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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #645
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,031
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
1,048
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Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Notes: If you love Resin, try tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s Puff – a hazy, unfiltered pour straight from the tanks, with an extra dose of dry hops... a new blend devised just for Puff.
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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks the part but after a quick smell I am concerned. Booze and sweet malt-oh no. Yep, big boozy and just plain sweet. Quite the sugar bomb. Had high hopes for this but no thanks. Never again.

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Photo of MackT
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber, slight copper hue.
Nice fluffy head, lacing like the collar of RBG’s judicial robe.
Aroma, heavy citrus note.
Mouthfeel, slightly sticky, bubbly.
Taste is glorious, resinous, sharp hops round out a unique brew. ABV well hidden by abundant hopping. This is good stuff, if you like it citrusy, and hoppy.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.81/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16oz can dated either "10MAY18" or "10something18". Purchased thinking it 10 of 18 which would be fresh, but this is not!

Pours clear copper with a fluffy, beige head. Stale hops, wet paper, ethanol and dusty malt in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky mouthfeel. Sweet malt up front on the palate with a numbing alcohol attack and bitterness. Finishes with shades of rocket fuel and stale malt.

So bummed I dropped almost $4.00 on this expired can of malty paint thinner.

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Photo of Areswow
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours slighty hazy with a moderate head.
Pine packed scent
Taste was just short of an overwhelming blow of hops followed by a lingering boozy feel (it is a 9.8% DIPA after all)
Smooth mouthfeel, needed a breath or two between each sip to fully appreciate the complexity, but overall, I was eager to dive back in.
This is an excellent variant of Resin, my all-time favorite from Sixpoint.

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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a can to a snifter glass. had a dark amber color and a super cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of dank hops, tropical fruit, citrus, malt, and pine resin.

T: Tasted of a good shot of tropical fruit (mango), lots of dank hops (not overdone), a tinge of malt in the finish), some citrus (orange peel), and a bit of pine resin. This is one of those incredibly well-balanced DIPAs. The fruit elements never let the powerful dank hops and pine overwhelm things. Quite delicious.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sweet, slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Puff is the type of beer that won't please everyone (what is, really?), but if you want something slightly odd, give it a whirl.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy off color orange. Nice head although short lived. The aroma is hoppy but not strong. It has a very hoppy flavor with no bitterness. It drinks easily enough and there's hardly a hint of alcohol. Overall this is fine DIPA. Compares with the other fine IPA's from Sixpoint. Beer is culture is right. Canned 19MAY18. Thanks for sharing with me in Texas.

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Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly clear with a light amber color. Excellent thin bubbled head which lasts throughout the tasting. Good blanketing lace.

Prickly, piney aroma. A little toasted malt to the nose as well.

The taste oddly starts with a strong bittering hop. I then pick up the alcohol in the swallow. The aftertaste features a sweet toasted maltose. The body is rich and the carbonation is low. The final impressions are of the balance although all of the flavors are equally strong.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look- pours light brownish yellow. Look like a homebrew extract kit color.

Smell - stale. Kind of a dank fafdonh hop smell. Smells like an IPA that’s been sitting around for a bit but in this case the beer according to its stamped date is only 1.5 months old. No reason for the stale smell.

Taste is ok at best. Bitter with a bit of a resin taste coming through. Kind of harsh over done grassy taste.

Feel- a bit over carbonat and it really burns out the taste bud

Overall just not that good. Seems like a very basic home brew that sat too long

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/10/18, consumed 6/26/18

L: Uniformly hazy amber color with a small head that left very little lacing. Not thick cloudy like an NEIPA.

S: Bright mix of tropical, citrus, and stone fruits & peels with nice, resinous, danky hop notes.

T: Follows nose, more danky than fruity, super sweet, full flavored but not as much of a bright pop as the aroma.

F: Somewhere between medium & heavy, good carbonation, really solid but not overwhelming bitterness, pretty clean finish.

O: Really nice, solid Imperial IPA. Not an NEIPA at all; I'd characterize this as a danky, unfiltered West Coast style Imp. IPA. Honestly, this brew hangs tough with similarly strong IPAs that we have out West here.

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

Poured from a 12oz can (canned on: 10 May 2018) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - Pours a honey amber color with light haze. Based on my pour, it develops a 1-finger, eggshell colored head with conservative retention (5.0)

S - Tropical (Mango, Pineapple), stone fruit (peach, apricot), citrus (orange) and a sticky, resinous pine are all detected along with a faint whiff of alcohol. The aroma is pungent but soft at the same time. (5.0)

T - Follows the nose to a tee. Equal parts sticky/resiny and tropical and finishes rather juicy. (5.0)

F - Medium+ body with a finish that balances the hops and malt where neither dominates. Highly drinkable considering both the IBUs and ABV. (5.0)

O - I cannot find any holes in this beer. Fans of Sixpoint Hi-Res will find much to like with Puff since they have similar appearances, aromas and flavors. This is a steal at $12 for a 4-Pack. Sixpoint does it again (and will purchase it again)! (5.0)

For my palate, I would choose this DIPA over Hopslam (Bell's) and Double Trouble (Founders). It is a complete "coin toss" whether I would choose Puff over Hi-Res

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks hazy mango colored, with white foamy head. Smells really fresh like orange,pineapple,mango,fresh baguette.Taste is exceptional; juicy,fruity,creamy,fresh,nice quality malt backbone. Feels amazingly well balanced for a higher ABV brew. Overall I will have this again,and I would recommend. Six Point is a great brewery.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

What can Raul say? He is easily swayed by ratings. 4.16? Yeah, Raul will try that. And...? Sweet hell... No, seriously, this dang sucker is sweet! Like the waitress at Denny’s that calls you honey and pinches your ass on the way out, too sweet. Hella malty, and then boom! Sweet. Raul is not a fan.

