Sixpoint Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #414
Ranked #2,301
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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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another slightly sought-after DIPA that I'm happy to have found...thanks to my awesome girlfriend for picking it up!
Poured into snifter; translucent orange, a little amber, with a nice white head that fades after a bit into a thin ring of foam with some fine coating on top.
Smell is awesome; dank, tropical fruit, sweet citrus. Just the kind of DIPA I love.
Taste...damn. Big tropical fruit, sweet citrus, pineapple, mango, tangerine, lots of sweetness. Hefty dose of bitterness as well to back it up, which keeps the finish clean and incredibly light for 11.1%.
Mouthfeel is relatively full and sticky, but the bitterness cleans it off nicely.
Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. Perfectly done in the currently popular style of fruit-forward, light-bodied, high-abv, sweetness, etc. Awesome.

Feb 11, 2014
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scootny from New York

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is just super stuff. A lovely hazy golden ale with chunks and bits floating about. Nice head and good lacing. Smell is sweet with light bready malt and a well integrated alcohol that comes across more like honey, some caramel, and belgian candy sugar. Hops are big and have me in a forest of pines. Taste is off the chart good. Big sweet malt body lays a foundation for the tons of hops that come "cascading" over your tongue. Hops are like the nose, piney in the extreme which gives a super smooth bitterness and surprisingly clean finish. A touch of resiny oil and honey lingering. Nowhere does the alcohol show itself. It's scary how well hidden it is. Carbonation is also smooth and mildly creamy. Weight is deceptively light for a beer of this magnitude. Drinkability is beyond belief and makes for a dangerously quaffable brew. One of, if not the best Imperial IPA I've ever had. Just unbelievably good. Beware of the abv.

May 24, 2014
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very active cascading and billowing pour that yields two plus fingers worth of fluffy pillow like slightly off-white colored frothy goodness comprised of medium-sized and larger bubbles... Stellar retention... Once settled, this one recedes to a bit more than standard lacing but is lopsided and partially splotchy... Mostly still with a few stray very sluggish carbonation bubbles within... The color is a pale-to-medium gold that lacks any sort of luster... Appears to be thick and slightly more viscous that I would expect for the style... Loads of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - The hop profile is clearly at the forefront as expect, but it isn't overpowering - actually it's fairly restrained... Loaded with lots of citrus and tropical fruits... Oranges... Pineapple... Mango... Nectarine... There is a rock solid malt base of graham crackers and caramel that lies a bit beneath the surface...

T - Everything that the aroma alluded to is present, but the intensity is dialed-up several notches... In addition to the fruity hop goodness and the sturdy malt based the flavor profile also reveals some modest notes of honey and candied sugars... On the finish there is a the slight bit of alcoholic burn which intensifies, but in a very satisfying manner that adds a unique dimension...

M - Exquisite... On the lighter side of full bodied... A light bit of prickly carbonation... Chewy... Sticky... Syrupy... Lush... Given all that over top components of this offering, the mouthfeel is potent but exceptionally smooth and delectable... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - There are a lot of DIPAs that BAs seek out and place on a pedestal and this offering should be added to that elusive list... Outstanding appearance and flavor profile... The mouthfeel is amongst the best there is... Turning up the aroma a notch or two would make this one truy exceptional... This is really good stuff that I can easily recommend all BAs seek out and enjoy... Drinks a bit like an American Barleywine and hides the 11.1% ABV very well...

Mar 02, 2014
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threeviews from Florida

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 Batch:
Poured from a 12oz can (Best By 12 July 2017) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - A conservative pour yields a clear honey/golden with a minimal, creamy white head. (4.75)

S - Floral, Honey, Pine, Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Caramel and a hint of alcohol are all present to create one complex and cornucopia of an aroma. Each inhalation results in something different (especially as it warms). The Hi-Res aroma represents everything quintessential 'Triple IPA' (5.0)

T - Fantastic! The hops make the initial punch but never even come close to approaching astringency. After the initial (albeit short) shock of bitterness, the sweet tropical fruits complete the finish with amazing balance. Although an alcohol heat is perceived in the chest, the balance between hops, malt and alcohol is artfully managed. (4.5)

M - For 10.5% ABV, the body is medium-plus at best. Without any abrasive fusel alcohol, this drinks well below its labeled ABV which makes this one dangerous beer. (4.75)

O - I have no use for the turbid IPAs that are all the rage. Considering the pungent aroma, flavor and beautiful clarity makes this a great offering. All that said, compounded with an elevated 10.5% ABV @ ~$12 a 4Pack makes for one value-packed seasonal for Sixpoint. What's more, Hi-Res 2017 is markedly better than 2016 (which was overly astrigent) and hope that Sixpoint can replicate this recipe in the future. (4.75)

