Tasting Notes: KÖLD SCHAUER from Sixpoint Brewery

Koldshowerpour1000With sights set on ultimate refreshment, this week’s Tasting Notes has us getting into a KÖLD SCHAUER from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

The “shower beer” has officially gone mainstream, and Sixpoint Brewery is getting in on that action with the Limited Release of KÖLD SCHAUER.  Intent on creating something “light, fresh, and clean”, they decided to go with a Kölsch that is light on bitterness (23 IBUs) but still has “a distinctive honeydew melon aroma from Huell Melon hops.”  With “distinctive kölsch yeast [and] pilsner malts” supporting those juicy hop notes, the 4.9% ABV KÖLD SCHAUER shows absolutely “no shrinkage in the flavor department.”  KÖLD SCHAUER is rolling out now, and this Limited Release is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint.

Alright, I guess it’s time to grab a towel, hit the showers and get into these Tasting Notes . . .

Tasting Notes for KÖLD SCHAUER from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance:  The pour produces a yellow-tinted, light orange colored brew capped with nearly two fingers of fluffy white foam.  When held to direct light, yellow hues intensify and the color turns to more of a burnished gold.  The beer is slightly hazy and displays a steady carbonation presence bouncing about within.  Head retention is good, but it slowly falls to a rocky half finger that consistently notches the glass with lace after each draw.

Aroma: The aromatics begin with some lightly toasted grain notes and honey.  That solid first wave of malty goodness is then gently overtaken by a clean floral and fruity breath of hops.  That fruity quality opens further to close the profile with a light melon character.

Taste:  Whoa . . . those Huell Melon hops really shine here as the flavor leads with a lovely and pronounced melon presence.  That honeydew note is laced with a touch of citrus, a bit of grassiness, and some floral tones.  All of that is supported by an ever-present undercurrent of toasted, biscuity grains and a dollop of honey.  The balance is just beautiful, and it is all made possible thanks to a nondescript fruitiness coming from the Kölsch yeast.  Fantastic.  Truly fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a bright, prickly carbonation.  The balance is nearly spot on here, staying almost perfectly centered between malty and hoppy.  Each sip dries out nicely, constantly begging for another.  The ABV is completely hidden, further adding to the beer’s refreshing and easy-drinking ways.  Aftertaste is minimal, but there is just a touch of residual fruitiness left behind.

Final Thoughts: As we all know, a shower beer must be light, crisp, clean and (above all else) refreshing.   KÖLD SCHAUER hits all those marks with ease, and a great deal of this beer’s success comes from how Sixpoint handled the hops.  They were somehow able to pull all the juicy, refreshing fruit flavor out of these Huell Melon hops but without making the beer overly bitter.  They found a sweet spot that holds maximum hop flavor with minimum bitterness, and it is simply gorgeous when combined with those trademark Kölsch yeast and malt notes.  All in all, this beer is everything I am looking for in Kölsch and it can join me in the shower anytime.  Prost!

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Sixpoint Brewery to Sell Newly Launched Small Batch Series Through Mobile App

Sixpoint-Small-BatchOn Saturday, September 30, Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) will release two Small Batch offerings, Toppen-ish IPA and Lil’ Raspy Raspberry Berliner Weiss. The twist from the Mad Scientists: these beers are only available at the brewery and can only be purchased through an exclusive Beta app.

The release of Toppen-ish IPA and Lil’ Raspy Raspberry Berliner Weiss marks the first-ever brewery release from Sixpoint Brewery, and there is no denying that they are going big for this occasion.  There are a lot of moving parts to this release, but let’s cover the info on the beers first:

