Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Collaborate on Cosmic Handshake Sour IIPA

Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Cosmic Handshake, a Sour New England-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania), in late May 2020.

Crafted to be “a universal dap. an intergalactic high five.” between Sixpoint and their partners at Victory Brewing Company, Cosmic Handshake is a hybrid ale of “planetary proportions” that is “part soft, juicy, hazy IPA, part tart and tangy sour beer.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Cosmic Handshake promises to show you “what happens when TWO WORLDS COLLIDE!”

Cosmic Handshake is scheduled to drop in late May and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Cosmic Handshake from Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late May 2020
Style – Sour India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Mosaic & Citra T-45 
Availability – 16 oz. cans

Sixpoint Brewery Begins Wide Release of Spritzer Bomb Collaboration with Sloop Brewing

sixpoint_can_spritzer_bomb_siteSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Spritzer Bomb, a special collaboration project with Sloop Brewing Co. (East Fishkill, New York), in April 2020.

Crafted to bring “the source material of Sloop’s iconic Juice Bomb [Northeastern IPA]” together with “Sixpoint’s foray into grain-grape combinations in the small batch Spritzer series,” Spritzer Bomb is a Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale that merges brewing “techniques of both breweries” with a mild twang sourced from “the use of Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which are a perfect compliment for the profile.”  Weighing in at a deceptive 8% ABV, Spritzer Bomb is “an incredibly refreshing Hazy IPA and extremely easy to drink even at the high ABV.”

Spritzer Bomb is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time as a part of Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop IPA Series.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Spritzer Bomb from Sixpoint Brewery & Sloop Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Infinite Loop IPA Series; April 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 5
Added Ingredients – Sauvignon Blanc grapes
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans

 

Sixpoint Brewery Goes Big with Limited Release of Atomic-Res New England-style Triple IPA

sixpoint-atomic-res-siteSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Atomic-Res NE IIIPA in February 2020.

Here to take the “essence of RESIN . . . to its realized extreme,” Atomic-Res is a New England-style Triple India Pale Ale “loaded up with Citra, Galaxy, Mandarina Bavaria, and Idaho 7 Hop Hash.”  It is the added hop hash – “pure lupulin collected during pelletization [that is] preserved, then frozen with liquid nitrogen and shattered into the beer during dry-hopping” – that supplies the desired “chain reaction of hop intensity going off in every sip.”  Coming in at 11.8% ABV, Atomic-Res allows you to “experience pure juice at the ATOMIC level!”

Atomic-Res NE IIIPA is scheduled to launch in February 2020 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Atomic-Res NE IIIPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited; February 2020
Style – New England-style Imperial/Triple India Pale Ale
ABV – 11.8%
Hops – Citra, Galaxy, Mandarina Bavaria & Idaho 7 Hop Hash
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Sixpoint Brewery Adds Three New IPAs to its Year-Round Portfolio

SixpointLogoOrangeSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that Hootie Hazy IPA, Meltdown IIPA and Trail Haze Hazy Adventure IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in January 2020.

After spending the last 25 months developing and releasing over 65 beers as a part of their Small Batch innovation program, the fine folks at Sixpoint Brewery have decided to promote three top formulations to Year-Round status. Hootie Hazy IPA, Meltdown IIPA and Trail Haze Hazy Adventure IPA have all been tested by the brewery “at small scale extensively through multiple releases, incorporating feedback, and even going so far as to survey a group of ‘Super Fans’ on their opinions of the beers across several iterations.” After a few tweaks and adjustments, this is how Sixpoint describes the Year-Round versions of these three offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Hootie Hazy IPA – A 6.2% ABV, 5 IBU IPA gratuitously dry-hopped with three hops directly-sourced from farms in the Pacific Northwest and Idaho—Idaho 7, El Dorado, and Amarillo—with Australian Galaxy hops as well to boost the overall potency. It’s an everyday Hazy IPA that’s designed to be incredibly juicy and aromatic, and also very easy to drink with low bitterness.
    The hop strains for Hootie were selected to leverage the direct-to-farmer hop relationships that Sixpoint has cultivated over the years. The beer features the Idaho 7 hop sourced directly from Nate Jackson of Jackson Farms, the breeder of the varietal. Sixpoint also uses El Dorado hops directly sourced from Graham Gamache at Cornerstone Ranches, and the Amarillo variety comes from Double R farms, both in Washington’s Yakima Valley.
    Hootie was one of the first releases from Sixpoint’s Product Development team and has been worked on for over two years. Sixpoint released the beer in 16 oz cans for limited distribution in mid-2019, and the final update to the beer is raising the ABV slightly, from 5.4 to 6.2, to precisely dial in the formulation.
  • Meltdown IIPA – An 8.0% ABV, 20 IBU, Double IPA intensely hopped with Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria. This beer has a smooth, soft, hazy body meant to be extremely lush and juicy.
    Meltdown is Sixpoint’s expression of the New England Double IPA experience at scale— complete with all the rich texture, extreme hopping rate, and ripe juiciness the style is beloved for— and available on shelves consistently.
    Meltdown was released through Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop rotating IPA series and became an instant favorite, with tasters lauding the smooth and soft body of the beer, plus the complex aroma of both ripe tropical fruit and bright orange peel.
  • Trail Haze Hazy Adventure IPA – A 4% ABV, 99 calorie Hazy “Adventure” IPA, hopped with Southern Hemisphere favorites Vic Secret and Enigma, as well as Mosaic, and produced without any sweeteners or flavorings. The beer is a collaboration with the outdoor recreational co-op REI.
    Sixpoint and REI’s relationship began through event partnership and Sixpoint’s support of REI adventures in the NY metro area. The two teams then developed Trail Haze in the summer of 2019 and released it through Sixpoint’s Small Batch events, as well as at major events at REI’s NYC location, including the announcement of their #opttoact campaign, which presented people with a 52 week plan to take action to reduce their impact on the environment in partnership with the NYC Mayors Office of Sustainability, and “Pray for Snow” Party.
    Trail Haze is an innovative formula using rice and highly attenuative brewing techniques to create a light, crisp, low calorie beer that drinks with the texture and quality of real hazy IPA but doesn’t slow you down. The beer is aggressively dry-hopped with a blend of American and Australian hops to be extremely aromatic and expressive.

