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Resin | Sixpoint Brewery

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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 "

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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 biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chunk of what looked like melted chocolate literally jumped out the can and into the glass before I was not even two thirds through pouring. The colour was surprisingly dark to begin, but all that cloudy sediment has helped turn the beer into a muddy russet tone. Amber highlights are muted by the murkiness.

Goods as advertised. The bouquet is nothing if not resinous, smelling of spruce bark and pine serum. It has hints of flowers but is overtly woody. Notes of bitter grapefruit are distant compared to the tobacco leaf and tree needles. Sweetness abounds too, hints of maple syrup come about from toasted toffee and nougat notes.

Resin has a malty sweetness that approaches barleywine territory. The piny, resinous hops are nothing unusual for that style either. Together, the flavors of prune, raisin, dark toffee, tree bark and pine serum come to embody the 9.1% alcohol and 103 bitterness units proclaimed on the label. But the palate adjusts, and it all becomes quite soothing.

There's a lot of hops in here, and they are bitter, but it's all made more agreeable given the maple syrup-like sweetness and lingering toasted bread flavors. The fruitiness of the hops (like candied grapefruit) can add to the malty tastes of figs and dates. No doubt it's a bitter beer, however, and definitely too strong for the initiates. The flavor of spruce lingers.

As far as DIPAs go, the parts are all here but it's as if they've been put together wrong (like a doll's leg glued awkwardly onto the hip). A comparison to American barleywines (or "strong ales") is an almost inevitable conclusion. Don't expect bright fruits and sunshine. But for those who like a lot of dark, sticky fruits with their hops, definitely give it a go.

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Photo of plaid75
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous piney hop coupled with an earthy caramel.

The taste was obviously driven by the abundance of balmy piney hops. A full caramel malt tempered the flavor a bit.

The mouthfeel was full with a lingering bitterness.

Overall a tasty DIPA with a uprising attempt at balance.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is dominated by hops, piney, some citrus, a touch of alcohol, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, I felt it lacked balance and was to hop forward.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. I waited until I'd had a few four packs over the last few weeks to review it, but I've now decided it's one of my week-in-week-out beers. Beautifully balanced with just enough malt sweetness to balance the beautiful citrusy hops with a nice little bite of bitterness at the end. This is not an over the top beer, but one that has found the most important quality- wanting to go back to it again and again.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer certainly looks impressive, as it pours a striking peachy amber color with very good head retention and lacing (it really looks for all the world like a fresh glass of PtE). The nose is a bit unusual, but still pretty attractive. I really don't pick up much citrus, but there's some nice tropical fruit, light pine, white pepper and maybe a hint of dank earth. The flavor profile is more of the same, with the beer starting off fairly sweet and malty on the palate, but quickly drying out on the fairly bitter finish. There seemed to be some underlying spice as well that was nice, but the alcohol was a bit more noticeable than I expected or wanted, leading to a fairly hot finish. Frankly, a bit more citrus flavor and citrus would help this beer considerably, and probably would mask some of the heat on the finish. Mouthfeel seemed to be medium bodied and fairly full for a DIPA, with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish. Drinkability was OK, but frankly, one .25 liter pour was sufficient for me (was not tempted to get a second glass).

A decent DIPA, but my overall impression is that stylistically, this is just not a DIPA that's my cup of tea. Will likely not seek this one out again.

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

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Best by October 2015, so it's not brand new but it's still got a couple months left.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: a piney, resiny hop character dominates the aroma. There's a rather sweet malt base underneath, as well; quite good.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's got a massive malt base with a ton of sweetness and those same dank, resiny, piney hops. Bitterness builds pretty solidly toward the end of the palate; it's good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess. The richness of the body makes up for the imperfect creaminess, though, I'd say.

Overall: a solid double IPA. it doesn't exactly blow me away, but it's a very well-crafted beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a small but fluffy white head that settles down slowly and some spotty lacing. Very hoppy aroma, yes, resinous, lots of pine, some citrus, a whiff of fusel alcohol underneath.

Not my favorite DIPA or Sixpoint offering. Booze was way too in-your-face present; harsh; sharply bitter and resinous hoppiness with a weak malt backbone underneath. Just felt a little out-of-whack and overly boozy. Light citrus and caramel sweetness also in there. Just not loving this particular blend of these flavor notes.

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, just a little syrupy in a way that didn’t help the booziness. Not all that fun to drink even for a hop-bomb. I’d take a Hoptimum or GF Palate Wrecker over this one in a heartbeat. Not terrible but not my particular cup of tea for the already crowded DIPA style.

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

I got this can from a BIF trade. Poured into a snifter.

Aroma- Pine with slight citrus, grapefruit. Pretty light aroma when it settles down but very pleasant.

Appearance- Nice hazy burnt orange. Slightly off white, small head with some sticky legs of lacing.

Flavor- Pretty big pine, citrus plays in the background. I taste the alcohol but its not overpowering, just noticeable. Hop forward beer but the malt lays down a lot of sweetness to almost balance it.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, coating after each drink. Seemed light on the front but the sugars come out. It has a nice bitterness in the middle but it seems to drop off pretty quickly, not a lingering bitterness.

Overall- Very tasty. I like the big flavor, wish the alcohol was a bit more hidden but it is 9.1% so its expected and not unwanted totally. This is a nice slow sipper that I would love to come across again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear amber color with ok carbonation leaving a one finger off white head which fades leaving a small amount of bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Big pine needle and resinous hops are right up front with a pinch of orange peel

T: Piney and resinous hops, a good dose of hop oils, some lingering orange peel but there is a potent malt bill that makes it a little sweeter. The finish is a bit sticky, slick and sweet with a nice bittering finish

M: Medium bodied. Sticky sweet, fuller mouthfeel.

