Sixpoint Brewery

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New England IPA
Ranked #705
Ranked #2,127
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
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 FBarber
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell is a subdued aroma of orange, grapefruit and pine with a slightly boozy aroma.

Taste follows the nose with nice slightly sweet flavors of orange and grapefruit followed by a piney bitter finish. Nice malt backbone. Definite boozy note on the finish.

Feel is about what you;d expect for DIPA. Bit on the thicker syrupy side. Mild carbonation.

Overall a very good beer, but not outstanding. A bit too syrupy for my tastes and the aroma was very subdued.

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Photo of BeerBoyBert
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was excited to try this, since I'm a big fan of unfiltered IPAs. Simply put, I was blown away by Puff. The aroma, taste, and feel are all tremendous. Even at nearly 10%, I could easily have crushed the entire four pack in one sitting, that's how deliciously drinkable this beer is. This is the best Sixpoint beer I've had yet, and this makes an already fantastic lineup even better.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Walking into this I was expecting something unfiltered between Resin and Hi Res given the IBUs and ABV of Puff fall between those other two brews.

Poured from the can into an IPA glass. Heavy pour (that's how I like these sixpoint IPAs) brings a gorgeous frothy white head with fantastic retention. Color is opaque amber - not as hazy as I expected when I read "unfiltered". It's far from the crystal clarity of Resin or Hi Res but far removed from the typical exceedingly juicy NE IPAs. There is some lacing but it's spotty and fades a bit quickly.

Nose is different here for me. It's a touch piney and a bit citrusy - but there isn't an overwhelming aspect of the hop profile that comes forward I can find. This might be by design. The best word I can use is "clean" - which is probably one of the biggest compliments I can give any given beer. I won't say it's lacking, but it seems subdued.

Flavor is fantastic. It is closer to Resin than Hi Res in the hop profile. The "unfiltered resin" descriptor fits. The "juicy" notes I've found in Resin are actually a bit more muted here. The hops are huge, bitter, more floral than tropical to me but there is definitely the tropical aspect to this brew. It is surprisingly more dank than I'd have expected - the green note is big with this one far more on the palate than on the nose. When compared to a DIPA like Hoptimum that carries 100 IBUs, you wonder how 109 is packed into Puff without being the insane bitter bomb that some of its peers are.

Feel is not at all what I was expecting, which should not have been a surprise. It's far from the juice bombs you get with a lot of unfiltered IIPAs - if this were in a bomber glasses 1 and 2 would not be completely different colors because of the amount of sediment. This doesn't approximate orange juice. It does have a slightly smoother feel than Resin and is a bit less brash than Hi Res but the alcohol is well covered. It finishes insanely clean. It's unexpected, unusual, and absolutely fantastic.

All in all, I'm a fan. And I'd race out to get this again next year (or if we're fortunate enough to see Puff 2.0 this summer).

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

Look: Pours a vibrant, hazy, orange glow with a one finger eggshell colored head.

Smell: Absolutely sexy. Loads of tropical fruits. I'm getting aromas of yellow grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya and orange. There's a nice spicy resinous pine sap note, and a mild sweet white onion smell. To complement it all, a tame honey and caramel aroma caps it off.

Taste: Slightly dry and resinous upfront, but with a nice complement of tropical fruit flavors that follow the nose. Mid palate it get's sweeter, shifting away from the taste of bitter tropical fruit rind and more to the tune of sweet tropical fruit juice. It finishes dry and sappy, but just sweet enough so as to entice you to come back for another sip. As it warms more notes of caramel and honey from the malt become pronounced, as do notes of garlic and onion from the hops.

Feel: Highly chugable, this beer hides it's ABV very well. I think the fact that it's unfiltered gives the beer a little extra body and weight. Mid-Heavy feel, low carbonation.

