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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Photo of scootny
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of martyl1000
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- What a difference a year makes! Where the 2014 batch(es) were very cloudy and sediment-ridden, this batch is a brilliantly clear, golden orange color with a finger's worth of a frothy white head. Perfection! (5.0)

S- Fleshy, tropical fruits (guava, mango, papaya), floral, wildflower honey, pine resin. This is the lovechild of Sixpoint's Resin and Bell's Hopslam. 10.5% ABV is absolutely undectable. (5.0)

T- Like the description of the nose, tropical notes hit first, but fleeting. Mid-palate, the floral component reveals itself for a moment before being engulfed by the piney/resiny/minty finish leaving your palate dry and wanting another sip. (4.5)

M- Surprisingly light (no more than a medium body) with a sturdy presence from the carbonation. The drinkability on Hi-Res is exceptional...and exceptionally dangerous! (4.75)

O- Since the dry, piney and resinous qualities in the flavor supersede the tropical notes as found in the nose, the off-balance is not what I prefer. I remember last year's batch to be a bit more 'juicy' on the palate. I love both Resin and Hopslam...and Hi-Res treads the borders between both in terms of Aroma, Flavor and Mouthfeel. Price per ounce is about the same as Hopslam, yet much more costly than Resin...which is just as good (but I prefer Hopslam over all three) (4.75)

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Photo of Shroombe
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely in love with this concoction.

Punches you in the cosmic center and shakes up your world, deceptive in power.

I have one canned brew of this left which I cherish. I hope this comes available in my area again soon because this is hands down the best IPA I have ever tasted.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A deep gold with a honey colored head and mild activity. Lace clings to the glass as it is sipped.

Smell: Deep citrus and pitted fruit. Peach, pineapple, mango, lychee, honey, more fresh citrus hops, honey, a bit of pine hops, and booze on the finish. Smells delightful.

Taste: The palate is walloped by big juicy citrus hops. Hints of peach, pineapple, citrusy orange, and lychee. Followed by a substantial sweet honey malt. The citrusy hop punch is somewhat balanced by the sweet malt but the citrus hops dominant for sure. There are also some pine hop notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Big, wet, and juicy. This beer overloads the palate with lupulin and doesn't let go. The booze is apparent but not overwhelmingly so. It's a sipper make no mistakes but one of the smoother 10+ ABV beers I've had and the hops bring you back for more. Surprisingly drinkable for a triple IPA.

Overall: A brilliant triple IPA. This beer is a citrus hop punch to the palate and I love it. It's a surprisingly balanced triple as all the elements play very well together with the brilliant citrus combining very well with the honey malt. It's sweet but not overly so. The booze could be off setting to some but compared to some triples IPAs I've had this is smooth. A beautifully well crafted beer

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Photo of Jasonjohnson
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer a lot

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Photo of gigaknight
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch's BB date was second week of July, I think, so it's probably quite fresh.

A- Pours golden and crystal clear. A half finger of slightly bubbly head lingers. Wish it were a bit more pillowy, but whatever.

S- Straight up dried mango and honey. Holy smokes. Barely smells alcoholic, bits of pineyness shine through.

T- Waves of honey, strawberry, mango, peach, crash onto the palate, mingling with a substantial bitterness and a surprisingly well-integrated alcohol heat.

M- As chewy as I like a DIPA to be. Finishes right between dry and sticky, perfect balance. Aftertaste is dramatically more resin-forward and less juicy than the palate.

O- Really, really, really damn good. I'm always a little hesitant to take a chance on a $13 4-pack but I decided to splurge and was rewarded for it. Definitely a must-try.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this bad boy, as I get considerable dry citrus, onion, tropical fruit, graham cracker and white pepper on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I'm very impressed by how well balanced this beer is. While it's on the sweet side, with some noticeable tropical fruit, the underlying graham cracker flavor, along with the considerable hoppy bitterness, balance that sweetness quite well. Interestingly, while the alcohol is fairly noticeable in this beer, the finish is clean and long, with just a hint of heat from the high abv. Drinkability is so good, that I think you could easily get into trouble drinking this beer. It would be easy to pound down several of these without giving it a lot thought, which probably wouldn't be a good idea.

