Resin | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ode to the sticky quintessence of hops that never forgoes balance. This piney, resinous Double IPA clocks in at over 100 IBUs.

"First formulated in 2004, this is the story of the sticky quintessence of the hop cone, and all of the joy it brings: "

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
2.22/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can into pint glass. Oh my god. No. I do not like this beer!! I thought I would like the super pineyness, but its like sucking on a teet of pinesol. Very oily, mechanical, industrial taste. Glad I can say I've tried it, but never again! Maybe this is what pine tree's themselves drink.

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Photo of gdkersey
2.43/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened the can with a muted pop

A - pours cloudy amber with a thin white head. good lacing

S - grapefruit, booziness, breadiness. for a beer called Resin, i expect something with a killer aroma.

T - oily hops, tangerine and grapefruit, hot, booze. chewy malt. very bitter

M - hop slickness coats your mouth. carbonation seems a bit on the low side.

Cool packaging, not so great beer inside. I picked this beer up from the local liquor store and it was a recent shipment, so I assume the beer was relatively fresh. Kind of unbalanced, overly bitter, and not very drinkable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 3/29/12

Best before 25 Nov 2012

Deep, hazy appearance. Honey and tangerine-hued. Pours a wimpy head, not even a finger's worth. It stands to reason the head doesn't hold well, finding only a soapy layer. Ok lace.

Aromas of pine tar, over-ripe citrus, onion, bubblegum, scented soap, flower petals, bread, caramel and overtones of alcohol wafting about. It's all rather bizarre.

The taste takes a page from the bizarre aroma; I can't shake the notion of flowers and bubblegum. Beyond that, there is a dense bitterness that shirks hop flavor in favor of headache medicine. Sure, there are undercurrents of pine and skeevy citrus, but it's mostly just rampant bitterness. Well, rampant bitterness and malt. Bread, yeast, grain and a hint of caramel.

Medium full body with sugar granules swaying back and forth. Carbonation is moderate, maybe even on the low side; I like that.

Overall impression - It's never a good thing when the product description of a DIPA refers to "encroaching malt sweetness."

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Photo of crossovert
2.51/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. BB 28NOV2012.

It pours a hazy orangeish amber with a fluffy white head that recedes with some industrial-looking lacing.

The smell is decent, though it reminds me of like a hoppy wheat beer or something. A lot of banana, clove, and bubblegum in the aroma. It has a nice fresh hop scent but the variety is super like bubble gum candyish.

The flavor is reminiscent of a wheat beer as well. It has some nice fruity esters and a potent malt bill. There is some tangy citrus acidity. The bitterness is medium with some pine flavors, but not too much. It is just missing something.

It is okay, but it has a ton of "off" flavors that really don't belong in an IPA though they work a little.

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Photo of BrianOhio
2.56/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The pour out of the "Mich Ultra" type can produces a thick 2 finger head.

Aroma has me confused. Is a DIPA as it states? Did I grab the wrong box? Extremely malt forward.

Taste is the same...extremely malty and no citrus notes or bite that I expect in a DIPA. I'm not saying that all DIPAs have to be west coast style (see my love of Big A) but this beer just doesn't strike me at all as a DIPA.

Sorry...not my cup of tea. I have 3 more to drink and maybe my opinion will change...but I doubt it.

UPDATE - Since this review, I have had a number of additional servings of Resin and my opinion has changed. Might've been some quality issues since that first 4 pack, but since then I have grown to enjoy it. Not the best DIPA out there, but pretty solid.

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Photo of B33R501
2.64/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well. Dissapointing. Just not much of anything going on here.

Pours gold to orange hue, pretty beer. Faint hoppy aroma leading to slight citrus hoppy taste. Some bitterness, metallic finish, decent orange grapefruit aftertaste after drinking 2 cans.

Only thing double about this IPA is the abv. If you're looking for big hop flavor and bitterness, look elsewhere. Don't waste your money.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A CAN into a Sixpoint/Hulmeville Inn pint glass.

