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Hi-Res - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 107
Gots: 174 | FT: 9
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 01-20-2014

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Reviews by BeerImmediately:
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip at a 40+ temp. Pours with a really creamy, pillowy head over a deep orange to amber body. Looks thick and tasty. Great lacing as it goes down.

Aromas are clearly hop-forward, but not too intense at the offset. Plenty of grapefruit, and other sharp tree fruit rind.

Flavors are crushing - but not all in a good way. Very raw hop bite, and totally one-sided... not much malt balance, which I typically appreciate in a high ABV DIPA. Harsh apricot and grapefruit skins. Mouthfeel starts off fairly creamy, but the finish is sticky...this is a thick one that is a sipper, for sure. Lots of alcohol burn in the finish... a big turn off.

It seems like they're working the Marketing angle/schtick a little too much in this one (11.1% ABV, 111 IBU, 11 SRM... "this beer goes up to eleven") which is too bad, b/c it's a little messy. Somewhat disappointing overall, IMO.

More User Reviews:
Photo of scootny
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is just super stuff. A lovely hazy golden ale with chunks and bits floating about. Nice head and good lacing. Smell is sweet with light bready malt and a well integrated alcohol that comes across more like honey, some caramel, and belgian candy sugar. Hops are big and have me in a forest of pines. Taste is off the chart good. Big sweet malt body lays a foundation for the tons of hops that come "cascading" over your tongue. Hops are like the nose, piney in the extreme which gives a super smooth bitterness and surprisingly clean finish. A touch of resiny oil and honey lingering. Nowhere does the alcohol show itself. It's scary how well hidden it is. Carbonation is also smooth and mildly creamy. Weight is deceptively light for a beer of this magnitude. Drinkability is beyond belief and makes for a dangerously quaffable brew. One of, if not the best Imperial IPA I've ever had. Just unbelievably good. Beware of the abv.

Photo of Mongrel
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First impressions of this beer are great -- a big blast of citrus and pine aroma when it hits the glass. And then it's deep orange in appearance with a tight finger of white head. Head recedes after a couple minutes, but leaves some nice lacing. "Bright" would be a good descriptor for both its smell and appearance.

Taste -- holy hop juice!! Immediately delivers big, bright tangerine and pine. It's balanced perfectly from the start with a chewy, caramel malt presence that manages to bring some subtle vanilla too. The flavor just keeps on coming -- grapefruit, lime, grape, berries, juniper... There's definitely some bitterness, but not nearly as much as you would expect from this big, big IPA. Man, just really delicious stuff that hardly hints at its 11% ABV. Only a touch of cool alcohol vapor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice -- a little chewy, a little creamy, yet ultimately dry in a way that lets the hops really shine.

Overall, this is an incredible beer that really exceeded my expectations. Among the best double/triple IPAs I've had.

Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very active cascading and billowing pour that yields two plus fingers worth of fluffy pillow like slightly off-white colored frothy goodness comprised of medium-sized and larger bubbles... Stellar retention... Once settled, this one recedes to a bit more than standard lacing but is lopsided and partially splotchy... Mostly still with a few stray very sluggish carbonation bubbles within... The color is a pale-to-medium gold that lacks any sort of luster... Appears to be thick and slightly more viscous that I would expect for the style... Loads of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The hop profile is clearly at the forefront as expect, but it isn't overpowering - actually it's fairly restrained... Loaded with lots of citrus and tropical fruits... Oranges... Pineapple... Mango... Nectarine... There is a rock solid malt base of graham crackers and caramel that lies a bit beneath the surface...

T - Everything that the aroma alluded to is present, but the intensity is dialed-up several notches... In addition to the fruity hop goodness and the sturdy malt based the flavor profile also reveals some modest notes of honey and candied sugars... On the finish there is a the slight bit of alcoholic burn which intensifies, but in a very satisfying manner that adds a unique dimension...

M - Exquisite... On the lighter side of full bodied... A light bit of prickly carbonation... Chewy... Sticky... Syrupy... Lush... Given all that over top components of this offering, the mouthfeel is potent but exceptionally smooth and delectable... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - There are a lot of DIPAs that BAs seek out and place on a pedestal and this offering should be added to that elusive list... Outstanding appearance and flavor profile... The mouthfeel is amongst the best there is... Turning up the aroma a notch or two would make this one truy exceptional... This is really good stuff that I can easily recommend all BAs seek out and enjoy... Drinks a bit like an American Barleywine and hides the 11.1% ABV very well...

