Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004 in Brooklyn, New York. With six core offerings, 12 seasonal and rotating offerings, and dozens of specialty concoctions, Sixpoint has something for every craft beer drinker. Their Brownstone is brewer Shane Welch’s take on a Brown Ale.
The beer pours a hazy, murky medium brown with a creamy head. You immediately notice the high carbonation level in the glass, which makes the beer appear to be more viscous than it actually is.
The nose is dominated by floral and pine hop notes. There is a slight under pinning of roasted malt and all the aromas that are associated with that profile like nut, caramel, and coffee. You really have to try to block out the overwhelming hop notes to detect the underlying roasted, malty ones.
The initial entry is that of a typical brown ale. Notes of caramel, toffee, coffee, and roasted nuts are evident, but only briefly. By the midpalate, all those brown ale notes are taken over by piney hop notes. Hops, hops, and hops linger on in the extremely lengthy finish.
At only 45 IBUs this beer is not bitter, like most hop dominated beers. The sweeter nutty caramel notes balance the hops but it is still the hop notes that dominate the palate. The carbonation level makes the beer seem fuller bodied than it is and helps to create a finish that just doesn’t quite.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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