2016 Batch:
(Not reviewed, as it was very astringent and not enjoyable...less than what either review describes)

2015 Batch:
A- What a difference a year makes! Where the 2014 batch(es) were very cloudy and sediment-ridden, this batch is a brilliantly clear, golden orange color with a finger's worth of a frothy white head. Perfection! (5.0)

S- Fleshy, tropical fruits (guava, mango, papaya), floral, wildflower honey, pine resin. This is the lovechild of Sixpoint's Resin and Bell's Hopslam. 10.5% ABV is absolutely undetectable. (5.0)

T- Like the description of the nose, tropical notes hit first, but fleeting. Mid-palate, the floral component reveals itself for a moment before being engulfed by the piney/resiny/minty finish leaving your palate dry and wanting another sip. (4.5)

M- Surprisingly light (no more than a medium body) with a sturdy presence from the carbonation. The drinkability on Hi-Res is exceptional...and exceptionally dangerous! (4.75)

O- Since the dry, piney and resinous qualities in the flavor supersede the tropical notes as found in the nose, the off-balance is not what I prefer. I remember last year's batch to be a bit more 'juicy' on the palate. I love both Resin and Hopslam...and Hi-Res treads the borders between both in terms of Aroma, Flavor and Mouthfeel. Price per ounce is about the same as Hopslam, yet much more costly than Resin...which is just as good (but I prefer Hopslam over all three) (4.75)

Jan 28, 2017
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Mongrel from Maryland

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

First impressions of this beer are great -- a big blast of citrus and pine aroma when it hits the glass. And then it's deep orange in appearance with a tight finger of white head. Head recedes after a couple minutes, but leaves some nice lacing. "Bright" would be a good descriptor for both its smell and appearance.

Taste -- holy hop juice!! Immediately delivers big, bright tangerine and pine. It's balanced perfectly from the start with a chewy, caramel malt presence that manages to bring some subtle vanilla too. The flavor just keeps on coming -- grapefruit, lime, grape, berries, juniper... There's definitely some bitterness, but not nearly as much as you would expect from this big, big IPA. Man, just really delicious stuff that hardly hints at its 11% ABV. Only a touch of cool alcohol vapor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice -- a little chewy, a little creamy, yet ultimately dry in a way that lets the hops really shine.

Overall, this is an incredible beer that really exceeded my expectations. Among the best double/triple IPAs I've had.

Mar 10, 2014
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BeerZombies1 from Nevada

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hi-Res - Sixpoint Brewery
Double ipa
11.1% ABV
111 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a sunny Memorial Day weekend orange. The sunlight hitting the glass makes the bottom come alive with brightness. Great pillowy cloud like head that lazily hangs around until falling into a halo trailer by some light sticky lacing.

AROMA: Big beautiful bouquet, citrus and pine overflowing the glass. Peach, mango pineapple, A great malty dankness that has nice sweet graham cracker pushing through.

TASTE: Smacked in the mouth with a pine tar grip baseball bat that's been wrapped in hops! That dank malty sweetness holds it all together and really lets the tropical fruit make a front and center appearance. Little lingering honey that really rounds out the profile.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium plus body with a light prickly carbonation. Creamy, oily mouthfeel with a nice dry hoppy finish.

OVERALL: This beer goes up to 11, the 11.1% and 111 IBU are so well balanced. If you like the big strong hop bomb ipa's this is a must try. Super fresh, juicy and dank!

RATING: 4.4/5 Zombie Heads!

Jun 11, 2014
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martyl1000 from Wisconsin

4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh, man! Talk about pineapple. The front of this flavor is incredibly tropical fruit.

Picked up four-pack from Cork & Bottle (Madison) since they were freshly out of Hopslam. They said they went through ten cases of Hopslam pretty fast, while Hi-Res pretty much sat inert in the next cooler over.

It's a good looking pour into a tulip glass. Unfortunately, my dinner fights with the first sips of this beer. Plus it's too cold, flattening much of the flavors. What is clear are the ripe fruits in these first sips: navel orange, ruby red grapefruit, and papaya (which, by the way, tastes like Juicy Fruit gum, to me). Over 110 IBU's of bitterness? Check.

As it warms, and as the red chile and pepper-sausage flavors calm down in my mouth, the Hi-Res really performs. It becomes what I like most in a double IPA, namely bitter and sweet to excess.

I'm gonna have to revisit this tomorrow. But I'm pretty sure this has cracked my all-time tops list of big, sweet beers.
Update: On tap

On tap at Mason Lounge (Madison). This is some serious pineapple. I'd keep my numeric score the same, I think.

