Wednesday, May 16, 2012

513. Sixpoint Apollo

More sweet can action from Sixpoint, this one being their summer wheat beer. And more poetry: “A something in a summer’s Day/ As slow her flambeaux burn away/ Which solemnizes me./ A something in a summer’s noon—/ A depth—an Azure—a perfume—/ Transcending ecstasy.” Hot damn—Emily Dickinson! What’s not to love about Sixpoint? And if you know something, like they secretly grind up babies and add them to the mash, please don’t tell me. This is the one rare case where I’m pretty certain that ignorance is bliss. And I’d like to keep it that way, if you know what I mean. Previous encounters with the feng shui of beer brewing include Bengali Tiger IPARighteous Rye, Sweet Action (which could possibly be the best beer name ever), and Signal. Babies in the mash. Dag. Color me awesome.

Apollo pours a hazy, dusky gold with a white head that falls to lingering wisps. The nose is bubblegum and wheat doughiness; there is banana and clove (with more banana than clove), but it comes after the initial thrust of the bubblegum. Further in the background is some light spicy phenols and sugary sweet candy aromas. Flavors follow the nose; bubblegum, banana, and candy wheat sweetness in the front, clove and zesty bread dough in the middle, and a slight tart bite in the finish followed by a smooth banana cream pie flavor coupled with a slight spiciness. I’d make some sort of “happy endings” joke, but that would be inappropriate. The bubblegum does scrub out a bit as the beer warms, leaving more banana, which is a shame as the Bazooka Joe flavor played well across the entire profile. The body is gummy and doughy—in the nose, in the flavor, and on the palate—while the carbonation is medium: It adds slightly to the zing in the finish, but mostly rounds the beer as a whole. Certainly not your average American wheat, thank goodness! Apollo is crisp, bright, and refreshing with subtlety and depth. My only critique would be that they could dial down the gumminess (and maybe the sweetness) of the body a touch to make this even brisker and brighter, and up the zingy tang at the finish—currently the banana covers over too much of the tartness in the finish. Nonetheless, delicious: another solid beer from Sixpoint.

From the Sixpoint website: “The unmistakable flavor of a Bavarian Wheat, but with a clear golden brilliance and a Sixpoint twist. An entirely unique canned offering for the sun-worshipping ale lovers.”

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 11


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