Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #1 Spelt Wine

Labeled a “spelt wine”, this is the first in an upcoming series of unique, limited-release beers brewed by Sixpoint (the “Mad Scientist Series”).

One-finger head, very white and somewhat restless like a champagne/bubbly, or the spray of the waves on the beach at Assateague Island. Color is a very hazy pale orange, like the golden fields of wheat that Vincent painted near St Remy.

Yeast, cooked juices. Lemony citrus. Herbal candles, shampoo. Lemongrass and a tad of booze.

Grassy bitterness upfront. A bit like a Belgian IPA. Hoppy-yeasty-champagne-y. Dry all around. It’s got a cider feel to it, like a carbonated light wine.

Intense carbonation, but not too high or overwhelming- just right. Dry and bitter finish. Medium body.

A little filling. Definitely a sipper for that reason more than the alcohol, which at 9.4% is well played and not too evident.

They claim this beer is unique. Sure enough, I have never heard of a “smelt wine”, but this tastes like a regular wheatwine.

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