Resin - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 3,881
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 232
Gots: 732 | FT: 10
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Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012

An ode to the sticky quintessence of hops that never forgoes balance. This piney, resinous Double IPA clocks in at over 100 IBUs.

"First formulated in 2004, this is the story of the sticky quintessence of the hop cone, and all of the joy it brings:  "
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Ratings: 3,881 | Reviews: 721
Photo of Hipsterhomie
1/5  rDev -75.6%

All you mofucking hipster dicks fucking praise this shit. But this shit taste shit. It's awful god fucking awful. Giving it a one is generous this stuff taste awful.

Photo of harrisonpainter
1.31/5  rDev -68%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is one of the worst beers I have ever tasted. Boozy too.

Photo of nine000
1.75/5  rDev -57.3%

I could pay $9 for a 4-pack or $2.99 for 20 Miller Fortunes.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
2.22/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can into pint glass. Oh my god. No. I do not like this beer!! I thought I would like the super pineyness, but its like sucking on a teet of pinesol. Very oily, mechanical, industrial taste. Glad I can say I've tried it, but never again! Maybe this is what pine tree's themselves drink.

Photo of gdkersey
2.43/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened the can with a muted pop

A - pours cloudy amber with a thin white head. good lacing

S - grapefruit, booziness, breadiness. for a beer called Resin, i expect something with a killer aroma.

T - oily hops, tangerine and grapefruit, hot, booze. chewy malt. very bitter

M - hop slickness coats your mouth. carbonation seems a bit on the low side.

Cool packaging, not so great beer inside. I picked this beer up from the local liquor store and it was a recent shipment, so I assume the beer was relatively fresh. Kind of unbalanced, overly bitter, and not very drinkable.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 3/29/12

Best before 25 Nov 2012

Deep, hazy appearance. Honey and tangerine-hued. Pours a wimpy head, not even a finger's worth. It stands to reason the head doesn't hold well, finding only a soapy layer. Ok lace.

Aromas of pine tar, over-ripe citrus, onion, bubblegum, scented soap, flower petals, bread, caramel and overtones of alcohol wafting about. It's all rather bizarre.

The taste takes a page from the bizarre aroma; I can't shake the notion of flowers and bubblegum. Beyond that, there is a dense bitterness that shirks hop flavor in favor of headache medicine. Sure, there are undercurrents of pine and skeevy citrus, but it's mostly just rampant bitterness. Well, rampant bitterness and malt. Bread, yeast, grain and a hint of caramel.

Medium full body with sugar granules swaying back and forth. Carbonation is moderate, maybe even on the low side; I like that.

Overall impression - It's never a good thing when the product description of a DIPA refers to "encroaching malt sweetness."

Photo of crossovert
2.51/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. BB 28NOV2012.

It pours a hazy orangeish amber with a fluffy white head that recedes with some industrial-looking lacing.

The smell is decent, though it reminds me of like a hoppy wheat beer or something. A lot of banana, clove, and bubblegum in the aroma. It has a nice fresh hop scent but the variety is super like bubble gum candyish.

The flavor is reminiscent of a wheat beer as well. It has some nice fruity esters and a potent malt bill. There is some tangy citrus acidity. The bitterness is medium with some pine flavors, but not too much. It is just missing something.

It is okay, but it has a ton of "off" flavors that really don't belong in an IPA though they work a little.

Photo of BrianOhio
2.56/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The pour out of the "Mich Ultra" type can produces a thick 2 finger head.

Aroma has me confused. Is a DIPA as it states? Did I grab the wrong box? Extremely malt forward.

Taste is the same...extremely malty and no citrus notes or bite that I expect in a DIPA. I'm not saying that all DIPAs have to be west coast style (see my love of Big A) but this beer just doesn't strike me at all as a DIPA.

Sorry...not my cup of tea. I have 3 more to drink and maybe my opinion will change...but I doubt it.

UPDATE - Since this review, I have had a number of additional servings of Resin and my opinion has changed. Might've been some quality issues since that first 4 pack, but since then I have grown to enjoy it. Not the best DIPA out there, but pretty solid.

Photo of B33R501
2.64/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well. Dissapointing. Just not much of anything going on here.

Pours gold to orange hue, pretty beer. Faint hoppy aroma leading to slight citrus hoppy taste. Some bitterness, metallic finish, decent orange grapefruit aftertaste after drinking 2 cans.

Only thing double about this IPA is the abv. If you're looking for big hop flavor and bitterness, look elsewhere. Don't waste your money.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A CAN into a Sixpoint/Hulmeville Inn pint glass.

