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Resin - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 710
Hads: 4,014
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 241
Gots: 809 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4neeh3ziWw  "
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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Bright, hazy golden color with an orange tinge and wisps of yeast beneath a billowy, three-finger head of tightly packed, ivory carbonation bubbles. Lacing is quite nice and head retention is solid.

S: Loads of citrusy, tropical fruits and a blend of peppery, spicy and herbal hop notes. Pineapple, orange rind, guava and lemongrass tickle the nostrils.

T: Juicy malt sweetness up front throws some white peppery into a mix of Valencia orange, pineapple and peach. The mid-palate carries some maltier caramel notes before being crushed under a wave of bitter hop resins. Bitterness ranges from musty grapefruit to sharp, acidic cattiness. Fruity malts pop up before a resinous, bittersweet finish wraps around the tongue with a warm, boozy embrace.

M: Bright and refreshing up front, the hop resins make handiwork of the sweet balance before becoming a bit hot and bitterly puckering.

O: A very bold, fruity and brash DIPA, Resin embodies all that is wonderful about high alpha-acid hops washing away the sweet palate of a big beer. The 9.1% ABV is there, but almost feels smaller beneath the soft, tropical fruitiness of the brew. Make no mistake, though, this is a big, sweet, bitter triumph of a brew. (1,272 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from Bessette's Canton NY for 3$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, pineapple, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with pineapple, apricots, and oranges. There is also a caramel sweetness and some pine/resin. It finishes with a pineapple/caramel aftertaste with a decent amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall - Definitely the best Sixpoint beer I've had so far. It has a nice amount hops and a good dose of fruitiness. Well worth trying if you happen to see it on the shelves. (767 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. tallboy can with a best buy date of Apr 2013 (!!!) poured into tumbler.

A: Typical DIPA. Orange with a finger thick white head. Clarity and retention expected with the style.

S: Again...average. Strong bouquet of piney and citrusy hops.

T: The pine hops are pretty prevalent here. The citrus stays in the background, along with a semi-sweet malt base. Very bitter.

M: Slick and medium bodied. The 9.1% abv is nowhere to be seen. The bitterness makes it slightly more difficult to drink at warmer temperatures.

O: A good, but not great, DIPA. It's a bit old school in it's one-dimensionaless. It has a strong bitterness without much else to back it up. If you love the strong, piney hop bite, then this DIPA is for you. Otherwise, it's interesting to try, but there's not enough drinkibility to make it a mainstay in the fridge. (840 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brooklynbrews for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly golden amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

The beer had a big hop aroma, mostly citrus, with very little malt showing through. The taste was pretty much the same, with a bit more malt base showing up, very much a hop forward brew, fairly typical for the style.

The body was a bit fuller than average. Drinkability was decent for a big IPA. Overall, a fairly average ImpIPA. Worth trying if you see it. (536 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting tall boy slim can.

Pours a fizzy almost 1 finger off white head that fades semi slowly with bits of lacing, a hazy auburn mahogany colored beer.

Nose brings lots of resinous hops, as it promises, musty fresh light resin, light candied orange peel, citrus, hint of tangerine, a sweet caramel malt base, and hint of booze.

Taste starts with more resinous hops, a bit musty, hint of pine and orange peel, very light citrus and tangerine, fairly bitter. Then malts wash in, light caramel reddish toasty malts, with a light booze, and candy flavors. It has that candied orange peel with the resinous hops. It might be borderline astringent if the big sweet malts to back it up weren't there. Finish is drier but still a bit sweet, quite bitter, lingering resinous hops, slight almost astringent, and a bit of citrus lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb some warming booze.

Overall it delivers what it promises, but not quite drinkable as it's so bitter, resinous, sweet, and a bit boozy. Nice flavors though, and typical well done IPA from Sixpoint. (1,084 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.

Light amber poured into a snifter. Little to no head.

Juicy fruit in the nose with pineapple, grass and mango.

The taste is refreshing and so easy to drink. Chewy throughout. Some caramel and slightly sweet with most of the emphasis on hops. Pine, citrus, and white pepper come through with a lingering bitterness of pine and lemon. This is really sticky and needless to say resiny.