Hootie Hazy IPA, Meltdown IIPA and Trail Haze Hazy Adventure IPA are all launching in January 2020.  You can expect to find these new Year-Round offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

 

Sixpoint Brewery Sends PUFF PUFF DDH Cloudy IIPA Out for a Limited Release

sixpoint_12ozsleek_puffpuffSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of PUFF PUFF DDH Cloudy IIPA in mid-September 2019.

Back when Sixpoint first created PUFF Cloudy IIPA in 2016, they basically presented their Year-Round Resin IIPA in its “most raw form” by pulling it “straight from the tanks, still densely packed with pure hop particulate for extra potency.” Fast forward three years later and PUFF PUFF has surfaced to take the original PUFF’s “cloudy formulation stratospheric” by “[amping] up the special blend of dry-hops by 2x.”  This makes PUFF PUFF (9.8% ABV) “an absolute haze bomb” filled with “tropical and juicy notes that complement the signature dankness.”

PUFF PUFF is slated to debut in mid-September 2019 and will hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for PUFF PUFF from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited/Infinite Loop IPA Series; launching mid-September 2019
Style – New England-style/Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.8%
IBUs – 70
Fun Fact – PUFF PUFF is “at least twice as hazy” as the original PUFF. “By utilizing the NEIPA techniques developed by Eric Bachli and tested in our small batch program, PUFF PUFF is an absolute haze bomb.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Sixpoint Brewery Gets Experimental, Introduces Dabble IIPA

sixpointdabblecanSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has announced that DABBLE Experimental IIPA will begin a limited run in January.

Surfacing as the latest release in Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop Series of rotational IPAs, DABBLE is an Imperial India Pale Ale that explores the “insane new flavors” and varietals coming out of hop farms these days.  After a bit of hands on research (or “dabbling”, if you will), the brewers at Sixpoint decided to have DABBLE’s hop bill include Sabro (“provides an incredible coconut note”), Cashmere (“brings a soft, delicate complexity”) and Idaho 7 hops (brings potency and depth).  Coming in at 8.2% ABV and 20 IBUs, DABBLE is here to remind you that “there’s nothing quite like your first taste.”

DABBLE will begin rolling out as early as next week (January 14) and is scheduled to hang around through April 2019.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for DABBLE Experimental IIPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited/Infinite Loop IPA Series, January – April 2019
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
IBUs – 20
Featured Hops – Sabro, Cashmere & Idaho 7
Fun Fact – On the Infinite Loop IPA Series: “Dabble is part of our Infinite Loop IPA Series, which showcases innovation and will bring you a new rotational IPA every few months. These beers will all be aromatic forward and will showcase new age hops, but will have variation within the range.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

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Sixpoint Brewery Sends Meltdown IIPA Out for Network-Wide Release

sixpoint-brewery-limited-release-MELTDOWNSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has announced that Meltdown IIPA is officially hitting shelves and taps now as the brewery’s latest Limited Release.