Cracking the CAN, Resin pours out pretty thick. The liquid is a dark amberish red and does not look like your normal double. A firm even half an inch of dark tannish/light brown foam that has ok retention and leaves some spots on the glass. A bit of haze to the liquid. Smell is assertively dry hopped with some piney scent that is pungent. Some grain and grass comes up with a big caramel malt build. Just as sweet smelling as it is hoppy. Take a whiff, it's big. Alcohol is present in the nose as well. Taste is very big, very hoppy, very malty and very big. Piney dank resinous hop blast that builds into a sweet taste in the middle followed by a shot of hot alcohol. Insanely bitter. Earthy and piney hoppings, not tropical like most. East coast for sure. This has the makings to go a year and become one of those old hoppy barleywines that I've heard of. The body is there. This is over medium in build with a dare I say it resinous body. syrupy in a way and a bit hot. The alcohol is tasted and felt on the mouth. not a good look.

Photo of BeerMaverick
2.71/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Dark amber, almost red, color that isn't at all representative of the style. About 2 fingers of off-white head that sticks around for the review.

Aroma - Not too much here, which is very surprising for an imperial ipa. Very faint floral esters and some hints of citrusy hop bitterness, not exactly intimidating despite being 103 IBUs (International Bitterness Units with anything over 90 being pretty damn hoppy)...really?

Taste - A decently balanced beer with a slightly stronger hop presence than malt contribution. This tastes nothing like an imperial IPA and something like an amber ale (not even an imperial one). Concerning the hops that are present, there doesn't seem to be a wide variety. In terms of profile, there is almost no hop flavor (grapefruit, orange...etc), but only bitterness (maybe some lemon). There seem to be more characteristics to note about the malts than the hops. No other notable flavors.

Mouthfeel - The hop bitterness lingers for a little while, but nothing beyond this. Medium bodied beer.

Overall - If you're looking for a good imperial IPA to try, look elsewhere. This beer is decent, but it tastes nothing like a DIPA (more along the lines of an amber as I mentioned). I have no idea who determined the IBUs, but I highly doubt that 103 is correct. The appearance, aroma, and taste all seem to point away from the IPA realm. Lastly, this beer is insanely UNdrinkable at 9.1% can have one or two of these and call it a night or have a 6-pk of an actual amber ale at 5-6% abv.

Photo of Kegatron
2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery ruby, with 2 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with creamy spotty lacing. The aroma smells of pine, with leafy tones, spice, and dank tropical fruit. Light caramel and bread sit with some heft along the back. This seems to need a bit more airiness to it from the hops to help float those flavors around a bit more in the nostrils. As this stands now, things just sit heavy in the nose with piney and sticky warmth.

The taste shows the sweetness up front, with notes of caramel, ripe fruit, and toasted bread, which is all wrapped up in a herbal feel that spreads out across the palate. More assertive hop flavors include a little grapefruit and pine up front but this ends with a fierce finish of resins, spice, and a raw bitterness that sticks hard. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some crispness on the edges and then more of a slick chewiness that spreads out across the back. I’m unfortunately getting a bit too much alcohol out of this as well and while it’s not stinging, it does accentuate all of that aggressive hop character to an uncomfortable degree at times.

I didn’t really care for this. It’s balanced enough up front but get’s way too pushy with the hops in the backend of the profile, which ultimately leaves this warm, sticky, and bitter with an overall feel that just sits a little too heavy in the nose and mouth. This is yet another disappointing canned offering from Sixpoint.

Photo of musicforairports
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Skinny 12oz can into a tulip. Best by 30 July 2012. Reviewed 3 March.

Hazy and red. Nice head that looks very thick and creamy. This looks more like a red ale.

Smell is sweet malt, pine resin and odd, fruity yeast notes. The off-notes increase as it warms.

Flavor is full and sweet. Creamy and thick caramel malt flavors backed by pine hops. The off-notes carry over from the nose. Not sure how to describe it, but it's somewhere between Belgian yeast and dirty tap lines, and it's found in every Sixpoint canned beer I've had. ABV is nicely hidden. If I had this blind, I'd call it a somewhat sub-par imperial red.

Full in body, which matches the flavor, I suppose.

I found the real flaw to this beer not to be a lack of hops for a DIPA--though that is the case--but really just the sweetness and the off-notes. It's a shame, because I've really enjoyed some of their hoppy beers on tap and on cask before.

Photo of beerman900
2.79/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 5

very good beer i do like taste!

Photo of jcarroll10
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Far too intense. A palate wrecker for sure. Much prefer Bengali.

Photo of Treebs
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint. Best by date of January 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a frothy collar and leaves some traces of sticky lace behind.

