PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Very dark brown body with a thick cap of head. The aroma is citrusy chinook scent of lemons and orange. The flavor has a bit of lemon as well. ____ Puck in NYC. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
@ Brazen Head on cask-pours a ? head and hazy copper color. Aroma is yeasty, sweet medium malt, fruity. Taste is yeasty, clove, sweet medium malt-caramel, fruity, some rock candy, rye, peat. Lots going on. Minimum carbonation. Dry, mellow. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Bierkraft growler. Murky orangey brown with a frothy light beige head, leaving striped lacing. Initial aroma of clovey banana yeast, cake, and some raisin. Shockingly, Iím not picking up a whole lot of hops in the nose. Flavor is the other side of the coin--Spicy, grainy rye malt infused with the seemingly proprietary Sixpoint mega-package of grapefruity hops. These attributes seem to overwhelm any Belgian properties, but I did taste some yeast in a mild belch. Hops become more resiny after a while. Basically a rye-hop showcase not unlike the Righteous. Overall an earthy, chewy, grainy, bready, spicy, citrus-hoppy strong rye ale. Nice to see new beers from these guys. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Slammed one of these down at Blind Tiger on draft (not cask). Iíll be like everyone else and give this a 3.6. Poured with a decent head. Aroma was interestingly malty, a little chocolately, smooth, nice orangey hops and subtle rye. Goes down real easy with good citrus finish. Iím not sure its the rye malts so much as just a good recipe, but the malts are well done here. Donít see too much Belgian influence though. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Cask @ Brazen Head: Poured a hazy dark amber color with an off-white head. Light fruity aroma with some notes of Belgian yeast, chocolate and pine. I also get a little chocolate in the flavor. Hoppy middle with an increase as the beer warms. Dry and long moderately bitter finish. Medium body.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 Cask at the Brazen Head: Murky amber pour with a thin bubbly ring. Thereís malt presence in the aroma, a little roast of dark fruits, but not sweet. Resiny hops are there. The cask seemed dull in body a bit. The flavor had that typical Sixpoint hoppiness. Seems like a "dirty" version of the Granpas Nerve Tonic. Lots of grainy malt back with a seedy bitter finish. Well crafted but simple.
Tap at Barcade: Pours a muddy maroon purple. The aroma has some evident chewy dark bread notes with mild cocoa character and peppery phenlics. Fruity notes as well of fig and apricot. Has a creamy texture- substantial bready malt back with evident rye notes and mild chocolate character. There’s a subtle fruity note from American hop suggestions, giving it a peach note. Pretty bready throughout with a late earthy dry hop character. Soft & toasted into the finish as well. Pretty nice.
7-4-7-4-14 JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
Cask at Brazen Head. Cloudy brown beer. Aroma is lovely. Fruity and quite grainy with a rich rye toastiness. Strong citrusy hop character, lemon and grapefruit. Sweet and spicy. Soft maltiness. Light phenolic spiciness. The yeast is pretty understated in here, only a bit of bubble gum and a touch of clove, but the beer is still pretty good. I think this is one that will be better on tap than it is on cask. I still like it. notalush (5867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Cask at Brazen Head - after having the Granpaís Nerve Tonic the night before, I can honestly say that this looked and tasted very much like it - of course, this isnít exactly bad - cloudy brown beer - fresh, hoppy, "yup, thatís sixpoint" aroma - rye is apparent but not powerful - tastes hoppy and lightly fruity - some rye in the mix - nothing particularly belgian about it...at all - a bit of dark fruit (fig?) and spice - another tasty, albeit homogeneous sixpoint offering. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Draft at the Blind Tiger. I had the sixpoint belgian IPA there the other day, and this one was definitely different. Aroma of rye malt, citrus / tropical fruit hops, and some belgian yeast. Initially I noticed a lot of the rye malt and citrus hops in the flavor, but after drinking for awhile, I was noticing more of the bubblegum / yeast / belgian flavors. Somewhat piney finish. Good beer.