6X | Wadworth and Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Wadworth and Company Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2002

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Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice bitter. Poured at the right temp with a large thick cream-colored head, plenty of lace, and a clear old penny color. Aroma is malt and fuggles. Flavor is similar to nose with some metal in there, otherwise excellent drinking brew. Strongly carbonated for a Brit bitter. Still, I really like it.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With it's modest hopping, this is sort of between a mild & a pale ale. I'll try to review it according to its weight (rather than a strict pale-ale style).

A: Chestnut-amber; off-white head; some retention & lace.

S: Brown sugar, vanilla, biscuit &a pleasant fruityness... like freshly baked cookes. Mild spicyness (with hints of orange-citrus) from the hops.

T: Impressive maltyness for its weight (bready; brown sugar; caramel); pleasant fruityness (figs from the fuggles, but some added depth from their yeast). There's some residual sugar here, but it's fairly well-balanced by the bitterness.

M: Moderate body is very impressive for its weight; carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: Quite good.

Very impressive for its weight.

Thanks to the LCBO for bringing this in. I'd be interested in trying some more of their stuff!

Some technical info from their website:

6X is brewed from 93% pale malt, 4% crystal malt and 3% cane sugar. The bitterness units of 22-24 are obtained from fuggles hops (85% of total) in the copper and Goldings hops (15%) on the hop back plates. Colour rating is 28.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived with a great warm brown color. The head was modest and it left some pretty plain lace.

The smell is of nothing but malts. The taste is nice, bringing a good balance of grains and malts. Hops are a little hard to find. The mouthfeel was very full and smooth.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting one. Poured a nice amber with a head that actually stayed till the end. Smell was very malty, Bold. This was carried into the flavor as well, a slight bitterness followed by a distinct sweetness. This came as relatively smooth and decently drinkable.

Overall not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of Mark
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale is not seen too much around london, but the venerable Lord Moon Of The Mall pub comes through again. This ale is a copper color and has a thinnish head. Lacing was not as thick or lasting as most other cask ales I've indulged in. Slight aroma that's malt dominated. Taste profile is very fruity with a bit of malt. More bitter than most cask beers. I liked it more than the score might indicate, but then I can't remember a cask ale I didn't like. Worth a try.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper. Not much head but it sticks around (and around the glass as well)

S - Malt. British hops. Every so slight toastiness. Mostly floral hops though.

T - Typical EPA, but with an extra tart edge. Lemony citrus and and dry bitter finish typical of the style. Aftertaste is long lasting.

M - Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Easy drinking, tasty and a little bit different from most EPAs I've had. Might be a bit hoppier than the average. Overall, not a bad brew, but not my favorite.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand-pulled pint in The Euston Way (a plastic pub) in Telford on 17 Nov 2012 as I wait for my transport to a beer festival.

Dark gold/old gold in colour with a good covering of off-white foam as a head: lacing followed the beer down the UK sleeve it was poured into.

Slight aroma of fruitiness and malt semi-sweetness, but nothing strong.

The taste was as the nose: malty and fruity.

I used to love this before I started to stretch my taste buds and bounderies: still a good example of a UK Best Bitter but it could be so much more with a little more care and alcohol content.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served a deep copper color with a small head and nice lacing.

S: Primarily a malt aroma.

T: Mainly a malt flavor with a bit of fruit. Has a nice touch bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy.

O: Easy Drinker and true session beer. This is my go to beer when in the "South of England". Worth a try.

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Photo of bark
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep red-brown. The beige head sinks slowly into a thick lid.

There are notes of hops in the smell as some dark bread, treacle and some bitterness.

The taste includes notes of aroma hops and spices. Some growing anonymous bitterness. Fresh notes of fruits (apricots). The aftertaste is bitter with lots of dried fruits and some creamy matured flavours.

The carbonation is rather strong; small bubbles make some foam in the mouth. The liquid is a bit smooth.

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Photo of Quej
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy red colour with lots of head and no visible carbonation.
S - Smells quite roasty and malty, sweet, boozy and fruity.
T - Sweet and malty, lots of caramel and molasses flavours. Hints of maple, fruits, peaches, apricots. No aftertaste and quite light in taste. Very English tasting.
M - Quite creamy and nicely thick and slightly coating.
D - Pretty good, but a little heavy for a long session.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with an amber body, slightly foamy head which soon dissapates, slight lacing

Smell, slight malty body, some hop profile

Taste, dry and malty, some hop bitterness

A pretty good ale, nice and flavourful, i'd take a few english ales over this but still, not bad, i'd like to try it on cask

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from notes I made this summer in England, I found them and never entered them into BA so here goes.

This beer is quite common all throughout southern England in the cask conditioned format. Its also heavily advertised, even in motorway rest stations. It pours a hazy chocolate color with a wispy eggshell head that dissippates quickly. Moderate patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is very malty with little hop character. The taste is mostly sweet and fruity malts with raisiny and prune notes. Theres a little bit of chocolate flavor but this is very subdued. The hops are very meak with just a wiff of aroma and no real bitterness, even in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and quite creamy with minute carb bubbles. This is a good cask ale but it definitely needs a little more hops. Its also a little too fruity (ie pruney) in the malt department.

