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Resin | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 jmerloni
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Woody orange coloration, translucent. Moderate, flat, lasting and evenly lacing head.

S - Smells like thick, coagulated hops. Smells a little gluey. Floral notes.

T - This beer takes it's hop profile in a weird, interesting direction! Very, very hoppy, but it's a very interesting journey from first contact to your tongue to full swallow. And it's very logical and progressive. I'm giving this a 5 for it's creativity. This is very interesting. It has an aspect to it that honey has.

M - Medium to full bodied. Chewier than most DIPA. Well-carbonated, well-hopped. Interesting.

D - This beer is kick ass. For all the DIPA's that taste so much the same, this one tastes a little bit different and it's better for it. I'll be getting this one again. Very creative, very visionary. Touche. I had never encountered Sixpoint until a few months ago and I've LOVED every offering from them. I can't talk them up enough. Also, the slender, taller Resin can is pretty sexy haha. The marketing definitely works on me.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. This is the first time that I've seen Sixpoint available here, so I'm pretty pleased about that. The best by label states this one is good for another five months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear honey amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a bit and leaves somewhat erratic lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Tropical fruit notes of mango, pineapple, and guava play atop more earthy and resinous notes of pine and grapefruit rind. There's some nice dank/funky notes coming through, as well. This one has a very pleasing bouquet--more fruity and fresh than I expected it to be.

T: Clean and crisp cracker malt at the outset, with some nice grapefruit and more subtle tropical fruit hop flavors following. As the flavor progresses, there's more of a clear pine hop flavor that emerges, quite resinous, as the name implies. The middle also sees the emergence of some nice dank/herbal, floral, and grassy hop notes. A bit of sweet caramel malt takes on greater intensity as the flavor moves toward the back. There's just the slightest suggestion of clear alcohol toward the back, as well. This is masked remarkably well. The close is great resinous pine and citrus rind hop flavor. It definitely brings the bitter without totally destroying the palate. This is a very tasty DIPA.

F: This one falls on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has just a bit of a watery quality to it; though, it does have a very nice level of carbonation. The middle and back have a bit of stick to them, but I wouldn't describe this as anywhere near syrupy. I am very impressed at how easy-drinking this one is for a beer with over 9% ABV.

O: After being a bit underwhelmed by Hi-Res, I was very pleased with the quality of Resin. This is a DIPA with some very nice and complementary flavors. I was actually happy that it wasn't an outright pine bomb: I appreciate the nice dank and fruity hop flavors that this one brings. Ultimately, the most impressive part of this beer is how well it conceals its high alcohol content. I will definitely be returning to Resin again.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solidly above-average beer. It's fresh as CAN be, just in today and rocking a best before July 2012 - 12oz stylized can into the Moonlight tulip/pint glass.

Looks a 5.0. Brite, fluffy head that leaves a resinous lacing that befits its name.

Aroma is severely lacking. What is there is more malty than hops.

Flavor makes up for the aroma well, but the booze takes over particularly with a deep inhale while quaffing. The resin is reserved for the final favors but lingers on the palate well after consumption and it isn't unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Six point really seems to hit this well in all their brews and this is no exception.

This does not distinguish itself as a double IPA but it is an enjoyable brew. Looking forward to sending this one around and seeing what other people think.


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Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

The fruity aromas and intense sweetness at the initial sip take over for a nice hoppy, bitter finish. Some may find the flavor too intense; but with a 9.1% ABV, I think this a very well crafted beer that is definitely worthy of a sampling.

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Photo of kculrich
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: The color of a shiny new penny with a lush white head that lasts. S: pine, herbs and vanilla T: pine and herbs on a caramel-sweet malt body F: as promised, thick and resinous, chewy O: I keep wanting to compare it to a Ricola only, hmm, it's beer, not a cough drop. This went down so easily, it was gone before I thought to look at the abv - yikes!

