Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sixpoint Jammer


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1351) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Believe it or not, there are some beers that I can honestly recommend even though they disappoint me. Take, for example, Sixpoint Jammer – their latest offering which is their take on the gose style. Sixpoint isn’t known for making beer “to spec,” though they usually at least finish with a good, decent product. As a gose, this beer is really lacking; but as a beer it’s okay.

I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 10/25/15 and a six-pack cost $12.99 ($2.17 per can or $0.18 per ounce).

Appearance: Pure golden hue with a crystal clarity; some carbonation visible. Pours to a large, bright white, foamy head that retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Fairly muted nose with just a scent of lemon or coriander. Almost smells like children’s cereal or cleaning products.

Taste: I haven’t had too many goses, but the ones I’ve had I’ve noticed have similar palettes. This beer is the most dissimilar of them all. I was prepared for an assertive salty/sour/tart combo of flavors, but what I got tasted more like a generic blonde ale. Pils malt is pretty prominent throughout most of the swig – it’s easily identifiable. On the finish I get a slightly sweet taste of lemon and a light, fruity spice often found in generic summer ales. It tastes the way a cleaning product smells and it’s pretty good for that short-lived moment at the end of each swig. What I don’t get is any real tanginess from the salt or lacto (if it’s even brewed with that). Someone who’s never had a gose might be more apt to detect it, but I really don’t. Overall, this is a fine blonde ale but not what I consider a quality gose.

Drinkability: While the taste of Sixpoint Jammer may have been underwhelming, at least it was easy to drink. At only 4.2% ABV, it’s extremely quaffable and sessionable. The mouthfeel is noticeably light and a tad watery. However, it does remind crisp throughout – never going flat – and it always finishes clean. Drink it as a liquid refresher.

Score: 6/10