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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 67
Gots: 130 | FT: 8
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 01-20-2014)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

AndersonGT, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SkiBum22, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of lic217
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

lic217, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. It's fairly creamy and consistent in texture, and retains respectably enough. A few rings of lacing are left behind on the glass.

S: Unsurprisingly, the nose is really malty. There is a lot of caramel, that's for damn sure. Also unsurprisingly, there are some nice hops here, too. It starts off being straight-up piny, before morphing into more of a melon-y expression. It even tries to show off some tropical fruit at times. Let it warm up, and a distinct sugar note comes forward - still, it does a good job of covering up the 11%+.

T: As soon as I sip this, I immediately think "fruit punch". The opening hops seem to be fruity (think mango, melon, and pineapple), while its finish is somewhat piny. Its huge malt backbone lies throughout, but seems to exist only to sweeten up the hoppy flavors. More and more caramel comes out near the back end, though. While its sweetness really starts to get to me after, say, 6 oz, I can really dig it for what it is - an unsophisticated, beastly, heavy handed battle ax of a beer. Oops, I mean TIPA.

M: I'm having trouble tasting the 11%, but I'm feeling it going down - this is a very warming brew. Despite its high sweetness and full body, it's actually dry enough on the back end to create decent drinkability...no, make that sippability. It's still too sweet to be easy drinking, but its carbonation helps it go down more swiftly.

O: This drinks just like a boozy fruit punch. While I'm a sucker for a refined, delicate beer, these finesse-devoid sugar-and-hop bombs definitely have their place. Like right now.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Oakenator, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of erha2
3/5  rDev -27.5%

erha2, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%

Hazed orange with a fat steady stream of bubbles coming to the top where they meet a fat off white head of creamy foam that adorns the glass with rings of sticky lace. The body of the beer has a soft pastel hue and a melon color to accent additional hues of gold. Nose is succulent sweet fruit with a bit of pine to greet you first. Then mango, and an authentic mango with a bit of tartness. Beautiful. Some other tropical back notes and a bit of bread with honey like sweetness from malt. No alcohol on the nose unless you go looking for it. taste has plenty of juicy and ripe fruit, that touch of pine and a soft sweet bread to carry it to the back palate where it is met by some sharp and bitter alcohol and a bit of hop bitter too. The middle is dry and the aftertaste is a bit sharp and hot with the alcohol. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel except for some syrup as it warms from the high abv and it was not as easy to drink as it should have been.

utopiajane, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Ben7773, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ChrisChagnon, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of davet100
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%

12oz can pours a light amber color into my goblet. I have been excited about this one since I heard about it, as much out of curiosity for the 'triple ipa' category which I am still trying to explore and the vague description of the beer. That being said, I was very impressed with this beer. It is certainly a little mysterious and has a lot going on - never a bad thing in my mind! The aroma is not too dissimilar to Resin, nothing particularly striking; piney and boozy, but you certainly smell hops, and lots of them. The taste and the body are fantastic though, so much complexity. The pine is very present, as per Resin, but unlike Resin, this one packs a lot more fruity/tropical and citrusy notes. Pineapple is very detectable, as is grapefruit, and to a lesser extent, some mango and melon. Wouldn't be surprised if some citra has been thrown in here, but I am certainly no expert when it comes to that. It is very hoppy, and they don't lie when they say 111 IBU's. However, I will say that it is anything but a palate wrecker or overly bitter. Instead, the hoppiness/bitterness is nicely tempered by a decent amount of sweetness from the alcohol, which brings excellent balance to the beer. The high ABV is well hidden, and while detectable on the way down, doesn't make the beer cloying or syrupy like some that get above 10% which is always welcome. This is very much in the mold of a west-coast esque hop bomb though, it is a unrepentant big beer but wonderfully well balanced, packed with flavor, and very pleasing to drink. I found there to be a good amount of similarity to Green Flash 'Green Bullet' in this one, and while both I will concede both are not to everyone's taste, for a hophead or triple ipa fan, I would really give this a go, despite the high price tag. Best offering from Sixpoint in my mind, blows Resin out of the water!

davet100, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of blue-dream
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

blue-dream, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Gotti311, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

HopAttack3, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

target88, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

auroracrisis, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear amber with a huge white head which dissipated fairly fast to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s; Intense, sinus-clearing pine.

t: Intense resiny hops forward over a medium malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Some grassy notes and even more pine resin later. Super high ABV is frighteningly well covered except for the inevitable throat burn. Like a loud but beautiful woman, becomes a bit grating after awhile, but definitely keeps your attention.

m: Medium to heavy with lots of carbonation tingle.

o: As advertised, this is a powerful hop bomb. If you liked Resin you get even more of it here, and if you want to get high on one beer, this could do the trick.