S: Definitely lives up to its name so far. Big pine needle and resinous hops are right up front with this guy. Some candied sugar sweetness with a little alcohol flavors.

T: Piney and resinous hops, but there is lingering malt bill that makes it a little sweeter. Definitely hop oils create a lingering bitterness that lasts through out. There is also a lingering alcohol flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied. A little sticky with medium carbonation. Lasting bitterness in the finish.

O: Ho hum in my book. Pretty one dimensional in the flavor. Definitely take a pass on this one.

Photo of ehammond1
2.84/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A very dark ruby/dark grapefruit color with nearly no head even after an aggressive pour. The body of the beer is opaque and it leaves the glass covered with a sheet of oily stick.

The aroma is bold, though very sweet. The caramel and toffee accents from the malts play the largest role, with pine and citrus aroma following next. Big and expressive, though not nearly as hop-forward as I prefer.

A very high level of bitterness, sweet caramel malt, some bread, and pine/resinous hop character. There's a bit of alcohol presence as well. Average, and that's being generous.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

I won't seek out another.

Photo of Gfunk720
2.86/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, out of my HFS stemware. Can dated "Best by June 30, 2012"

A- A crazy dark amberish red color. There is a healthy off white head that forms, with plenty of lacing. The beer is very clean looking, yet quite dark for the style.

S- Mostly bready malt and some off metal smells. Not really getting much hops here.

T- A thick malty flavor hits the tongue initially, with an interestingly complex malt profile following. The aftertaste is an unbalanced hoppy mess. Mostly bitter aftertaste, hints of pine.

M- This is pretty much flat. The body is tolerable for the style, if not a little thick.

O- I had decent hopes for this one, but it was a bit of a fail to me. After drinking HT/Hopslam/ETC. for the last few weeks, this beer did not fare well. I may have rated it higher as a American Barleywine rather than a Double IPA.


Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.94/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate to low retention, on a copper body with some haziness. Lacing is clear and quick to slide away. Aroma includes peach and persimmon with some apricot and some malt sweetness in the background. Taste includes some caramel sweetness and some hop bitterness but far from the amount expected, given the name and style. I actually checked the date of the keg to make sure it was fresh and it is from 12/2012. No issues there. My nose and palate seem to be working correctly, so I suppose that the beer is just a bit lacking in the "resin" department. Kind of disappointing on almost every level.

Photo of JRed
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours transparent orange with white head that dissipates. Aroma of grass, mango, cotton candy, energy drink. Intense flavors of citrus, slight mango, hop resin, grass, orange rind, booze and bitterness take over in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A cotton candy hop overload with no direction.

Photo of thlayli87
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If drinking a liquid onion sounds good to you then this beer is right up your alley. The beer looks and smells like a typical IPA, with assertive hops, bread and a mild fruity aroma. The taste is completely different however, overpowering onion flavor. Pretty gross really. I finished it, but won't be getting this again.

Photo of maximum12
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to totoropanda for two of these strangely shaped cans. They look like they should be in a Dharma Initiative lock box somewhere. 12 ounces with a cryptic January 2013 "best-by" date stamped on the bottom. Hmmmm.

Pours is orange/amber in the twilight. The smell is like the Fist of God - if the Fist were hops, God were hops, & all of creation was buried in hops. Wow. This is the kind of shit I look for in a IIPA, just hops leaking out the wazoo. Only downer note is a tinge of that churned butter that sneaks into some Sixpoint beers.

Resin lives up to neither the name nor the nose - an 18 story let-down. The bitterness veers into aspirin territory, which a raw, acrid edge to it. A slap of butter underneath further cuts the legs out from beneath the beer. OK, OK, so resin does describe the mouth on this, very sticky. But there's not much taste in the hops.

Overall this was a disappointment, especially after the first wave of aroma hit my nostrils. OK, but not something I'd bother with again.

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from Sixpoint.

Pours out a pretty dark amber/ruby with hints of orange and a 1 finger off-white head.

Smells of piney, earthy hops and caramel malt sweetness.

Very sweet for an Imperial IPA. Right away there is a strong taste of the caramel malt with a biscuit like flavor as well followed by the piney and earthy hops. Not very bitter for over 100 IBUs.

Overall, not a bad beer, but too sweet for my taste.

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-light amber, thick white head

S-Hoppy, little citrus. Nothing too special

T-hoppy all the way. Smooths out nicely on the back surprisingly. Not too much lingering.

Mf - smooth overall. small bubbles at the beginning.

O- very drinkable for the alcohol content

Photo of ghirsh
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Way too sweet for my liking. The malt and hop profile is nice, but it's completely overpowered by sweetness.

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