Hi-Res | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by BeerVikingSailor on 01-20-2014

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4.13
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/19/16.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of citrus and tropical hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: can.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy light amber orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos and passionfruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of mango flavors along with notes of passionfruit and a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has very nice aromas and flavors of tropical fruits and is rather drinkable considering its strength because little if any traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste. There are also enough hops in this to keep the malts from being sweet and sticky.

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

Emerging from the shadows of its little brother, Hi Res kicks off with a high octane IPA that hides its strength deceptively well.

Jumping out of the chute, the ale pours with a bright, and only mildly hazy medium gold color with straw-like highlights near the edges. It releases a strong white foam cap rather quickly as the beer's sprite carbonation springs into action, keeping its head replenished through its final sips. Broken rings of lace denote each sip as they cling to the glass while the beer falls.

Bright and juicy, the beer's scent is zesty with a medley of citrus and tropical fruit; ripe and vibrant. Its "honey-dipped" sweetness has a tone that gives its fruit character a plumper or richer character. Faintly herbal and sprucy, the beer's hop character continues to shine- easily out dueling its spicy alcohol notes.

To taste, much of that bright, juicy and ripe fruit flavor is a seamless continuation of its aroma. As its malt sweetness deliver a thin caramel and honey flavor to the front of the mouth, its tangy fruitiness tempers the malt in the middle. Red grapefruit, tangerine, kumquats, pineapple, mango and apricot round out that mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavor that gives the taste the bulk of its life. Morphing smoothly into a pleasant herbal and sprucy finish, the ale's taste dries beautifully for a clean and incredibly smooth bitterness to close.

Medium bodied, the ale registers lighter than most Imperial IPA because of its classic dryness, its dedicated focus on hop flavor and bitterness and its dry malt backbone. Its early sweetness dries wonderfully into malty-dry structures in finish. Its smooth bitterness resist any vegetative qualities or astringency as the ale becomes seductively easy to drink. Its balance gets a boost from seemingly citric acidity and a minerally/salty brine quality.

Even with its elevated alcohol, Hi Res avoids the solventy and spicy acetone flavors (furniture polish-like) that emit from the bitterness and alcohol of standard Resin. Here, the malt balances out those attributes but without becoming unnecessarily sweet. Sixpoint is certainly on their way to IPA perfection!

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2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cutely slender 12 fl oz gold aluminum can acquired as part of a boxed 4-pack at a local bottle shop earlier today and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 93 rating as well as the many recent threads about it in the forums. 11.1% ABV confirmed. 111 IBU. 11 SRM. Dry hopped. Reviewed as an imperial IPA; no style is indicated on the label (in annoyingly classic Sixpoint fashion).

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Complexion is nothing to write home about. The consistency isn't all that even. Even tilting the glass, I can't get any lacing to cling to the sides of the glass. Head retention is above average considering the 11.1% ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper of average vibrance. It's a clean appearance; no sediment or yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's standard fare for an imperial IPA. Certainly not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here, but the appearance isn't getting me all that excited to try it.

Sm: Seems heavy on the pale malts for an imperial IPA. There's some sweet caramalt in there too. The malty sweetness overrides any hop bitterness, but I have to wonder at what cost; this almost seems cloying. I detect some warm boozy tropical fruit character - tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple (ugh), and passionfruit. I have a personal distaste for pineapple in an (imperial) IPA, so I'm a bit turned off. Hopwise, there's also some floral and resinous character. I'm not thrilled by the choices of ingredients here; the hop profile isn't really that attractive to me personally and the apparent sweetness suggests an overabundance of malts. It's loaded with sticky residual sugars and candied character. I'm anticipating a sticky syrupy boozy mess.

No yeast character is detectable. The aroma is strong overall.

T: Sticky, syrupy, boozy mess? Not quite. But damn close. It's not quite as cloying as anticipated, but boy are there a crapload of pale malts and caramalts dumped in there needlessly. The hop profile is dominated by stickly warm boozy tropical fruit notes, the strongest of which is tangerine. I also get a bit of grapefruit, orange, pineapple (ugh), and a more vague fruit - maybe mango or passionfruit. Resinous. I taste honey in there somewhere. Feels candied as hell. I will say it does a decent job at concealing its ABV; I'd guess it was about 10% if I drank this blind.