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Photo of raznug
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Resin pours a slightly hazy orange color and is topped with ¾” of off white colored head that lasts for quite a while. Belgian lacing rings the chalice as I drink the beer it makes it easy to tell how many drinks I have had since I started this review.
Smell: A blast of grassy, pine and citrus aromas fill your nose upon the first smell. It is followed by the slightest hints of malt sweetness.
Taste: Hop bitterness is the first thing that I taste and I really can’t discern between hop flavors they just kind of melt together to make a tasty stew of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Resin is right in the middle of the road on the body of the beer; easy drinking and yet nice feel to it that the flavors stick around tastefully. I was hoping for a little better hop profile while drinking Resin but it felt a little bit on the muddy side, it is still a very tasty beer just a bit under what I was expecting.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 06/19/2013
Type: 12oz. slim can
Vintage: 2013, best by July 9th, 2013
Glass: Heady Stemless (Why not?)

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left light sticky lacing. Aromas of pine, mango, and fresh cut PVC pipe resin. The flavor started w/ caramel malt sweetness up front, leading into a touch of mango, and finishes with moderate resinous bitterness. Medium bodied and somewhat lush, but needs more carbonation and guessing this was mashed in at around 152 degrees and maybe could have been mashed a bit higher to create a little fuller body. However, additional carbonation might be the only remedy needed. Pretty drinkable stuff.

Overall, good solid DIPA, but nothing mind blowing or really all that unique. I would drink this again without hesitation, but I would prefer more enhanced citrus notes and a slightly better mouth feel. In the end, good beer though from Sixpoint.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Color is thick, unfiltered reddish-brown, the color of pine tar to match its name. A beautiful 2-finger, dense ecru head appeared with some nice lacing. This is a pretty beer to look at!

S: Hoppy, with some nice sweet, mild malt notes underneath. Pine, citrus, flowers, with hints of pipe tobacco and some light cherry/vanilla underneath. A bit of alcohol esters, but not overwhelming. Subtle, but inviting nose.

T: The flavor has light malts on the front of the tongue, with a well-balanced middle, and dry, hoppy finish. Well-balanced in that there is not one dominant flavor, though the dry finish is a tad rough on the aftertaste (not recommended for those who are dry hop-averse.) Flavors of wood, citrus and pine, with floral notes and some nice malted barley undertones. This beer is tasty, but it dries you mouth out, and is probably best consumed in a shoulder season (spring on fall.)

M: Slightly chewy, in a good way, with an even-keeled overall in-mouth impression, and a scorchingly dry afterfeel. It has a good presence, that adds to its attractiveness.

O: A very good offering in the DIPA category, if not top of the class. It's everything one should expect of the varietal, with nothing too new to add. For a beer of 9.1% abv, I couldn't taste the hooch, though I still wouldn't call it "sessionable" because of the amount of flavors and dry bite.

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Photo of dleigh
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most grapefruit IPA ever, at least when fresh.

Clear yellow with minimal head. As soon as I poured it in the glass, the smell hit me--sweet fruit but with a tinge of bitter. Huge grapefruit notes. As it warmed, the smell got more sweet. I cannot write enough about the smell. This is the smell that made me fall in love with hops in the first place, and it's what I chase in every hoppy beer. Smell carries through to the taste, grapefruit with some sticky, resinous hoppy bitterness on the back end. Fantastic.. Nice refreshing carbonation--crispy. A very good DIPA.

Can, best by June 3, 2016.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep golden brown color with a vibrant white, hakf finger head that retains fairly well and expands greatly as I swirl the glass. Foam coats the whole glass as I sip and leaves a lovely latticework of lacing

S-Pungent hops, floral, grapefruit, dry and raw pine straw. Booziness warms up the back of the nose.

T-Salty at the front along with the grapefruit. Not much nuance in the taste, as the tannic fruit and hops and saltiness overpower the rest. That's not to say it's not good. Sometimes a raw hopomb is just what you want.

