Hi-Res - Sixpoint Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is hazy light amber orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos and passionfruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of mango flavors along with notes of passionfruit and a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very nice aromas and flavors of tropical fruits and is rather drinkable considering its strength because little if any traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste. There are also enough hops in this to keep the malts from being sweet and sticky.
Serving type: can
02-25-2014 02:08:32 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Can: Poured a hazy super bright orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of resinous hops with light citrus notes is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by resinous, citrus and huge floral hoppy notes. The malt backbone can be distinguished with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the hops assault on this monster but this beer would be better with a little bit less sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 14:24:58 | More by Phyl21ca
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Emerging from the shadows of its little brother, Hi Res kicks off with a high octane IPA that hides its strength deceptively well.
Jumping out of the chute, the ale pours with a bright, and only mildly hazy medium gold color with straw-like highlights near the edges. It releases a strong white foam cap rather quickly as the beer's sprite carbonation springs into action, keeping its head replenished through its final sips. Broken rings of lace denote each sip as they cling to the glass while the beer falls.
Bright and juicy, the beer's scent is zesty with a medley of citrus and tropical fruit; ripe and vibrant. Its "honey-dipped" sweetness has a tone that gives its fruit character a plumper or richer character. Faintly herbal and sprucy, the beer's hop character continues to shine- easily out dueling its spicy alcohol notes.
To taste, much of that bright, juicy and ripe fruit flavor is a seamless continuation of its aroma. As its malt sweetness deliver a thin caramel and honey flavor to the front of the mouth, its tangy fruitiness tempers the malt in the middle. Red grapefruit, tangerine, kumquats, pineapple, mango and apricot round out that mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavor that gives the taste the bulk of its life. Morphing smoothly into a pleasant herbal and sprucy finish, the ale's taste dries beautifully for a clean and incredibly smooth bitterness to close.
Medium bodied, the ale registers lighter than most Imperial IPA because of its classic dryness, its dedicated focus on hop flavor and bitterness and its dry malt backbone. Its early sweetness dries wonderfully into malty-dry structures in finish. Its smooth bitterness resist any vegetative qualities or astringency as the ale becomes seductively easy to drink. Its balance gets a boost from seemingly citric acidity and a minerally/salty brine quality.
Even with its elevated alcohol, Hi Res avoids the solventy and spicy acetone flavors (furniture polish-like) that emit from the bitterness and alcohol of standard Resin. Here, the malt balances out those attributes but without becoming unnecessarily sweet. Sixpoint is certainly on their way to IPA perfection!
Serving type: on-tap
01-27-2014 15:58:21 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
Serving type: can
03-03-2014 23:02:07 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a brilliant copper hue with a slight off white head, forms thick chunky bands of sporadic lacing patterned on my new Boulevard chalice. Aroma has an intense citric nose, alpha acids blossoming with floral notes, with a deep mango/passion fruit nose. Perceived sweetness is there playing with the hops to equate to quite the formidable hop candy. Flavor has a mélange of flavors citric acid, hop oil resinous textures, earthy dankness of the mary jane/or sweet hand rolled Nicaraguan tobacco. Big hops collide with enough residual sugars that it tastes like candy coated hops the big bitterness and mild alcohol burn balance out the sweetness and really rides a luscious wave of bitterness and malts throughout the rest of each sip. Hop components are grapefruit pith, more fresh picked hops, floral/earthiness. Mouthfeel has the resinous texture from the namesake of the Hi-Res this beer serves it's purpose delivers 12 ounces in a "red bull" esque can at 11.1% abv triple IPA all the way never even makes me think that this is tripping over into barleywine territory like some of the bigger IPAs at the alcohol level will do to you. Excellent experience I'm already done with a four pack, but I did share.
Serving type: can
01-25-2014 22:00:08 | More by WVbeergeek
4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This looks like an interesting beer. Also love their slim tall cans, very unique.
Pours a nice creamy semi thick 1.5 finger frothy head that fades at a med to a bit slower pace, bit of soapy lacing, semi clear little hazy amber slight cranberry reddish orange color.
Nose big hops, resinous and spicy like, little citrus and orange peel, some pine and resinous sap, hops are fairly earthy and spicy overall, with a big candied sweet slight caramel malty base, hint toffee like too.
taste starts with big sweet malts, quite sweet, with more candy, caramel, reddish candy syrup like, chewy malts even, into big booze, warming tingly booze eventually gets pretty hot. Then hops, big bitterness but not crazy bitter, into spicy chewy hops, earthy, etc, into a big resinous piney chewy and pine sap like hops, hint of orange peel citrus. Finish is sweet and a bit syrupy still, quite bitter, spicy earthy piney hops lingering with more pine sap and resin, little candied orange peel, caramel, all lingering.
Mouth is bigger bod little syrupy, quite hot booze, decent carb.
Overall not bad, interesting combination, lots of piney sap and resinous hops, very bitter sweet chewy and big overall hot booze, etc, this is def a big sipping beer.
Serving type: can
02-23-2014 01:54:53 | More by jlindros
4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From 02/21/14 notes. Had this on tap at The Half Pint in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a snifter.
a - Pours a deep somewhat clear bright orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, fruity malts, wheat, and lemon zest. Super piney and tons of fresh hops; awesome nose.
t - Tastes of pine hops, grapefruit juice, citrus hops, lemon, fruity malts, orange, trpoical fruits, loads of hops. Tiniest bit better but not much at all. Awesome.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very light bitterness and doesn't taste as strong as the ABV says.
o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I held off on trying it as I wasn't the biggest Resin fan, but I think this one is a TON better. Lots of fresh pine and citrus hops and not too bitter, I liked this one a lot. Would definitely have it again.
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2014 16:19:14 | More by mdfb79
2.94/5 rDev -29%
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%.
Serving type: can
02-07-2014 03:28:41 | More by kojevergas
3/5 rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Dank floral hop aroma with a strong earthy, resinous quality countered by subtle fruit sweetness and a subtle pale malt backbone. Sticky hop oils with some soil, grass, pine needle and spruce tip followed by faint grapefruit, citrus and stone fruit. Cracker-y malt backbone with some bread and biscuit. Sweeter malt notes come forward as it warms, giving off some caramel and toffee. Decent enough aroma but could use more tropical/citrus fruit sweetness to counter all of the grassy, earthier characteristics.
On the fuller end of medium body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into a hot, boozy finish. Sticky hop flavor dominates the palate with hints of dirt/soil and grassy pine needle. Very dry and overwhelmingly bitter. Desperately in need of some sweetness for balance. The subtle tropical/citrus fruit presence found in the nose is completely overpowered. The bitter hop profile is countered by a sweet malt backbone with hints of bread, biscuit, toffee, caramel and roasted nut. The malt backbone us stronger than I usually prefer but in thus beer it actually helps mute the unpleasantly aggressive hops. Strong fuesel alcohol flavor lingering in the finish becoming overwhelmingly hot and boozy. The high ABV isn't well masked at all with tons of ethanol flavor and warmth in the finish. Not one of Sixpoint's finer offerings, in my opinion.
Serving type: can
02-18-2014 06:38:46 | More by corby112
Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.