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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 Grindelvasdrum
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at local establishment.
A-Beautiful burnt orange, almost no head, pretty lacing.
S-Citrus, floral, pine
T-Wonderful bitter citrus peel that endures, plenty of sweet
fruit medley on the finish, some alcohol notes.

M-Nice carbonation, creamy, just a bit of alcohol burn.
O-Nice sipping IPA with plenty of flavor to savor.

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

Pretty damn solid. Just a little potent on the alcohol feel, but not nearly as much as one might expect with such a high ABV. Very reminiscent to a West Coast style IPA. An impressive effort in the Imperial IPA genre.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before date of August 18th, 2016

Appearance - Pours clear and bright golden orange in color with a sandstone, near two-finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. A good amount of lacing, with broken sheets and a few spots here and there.

Smell - Juicy aroma with notes of mango and lesser grapefruit, along with underlying pine. Also intertwined is a strong, sweet peach-like stone fruit note.

Taste - Follows the nose. Unusually sweet with mango and peachy character, backed by some bitterness hitting on grapefruit and lesser pine dank. Generic bready malts and a touch of caramel can be found deep in the background. Finishes semi-sweet, with a bit of astringency from the booze.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. A touch sticky, then a bone dry finish.

Overall - Unusually sweet with the peachy notes, and not really my cup of tea. I'm not big on mango forward IPA's, either. It's well made, and I appreciate the uniqueness, but nothing I'd be interested in buying again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark gold to light amber color with a white two finger head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, mango, and pine.

Tastes much like it smells with grapefruit, mango, pine, and there is a lot of sweet malt. There is no alcohol taste, which is amazing for a 10.8 % abv beer.

Medium bodied with spot on carbonation. There is a grapefruit and sweet malt aftertaste. Nicely made.

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

Energy drink-looking can into an oversized tulip. Sixpoint knows how to stand out from the crowd. What they don't know how to do is put a damn brewed on date on their cans. Bastards.

Copper liquid with perfect clarity. Frothy head and plentiful lace. Great to look at. 5

Not a ton in the aroma but there is a light and seductive melon and floral aroma. I love melon and I'm getting it here. Want more though. Gimme some mo. Detect some booze too. Guess that comes with the territory on a ten fidy ABV DIPA. 3.75

Hmmm... Barleywine is that you? Pretty malt-forward and caramelly. Still getting that melon and floral bouquet flavor. Bitter and resinous flavors hit late. Seriously though, this tastes like an american barleywine. Lots of malt and caramel. 3.5

It's got the bitterness and resin of an IPA and some floralness and fruitiness. And it's also got a big caramel, bread and sweetness to it. If I tasted this blind I'd think American Barleywine more than DIPA but I guess it all depends what one is used to. 3.5

I'm in that camp that finds Sixpoint beers passable in general but never spectacular and I always puzzle at the buzz they have. I always attribute it to the marketing and presence they have, which is pretty on point.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer looks beautiful. Copper, clear, with cascading carbonation dancing within. Off white head, lacing to all get out. What's not to like?

S - Hops all over, hints of tropical fruit, mango and passionfruit, pine and a hint of floral and herbs.

T - Powerful front of fruit and pine, malt present in the middle, offering a honeyed note, before the close, which is strongly bitter.

M - The brutish hop drying is scrubbed by that bright carbonation, but builds, crunchy and taxing.

O - This is one big hop hit. Bitter, yes, and a wrecker. But still tasty and offering a deep, full range of hop notes, from floral aromas and tropical fruit flavors, to the rough and tumble close. Very good.

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Photo of dajerzy52
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass 1 inch of pure white head
S: malty sweetness candied citrus
T: candied apricots citrus hops malt with a piney resin and a hint of alcohol on the finish

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can - part of 4-pack:

Pours deep golden. A thin white head leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is citric (grapefruit/orange) - some pine - some caramel.

The taste is of citrus (grapefruit/orange). Big bitterness with a peak through of caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol shows - but well-covered for the abv level. It has a spicy hop-forward finish.

It has a chewy full body.

