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Resin | Sixpoint Brewery

812 Reviews

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4neeh3ziWw "

Added by Jason on 01-10-2012

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Photo of TX_farmboy
4.96/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is an outstanding India Pale Ale! The smell is distinctly hoppy, and the taste is incredibly smooth, especially considering the very high IBU rating.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Darker than expected color, this one came in dark gold on its lightest day, almost amber appearance, solidly carbonated, 1/2" head. Aroma dropped too much caramel and malt, the hop aroma was just underwhelming.

Heavy crystal malt, caramel, hop edge isn't really there, drinks equal parts like an American barleywine given the higher than expected malt existence and lower than expected hop contributions. Its a big sticky beer, but with a name like Resin, it gets your expectations working.

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Photo of dleigh
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most grapefruit IPA ever, at least when fresh.

Clear yellow with minimal head. As soon as I poured it in the glass, the smell hit me--sweet fruit but with a tinge of bitter. Huge grapefruit notes. As it warmed, the smell got more sweet. I cannot write enough about the smell. This is the smell that made me fall in love with hops in the first place, and it's what I chase in every hoppy beer. Smell carries through to the taste, grapefruit with some sticky, resinous hoppy bitterness on the back end. Fantastic.. Nice refreshing carbonation--crispy. A very good DIPA.

Can, best by June 3, 2016.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This finally turned up around my neck of the woods, and it more than lives up to the hype. It's so light and crisp, you'd never know it was an imperial IPA, and in spite of its IBUs, the balance is perfect.

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

Had wanted to get around to this brew for a long time. The cans always put me off a bit, but the 12 ouncer won out. Something got me past it being a 4-pack with a bigger ticket than my regular 6-pack of DIPA. So, it looks good in a glass. It laces perfectly. It smells good, very good, even. And it tastes really good...nicely balanced between hop and malt. I'm not a fan of drinking beer in a glass that often. I tend not to stay in one place flattening my ample butt...maybe wandering around with a can could work for me, but not this can..it was created for a marketing reason, maybe? Put it in a six pack of short-neck bottles and lower the price a smidge and you've got a winner. Ohhh, almost forgot, this is nothing to worry about at over 100 IBUs, this brewer balances it almost perfectly.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich copper with a sizeable head. The aroma is straight up pine; it's not as strong as I would imagine, less a slap with a pine branch than a gentle stroll through an evergreen forest. The flavor has much more going on. Some sips offer intriguing tropical notes of crisp pineapple, fresh mango, guava, and passionfruit, as well as clear pine notes. The ever shifting profile is really very nice. The mouthfeel is thick, redolent, and oily. Overall this is an awesome beer. It verges on too sweet for my palate, but if you keep it cold and drink quickly, it is an awesome hop blast.

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Photo of pat61
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant copper amber with a sudsy 3” off-white foam collar that takes 4 minutes to reduce to ¼ its original size. Very lacy.

S: Moderate resin, light toast and light fruit aromas.

T: Starts with big fruit flavors and moderate sweetness, spice with a trace of anise or fennel, hint of cardamom, pine and mint. The spicy resiny fruit hop flavors are medium to medium high, malt flavors are medium low, yeast flavors are low. Bitterness is medium and well balanced.

F: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy.

O: A very flavorful, well balanced big IPA.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big strong beer. The smell is fresh sweet piney hops. The taste is piney with some caramel malt. The finish is both sweet and strongly bitter. Really enjoyable beer but a high ABV. nb

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Photo of Catracho5
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep rich amber orange color with a bright white head, beer is clear, lots of lacing, an incredible amount, some carbonation, looks solid.

A: Resin, pine, hint of grapefruit, this beer is all pine needles on the nose, smells like freshly squeezed pine needles with hints of citrus peel aromas, some sweet malt aromas on the backend, really big aromas.

T: Like biting into a handful of pine needles, resin, pine, hints of citrus flavors creep in the background, alcohol is noticeable, sweet malts on the back end, very tasty with lots of big flavors.