  • Toppen-ish IPA – “Toppen-ish is part of the Farm to Pint Series, a collaboration series with our hop farmer partners. For each beer in the series we source 100% of the hops from a single farm, to highlight individual terroir. This beer is named after Toppenish, Washington, where Cornerstone Ranches is located. Our buddy Graham Gamache hooked us up with awesome El Dorado and Centennial hops for this one.”
  • Lil’ Raspy Raspberry Berliner Weiss – “Then there’s Lil’ Raspy, a hot pink Berliner Weisse brewed with over 200 lbs of raspberries from the Willamette Valley in Oregon per 20 barrel batch. It’s a quenching beer with a big raspberry aroma, smooth body and tart finish. With each case purchase, fans will also receive a bottle of “Raspy Sauce” a raspberry-jalapeno sauce made to pour directly into the beer. Traditionally, the Berliner Weiss was served with a sweet raspberry or woodruff syrup to counteract the intense sourness. With Raspy sauce, we add in a spicy twist as well.  (The sauce was created in conjunction with The Jam Stand, a Brooklyn-based company we’ve been working with since Mad Scientists #15, back in 2013.)

Toppen-ish IPA and Lil’ Raspy cans will be available for pick-up at Sixpoint Brewery on September 30, but fans interested in obtaining these beers can begin purchasing them at noon on September 25 via Sixpoint’s Beta app.  When it comes to Toppen-ish IPA and Lil’ Raspy, “there will be no walk-up sales at the brewery, as all sales of the inaugural canned beer release will take place through the app.”  To ensure that you get all the proper information about how to obtain the app and purchase these beers, here are the step-by-step instructions provided by Sixpoint Brewery:

 

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HOW YOU CAN GET THESE BEERS:

First, sign up to be on the beta by clicking here.  

1. Once signed up, wait for the beta release email. Follow the instructions and download the beta.

2. Once downloaded, sign up for a Sixpoint account. (Adding your payment info makes for speedier checkout.)

3. Wait for the beer release notification. The first beers will go on sale on Monday September 25th at noon.

4. Buy, buy, buy! (Quantities are limited so look out!)

5. Check back on the Sixpoint app for updates about your liquid. (Imagine how it will taste. So special.)

6. Come out to Red Hook, Brooklyn, pick up your beer at the brewery, and chill with the Sixpoint crew on September 30th.

All of this may leave some of you asking, “Why an app?”.  Well, here’s Shane C. Welch, Founder and Chief Visionary at Sixpoint, with the answer to that question:

“We can now look back and clearly see there were certain moments that altered the course of brewing forever — the discovery of yeast, the invention of pasteurization, the development of the automobile, etc. Flash forward to 2017, and Sixpoint has devised a way to directly link the brewery to its customers from the palm of their hand,” said Welch. “For generations, breweries and their supply chain were shrouded in mystery – the process and the entire ecosystem was kept out of the public eye, and the actual product was just something that appeared on the shelf or on tap alongside a marketing message. We’ve changed all of that with our mobile app, as we have directly linked our customers with our great suppliers, the formulation process, and the product itself. We’re the conduit.”

As you can tell from quote above, Sixpoint’s approach to this beer release is all about innovation and tailoring the experience specifically to you.  Once you are signed up for the app, you will gain “access to a pipeline of new formulation and features, and anything you do now will be carried over to future versions of the Sixpoint App experience.”  This could very well revolutionize and streamline the brewery beer release experience moving forward.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, what we do know is that Toppen-ish IPA and Lil’ Raspy Raspberry Berliner Weiss will not see distribution and the Sixpoint Beta app is your only gateway to these beers.  If you will happen to be in the area of Sixpoint Brewery on September 30 and wish to get your hands on these Small Batch releases, just go ahead and download that app, make your purchases on September 25, and enjoy the experience of being at the cutting edge of craft beer innovation.  Prost!

Tasting Notes: Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery

LoResTasting Notes keeps the hop theme this week, but we adjust our focus a bit as we get into a few cans of Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Not too long ago, we provided you with the news that Sixpoint Brewery was fending off the heat of summer with the release of Lo-Res Sesher IPA.  Arriving as the smallest sibling in the Resin family of beers, Lo-Res is a Session India Pale Ale that changes the resolution to “focus on the juice.”  This easy-drinker has been heavily dosed with Mandarina Bavaria hops to “provide a huge citrusy blast, while a pale, dry body finishes super clean and easy.” Thanks to its 4.5% ABV, you can enjoy a couple Lo-Res Sesher IPAs “before things get pixelated.”  This Limited Release offering is available now in 8-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution area.

