It does not matter whether it is a Craft Ale or a Crisp Lager - if it is a Sixpoint, it cannot be defined. The fountainhead of our creativity cannot be confined to the shackles of "style guidelines" because style simply has no guidelines. Style is boundless, amorphous, restless.
Take, for instance, Sweet Action. What is it? Is it a cream ale? Well not really, because it is brewed with elements of a Hefe-Weizen. So it is a Hefe-Weizen then, right? Well, no... because it has a hop profile similar to a Pale Ale. All right, well what is it then? It is Sweet Action. That's what it is.
Ok how about the Diesel? It's a Stout, right? Yes it has echoes of a stout... lots of roast barley, with a thicker and more robust body than a Porter. But it has the hop profile of a Cascadian Dark or "Black IPA." So what is it then? It's the DIESEL. Nuff said.
Trying to recreate a classical style is like an archer trying to hit the bullseye on a stationary target. But Sixpoint does not practice traditional archery - we practice horseback archery. This means we aim and release while in motion, and we are aiming at a target that might be moving as well. Over time tastes change, and our knowledge and perception as brewers change too. So as we move through time galloping on horseback, we adjust for all of the variables to find the perfect trajectory...
We understand the role of taxonomy in organizing information. We get it. But it has no role in the creation of our beers. We don't reverse-engineer our beers to conform to dictated style guidelines. Instead, we gather our inspiration from what a beer could be... then pull back and aim to hit the bullseye of that potential.