Sixpoint Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #422
Ranked #2,306
4.17 | pDev: 9.83%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Once our eyes were opened to the potential of the hop cone, we couldn’t be stopped. With a laser focus, we magnified the hop factor, and pushed the boundaries of flavor, aroma, and perception itself to create HI-RES. It’s Mad Science.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Best by 7/10/15"; drank 3/2/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance. HUGE off-white head; frothy lace.

Orange zest, pine, fresh water & a hint of booze heat in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honey, pine needle & caramel flavors up front; orange citrus zest & faint booze heat on the finish.

Sweet & boozy but with enough caramel ballast for balance. Nice.

Apr 04, 2019
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Aerocraft67 from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I can’t believe they crammed that much booze into this thing. Big IPA done right. Could have used a little more head but maybe you don’t get much of that in this style. No excessive sweetness or bitterness to counteract the alcohol, and no excessive alcohol taste. Bonus points for coming in cans. And not 16 ounce cans. I have no idea why some of the other big IPAs are showing up in the 16 ounce cans.

Apr 03, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a can of this from someone....I think it was from my pseudo big bro. It poured a hazy copper with thin white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had pine resin and hints of tropical fruit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for an 11% bomb. There was pine and citrus peel flare. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid and big beer.

Oct 28, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a somewhat cloudy dark orange with a slightly off white head. Head retention is good

Smell: There are strong notes of stone fruit that is a cross between peach and apricot. There is very low grainy sweetness in the background.

Taste: The flavors have a heavy stone fruit peach and slight apricot flavor. The is some alcohol notes in the flavor as well as some grainy sweetness. There are also so low piney notes.

Feel It has a moderately full body with a bit of syrupy texture to it. The bitterness is quite high, but is offset somewhat by the grainy sweetness.

Overall, there are plenty of stone fruit flavors and bitterness that take center stage with the alcohol being rather smooth.

Aug 12, 2018
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xxxcjbcxxx from Indiana

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely exquisite. There is literally NOTHING wrong with this beer; even the alcohol percentage is the lucky number 11.1. My only issue is they are sold as four packs only. It's obvious it's not regular beer, so most people interested will understand that it's not to be drank in large quantities.

Delicious, strong, not too sweet or bitter; flawless.

Beer perfection in a can.

Mar 27, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Tapped: This one pours a just hazy golden/amber color. It has a thin off-white head with some lacing. Good nose. A mix of hop notes, with mainly pine and citrus as well as some subdued malts. The taste is very good. A light bitterness with lots of malts providing some background sweetness. A subtle mix of hops, mainly pine and citrus flavors on top.

Mar 25, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours golden with a nice persistent head despite the imperial ABV. The aroma is very nicely malty and hoppy in equal parts. The taste is intensely bitter but also boozy especially after the beer warms up a little bit.

Mar 22, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is a matter of opinion. This beer is showcasing the biological process of brewing."going microscopic on the hop cone and magnifying the lupulin factor, Increase the resolution and you can see the finer details and the big picture" In other words there are big old yeast chunks dancing around and happy to be out of a nano keg. This is with all Hi-Res. I personally don't mind it that much. This beer smells like pine,hay, fresh cut grass, buttered biscuits,alcohol for sure 11.1 A.B.V. Taste is fruity,nice malt finish, still the hop factor leaves a bite after the malt. Overall I would recommend (if you don't mind yeast chunks ) They actually are high in vitamin B. Great triple IPA

Mar 16, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. One finger head dissipates quickly. Has an orange juice look to it. Smells terrific. The hops are magnificent of citrus fruits. Has the hop burn and the citrus comes in. Some bitterness on the back end. The alcohol is the final taste. This is different. It makes for better sipper than the usual big gulp, swish and chew. I enjoy this one and will buy it again. It's not the big, juicy IPA I thought it would be, but the hop character is pretty awesome and the ABV makes it a fine example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Canned 16Jan2018. Salute to Sixpoint Brewers.