Quite good and it's scary how easy this is to drink. Even the skinny can makes it seem less imposing. (499 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Color was a medium amber with a touch of haze. A few threads of bubbles rose from the bottom. Head was a generous 2 fingers milky white foam. Didn't last long, but clung to the sides very well. Aroma started slightly fruity sweet, and then became a gentle hoppy. Flavor was definitely solidly hops, but not overly bitter or overwhelming. Hoppy, but yet balanced. Felt good in the mouth. A smidge thin on the coating, but otherwise felt good. Overall a very solid well balanced beer. (509 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into a snifter.
9.1% ABV, 103 IBU, 9.5 SRM, Best Before 27JAN2013

A - Incredibly fine particles haze the beautifully colored apricot orange beer which pours from a tall, skinny can, skillfully designed. The thin and somewhat short-lived off white head dots the snifter in specks of foam.

S - Resin lives up to it's evocative name with gobs of sticky pine resin from bold hopping. Pine needle and pine cone rise above the mango and grapefruit citrus notes with so much hop giving it faint notes of burnt rubber, common to highly hopped beers, I find. Additionally, the beer is heavily malted, balancing the sheer hop pummel with loads of caramel and sweet pils malt.

T - Strangely, Resin is uniquely balanced and dangerously so; not at all what the aroma might suggest. Loads of pilsner sweetness brings some caramel along for the ride and balances the bold hop flavor that draws directly from the nose, only less resin-sticky. Orange marmalade, spread on toast, with a fruit plate of mango, pineapple, and faint grapefruit are at the forefront of the hop flavor with slight pine needle and resiny tones following behind.

M - Nice, moderate carbonation tickles the tongue as this bitter-but-balanced, medium-full bodied beer smoothly slides down the throat. A tasty dryness crosses the palate post-swallow as the sticky flavor lingers on the tongue.

O - Bold and hoppy but artfully restrained and balanced, Resin is a hop-head's dream; fruity and bitter but earthy too; unique in it's own right. From the sexy, slender can to the delicious, assertive flavor and dry, lingering finish, Resin is a real joy to partake. And it's year-round! (1,658 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours a hazy glowing gold with a huge head of bubbly egg shell color foam on top. You can see some bubble action going on in the body, which has some really nice complexity throughout. No sediment that I can see. Preliminary lacing is real nice. Honestly, it looks perfect. Really does.

S: First thing I smell is fresh, in-your-face hops. I feel like I've been drinking a lot of minimally hoppy brews, or English-style IPAs. This is a nice hoppy American-style IPA. There's also some sweet, strong, candied citrus smell there too. But, it's like candied tangerine. Some passion fruits too. Really nice addicting smell. Great.

T: The candied citrus disappears slightly in the taste replaced by a sweet, caramel, toffee malt-forward brew with a dry finish. Also, getting more of a sweet pine in the flavor too. But, the taste is really good. Lots of complexity in the flavor. Should also mention the alcohol is very well managed.

M: This is a medium bodied, smooth and creamy brew with a less-than-perfect medium carbonation. Really soft on the tongue. Buttery feel. The chewiness really brings out the hops. Good here too.

O: Well, this is a great beer. There's not much else to say. I've been grading very difficult on the beers I've recently had, and this one just blows me away. If you haven't tried this, then go out and get some now. One of the best East-Coast IPA. Happy IPA Day! (1,390 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a hazy mber with a lacy ivory head. Aroma is thick hops. Lots of pine. Taste is less piney than would be expected given the aroma. Malt up front with a bitter, citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is good. It's nicely carbonated. Overall, a very good dIPA. There are so many good IPAs and double IPAs these days. Resin doesn't stand out in the crowd, but that's not necessarily a negative, as they're in a very high-quality crowd. All in all, an excellent dIPA. (461 characters)

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy copper color with a finger of white head. Medium lacing and very cloudy.

S: Huge on oranges and lemons. I can't quite put my finger on it but it has the smell of a certain cleaning solution that I can't remember the name of (not docking points for that, it's pretty cool.)

T: Follows the nose with a burst of lemons and oranges with a slightly sweet maltiness. This is definitely hop forward with the malts playing backup to keep the bitterness in check.

