Resin - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 3,880
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
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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:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4neeh3ziWw  "
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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange-amber color. For a bar-pour head, quite extensive.

Nice, fresh floral hop to the nose. No malt. Classic strong IPA.

Mild malt and then a grapefruit infused hop explosion. Smooth body, but comparatively thin to other IPAs. No truly an DIPA, closer to the American version of an IPA.

Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an annoying looking can into a Three Floyds pint glass. I don't have a sixpoint glass, hint hint.

I'm dinging the appearance on this beer just because of the style of can used, don't do this again, you've been warned. Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, off white tan head, small bubbles, nice lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is strong, piny, earthy, sweet, a little malty, mild alcohol perhaps, smells awesome actually.

Beer is pretty heavy, chewy with hops, strongly bitter on the backend, very strong flavors, strong throughout, a little alcohol up front, a very in my face beer all around, this is a little malty but forgivable, a really nice big IPA here. I'm looking forward to another one, but that means I'm going to have to hold one of those annoying cans again. I have some serious thinking to do.

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a foamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of resin, pine, herbal/floral notes.

The taste shows the name is appropriate. Resin upfront and throughout. As bitter as it is - and it is - a caramel-ish backbone adds sweetness that keep the hops in balance and adds fullness and smoothness. Alcohol well-covered.

Full-bodied, full-flavored, but not thick.

Resinous, bitter, big and bold, this is "too" easy to drink. Strong but smooth. If you like a strong pine/resin character with a touch of caramel, this is certainly strongly recommended! Very nice DIPA to say the least!

Photo of orangesol
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's during a recent Happy Hour trip.

A - Pours clear amber orange with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down some of the glass.

S - Smells of pine needles, caramel malt and lots of resinous hops. Some booze creeps into the nose as it warms up but not as much as in the taste.

T - Start off with a big dose of hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of pine, caramel malt and some citric fruit rind. The booze is there throughout, growing a little too strong at the end of the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness and hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body with a strong, hoppy flavor and moderate carbonation. The booze and hops really started to wear on me about halfway through my glass.

O - I thought this one was decent. The hops and booze really started to take over as it sat in the glass, leaving me with about half a glass of beer that was kinda tough to finish. I will have to try a can some day and see if that is better.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 12/22/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, resinous/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slim, 12 oz. can poured into a snifter. BB dated on bottom of the can: 23 Aug. 2014.

A - Pours with one and a half fingers oa proportionate off-white foamy head over a copper-colored body. The head soon settles to apartial coat but leaves nice, sticky lacing.

Aoma: Pungent and fruity hops with some oniony spicy notes in the background.

T: As expected. pleny of piney/resinous hops but remarkably little grapefruit. Surprisingly sweet and bready up front, but quickly turns fruity and moderately bitter. Nice lingering hops aftertaste without the typical grapefruit aspect.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation; mildly astringent.

O: a powerful DIPA without high bitterness.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a two finger light tan head and no visible carbonation. The head reduces to a thin layer of bubbles along the edge of the glass after a couple of minutes. Tones of lacing.

S: Definitely get aromas of pine hops followed by biscuit malts and caramel malts. Just the slightest hints of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: The flavors are malty upfront followed by the pine and citrus and with a nice lasting bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with just shy of medium amounts of carbonation and a slight stickiness.

O: Love the fact that the can is like the large Red Bull can - something a little different than the normal can forma factor. Nice complexity in the smell and taste of the beer - not overly bitter so pretty easy to drink. Perfectly named with the piney aromas/flavors and the sticky mouthfeel.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of resinous pine, with some sweet candy notes also thrown in. I also get a bit of toffee and biscuit malt in the aroma. The flavor is very similar. The pine and resin notes are very apparent, but there is also some juicy orange citrus thrown in for good measure. The biscuit malt is also present and keeps the bitterness in check, although it is definitely present. The hop flavors are very bold and are very well done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An excellent Double IPA. Glad to have this one in Texas.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper color with some golden highlights. Small off-white colored head not much retention, spotty lacing.

S: Strong at first, but over time the aroma reduces a bit. Some citrus and a little bit of pine upfront with some caramel at the end.

T: More pine than citrus, very earthy hops. A good bit of caramel mixed in.

Medium bodied with slightly low carbonation, but smooth.

O: A decent DIPA, probably would pass in the future, but worth a shot.

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin 12oz can into a snifter. Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with one of these to try. The brew pours a hazed burnt amber color with a mountainous frothy yellow stained tan head that is 3+ fingers strong. It completely coats the glassware with thick webby lace and slowly fades.

The smell of the brew lives up to the name. It opens with a bold hit of piney hops. Some herbs and fruity/floral quality mingle around with a touch of more herbal aspects that lean towards being weedy. There is some mineral character present that fills out the void along with a solid inclusion of toasty caramel malt. As it warms, a bit of citrus aspect comes out that takes this brew off in a new direction with more focus on rinds and fruity pulp. However, all the while there is a mineral aspect present that while not dominating is ever-present and slightly distracting.

