Resin | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
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 Dieselbrewer18
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber color, decent head, hops pack a punch in the front end but mellows out nicely due to high alcohol, most likely a generous amount of dextrose in the mix. Feel is definitely resenous as the hops coat your toungue on the way down. Great beer!!!

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Photo of D1noB
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a bite to it, bitter bite up front followed by a, as the name says, resin'y post taste that sticks with you.

Taste Rating in Words: Have you ever tie-dyed a shirt you really liked and thought, maybe it will make it better; you pulled it out and it didn't. Now you are sad and depressed because it not only ruined your favorite shirt, but this new shirt will never get worn.

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

I know I've reviewed this before; I just haven't typed up the review yet. Here're some brief impressions:

APPEARANCE: Pours your standard clear somewhat vibrant copper body with no yeast sediment or lees in sight. Head is off-white, offering plenty of frothy soft goodness and retaining surprisingly well for 9.10% ABV (this lasts a good 8+ minutes). Leaves light lacing on the sides of my nonic as it recedes.

AROMA: Titular pine resin is definitely there, hinting the brewers accomplished their aims. Floral as well. Suggests a simplistic ale with a bit of a bitter bite but fair balance, with pale malt sweetness wafting out of the glass and seeming to keep the hops in check to an extent.

No off-aromatics or overt booze. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has a nice softness to it which works well with its medium body. The hop profile is far more classic than that of most New York-brewed (I)IPAs, hitting on straightforward pine, concomitant resins, and floral hop flavours...this feels typical of the IPAs brewed in the 2000s, focusing on a neat hop emphasis but keeping those hops in check with pale malt sweetness.

Not your typical crazy tropical fruit-forward juice-oriented unfiltered NYC (I)IPA - thank God. Discerning drinkers will likely find it simplistic for the style, but its balance alone makes it worthwhile and its hops don't lack pungency.

Coating, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, overcarbonated. Has some alcohol warmth that doesn't flatter it; I'd find an 8-8.50% ABV expression of the style far more drinkable. It's not boozy, but the ABV shouldn't be this noticeable.

Not sticky or syrupy, but it is pretty thick for an imperial IPA, feeling filling and heavy on the palate.

OVERALL: Heavy-hitting alcohol and a simplistic build hold this brew back, but those after a straightforward pine resin imperial IPA available at a decent price will find this serviceable. I wouldn't reach for this over better beers available for less money in the same market (Lagunitas, Troegs, Victory, and the like offer steep competition at very reasonable prices) but it's a refreshing change of pace from the hipster hop hopped unfiltered brews crowding the New York market.

I'll enjoy polishing off the sixer I got (which ran me $11 in NYC), but I couldn't recommend this to those in any but the most barren of markets in Sixpoint's distribution footprint. This style in particular has become very oversaturated as of late, and Sixpoint fails to offer enough of interest in Resin to warrant a second purchase or a recommendation to others. It's impressive they can brew this consistently at the scale they do, but it's not going to blow any discerning drinker's mind. This, to me, is by no means bad work, but when I think of a quintessentially *average* imperial IPA - a widely distributed expression of the style without any unique or special characteristics whatsoever - this is what pops into mind.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Great look. A bit of hop oil in suspension but quite clear amber with a nice white head. Good lacing all along

S - Toffee and well... resin! I want to tell grapefruit but no, it's all about the pine in here

T - Good balance between the caramel malts, the estery yeast (pear?) and the resinous hops. It's also a bit woody, nutty and spicy. Some floral notes.

M - the thick mouthfeel goes well against the astringence of the beer. Semi-dry all along

O - Well, it's not a hop bomb but it does all you hope for in a dipa. And it drinks like a session ale. Watch out because after enjoying this as it was a pale ale, its 9.1% Abv hits your hard.
I could make this a go-to-beer

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber orange with a foamy white head that stick like sap to the glass. Good lacing.

A: Smells like pine. Sticky pine backed by citrus, a touch of honey, and slightly of buttered bread.

T: Floods the mouth with the sweet honey and breadiness, instantly followed by the citrus and finally coming through is the lovely piney goodness.

F: This is my favorite feature. A rich and smooth slickness covers the mouth. Seems balanced at first, but the bitterness comes in at a pleasantly overwhelming fashion!

O: I thought this might be too balanced, or even sweet at first, but that texture and bitterness sold me on how wonderful and complex this beer is.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought on-line

12 oz. Can

Pours a very nice, hazy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, very citrusy, with some nice diesel/dank. The taste is very nice hoppy, slight malt, citrusy, very nice diesel. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Surprised me, nicely done.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can provided by jzeilinger with a best buy date of July 10, 2017.

The beer pours a deep amber color with a thick, two-finger white head. There is nice lacing left behind.

The smell is nice pine resin up front with floral under that. There is a little citrus in there also.

The taste is a strong pine resin up front with a big floral presence also. The citrus didn't come through much in the taste. There is also a big, sweet malt balance that comes through.

