Six Rivers IPAJanuary 1, 2001 McKinleyville, CA
Six Rivers Brewing Co.
Six Rivers’ IPA was first brewed for the company’s brewpub, whose vista of the northern California coastline inspired the restaurant’s slogan “A Brew with a View.” The IPA, brewed using Centennial hops, became a permanent addition to the bottled range in 1977.
Original gravity: 1064
Ahoy mate, I smell hops, and plenty of them. Not too many hops (arguably there's no such thing) but perhaps too little earthy malt to provide perfect harmony. This is a big beer, classically made with enough alcohol to make any journey, including one to India, a big success. The brass and copper color is like rare jewels. The taste is rich, but too one-dimensional. Hops linger on the palate long after the beer is drunk. Recommended with foods that deserve a little extra spice.
- Charles Finkel
Wow! If you’ve ever experienced the aroma of a very sweet, ripe pineapple and liked it, you’ll love this beer. While pineapples aren’t part of the recipe, the hop and ale-like aroma is strongly suggestive of this fruitiness. The flavor is IPA all the way! Great hop flavor balanced with the full flavor of malt. A great lingering aftertaste invites every aficionado of IPAs to try this very enjoyable expression of the brewer’s art. I want to make this.
- Charlie Papazian
A copper-red color--sorry to ride the hobby horse, but IPAs are meant to be pale! This beer has a big nutty, fruity, almost winey aroma with spicy hops. The palate is dominated by spicy hops and tart, raisin-like fruit, followed by a massive hoppy finish so bitter it is reminiscent of quinine. Well and thoughtfully made, but it needs more balance from malt to cut the extreme bitterness.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.