M: Very clean and refreshing with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

O: This is a really solid DIPA. No complaints from me. (638 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pop the tab on this bad boy and pour a beer the color of dirty pumpkins. It holds a two finger head of toasted cream, showing great retention. Sheets of spotty lacing, and thick clumps of white bubbles are left all around our glasses. This is all easily reproducible with a light swirl. There is thick haze, no sediment, and light carbonation. The aroma is spicy of lemon, and more fruity citric hops. Honey sweetness works its way in, with floral and strawberry sweetness. The malts are sweeter, and toasty, with muddy minerals and dirty pine cones taking up the rear. Our first impression is that there is nice sweetness, and the hops do well to hide the big booziness. As we sip, bitter bites of hops nip the palate, with thick citrus and rind, florals, and sweet nectar. The booze is, however, immediately apparent, mixing amongst the muddy malts. Orange and lemon flesh, and sugary sweetness hit at the peak, with honey and balancing toast from the grain. The hops remain equally bitter and full of cone at the peak. The finish enhances the muddy, piney hops, dirty toasted pale malts, and brings out a slight caramel sweetness. There is a brief flash of alcohol here, but it is quite strong. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, raw pine cones, citrus rind, peppery booze, and bitter grapefruit. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium, but soft. There is creamy slurp, creamy froth, and an astringent resiny (HA!!) coating the palate with each sip. There is a fiery warming from the booze, but still a soft creamy bubbliness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring, and the softness of the slurp. The taste was thoroughly smooth, sweet, and hoppy, and not overly wrought with caramel or insane bitterness, as is easy for the style. We did, however, wish that the aroma was a bit more robust, as all the great flavors within were a bit dampened by the weak sniffability. Ultimately, this beer is insanely drinkable, but it will catch up quickly with you if you let it. (2,068 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and was rewarded with a billowing 2 fingers of head over an amber/light burnt orange body. Body is opaque and translucent. Decent lacing.

Whew! Heavy resinous pine is a hell of a body on this. Light biscuit, light grapefruit and a hint of pepper flesh it out.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the palate. There is a hint of caramel sweetness to it, and a little spice on the end. (403 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The. Head settles at a modate pace and leaves nice, sticky lace.

S - Pungent, pine hops with some oniony spicy notes and toffee in the background.

T - Sicy hops and sweet, bready malt up front. Sweaty hops with more sweet malt in the middle and a finish of orange, grapefruit and toffee malts with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nice, kind of an i betweener style wise as some of the more bold bakeries might call this a regular IPA. But whatever it is, it's very good with a pungent hop aroma and a flavor that is nearly as well done. (715 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a clear golden with crimson hue body.

S: excellent aroma with caramel, grapefruit citrus, resiny pine and black pepper.

T: well balanced with caramel malts, bitter floral and grassy notes from the hops. The fruit has a mild tartness. resin from pine late in the aftertaste.

M: smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one may have been towards the end of its prime but still nicely balanced. The alcohol is about as strong as the ABV predicts meaning neither well hidden or over the top. Not quite hoppy enough for me for a DIPA. (594 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy reddish orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and pine rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a sharp biting bitterness is wrapped in an earthy tone. Alcohol is mildy noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and very dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the bitterness and grapefruit linger onthe tongue forever.

Overall: a slow sipping big bitter DIPA. Satisfies the need for hops, and any hophead would enjoy this. (541 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken July 22, 2012:

A: Beautiful hazy copper with a huge creamy tan head.

S: Pineapple, citrus, funky pine, sweet toffee, nutty qualities. Very fresh aroma. Varied and dynamic.

T: Caramel/brown sugar, bold citrus, pine bitterness. Not as complex as expected from the aroma but still an impressive taste profile that agrees with my palate.

M: Medium bodied with a low-med carbonation. Thick and chewy texture with quite an oily sheen. Fitting.

D: Impressed with this offering, in fact picked up a second 4-pack the following day and I have a feeling it won't be my last. (587 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with a good sized head, stick around for a decent amount of time and leave some nice sticky lacing patches on the glass, slight haze to it but no floating sediment.

Smell is defintely on the tamer scale for a DIPA with a strong sweet malt front, the hop presence is noticeable with the strongest aspect being citrus pine.

Taste isn't aggressive with the bitterness, instead it's fairly balanced along the middle with the malt and the citrus pine, carbonation is great and lends a nice creamy mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry with a little bit of bitter aftertaste. (594 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bullet/Red Bull can. Best before 27 Jan 2013.