MF-Watery and a bit overcarbonated. Still very refreshing and easy to drink

O-A damn good DIPA. Hop forward taste but it smells exceptional and is very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to Lawson's sniffer

A: orange clean and clear looking completely translucent with a big tan to white head that is very fluffy looking. I have to say this is the cleanest DIPA i have seen including pliny.

S: Well there is definitely lots pine resin in there as that is the main smell, but there is some fresh hop smells in there too though it is not very powerful. There aren't many other smells, but there are hints of malt sweetness.

T: follows the nose there is some pine tar in this thing it is so sticky you can feel it for over a minute after you take just a small sip so that is pretty impressive however there are other elements to this beer, but before I go on this should be clear it the dominant flavor. There is other hop flavor in there in the background and there is some malt sweetness in the finish that does add some balance.

M: First of all this is crazy smooth and drinkable given its abv there is no alcohol taste or burn at all which is impressive at 9.1% not super hardcore but for drinkable it is it matters. The other aspects of the feel it is very crisp as well as and as I previously stated sticky as pine tar, but to go on it is still pretty thin and a light carbonation that adds to the feel.

O: I am pretty impressed with with this beer and I wasn't expecting that. I like the pine resin (if you don't disregard my review) but i didn't find it overwhelming and there are other tastes and feelings in this beer. Its not the best imperial ipa I've had but its a solid beer and if you can deal with the resin then this is a quality beer.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours cloudy, dark orange, little to no head.

Smell is fruity as in apricot and peach. Some of the alcohol is picked up. Bubble gum. Light vanilla scent as well.

The name of the beer tells the tale of the first taste. Resinous, bitter bite along with caramel and slight toffee and a little alcohol burn. A bit of peppery spice. Heavy hop bitterness dominates this one. maybe some of the floral variety.

Thick and heavy mouthfeel. very long finish. Medium carbonation.

Im not sure how I feel about this one. Its heavy and bitter for sure but tough to pick up on much more. It does have the malt balance. I prefer some more citrus in my DIPAs but this is ok for a change up. tough to have more than one in a sitting. Would have again but not going to go looking for this one.

Revisit 7/26/15:
Revamped recipe and I like it much better than the old version. The booziness is much more tamed and the feel takes it down a notch to make it much more drinkable than before. A bit of citrus thrown in now too which gives it a broader spectrum in the hop profile.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Great looking orange amber beer. Nice small white head and good lacing
S: Fruity smell with a bit of pine and sweetness but smell seems weak to me
T: Delicious beer citrusy and hoppy bitterness. WIth a slight bit of malt and great hoppy after taste
M: A little over carbonated to me

Great beer

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Photo of gcasher
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells fragrant right out of the can, sweet and citrusy
Appears deep golden with a fluffy white head.
Nice cloying oily feel.
Definitely get the hops up front with a nice herbal aftertaste. Nice kick in the end. So good, I had 2.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this because I couldn't hear the bartender and when she said "Sixpoint" I took my chances and nodded. Normally I hate IPAs but I can actually say I enjoyed it.

Appearance- Pours light amber with a foamy head that leaves some lacing.

Smell-Hoppy and piney. Some citrus

Taste-Piney and hoppy but not overbearing. There is an acidic bitterness to most IPAs that I can;t get past but this beer doesn't have it. Not nearly as bitter as I would expect. There is also some citrus and caramel notes.

MF-Nice carbonation, medium body.

Overall- The best IPA I have ever had but keep in mind I liked it because it lacked the bitterness that most people enjoy in their IPAs.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very boozy and, I'll keep it in mind, next time I plan on getting arrested. Seriously though, behind all of it is some underlying notes of peach skin and delicious red apples. This might not be for everyone given the aggressive nature, but there's a lot more to pull than alcohol, grapefruit and malt. This is super fresh, and I dig it. Can youuuuuuuu dig it?

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clean DIPA. Smell is a crisp tropical fruit/pine. Taste is a little bit more robust than the smell, can pick out guava, passion fruit, papaya for sure. This Is still definitely a crisp, clean DIPA as opposed to a dank-city ganja fest if you get what i'm saying.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat cloudy golden orange. Big fluffy off-white head with really good, sticky lacing left behind. Looks very good.

