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312. Sixpoint Brownstone

Grabbed a single of the new beer from Sixpoint at Bier Cellar last week and now wish I had grabbed a 4-pack. Every beer I have tried from Sixpoint has been excellent and they have become my go to golf beer and my golfing partners all agree they are making some great beer.

Brownstone is their brown ale which is slightly hoppier than most brown ales which is a plus in my book. Appearance is more of a dark red than brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is fairly typical of a brown ale with some sweet malt but there is also more than a hint of hops. Taste has everything that a brown should have; caramel malts and maybe some nut and coffee tones.

After all these flavors the hops make an appearance and the beer finished clean. An excellent beer and something you could enjoy in any season. 
Pros:  
Very flavorful and nice hop presence
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: …and coming out of the brownstone house to the gray sidewalk, the watered street, one side of the buildings rises with the sun like a glistening field of wheat.

Brownstone is our bedrock; the first fortress of Sixpoint. This mahogany-hued brew has elements of roasted barley and a hop-forward profile.

295. Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

This is an interesting beer and it gets its name from the type of hop used to brew the beer (see description from brewer below).  I am not sure if any of the previous 294 beers I have reviewed use the Sorachi Ace hop variety but it certainly has a unique flavor  profile.

Appearance is a nice gold with slight white head, nothing spectacular but a nice looking beer. Smells like a saison should with a slightly earthy, spicy and you also get some of the lemon from the hops. Very pleasant and quite aromatic. Taste has quite a bit going on with a sweet lemon taste to start, some saison funk and a solid malt background. Overall well balanced and very unique. Finish is clean and quite refreshing.

Overall this is a unique and very good beer from Brooklyn Brewery, give it a try. 
Pros:
Unique and flavorful
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 34
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Most Brooklyn beers are made with a blend of hop varietals. As a chef does with spices, we look to get the best qualities of each hop and create a harmony of flavors and aromas. However, a few years ago, our brewmaster ran into a hop unique enough to deserve its own moment in the sun. A large Japanese brewery first developed the hop variety “Sorachi Ace” in 1988. A cross between the British “Brewer’s Gold” and the Czech “Saaz” varieties, it exhibited a quality that was unexpected – it smelled really lemony. Continue reading 295. Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

272. Southern Tier Unearthly IPA

This may be an example of an old bottle ruining a good beer but I could not find any bottle or freshness date on the bottle. Being an imperial IPA it really should be consumed fresh so the hops are still apparent. After time the alcohol seems to take over and you lose the taste the brewer intended.

No doubt this is a big beer with a great orange color and huge off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass and only a mild aroma. Again this may be more subdued if this is an old bottle.The taste of this bottle was over the top alcohol with almost no hop or malt character.

Giving this 2 stars (below average) as I believe there is a good beer in there and will keep an eye out for a fresh bottle in the coming weeks and months. When I find one I will update this post accordingly.
Pros: 
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): Lots
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Souther Tier
Brewers Description: At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, virorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with our  most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewers craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beers fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely. FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty when paired with sharp artisan cheeses, curries, smoked brisket, spicy foods.

266. Sixpoint Righteous Ale

Rye in beer is something relatively new but it seems many brewers are adding a rye beer to their lineup including this option from Sixpoint.

Righteous Ale pours a deep red with a sizable head of big bubbles. Aroma is fairly reserved but pleasant. Some spicy rye notes and citrus fruits. Taste is very interesting with a lot going on. Starts with spicy rye and sweet malts then has a bit of hop bite but finished clean with plenty of rye. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

I believe this is the last of the canned beers from Sixpoint and I have to say all are solid beers. If you find yourself in your local beer store looking for a solid beer to drink you can’t go wrong with a 4-pack of Sixpoint 16 ounce cans.
Pros: Appearance and very drinkable
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 57
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: They should be good men; their affairs as righteous… Made with Rye malt to provide a signature and distinct earthy character. Seasoned and dry-hopped with herbal and citrus hops. Truly Righteous.

243. Sixpoint The Crisp

Another option from Sixpoint purchased at Tully’s in Wells, ME. This one is probably my least favorite from Sixpoint so far however it probably has more to do with the style than the beer itself. I really do not enjoy pilsners but will continue to try them to see if there is something out there that will change my mind.
Beer pours a pale yellow with very thin head and lacing. Aroma is almost non-existent with only a very light cut grass smell. The beer is light and well carbonated with some sweet malt and light citrus. Ends with a fair amount of bitterness. Certainly drinkable as I did finish the 4-pack over the weekend but not something I would purchase again. I just do not get too excited about pilsners but if they are your thing you will enjoy this one from Sixpoint.
Pros:Clean and crisp

Cons:  Its a pilsner
Alcohol Content: 5.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 42
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior… The original Sehr Crisp from Sixpoint. Brewed with noble hops for indelible sehr crisp flavor.