Overall: This is delicious. They basically took an already world class IIPA and made it twice as good. The aroma was improved, the feel was better and the taste was out of this world. Very easy drinking and flavorful, needless to say I'm a big fan of Puff and I'll be running out to get more soon.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The added juice factor from its lack of filtering goes pretty far to balance the sharpness of it's predecessor, Resin, but it's still a bit more bitter than I'd like for the unfiltered style. That one minus only slightly detracts from what is otherwise an excellent, complex beer!

Also, the 2017 is significantly better than the 2016!

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Photo of korvalia
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

really nice. Good amount of juice but not as much as others, a little softer than I thought it was going to be compared to resin. On par with ressin for best of sixpoint.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A dank and juicy hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus, pine, and grass. Upfront herbal and earthy hop scent of pine resin, grass, and cannabis. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, and tangerine along with pineapple. Background malt scent of caramel and grains along with some yeast. A really good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very dank and juicy hop driven taste with notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Big earthy and herbal hop notes of pine resin ans grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, and pineapple. Backing malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. Nicely bitter and juicy. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great IPA from Sixpoint. Good mix of juicy and herbal hop notes. Probably the best they have made yet.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 4-pack of cans dated "Best by" Aug 20th 2016, so I am assuming this has been in the can 9 days.
Opaque golden orange, kind of glows. Minimal 1/8" head that dissipates in 60 seconds to a ring hugging the glass wall.
Smell is sweet and fruity with an alcohol tease. Slight bread note at the end.
Taste is mild citrus but complex, alcohol makes itself known.
If this beer was a slightly lower ABV without the strong alcohol finish it would be phenomenal.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Puff is described as an unfiltered pour from the Resin tanks that is then dry-hopped. I think both Resin and Hi-Res are both fine beers but not anywhere close to being near the top of my favorite IPAs.

12oz can poured into a snifter. The hops are predominately piney with some citrus notes as well. The hops are fresh and pungent and the taste features a good dose of sweet malt that is balanced perfectly with a nice amount of hops in the finish. There is also very little warmth from the high ABV that makes this dangerously drinkable. Overall, the best beer that I've tried from this brewery and a beer I am already planning on picking up more of.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy golden yellow orange, subtly blending from one color to the other and a frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is a pithy citrus bomb. Lots of complex hops. Light pine, but more lemon orange.

Mouthfeel is light but the flavor is crazy. Bitter and tangy almost like drinking a bitter lemonade. Definite candy sugar sweetness from the malt.

Really delicious. Excellent addition to the SIxpoint line up.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours an illuminated burnt orange with a thick head. looks fantastic, almost glowing. not as hazy and turbid as i would have expected.

smell is fantastic, full of sweet juicy hops. competes aroma-wise with the best beers i've ever had.

great taste to this, lots of melon and fruitiness to it. finishes very bitter and dry. a very bitter beer, pretty damn good taste. the feel is hard to describe. this beer is amazing.

overall this is pretty damn good. one of the best Sixpoint beers i've had and i've had quite a few of theirs. an interesting spin on of their best beers, glad i bought 2 4packs.

10x better than Resin

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Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Once more, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop comes through in support of The CANQuest (tm)! Man, I love these Slimline CANs & a DIPA is a bonus.

From the CAN: "If you love Resin, imagine tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s what Puff is – an unfiltered pour from the tanks, with an extra dose of dry hops before it hits the [CAN] and keg. How sweet to be a cloud - floating in a tank of Resin! It's Mad Science."; "This unfiltered ale is best enjoyed floating on a puffy cloud of hops."; "Beer for Beasts"; "Beer is Culture".

The Crack! was loud & I was really excited to get started, especially since it was billed as "unfiltered". I quickly segued into an inverted Glug which rose to two-plus fingers of tawny, soapy head that quickly dissipated to wisps, leaving clingy lace in its wake. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). The CAN marked it as 10.8, so I was as close as I CAN get without actual equipment to take measurements. Nose was dank, sticky & resinous, like hop tar had been scraped into my glass out of whichever carb from which it came. It was big with pine hops, but there was also a welcome caramel malt sweetness to help offset some of the onslaught. My first hit, ah, draught, caused me to sit up straight. The mouthfeel was like a thick dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. Whew! The intensity of the hops was immediate and as cool as a snowstorm in a pine forest. It also had a graininess as though it were oversaturated with the dry hops that they mentioned. I know that it is a minor CANplaint, but if it happened, it bears mentioning, at least in my reviews. It really hid its 9.8% ABV nicely, drinking extremely smoothly, which was dangerous as heck. Finish was cool, minty, refreshing and highly dangerous. Whew! Man, I was drinking through this like it was nothing & I only wanted a Puff.

