Hi-Res - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 86
Gots: 137 | FT: 7
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 01-20-2014)
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack the tab on a fresh can, pouring a brew of lazy golden amber. It puts up a solid two finger head of chunky, cakey French vanilla colored foam, showing excellent retention. Tightly aggregated patterns of lacing are left as it goes. A chill haze cut clarity, but no sediment is otherwise noted. Carbonation appears to be robust. The aroma offers wonderful sticky and zesty hop oils of sweet fruits, florals, and soft citrus from the start. These blend with underlying notes of powdery multivitamins, coppery mineral, pale and light rye grit of grain, candied apples, mango and pineapple tropical fruit cloy, chalked ale yeastiness, vanilla extract, fresh honey, and sweet booziness, much like a piña colada. With warmth comes a harsher sting of booze, wafer cracker sweetness, buttery richness, sweet bubblegum esters, bitter grapefruit skin oiliness, and a depth of caramel maltiness. Our first impression is that this beer is instantly different and interesting, with heavy malt and booze bills to meet the syrupy sweet cloy of hops and tropical fruit that are so pervasive throughout each step of the sip. The flavoring begins with fusel alcohol, bitter metallics, the sweet and fruity aromaticity of citric and freshly floral hops, pineapple, white table crackers, biscuity breadiness, caramel and toasty pales, carrot and parsnip tops, lightly bittering citric rind, and nail polish remover phenols. The middle comes further forward, with bubblegum esters, souring lemon juice, sweet notes of honey, continued biscuity sweetness, eucalyptus, and heavy floral hoppiness, with spicy potpourri overtones. The end finishes off with white rice starches, pale malt graininess, bitter grassy, fruity, and herbal hoppiness, grapefruity rind zest, unsweetened tannic tea biters, pseudomossiness, sweet potato vegetals, and green herbal twigginess. The aftertaste breathes of heavy boozy sting, nectary and floral hop resins, oily grapefruity skin bitterness, lemon juiciness, brass, parsley, toasty pale malts, musk, cork, dried brown grassiness, chalky mineral, gingerbread and black pepper spiciness, and plastics. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip offers syrupy thick slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left initially sticky and coated, but this dries into a lightly puckered and oily astringency that leaves the mouth on the dry side. The abv is appropriate and present throughout, and drinkability is as a sipper, but a high sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma. This expressed a great showing of hops and their ability to bring cloy and nectary fruitiness to the forefront of your palate. This blend mixed beautifully with the soft aromatics of the grain and the otherwise tropical explosion otherwise filling the nostrils. The taste to follow, however, was a touch surprising. It was actually a bit hard to pin down at points as it skirted heavily from booziness, to cloy, to biscuitiness, to syrups, to intensely hoppy, then back around again. The brain is finally left with a curiously west coast bitterness, raked across with long lingering wisps of cloying sugars to remind you where it actually came from. The flavoring may be a bit fusel and boozy for some, but again, this level seems necessary to offer any semblance of balance to the sweeter side of the beer. While Hi-Res won’t dethrone Resin or Bengali Tiger for us, it definitely fits well into not only their lineup, but into the Brooklyn scene as a whole.

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

this is an awesome beer

Photo of Akravatz
5/5  rDev +20.5%

One of the best

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%

Photo of delaced21
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Krafty34
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brent_ray
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear gold color. There was a medium-sized white head with a bit of lace.

Pine and citrus aroma. Sweet malt.

Nice taste. Mostly pine resin. Some grapefruit, some sweet tropical fruit. Caramel. The malt balanced the hops quite well.

Slick, oily mouthfeel. The alcohol was very well hidden.

A dangerous beer. That 11% ABV can sneak up on you, for sure.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, Best Before 12 Jul2014 on the bottom of the can.

Pours hazed orangy amber. Fine bubble lite khaki head, leaving fine scattered lacing and some sheeting.

Resinous hopped up nose with a pungent back note of tropical fruits.

FULL flavor and FULL hop assault going on here. More tropical fruits greatly softening and adding complexity to the palate, but resinous and grainy hops are in control.

Smooth and soft, with a moderate alcohol bite.

If you love big and boldly hoppy beer this is a beer for you. Nicely crafted, a fine creation from Six Point

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Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.