Now that all the fine details are covered, let’s zoom out a bit and take in all that Lo-Res Sesher IPA has to offer by jotting down some Tasting Notes.

Tasting Notes for Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance:  Lo-Res pours up a slightly hazy, golden yellow-colored brew that holds some bright orange tones as well.  When held to direct light, the liquid radiates with bright, lemon yellow hues.  A meandering carbonation presence can be seen feeding the half finger of wispy white foam capping the beer.  Retention is decent, but it eventually fades to a bubbly ring that leaves thin, airy tracts of lace behind whenever the glass is jostled.

Aroma:  From the first whiff, it is abundantly clear that the brewers at Sixpoint were focused on coaxing out the fruity characteristics of the chosen hops.  I say that because the aroma is not translating as the expected dank hoppiness . . . no, what we got here is a whole lot of nice and clean citrus notes translating primarily as tangerine and orange.  A touch of sweetness creeps in along with just a breath of bitterness, but this profile is mostly concerned with juicy citrus fruit.  Smells of summer.

Taste:  There is no denying that Lo-Res is the lil’ bro to Resin because that hop bite is alive and well in the flavor department.  Aggressively dank, the bitterness impressively asserts itself before easing back a bit to allow notes of tangerine zest and juice a chance to get some attention.  That bite returns with some grapefruit bitterness just before a slight amount of nondescript, balancing sweetness arrives to close things out.

Mouthfeel:  This Session IPA is light in body with a moderate carbonation level to supply an easy-drinking and refreshing experience.  Although it is mostly bitter on the palate, it dries out nicely for a wonderfully clean finish.  As you would expect from the style, the ABV plays no part here.  The aftertaste is just a bit of grapefruit zest.

Final Thoughts:  Lo-Res Sesher IPA may be a great deal smaller in size, but it certainly maintains its familial ties to Resin IIPA and Hi-Res IIIPA.  This Session IPA mirrors its family’s hop-laden personality and edge, but it does so in a way that somehow keeps it easy-drinking and gulp-worthy to basically provide its drinker a big ol’ IPA experience that’s wrapped up in a 4.5% ABV package.  It may not be a 1-UP to the traditional IPA, but Lo-Res Sesher IPA is certainly here to provide us all with a cheat code that allows us to enjoy as many pours of hoppy goodness as we want.  That’s definitely something I can get behind.  Be sure to check out Lo-Res before it’s game over on this Limited Release offering.  Prost!

 

Sixpoint Brewery Goes Lo-Res for the Summer

Processed with VSCO with n3 presetSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) recently introduced Lo-Res Sesher IPA as its latest Limited Release and first ever 8-pack.

Now that the heat of summer has firmly established itself across the country, the crew at Sixpoint Brewery believe “it’s time for a sesher.”  Session IPA that is, and their take on this now ubiquitous style is Lo-Res Sesher IPA.  Where Sixpoint’s fan-favorite Hi-Res IIIPA may have “magnified the Resin,” Lo-Res is here “to change the resolution.”  This easy drinking India Pale Ale has been heavily dosed with Mandarina Bavaria hops to “provide a huge citrusy blast, while a pale, dry body finishes super clean and easy.”  Thanks to its 4.5% ABV, you can enjoy a couple Lo-Res Sesher IPAs “before things get pixelated.”