Cracking the CAN, Resin pours out pretty thick. The liquid is a dark amberish red and does not look like your normal double. A firm even half an inch of dark tannish/light brown foam that has ok retention and leaves some spots on the glass. A bit of haze to the liquid. Smell is assertively dry hopped with some piney scent that is pungent. Some grain and grass comes up with a big caramel malt build. Just as sweet smelling as it is hoppy. Take a whiff, it's big. Alcohol is present in the nose as well. Taste is very big, very hoppy, very malty and very big. Piney dank resinous hop blast that builds into a sweet taste in the middle followed by a shot of hot alcohol. Insanely bitter. Earthy and piney hoppings, not tropical like most. East coast for sure. This has the makings to go a year and become one of those old hoppy barleywines that I've heard of. The body is there. This is over medium in build with a dare I say it resinous body. syrupy in a way and a bit hot. The alcohol is tasted and felt on the mouth. not a good look.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear coppery ruby, with 2 ½ fingers of foamy off-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with creamy spotty lacing. The aroma smells of pine, with leafy tones, spice, and dank tropical fruit. Light caramel and bread sit with some heft along the back. This seems to need a bit more airiness to it from the hops to help float those flavors around a bit more in the nostrils. As this stands now, things just sit heavy in the nose with piney and sticky warmth.

The taste shows the sweetness up front, with notes of caramel, ripe fruit, and toasted bread, which is all wrapped up in a herbal feel that spreads out across the palate. More assertive hop flavors include a little grapefruit and pine up front but this ends with a fierce finish of resins, spice, and a raw bitterness that sticks hard. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some crispness on the edges and then more of a slick chewiness that spreads out across the back. I’m unfortunately getting a bit too much alcohol out of this as well and while it’s not stinging, it does accentuate all of that aggressive hop character to an uncomfortable degree at times.

I didn’t really care for this. It’s balanced enough up front but get’s way too pushy with the hops in the backend of the profile, which ultimately leaves this warm, sticky, and bitter with an overall feel that just sits a little too heavy in the nose and mouth. This is yet another disappointing canned offering from Sixpoint.

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Photo of musicforairports
2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Skinny 12oz can into a tulip. Best by 30 July 2012. Reviewed 3 March.

Hazy and red. Nice head that looks very thick and creamy. This looks more like a red ale.

Smell is sweet malt, pine resin and odd, fruity yeast notes. The off-notes increase as it warms.

Flavor is full and sweet. Creamy and thick caramel malt flavors backed by pine hops. The off-notes carry over from the nose. Not sure how to describe it, but it's somewhere between Belgian yeast and dirty tap lines, and it's found in every Sixpoint canned beer I've had. ABV is nicely hidden. If I had this blind, I'd call it a somewhat sub-par imperial red.

Full in body, which matches the flavor, I suppose.

I found the real flaw to this beer not to be a lack of hops for a DIPA--though that is the case--but really just the sweetness and the off-notes. It's a shame, because I've really enjoyed some of their hoppy beers on tap and on cask before.

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Photo of Treebs
2.81/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can served in a FFF 15th Anniversary pint. Best by date of January 2013.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a frothy collar and leaves some traces of sticky lace behind.

S: Definitely lives up to its name so far. Big pine needle and resinous hops are right up front with this guy. Some candied sugar sweetness with a little alcohol flavors.

T: Piney and resinous hops, but there is lingering malt bill that makes it a little sweeter. Definitely hop oils create a lingering bitterness that lasts through out. There is also a lingering alcohol flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied. A little sticky with medium carbonation. Lasting bitterness in the finish.

O: Ho hum in my book. Pretty one dimensional in the flavor. Definitely take a pass on this one.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

A very dark ruby/dark grapefruit color with nearly no head even after an aggressive pour. The body of the beer is opaque and it leaves the glass covered with a sheet of oily stick.

The aroma is bold, though very sweet. The caramel and toffee accents from the malts play the largest role, with pine and citrus aroma following next. Big and expressive, though not nearly as hop-forward as I prefer.

A very high level of bitterness, sweet caramel malt, some bread, and pine/resinous hop character. There's a bit of alcohol presence as well. Average, and that's being generous.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

I won't seek out another.