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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 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 TheIPAHunter
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look on this one is beyond reproach when held to the light. Burnt sunset resting comfortably over a field of distinct hop flowers. I saw Diane Lane walking toward C. Thomas Howell and I almost lost my mind. The nose reflects squeezed orange, with a bit of burnt melon and high alcohol content. It's sugary, like your grapefruit dish in the morning, and I can tell I'm about to get it. Taste follows with orange grove, apple, pineapple, and lemon sorbet. I swished it in my mouth to get those notes, and I'm glad that I did. Make no mistake, the abv is felt in this one, so if that's not your thing, tread lightly. I burped grapefruit, while getting a smooth coating of rustic hops as it descended down my throat. This is my favorite Sixpoint brew to date. They would be foolish to make this a one-time thing. If you like Resin, this is Resin done much better. Love it.

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Photo of scootny
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delicious evolution of the original. More tropical fruits. More sweetness in the malt that somehow doesn't make it less hoppy. Beautiful balance with a huge hop personality. Drinkable in the extreme and no sense of the high abv. Refreshing feel and thirst quenching. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice beer from Sixpoint. Probably my favorite offering from them. This one is a hazy unfiltered IPA, light Amber in color. It has a very tropical smell to it, more along the lines of a "New England" style IPA. The taste is very well balanced with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and grapefruit. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely recommend this to any IPA drinkers. If you are a fan of Sixpoint beers you will love this one.

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Photo of ooglek
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic double IPA that rivals Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine. Great bitters, citrus fruit AIDS in deceptive hiding of the high alcohol content. A great brew, my new favorite of 2016.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: decent cloudy orange to amber. Medium thick bubbles whiteish yellow in color

S: citrus juice, grapefruit, grass, resin, some tropical fruit, guava peel

T: more bitter than the nose lets on, still good citrusy fruit to it. grapefruit pith. some unripe mango also. hops. pine and grassy notes

F: really soft and creamy, good thickness but not heavy. alcohol is masked well

O: really solid and maybe my fav from Sixpoint yet

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

I'll start by say I was never a big fan of Sixpoint. Their offerings are just a bit too piney for my taste. That said, this is a terrific IIPA. The 9.5 abv does rear it's pretty little head but not overly so. The nose is nice and tropical and the taste follows. Beautiful dark orange color with a nice lace coating that lasts the entire glass. Drink this one with caution and have someone take your car keys if you're having more than one!

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

Many thanks to SawDog505 for sending this can.

A - Hazy dark orange gold color with a massively thick, creamy, soapy white head.

S - Sticky tropical fruit resin all the way. Mango, papaya, and pineapple, nothing but a huge bouquet of fruit.

T - Follows the nose. Juicy tropical fruit rind with some light biscuity malt presence underneath (but not much), ends with a piney citrus bitterness to balance out any hop and malt sweetness from up front.

M - Nice mellow medium body, dry. No alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Full of flavor and the big ABV is masked incredibly well. With so much flavor and so little alcohol presence, this beer could be a dangerous one. Could this be Six Point's best IPA to date?

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Expounding upon the success of their contemporary imperial IPA, Resin's cousin ale garners much of its acclaim through addition-by-subtraction. Unfiltered but then dry-hopped with a new schedule that exploits the relationship of the hop plant and the cannabis pant.

Hazy but not quite turbid, the soft glow of golden-amber hues shed a lush and creamy eggshell head. Firm in its froth, the scent of pine and herb mingle with citrus and tropical fruit along with those dank marijuana curiosities. Supple with caramel, honey and faint graham cracker, the sweetness is quickly rendered to an afterthought as the rest of the session is a celebration of hops.

