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Sixpoint Spice of Life - Wakatu
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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In this realm we call earth, there is a breathtaking country off the SE coast of Australia – known to some as Aotearoa, most of us know it by the name New Zealand. Though there may not be Hobbits as some have come to expect, we have instead located the next hop for our Spice of Life series – Wakatu. New Zealand Hop Farm before the Harvest Our scientists are formulating use of this New Zealand variety as the the sole spice in October’s Spice of Life release. The decision to procure these exotic hops was not for lack of variety and flavor in American hops, but instead to continue to broaden our palates (and hopefully many of yours). Wakatu is internationally recognized as a benchmark dual-purpose (aroma and bittering) hop and is prized for its well-rounded flavor. Originally derived from Hallertau Aroma Hops, Wakatu is a hybrid in every sense of the word, and has been optimized for cultivation in the southern hemisphere. Monks have been experimenting with horticultural cross-genetic permutations for centuries… This of course took place when not brewing beer. We agree that the honed results make for a truly rewarding finish. A fine pour of Wakatu October’s Spice of Life has landed with an ABV of 5.7% and a hop-pleasing IBU of 75. Golden orange in color, the hop flavor is perceived as a sweet mixture of vanilla and pine, says head brewer Pete Dickson. Spice of Life Wakatu is available now at select locations featuring Sixpoint.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Floral, lightly citric, and some woody/cedar-like notes, on a pale plain malty base. Quick spicy hoppy finish. Solid stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2013
In short: A smooth floral and slightly spicy blond IPA.
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT.
The look: Cloudy pale blond body topped by a small persistent white head.
In long: Nose is smoothly hoppy with soft floral notes, a bit dank, some watermelons. Taste offers a discreet pale malt body with almost no sweetness flavors. I think this shy malt backbone is appropriate for the smooth character of the hop profile. Far from intense, hopping is mostly floral, a bit grassy and with light spicy notes. Round bitterness of low-medium intensity. This is a relatively smooth IPA, tasty but never aggressive, a highly sessionnable beer but not one for the hopheads and bitterness lover. And I think it is pretty racist that pub owners force me to pay for my beer just because I’m not from the middle-eastern and with a bomb strapped to my body, racist I tell you.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Draft at blue monk. Slightly murky orange yellow pour. Floral notes upfront with a citrusy finish. FAr from a hop bomb but decent bitterness. Ok

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at Craft and Growler. Orange-gold color with a white head. Smells like a basic IPA with some orange and pine notes, as well as a little bit of pepper. This is a bit of a weird one in the flavor department. I get some orange citrus as well as some ginger and a bit of pepper. There is also some pine and a little bit of ash. All of this doesn’t really go too well together in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2012
(Draught) clearish medium-light gold, thick creamy offwhite head with excellent lacing. Nose of biscuit, freshly malted grain, light citrus rind, German hops, light earthiness. Taste of lightly earthy hops, sweet cream (seriously reminds me of a cream ale), medium carbonation, creamy finish, light orange rind finish, easy drinking and light spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Growler from 9th Ave Vintner. Pours a deep, hazy orange body with thin white lacing. Aroma is dusty malt bill, light bitter hop and spice. Mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation with notes of rich, bready malt, spice, floral hop, light citrus, light pine and soap. OK IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
Gold with a white head. Nose is bitter,light spice, floral, and fruits. Easy on the palate, bitter hops, followed by gummy hops, and a spiced finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at Ervs Mug. Hazy amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma of tropical fruits, pine and pale malt. Taste in different with garlic, pine, citrus, pale malt and a touch of nobility. Not very sweet with a moderate bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Location: Draft at RnH, 3/26/13

Aroma: The nose has floral hops, grapefruit, citrus rind, and some grainy notes
Appearance: This one has a hazy yellow pour, with a white head, and lots of sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is light sweet first and then it gets slightly more bitter later on
Palate: The body is medium, it is a hint sticky, with a dry, almost abrupt finish to it
Overall Impression: This one is actually pretty solid. It isn’t an absolute standout of an IPA, nor it is a hop bomb, but I was happy to try it. I’ll have to be on the lookout for more of beers from this series.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3766) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Grapefruit peel nose. Cloudy orange, medium yellow head. Lemon zest ashy hints. Sudsy mouthfeel.


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