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Photo of jkblr
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 5/10/18 (21 days ago) poured into a Sixpoint tulip pint at fridge temp 9.8% ABV 108 IBU 10.8 SRM per label. The beer pours Hefe hazy honey amber in color with short lived off white head. The aroma is significant with resiny citrus, pine and tropical fruit. The taste is big citrus up front with some tropical and earthy flavors mid palate finishing in bitter piney, just barely boozey finale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a level of softness imparted by the lack of filtering that is nice and not over done. Overall, excellent. Recommended for fans of vibrant DIPA with no acceptable local options (such as myself).

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Photo of Paradox1000
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Double IPAs and have always been partial to Resin. I was not disappointed with this one. If you like hops forward Double IPAs with pine and citrus accents, not toned down by malts, this is for you.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Malty caramel aroma with some strong piney resin. Creamy caramel taste with a big bitter piney resin. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of krh
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nothing too special here. Looked great in my tulip glass, but no complexity when tasted. Canned on 4/20, so maybe that's why? Still, I just picked this six pack up in Wisconsin, so pretty sad it's been on the shelf for so long.

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

Super fresh DIPA that's miraculously making its way out to CA to sell on the shelves of my local gourmet grocer on a regular basis where I think I'm buying most/all of it. Let's keep that happening, Sixpoint! This hazy DIPA is one of the best I've ever had with huge fruit flavors and a full mouthfeel without being cloying or overly carbonated. Its orange color is so beguiling that I can't help but pour it into a big tulip just to behold the deep glow. More, please.

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Photo of bwood06
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine and I were on our annual baseball trip in NYC this year so of course we were sampling as many local brews as possible. I was on a bit of a DIPA kick at the time so I ordered this one up.

This beer pours a hazy/cloudy orangish amber that shows off some light carbonation and is topped with a thick, frothy, white head that has a bit of an orange tint to it. The head dissipates ultra slowly to a rocky layer that is retained. 4.25/5 The aroma is very heavy on the hops, as expected, with citrus peel and grapefruit really standing out along with undertones of light malt and tropical fruits. Good, strong aroma here and well developed in terms of notes. 4/5 The flavor profile is just like the aroma with tropical fruits and light malt providing a base for pine resin to run rampant off of. This is a bit one dimensional for a DIPA, but it does work much better than other "simple" DIPAs that I've had in the past. 4/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is drying with a moderate lingering dryness. Carbonation is light. This beer feels somewhat like it cleans your tongue as it passes, but without the scrubbing bubbles sensation of many pilsners. 3.75/5 This is a very good DIPA that has a nice strong flavor as well as aroma. It is definitely not complex, but it really doesn't have to be to be good. 4/5

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Photo of pro45
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold orange color with a small white head. Smell is pineapple, pine, orange pith. Taste is boozy and dank. Nothing like the nose. Hoppy, orange marmalade, sweet malts, juicy white onion. Medium mouth feel with a creamy finish. Average carb. This was too hot and dank for me. The nose was the best aspect of this beer. I'd like to have a fresher can, as the canning date was 4/30/17. I only have one place that sells Sixpoint where I live and freshness is hit or miss with them.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 4/20/17, so 2 1/2 months old.

quite hazy orange/yellow body, good thick white head, leaving nice lacing

a healthy hit of hops on the nose, faintly sweet.

Pretty aggressive DIPA. resiny, piney, bitter, slightly sour, yet still manages a cleansing sweet malt wash towards the end.

Close to full on the mouth, bittersweet on the finish.

Overall, at 2 1/2 months old, still an in your face brew. Flavors are big, 9.8 abv is hardly hidden at all. one a night would be quite enough for me, but a tasty drink indeed.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

12 oz. Can
Canned: 4/20
BB: 25AUG17

Poured into a tulip a cloudy dark golden yellow/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, very nice citrus (orange, slight tangerine, grapefruit), with some nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with some pretty nice citrus (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), very nice touch of pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a pretty nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Arthur!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear kitchen glass
From: JJ
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received June 1, 2017
Consumed: June 1, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Canned April 20, 2017; Best by Aug. 25, 2017 at 12:43 p.m. ET

Got this along with nine others from JJ, completing an earlier trade. Had had four SixPoint beers before, enjoying the IPAs for the most part in Resin, Hi-Res and Bengali. Looking forward to getting after this one, “an unfiltered pour of Resin from the tanks.”

