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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #495
Ranked #2,372
4.14 | pDev: 10.14%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: We remember our first sip of hoppy beer, do you? Nearly spit that $#!^ out. Now we fantasize about this stuff. Thinking about those hop ones...bursting with juice...ripe as all hell...makes you look forward to that first RESIN® all day long. Can't wait.

Key Ingredients Chinook and Centennial Hops are a little old school, with tons of resin and pine notes. RESIN uses a ton of different hops, for a massively complex hop bouquet.
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Photo of Beertsipper
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold color, fresh can. Nose is pine and hops. Taste follows. Lot of dankness, but also some ripe tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium, but somewhat chewy. This is a sipper for sure.. Lots of pine with this one. You can also detect the boldness, and the alcohol. Although it's masked pretty well. Pretty good DIPA.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 6/3/16"; drank 1/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; strong tree-rung lace.

Grapefruit, caramel & pine notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Pine & caramel flavors up front; grapefruit tartness & mild booze heat notes on the finish. Bold, certainly, but not my DIPA profile.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed amber with a crackly eggshell foam that lasts a long time. Tropical, citrusy, peach hops in the nose, with a bit of boozy heat. A solid, piney, citrusy, tropical hop profile in the taste. Lots of booze in the back, immodest even for the high gravity. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with light carbonation. High bitterness and alcohol heat in the long finish.

A nice DIPA with very dank, resiny hops, but a lot of booze too. Worth a try still.

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Photo of biointen
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice Amber orange with a dense 2 finger head. An unusually dense dank aroma of hops hops hops leapt from the glass and the taste followed the nose. Not all that bitter or harsh here inspite of The high IBUs and alcohol- on The contrary smooth and balanced. But meant to be sipped slowly and savored.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Resin is a quite bitter IPA but in a lovely way. It may not be for beginner IPA drinkers but if you like a nice piney bitter after taste in a juicy IPA then this is for you.

Look: amber to orange with a very thick off-white head

Aroma: wonderful flora and piney aroma

Taste: It's caramel and pineapple but mostly pine resin

Body/Overall: light to medium, alcohol well hidden

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single skinny can at Whole Foods in Brooklyn. Pours a slightly hazy bright orange copper with 1 finger off white head. Aroma initially muted but as warmed sweet caramel malt, orange, pineapple, hints of piney dankness.
Taste starts sweet caramel, piney resinous hops, citrus, sticky bittersweet.
Carbonation slightly subdued, full sticky sweet mouthfeel balanced by a rich pine bitterness that hangs on the palate; wonderful.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely one of the more tastier IIPAs...

Great dark caramel coloration with a strong reddish tinge, head is thin and not long lasting, but I can overlook that. The smell was full of malt, some hints of the hops, and a tad muted. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with an astringent effect, and the taste is hop-forward without being overly bitter. A very solid imperial, one of the better Sixpoint offerings, IMHO.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep burnt orange/yellow with a large white head that sticks around and leaves behind some lacing - a pretty solid looking IPA
S - Pine and resinous hops on the nose - some pineapple in there as well
T - Bitter piney hops and resin up front and throughout followed by some notes of pineapple along with some caramel and honey notes as well
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - crisp and a little bit juicy
O - This is a very good IPA - nothing particularly fancy about it and honestly, for the IBUs I wouldn't say it's as bitter as I was hoping it would be, but otherwise, a very solid IPA

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Photo of ravisingh
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a quarter inch of head leaving behind a nice line of lacing. It has a coppery golden color and a fruity citrus aroma. The flavor is pure citrus, very grapefruit focused with some rind thrown in for good measure. Excellent beer.

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Photo of stoumi
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque, dark orange with a big, off-white head that lingers leaving oodles of lacing. At 103 IBU, Resin smells dank and sticky with pine and a caramel malt sweetness. Taste is smooth with dank pine characteristics and a bready, malty sweetness. Tough to hide the alcohol hotness at 9.1% does finish boozy.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: Canned on 12/05/18, tried on 01/10/19.

Appearance: Rich copper, almost burnt orange in color with two fingers of off white head.

Aroma: Sweet malts explode up front, loads of syrupy sweet dessert style bread everywhere. There is clearly a good amount of piney hop aromas here as well, but this seems like one of those old school IIPAs where the amount malts feel like they almost completely match the amount of hops. The nose brings to mind Dogfish Head 90 Minute, which would normally be somewhat of a turn off, but Resin actually smells really nice.