Mar 01, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque. Soft. Malty. Sweet. Dank. Earthy. Bitter. Boozy. Sticky. Really, really like it. What a malt-heavy, "balanced" (in that both the pithy bitterness and malty sweetness are turned up to 11), flavorful, squeeze-everything-you-can-out-of-the-hop-cone IIPA should be.

Feb 15, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned 1/8/18 (35 days old) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 11.1% ABV 111 IBU. The beer pours moderately hazy orange amber with some small floaties. The head is off white leaning towards tan and quite sticky. Head retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is mix of boozy alcohol, grapefruit and pine. The taste is slight caramel at first before the pith and pine hit. The finish is big boozy bitterness that is not subtle. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good, but I think I prefer the more dialed down versions of the past.

Feb 13, 2018
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Brolo75 from California

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a white head that did not last long, lots of particles floating in the beer, no retention and a decent amount of carbonation, no lacing.

A: Lots of aroma, big piney, resiny, and fresh crushed pine needles on this one, almost as if pine needle oil was poured into it, picking up some grapefruit peel as well, and slight tropical notes like guava and peach skin, surprisingly no alcohol on the nose and not getting any malt backbone, all piney, resiny hop notes.

T: Follows the nose with big flavors of pine, resin, and needles, decent hit of grapefruit peel, and a subtle note of guava and peach skin in the finish, bitterness is not as high as I expected and hits with resin and pine, finish has lingering notes of pine and resin with a touch of grapefruit peel, lots of flavor.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, and a really dry grapefruit peel-like finish.

O: Really liked this one especially since its loaded with pine, resin, and needles, also has another layer of flavor with citrus and tropical, a great sipping IIIPA, glad I picked up the four pack and not just a single.

Feb 10, 2018
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Paradox1000 from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just arrived! I have always liked Resin DIPA, so had to try the IIIPA.
11.1% ABV, 111 IBU, II SRM Unfiltered Ale

Very tasty! I like hop forward DIPAs, and was not disappointed! You will not be either!

Canned 16 JAN2018. Fresh!

I bought 2 4-packs, so will come back and tweak the review later.

Jan 25, 2018
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BB 7/12/17. Clear light amber pour with a touch of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very good nose of sweet citrus (orange, mango) with a touch of spicy spruce along with a strong dose of pine. The bready base is slightly sweet with soft caramel undertones. Intensity is a bit lacking, hence the less than outstanding rating. As it warms, light notes of alcohol are present.

Medium body with a nice oily slick texture. The carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. Mid-palate effervescence is tingly while the finish is finely bubbled and rollicking. The level of effervescence really opens the flavor profile up.

The flavor profile is more complex than suggested by the nose. Overall, it is quite outstanding. The tasty bitterness is surprisingly moderate which has a touch of zest added to the mix of pine and a much more subtle spruce. The middle is moderately sweet and allows the orange and mango to flourish. Hints of pineapple and passion fruit are present. Unfortunately, the alcohol becomes slightly uncovered and delivers the typical astringency and off flavor near the finish. Otherwise, this is a world class offering. The finish lingers and allows zest to shine. As it lingers, grain alcohol becomes evident along with astringency.

Sep 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a golden yellow to amber colored body with a two finger white foamy head. There is a light lacing that displays a white color and clings slightly. The smell has a super citrus bittersweetness. The taste is bittersweet all the way through with a super nice juicy citrus aftertaste that leaves a dry finish. The palate sits about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability that wants to gulp not sip which leads me to say: 11 % really? I don’t see it, wow. Carbonation sits just right on the mouth and tongue as its harsh enough to display the proper characteristics of a pretty good DIPA. Overall, wow, Sixpoint, I would say you guys knocked this one outa the park!

Jun 20, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look-4. Nice head, some lacing. Lemony cloudy
Smell-hoppy but reqsonably so for my tastes. Aromas are easily dealt with
Taste-little after taste that's OK. Overall I think I catch a tad of sweetness that, again for my tastes, detracts a tad.
Feel- ok as I swirl it around my mouth.
Overall---lots of brews out there and I am glad I had this one to try but I would not be likely to buy it again.

