Craft rules everything around me. Cream, get the coffee. This beer is in review ya’ll.
Sorry. I honestly just couldn’t help myself right there. The simple fact that the very name of this brew is written out as it is on the label, as though it was an intentional acronym, made the thumping beats of old school Wu-Tang Clan start up in my mind to a point where there was no avoiding the recognition. Now, as to whether or not Rza, Gza, Method Man or any of the rest would actually enjoy this beer…I have no idea. Ask Bill Murray.
These questions notwithstanding however, Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M. is an unusual brew and one which I was as equally uncertain about as a drinker, as I was curious of as a reviewer. Here we have before us, a cream ale brewed with coffee. Amber in color, almost to the point of looking like a lighter brown ale, and at least from my pour, somewhat modest in respect to the head it produces, it pours and even looks strange by general comparison.
Started off in the brew process as a blonde ale, the addition of coffee seems to naturally darken it, as one might expect, to a point where it is almost unrecognizable as a blonde outside of its sitting body. To a sniff, the notes of coffee do waft through, though somewhat lighter than expected when held in contrast to coffee stouts and porters. Likewise within the nose, the creamy texture of the brew curiously peaks up, almost smelling of lactose as it does.
To a sip, the body is surprisingly bright and popping given its demure foam head, while at the same time being exceptionally smooth. For consideration of its flavor profile, the cream is the dominant facet of this brew so far as my palate can detect, with the notes of coffee serving as underlying support for such, right up until the end when the sensation of freshly ground coffee beans come rolling through. These notes themselves though last only briefly as the otherwise silky smooth finish leaves you to ponder what you’ve sipped. It is only after a moment or two that the coffee resurges in the aftertaste, and even there it does so in a very subtle way.
The uncertainty experienced upon first obtaining this brew is, upon a sip, well laid to rest. In a sense it actually serves rather well, not only in its own rights as an interesting and enjoyable coffee cream blonde (again, something I’d have never previously expected to try,) as well as evidence as to the mad science wizardry of Sixpoint Brewing. With a well-established track record of creating and producing flavorful and often unexpected beers, the Brooklyn mad-hat brewers have well met, if not exceeded my own expectations as to what they are capable of and that being said, this is a brew I not only hope to, but look forward to revisiting again in my own leisure drinking.
So to Sixpoint, to the Wu-Tang Clan who no doubt inspired them and to you I say as always…
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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