Mar 07, 2014
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - 3-finger head that lasts. Lacing that sticks to the glass. Light, clear, foamy, amber-orange.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, tropical fruit, citrus, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, sweet, pine, citrus, fruit, apple.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Some carbonation. Smooth, creamy, dry, lingering, astringent, clean, light, crisp, refreshing. ABV near-invisible.

VALUE - 4-pack of 12-oz. cans for $12.99. An absolute steal.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Maybe the best beer I've ever had. Would love to suck down the whole 4-pack, though you'd need EMS standing by.

Jan 19, 2015
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Philsadvns from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Good work sixpoint. This is what I was expecting the first time I tried resin, super hoppy but still decently balanced, lleaning towards hops. Color is a nice deep gold, perfectly clear though and I'd actually like to see an unfiltered version. Smell is phenomenal. One of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered. Hops hops hops. Slightly piney, slightly citrusy, incredibly hoppy and dank. Taste is really good. Pine and citrus flavors blend nicely to accompany a smooth maltiness. Pretty bitter but not so much as to be sour or off putting. I'm thinking more pine than citrus now. Feel is great. It's like drinking sunshine. Crisp and smooth and the perfectly density and gravity to carry the hop flavors. Overall it's definitely in my top 10 beers of all time. Fantastic effort by sixpoint.

Jan 24, 2017
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A deep gold with a honey colored head and mild activity. Lace clings to the glass as it is sipped.

Smell: Deep citrus and pitted fruit. Peach, pineapple, mango, lychee, honey, more fresh citrus hops, honey, a bit of pine hops, and booze on the finish. Smells delightful.

Taste: The palate is walloped by big juicy citrus hops. Hints of peach, pineapple, citrusy orange, and lychee. Followed by a substantial sweet honey malt. The citrusy hop punch is somewhat balanced by the sweet malt but the citrus hops dominant for sure. There are also some pine hop notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Big, wet, and juicy. This beer overloads the palate with lupulin and doesn't let go. The booze is apparent but not overwhelmingly so. It's a sipper make no mistakes but one of the smoother 10+ ABV beers I've had and the hops bring you back for more. Surprisingly drinkable for a triple IPA.

Overall: A brilliant triple IPA. This beer is a citrus hop punch to the palate and I love it. It's a surprisingly balanced triple as all the elements play very well together with the brilliant citrus combining very well with the honey malt. It's sweet but not overly so. The booze could be off setting to some but compared to some triples IPAs I've had this is smooth. A beautifully well crafted beer

Feb 09, 2015
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial IPAs done right are hard NOT to love. Well, this one IS done right and is very, very good. Citrus notes abound, great feel, and a joy to put in my drink hole.

Mar 16, 2017
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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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gigaknight from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch's BB date was second week of July, I think, so it's probably quite fresh.

A- Pours golden and crystal clear. A half finger of slightly bubbly head lingers. Wish it were a bit more pillowy, but whatever.

S- Straight up dried mango and honey. Holy smokes. Barely smells alcoholic, bits of pineyness shine through.

T- Waves of honey, strawberry, mango, peach, crash onto the palate, mingling with a substantial bitterness and a surprisingly well-integrated alcohol heat.

M- As chewy as I like a DIPA to be. Finishes right between dry and sticky, perfect balance. Aftertaste is dramatically more resin-forward and less juicy than the palate.

O- Really, really, really damn good. I'm always a little hesitant to take a chance on a $13 4-pack but I decided to splurge and was rewarded for it. Definitely a must-try.

Feb 12, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

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

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this bad boy, as I get considerable dry citrus, onion, tropical fruit, graham cracker and white pepper on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I'm very impressed by how well balanced this beer is. While it's on the sweet side, with some noticeable tropical fruit, the underlying graham cracker flavor, along with the considerable hoppy bitterness, balance that sweetness quite well. Interestingly, while the alcohol is fairly noticeable in this beer, the finish is clean and long, with just a hint of heat from the high abv. Drinkability is so good, that I think you could easily get into trouble drinking this beer. It would be easy to pound down several of these without giving it a lot thought, which probably wouldn't be a good idea.

Delicious beer, and easily the best IPA I've ever had from Sixpoint. Impressive.

Feb 02, 2016
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer a lot

Feb 08, 2015
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hi-Res | Sixpoint Brewery. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this beer's head is 1 and a half finger thick, with solid lacing, and a clear medium fading into light golden amber body.

Smells like an agnry barrage of hops, ready to get violent the second things go onto my tongue. DON'T piss off these hops!!!

I taste a fairly assertive blend of pine,citrus, mango, and pineapple types of hops, all bound together and driven home by the crispy, buttery malt backbone. With the IBU's up there for this beer, this needed a malt blance to deliver and this most certainly does. I'm really not getting any off-tastes or boozy flavors here either.