As the hops unfold on the palate, a juicy, tangy and almost tart taste pulls from the fleeting sweetness and captures an essence of pink grapefruit, slightly under-ripened orange and a lemon-lime combination. Following with the exotic succulence of pineapple, mango and kiwi, the taste is radiant and achingly ripe. Final impressions are of earth- tea, pine, sassafras, fresh grass clippings and the drippy dankness of cannabis trail into a long and bitter finish.

Medium-bodied and creamy-dry, the beer drinks surprisingly dry, crisp and clean. Strong bitterness tightens the taste and dries the palate with a sappy and utterly resinous texture that clinches onto the gullet is is slow to relax. Mild alcohol warmth is solventy as the aftertaste is redolent with citrus peels and freshly shaven pine.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Can sample. 9.8 % abv. 108 ibu unfiiltered. Straight from the tank. Poured into a signature Dogfish Head glass. Big, sticky lace all day.

Slightly hazy melliw gold with big amber hues. Or perhaps a light amber with golden hues. .....??!! A strong, high up white foam hat. Dense, bubbly and long lasting.

The nose.....the nose.....dense. Amazing hop aromatics. Wet hop, dry hop....huge and complex hoppy nose. Amazing aroma. Whole cone...very fresh hop! Dense, earthy and high toned citric hop thang. Wow.

A serious , tangy, fruity and citrus hop bite right off, earthy.....grounded bitter alpha high king hop crown rules his kindom with an iron thorn sabre. . His throne is high elevation born , but grounded in green, lush gardens. Massive cones shimmer with juicy complexity to create a foundation of earth-bound hop giants to secure and protect the golden court of wonder, that is the ...PUFF , Imperial kindom. Giants... breed hoppy flavor, sun-soaked vines of ancient hop cones and lush, sweet malt grains that come together at a siding. Complexity is Godzilla worthy, crisp and lively mouthfeel effects. A crisp, earthy, dry-earth bite.brings us to huge malt flavors that quickly become overtaken by hops that seem to generate massive attention from the gods, Odin and friends revel in delight. Thors hammer rains down with dense hop vines from ages beyond. Breaking earth and giving way to the neverending glory of the ghost of John Barelycorn and his green vailed sister , the hop vine.
DarkStar crashes, pours it's light into ashes.....into a glass of delight. Puff, Puff that magic Dragon. A hop dragon in a glass. Fit for a royal court of Kings and fools alike. A festival of love and light. ...in a glass.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD 8/24/16. Slightly cloudy light amber pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of grapefruit, tangerine, a touch of pepper, mango notes, a hint of dank, light pine, subtle orange and a light caramel underneath.

Solid medium body that is smooth and oily slick. Normal carbonation level that is appropriate for the body producing a slight mid-palate effervescent middle and light prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. It gets pushed across the line by the brewing skill required to cover the 9.8% alcohol while maintaining balance and complexity without pushing the intensity envelope. It begins with zest and light pine then flows to the middle. Here a rich sweetness evolves (with some caramel) that allows the sweeter fruit flavors to emerge. Bitterness is on the light side of moderate with zest more pronounced than pine. The finish is drying, but residual sweetness provides a slow fade coupled with light zest. A touch of alcohol heat is the only clue to the ABV of this masterfully crafted dangerously quaffable brew.

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Photo of charlzm
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on June 5th, 2016. Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Beer is a lightly hazy honey-lemon color with a two finger sticky white head that provides spotty sheeting all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is pungent, earthy, wet, dank and herbal. Edges close to paint thinner territory but does not come into contact.

Flavor is strong and assertive. A bit of smooth, sweet malt up front and then WHAM! Piney, resiny, citric bitterness. Flavor is a touch alcoholic and lingers on the tongue for a very long time after each sip. Reminds me of a few hoppy barleywines I have had.

Mouthfeel is drying and slightly slick.

This is a monster.

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