Hi-Res | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a two finger off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lace. Aromas of pine & citrus are most noticeable. Taste leads with a nice citrus zing followed by notes of some bready malt. The alcohol is incredibly well masked. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated medium body. Overall this is a very nice beer I would certainly buy again. Well done Sixpoint.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can (initially bought unrefridgerated at Whole Foods). Best by 12 July 2017.
A: Clear orange with a finger of creamy head and effervescence.
S: Lush, sweet, orange juice and hop resin. Slightly vegetal.
T/M: Just a whiff of "not-fresh" floral before the sweet juicy-fruity hops explode all over everything. Deep, stern, and relentlessly hoppy without being (quite) oppressively bitter. Excellent DIPA, tentative TIPA entry. Weirdly, and compellingly, drinkable for such a mammoth beer. Malty-thick, sweet, but carbonated with a long, lingering taste.
O: Recommended. Worth picking up at least one; get the 4-pack if you have friends.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with thick soapy white head excellent lacing.

Aroma - Great aromas of pine, grapefruit, mango/pineapple, just a hint of malt.

Taste - First off no way this thing is 10.5% there is just a hint of alcohol but it is well hidden. Great pine, grapefruit and tropical flavors.

Feel - Medium body, well carbonated, pretty dry finish and just a slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - Great flavors and aroma well balanced tropical and hop/pine. Excellent job hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + honey orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit with moderate aromas of biscuit + caramel malts with some moderate honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavors of biscuit + caramel malts with moderate amounts of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops with a light hint of pine/resin hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish with a hint of honey sweetness that lingers even longer.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink, especially considering the strength of this beer - very enjoyable with a decent balance between hop flavors/aromas + bitterness as well as the sweet honey + malts.

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Photo of threeviews
4.71/5  rDev +14%
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)

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Photo of Buck89
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A clear orange-amber color with a frothy white head that lingered. Great fruity aromas: berries, pineapple, oranges, and a hint of caramel malt. Nothing subtle here. Bitter up front with citrus rind, pine, resin, and a malty sweetness. Not too heavy and there is a clean finish with a sugary orange sensation on my palate. A bit too hot for me on the finish but this is a great beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mad science. Alchemy. Pushing boundries.....right on.

10.5 %abv. 115 IBU Beer for Beasts indeed !

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of Philsadvns
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color, pretty clear. Aroma is tons of tropical fruit, orange, pine, and caramel malt. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Tons of tropical fruits. Resiny hops on the back and booze is just slightly present. Goes down smooth. Overall, this is a great TIPA when fresh.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in Buffalo this past summer.

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 115
SRM: 11
Drunk right after Resin

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Clear rust orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving decent lacing as the glass empties. Same as Resin but a touch darker.

SMELL: Caramel, pine, citrus and loads of alcohol. Some honeydew as well, but really boozy and alcoholic.

TASTE: Like the nose, this is the same as Resin but much boozier. The alcohol kind of dominates from start to finish. There’s still some pale and caramel malt sweetness up front and lots of piney hops at the swallow. Big and lingering finish here as well, with lots of sweet melon and caramel, piney notes, citrus and lemon flavor. Lots of bitterness and alcohol linger on the palate.

PALATE: Medium – fuller body and carbonation. A touch foamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Lots of alcohol and bitterness lingers. Much hotter than Resin.

OVERALL: This is a good beer but very bitter and boozy. There’s more than enough character in the beer to still make in enjoyable, however. As far as IPAs go, I think I’d take Resin over this one, but this is certainly a fun pair and I’m glad I got to try them back to back. Lots of similar hop character but this one is, as I kind of expected, a little bridge too far for the style. Still worth checking out if you like the style. This is a better huge IPA than Dogfish Head 120 min, for example.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in Boston but had to go below the Mason Dixon to find this badboy. Tallboy poured into a pint glass at Tattooed Moose in Charleston, SC. The first 5/5 I've given on BA. I thought Puff was my holy grail but this blew it out of the water. I'm writing this with 2/3 of my glass untouched. Next level Triple IPA, try it if you can find it.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip
BB 8/19/16
L- hazy dark honey capped by thin white head
S- citrus, pine
T- caramel malt, followed by tropical fruity lemon-lime citrus, with a big citrussy hoppy finish along with slight piney-ness
F- light-medium bodied, big boozy feel
O- this is Resin with some more alcohol, and less pine. I'll go with Resin in the future... however the aftertaste does pick it up a bit

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hi-Res brewed by Sixpoint Brewery, with an 10.50% ABV. This American Double/Imperial IPA pours out a deep golden amber color with a small white head. The smell of Hi-Res is rich with the bitterness of hops. You also pick up on grins and malts, in the smell of this brew. The smell is vary inviting . The head to this brew goes away fast, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste it is , bold with flavors. You first pick up on the hops in this brew . Then a nice mild smoothness of grins and malts. The end and aftertaste of Hi-res is nice and clean. There is a lot going on in Hi-Res this brew is really refreshing . It is really hard to pick up on the 10.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. There is nothing overpowering about Hi Res , it has a decent balance to it. The mouthfeel of Hi Res is Hops, Bold , Rich, Clean, and Smooth. Overall I'm giving Hi-Res a 4.75 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Sixpoint Brewery, did a real nice job with this one. If you are into hoppy flavored brew this one is for you.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another really good beer from Sixpoint. Nice strong, fruity, bitter, piney, and sweet beer that hides it's high ABV. Nice note of citrus and pine in both the taste and smell. Great lacing left behind.

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Photo of pants678
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange, white foam.

Particularly hoppy, pine.