UPDATE 5/6/14: Let a fourpack of this age just to see what happened, and because there was so much other good beer out there to drink. I also tend to save the few beers I have in cans to take on trips, but often end up buying beer I can't buy at home when the opportunity presents itself in a different local area, and then drinking some of that instead of what I brought.

a: Clear darkish amber, head is only a finger thickness and diminishes to a thin surface film, lacing still pretty dense.

s: Surprisingly weak on the resin, much sweeter, almost like the sugar on a doughnut.

t: Less hop bite than I remember, but a curious and tasty spicy note comes forward and persists. Also amazing that there is no throat burn this time from the very high ABV.

m: same as before.

o: Not the hop bomb it was fresher, but now a very pleasingly flavorful DIPA still worth the premium price. No ratings were changed. Sixpoint, you should keep making this one, it's a wunderbeer!

scotorum, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of bleeps
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bleeps, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of fmccormi
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a teku; a freshness date of July 12, 2014 is printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“BestBefore12Jul2014 1702 ok+”) . . . if we assume a six-month freshness period, that would mean this beer was canned on January 12, making it about two and a half weeks old. Awesome.

Appearance (4.5): A good three fingers of custard-colored head come off of the pour, capping a slightly hazy, rich, orange-honey-colored body. The head’s got fat bubbles crackling away in the middle of the foam, with wide, evenly-spaced, thick-legged swaths of lacing all around the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0): This has an almost syrupy combination of mango and passionfruit nectar, sappy resin, nearly-disguised booze, some slightly dank, herbal character underneath, and then just a load more of that thick, almost overripe, tropical-juicy scent. Performs pretty damn well for its size and place in the range of this style.

Taste (4.5): At first there’s a quick drop of juicy sweetness (simple syrup with some mango pulp), a bit of citrus pith bitterness (grapefruit peel with a bit of honey), and then finally this closes out with an extremely resinous flavor that blurs booze with a moderate-to-strong bitterness: grapefruit peel, sappy pine cones, spicy herbs, acidic pineapple flesh, and some definitely hot, slightly spicy booze, cavorting about underneath it all. Or . . . you get the point. There’s some malt in here, too, but it’s honey-like, with a slightly malty simple syrup sweetness that blends in with the hops well. The booze is there, but it’s well-masked by the spice and resin in the finish, as well as the thick, nearly overripe citrus going on in here. For being so big and thick, this bastard is bombastic.

Mouthfeel (4.0): A light carbonation spreads out and tingles all over right off the bat, aided by the boozy heat, but the full, medium-heavy, syrupy body coats everything evenly before dissipating, sped up again by the booze in here. It actually works really well—without that resinous, masked heat, it wouldn’t have the surprisingly dry finish that it does.

Overall (4.25): In my mind, this is an excellent D/TIPA (depending on if you think the “triple IPA” is a thing or not). Yes it’s big, hot, and thick (isn’t that what we all want?)—but the way the hops are handled in this beer, it works. It actually reminds me a lot of Hoptimum in that regard; the difference being that the latter is much more dank while the former is much more citrus-syrupy. But hey, either way, this is awesome.

fmccormi, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JasonTaverner, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

WolfsbaneBloom, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of rheimbro
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

rheimbro, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Boomblaze
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

Poured the can into my Maudite tulip.

A - Not sure if something happened to the cans I have cause the beer is a solid amber, darker then gold but does have a nice 1" head.

S - The nose of the beer is fairly strong with sweet malty slightly boozey and getting an apple smell along also. Not picking up any piney or citrus.

T - It's an 11% beer and well they hide the booze well you can tell it's strong but it does not have that alcohol burn. I'm getting a sweet apple almost a caramel apple flavor.

M - The beer leaves a descent after taste on your tongue that lasts for a few seconds after your swallow.

O - Well the beer is not what I expected, never really had a beer that taste like this with the apple from the hops. Pretty descent beer and I seem to find that six point has tweek to there beers which I respect withier I like the flavor or not I appreciate trying to do something different.

Boomblaze, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Invictus, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Cynic-ale, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Nunya, Jan 31, 2014
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92 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.