M: Big dry finish, pine and grapefruit scrapes the tongue and palate, good amount of carbonation to balance it out.

O: This is a resin and pine needle bomb, very tasty, I love a IIPA that is more hop forward than it is malt forward and Resin falls in this category. I would definitely buy this if it was available in Southern CA, but it's not, a world class beer, a keeper.

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Photo of GatorBA
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not an IPA guy, but I am in the mood for a good IPA from time to time. This is my "go to" IPA. I've had a good solid dozen of these in the last 6 months. I've had a couple of Heady Toppers, and this beer hangs with that, in my opinion.

Resin is the perfect name for this beer, because there is a strong pine quality to it. Mouthfeel is not too heavy, which I prefer in an IPA. The nose is huge and appealing. The aroma sets you up very nicely for the big flavor-it creates great anticipation. The flavor doesn't disappoint. There is plenty of tongue-curling citrus, pine, and acidity. My criticism of some IPAs is that they are kind of one-note, variations on a theme of bitterness. Resin rises well above the average by offering plenty of complexity, great aroma, and a refreshing mouthfeel. There is a character that sets it apart. One of the better IPAs out there, in my opinion.

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Photo of ctjoumas
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color with a small amount of bubbles rising. Nice fruity aroma with a slightly acidic mouthfeel. It has the same fruitiness up front as the smell and a good amount of bitterness on the end. Definitely a good double IPA that is look for again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Good finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy, herbal, and dank hop forward aroma with a big scent of citrus fruit, pine resin, and grass. Big presence of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, and melon. Big herbal scent of pine resin along with some grass and floral hints. Backing pale malt hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A really good dank aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dank, juicy,and herbal hop driven taste with big notes of citrus, pine resin, and grass. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, and melon. True to the name there is a big presence of pine resin along with some grassy notes. Nicely bitter. Backing pale malt notes of sweet caramel, grains, and yeast. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good East Coast take on a West Coast style. Huge juicy hop flavors with a solid caramel malt backing.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thick cap; nice, thick lacing;

S: floral and pine for a moment, then ripe pineapple and tart grapefruit;

T: floral and pineapple through the middle, then white grapefruit; short finish; some tartness with mild bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O; flavor was good, but was a let down after how incredible it looked and smelled;

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Today's can reads "BB 20MAR2016" on the bottom. However, I have actually had this more than enough times in life and I've learned the one thing that always echoes true to this beer is that one does not have to pour it out every time. Smelling a great beer is one thing, but to sip this one while sitting in a deer stand or fishing, one can't deny that it just tastes great. Now get that Budweiser out of the way, lol.
Alright, sorry for the dissertation, here's actually a real review of the beer when it is poured.
Treated as a DIPA, when I do pour this one, I keep to tulips and snifters.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing was mainly thin and stringy in both glasses.
The smell starts off with guess what, that's right, you got it, "resin"-ous pine spitting bursts of citrus rind and grapefruit pulp up my nose. Light sweet malt weaves in underneath.
The taste takes the bitter citrusy and resinous hops and slaps around some sweet malt embracing a keen quick lingering sweet aftertaste sliding into the same finish.
The mouthfeel is about a light to medium on the body. For a DIPA, its quite drinkable and the carbonation seems to stay low enough to let the bitterness from the "resin" to grind at my tongue yet still the sweetness just bears right on in to balance the feel out in a slight almost creamy sort of feel.
Overall, wow, what to say, I live in Vermont in a land full of great DIPA's, still I find that I need to come back to this every now and again. Why? Well, its just that I like it for what it is.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden color with a fresh white head, smell of dank and pine hops and sweet caramel, taste is up front with pine/citus hop it is offset with sweet caramel malts,very tasty,mouth feel is creamy and sweet with very pleasant hops ABV is well hidden, this 2ipa is so drinkable

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Photo of Dan_K
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a great IPA. Pours light amber/deep gold with great clarity and 3 fingers of white foam that linger and lace the glass. A solid malt base and warm booziness back up a complex pine and citrus hippiness. A slightly spicy feel as well. Clean, fresh, incredibly balanced for 103 IBU. Finishes with a hoppy bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-orange with a small off-white head. Minimal lacing. Good clarity.

