6X | Wadworth and Company Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Wadworth and Company Ltd.
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2002

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45
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86
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
16.28%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light with a bit of coco colour in body, off-white firm head. A bit floral, understated British hops. An understated pale, non-offsensive and boring. Medium to lighter mouthfeel. Fuggle and Goldings hops.Malty with sugar. Well carbonated. Fair.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a dark amber color ale with small foamy head with minimal retention and some fine lacing. Aroma of dry English malt is present but lacking in floral or fruity aspects. Taste of dry malt is interesting but the missing floral/fruity layer makes it a bit boring and the absence of any notable hops presence also make this as an average offering.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up a clearish, dark amber-hued body with not so much a head as a pile of large, bone white bubbles.

Smell: Cheerfully fruity, like a good whiff of fresh-baked fruitcake, but there's also some cream caramel and herbs in there as well.

Taste: Modestly sweet, with malty flavors of toast and caramel. Nibble of tart apple skins. So far, it's not nearly as fruity as the aroma, not by a long shot. Leafy, herbal hops with a light, cleansing bitterness. Firmly dry, herbal-toned finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Good enough, I guess.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on gravity cask at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Pours a golden brown, slightly hazy, with a frothy white head. Not much in the aroma...nutty, toasty, some funk. Taste is grassy and bready up front, some light caramel; a load of farmhouse funk comes in afterward, finishing off with lots of hop bitterness and a decent drying effect. Light mouthfeel, a little stale and metallic, but pretty decent overall.

After reading some other reviews, I wonder if this was a bad cask, but whatever...I just go with what I had.

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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 biegaman
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a creamy looking head, a really nice looking dark auburn colour. A caramel, toffee malt aroma; the distincly British nutty malt character. Sorta disapears shortly. A pretty light mouthfeel, nowhere near the usual heavy, chalky, mineral presence of English ales. Very little flavour, bits of malt but entirely watered down. Tastes nice, but hardly tastes at all.
Seems watered down. Absolutely NO bitterness or hop character. Carbonation very low. Very odd (and disappointing) for what I'd expect from this style. The diacetyl kicks in as it warms turning the flavour into a rouch, cheap butterscotch taste. A decent beer for the mainstream drinkers, but considering what I'd exepect from something this style (and what should be expected) I have to knock this one hard. I'm sure it being caned had a lot to do with it.
This has all the characteristics of a good British ale, but is heavily comprimised.

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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 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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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 corby112
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark golden copper color with amber edges and a thin half finger white head that immediately disappears.  No lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with delicate grassy hops countered by sweet and spicy malt notes.   Slightly spicy with caramel, rye toffee and hazelnut.

Medium body with very soft carbonation and a nice balance of subtle hops and sweet malt notes.  Minimal dryness and not too bitter with soily hops countered by spicy rye, sweet caramel, toffee, nut and light fruit.  Not terribly complex but well balanced and very quaffable.

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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 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 Viggo
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange/red, thick creamy off white head, nice lacing, decent retention. Smell is very sweet, sugary, some caramel, vanilla, bit of citrus and bread. Taste is cloyingly sweet at first, brown sugar, caramel, then some spice, bit of fruitiness, metallic finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Way too sweet, but not bad.

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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 stcules
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark copper. One finger of a beige head.
Malty smell, with light notes of fruit, and a touch of hop.
The taste is better, with malt, hazelnut, oily notes, earthly and musky hop.
It fill the mouth, leaving a good taste.
Some burnt notes behind, with a good finishing bitterness.
Quite full and round body.
Roasted aftertaste, hop, and musk.

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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 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 jazzyjeff13
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Purchased a while back from a B&M store. This is a classic ale that I've enjoyed in the past.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A coppery-amber colour with light carbonation and floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of toffee, fruity ale yeast, faint raisins, stewed hops and a whiff of cardboard or sherry in the background. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild fruitiness and a dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, faint toffee, earthiness, stewed hops and hints of wet cardboard. A faint harshness in the background, followed by a mild, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity caramel malt and harsh stewed leaves.

OK, but nothing spectacular. A fairly humdrum malty flavour with mild bittering hops and little hop aroma to be found. Cardboard notes suggest that it might be a tad old. Decent body. Rather average, although I suspect it would be better on cask. Worth sampling, but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of grub
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice amber colour with a half inch of very dense cream head. drops very slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is ok. very plain. some dms. bit of malt and earthy hops.

taste is ok. kind of watery. grainy malt. low bitterness. bit of earthy hops. slightly fruity with a light sweetness. slight mineral taste.

mouthfeel is alright. slightly watery. nice low carbonation level.

this one is ok, but nothing special.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : copper color, with white foam head.
Smell : malty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malt and caramel flavours, with bitterness finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English bitter.

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Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can produced a clear dark amber ale with a tight 2 finger cap which lasted well and laced the glass....soft carbonation.

Nose is fruity and malt pronounced with a light sweet tone.

Medium body, soapy mouth feel, light mild character.

Light malts in the front midway hwrbal-woody balance from the fuggles and then the finish is clean and earthy.

Nice pub ale..has a decent character for a light mild ale.

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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 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 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 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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3.44 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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