A huge DIPA - very hoppy with caramel bringing the hops together. A hop-forward sipper.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed honey color with fingers of ivory colored head. Drops bright, great lacing and pretty good head retention

S: Grapefruit & just a little lemon

T: Grapefruit, pine & a little breadyness, plus mango up front. More grapefruit as this warms, some bready sweetness & pineyness. Pineyness, grapefruit & dryness rule in the finish

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation with nice balance

Easy to drink despite ABV, not a world beater, but a super solid DIPA

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Photo of jzlyo
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is tropical fruit, mild/medium sweetness and a decent hint of funk. The flavor is tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus/fruit, mild funk and a mix of bitter, tart and slight sourness in the finish.

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Photo of HopfordBeerham
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love Sixpoint and Hi-Res is one of my favorites from them. Obviously not as drinkable as the Resin, the Hi-Res is super strong and super dank (just how I like my DIPAs). The alcohol taste comes through the malt and hops a decent amount; you know you're drinking a 10.5% beer. Hi-Res is a powerful DIPA that is not to be taken lightly. Not as complex as other DIPAs I've had but still an overall great beer. Salud!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The thing I like about this the most is how drinkable it is and for a high abv beer it's really quite remarkable. The aroma is good but not great. Really more like an IPA than a DIPA. Nice somewhat fruity, not too intense and no excess. Solid. Head leaves a little quickly. A somewhat darker amber than many but very clear. Solid.
Now in taste and feel, "that's where I'm a Viking". So smooth. Very pleasing intensity with no excess. The bitterness hits both softly and boldly and lingers very nicely. The intermingling hop flavors are very nice too with fruit, a very little grass and kinda' of generic herbal quality. Soft and full carbonation with a fullness but but not thick or sticky (as I sometimes like my DIPA's). But these last to areas are just so enjoyable. The alcohol is can be help and just the smallest bit of heat, but is covered well or ignored easily by the hops.
This is a dangerous beer, as it can be drank so easily. I like it.

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Photo of Pixelatednoise
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful straw gold color with a lasting head and lasting lacing. Beer is well carbonated with lasting effervescence. very hoppy nose, cut grass and citrus, mouthfeel has a chewy resin quality with a hint of spice.

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

-West coast clear amberish
-Ripe tropical fruits and citrus
-Sweet fruits upfront followed by citrus rind and slight alcohol
-slick mouthfeel, syrupy
-my first experience with sixpoint and I'm not disappointed

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Photo of Harrison8
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12oz can, BB19AUG2016, so I guess this is about 6 weeks from canning.

Look is clear copper-orange body with small head of small white bubbles, leaves some lacing as it drops to a ring.

Smell is strong of piney hops, this certainly is deserving of the name hi 'res', its got a fat resin smell to it.

Taste is citrusy, piney and some floral hoppy elements. Good malty back to balance it out.

Feel is clean and crisp, drier than expected, but still has a sticky finish. Body is on the lighter side for this big of a beer.

Overall, this is my third can out of a four pack I got a couple weeks ago, and I don't see much change in the flavor over that time period. I think they've done a nice job brewing a well balanced, but huge and hoppy ipa that goes down really smooth. Its sweet, its bitter and it'll get you right.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau--this is the farthest north that I've been able to find Sixpoint. I was a little disappointed that the only display was a non-refrigerated end cap; my experience of this beer could obviously be affected by this. Poured right from my fridge into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a very clear orange/golden amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that falls quite quickly to a substantial ring that leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Little to no visible carbonation to speak of.

S: Fruity hop notes are the most prominent in the bouquet: citrus and pineapple are there, as well as some more nondescript tropical fruit. There's a good deal of caramel malt and some clear alcohol, as well. As the glass warms, I'm picking out more herbal/floral and earthy hop notes. Not a bad nose, but not very assertive.

T: This one has an initial taste that's quite reminiscent of white wine, specifically of a pinot grigio. There's unexpectedly sweet malts at the outset, followed quickly by citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Almost immediately after this first taste (and lending itself to that wine-like quality), there's some definite clear alcohol coming through. The middle continues the sweet malt with citrus hop trend, with just a bit of more herbal/earthy notes trying to poke through. The back end has a good amount of clear and warming alcohol flavor atop the caramel malts and more bitter grapefruit rind hop flavor. I'm still getting a bit of a sensation of white wine at the close. Not exactly what I tend to go for in a DIPA.

F: This one is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It actually drinks a bit more watery than I was expecting. Other reviewers have commented upon the stickiness of this brew, but I'm not getting a ton of it--there's certainly a bit of stick to some of that hop bitter, but nothing overpowering. I could have used more carbonation in this one.