Lo-Res Sesher IPA is available now as a special Limited Release meant to be thoroughly enjoyed over the summer months.  You can find this tasty brew in 8-packs of 12 oz. cans (that’s right, it has two bonus lives!) and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited Release, launching July 2017
Style – American Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 43
Featured Hops – Mandarina Bavaria
Availability – 8-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sixpoint.com/beer-finder/

Tasting Notes: SWEET ACTION Blonde from Sixpoint Brewery

6ptSweetActionCan1000As another week comes to a close, the latest Tasting Notes segment has us slipping into the weekend with a little SWEET ACTION from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Staying true to their evolutionary, mad science approach to craft brewing, Sixpoint Brewery recently announced that they have reformulated their entire line of Core beers to create “the rawest, juiciest, and most modern iterations” to date.  The affected beers and their updates are as follows:

  • BENGALI IPA – “With BENGALI, we tweaked the hop character, and incorporated some new hop strains we’ve just recently acquired, to seriously dial in that citrusy-tropical aroma. Then we smoothed out the texture with oats, and dried out the malt body to let the hops take full control. This thing is all about huge tropical character up front, and a clean, dry finish.”
  • THE CRISP Pilz – “We went to Germany for this one. When it comes to German hops, American breweries are often left with the scraps (we call that the “hop sausage.”) So we go straight to the source to get the prime cuts. For the first time, the Tettnanger and Hallertau hops in THE CRISP are sourced 100% directly from farmers in Tettnang, Germany — now that bright, floral aroma on this dialed in Pilz comes absolutely flying out of the glass.”
  • RESIN IIPA – “This dank dive into the hop cone just got more potent — unfiltered RESIN is insane. The hop aroma coming off this thing is almost scary.”
  • SWEET ACTION Blonde – “You can think of SWEET ACTION Blonde as a cleaner take on SWEET ACTION, with a massive focus on the juice. The addition of Huell Melon hops, a new and super legit strain, plus the unfiltered nature of the beer give you an amazing hop aroma that you’ll still recognize as distinctly SWEET ACTION. It’s got aspects of a blonde ale, a wheat beer, and a juicy pale ale.”

To keep the packaging as fresh as the updated beers within, Sixpoint has added “both Canned On and Best By dates” to their cans.  Additionally, the 6-pack holders now include a “Freshness Window” – a clear opening on the bottom of the package – so that you can easily check these dates at the time of purchase.

The reformulated Core beers are available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find these updated brews at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution area.

The update information seems to indicate that SWEET ACTION has undergone the biggest overhaul of the four beers, so let’s crack open a can and take some Tasting Notes on this reinvented brew!

Tasting Notes for SWEET ACTION Blonde from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance: After a careful pour, SWEET ACTION presents itself as burnt orange in color with a little over a finger of slightly off white foam sitting on top.  Held to direct light, the colors brighten to expose deep golden yellows that surround an orange core that remains at the beer’s center.  The beer is moderately hazy, but it still allows the drinker to observe the streaming carbonation presence within.  The head has fantastic retention, falling marginally to just under a finger of creamy foam.  This ever-lasting head leaves behind considerable chunks of lace all over the glass.

Aroma: The hops are definitely running this department.  Fresh and fruity hop notes of melon, tangerine and a touch of berry confidently lead the way for a more reserved malt sweetness.  The aroma is all business.  Attention grabbing, straight-forward and direct, its mission is to cut through all the BS to take you deeper into the SWEET ACTION experience.

Taste:  This is probably one of the cleanest representations of Huell Melon hop character that we have ever experienced.  This hop is clearly the star attraction here, and its melon notes are incredibly blatant and lovely.  A bit of orange zest comes through, but that melon just dominates the hop flavor profile.  Reserved but not anywhere near forgotten, the malts do surface toward the finish with a doughy, bread-like character to add some balancing sweetness to the equation.

Mouthfeel:  This brew is on the light side of medium in body with a crisp carbonation level to it.  The beer teases both the bitter and sweet areas of the palate.  The flavors do lightly linger a bit before clearing out, but this is more than welcomed considering that melon note just further adds to the beer’s overall refreshing and easy-drinking nature.  The 5% ABV is hinted at from time to time, but it is absolutely no cause for concern.  The aftertaste is just a touch of citrus zest.