242. Sixpoint Sweet Action

I made my first trip to Tullly’s in Wells, Maine last week to talk to the owner about beer and check out their incredible selection. Dawn was nice enough to provide me with a Tully’s glass for some of my future pictures and while I was there I picked up a few options from Sixpoint as well a 6-pack of singles which you will be seeing soon. They have a great selection of bombers and numerous coolers full of 6-packs as well as wine, mead and a few cigars. The owner and the employee were very knowledgeable and willing to help. They also seem to have some great customers as several people came in while I was there and all were very happy to stop and talk beer for a bit.

Sweet Action from Sixpoint is certainly an interesting beer. Their site describes it as part pale ale, part wheat and part cream ale. That is quite a mix of styles but somehow when it comes together it is very good. Color is a dark orange almost red again with a very nice white head. Aroma has a bit of citrus and some malt character. Smell is enough to draw you in but not nearly as aromatic as their Apollo. I have not had many cream ales so there is not a lot to compare this to but the flavor is subdued and fairly simple but certainly satisfying. The beer is smooth and has a great mouth feel, very easy to drink. If you like beer (and I assume you do or you would have given up reading a while ago) you should give this one a try.
Pros: Easy drinking
Cons: Simple taste
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 34
Rating:★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: Ah love is bitter and sweet, but which is more sweet… The original Sixpoint style- hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it. Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale – all Sweet Action.

238. Sixpoint Apollo

This is my third beer from Sixpoint and this is my favorite although the other 2 were also excellent. This is a new style for me – Kristalweizen which apparently is similar to Hefeweizen but is filtered.

Great orange color with solid white head on this beer. The aroma is amazing with lots of banana, melon and sweetness. Not sure I picked up everything that was happening in the smell but trust me it is great and will certainly entice you to take a drink. The taste is not quite as strong as the smell but still has tons of flavor that follows the smell and a nice sweet finish.

This is a great Summer beer and something I would recommend to most beer drinkers.
Pros: Huge aroma and complex taste
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 11
Rating:  ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: The unmistakable flavor of a Bavarian Wheat, but with a clear golden brilliance and a Sixpoint twist. An entirely unique canned offering for the sun-worshipping ale lovers.

237. Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Picked up a 4-pack of this at The Vault in Lewiston on Friday as they started to stock the Sixpoint Resin, Bengali Tiger and Apollo. Susan is working hard to improve her craft beer selection and has hired a beer guy to help staff the store and choose some new beer. If you have not checked out the store recently you should stop by.

Bengali Tiger is Sixpoint’s IPA (Resin is their Double IPA) and this one comes in 16 oz cans instead of the 12 oz cans that Resin comes in. The beer pours a nice deep orange color with thick white head. Plenty of aroma coming from this one mostly orange and a bit of malt. Taste has lots of hops; pine, citrus, floral character with a malt finish to balance things out. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Really enjoying my Sixpoint purchases.
Pros: Hop profile, easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 62
Rating:  ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? The Sixpoint homebrewed IPA interpretation. Blaze orange in color, with an abundance of citrus hop bitterness, and a full pine and grapefruit bouquet in the aroma.

232. Sixpoint Resin

This is my first beer from Sixpoint and it was a good place to start. They have a very uniquely styled can – very tall and thin sold in 4-pack boxes. They also have a very interesting website (see link below) including videos for their beers – Sixpoint Resin Video here.
Beer pours a nice deep red color with impressive head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Smells mostly of pine but some citrus and sweet malts. Taste is what I would expect from the aroma, pine hops, sweet malts and some grapefruit. Easy to drink for a 9.1% ABV beer. This will not be the last beer I drink by Sixpoint.
Pros: Easy to drink – lots of flavor – well balanced
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 9.1% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 103
Rating:  ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Sixpoint
Brewers Description: Whatever flames upon the night. Man’s own resinous heart has fed. A beer that celebrates the extraction of hop resin for a concentrated yet balanced brew.

175. Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

This beer has been hanging out in my fridge since Thanksgiving which is hard to believe as I have reviewed 75 beers since then. Decided it was time to open this one for dessert. The beer pours a great black color with thick tan head that leaves great lacing on the glass, just what a stout should look and act like. Aroma is of chocolate, toffee and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate roasted malts to start followed up by some coffee and licorice with just a hint of a hop finish. Not nearly as sweet as I had expected from a chocolate stout and does not have the strong alcohol taste that you often get from a 10% ABV beer. Serve this beer at a slightly warmer temp; 45-50 degrees and you will enjoy it.
Pros: Color, not too sweet
Cons:
Alcohol Content:
 10.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Available from October through March. This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.