O: I was excited to find this Sixpoint brew, and I wanted it to be great. But it just isn't--at least not the cans I experienced. It's boozy and definitely loose in some ways; but it also plays it a bit too safe in others. The malt sweetness, in general, is a bit too much for me. Not a bad beer at all--just not one I'd rush back to at this price point.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a first for me: a highly acclaimed (and 'highly valued,' aka expensive) beer that doesn't inspire an in-depth review. Frankly, this one hit me as a very potent but unrefined IPA. Lots of flavor and character, with plenty of citrus flavor and high bitterness that hits you right on the front palate, but all of it along the beaten path. Solid sweet malt balanced the aggressive, nearly medicinal bitterness, but the hops remained among the regular orange/grapefruit line, with the addition of distasteful ethanol here and there. The perfectly clear orange-bronze body was glorious, but the rest of it was sorely lacking originality, especially for mad scientists.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color, with little visible carbonation and a small head which leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells similar to Resin, that being of pine and citrusy exotic fruits.

One of the amazing achievements of Sixpoint is how they are able to brew such drinkable and subtle beers, at 9 or 10%. I've had other beers at 10.5% that have been drinkable, but none that have been as subtle and restrained as this. Honestly, if given as a blind test, I'd say that this was a incredibly well-balanced 6-7% East Coast IPA, not a above-10% brew. As such, I don't see this blowing that many people's mind in terms of taste, but in terms of the craftsmanship, it certainly blew mine.

I feel like the above paragraph lacked an actual description of the beer, one of the reasons of which is that I just reviewed Resin and felt bad about writing the same, or a similar description twice. Alas, here's my attempt; this is not a bitter beer, nor is it citrusy - yet the balance is magnificent. Taste is full of pine, exotic fruit, and malt. Juicy mouthfeel, with little-to-moderate carbonation.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap for the first time tonight. Have to say that the taste out of a can must be quite different. First off, I don't like grapefruit taste in my brews, and I don't taste it in the draft version. Yes, it is citrusy, but more like tangerines than grapefruit. Good solid malt backbone, honey Amber color, slightly sweet, nice balance. This is a very good Imperial style IPA. Try it.

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Photo of mickyge
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden yellow, pretty close to orange. Great citrus smell, I got a grapefruity touch of pine smell. Mouth feel was bitter then gets smooth and the alcohol come to taste. That kind of covers the hop/ malt taste. Not a bad beer but at 10% you have to be careful not to gulp.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful vibrant golden color with a nice 1.5" head. Wow does this smell fantastic. Fresh big hops with a citrus note come dancing into my nose. Taste is hop forward but not too piney. That citrus or grapefruit is there in the taste too at first moderate and then much bolder in the aftertaste. The feel is damn close to perfect. Perhaps a slight bit too carbonated but it lends itself to the brightness they must have been going for in this brew. Overall this is a great IPA that should be tried at least once. Don't let the can size fool you at 10.5% ABV this one will sneak up on you if you're not careful as it doesn't taste boozy at all.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

red bull can - nice touch. pours clear with a nice, thick head. good looking beer if nothing else.

i'll agree with the folks below - lots of pine and grass to this one. smells like spring, which is a nice touch in minnesota right now.

between the high alcohol and ibu's, the taste is a bit more muddled. it's not bad, but more resinous and citrus peel than anything else.

mouth is cloying. it's to be expected, but it's syrupy.

let's be honest - it does the job, but it's not great.

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Photo of djkman
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The look ... Looks like an imperial IPA. Filtered

Smell: I smell the pine. IMHO it hides the 10 % plus alcohol. Which ice cold makes you drink it like a Standard IPS not an imperial IPA.
Taste : not drinking it cold but at near room temp because I could not wait to taste it. Instinctive first taste was .. Wow nice !! Hop, def. slight pine not heavy after taste.
Feel... I'm not telling you. That is personal. Seriously .. Come on man !!! Privacy !!

Summary : these guys at 6 points doing good stuff. I really enjoy the Pilsner "the crisp" they call it.
And this stuff... Dammmnnnn
The 10% booze is cleverly there but your beer brain says...... Sure have another.. And the next thing you know you are snoring in front of ESPN...

And that's my review........

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Hi-Res from Sixpoint Brewery
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,503 ratings.
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