Earthy, piney aroma. Not as strong as expected. A bit spicy. Mint, basil, and catnip. Grows quite a bit stronger as it warms.

Taste is dank pine. Earthy. Name is apt. Mint. Bitter citrus. Lemon. Malt is really dominated by the hops. Just hints of caramel and biscuit,

Body is on the thick side of medium. Crisp carbonation. Quite bitter. Aftertaste lingers forever. Feels like I need to scrape my tongue.

No one can claim this beers name is false advertising. Dank, piney, and bitter. Way out of balance, even for a DIPA.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer. Lemony and bready, hoppy and a little boozy in the nose. The flavor is wonderfully sweet and hoppy to kill the sweetness. Dank, piney, toasted and delicious.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This might be my new favorite double. Hopslam and Hoptimum are excellent but I think this one's got them beat. Can't believe it's a 9+%. It achieves something most doubles don't: it actually has enough balance to keep your palate from getting absolutely wrecked.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite doubles I've had to date. Was able to CRUSH the sixer that got sent to me. It goes down unbelievably easy. Huge citra/awesome malt character. Thanks for this one, @vtambrose

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Very well balanced, especially for 9.1%. I waited to drink this one because I figured it wouldn't be as good as the Sensi 2015 that I had, and I think it may even be better. Great Job Sixpoint!

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Photo of dcotom
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce can into Spiegelau IPA glass.

L - Stunning from beginning to end. A rather tentative pour still yielded several fingers of dense snow-white foam atop a limpid, deep copper-colored body. The ladder-like lacing that remained on the sides of the glass was pretty enough for a Christmas card picture.

S - Not what I was expecting. Based on the name alone, I thought it might be a hop bomb. I was surprised at the up-front malts and yeast lending some balance to the aroma.

T/F - Lots of malt sweetness at first. Hop bitterness on the tongue without a lot of hop flavor. Creamy feel, resinous finish as promised.

O - I would never have guessed that this clocks in at 9.1% ABV and over 100 IBUs. Like a bold Cabernet Sauvignon, this begs to be paired with food. I think it would stand up quite well to spicy cuisine and aged cheese, but not too overwhelming for cookout fare such as burgers and ribs.

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Photo of Drk93TT
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So this was a highlight of my beer haul. Pours a dark copper with impressive white fluffy head that is retained well. Smell of pine citrus orange rind.... Light bitter grapefruit that carrys into the taste and the hops balance well with the impressive sweet sticky caramel malt backbone.... Suprisingly not a hop bomb at 103IBU AND this is the best part where it just meshes so well together with the sweet malt and bready flavors. Drinks like 6% besides the light alcohol burn on the finish. Its almost like sweet action with a ton of hops dumped into it .... And then pumped up to 9.1% :) love it! Cheers

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
L: Amber copper with a little orange tint. Half finger of head with small bubbles rising from the bottom of the beer. Good lacing and head retention.
S: Citrus peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, and orange with a sweet malt in the background.
T: Grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, and sweet bready malt. Bitterness in the middle of the mouth and in the finish, but it doesn't taste like 103 IBU or 9 ABV.
F: Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Feels very nice on the tongue and middle of the mouth.
Overall, a nice, relatively sweet, IIPA with grapefruit and lemon notes.

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Photo of LAp
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a honey hue with a thin head that leaves scant lacing on the glass. Nose is pine and, appropriately, resinous. The name truly fits the taste of this beer too. It leads with big, piney hops, that give way to a malty bitter finish that are very reminiscent of its namesake. This is an outstanding beer from my perspective, not because it's subtly balanced or larger than life, but because it picks a sector of the IPA spectrum, and nails that taste. A refreshing change of pace from the sweet, citrusy IPAs that are flooding the market these days. Overall, an outstanding DIPA.

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Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.
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