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Photo of diablo14
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an x on a barrel represented the strength and quality of a beer in the old days, depending on how many were on the cask. think asterix comics for an indication of this lol. so 6x makes the big call considering the history. not nessecarily one of my favorite english ales, but gets points for its unique character that sets it apart from others. different in flavor, but still does what all english beers do so well, it stays within itself.

standard in appearance, classic amber color with a relatively thin head, that still hangs on till the death. interesting aroma, which is subtle as with all in this style, but along with malts and dried fuits, thers a slight buttery element lurking. has the regulation english ale flavors there, malty, raisiny, woody, but also has a strong citrus zest presence and is buttery(as in the nose). finished more bitter and dry than others ive had in the genre. i prefer things to be smoother, but this beer is not unbalanced for all that. very crisp and perky for this style. certainly sets itself apart from its counterparts, but is no less drinkable.

i prefer others to this, but for a changeup every so often ill get this in the mix. has a presence all its own, which isnt always a good thing but in this case it is. a beer worth the price of admission, and would appeal to those who like their beers more on the tart side.

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Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While visiting friends in England, of course we had to try some real ales from hand pump.
6X has become one of Wadworth's flagship brands, and is available every time you turn around. Served a proper pour, pint glass, cellar temperature.
Clear golden brown color, with a thin head that left thin lace sheets. Aromas of earthy malt and slightly fruity hops. Tastes clean and crisp, lots of flavor but without one element coming through too much. Not as full bodied as I was expecting. Slight balancing hop bitterness to finish. Dry, slightly herbal finish. A decent sessional English Pale Ale.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nut brown colour with good head retention and some lacing. Nothing amazing on the nose, sweet, biscuits, and a slight amount of hops. The taste is sweet and malty with some hoppy citrus like tones. I cant see myself drinking this all the time but it is pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Daredevil
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite rich copper colour .... fresh hoppy smells
the taste is quite interesting, at first there is a wave of flavoured mineral water, but it is immediately followed by exotic fruits over a strongly caramelized flan (almost creme brulee) with some fresh hops on the side ...
this brew seems to have some potential .... the makers seem to put more emphasis on power than on elegance though ...
.... overall, a bit uneven, but a great canned ale (will have to check the bottle version one day) ....

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Photo of hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light leather color, nice head that exhibits good retention. More carbonated than I'd expected for the style.

Smell: slightly soapy aroma, hints of toast and floral hops.

Taste: solid malt backbone, but balanced nicely. Hops are not too assertive, flavor-wise, but provide a long finish. Slight soapiness carries over from the nose.

Mouthfeel: smooth texture, better carbonated than I had anticipated

Drinkability: Quite nice, actually.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisited this beer in a new packaging--500ml brown bottle like the traditional bottle for German weizen. BB: 05/10/06.

A: served in a pint glass, it pours a clear, dark amber hue with an off-white frothy head coming very thick and creamy, dissipating at the pace of a snail; extremely low but noticeable carbonation. Very heathy it looks.
S: the balanced aroma is mixed - strong-scented floral and clean citric hops come with an underlying juicy pale maltiness, skirted by a rather faint but noticeable woodiness from wooden casks. After a swirl, the hop aroma passes on a deeper, leafy/hay-ish hint and a little sulphurous odor, while the maltiness also gives out a slightly more pronounced syrupy edge
T: smoothly-textured mild maltiness upfront quietly flows onto the palate, bringing with it abundant but not-sharp exotic floral flavour; the mixed hop-yeast flavour sinks in and turns lightly savoury on the sides of the tongue, while a little soapy hint (as of the work of wood-cask-ageing) also reveals at the back but by no means unpleasant. Attenuated bitterness lingers in the short-medium finish along with a dry-ish palate and even longer malty undertone. The more I drink this pint, the dryish touch gets more assertive.
M&D: the mouthfeel is very smooth overall, this beer retains a medium-body to match its quite moderate flavour for a pale ale. Quite different from the cask-version which generally imparts a stronger hoppy and woody presence on the palate as much as on the nose, but this bottle is by no means disappointing.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper colour. Thick frothy head.
Sweet malt and hop aroma.
Stewed hop with metallic undertone. Malt is present but less than expected.
Moderate carbonation.
Not as good as I remember when drinking it by the gallon in my salad days.

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Photo of helloloser12345
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Brown 500ml bottle

Pour: Nice foamy tan head which subsides quickly. Slight lacing

Appearance: Dark amber with ruby red hues.

Smell: Nice malty aroma, slight smell of dry alcohol. Very subtle aroma of dried fruit.

Flavour: Well balanced. Slight malt flavour with a nice balance of hops. Im getting a slight aftertaste of strawberryÂ’s!?!?!, strange?, I thought so as well.

Overall: Not too bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of crwills
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased at the LCBO. A nice, malty English Pale that went well with starchy comfort food. Moderate carbonation, light mouthfeel, slightly roasted flavours (although not in the aroma), and a clean aftertaste. Very little in the way of hops, although enough to make it mildly refreshing. Fine, just fine.

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Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thin head with short retention but leaving some laces.
Light sweet malty aroma with a hint of English hops.
Sweet malty flavor with refreshing earthy and herbal English hops. Fruity notes with toasted malts and caramels. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
English well balanced session beer.

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Photo of brendan13
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear copper coloured beer poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of off white head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Toasty, nutty aroma backed up by some floral English hop notes.
T - The toasted, nuttiness is also present in the taste in a big way. Some fruit touches.
M - Quite watery, medium carbonation.
D - It's ok. Many others I'd drink before buying this again though.

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Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight English hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight English hops. Overall, great appearance, but muted aroma and body.

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Photo of John_M
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid amber orange color with fair head retention and lacing. As soon as I enhaled, my first thought was the "burton snatch?" However, the sulphar aroma dissipated pretty quickly, leading to a light aroma of light sweet malt and cereal. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I get a bit more on the palate than I did on the nose (thankfully). There's a hint of bitterness in the finish that is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent, slightly bitter finish. As one might expect, there's barely a hint of alcohol in this beer.

Mehhh... would certainly take this over BMC in a heartbeat, but otherwise this is pretty mundane stuff.

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6X from Wadworth and Company Ltd.
3.44 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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