Arriving as the second release in Sixpoint’s network-wide rotational IPA series, Meltdown is a New England-style Imperial India Pale Ale that forces “tons” of Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops – almost five pounds of hops per barrel – to be “heated until the solid lupulin sap is diffused into solution.”  This liquid sap intensifies the hop character, allowing the Mosaic hops to provide “a lush, ripe tropical aroma/flavor, along with some complexity often described as blueberry”, while the Mandarina Bavaria “gives the beer this unmistakable, bright orange zest aroma.”  Clocking in at 7.8% ABV and 30 IBUs, Meltdown promises to be a “lush, hazy, juicy IIPA with ripe tropical and bright citrus characteristics, and a soft, easy finish.”

“In 2018 we’ve put a tremendous effort into innovation, creating over 35 new brands this year out of our home base in Brooklyn. These beers have spanned a broad range of styles including sours, strong porters, barrel-aged goses, and New England IPAs, with the goal of pushing boundaries and creating new flavor experiences. We scaled the techniques we’ve developed through our small batch beers to create MELTDOWN, the second in a line of rotating IPAs released network-wide this past week.

Meltdown is a double New England IPA generously dry-hopped with 4 lbs per bbl of Mosaic and Mandarina hops, and bursting in aromatics and flavor. We’ve spent the better part of the past year working towards scaling our formulations to achieve national distribution with a New England Style IPA true to the roots of the style—an absolute citrus juice bomb that’s available coast-to-coast. It took some serious effort to scale it for our entire network without sacrificing any of the integrity of the beer in the process. I’m incredibly proud of the result and am excited to share this beer with you.”

 

– Eric Bachli, Sixpoint Brewmaster

Meltdown IIPA is rolling out now and is expected to hang around for a limited time.  You can find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Meltdown IIPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited, late-October 2018 
Style – New England-style Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 30
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Mandarina Bavaria
Fun Fact – The almost five pounds per barrel of hops used in Meltdown is the “most hops [Sixpoint has] ever used in a full-network release.”

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Binary IIPA Kicks Off New Rotating Year-Round Series from Sixpoint Brewery

sixpointbinary2Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially introduced Binary IIPA as the first release in its brand new rotational year-round Imperial IPA series.

Meant to serve as a “connection between hop bines from opposite ends of the globe”, Binary is an Imperial India Pale Ale that sources stone fruit and tropical notes – “think mango-peach bomb” – from Galaxy hops from Tasmania, Australia while Citra hops from Yakima, Washington provide “dank citrus notes . . . complemented by complex flavors of white wine and gooseberry.”  All this hop goodness is set upon an “east-meets-west” IIPA setup that features “a milder, but still present bitterness, a touch of malt sweetness, and the use of high protein malts [to create] a soft impression, almost like an NEIPA, but with subtle haze.”

“Binary is a super-expressive, hugely aromatic Double IPA. Peach, mango, and pineapple hop aromas lead the way, with orange juice citrus notes underneath. Subtle white bread malt sweetness makes any bitterness on the palate seem super low, and the peachy/tropical flavors continue to dominate. A pillowy soft mouthfeel makes this beer drink like a Northeastern style IPA, even if it doesn’t have the haze to look like one.” 

 

– Max Finnance, Advanced Cicerone and Sixpoint Quality & Education Specialist

Binary IIPA is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Binary IIPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited, launching September 2018
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Citra & Galaxy
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

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Sixpoint Brewery Hits Summer with Two Versions of Jammer Gose

SixpointCitrusJamSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) recently announced that it is tackling the summer heat with two Seasonal releases this year: Jammer Gose and Citrus Jammer Gose.

First brewed back in 2011, Jammer is a Gose-style ale that has seen its sea salt and coriander additions constantly tweaked by Sixpoint’s brewers ever since so that they could get the “pH level, the salinity, and that coriander aroma just right.” The goal is to make Jammer “tart enough to tingle the tastebuds, but not so sour that you can’t throw a few back.”  Mission accomplished, and Jammer is back for another year to act as the brewery’s “refreshing, spritzy, tangy” summer formulation.

Well . . . we should probably say half of Sixpoint’s “refreshing, spritzy, tangy” summer lineup because Jammer has some company this year.  Citrus Jammer takes that OG Jammer and hits it with a twist of “just the right amount of lemon and lime juice.”  Rockin’ a “little more tang” than the original, Citrus Jammer is here to ensure that you get your recommended dose of Vitamin J this summer.

Jammer and Citrus Jammer are both available now and are scheduled to hang around through the summer months.  You can expect to find these Seasonal brews available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Jammer Gose from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer), arriving late April 2018
Style – Gose
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 16
Added Ingredients – Coriander & sea salt
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Vital Information for Citrus Jammer Gose from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer), debuting late April 2018
Style – Gose
ABV – 4%
IBUs – N/A
Added Ingredients – Coriander, sea salt, lemon & lime juice
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

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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!