Chinook I think is the bittering hop. Not heavy on citrus, but a blend of fruit and bread. Reminds me of a softer Brown Shugga. Honey sorta sweet and really bread/biscuity. The high ABV's not apparent. The bad: finish leans toward medicinal.

Too soft

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can BB Aug 18 2016. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper with one finger white head that quickly recedes to a thin skim. Virtually no carbonation, an occasional little lazy bubble pokes up. No lacing, fair retention.

Smell: Massive resiny hoppiness, and some slightly sweet, white bread malt. A friend gave me this can seven weeks ago, shame on me for not drinking it sooner. There’s a little tropical there, but not quite what I expected. Somewhat floral. It doesn’t seem as sweet or as floral as I remember Resin.

Taste: Slightly sweet on the arrival, with some alcohol and hop; alcohol and hop bitterness across mid-palate, and then a firm, but not overpowering lingering hop bitterness. Although this rates out at 115 IBUs, I’ve had lower IBU beers that seemed more bitter. Extreme hoppiness lingers, though, that’s for sure.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of midweight, it feels heavy/flabby. Fairly slick, with really low carbonation.

Overall: Glad I tried it, but perhaps I sat on it too long; it just doesn’t live up to the hype for me, and it’s not as good as Resin. Too heavy, too hoppy, too sweet, too slick. If I wanted those things, I’d have a barleywine; at least then I’d get some real malt complexity. This is just a syrupy hop bomb. Will not be buying again. It satisfies the style perfectly well, but it’s not my style. I’ve had DIPAs that delivered more aroma and more drinkability.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Cam and Alejandra.

A: A bright cooper/gold blend with half finger white head that lingered.

S: Pine resin, tropical fruits (mango and guava), light malt.

T: Follows nose with a nice piney punch, low bitterness and fruitiness balanced with bready malts.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Just a shade under Sixpoint Resin in taste, IMO. A terrific DIPA.

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Photo of 98green
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can to snifter. Look is dark amber and clear. Not much in the smell at all. Maybe some mango and sweet malt. Taste is similarly mild. Bitter hits the front of the palate, but fades quick and is run over by sweet malt. The malt doesn't linger, so I wouldn't go so far as saying malt bomb. The booziness is present, and I did enjoy that. Overall not my favorite. I much prefer Resin in fact compared to this one

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Photo of tbryan5
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up while in Florida. A good Imperial IPA but honestly I was expecting a little more balance. Yes, it had a good hop profile but it seemed just a tad malty to me. Maybe I had an older can. I will have to give this another shot.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant copper with a 1” off-white to cream colored foam cap that is sticky and lacy.
S: Resin, citrus, fruit.
T: Dry, malty, fruity, tropical fruit, hints of pear, some astringency on the finish mixed with spices suggesting cola or cardamom. Complex layered flavors with a trace of tea. Light alcohol flavors. The bitterness is a tea type bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation, slightly warming.
O: A big, easy to drink DIPA.

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Photo of DaltonCastle
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Looks a bright orange with very little head. Very west coast looking

S- Very tropical and citrus forward.

T- Tastes of tropical fruit along with a very sweet but not cloying malt. Slightly boozy

F- Full bodied with a hint of alcohol sweetness

O- Good triple IPA. Close to the edge of complete sweetness but does not fall over the ledge.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a source of irritation for me, when it was first released earlier this year, that none of it made its way to LanCANster, forcing me to go to PHL just to have some on draft out of a sense of FOMO. Since then, it has (at least) returned to PHL in CANs, so I snapped one up in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the Slimline CAN: "Beer Is Culture"; " ... 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.": "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."; "Beer for Beasts"; "Please Recycle".

I Crack!ed it open & had an eargasm listening to it since the CANticipation was so Hi. I gave it a gentle Glug since, although it was quite fresh, the idea of "dry -hopped with fresh hops" gave me pause. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with limited retention that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) while the CAN reads: "11 SRM". Ha! Nose had a sweet booziness that was a reminder of its inherent power. Warming, it took on a dank cattiness underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel was slick, silky smooth & dangerously drinkable. Holy Mild, Batman! It was less hot and boozy than the nose had led me to expect & it was not all that hoppy, either. The CAN read "115 IBU" so either my palate had been shocked into being insensate (quite possible) or it was just really well-hidden. The booziness kind of put me in mind of malt liquor, though. There was no getting around the fact that this was a big beer in a small CAN. Warming almost to room temperature, it was really getting a catty dankness to its flavor. There was now no question that hops played a large part in the production of this beer. My eyes were slightly watery & I could not tell if it was due to seasonal allergies or to the inherent heat of this beer. Phew! My sinuses began to fill with the smell and heat of this one to the point that almost nothing else was perceptible. In the interim, I began to get sleepy, like it was some sort of mellow tea. If you have ever made hops tea, you will know from whence I speak. It is the most calming, relaxing tea that I have ever drank & this beer both tasted & acted like that. Finish was (surprisingly) semi-dry, as opposed to full-on, gaspingly dry, with a mild bitterness that was more herbal than bitter.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fruity bouquet, tropical, sweet fruit-punchy hops and nice honey malt touch. Nicely blended DIPA. Not resinous but fruit-laden with red tropical fruit flavors and hints of other citrus peel. Sweet but solid, with drinkability high for the strength.

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Photo of Beermeister69
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love it , slap you in the face hop flavor with a strong grapefruit taste. It stays with you a long time and the flavor keeps coming .
It drinks well but 3 or 4 and your ready for bed . They are potent at 11% Abv . So drink easy and enjoy it's a great beer

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Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,504 ratings.
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