Taste: Pow, those sweet malts hit hard right at the beginning, momentarily flooding out all other flavors. Tons of lighter sweet bread like malts ranging to more dark dessert holiday style bread, tea leaf, and syrup, similar to what the fruit in those little fruit cups is packed in. Thankfully, there is also a large resinous piney hop presence here which ranges from light tropical fruits in syrup again to sticky, dank, piney, herbal hops that almost bite back. It does bring 90 Minute to mind, but it fairs better due to greater balance between the hops and malts. The finish is really all about the hops with some lingering bitterness and some alcohol warmth. However, this doesn't feel like 103 IBUs at all. One positive to this syrupy style IIPA is that the mouthfeel is full and coats the mouth nicely.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A more aptly named American Imperial IPA you will not find. The name coincides with the sticky, viscous substance released by pine trees. A plethora of varied hops dominates the nose. That is followed by an explosion of hops, allspice aromatics and heavy citrus on the palate. Finishes very clean for such a piney beer and my one beef with this ale is always the cloying feel on the mouth but that's hard to combat at 9% alcohol.

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Photo of TomEfiller
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darkened orange haze with solid lacing. Strong pine and dank citrus. Taste is very bitter with a surprising clean finish. You can fell the sticky pine resin but it actually enhances the total palate. Overall this is a top choice for those who enjoy 100+ IBUs. Alcohol level is there but not in the taste like some DIPAs. Buy it, drink it, rate it.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom Sam Adams pint taster; canned on 07/11/2018, best by January 2019.
A: Pours a hazy, golden amber color with robust carbonation evident, a 2 finger, fluffy, eggshell white head, solid retention, and rings of lacing.
S: Tangy with aromas of lemon >> grapefruit, pine, and white pepper, giving way to more of a caramel, toffee.
T: A bit of a "hop bomb" with pine resin, citrus pump, and white pepper out of the box. Definitely a citrusy presence in the background and a solid caramel/toffee core emergent. Did I say bitter? Oh, yeah.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Tons of tingly carbonation throughout. Better than sparkling wine.
O: Loved the up front, POW!, of the hops, but far more complex than just that. Evolves as it warms to a caramel toffee treat. Really delicious. With Other Half, Sixpoint is really leading the Brooklyn Beer Renaissance.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, courtesy of Steve. Thank you.

Dated Aug. 14, 2018. Poured into a tulip at 46f.

Pours a bright orange copper mostly clear, reminiscent-of-apple-juice color. A finger of bright white foamy head sits atop, thinning from the middle, outwards. Sticky lacing.

Nose is huge pine and candy orange. Caramel and and lightly toasted malt. Sticky. A little booze on the nose.

Palate is sweet toasted malt, with impressions of caramel, honey, and maple. Huge resinous hop bitterness with a very distinct west coast hop profile. Piney and citrus. Due to the big sweetness, and the higher ABV, this actually reminds me of an English Old Ale or perhaps an American Strong Ale that has been heavily hopped. I am not the biggest fan of bitter West Coast style IPAs, but this has a lot of malt sweetness that helps detract from the hoppy bitterness. The booze assists too. Many people don't understand IBU. The higher the ABV, the higher the IBU will be, and the lower the perceived bitterness. A 100 IBU, 6%ABV beer is going to be face-twisting-ly bitter. A 100 IBU 9%ABV beer isn't going to be as bitter. IBUs are tricky. This might not "taste" like 103 IBU, but that's because of the higher ABV. The hop bitterness and the caramel sweetness balance each other. Well after the finish, both fade, and you're left with fragrant flavors of pine and grapefruit, and orange oil that wash over your tongue, slowly fading away. It finishes clean and crisp, a surprising feat, given its characteristics.

Mouthfeel is round and soft, with the slightest cloying stickiness. To be expected from the abv. Carbonation is very good, and helps keep this as drinkable as possible. It's a little bit sticky. It drinks big, as it is, but the massive hoppyness and high carbonation make this much more refreshing than many other styles of this abv point. Not a chugger by any means, but certainly not a sipper, either. A relaxing IPA. I could see one drinking a couple of these.

