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Sixpoint Spice of Life - Chinook
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Chinook. It’s the name of a Pacific Northwest tribe, a type of salmon, a wind, and a certain Sixpoint staff member’s dog. And it’s also a type of hop, which is the sole bittering agent in our Spice of Life series’ first brew. Find it on draft now, and check out the graph above for the hops that will be featured in the following months’ Spice of Life beers! If beer is the stuff that civilization was founded on, then hops are the spice of our lives. But with so many varieties of hops to choose from, we wanted to focus on the taste of just one, every month. That’s the idea behind the Spice of Life series — to get to know our spice. We’ve gone and included some rare gems throughout the year, as well as more familiar craft beer favorites, like the “three C’s.” You can see their different bittering strengths, and a breakdown in the organic compounds in their essential oils above, too. Get ready to geek out more as we introduce a new Spice of Life beer each month. “By maintaining the same exact grain bill, and only using one type of hop for an IPA, and rotating that hop strain throughout the year—well, that’s a recipe for fun!” said Shane Welch, Sixpoint founder and owner of the aforementioned dog.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Melanie (60) - - JUN 6, 2012
Tasted at Iron Abbey. Aroma mostly citrus. Golden yellow with weak white head. Mostly hoppy flavors. In particular orange stands out. Is this the Chinook hops? A neat idea to use the same recipe with individual hops. I'm glad to see this brewery is branching out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5930) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Tap at Iron Abbey. Orange pour with a white head. Very aggressive grapefruit hops, very bitter on the back end. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1406) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Hazy golden, kinda has that eggy color look, white head, nice nice lacing... loads of grapefruit/citrus hop aroma, nice aroma, lightest malt behind... lively, dry finish, loads of hop flavor, light spice, loads of citrus, some light sweet malts, but the hops dominate... medium to medium thin body, good flavor...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Draft. Cloudy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, some grapefruit, light pine. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some apricot, grapefruit, light pine. Medium body, some resin.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont for the Sixpoint DC Launch. The pour is a glowing, bright yellow with the thin, but dense creamy yellow head. Very hazy. Nose is pretty muted giving some hint at Chinook herbal hoppiness and citrus peel. Taste is very bitter, extremely aggressive Chinook hops overtaking as expected. Body is heavy and dense- full malty to keep the Chinook bitterness in check. No butter, no soap. Clean palate. Dense and excessively nutty bitter, but well made. Pretty much your very hop forward IPA. A little too heavy to be sessionable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draught at Mile Post Pub: Aroma of hops, Chinook, grass, slight citrus, resin, and light wood. Poured amber/yellow in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is heavily bitter. Tastes of pale malt, hops, grass, light wood, water, and Chinooks. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Pale malt, Chinook, light wood, slight grass finish is dry.


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