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Photo of Gfunk720
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, out of my HFS stemware. Can dated "Best by June 30, 2012"

A- A crazy dark amberish red color. There is a healthy off white head that forms, with plenty of lacing. The beer is very clean looking, yet quite dark for the style.

S- Mostly bready malt and some off metal smells. Not really getting much hops here.

T- A thick malty flavor hits the tongue initially, with an interestingly complex malt profile following. The aftertaste is an unbalanced hoppy mess. Mostly bitter aftertaste, hints of pine.

M- This is pretty much flat. The body is tolerable for the style, if not a little thick.

O- I had decent hopes for this one, but it was a bit of a fail to me. After drinking HT/Hopslam/ETC. for the last few weeks, this beer did not fare well. I may have rated it higher as a American Barleywine rather than a Double IPA.


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Photo of Mateo2699
2.89/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: beautiful clear Amber color, nice head and good lacing
S: Initial pine, then wait, pickle? Never smelt an IPA with pickle. After I smelt pickles, I couldn't think of nothing else. The pickle stuck around.
T: more pine, and suddenly that pickle pops up again. Slight orange and even apples. Very interesting
F: medium bodied and a little creamy

Okay IPA, just couldn't get past the dominate pickle smell which then takes over your palate.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate to low retention, on a copper body with some haziness. Lacing is clear and quick to slide away. Aroma includes peach and persimmon with some apricot and some malt sweetness in the background. Taste includes some caramel sweetness and some hop bitterness but far from the amount expected, given the name and style. I actually checked the date of the keg to make sure it was fresh and it is from 12/2012. No issues there. My nose and palate seem to be working correctly, so I suppose that the beer is just a bit lacking in the "resin" department. Kind of disappointing on almost every level.

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Photo of JRed
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours transparent orange with white head that dissipates. Aroma of grass, mango, cotton candy, energy drink. Intense flavors of citrus, slight mango, hop resin, grass, orange rind, booze and bitterness take over in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A cotton candy hop overload with no direction.

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Photo of thlayli87
2.97/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If drinking a liquid onion sounds good to you then this beer is right up your alley. The beer looks and smells like a typical IPA, with assertive hops, bread and a mild fruity aroma. The taste is completely different however, overpowering onion flavor. Pretty gross really. I finished it, but won't be getting this again.

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Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-light amber, thick white head

S-Hoppy, little citrus. Nothing too special

T-hoppy all the way. Smooths out nicely on the back surprisingly. Not too much lingering.

Mf - smooth overall. small bubbles at the beginning.

O- very drinkable for the alcohol content

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.02/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into a regular old Mason jar. Pours hazy orange, sunblaze almost. Smells like a tapastry of hops, not one over powering the other, but still not blending well at all. The smell actually burns my nostrils. The initial taste is a massive hop bomb, with no direction whatsoever. Its like 6p just throws whatever is on hand, and a lot of it! The end of the swallow provides more of the gasoline like fumes, blazing both nostrils almost bringing tears to my eyes. This stuff seriously might burn blue just from the obscene ammount of hops in this recipe.

Overall, im about to pour the rest of this down the drain, very uncommon for me.
Its all over the place as far as hop character, and the basic 2row and pale doesnt contribute any different malt character than any other standard iipa.

No where near the claimed 103ibu's, even though its obvious that a scaled down 5gal clone would take an entire 16oz's. Im glad I tried it, but can say for certain never again!


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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.02/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruby brown copper wait for it... resin.

S: Woah wtf?! bananas. Molasses, sweet belgian strong ale fruit flavors.

T: Light and modest with a clean presentation. Hoppiness is mild. Finishes again with the belgian yeast.

M: Slightly cloying, tongue bittering as well as dehydrating. Carbonation is low, and it can stand to be.

O: Interesting style, or hybrid rather. Could have done without.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was decanted from a can into a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a clear orange coloration. The head was thick creamy and white. Super amounts of lacing mark this beers passage from my glass.

S- The aroma of the beer is grapefruit citrus and most definitely a heavy pine cone, pine needle and pine resin note. Its like Sixpoint managed to can a X-Mas tree.

