Hi-Res - Sixpoint Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
Serving type: can
03-23-2014 01:40:36 | More by TheBrewo
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4.34/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This brew dances from the can with an unexpected aggressive carbonation which builds a big chunky white head atop a medium amber hued body. Aggressive and chunky lacing down the glass and a cap of foam that never goes away. Floating sediment throughout provides a haze and hint of the aggressiveness in store. Big notes of honey dipped grapefruit and tropical fruits in the nose. Taste follows through delivering on the honey sweetness enveloping every other flavor of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and papaya. Major resinous hop quality underneath it all. Flashes of alcohol heat woven onto the flavor profile which while cold adds to the depth of flavor but as it warmed became a bit much and distracting. Bright and vibrant mouthfeel with great carbonation prevents this from ever feeling heavy. Finishes with a flash of creaminess in the mouthfeel leaving behind the great flavors of the beer that's surprisingly not overly bitter. Overall I was surprised by this beer. It manages to be big, bright and complex while being drinkable. At 11.1% this beer is dangerous and if they can find a way to hide the heat this would be on a whole new level.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 13:20:41 | More by HopBomb515
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
"Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view? Hi-Res. Zoom on, zoom in, hop out. This beer goes up to eleven." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Released in 12 oz. can 4 packs and on limited draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a cream white complexion over a mildly hazy orange-amber body. Very fine sediment is the only impediment to clarity, carbonation is virtually nonexistent in the appearance. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75
(Smell) Resinous, piney and spicy hops forward with a bold bitterness are joined by a biscuity caramel syrup body for a strong balance. 3.75
(Taste) Quite assertive in its flavor, the malt profile is a husky, biscuity and grainy caramel syrup body joined with an assortment of resinous, herbal and peppery hops for an altogether sharp and bitter presentation. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately chewy, mildly sticky. Carbonation is mellow, generating a soft frothiness for a subtle mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is nearly equal maltiness vs bitterness, both very profound. Alcohol presence is moderate, some grainy sharpness in places keeps Hi-Res from drinking as cleanly as it should. 3.5
(Overall) I had high expectations for Hi-Res, especially from the hype that was built around this beer in the weeks following its arrival in Georgia. Altogether, the malt profile is a bit rough around the edges, the hop flavor a tad one-dimensional and the booziness far too exposed to consider this a top-grade DIPA, although many have fared far worse. 3.75
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Serving type: can
07-14-2014 03:57:12 | More by Jadjunk
Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
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