The Sixpoint Apollo was part of the mixed six pack purchase at Wine Works in Marlton, NJ that I mentioned during my Great Divide Nomad review from last week. Since I have been hearing and seeing a lot about this beer over the past couple months (it’s been all over Twitter and Instagram, and Mrs. G-LO managed to try it before me during one of her Frothy Friday excursions to Mrs. Alemonger’s house), I needed to find out what all the fuss was about.
Sixpoint Brewery has the following to say about their Apollo Summer Wheat:
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.
Here are my impressions of this beer…
- Appearance: Pale orange color. Little to no head and zero lacing. Lots of tiny, fast rising bubbles.
- Aroma: Big hit of clove when you take that first sniff, followed immediately by healthy dose of lemon zest.
- Taste: Medium carbonation with lots of fizzy bubbles. The mouthfeel reminds me of drinking seltzer water that has been sitting in a glass for a few minutes, i.e. not super fizzy, but definitely not flat. The spicy cloves hit you at first. From the middle to the end, it’s all tart and lemony with no bitterness. Tart and astringent finish that lingers for quite awhile. Very mouth puckering.
- ABV: 5.2%
The Sixpoint Apollo reminds me of the Ayinger Brau-Weisse Hefe Weizen, but with a lot more clove and lemony tartness. It has definite thirst quenching ability, and the sixteen ounce can makes it highly transportable and easy to share. Overall, I found this to be a very drinkable beer, but I didn’t love it. While I enjoyed the tartness, it may be a bit too heavy on the clove for my taste. Have you ever swallowed a whole piece of clove? If so, then you probably know what I’m talking about. Perhaps I need to revisit this one before reaching a final verdict.
Categories: Brew Review, Sixpoint
I was in NYC a few weeks back and I tried a few Sixpoints. I think I had their IPA and one other style, but I remember having a similar reaction to you. I found their beers easy to drink but not particularly noteworthy. I hate making sweeping judgements about breweries based on just a few brews, but I guess I’m just waiting for Sixpoint to “wow” me.
Good to know I’m not the only one. I have similar feelings about most of the Brooklyn beers. Good, but not great. Guess we’ll just have to keep trying them till we find one we really really like.
From my email, I thought the title read Slipknot Apollo, and I shuddered at the thought of that horrible band having their own brew. Thank the gods, that is not true. Looks tasty though.
I know not this Slipknot Apollo. Talk about a dreadful name. Can I assume by your reaction that the band is equally dreadful? Thankfully, this beer is far from dreadful, but it could use a couple minor tweaks.
Dammit. I want bananas! I am always skeptical of sixpoint. I have only liked Resin so far. So far, I have seen mixed reviews on this one. I think it is just time for me to try it.
This is what I really like about picking up mixed six packs. You get try something new without the commitment of having too many bottles/cans left in the fridge. Of course it always costs a bit more to buy just one bottle, but once you find something you really like, you can always go back to buy more at a lower price.