another brewery has hopped onto the “Session IPA” bandwagon, but in the
case of Sixpoint Sensi Harvest it’s a wet hop edition – that’s not
something that’s been done before (as far as I know). So this beer is
commendable for being something of a trailblazer, though at the end of
the day it’s just another solid session IPA.
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 12/17/14 and cost $3.15 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly clear golden hue. Little carbonation visible.
Pours to a small, white, soapy head that mostly dissipates and leaves
Smell: Strong hop aroma, especially of spicy/earthy/vegetal types.
Taste: From the first sip, it’s clear that the palette to Sixpoint Sensi
Harvest is pretty familiar. The hops are clearly of the zesty varieties
that are en vogue these days. Right away I get notes of basil, garlic,
onion, and pine needles. These all re-emerge on the finish, only
stronger. There’s a nice consistent bitterness as well. It’s perfectly
balanced so that the hops impart taste, but strong enough that you get
the bitterness you expect (and want) in an IPA. The malt character is a
little lacking, though. That’s not surprising considering the style,
though I’d prefer more than just a subtle amber/honey character. This
isn’t the kind of beer you buy for balance, so it’s forgivable.
Drinkability: At only 4.7% ABV, it’s no surprise that Sixpoint Sensi
Harvest is overtly light-bodied. And while there’s plenty of flavor
here, the actual delivery is a bit underwhelming. The mouthfeel is thin
and slightly watery as it appears to be undercarbonated (this should be
crisp like a pilsner). Still, it’s refreshing while in the mouth, and
the aftertaste is fairly clean. It would work as a session beer, though
I’d prefer this during the summer months rather than the autumn.