Jun 12, 2017
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can, BB July 12/2017. 115 IBU's
A: Pours a Golden Amber with a nice white head and some lacing.
S: A mild hop nose not much there ut nothing bad.
T: A thick IPA for sure lots of hops nice and bitter the alcohol is there for sure but it does not stand out to much.
F: Strong hop mouth hit with a bitter sweet finish.
O: A nice double Imperial IPA for sure a little sweet though.

Jun 04, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass. best by 7/12/17.

clear golden yellow body, small white head, decent enough lacing.

nothing on the nose at all, nothing good, but nothing bad either.

tasty beer indeed. good strong hop bite, thick, almost syrupy, sweetness, from the malt. alcohol fairly well hidden.

close to full on the mouth, tangy, bitey, hop finish, with a strong sweet wash.

Overall, enjoyed the battle between bitter and sweet. both strong, and nicely balanced to this palate. upon reflection, bitterness just about won out.

Apr 28, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, Best Before 12 July 2017

Clear dark golden in color, thin white head. Good lacing. Strong hop aroma - pine, floral, resin. Taste is fairly bitter, dominate hop flavors, light malt flavor. Sticky mouthfeel.

Apr 26, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold to amber with a foamy white head that recedes into a nice ring around the glass and laces well. Smells of butterscotch, Chardonnay, pine, and grapefruit. Taste follows with a nice citrusy sweet bite. The feel is smooth, rich ,bold, oily and sticky. Absolutely wonderful if you'd ask me. Overall, this is a wonderful TIPA with aspects of a Barleywine, and am sad this will most likely be my only one. Cheers!

Apr 11, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from the can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by July 12,2017.

L- Thin soapy head with low retention and sticky lacing.Dark amber / gold colored body with good clarity.Low amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get strong notes of resinous pine and floral hops,trace elements of sweet bready malts and citrus hops,plus a faint aroma of alcohol.

T- On the palate I get bitter pine and floral hops up front,with sweet bread and caramel malts balanced by slight fruity citrus hops on the back end,and in the middle.The alcohol is very well hidden.

F- The mouth feel is heavy,thick,sticky,and chewy.Just a slight hint of oxidation from the carbonation.The finish is surprisingly smooth for 10.5%.

O- This is a very good IPA.I think I liked the regular resin a little bit better,but we will see what the final score reflects.I would definitely drink this again,and recommend it to any hop heads.

Apr 03, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought on-line

12 oz. Can

Pours a very nice, hazy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, very citrusy, with some nice diesel/dank. The taste is very nice hoppy, slight malt, citrusy, very nice diesel. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Surprised me, nicely done.

Apr 02, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 7/12/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, caramel, light toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, caramel, light toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, caramel, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming for 10.5%, very well hidden ABV. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, thanks to the fairly tame bitterness. Very dank/juicy on hops with a sizable malt backbone; but never too sweet or heavy at all. A highly enjoyable offering.

Mar 25, 2017
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HenryPorter7777 from Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like IPAs, you will love this. It's Resin and it's done to perfection: everything is in balance. Mango and passion fruit hops; think Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion series. Nice bite of heat on back end. Don't let the 115 IBU scare you off; it does not overwhelm. It's an "all there" beer that is just simply done well. Sixpoint.
10.5% ABV

Mar 25, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can with a Best By date of 12 Jul 2017. Sampled on March 24, 2017.

The pour is orange-amber with a tremendous white head that fades after a moment.

The hop characters in the aroma are front and center yet muted,. I get that sweet bread character and then a bountiful floral and fruity hop character. It also smells clean and crisp.

Basically a medium body.

There is a slight sweet read character i the taste at first but then the pine and bitter hops kick in to remind one that this is an IPA. Lingers a bit at the finish.

Mar 25, 2017
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2597 ratings