The mouthfeel is big, thick, and oily.

Overall this is a nice, pine-forward DIPA. The mouthfeel is really great. If you like piney, floral, malty DIPAs, then this is for you.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Best by June 05/17.

Soapy off white head that stands a half finger tall with moderate retention and sticky lacing.Hazy gold colored body with medium clarity.Light on carbonation.

On the nose I get intense floral and pine hop notes,with some grapefruit and mango highlights,all backed by the slightest balance of sweet malt,with some earth notes.This beer has a pretty big nose.

The palate is intense floral and pine hops up front,citrus hops consistent of mango and grapefruit in the middle,with a sweet malt and slightly earthy finish.A little bit of an alcoholic bite on the back end,but not a strong one.Nice bitter IPA,just the way I like them.Very nice piney resinous flavors coming from this beer,along with intense hops.Very nice.

The mouth feel is medium heavy with a chewy texture,dry finish and a little bit of chalkiness.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue.

This is a really good IPA.I would definitely put it in my top 20,maybe even top 10.If you are a hop head I definitely recommend you try this,and I will definitely drink this one again in the future.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite Imperials, the beer that got me into IIPAs.

Look: Pours a dark yellow, almost orange tinge with a one finger head of eggshell colored foam.

Aroma: Excellent. The nose is full of bitter pine sap, musky grapefruit pith and bittersweet orange zest amongst mild notes of mango and papaya in the background.

Taste: Tons of bitter, dank pine sap upfront - balanced by tropical fruit - predominantly grapefruit, orange and mango but with a gentle notion of caramel malt on the finish. As it warms, spicy flavors of garlic and sweet sauteed onions come into play.

Feel: Mouthfeel is dry and bittersweet. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Alcohol profile is clean although apparent.

Overall: The flavor is so hoppy and intense, but without being gimmicky, just for the sake of being bitter. The beers resinous hop profile takes center stage, but strikes a delicate balance between tropical fruit and savory caramel malt flavors that reveal themselves only after the initial bitterness assaults your palate. An excellent IIPA, every time I come back to this I am always impressed. My only complaint is that this beer is only packaged four cans at a time. They need to start releasing this in sixpacks, especially for what they're charging - but these guys are out of New York City where everything is exuberantly overpriced so it's more than likely most of that money is just going to pay the rent.

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Photo of Holderness
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Very slightly hazy orange with a two-finger off-white head produced by a moderate pour out of the can. Decent retention and minimal lacing.
S -- As the name suggests, heavy on the resinous and dank hop aromas. Notes of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and brown sugar.
T -- Pine, tonic, sweet malts, pineapple, peach, booze, and an herbal kick at the finish.
F -- The hop bitterness reflects the high ABV well. I usually don't like brews with IBUs this high, but this one works.
O -- A little too pricey to be a go-to beer, but very tasty nevertheless

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Photo of josanguapo
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Playing Shantae Pirate's Curse. Strong bitter punch like I hadnt find in long time. Like it. High ABV really well hidden. Grapefruit sticky profile. BB feb 17

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Photo of pro45
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this more than Hi-Res. Very bitter but had good taste of pine, citrus, earthy dankness. Very bitter on the finish. Got a lot of grapefruit pith, tangerine, pine and hops with this one. Well carbonated and goes down easy. Would've gotten a higher rating if there was a canning date on the can.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Resin is a beautiful Imperial IPA: a medium pebbly off-white head perches atop a crystal-clear pale amber body that is alive with very-fine-grained carbonation; head retention is moderate and lacing is excellent, consisting of dense, thick bands and ladders. The nose is medium-big: a delicious blend of spicy florals and grapefruit, with more subtle candy-like and perfumey florals and a hint of tamarind; deceptively modest alcohol overtones top things off. Up front, the palate is moderately bitter pink grapefruit and pine, with the slightest hint of nutty malt. Mid-palate the hops explode to show the complex florals from the nose, the grapefruit character intensifies, and a bit of soapiness becomes apparent. The malt rolls in, as the bittersweet nuttiness increases, a slight caramel character emerges, and we get a fair view of the bready malt foundation; this pushes perceived bitterness back to a modest level, leaving things close to in-balance for the style. The finish is a modest hit of grassy, nutty caramel; the linger is a moderate, slightly grassy, vaguely sweetish pine bitterness that lasts for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is somewhat grassy. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy, medium-slick and slightly peppery from the surprisingly subdued carbonation. (12 oz tall can, 154 days before best-by)

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Photo of GLBClover85
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up the alcohol content/punch. Was worried it would be super boozy. I was wrong. Upon opening I noticed a strong hoppy citrus aroma. The taste of this beer is excellent. The alcohol is hidden very well. If you like hoppy IPAs with a higher alcohol content this is your beer. Look forward to trying more of their beers. Well done Sixpoint

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Photo of bmeehan
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer packs the punch you'd expect for a hoppy double IPA, but it's not overwhelming. It's got a nice color and a very rich taste without being too in-your-face. For non IPA fans, I'd recommend this.