Partly cloudy, brassy orange body. Thick finger of dense, sticky, beige head. Nice lacing and retention. Lots of hops on the nose. Citrus and pineapple mostly. Candyish, butterscotchy malt in the background.

Toasted malt and herbal bitterness up front. Hops become spicier with more citrus as he malt shows some fruit and butterscotch sweetness. Citrus and pine hop bitterness take over the drier finish. Full bodied, creamy smooth feel. Nice! (498 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATED 8/12/15: Thanks again to SIXPOINT for the chance to try these again; based on the Pils & IPA, I'm expecting good things from this 12 oz. can. One for me, one for my wife.

Visuals & smell remain the same; though the ribald hoppiness is lacking the buttery quality of the previous can (no complaints from me). In taste this is a completely different beer from the '12 version. Hops mimic the nose with a piney bitterness that's sticky, creamy, & dry, if that's possible. Vastly superior to the older version, this is an excellent beer.

ORIGINAL 7/20/12: 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. (1,578 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a mostly clear amber color with just under a finger of creamy off white head. As the head fades it leaves some lacing.

Smell: I'm getting some citrus peel hops along with some tropical fruit notes. I'm getting some malt sweetness behind the hops.

Taste: Less sweet and juicy than the smell. Unfortunately, the juicy tropical notes don't show up in the taste. There is a ton of grapefruit peel hop bitterness. I'm getting some malt in the background, but it's not too sweet. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good double IPA. It smelled fantastic and the taste fell just short, but I still enjoyed it. (774 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 03MAR2013

A: Cloudy golden-orange with a big, fluffy, frothy white head that hangs around for a while. Sticky lace down the glass but little head retention.

S: Fruity, earthy hops, slightly roasted malt, and a complementing alcohol presence.

T: Just what a Double IPA should be...full of fresh, resiny, American hops, plenty of roasted malt to balance it out, and a slight presence of alcohol in the finish. Some nutty, malty flavors pair with fruity, piney hops to give a very pleasant experience.

M: Alcohol shows itself a bit more as the beer warms. Great malty flavor in the finish. A creamy, very easy-drinking beer for the style.

O: "Resin" is a great name for this brew. A very good Double IPA that I will most certainly drink again if the opportunity arises. Awesome, green, skinny, tall 12-ounce can. Hits the mark on every aspect. Well done, Sixpoint! (879 characters)

Photo of mass4beer2dude0
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 3/3/13 stamp on bottom of can.

A. Deep golden orange with traces of amber

S. Very floral and pleasing to this hop head. Smells like 103 IBUS to me...

T. Very hoppy, and enjoyable with a light almost citrus like flavor about it.

M. Very dry and bitter as an Imperial IPA should have. The 9.1 ABV and 103 IBU's are very evident.

O. Overall, a very enjoyable beer for die-hard hop heads. The relatively low price and availablity makes it a good choice when the harder to find Heady Toppers or Ghandi Bots might not be available. (543 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3 March 2013, which seems pretty optimistic.

A - Pours a slightly hazed burnt orange with three fingers of craggy off-white head. Head has nice retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Pine and lots of citrus, with orange pulp and zest.

T - Nice resiny (hey, I get it) hop taste up front, with lots of pine and pretty good citrus as well. Caramel malt with some bread as well. Grassy aftertaste. A little maltier than I was expecting from the nose. Some noticeable alcohol, but not detrimental. Nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice dry bitterness throughout. Nice amount of carbonation makes it a bit silky.

O - Very solid if unspectacular DIPA. A little less malt would be welcome, but the bitter aftertaste is very nice. Just a touch of alcohol heat. I'd have this again. (818 characters)

Photo of dedhed1981
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was in the mood for a double IPA or something similarly piney yet crisp. I was actually planning to get some Sierra Nevada Tornado when this can caught my eye in the package store. I had never had a Sixpoint brew before but decided to give it a try. Wow! Slightly cloudy appearance, tenacious lace on the glass. Great taste, very strongly piney and a little heavy bodied for a dIPA. I really enjoyed this beer's drinkability. I will certainly buy this again. (Note: It did wallop me with a pretty nasty hangover the next morning, which I attributed to the heavy hops and high ABV.) (583 characters)

Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.