Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sixpoint Sensi Harvest

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1193) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Yet 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 little lacing.

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. 
Grade: 7/10

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