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Sixpoint Brewery

I don't think we easily can find any of Sixpoint's beers around these parts, but here's a brewery that's a must to check out if you're over on the East Coast. It's an odd one, Sixpoint, not using standard classifications for its wares. In other words, you won't find "IPA" or "stout" labels on any of their cans or taps, just the actual name of their beers.

Strange as that might sound, it kinda works, as their beers tend to be hybrid-like.

Anyway! Here are some of our favorites, should you stumble across Sixpoint. And a tasty stumble that'll be:

Apollo: This one is officially classified as a kristalweizen (a filtered hefeweizen) and pretty dang refreshing it is. A mild sweetness is apparent throughout, with just a bit of spice toward the end. I really can't think of a better example of a simple, drinkable summer beer that everybody can agree on.

The Crisp: A good pilsner is great, but the American ones rarely tend to hit the mark properly. The Crisp, which might be the easiest Sixpoint to classify, is a German style pilsner, and a good one at that. Very malty, with some subtle citric notes all around, and a surprisingly full body. This is truly a great beer.

Righteous Ale: This rye is both dry and sweet, with a strong hoppy character. Probably more of a West Coaster than most of Sixpoint's brews.

Resin: My personal favorite Sixpoint ale has been classified as a double IPA, though that doesn't seem entirely correct to me. It's hoppy, certainly, but the malts shine very, very strongly. It's smooth, and you don't really get smacked by alcohol flavors even at its 9.1% ABV. Surprisingly drinkable, this is more like an Indian Pale Barley Pilsner.

Bengali Tiger: An IPA of sorts, this ale might be heavier on the fruit side than on the hoppiness. And that's OK. In fact, with the malts being as prominent as they are, this seems closer to a British IPA than an American one. Again a very refreshing ale, one that goes well with spicy foods.