The taste is surprisingly malty initially with a solid toffee to caramel sweetness. It blends into fruity hoppy bitterness that is resinous with a hint of pine, herbs and catty quality. There is a solid pithy aspect to this that leaves a flavor of oily rinds and pulp inside the mouth. The alcohol is present with an accenting fruity to fusel touch and warmth down the back of the throat. It finishes with a hint of that toasty malt that leans towards being a bit burnt but immediately goes back to herbal with a lasting modest bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. For a 9% brew it is fairly approachable. I like the resinous cling and decent contrast of maltiness to hops here. It seemingly was more crisp than you would expect for a brew of this strength. However, the mineral inclusion I could deal without. I like my hoppy brews with a bit of residual sweetness and this one had that. However, this one was primarily driven by some dank herbal hoppiness that completely overtook the brew and it almost became dull half way through the glass. A decent effort and worth seeking out to give a try but not something I would return to time and time again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can gifted by drabmuh. Tick! Thanks Matt.

The beer is transparent and copper / amber colored with over an inch of thick, tan head. Excellent retention and copious lacing on the glass.

The aroma does indeed offer strong notes of resin, fresh hops, pine. Nice.

A dance of pine, fresh hops, and malty backbone. Pretty well balanced, with the 9.1% abv masked well. Lingering pine and bitter hops in the finish. The beer coats the palate, but still goes down easily. Overall, a solid beer that I would certainly have again.

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 11 Feb 2012 written while at The Fridge in LNC, PA.

Well, it's here! The long-anticipated DIPA from Sixpoint and since I just had my mind blown by the CANned version, I have hied my sorry ass over to The Fridge to do a side-by-side, since it is still flowing from the taps and CANs are in abundance. Uh oh, it is clearly more clarified, although not bright, which causes me to wonder if they did any filtration in this iteration. If so, CAN FTW (for the win, not f**k the world as I used to default to as that acronym's meaning)! If not, then still CAN as that was clearly unfiltered. At this point, the epicurious began to join me, but I have done side-by-sides before and I am always surprised by the outcome as I used to default and say that draught beer is always better than in any other form but that is not always the case. Color was still the same beautiful coppery-red. Nose was not as pronounced, again begging the question of filtration. It was still very hoppy, but not a Pittsburgh handshake - a fistful of knuckles to the Murph, like its CANned counterpart. Mouthfeel was fuller and the caramel/toffee of the malt was more pronounced.

Bottom Line: The CAN version scratches an itch while the draught version only makes me want to scratch harder.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a thin, white head

S - pine, citrus, cake batter, bread

T - bread, yeast, pine, citrus, alcohol

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a nice beer with a very nice, sweet malt character that I'm a sucker for as well as a potent, intense hop character. I enjoyed this one. The alcohol was a tad over the top at times, but it didn't really detract from the flavor or the drinkability. It's definitely worth a try.

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 Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce slim can, purchased as a single for $2.79 at DeCicco’s in Ardsley, N.Y.
No freshness info offered.
Pours medium almond amber, near clear. Light mocha head is retentive, and leaves all sorts of fine sheeting, a high collar and more then ample fields of lacing.

Densely pungent and near biting hops in the nose. As soon as the can is popped the resinous fumes invade the nostrils.

Flavorful, bold and fresh tasting DIPA. Notes of soft piney resins, ripe tropical fruits and overall hop soaked goodness.

Lusciously smooth mouthfeel, so easy to soak up and enjoy every ounce of this one. To be enjoyed over and over in the months to come.

Go get some of this high quality brew and enjoy.

Photo of yourefragile
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Skinny 12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a chilled but clear golden copper with finger of white foam head that fades quickly to a thin film and light lace. Biscuit malt and pine hop nose, slightly sweet and caramel like. Sweet and bready body with a light rye like spice and resiny citrus and pine bitterness in the finish. Medium thick and lightly carbonated body, slightly watery and thin. Finish is spicy, cardboard and pine bitterness. Not very appealing.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured orange amber in color with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty nice lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma is hoppy with a mix of pine, orange and grapefruit flavors. There is a pretty big malt base to it as well with a little bit of bready and caramel flavors to it.

The taste also has grapefruit and orange flavors coming out of the hoppiness. Some citrus rind and pine resin bitterness comes out more towards the finish. Again, the malt base is pretty apparent with some biscuity, slightly sweet caramel notes. A little alcohol is noticeable in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel feels a little heavy for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not a real outstanding one of the style for me. The hoppiness just didn't really stand out to me directly compared to other highly regarded versions of the style. It did feel relatively balanced and drinkable though for the style, especially for the abv.

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. What a cute little thin can you got there now.

