Roars like a tiger: SixPoint – Bengali

20140815_123922So, this Friday lunchtime – as it was just Karl and I who were interested in the pub – we decided to shoot across to Witney and see what Wetherspoons (The Company of Weavers) had to offer. 

As it turned out they were still offering Six Point beers in cans, but this this time they had more choices available – so as I wasn’t driving, I decided to go with the Bengali…

Bengali arrived a thickish-looking, hazy autumnal-sunset colour.  Good solid maltiness and resinous dank hop aromas poured from the glass – all accompanied by quite a heady warm alcoholic note from the 6.5% ABV strength. 

The mouth-feel is slab-solid, making this feel like a “big” beer.  A hefty bitterness-hop tumult assaults your tongue and leads through to a chewily resinous, dankly-hoppy and warmly-alcoholic experience.  The after-taste is strong and long-lasting and is solid malt, prickly-pine resinous hops and that life-affirming, sustaining, bitterness.

In my opinion Wetherspoon’s served this beer just a little too cold for my liking – as over the course of a half-hour or so, the fruitiness of the flavours and aromas developed even more potency and vibrancy.

Bengali is definitely more of a handful than Sweet Action (reviewed here: but is just as dangerously drinkable. 

Excellent.  Well worth it.  I look forward to trying more of SixPoint’s range…

Lunchtime lubrication: Six Point – Sweet Action

20140721_134844OK.  So, I’ll admit it.  I’d never really been to a Wetherspoon’s before.  I’d always admired their ethos (cask ale, low prices, long opening hours, and no music – sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?) but there wasn’t ever one in Oxford as I was growing up, so I never got to go.

Well, I finally got to go one a couple of weeks back on a lunchtime with m’colleague Karl after I borrowed his trailer (which, I appreciate, sounds like a euphemism for something – but isn’t)

At The Company of Weavers in Witney, I managed to get a more-than reasonable burger with pulled pork, chips and onion rings for about a fiver and a bit – with a drink thrown in!  What sort of way is that to make money?

I was very happy to have my “thrown in” drink as a can (yes, a can*) of Sixpoint Sweet Action.  It’s US, it’s craft – so it had to be worth a go…

Pouring a very hazy orange and with a thinnish head, it just looked “craft”.  God, I hope the English can find it in their hearts to accept that some beers -other than Hoegaarden and other wheat beers- are always going to be a bit hazy (…and only hazy as a result of violently assertive dry-hopping regimes, or exciting phenolic yeasts in suspension.)

I fear that we’ve just got too used crystal clear lagers and rubbish keg bitters, etc.  Maybe we can all get over it together?

Sixpoint’s aroma was thickly malty, almost to the point of being syrupy and the hop aroma was more than evident.  The taste was hard to pin down stylistically, but edged towards US pale ale but with more complexity.  The hops weren’t as long-lasting or assertive as I’d imagined they’d be, but the overall complexity made up for it, keeping the taste interesting to the bottom of the glass.

For a lunchtime it was just the job, being refreshing, tasty and rewarding…and at only £1.99 a can it’s a flippin’ bargain.  Yes that’s £1.99 a can.  In a pub.  I haven’t paid one-pound-something for a drink out, in years.  Well done Wetherspoons.)