Final Thoughts: Just as Sixpoint Brewery says in the updated description for SWEET ACTION, this brew seriously does show characteristics of three different styles.  To start, the appearance leads you to believe that you are looking at an American Wheat Beer. An American Pale Ale then boldly surfaces in the aromatic and flavor profiles with a forward hop character that is wonderfully balanced by the malts.  Finally, the mouthfeel goes all American Blonde Ale on you to supply an overall experience that is refreshing and approachable.  With all of this considered, it is easy to declare that the reformulated SWEET ACTION has all the moves necessary to capture and keep your attention for quite a while.  This beer is a hit and you really need to check it – and the rest of Sixpoint’s reinvented Core lineup – out as soon as possible.  Prost!

Sixpoint Brewery Announces Release of Hi-Res Triple IPA

hireseditedSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) magnifies your hop experience once again with the 2017 release of Hi-Res IIIPA.

Each year, the brewers at Sixpoint approach the creation of Hi-Res IIIPA – or Triple IPA – with the intention of creating a “juicy hop character magnified to the limits of your perception.”  It is only after a madness-inducing amount of time spent studying, contemplating and experimenting with every aspect of the hop itself that they are able to harness the true and full power of lupulin.  This unwavering dedication to the science of brewing pays off by producing “waves of the most intense, tropical, citrusy aromas and flavors your mind can imagine.”  If you happen to be intimidated by this brew’s 10.5% ABV and 115 IBUs, worry not because the complex flavors in Hi-Res IIIPA have been meticulously balanced to result in “a surprisingly easy beer to sip.”

…Once our eyes were opened to the potential

of the hop cone, we couldn’t be stopped.

With a laser focus, we magnified the hop factor,

and pushed the boundaries of flavor, aroma,

and perception itself to create HI-RES.

It’s Mad Science.
Hi-Res IIIPA is available now in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  This limited release can be found at fine craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution area.  Hi-Res IIIPA is truly a beer that has been created by hophead for hopheads.  If you classify yourself as such, be sure to grab a 4-pack during your next beer run.  Prost!


Vital Information for Hi-Res IIIPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited/Cycliquids Series, arrives January 2017
Style – American Imperial IPA
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 115
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sixpoint.com/connect/finder

Tasting Notes: Global Warmer from Sixpoint Brewery

globalwarmerspb1000This week’s Tasting Notes embraces the “frigid” temperatures of what appears to be Tampa’s one weekend of winter by cozying up with a little Global Warmer Cloudy Red Ale from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Not too long ago, I let you all know about Global Warmer’s return as a limited, Seasonal release from Sixpoint’s Cycliquids Series (click here to check out that full post).  To stand out from a market that is currently overcrowded with traditional Holiday Ales, this riff on the Winter Warmer is actually an American Red Ale that is “unfiltered [and] hop-intensified.” Weighing in at 7% ABV and 70 IBUs, this brew is guaranteed to make you rethink your approach to cold weather drinking.  With availability on draft and in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, Global Warmer can still be found at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, and the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution footprint.  Alright, I believe it is now time to warm the body, mind and soul with a little Tasting Notes action!

Tasting Notes for Global Warmer Cloudy Red Ale from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance: Fresh off the pour, Global Warmer presents itself as deep amber in color.  Once held to direct light, the colors gain vibrancy and expose caramel-hued browns, rusty reds, and just a subtle smattering of deep orange.  For an unfiltered beer, it is actually quite clear – just a slight haze to it – and displays a steady carbonation level that is eager to feed the finger of off-white foam resting above.  Creamy in texture, the head has pretty good retention and casually falls to a thin but sturdy top cap.  The foam effortlessly grabs the glass to leave notches of lace throughout the drink.

Aroma:  Oh my, the hops have certainly come out to play.  Distinct notes of grapefruit rind and pith are the first to provide the olfactory with a zealous hello.  This intense but lovely quality is quickly followed with piney, herbal and grassy tones.  Gently and slightly timid, the malts surface to lend just a grace of caramel sweetness.   At this point, anyone who grabbed this beer in hopes of finding a spice-laden Winter Ale has been emphatically informed that they are in for a much different experience.