Real nice appearance here, punchy off white head hits three fingers deep, foamy and good retention, but a real noticeable and amber dark red body. Gorgeous color, huge clumps of sticky retention.

Nose seems very similar to on tap version. Ripping piney hops, basic, simple, aggressive, a little one dimensional but a good one.

Woah where was this malt when I had this on tap?! Malt sweetness and rich, following a classic pine richness. Chewy and dense, a nice sugar brown maple follows through. Still maintains an oily character. Great balance of malt and hop aggression, some borderline English tea style in here also.

Overall a real fun enjoyable ride, much better than what I had on tap.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. I waited until I'd had a few four packs over the last few weeks to review it, but I've now decided it's one of my week-in-week-out beers. Beautifully balanced with just enough malt sweetness to balance the beautiful citrusy hops with a nice little bite of bitterness at the end. This is not an over the top beer, but one that has found the most important quality- wanting to go back to it again and again.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a small white head. It's gone quickly but leaves nice lacing. Thin bit of foam sustains on the surface.

Smell - Sweet smelling more than anything. I hesitate to say that the hop aroma is resiny,but iit's accurate. Grapefruit backs it up. Hefty sweet malt.

Taste - Sweetness still at the forefront. More citrusy here, grapefruit. More of that pine resin flavor behind it, building to a string pine bitterness. Finishes with a heft of both bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium heavy sweetness. Very bitter all the same.

Overall - Solid DIPA, but not among my favorites. Nice to see something this good regularly available in Florida though.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear amber color with ok carbonation leaving a one finger off white head which fades leaving a small amount of bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Big pine needle and resinous hops are right up front with a pinch of orange peel

T: Piney and resinous hops, a good dose of hop oils, some lingering orange peel but there is a potent malt bill that makes it a little sweeter. The finish is a bit sticky, slick and sweet with a nice bittering finish

M: Medium bodied. Sticky sweet, fuller mouthfeel.

O: An IPA that lives up to it's name. Balanced.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a thin cream head that fades to a ring after a few sips but sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a sluggish microcarbonation.

S- The new sneaker green hops turns woody and pungent as it finishes with some softer green citrus notes.

T- The green musty pine wood hops has some grass notes to it in the finish. There is a nice fresh pale malt hint and some candy grapefruit notes that show up as it warms aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation but no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice rich hop character with a strong malt support but it is not bitter so it is really sessionable.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this for a month or so now; a growler filled at Al's.

A: The ale (I'll refrain from IPA/DIPA/Red Ale discussions for now), is a darker amber color, still transparent but aggressively dark. Orange highlights provide a visual richness. Plenty of head, lacing in successive layers.

S: The hops are apparent, citrusy pine with fresh cracked pepper. This one is matched by plenty of caramel malts - another near barleywine. The confluence of scents is strong though, pine a finishing touch after the ale is nice and room temperature-like.

T: Plenty of flavor, I'm just not sure where to place this one. The hops are strong, oily with pine and citrus. Black peppercorns add kernels of heat. The malts are caramel, lightly roasted with a fullness that deftly cuts through the hops. The whole package is big and I'm still not quite sure how to interpret it; stylistically it is not a DIPA but I'm digging it. The thick hops linger on my palate, a lasting reminder of the ale.

M: Plenty of hops and plenty of malts, but it doesn't get into barleywine territory (I retract my earlier remarks to the contrary). It's unusual but I think that that is the point.

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chunk of what looked like melted chocolate literally jumped out the can and into the glass before I was not even two thirds through pouring. The colour was surprisingly dark to begin, but all that cloudy sediment has helped turn the beer into a muddy russet tone. Amber highlights are muted by the murkiness.

Goods as advertised. The bouquet is nothing if not resinous, smelling of spruce bark and pine serum. It has hints of flowers but is overtly woody. Notes of bitter grapefruit are distant compared to the tobacco leaf and tree needles. Sweetness abounds too, hints of maple syrup come about from toasted toffee and nougat notes.

Resin has a malty sweetness that approaches barleywine territory. The piny, resinous hops are nothing unusual for that style either. Together, the flavors of prune, raisin, dark toffee, tree bark and pine serum come to embody the 9.1% alcohol and 103 bitterness units proclaimed on the label. But the palate adjusts, and it all becomes quite soothing.

There's a lot of hops in here, and they are bitter, but it's all made more agreeable given the maple syrup-like sweetness and lingering toasted bread flavors. The fruitiness of the hops (like candied grapefruit) can add to the malty tastes of figs and dates. No doubt it's a bitter beer, however, and definitely too strong for the initiates. The flavor of spruce lingers.

As far as DIPAs go, the parts are all here but it's as if they've been put together wrong (like a doll's leg glued awkwardly onto the hip). A comparison to American barleywines (or "strong ales") is an almost inevitable conclusion. Don't expect bright fruits and sunshine. But for those who like a lot of dark, sticky fruits with their hops, definitely give it a go.

Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 3,880 ratings.