Since Thanksgiving was relatively early this year, I thought that the Holiday Season (i.e. Black Friday to New Year’s Day), would go by at a leisurely pace. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The last week of November and the entire month of December were a blur, and it’s now January of 2013. Why am I telling you this? Because I’m not sure if I bought this can of Sixpoint’s Brownstone Brown Ale at The Foodery in Center City Philadelphia or at WineWorks in Marlton, NJ. I know it doesn’t really matter where I bought this beer, but this is one of those little details that we like to include in our reviews (call it filler), and I like to keep my facts straight. Since I can’t keep my facts straight this time around, let’s get down to business…
In the mid-1800s, the residence known as the Brownstone became popular among the new urban middle classes. With a distinctive architectural style and sandstone foundation, it was widely built from across the great lakes regions to the eastern seaboard, though over the years it has come to exemplify the rows of townhouses seen today in Brooklyn, NY.
When Sixpoint launched in Brooklyn in 2004, it only seemed appropriate that the name should accompany the first beer produced – the Brownstone Ale. The beer became a local draft favorite in NYC’s pubs and restaurants, where beer lovers enjoyed what some characterized as a delicate balance between a brown ale and a porter.
Brewed with 8 different malt varieties, including Munich, Chocolate, and Caramel, the Brownstone offers a textured canvas of sweetness while still allowing plenty of room for a spicy hop flavor.
Well, the time has come for the beer to share its unique flavors with the fridges and coolers of the world, and so it should come as no great surprise that this week the Brownstone takes its rightful place as the cornerstone among Sixpoint’s canned favorites, Sweet Action, Bengali Tiger, The Crisp, Righteous Ale and Resin. With a delicate reformulation for its new canned form, it weighs in with an IBU of 45 and a ABV of 6.0%! Look out for the Brownstone in its new NanoKeg housing, everywhere Sixpoint is sold. Some call it delicious, we call it destiny.
And here is my impression of this beer…
- Appearance: Hazy, reddish-brown color with tan foam that dissipates rapidly and leaves a thin layer on the top. Moderate lacing.
- Aroma: Lightly roasted malt with hints of milk chocolate and fresh baked shortbread cookies. Mild piney hops in the background.
- Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A touch of sweet malts in the beginning with milk chocolate and medium roast coffee notes. Mild hop bitterness at mid palate that carries you to an astringent and moderately bitter finish.
- ABV: 6.0%
There is one word that I can use to describe Sixpoint’s Brownstone: Solid! Easy drinking and well balanced, this is a definite session worthy ale that can be enjoyed either on its own, or with a wide variety of foods. Brownstone is just a really good beer.