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hi-Res - Sixpoint Brewery
Double ipa
11.1% ABV
111 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a sunny Memorial Day weekend orange. The sunlight hitting the glass makes the bottom come alive with brightness. Great pillowy cloud like head that lazily hangs around until falling into a halo trailer by some light sticky lacing.

AROMA: Big beautiful bouquet, citrus and pine overflowing the glass. Peach, mango pineapple, A great malty dankness that has nice sweet graham cracker pushing through.

TASTE: Smacked in the mouth with a pine tar grip baseball bat that's been wrapped in hops! That dank malty sweetness holds it all together and really lets the tropical fruit make a front and center appearance. Little lingering honey that really rounds out the profile.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium plus body with a light prickly carbonation. Creamy, oily mouthfeel with a nice dry hoppy finish.

OVERALL: This beer goes up to 11, the 11.1% and 111 IBU are so well balanced. If you like the big strong hop bomb ipa's this is a must try. Super fresh, juicy and dank!

RATING: 4.4/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of martyl1000
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh, man! Talk about pineapple. The front of this flavor is incredibly tropical fruit.

Picked up four-pack from Cork & Bottle (Madison) since they were freshly out of Hopslam. They said they went through ten cases of Hopslam pretty fast, while Hi-Res pretty much sat inert in the next cooler over.

It's a good looking pour into a tulip glass. Unfortunately, my dinner fights with the first sips of this beer. Plus it's too cold, flattening much of the flavors. What is clear are the ripe fruits in these first sips: navel orange, ruby red grapefruit, and papaya (which, by the way, tastes like Juicy Fruit gum, to me). Over 110 IBU's of bitterness? Check.

As it warms, and as the red chile and pepper-sausage flavors calm down in my mouth, the Hi-Res really performs. It becomes what I like most in a double IPA, namely bitter and sweet to excess.

I'm gonna have to revisit this tomorrow. But I'm pretty sure this has cracked my all-time tops list of big, sweet beers.
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Update: On tap

On tap at Mason Lounge (Madison). This is some serious pineapple. I'd keep my numeric score the same, I think.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - 3-finger head that lasts. Lacing that sticks to the glass. Light, clear, foamy, amber-orange.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, tropical fruit, citrus, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, sweet, pine, citrus, fruit, apple.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Some carbonation. Smooth, creamy, dry, lingering, astringent, clean, light, crisp, refreshing. ABV near-invisible.

VALUE - 4-pack of 12-oz. cans for $12.99. An absolute steal.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Maybe the best beer I've ever had. Would love to suck down the whole 4-pack, though you'd need EMS standing by.

Photo of Mbertrand2
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not too sweet, just smooth and awesome hoppy-ness. Remember to drink well before the expiration to avoid malt taste!

Photo of Johnny_Muir
2.06/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tried this side by side with Resin. Both are equally deserving of poop. This one is more fruity, less piney, but still way out whack. I combined half Resin and half Hi-Res in a glass and that balanced out the pine/fruit somewhat, but still has this greasy alcoholic weirdness to it. No thank you, SIxpoint. I'll stick with Bengali Tiger and Sweet Action.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.94/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Deep copper with a slight haze. 1 finger white head. Decent lacing for the size of this one.

S- Fresh cut grass, spice, florals, biscuits.

T&M- Makes an effort to be as balanced as possible at 11%, but it fails. An overly charred malt base, oddly timed hop spices and resins, and the booze level of a hot mess. It is sticky and full body, but confused throughout.

O- Disappointing. I expected big things but doesn't seem work.

Photo of jsurfs82
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very impressed with this beer. Much better than Resin and although bigger feels dryer and easier to drink. I'd drink this year round for sure.

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is an awesome beer

Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cutely slender 12 fl oz gold aluminum can acquired as part of a boxed 4-pack at a local bottle shop earlier today and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 93 rating as well as the many recent threads about it in the forums. 11.1% ABV confirmed. 111 IBU. 11 SRM. Dry hopped. Reviewed as an imperial IPA; no style is indicated on the label (in annoyingly classic Sixpoint fashion).