Hi=Res' mouthfeel, to me, is medium with mild carbonation. Clean and surprisingly smooth.

I'll rate Hi-Res | Sixpoint Brewery with an overall 4.75. What DIPA this sure is; I'm still digging the ultra-smooth finish on this. Certainly worth picking up.

Jun 25, 2016
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Beef_Curtains from Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

tried the 2015 batch on tap and loved it. Smells like a hurricane of citrusy greatness and the taste only expands on that. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had.

Jan 26, 2015
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Shroombe from Indiana

4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely in love with this concoction.

Punches you in the cosmic center and shakes up your world, deceptive in power.

I have one canned brew of this left which I cherish. I hope this comes available in my area again soon because this is hands down the best IPA I have ever tasted.

Jun 08, 2015
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mad science. Alchemy. Pushing boundries.....right on.* update notes* 4/25/18

10.5 %abv. 115 IBU Beer for Beasts indeed ! * 11.1 % abv. 111 ibu.

A very light amber with golden hues, or perhaps a dark gold color. Clear, relaxed with a tight, milky white foam hat.

Major sweet hop aroma, very tropical, honey dew melon, strawberry & pineapple. Sweet pine tree, slightly herbal and a very nice honey, like malt. Very big nose. * This time I'm picking up on a peppery, spice-like kick to the aroma with a bit more boozy heat as well.

The hop flavor is actually very balanced, big earthy tones, dry and mildly bitter effect right off, very clean, juicy malt balance is sublime. A very long, dry, earthy feel and flavor continues to linger with some very warming heat tingle mixed in. Juicy hops with several light tropical flavor's, not nearly as sweet dominated like the aroma. Sweet malt and the tropical notes are certainly there but do not dominate. Bitter, dry earthy tones are a major part of the hop complexity. Many layers of hop and malt make for a very interesting ride. * Vodka-like boozy heat is much more of a presence than I remember from the first review session. Still has that really nice earthy and fruity balance from the hop side.

The feel is never heavy or slick, you would imagine with a 10.5 abv it would be much heavier in feel and flavor, but it comes through, medium, clean and juicy overall. Pretty smooth finish with a very nice dry feel lingers.

Dry hopped with fresh hops. The dry-hopped aspects worked perfectly for that extra dry finish, with the dry, grassy, bitter notes coming out. Very well done and easy to drink for such a big beer. * This feels bigger and badder the second time around, especially with the high level of boozy heat.

Jan 24, 2017
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly hoppy without the overpowering malt and alcohol flavors that most Double IPAs take on. This is most impressive considering this beer clocks in at 10.5% ABV.

Jan 21, 2015
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Bisco42 from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an exceptional IIIPA. The drink-ability is phenomenal. High alcohol is masked well by the balance of hops, look is orangish and hazy. Overall just delicious, will buy again.

Jan 29, 2015
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dorosjim from New Jersey

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

And I thought this was perfect last year. The lower abv makes this beer even more drinkable. Incredible nose, bright hop aromas the minute you pop the can. Tropical fruit flavors, manga, papaya, dried sugared candy fruits. Brash bitterness that's eye opening and refreshing. The only way to describe this beer is resin incarnate. Honestly, want to know what someones talking about when they say something's resinous? This is it. Love it

Feb 10, 2015
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a frosty, golden amber. Lovely white foamy head, and lacing left behind. Off to a good start. Aroma is incredibly smooth and well-balanced with notes of pine, dank hops, and lemon zest and peaches. Scrumptious dank and resin hop notes start, with some tasty citrus backdrops. Finishes with a good citrus flavor. Mouth feel is a little harsh. Good as far as consistency though. Overall, a really tasty IPA that proves fun and interesting to drink. It has enough going on to keep you thinking, and yet it's easy enough to sling back on a picnic. Yum.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Mar 25, 2016
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BostonBrewRu from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not as sticky as Resin, but hoppier

Feb 02, 2015
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THSmusicman from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Very pale amber yellow color with little to no head and a nice lacing on the glass. Looks really nice.

Smell: Booze up front, tropical, orange, grapefruit, dank resin, and oddly enough, berries.

Taste: Dankness, grapefruit, orange, a bit of tropical fruits and a ton of the aforementioned berry flavor. Hardly and alcohol taste.

Feel: Feels nice and light and smooth for a big triple IPA. Wish all triple IPA's drank like this. It's almost a session triple IPA to me.

Overall: This is a fantastic execution of a triple IPA. The berry flavor is unique and the alcohol is well hidden. I will definitively be buying more of this.

Mar 04, 2016
Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2597 ratings