Each month, we look forward to checking out what the Redhook, Brooklyn Mad Scientists at Sixpoint are up to with their small batch, app-only releases. We all know and love their classics like Resin and Sweet Action, but these releases show the more experimental side of the brewery.
As their September release beers went live for purchase today, we thought we’d share our thoughts on last month’s offerings. Thank you to the kind folks at Sixpoint for sending these along with a sweet pair of Hootie socks that Suzanne has been rockin’!
Sour IPA with Blood Orange, Tangerine, Vanilla, and Lactose
Hopped with Citra, El Dorado, and Mandarina Bavaria
6.5% ABV, 3.7 pH
“Fever Dream” 08/23/18
Last month, we were impressed with Stun Gun, the first Sour IPA we had the opportunity to try from Sixpoint, so we were excited to dig into Dreamsicle, which features artwork from tattoo artist Ian Bolson. The appearance of this beer fit exactly what I’m expecting from the name. Melted creamsicle pops – completely opaque with a thin wispy head. The aroma is inviting, offering whiffs of candied orange peel, lemon zest, and a yogurty lactic character.
Blood orange and lemon/lime burst onto the palate followed up with a big hit of vanilla filling. The mouthfeel has a ton going on. Creamy from the lactose addition, yet fairly high in carbonation with an acidity that washes it all away. Sixpoint has impressed with these small batch releases, and this might be my favorite yet.
New England-Style IPA
Hopped with Strata, Cashmere, and Citra
7.5% ABV, 0 IBU
Howler pours a brilliant hazy orange color with fluffy white head. I can’t see through the glass, but it’s not nearly as dense as the Dreamsicle. I’m picking up on a lot of resinous hop character. Some grapefruit and citrus pith alongside it. Maybe even a bit of cedar or something along those lines. What Howler offers on the palate is much different from the majority of New England IPAs that I’ve had recently, probably due to the use of Strata and Cashmere hops, both of which are fairly new to me. Bitter tangerine pith, white wine grapes, dank. There’s a ton of flavor here. Medium bodied and that bitter note helps to clean everything up and allows me to take another sip. I’d like to see out some more beers with Strata and Cashmere.
Belgian-Style Wheat Beer with Spices Added
Spiced with Coriander, Orange Peel, Chamomile and conditioned on Vanilla Beans
6.0% ABV, 3.9 pH
“The Soul of Wit” 08/23/18
Sixpoint’s deviation from the traditional Belgian Witbier spices is, in a sense, somewhat Belgian in nature. Brevity Wit pours a hazy golden with some fluff white head that clings to the glass. Aroma is pretty classic Belgian Wit – definitely coriander and candied orange, but with a hint of sulphur and something undescriptly earthy hiding in the back. Once this beer hits the palate, it takes a sharp turn from what you’d expect from the aroma. This tastes like the aforementioned Dreamsicle meets Allagash White. High carbonation and a lemony citrus character are what I’m hit with first. That’s quickly followed by a rush of vanilla and a kick of mild acidity. This is a cool beer that combines a lot of familiar flavors in a way that I’ve never tasted before.
In each of the past Sixpoint app releases, two of the three beers tend to share a common thread. Last month we saw Spritzer Bomb: White and straight-up Spritzer, for example. I was a bit unsure why the pattern was broken until I opened the Brevity Wit. It shares a lot of common flavors with Dreamsicle alongside a similar acid profile, but the beers are completely different in approach. A subtle move that I certainly appreciated.