Overall, this was a free can in a trade, and I have always been curious about it. While it's nothing mind blowing, and it is a touch bitter for my liking, it has a lot that I can appreciate, and I'm glad I got to try it. Probably wouldn't buy, but would gladly drink if someone offered me a can. There is nothing wrong with the beer at all. Very finely executed. It's perfect for what it is. A very good West Coast style bitter DIPA. Would choose over Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am not a huge IPA fan, although I do enjoy many. This IPA though, is absolutely phenomenal. Started with it as my first beer of the night, and despite its very high ABV, it was incredibly smooth. The color was a bright gold, with incredibly strong head retention. Smell was of rich pine, dank meadows, and all those wonderful hops. Taste was to match, plus incredibly clean finish so as not to overwhelm your palate. Wonderful!

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Two finger creamy head with average lacing. It has a hazy gold color.

Smell: Hoppy aromas of pine resin and citrus peel are the main attraction on the nose.

Taste: Spicy hop bitterness with pine resin and fruit notes and a healthy malt backbone. Quite balanced but leaning more towards the malty sweetness. It masks the pretty big 9.1% ABV well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Those looking for a face-melting, dank, hop bomb will be disappointed by this beer. That said, those looking for a more balanced, but still hoppy experience will be pleased. Overall, a solid brew.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark honey color with a bit a haze to it. The head is thick with great retention. Lots of sticky lacing can be seen evenly around the glass.

The nose is mostly both piney and tropical. When you twirl the beer around that is when the tropical sweetness come out to balance out the bitter pine. Its solid.

Taste is nicely balanced. Its got a pretty strong piney citrus rind bitterness to it up front but there's a bit of a sweetness to it. And I mean a bit. This beer hits hard. Its for that hop fix. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth for a 9.1 abv beer.

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Photo of bongobeer
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this back in 2016 and forgot how good it was...enjoyed one tonight with my wife. Great hoppy bitterness but balanced. Forgot about the 9.1 ABV...shes's driving home!

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Photo of nlb802
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always come back to this beer, after many years - perfect balance of malt and hops. Extremely classy west coast inspiration. I'll take this way ahead of these NEIPAs from my local neighborhood in VT.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy. Dark amber. Nice head with lots of lace. Almost seemed to have a layer in it, like a black and tan.
S: Boozy. Sweet fruit. A bit of raisin.
M: (Mouthfeel) Exploding bitter impression, without lingering bitter. It was a creamy start then a watery wash.
T: What is this magic elixir? Almost a "Meat" like thickness? The raisin is at the back while some strange orangrapexoticfruitmagichop front and center, yet supposed to be way bitter, but not like a Lagunitas beer I said would "power the sun". This beer is one I'd call trouble. This is a beer to split and share 6 oz at a time from a brandy glass. Probably the best I've ever had from a can to date.

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Photo of Ryan_Leb8
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can

Look: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a moderate 1.5 finger (not sausage finger) head with plenty of small sized sediment

Smell: smell is piney up front and a sweet pineapple smell on the tail end

Taste: awesome if you’re an IPA lover however not as aggressive as described on the bottle. Hard to see this as 100+ ibu but I guess if they say so. Pine on the first take with a hit of malt in the middle and finishing up with a citrusy, malty concoction of flavors with a hoppy sweet ending

Feel: with 9.1% what do you think

Overall: at least 4.75 for this beer. Outstanding but only lacks the .25 for the lack of aggressiveness you’d expect from a DIPA

solid west coast IPA

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Wegmans. Medium amber with creamy head, rings of lacing. Aroma is astringent, medicinal, juniper. Taste adds some caramel and toffee to this mix., sweet and stinging at the finish. Nice textures and weight. Flows nicely over the tongue.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Can to Snifter.

LOOK: clear yellow-orange. Small off white head, fades ; medium retention.
AROMA: some woody/sappy hops as the name suggest, but not a ton.
TASTE: pine laced with brown sugar. grass. There is a sweetness up front that morphs to bitterness in the finish. A touch more pine/sap/resin than I am comfortable with but not unpleasant.
FEEL: light to medium body; a touch sticky. medium carbonation.

Tasty enough. This reminds of an old ESB style.


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Photo of jro1960
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the dankness and honesty of this serious Hop expression- From the first sip, the intoxicating aroma and IBU slaps you upside da face as the warm high alcohol buzz washes over you. Loved it.

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Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 4982 ratings