Delicious beer, and easily the best IPA I've ever had from Sixpoint. Impressive.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an exceptional IIIPA. The drink-ability is phenomenal. High alcohol is masked well by the balance of hops, look is orangish and hazy. Overall just delicious, will buy again.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Runofthemiller
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic imperial IPA. Perfect! Hop BOMB.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant copper with a 1” off-white to cream colored foam cap that is sticky and lacy.
S: Resin, citrus, fruit.
T: Dry, malty, fruity, tropical fruit, hints of pear, some astringency on the finish mixed with spices suggesting cola or cardamom. Complex layered flavors with a trace of tea. Light alcohol flavors. The bitterness is a tea type bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation, slightly warming.
O: A big, easy to drink DIPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and dank hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, tangerine, melon, apricot, and lemon along with some pineapple and berry. Dank earthy hop scent of pine resin, cannabis, and grass. Some hints of candied sugar. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and biscuit along with some yeast. A very good dank aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and herbal hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, melon, passion fruit, apricot, tangerine, and lemon along with some pineapple and berry notes. Earthy and herbal hop notes of pine resin and grass. Solid malt backing with notes of caramel, grains, and biscuit along with some yeast and candied sugar notes. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and sticky. Alcohol heat is moderate.

Overall: A very good juicy and dank Imperial IPA. Good mix of citrus and piney hop flavors with a solid malt presence and moderate body for the style.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not as sticky as Resin, but hoppier

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into Speigelau glass

A: beautiful crystal clear dark gold color laces like crazy

S: smells like gold sweet stinky hops very resiny

T: it's so good it's like a resin bomb it's so well crafted and the alcohol is hidden

M: It's chewy and sticky on the taste

O: this beer is insanely good it's sticky dank resinious and excellent

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Photo of SaulFox
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-West coast clear amberish
-Ripe tropical fruits and citrus
-Sweet fruits upfront followed by citrus rind and slight alcohol
-slick mouthfeel, syrupy
-my first experience with sixpoint and I'm not disappointed

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Photo of glass_house
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm definitely a fan of big sticky IPA's, but I found this to be just a bit heavy on the sweet malt to live up to it's full potential. Very good beer, just not one I would seek out often.

Edit (3/25/16): The tweaked recipe for this year's release is a smashing success in my book. This went from a very good DIPA to a great one. A little less malt sweetness and pine, and a little more juicy fruit in the hop profile. Still extremely bitter, but the accent of sweet citrus and tropical notes add a dimension that puts this among my favorites. Rating revised from the previous 3.93

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a clearly, lightly carbonated dark gold color with a thin off white head that leaves rings of lacing along the glass.
The nose is intense sweet tropical fruits. You get passion fruit, guava, lychee, honeydew melon, and papaya. You also get a honey-like sweetness from the malt, and a faint hint of booze.
On the palate, you get passion fruit, guava, lychee, honeydew melon, papaya, apricot, biscuits, honey, candied orange peel, and a light warmth of alcohol.
The mouthfeel could be almost considered full-bodied. Thick and smooth. Not chewy, carbonation is moderate, but it feels full in the mouth.

This is one of the best triple IPAs out there, to my knowledge. Despite the huge abv, it still manages to be extremely drinkable, and it smells and tastes like a tropical fruit salad. An excellent TIPA I would recommend to any hophead.

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Photo of Jdiggity
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A: For an imperial IPA it is more deep amber, orange, caramel, color of dark, clear honey rather than light straw. Light head which quickly settles and just a touch of lacing on the glass. Beautiful looking ale.

S: tropical, hints of guava, grapefruit, orange zest, dank, slight cannabis note I like in a fresh hoppy beer. You pick up toffee and vanilla in the background as well as it warms. Nice.

T: balanced malt sweetness to the bitter hop bite. There is a caramel quality behind the full on hops. It's a very concentrated, liqueur like quality but refreshing at the same time. The nose is more complex than the flavor profile, but the citrus notes, resin and a background of green onion and dankness is there.

M: astringent and refreshing, I want to go in for another sip. The carbonation is bright feeling and helps contrast the stickiness that's there.

O: My first review on BA and I am a long time IPA fan, no apologies there. This is my 3rd vintage of Hi-Res and IMO this is the best of the 3. I bought a 4 pack and had to go back for a few more. 10.5% is apparent and you can pick up the booziness, but I have had one of these (or 2) every day after work and I am really enjoying this year's release. To me the beer is very quaffable and I find it perfect for refreshment relative to strength. I will happily drink these until they are gone. Great stuff and fresh now, and it tastes to me as if it will hold up well until the best by date in July, but mine will be long gone. Well done Sixpoint!

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Photo of Mbertrand2
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of morimech
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with two fingers of dense head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, pine, and a not so subtle dankness. Nice hop flavors as well featuring citrus, tropical fruit, pine, and some pepper. Not a total bitter bomb thanks to some sweet malt that gives some relief to the palate. Nice body that does not seem like it is over 10% ABV. Nicely carbonated as well. For a massive beer and very hoppy, it is not difficult to drink. Dangerous.

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92 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.