Taste:  The grapefruit characteristics are hard at work here once again with notes of bitter rind, zest and juice.  Pushing forward to match the intensity level of that grapefruit is a hefty presence of pine that is resinous, aggressive, sticky and dank.  Slightly herbal and floral tones then bloom from the pine, and this hop experience closes with a subtle fruit basket of various tropical and citrus fruits.  Just as you feel the beer is finished, a caramel and biscuity malt presence wanders in to coolly supply balance.  Any of that initial intensity from the hops is suddenly an afterthought . . . well, at least until the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Global Warmer is medium in body with a medium carbonation level.  On the palate, the beer coats with a gentle stick that is more from hop oils than sweetness.  Bitter to start, but finishes reasonably dry, slightly sweet and quite balanced.  Aftertaste is just wisps of floral and pine hop tones mingling with a bit of caramel.

Final Thoughts:  Basically what we have here is an India Red Ale masquerading as a Winter Warmer.  This is by no means a bad thing, but we can actually make a case that this indeed does fit the mold of a Holiday Ale.  Global Warmer may abandon traditional holiday spices to showcase grapefruit notes sourced from hops, but you do have to consider that this is a fruit that reaches its peak during the holiday season.  Then we have the pine to remind us of cold weather hikes in the mountains or through vast pine forests.  Even the beer’s light but essential caramel and biscuity malt characteristics could conjure up thoughts of the various baked goods and sweets that we all tend to crave during late December and into the New Year.  Sure, some could call all of that a reach.  Then again, if the malt presence was dialed up a notch or two, we would basically be talking about an American-style Barleywine here.  All in all, Global Warmer is a fantastic change of pace from the redundancy experienced during Winter Warmer Season, and it once again acts as a more than solid example of Sixpoint Brewery’s prowess with hops.  Hell, I think I’ll indulge a little and open another.  Prost!

Sixpoint Brewery Tackles Beer Climate Issues with Release of Global Warmer

globalwarmer_frontSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) recently announced that Global Warmer Cloudy Red Ale has returned to shelves and taps as a limited, Seasonal release.

Created as a statement that addresses a beer climate currently overwhelmed by the same ol’ styles of the season, Sixpoint has reformulated and reimagined the Winter Warmer with the creation of Global Warmer.  In keeping with the initial intentions of the brewery’s Cycliquids Series – a constantly rotating lineup of beers in which the brewery experiments with styles and/or tweaks the recipes of past releases -, this Winter Warmer shakes things up by rockin’ a base of an American Red Ale that is “unfiltered [and] hop-intensified.”  Clocking in at 7% ABV and 70 IBUs, this Cloudy Red Ale bucks trends to make a real impact on your choice of beers this season.

Global Warmer Cloudy Red Ale is available now as a limited release offering.  You can track this one down in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers found in Alabama, Florida and throughout the full distribution footprint of Sixpoint Brewery.  Join the movement this winter, call for change, and raise a glass of Global Warmer as a sign of solidarity.  Prost!

Vital Information for Global Warmer Cloudy Red Ale from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited/Cycliquids Series, beginning late November 2016
Style – American Red Ale/Winter Warmer
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 70
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – http://sixpoint.com/connect/finder

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Tasting Notes: 5BEANS Bazaar Porter from Sixpoint Brewery

5beanscarpetIn the pursuit of something a little different, this week’s Tasting Notes has us trading our hops for beans as we feature 5Beans Bazaar Porter from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Not too long ago, I let you know of Sixpoint Brewery’s plans to ship 5BEANS Bazaar Porter out to distribution (click here to check out that post).  This Imperial Porter is the brewery’s latest “*BEANS” offering and newest addition to their Cycliquids Series, a constantly rotating lineup of beers in which the brewery experiments with new styles and/or reformulates new takes on past releases.  With this release, the brewers at Sixpoint decided to create their take on Turkish coffee by brewing a beer with Romano beans, cacao, vanilla, coffee and cardamom.  5BEANS Bazaar Porter is available now as a limited release offering, and you can find it in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments within the brewery’s distribution footprint.  With those details now covered, let’s open up a can o’ beans!