S: Citrusy, grapefruit hops, fairly strong and bittersweet. Some underlying grassy notes as well, and maybe a hint of malty sweetness somewhere in there, hiding beneath that great hop presence.

T/M: As with the nose, this is pure hoppy goodness. Strong, bitter pine notes hit right away, mingling with floral and citrus flavors. The bitter aftertaste coats the palette and lingers long after each sip. There's a mild soapiness that detracts slightly from the otherwise delicious flavors. The mouthfeel is amazing, too, very creamy at first and then dry and prickly on the way down.

O: A very good DIPA that unfortunately hits just a few wrong notes in its flavor profile that prevents it from being truly world-class. Still quite good and drinkable, just not the total home run it might be with just a couple of minor tweaks to the taste.

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Photo of Skwalk47
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly opaque amber orange with lacy 3 finger head. Nice balance of citrus hops and malt on the smell. Taste is pleasantly balanced. Sweet malts and citrus hops with little to no alcohol taste. Slightly resinous but fairly thin and high carbonation.

Overall one of the best dipa bangs for your buck.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found it. Delicious, very hoppy, and delightfully alcoholic. Sixpoint is killing it right now.

Amber colored, good head. Smells very hoppy, citrusy and it forebodes the full frontal hop assault that hits your tongue. Goes down smooth, despite the rip-roaring bitterness.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.02/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruby brown copper wait for it... resin.

S: Woah wtf?! bananas. Molasses, sweet belgian strong ale fruit flavors.

T: Light and modest with a clean presentation. Hoppiness is mild. Finishes again with the belgian yeast.

M: Slightly cloying, tongue bittering as well as dehydrating. Carbonation is low, and it can stand to be.

O: Interesting style, or hybrid rather. Could have done without.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Semitransparent golden orange. Nice solid white head with great retention and dense foam. Lacing clings beautifully to the glass.

S - Orange citrus aroma

T - Orange and pine hops with a strong malt body. Nice heat from the alcohol.

M - Resinous as the name would suggest. Medium body with good carbonation

O - At first I was not very impressed, but as I drink this it grows on me. The malt base balances and gives body under the piney hops. I will definitely be coming back to this.

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Photo of Chvck1
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are many beers with a similar flavor but this one stands out. The intense hoppiness with the sweet citrus flavor is delightful. Maybe it's the red bull style can that I'm attracted to but I personally enjoy drinking this one straight out of the can. For some reason, maybe it has to do with easy availability, but I have always passed on this. I will never again take a beer for granted.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well that's a screw. I didn't realize this beer comes in 12oz cans instead of the usual 16oz for Sixpoint. Very sneaky of them to use tall skinny cans so the packaging looks the same as the others. Oh well, this four-pack has a best-by date of July 30.

This pours a nearly garnet reddish brown, and it's very hazy. Sand-colored head is about a finger think with good lacing. Looks great in the glass. Aroma is not what I expected, as I get some of the fruity hops but there is also lots of caramel sweetness and a tiny bit of spice.

Hmm, taste is also a bit different from other DIPAs. Definitely thinner than I'd prefer, and that helps to hide the abv as well. It's extremely bitter in the finish, after building through a malty-yet-not-sweet body.

It's not bad, but given the price per ounce, I was hoping for more. It delivers neither a crazy aromatic IPA nor a nice and sticky imperial ale. I'll skip this one in the future.

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a honey hue with a thin head that leaves scant lacing on the glass. Nose is pine and, appropriately, resinous. The name truly fits the taste of this beer too. It leads with big, piney hops, that give way to a malty bitter finish that are very reminiscent of its namesake. This is an outstanding beer from my perspective, not because it's subtly balanced or larger than life, but because it picks a sector of the IPA spectrum, and nails that taste. A refreshing change of pace from the sweet, citrusy IPAs that are flooding the market these days. Overall, and outstanding DIPA.

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Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.