In honor of their heavy involvement in New York City Good Beer Month AND in honor of how much The Beer Friends love what these guys put out, we decided to review one of Brooklyn's best breweries: Sixpoint Craft Ales. Sixpoint Craft Ales was founded in 2004 by Shane Welch and is located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Despite their youth, Sixpoint has continually put out excellent product after excellent product, all while maintaining one of the most prominent images in the New York City craft beer scene. They recently did some work on their brewhouse so that they could start accommodating their growing legions of fans. You can catch tours at their 40 Van Dyke Street location on Saturday afternoons, they are highly recommended. Before I talk about the many top-of-the-line Sixpoint I would like to try to page homage to their creative, artistic and Old School Brooklyn philosophy. Sixpoint represents the characteristics that have embodied the borough of Brooklyn for what is now centuries. On their website you can check out their beautifully worded explanation which will far out-weigh anything I have to say about them. What I will say though is that Sixpoint Craft Ales represents the piece of Brooklyn that is hard work, good craftmenship and unbridled creativity where anything that is done with quality and heart is respected among the rough edged, but artistically minded denizens of this great second city.
Sixpoint's flagship brew is their Sweet Action. Sweet Action pours a nice Orange/Amber color that gives you your first desire drink it. After that the aroma imparts a slightly hoppy, malty sweetness with some touches of pine and earthiness. Sweet to the taste, with an underlying hint of fruit that melds nicely with the fuller malty flavor. The hops aren't as present as the smell would lead on, however the strong quality of the malt and the sweet hints at both the beginning and the end are enough flavor to keep one coming back for another.
My personal favorite Sixpoint Craft Ale is their leading IPA: The Bengali Tiger. Perfect golden orange hue that a light can shine through but is definitely not transparent, which leads one to believe it is on the fuller mouthfeel side of things. The smell is full of citrusy hops. The first taste you are rewarded by getting a chance to enjoy a plentiful bouqet of those citrus hops. The body is closer to the medium side of things, but still drinkable enough to have several. Same with the hops, if you had three of these, they still wouldn't overpower your palate. It's harder to find Bengali Tiger than it is some of the following Sixpoint Craft Ales, however I thought this one, if not for my own personal love of it, deserved a bigger write up.
Sixpoint has a few other flagship brews including Righteous Rye, a rye brew with a big rye malt flavor and a good dose of hops. Brownstone is a deliciously malty brown ale with generous roasted malt flavor. The Otis is a fantastic oatmeal stout that is full bodied, with a rich creamy head that flows into a generous chocolate-malt flavor. Finally, their Apollo Wheat is the most easily drinkable, while keeping in full flavor and body, of any summer wheat that I've had. Goes down without a heavy wheat flavor which leaves it refreshing, but the beer is still substantial enough to know you're drinking a beer. You can also find their Old Krusher Barleywine around if you're lucky.
Sixpoint Craft Ales are a company who's brews are new takes on classic American beer styles while keeping them incredibly drinkable and refreshing but never sacrificing in flavor. In fact, the way their beers taste, the flavor probably couldn't be thought about in terms of sacrifice anyways. Find Sixpoint. Drink Sixpoint. Drink it often.