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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12oz can, BB19AUG2016, so I guess this is about 6 weeks from canning.

Look is clear copper-orange body with small head of small white bubbles, leaves some lacing as it drops to a ring.

Smell is strong of piney hops, this certainly is deserving of the name hi 'res', its got a fat resin smell to it.

Taste is citrusy, piney and some floral hoppy elements. Good malty back to balance it out.

Feel is clean and crisp, drier than expected, but still has a sticky finish. Body is on the lighter side for this big of a beer.

Overall, this is my third can out of a four pack I got a couple weeks ago, and I don't see much change in the flavor over that time period. I think they've done a nice job brewing a well balanced, but huge and hoppy ipa that goes down really smooth. Its sweet, its bitter and it'll get you right.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau--this is the farthest north that I've been able to find Sixpoint. I was a little disappointed that the only display was a non-refrigerated end cap; my experience of this beer could obviously be affected by this. Poured right from my fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a very clear orange/golden amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that falls quite quickly to a substantial ring that leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Little to no visible carbonation to speak of.

S: Fruity hop notes are the most prominent in the bouquet: citrus and pineapple are there, as well as some more nondescript tropical fruit. There's a good deal of caramel malt and some clear alcohol, as well. As the glass warms, I'm picking out more herbal/floral and earthy hop notes. Not a bad nose, but not very assertive.

T: This one has an initial taste that's quite reminiscent of white wine, specifically of a pinot grigio. There's unexpectedly sweet malts at the outset, followed quickly by citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Almost immediately after this first taste (and lending itself to that wine-like quality), there's some definite clear alcohol coming through. The middle continues the sweet malt with citrus hop trend, with just a bit of more herbal/earthy notes trying to poke through. The back end has a good amount of clear and warming alcohol flavor atop the caramel malts and more bitter grapefruit rind hop flavor. I'm still getting a bit of a sensation of white wine at the close. Not exactly what I tend to go for in a DIPA.

F: This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It actually drinks a bit more watery than I was expecting. Other reviewers have commented upon the stickiness of this brew, but I'm not getting a ton of it--there's certainly a bit of stick to some of that hop bitter, but nothing overpowering. I could have used more carbonation in this one.

O: I was excited to find this Sixpoint brew, and I wanted it to be great. But it just isn't--at least not the cans I experienced. It's boozy and definitely loose in some ways; but it also plays it a bit too safe in others. The malt sweetness, in general, is a bit too much for me. Not a bad beer at all--just not one I'd rush back to at this price point.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a first for me: a highly acclaimed (and 'highly valued,' aka expensive) beer that doesn't inspire an in-depth review. Frankly, this one hit me as a very potent but unrefined IPA. Lots of flavor and character, with plenty of citrus flavor and high bitterness that hits you right on the front palate, but all of it along the beaten path. Solid sweet malt balanced the aggressive, nearly medicinal bitterness, but the hops remained among the regular orange/grapefruit line, with the addition of distasteful ethanol here and there. The perfectly clear orange-bronze body was glorious, but the rest of it was sorely lacking originality, especially for mad scientists.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color, with little visible carbonation and a small head which leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells similar to Resin, that being of pine and citrusy exotic fruits.

One of the amazing achievements of Sixpoint is how they are able to brew such drinkable and subtle beers, at 9 or 10%. I've had other beers at 10.5% that have been drinkable, but none that have been as subtle and restrained as this. Honestly, if given as a blind test, I'd say that this was a incredibly well-balanced 6-7% East Coast IPA, not a above-10% brew. As such, I don't see this blowing that many people's mind in terms of taste, but in terms of the craftsmanship, it certainly blew mine.

I feel like the above paragraph lacked an actual description of the beer, one of the reasons of which is that I just reviewed Resin and felt bad about writing the same, or a similar description twice. Alas, here's my attempt; this is not a bitter beer, nor is it citrusy - yet the balance is magnificent. Taste is full of pine, exotic fruit, and malt. Juicy mouthfeel, with little-to-moderate carbonation.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap for the first time tonight. Have to say that the taste out of a can must be quite different. First off, I don't like grapefruit taste in my brews, and I don't taste it in the draft version. Yes, it is citrusy, but more like tangerines than grapefruit. Good solid malt backbone, honey Amber color, slightly sweet, nice balance. This is a very good Imperial style IPA. Try it.