Tasting Notes for 5BEANS Bazaar Porter from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance: Deceptive at first glance, 5BEANS makes you believe that it is filling the glass with a brew that is glossy black in color.  The introduction of direct light proves otherwise by exposing that the beer is actually the darkest of browns, inky and slightly tinted red.  Although it is almost completely opaque, a rolling carbonation presence can be seen as light breaks through at the top and bottom of the beer.  The pour quickly built three fingers of caramel colored foam.  Retention is good, eventually falling to a lasting half finger of creamy head.  The foam clings easily and beautifully, leaving webs of lace all over the Willi Becher glass.

Aroma: The exotic character of the cardamom reigns supreme here, sitting uncontested atop all other aromas produced by this beer. Intensely aromatic, it is herbal, savory & sweet.  A touch of citrus moves us to recognize dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes.  A smooth, but light vanilla tone rounds off this bold, seductive fragrance.  As soon as it first hits your nose, you are easily convinced that you are about to experience something quite special with this one.

Taste: Just as it did in aroma, the cardamom leads the way with exotic spice, citrus, and herbal notes.  The coffee has more confidence here, rising up to embrace and support the cardamom with dark roasted goodness and a light fruity character.  Vanilla and dark cocoa form a sultry alliance to provide some balance to the cardamom spice and coffee bitterness.  That said, nothing is going to stop that cardamom from shining.  It is wonderfully on point and absolutely worthy of top billing in this brew.

Mouthfeel: This Porter falls closer to the medium-side of full bodied, and a higher carbonation presence makes the beer feel much lighter than you would expect.  The beer is silky on the palate, allowing flavors to playfully linger.  At 10%, the ABV is present to remind you of the beer’s size with a warmth that builds in the throat and coats the belly.  Cardamom remains as the only aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: Bold.  Complex.  Intense.  Exotic.  These are the words that constantly run through my mind as I sip 5BEANS Bazaar Porter.  This offering brashly forces you to take notice of its differences from any other coffee beer currently on the market, but it does so with a wonderfully composed complexity and an obvious understanding of how flavors work. The cardamom acts as the perfect ingredient to reinvigorate the taste buds and imagination while giving a renewed energy to the beans previously used in this series.  Sure, the 10% ABV makes this offering come across a little hot, but it keeps you honest in your approach to the beer.  It convinces you to slow down, sip and luxuriate in each and every note this beer throws at the senses.  Once you do so, it easy to see that more is definitely better when it comes to 5BEANS Bazaar Porter.  Prost!

Sixpoint Brewery Releases 5BEANS Bazaar Porter

5beans_angleSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) is hitting craft beer fans with even more beans in 2016 as they send the newly created 5BEANS Bazaar Porter out to distribution.

With the release of 5BEANS Bazaar Porter, the brewers at Sixpoint are approaching this year’s release from a slightly different angle and staying true to the intentions of their Cycliquids Series, a constantly rotating lineup of beers in which the brewery experiments with new styles and/or reformulates new takes on past releases.  Boasting a bigger bean experience than the previously released 3BEANS (Romano, cacao & coffee beans) and 4BEANS Imperial Porter (Romano, cacao, coffee & vanilla beans), 5BEANS Bazaar Porter is the brewery’s take on the complexities found in Turkish coffee.  The brewers were able to create these flavors and aromatics thanks to the additions of Romano beans, cacao, vanilla, coffee and cardamom.  The result is a 10% ABV Imperial Porter that is sure to delight coffee and craft beer lovers alike.

5BEANS Bazaar Porter is available now as a limited release offering.  Look for this one to show up in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, and throughout the full distribution footprint of Sixpoint Brewery. Each year’s “*BEANS” release has absolutely flown off of shelves, so coffee beer fans should take notice and snag their 4-pack whenever they happen to run across it.  Prost!

Vital Information on 5BEANS Bazaar Porter from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited/Cycliquids Series, available beginning in late October/early November 2016
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 38
The Beans – Romano beans, cacao, vanilla, coffee & cardamom
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft