonderfully-balanced with a follow-through aspect from the malts that make the excellent balance possible in the first place. The finish is one of the smoothest and most satisfying I've ever experienced in this sub-style, and lends a lot of credence to the rest of the mouthfeel. This doesn't drink like an 8% beer, but it has all of the densely-packed intensity and mystery of a world-class NE-style DIPA. Six Seam is a truly excellent beer... I can only imagine that it'll become even better in future batches! Though this beer is expensive, it is better than many of its competitors... buy or die!

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Photo of Damian
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Idle Hands Craft Ales, Malden, MA
Served in a snifter

Pale yellow ochre appearance. The opaque liquid was topped by a frothy, finger-tall, bright white crown that slowly fell to a bubbly collar. A thin, craggily latticework of lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

Even though the beer was served too cold, the aroma was still hoppy and bright with a big citrus presence. Lots of juicy orange and tangerine. Peach notes came through fairly strong as well. There was a subtle, dank weediness too. As the beer warmed, the nose became more pronounced. The peach intensified, as did the overall fruity sweetness. Toward the drink’s end, the aroma mellowed and the orange and tangerine notes took over.

The flavor profile was also citrus forward but definitely more pithy and bitter than the aroma. Loads of tangerine and clementine up front. Really tart and tangy. Pineapple and zesty lemon notes were also quite apparent. White grapefruit took over as the beer moved along the palate. Pithy, bitter, grapefruit rind and clementine came through on the back end and in the finish. A slightly chalky yeasty quality and some resiny bitterness lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was frothy and fluffy. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a moderate carbonation that turned creamy and slick on the palate.

It seems that more middle-of-the-road breweries in my neck of the woods are unlocking the formulas to make hazy, NEIPA juice bombs, and some have succeeded better than others. Six Seam by Idle Hands is a solid take on the style, but it is a far cry from the better offerings by Trillium, Tree House and the other big name players in the region. Furthermore, at $8 a glass (and $19 a four pack), I was definitely expecting more from this beer.

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Photo of amsage19
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is on the same level as many of the heavy hitters from Tree House, Trillium, Alchemist and Maine Beer Co. Great balance and just really enjoyable. It’s nice to drive 5 minutes and not wait in line to get a beer this good. Well done.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 01/10/18. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

A massively murky, thoroughly opaque, dull grapefruit juice-looking glass of beer with two fingers of soft, cream coloured suds. Retention is pretty good, leaving a moderate amount of chunky, weblike lacing. Just as ugly as can be. Yum.

Smells of oranges, pizza dough and flowery herbs. Not strong, but nice.

Tastes of orange and peach marmalade, bread dough and lavender. More sweet than bitter and then the rye does this special thing of making the bitterness almost sour. Juicy and herbal, with more fruit for a ripe, sticky mango and pineapple finish.

Feel is lush, full and creamy, medium-hefty bodied with fairly light carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer and, I think, an improvement even over the last run which was, itself, pretty darn good. Starts low key, builds in intensity and keeps unpacking new flavours. Mouthfeel is exceptionally nice and worth the price of admission right there.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy orange with a finger of white head

S - Tangerines, berries, spices, subtle dankness

T - Orange and lemon peel, doughy malts, strong bitterness, berries, guava, mango

F - Medium body. No alcohol. Not syrupy.

O - Good DIPA. I prefer Four Seam, but this stands on its own.

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Photo of GabrielEVH
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Averaged out my experiences between the November 2017 batch and the January 2018 batch. Nov batch had more aroma and flavor pop. Jan batch came in a little hotter. Got Mosaic and then Galaxy character as it warmed. Both batches had ultrasmooth carb.

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Photo of Worcester90
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Edit: think I was a little overzealous rating this, still stunning but dropped it slightly.

First real beer review!

Look: Deep orange/yellow. Hazy as hell

Smell: Clementine, peach, pineapple. Honestly spicy fruitiness is a good way of putting it

Taste: This beer tastes like a peach-mango smoothie. There is almost no bitterness to this beer. Like just enough to know it's a DIPA

Feel: Maybe the smoothest NEIPA I've had. It's velvety smooth.

Overall: An absolute must try for anyone who likes IPAs and especially the New England style. The best I could compare it to is Doubleganger (yes Double, not Dopple). This is not an over exaggeration, this beer is stupid good.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 10/25/2017

Pours cloudy hazy opaque amber gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sugary gummy peach rings, candied apricot, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, meyer lemon, berry, rye spice, sweet bready toasty malt, with resinous floral earthy herbal dank grassy pine. Tastes like sugary gummy peach rings, candied apricot, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange citrus, bright meyer lemon, berry, rye spice, bready toasty malt, with super dank resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, thick and creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice juicy DIPA.

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