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Photo of mickyge
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden yellow, pretty close to orange. Great citrus smell, I got a grapefruity touch of pine smell. Mouth feel was bitter then gets smooth and the alcohol come to taste. That kind of covers the hop/ malt taste. Not a bad beer but at 10% you have to be careful not to gulp.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful vibrant golden color with a nice 1.5" head. Wow does this smell fantastic. Fresh big hops with a citrus note come dancing into my nose. Taste is hop forward but not too piney. That citrus or grapefruit is there in the taste too at first moderate and then much bolder in the aftertaste. The feel is damn close to perfect. Perhaps a slight bit too carbonated but it lends itself to the brightness they must have been going for in this brew. Overall this is a great IPA that should be tried at least once. Don't let the can size fool you at 10.5% ABV this one will sneak up on you if you're not careful as it doesn't taste boozy at all.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

red bull can - nice touch. pours clear with a nice, thick head. good looking beer if nothing else.

i'll agree with the folks below - lots of pine and grass to this one. smells like spring, which is a nice touch in minnesota right now.

between the high alcohol and ibu's, the taste is a bit more muddled. it's not bad, but more resinous and citrus peel than anything else.

mouth is cloying. it's to be expected, but it's syrupy.

let's be honest - it does the job, but it's not great.

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Photo of djkman
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The look ... Looks like an imperial IPA. Filtered

Smell: I smell the pine. IMHO is hides the 10 % plus alcohol. Which ice cold makes you drink it like a Standard IPS not an imperial IPA.
Taste : not drinking it cold but at near room temp because I could not wait to taste it. Instinctive first taste was .. Wow nice !! Hop, def. slight pine not heavy after taste.
Feel... I'm not telling you. That is personal. Seriously .. Come on man !!! Privacy !!

Summary : these guys at 6 points doing good stuff. I really enjoy the Pilsner "the crisp" they call it.
And this stuff... Dammmnnnn
The 10% booze is cleverly there but your beer brain says...... Sure have another.. And the next thing you know you are snoring in front of ESPN...

And that's my review........

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, best before August 2016.

Pours clear gold with a few whisps on the surface with some errant dots for the duration. Aromatics are surprisingly muted for the style. Pine with hints of oakey booze and malt. Medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Light carbonation. A big hop punch of pine on the palate with warming booze quickly follows. A light malt backbone and firm bitterness run throughout. Finishes with lingering booze and pine. Reminds me of Pine-Sol.

This beer needs more hops in the nose and more hop complexity beyond straight pine.

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Photo of gcasher
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a can; filtered and golden with nice white head that dissipates slowly. There is not much aroma for me and the taste is muted as well. The alcohol is in your face, so this is definitely a slow sipper. Honestly, I prefer the Resin to the Hi-Res, but I'm glad i tried it.

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Photo of brian44556
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip at 45 degrees.

Pours a filtered, deep amber with a bright white head that falls back into the beer rather quickly. Light lacing lines the sides of the glass.

Heavy notes of grapefruit, fresh pine trees, and floral hops round out the nose.

Very bitter from the hops, balanced out with sweetness from the malt profile.

Fantastically balanced. Easy drinking for 10.5%. This one can be very dangerous.

High powered IIIPA that tastes great and is an easy drinker at its ABV.

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Photo of strohme2
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden with amber highlights.

Smell is sweet, grapefruit, floral, grass.

Sweet, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, citrus. Definitely my kind of DIPA. Lots of flavor, balanced and very drinkable especially for the high alcohol. Mouthfeel is spot on.

A great beer. Love it.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An eyecatching golden honey color with a white foamy head.
You can tell its thick when pouring.

Aroma of pine, grass, a bit of citrus/tropical notes in there as well, but faint.

Thick mouthfeel, light bitterness up front followed closely by the malt sweetness. Alcohol is hidden well. Very good taste for a 10.5% IPA. The bitterness is very tame and there is very little lingering bitterness as well. More hop flavor than bitterness.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that looks really nice.It has a really nice honey look to it and is a bit deeper than the DIPA.

The smell is pretty good and definitely better than their DIPA. It has a nice sharp pine and slightly grass hop note that dominates the smell. The sweet and honey-like malt notes also come out but aren't as strong as the hop smell.

The taste is fantastic. It has a nice dry and bitter resin pine mixed with a slightly sugary and honey-sweet malt note. The taste mainly has the hop note slightly edging out the malt note but the malt note still fighting to be noticed.

The feel is pretty good. It has a nice heavy body with a bit of syrupy thickness to it. Despite this and due to the fizzy carbonation, the body feels a lot smoother and a lot more drinkable than you would expect from a beer of this caliber. It also has a slight dry finish to it.