No yeast character comes through.

It's imbalanced as hell. Frankly it's something of a boozy mess. The build isn't gestalt, nor is it particularly cohesive. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Shallow depth of flavour. Lacks any subtlety, intricacy, or nuance whatsoever. I guess it has decent complexity, but it's far from carefully and intelligently brewed. I'm not a big fan.

Mf: Sticky and syrupy. Boozy. Medium-bodied. Filling. Pretty thick, but not too viscous I suppose. Overcarbonated. Lightly oily. It does have some subtle dryness which works really well. Wet. Unrefreshing. It's moderately weighty. Subpar presence on the palate. The texture only loosely supports the taste; it's far from custom-tailored specifically to the flavours here.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, or rough.

Dr: I was all ready to love this, but was disappointed after trying it. This beer feels really thrown together. It also has some characteristics I just plain don't personally like in an (imperial) IPA, namely the pineapple notes, stickiness, booziness, and lack of balance. This is a messy brew that'll you get drunk, but beyond that I can't recommend it. I'm a bit taken aback by its current 93 rating, but I recognize most reviewers may not place as much importance on balance in imperial IPAs as I do. That said, it's surprisingly downable for its high ABV; I mean this is far from a sipper, and I could see myself easily downing an entire 4 pack inside an hour and half. That's saying something at 11.1%.

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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color; the head builds nicely and does a great job sticking around and lacing the glass

Smell: Floral, tropical and dank, the beer wafts resinous pine and crystallized sugar

Taste: The sugary malts are powerful, on the front end, laying down a sweet base of caramel; hop resins punch forward, creating a pine cone layer that competes with the sweet malts; neither side can claim victory in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Overall: As I feared when I smelled the aroma, this is going to be a DIPA that pleases those who like sticky DIPAs but, as I prefer the malt base to be more muted, this is not really a fit for my palate

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a hazy super bright orangey color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of resinous hops with light citrus notes is quite intense. Taste is also dominated by resinous, citrus and huge floral hoppy notes. The malt backbone can be distinguished with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the hops assault on this monster but this beer would be better with a little bit less sweetness.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I guess this beer just isn't for me. It looks beautiful; clear, orange, great head with nice retention, solid lacing. The smell has promise with marmalade and some tropical notes but there's a lot of alcohol burn present, fusel heat, sweetness. The flavor amps up the alcohol and the finish is all hotness. There's no pleasant bitterness and no pine or resin which, considering the name, seems like a major omission. I know I'm spoiled but right now I have Boneyard Notorious on tap 2 minutes from my house and either Reuben's Blimey or Stoup's T2R Haymaker a 10 minute walk ... all of which are far superior examples of the double digit IPA. Decent but flawed.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like an interesting beer. Also love their slim tall cans, very unique.

Pours a nice creamy semi thick 1.5 finger frothy head that fades at a med to a bit slower pace, bit of soapy lacing, semi clear little hazy amber slight cranberry reddish orange color.

Nose big hops, resinous and spicy like, little citrus and orange peel, some pine and resinous sap, hops are fairly earthy and spicy overall, with a big candied sweet slight caramel malty base, hint toffee like too.

taste starts with big sweet malts, quite sweet, with more candy, caramel, reddish candy syrup like, chewy malts even, into big booze, warming tingly booze eventually gets pretty hot. Then hops, big bitterness but not crazy bitter, into spicy chewy hops, earthy, etc, into a big resinous piney chewy and pine sap like hops, hint of orange peel citrus. Finish is sweet and a bit syrupy still, quite bitter, spicy earthy piney hops lingering with more pine sap and resin, little candied orange peel, caramel, all lingering.

Mouth is bigger bod little syrupy, quite hot booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting combination, lots of piney sap and resinous hops, very bitter sweet chewy and big overall hot booze, etc, this is def a big sipping beer.

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Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,523 ratings.
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