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Photo of johnsweber
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In the context of so many IPA's and DIPA's released since Resin was first released, it deserves a new assessment. This is a strong competetor among the masses. While others have gone over the top in syrupy sweetness for the quest to produce higher ABV, Resin seems exceptionall well balanced and understated in the most positive sense. As fresh and refreshing as the best Pilsner or lager on a hot summer day, yet packing an impressive 9.1%. Wow. It's wonderful! Pine, hemp, citrus, but again, the key here is balance. Sixpoints consistently rocks!

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Photo of Philsadvns
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look and smell is really great. However the flavor doesn't seem to be as potent as the scent for some reason. Still a good beer but it seems a little flatter in flavor than I expect a double IPA to be. Drinks like a single. Good beer but not my favorite dipa.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ohhh my this totally lived up to its reputation and everyone's recommendation :)
The look is a gorgeous golden color with a huge head and full lacing .
Smell is a fresh piney, citrus notes and I couldn't wait to taste it .
Mouthfeel is a typical good DIPA, but as a mostly Stout drinker it is a refreshing change for me .
The taste was delightful with hardly any noticeable bitterness . I could see myself getting in trouble with these as it went down so easy and it was my last beer of the night . I actually had to slow down drinking it as it would have been gone in minutes if I had chosen to do so .
This was my first time drinking it and I will be getting these again in the near future.
Highly recommended refreshing, kick butt DIPA ;)

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Citrus hops and pineapple on the nose of this beer. I'm not getting the pine yet maybe some slight floral aspects after digging deep. Really reaching to scent any malt from this but it smells quite inviting for sure. More subdued flavor than I would have guessed from a double. Bitter grapefruit piney (there it is), citrus, alcohol on the end. Not bad but not what I'm looking for out of an imperial. Smooth beer, decently carbonated.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is something I had assumed I had already formally reviewd but I guess I was mistaken. Pours a dark golden with a wet, cream colored head. Nose is big on the aggressive hops and malts with alcohol backing vocals. Game on.

Big citrus and pine flavor and a thick, dry mouthfeel. This is big and tasty without being overwhelming. Tight and oily in the adtertaste. I can see why this has such a solid rep; also ups to sixpoint for not shying away from sticking a nine plus aba DIPA in its mixed twelver. Bonus!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Teku glass. Best before 12 April 2017.
A: Pours very clear, with faintest haze in the glass. Honey-amber and effervescence. Two fingers of pitted head.
S: It smells fresh and floral. Earthy, herbal, piny, minty.
T: Mild and bitter with light citrus and pine (very American) flavors. I'm shocked by the ABV, since this tastes mostly like a piny pale ale or a mild IPA. (I wonder if it's been eclipsed over the years, if my lupulin threshold is out of control, or if there's a reason it was on sale at Whole Foods.) I expected so much more, but what is here is nice.
M: Somehow both thin-astringent and sticky-chewy.
O: This would have a much higher review if it were a different style or the brewers didn't make it sound like the Second Coming of the Hopchrist. It's good, and I will drink the six pack sans complaint.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't like this as much as Hi-Res, but I still like it. Very attractive with a brilliantly clear golden amber body and a thick off-white head. Nice mix of hop in the aroma with some citrus but more grass and flower.
I like how this drinks. Enough heft to be moderate but still a little sticky and really smooth even with the moderate carbonation. Good mix of flavors with the touch of sweetness from the malt and solid malt backing rounding off the enjoyable hop mix that is a more herbal than the aroma. Citrus rings on the bitterness which holds a distinctive grapefruit character with more than enough astringency. Prominent bitterness yet still a smooth drinker.
This one is my 3rd of the pack and easily my favorite of this batch.
It drinks so nicely.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear golden body with decent enough white head
Big citrus golden syrup aroma that says citra
Creamy lime flavour with subtle bitter finish
I'm going to say easy drinking rather than thin
This is a good enough way to end a night of ale

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Photo of flyingpig
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Can from The Sanderling, Glasgow Airport (£5.25):
Solid stuff from Sixpoint here, this one was a hop bomb with tonnes of pine & grapefruit bitterness in the early going before some tropical fruits & citrus flavours started to come through & level things out slightly. The alcohol was well hidden & only really made an appearance right at the end alongside some of the sweet malts & caramel that also helped with the balance of the beer. It was a relatively easy one to drink despite its strength & the only slight negative was that the nose could have perhaps been a little more pronounced but overall it was an excellent beer with a lot of flavour & it's definitely one I'll try again at some point.

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Photo of RangerDanger
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit a certain bias against canned beer. That being said, Resin was recommended to me at the liquor store and I grabbed some. This is an exceptional beer! It pours into a great head with a rich copper color. The taste is that bitter, piney, hoppiness that other beers used to have.The aroma lets you know what's coming. It just tastes good and goes down smoothly. Only problem is the alcohol is really masked well, I hardly noticed it.. I plan on making this a staple.

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