Overall, a pretty nice TIPA and easy to drink as well despite it's body. The aroma and taste are certainly unique and complex to create a nice experience. At the price point, it's fairly competitive with other TIPAs and even a better deal than some DIPAs. I say go for it when you can given how good a deal this is.

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Photo of tlema1
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: honey color with a thin white long lasting head
S: pine, some citrus
T: good combo of pine and citrus, booze hidden
F: great mouthfeel, little bitter on the finish
O: definitely recommend

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Photo of jmasher85
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear and honey-gold in color with a nice head that lasts about a minute, this IIPA looks the part, but does it fit the bill?

All the classic scents are there, though as others have said, the aroma is surprisingly faint for such a strong hop-bomb. The taste is actually really pleasant, and far less abrasive than Sixpoint's other Resin DIPA. Incredible balance, and an unexpectedly mild malt bill. The only giveaway of how much hops and booze are in here is the mandarin orange middle, the tingling on my lips, and the grapefruit rind finish as I sip. Are grapefruit peels the secret ingredient?

In any event, this is one of the smoothest 10+% IPAs I've had, and it deserves recognition for that, if not much else. If you like hops and want to get fucked up right, grab this while you can.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into glass. 3.99 for a can is steep however it's a delicious DIPA. Color is dark Amber - perfect. Smell has slight fruitiness but more pine which I enjoy.
The bitterness is there no doubt, but not mouth-sucking kick in the pants. Having a cold gives me an under appreciation for what this really could be. All the elements are there for a very-very top notch beer. Definitely one to seek out. Look out double crooked tree!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clean bright amber orange with two finger white head, fades slowly to a thin layer, lots of soapy lace. Mostly faint sweet malt in the aroma with a touch of citrus. Heavy flavors in this IPA, kinda all over the place but actually good. Clean sweet bready malt combined with intense bitter hops. Hops are piney and resiny, floral with some grapefruit peel. There jc a bit of yeast that comes out towards the end with some mild alcohol burn. Clean dry finish with a medium oily mouthfeel. Overall interesting high powered IPA.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid... Very hoppy, very piney, some citrus. The citrus that does come through is mostly lemon. The feel was heavy and not very smooth. It's worth a try, nothing to obsess over.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rustico Arlington. Poured into a snifter.

What struck me about his IIPA was how very malt forward it is (which was rather unique for me) but with a general lack of aroma typically found with the style these days. A nice beer but plenty of better IIPAs out there. 3.75

A - Pours a bright clear slightly amber orange. Almost no head but good lacing. 3.75

S - A disappointing aroma. Not much there. Faint floral and pine. 3.25

T - Brown bready malt ending in a not overly bitter herbal finish. No real sweetness with the malt. 4

MF - Medium body with a dry finish. 4.25

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-can acquired close to the brewery: -dark amber and clear with a thin, retreating effervescence. Malt-hop-balance is tidy. High ABV is noted in aroma, but scarcely detectable in taste. Well done! Hop flavors are more spice and pine than dank and fruit.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Poured a light red, extremely translucent and ample carbonation. A nice inch or two of head arose with a slightly aggressive pour.

Smell: On first whiff I received some citrus, and malts. Went in for a second after a swirl, and got some earthiness/slight resin quality.

Taste: Hi-Res hides the booze pretty dang well. I get much of the nose: malt sweetness, earthiness, citrus. Near the end, there is a bit of heat.

Feel: Well carbonated, and about a medium mouthfeel. There's a slight bitterness throughout, but nothing bad.

Overall: This is a nice beer, and did better than my expectations assumed.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Translucent gold, large beige head at first pour, but no retention.

Aromas of resin and metal at first, then orange and other citrus notes.

With such a high ABV, and being a take on the unofficial style of a "triple IPA," I can't believe I'm going to say this, but this can seem like a saison at times, and an unspiced apple cider at others.

Booze makes itself apparent from time to time but is mostly well hidden. When it comes to temp, the liquid develops a wine-like velvety smooth visual appearance, especially due to the killed-off carbonation, and the booze gets hot on the nose, sharp on the tongue, and a bit cough syrupy.

Best when just out of the fridge.

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Photo of Mdog
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus, bit of booze.

Taste: Big orange flavor, with sweetness and some booziness in the middle, then finish with more orange. Not particularly bitter.

Overall: Sixpoint does hoppy beers right, so I picked up a 4 pack as soon as this came out. Tasty stuff, lots of orange flavor, which is pretty unique in my experience. Good stuff.

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Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.