T- True to the beers name Resin the beer has a resinous pine flavor. The resinous pine flavors are long lasting and very pronounced. Underneath the pine is a bit of citrus grapefruit but little else. This beer is nearly one hop note. Not bad but not impressive.

M- The body of the beer is sticky with resinous pine flavors. Medium body with active carbonation. No alcohol is present in the mouth.

O- Not bad just misses being something above average. The hops seem to be a bit one note. On the bright side I think the brewer suceeded in making a very resinous pine aroma / flavored beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Skinny 12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a chilled but clear golden copper with finger of white foam head that fades quickly to a thin film and light lace. Biscuit malt and pine hop nose, slightly sweet and caramel like. Sweet and bready body with a light rye like spice and resiny citrus and pine bitterness in the finish. Medium thick and lightly carbonated body, slightly watery and thin. Finish is spicy, cardboard and pine bitterness. Not very appealing.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, best by 7/30/12. Very cool can, even though it looks a bit like an energy drink.

Pours a hazy copper with a nice, off-white, two-finger head. Great retention and tons of lacing.

Not very aromatic. Some grapefruit and citrus rind from the hops. Lots of caramel malt and breadiness.

Flavor is thick and malty, with a good amount of resinous and oily hop flavor. Grapefruit again, paired with a woody and earthy hop character. Nice bitterness level. Tons of bready malt with a hint of sweetness. Clean, bitter finish with a slight booziness. Mouthfeel is undercarbonated, but smooth and weighty.

Overall, I think this is a pretty average DIPA. I like my DIPAs drier and more aromatic. Maybe they should rename this beer "Melanoidin." Decent beer with no glaring problems, but too malty.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper. The color of pennies. Head is dirty white, chunky, and leaves some solid lacing. Head drops to a thin cap pretty quickly. Nice depth of color. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Some pine. Caramel and biscuit malts. Slightly earthy and a touch of mint. It carries that distinct Sixpoint aroma. Hints of citrus. Big doughy malts. Not a ton of depth, but what's there is decent.

Taste: Pine and citrus rind. Malty, chewy, biscuits. Dough and some caramel notes. Hops drop notes of mint and earth. Floral in good measure. Pine is unrelentingly bitter on each subsequent sip. It never becomes punishing, but remains pithy and slightly resinous. Faintly earthy.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the end of each sip.

Overall: It's an imperialized Bengali Tiger. The hop profile is similar, but they beefed up the malts enough to cover up some of the weaker hop elements. Decent, but the reduced can size seems silly. There's a 16oz can waiting to happen.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange color. 1 finger of white head with nice uniform bubbles. Beer produces great lacing.

S: Pine needles and wet grass.

T: Pine needles up front. Slight, but not unpleasant bitterness. No fruit flavors at all.

M: Kind of a "tart" feeling. No sense of carbonation at all.

O: Nothing to dislike but nothing worth seeking out. Not too bitter but there is a long lasting tart feeling in the after taste. One nice thing is that the ABV is really well masked. Overall I prefer a fruitier IPA.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark hue... kinda Amber, kinda Gold. I poured it fast into a tall glass, so It's like a lot of beers or this strength/style. Not appealing, but not off-putting

A - I'd rather smell this beer than drink, which is why I was disappointed. Lots of mango, some citrus, slight pine, dank. As I drink this and let it warm and take it all in, I find the aroma develops. It's a perfect air-freshener... standing across the room, rather than above the alcohol fumes, it smells more like a tropical air freshener.

T - Fusel alcohol, fusel alcohol. Some bitterness and hop nectar quell this. Really, I drank way more than I wanted to, but came no where close to finishing it. I guess, since my vodka-chugging college days, my tolerance has dropped... I just can't handle all the syrup and heat of these big beers.

If you're like me, you'll miss out on the desired hop goodness. If you can take the heat, dive in!

M - Too much. It's supposed to be drunk or chewed?

O - I got some tongue-grating bitterness and grapefruit-mango juice flavor. The nose was extraordinary - when the toxic funes weren't torching my nostrils. A little more restrained on the ABV, and tighter body would accentuate those awesome hop qualities than overwhelm them.

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Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
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