Poured a pale hazy color with two fingers of off-white frothy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled dank resin and a plethora of hops. Kind of like a garbled, but nice mess. Smelled better out of a can. Also juicy pineapple, guava, mango, herbal, sugary Citra and hints of Mosaic. Seems to be other hops in there as well. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste pretty much followed the nose. Bitter and boozy. Juicy mango, pineapple, red grapefruit, dank resin, trashy Mosaic, hints of sugary Citra, earthy grass, herbal and lingering citrus peel. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good DIPA overall. A bit unfinished in my opinion, but really good nonetheless. (Overall - 3.75)

3.83 | 86 | B+

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

Sixpoint Brewery "Puff"
12 fl. oz. can, "Canned On 4/23 BB19AUG2017" and sampled on 28JUN17
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I love these slim cans, they're so much easier to fit into pockets and what not. I've heard that Canadian high school students like to smuggle them into school in their boots. Anyway, it's a cloudy orange in color beneath a frothy-then-creamy head of white. The aroma is bright, bold, and welcoming. It's resinous, floral, piney, and gently citrusy with honey-drizzled grapefruit and orange. Not surprisingly the flavor follows suit. It's honeyish, and biscuity, with all of the aforementioned hop notes. It's not quite as brazen as the aroma suggests though. The bitterness is not as bold as I expected it to be, but the label lists it at 108 IBUs. Maybe there's so much malt going on that it doesn't quite come through. It's present, and solid, but not overly bitter by any means, and there's also a light spritz of alcohol that helps to dry it in the finish. Hmmm... I'm about 1/3 of the way through and I can kind of feel it at the back of my throat, so maybe it's a touch more than a 'light spritz'. It's certainly not offensive though, and, in fact, welcome in a beer like this. What are we calling it? The can doesn't say - that's one of the things I like about Sixpoint, they let the beer speak for itself. Moving forward, it's medium bodied but with a dextrin's side, and rather smooth across the palate with a median carbonation. I could get into this. Not too often, but when I want that big citrus hop resin, it's there. Nice beer to sit back and relax with, and probably a good idea considering it's 9.8% ABV. I've had hoppier, and more directly (distinctly?) hoppy beers, but this one's still pretty "up there" as far as that goes. And, ohh - ouch - it drinks a little too easy even with all of that resinous goodness and bitterness (or maybe for a hop head like me that's normal). The appearance could be better but it's still recommended.

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a soft hazy burnt/cloudy orange color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was speckled and roaming all over the place. The smell had a big citrus to orange bursting hoppiness up front over resinous to a ton of danky sweet onion goodness. All combining wonderfully. The taste copied the smell pretty much spot on with a dry semi-sweet lingering orange pulpiness sliding into a sticky/almost creamy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a dry sweet resinous harshness impounding appropriate bitterness units Still, the way it moves with a sliding smoothness strolling over my tongue. It’s a strange one to say the least. Definitely fits the DIPA style and yet the ABV (as I tend to find with most Sixpoint IPA/DIPA’s). Overall, as a DIPA, it definitely works for the style.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can

I’m assuming this is kinda the “New England-fied” version of resin.

Pours a little over a finger of white head into my can-style glass. Pretty normal looking head, I can slightly head it fizzing though, that’s no bueno. Head retention is below average. The body is somewhat cloudy, though more dark than anything – color is a dark orange, with a fair amount of brown too. Overall, it looks ok I guess, the head was not very good.

Nose is extremely dank hops. Piney, and just ridiculously dank. A little citrus zest, lemon. Smells like a lot of other New England IPA’s. Not too malty at all, which is good. Hard to smell a lot else when it’s so hoppy. It covers up the booze that I know is here, as well as the sugars that literally have to be here. It’s a little simple, but for a double IPA it smells really nice – bitter and clean.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. Not quite as much umph as the nose has. The first main thing I realize is how damn easy this is to drink, zero presence of alcohol on the first sip. That bitter dank hop character is there, but it is not as pungent, which is just slightly unfortunate. The hop profile blends well with the beer from beginning to end, it’s a good profile. Slightly citrusy, more zesty than anything. It has a very lively feel, just super zesty overall. Mostly the hops are doing this, but I suspect I’m getting a little alcohol twang here finally as well, but it works. A little bit of sweetness is hiding in the background, but it’s not very assertive, which is good. Overall this is a good tasting beer, I’m not blown away, but this is solid and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is just a hair below medium. Bitterness is there, and lingers for a tad bit. Body is not extremely thick for a beer that is unfiltered, but it is bigger than average. Super zesty as mentioned, which definitely effects the mouthfeel as much as the taste. Alcohol burn is basically nonexistent. This is a nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is stupid high on this beer. Definitely in the top 3 easiest drinking beers, in comparison to the alcohol, I’ve ever had. You just don’t taste any alcohol, it’s crazy.

The appearance turned out decent. The head was not that great, but after it quickly simmered, it had some good film. The lacing was pretty good from top to bottom. Overall it wasn’t too bad.

Overall this is a good beer. Not a crazy amount of stuff going on, but what it’s doing, it’s doing well. Basically just really dank and zesty. Good beer for sure.

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