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Complexion is nothing to write home about. The consistency isn't all that even. Even tilting the glass, I can't get any lacing to cling to the sides of the glass. Head retention is above average considering the 11.1% ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper of average vibrance. It's a clean appearance; no sediment or yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's standard fare for an imperial IPA. Certainly not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here, but the appearance isn't getting me all that excited to try it.

Sm: Seems heavy on the pale malts for an imperial IPA. There's some sweet caramalt in there too. The malty sweetness overrides any hop bitterness, but I have to wonder at what cost; this almost seems cloying. I detect some warm boozy tropical fruit character - tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple (ugh), and passionfruit. I have a personal distaste for pineapple in an (imperial) IPA, so I'm a bit turned off. Hopwise, there's also some floral and resinous character. I'm not thrilled by the choices of ingredients here; the hop profile isn't really that attractive to me personally and the apparent sweetness suggests an overabundance of malts. It's loaded with sticky residual sugars and candied character. I'm anticipating a sticky syrupy boozy mess.

No yeast character is detectable. The aroma is strong overall.

T: Sticky, syrupy, boozy mess? Not quite. But damn close. It's not quite as cloying as anticipated, but boy are there a crapload of pale malts and caramalts dumped in there needlessly. The hop profile is dominated by stickly warm boozy tropical fruit notes, the strongest of which is tangerine. I also get a bit of grapefruit, orange, pineapple (ugh), and a more vague fruit - maybe mango or passionfruit. Resinous. I taste honey in there somewhere. Feels candied as hell. I will say it does a decent job at concealing its ABV; I'd guess it was about 10% if I drank this blind.

No yeast character comes through.

It's imbalanced as hell. Frankly it's something of a boozy mess. The build isn't gestalt, nor is it particularly cohesive. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Shallow depth of flavour. Lacks any subtlety, intricacy, or nuance whatsoever. I guess it has decent complexity, but it's far from carefully and intelligently brewed. I'm not a big fan.

Mf: Sticky and syrupy. Boozy. Medium-bodied. Filling. Pretty thick, but not too viscous I suppose. Overcarbonated. Lightly oily. It does have some subtle dryness which works really well. Wet. Unrefreshing. It's moderately weighty. Subpar presence on the palate. The texture only loosely supports the taste; it's far from custom-tailored specifically to the flavours here.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, or rough.

Dr: I was all ready to love this, but was disappointed after trying it. This beer feels really thrown together. It also has some characteristics I just plain don't personally like in an (imperial) IPA, namely the pineapple notes, stickiness, booziness, and lack of balance. This is a messy brew that'll you get drunk, but beyond that I can't recommend it. I'm a bit taken aback by its current 93 rating, but I recognize most reviewers may not place as much importance on balance in imperial IPAs as I do. That said, it's surprisingly downable for its high ABV; I mean this is far from a sipper, and I could see myself easily downing an entire 4 pack inside an hour and half. That's saying something at 11.1%.

High C

Photo of Akravatz
5/5  rDev +20.5%

One of the best

Photo of EmanMikey
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My idea of a perfect beer.

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My only criticism is that it's TOO drinkable. Having my fill would put me on the floor.

Photo of PGD120
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours medium amber color with a 2 finger bright white head that settles to 1/8 inch. Some alcohol legs.
Smell: big pine with some grapefruit and lemon.
Taste: lots of pine and grapefruit but very dribkable. Little bit of alcohol taste for a 10.5 abv you don't really taste it at all. Nice resiny hop flavor with a slight Maltyness that isn't overwhelmed by the hoppiness.
Feel: bright crisp carbonation that lingers a little. Not too heavy very drinkable.
Overall: a really nice example of an imperial ipa. Big hop flavor easy drinkable. Nice job sixpoint on another great brew

Photo of Jagzfan86
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly hoppy without the overpowering malt and alcohol flavors that most Double IPAs take on. This is most impressive considering this beer clocks in at 10.5% ABV.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear burnt orange tinged medium golden color with a thin quick to fade white head.Deeply resiny in the nose with some leather notes,some boozy fruit comes into play as it warms.Sweet and alcoholic on the palate with sharp citric and resin notes underneath,it's big and brash no doubt.It doesn't get as sweet as alot of the style but it seems more alcoholic even for how big it is,this beer is no joke across the board.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.