O: An IPA that lives up to it's name. Balanced.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the nifty looking thin 12 fl. oz. can stamped: Best Before 07 Jun 2013. Sampled on February 23, 2013 so it is still in the recommended freshness range.

It pours a cloudy orange-copper with an outrageous 3 inch fluffy off-white head that settles some but generally sticks around.

The hop aromas are more laid back than I would expect from an Imperial Double IPA. But they are wonderfully earthy and floral with a citrus zing to boot.

The body is about medium with a slight astringency.

The 9% ABV is incredibly well integrated into the taste. It is not noticeable in the least. The hop bitterness is also mellower than I would expect and subtle. What I like about this beer is that it is drinkable but you don't realize how much alcohol you are putting away until the end.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a thin cream head that fades to a ring after a few sips but sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a sluggish microcarbonation.

S- The new sneaker green hops turns woody and pungent as it finishes with some softer green citrus notes.

T- The green musty pine wood hops has some grass notes to it in the finish. There is a nice fresh pale malt hint and some candy grapefruit notes that show up as it warms aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation but no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice rich hop character with a strong malt support but it is not bitter so it is really sessionable.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber with a frothy white head which leaves a nice cap. Aroma of slight grapefruit but more of an earthy pine hop smell. Flavor is predominately floral, piney hops with a fair amount of bitterness. There is a little sweet malt in the background with a hint of citrus but not much. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty good IPA overall, not as well balanced as some but refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this for a month or so now; a growler filled at Al's.

A: The ale (I'll refrain from IPA/DIPA/Red Ale discussions for now), is a darker amber color, still transparent but aggressively dark. Orange highlights provide a visual richness. Plenty of head, lacing in successive layers.

S: The hops are apparent, citrusy pine with fresh cracked pepper. This one is matched by plenty of caramel malts - another near barleywine. The confluence of scents is strong though, pine a finishing touch after the ale is nice and room temperature-like.

T: Plenty of flavor, I'm just not sure where to place this one. The hops are strong, oily with pine and citrus. Black peppercorns add kernels of heat. The malts are caramel, lightly roasted with a fullness that deftly cuts through the hops. The whole package is big and I'm still not quite sure how to interpret it; stylistically it is not a DIPA but I'm digging it. The thick hops linger on my palate, a lasting reminder of the ale.

M: Plenty of hops and plenty of malts, but it doesn't get into barleywine territory (I retract my earlier remarks to the contrary). It's unusual but I think that that is the point.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to stemmed glass on 3/18/12 at Whole Foods Fair Lakes
*From notes

-- Thanks to Tripphop for the generous pour --

A: Dark and cloudy orange. Tight one finger head. The thick, white collar that follows is impressive.

S: Bittering and ever so juicy hop oil bites my nostrils, preparing me for what's to come.

T: The name "Resin" speaks for itself. Like the nose, this is a pure hop bomb. Rather intense, but the more I get into it, the more it lays back and mellows out. It's certainly in your face, and at times is borderline "oniony", but it's kept in check and by the time I'm halfway finished, I'm really, really into this.

M: Not the thick beer I feel needs to carry the hop profile, but it'll suffice.

O: One of the better offerings from Sixpoint to date. If you like your pores to ooze humulus lupulus, give this bad boy a whirl.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep crystal clear copper hue with a thick half a finger off white head that fades to a dense, spotty blanket with a nice thick halo.

S - Some slight carmel sweet malts, booze, and pine resin hops

T - Taste is very close to the nose. More of those sweet carmel malts (but not overly sweet like some DIPAS). Strong bitterness towards the end, lots of pine and grapefruit pith. Booze slightly jumps at the end with a nice faint, subtle tropical hop backtaste before it is overwhelmed by bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty darn good for a DIPA. Very drinkable and the ABV isnt harsh. The aftertaste is just solid bitterness.

O - Overall I liked this beer from Sixpoint, as I do most of their brews. Really drinkable IPA, almost dangerously so. Tasty beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass. Best by Aug 10 2013

Pours a dark copper color with a large, lasting white head. The aroma is a good citrusy, hoppy smell. Not too strong and not too weak. The taste of the beer is... odd. Not exactly what i was expecting. Not a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination. Bitter up front but theres something unique about the bitterness that is hard to place. its got sort of a sweet kick to it, i suppose. Not sure how i like this honestly. Good feel, Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is extremely unique in its flavor. Cant say its my favorite, but its definitely worth a try.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint. The aroma is filled with fresh citrusy hops with some pine in there as well. Very nice! The taste like the aroma is obviously dominated by the fresh hops. There is a nice sweet malt backbone, which I do enjoy more than the drier IPAs. Finally, there is some warmth in the finish from the alcohol. This can for my review is fresh and that makes a huge difference with this beer as it does for most IPAs. Drink this FRESH, DO NOT AGE! Cheers Sixpoint!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with reddish tint with a two-finger head and lace on top of a very earthy, piney citric hop aroma although there are touches of grapefruit and sweet malts. Medium bodied and smooth, this beer tastes like it smells with a prevelant hop taste profile, dirty, earthy citric hops with touch of grape and there is some minor sweetness (fruit hops or caramel?). Finishes clean with a little crispness thanks to carbonation and ABV is hidden. Affordable and dangerously high ABV sippin' DIPA that is a must try.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brooklynbrews for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly golden amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had OK retention and good lacing.

The beer had a big hop aroma, mostly citrus, with very little malt showing through. The taste was pretty much the same, with a bit more malt base showing up, very much a hop forward brew, fairly typical for the style.

The body was a bit fuller than average. Drinkability was decent for a big IPA. Overall, a fairly average ImpIPA. Worth trying if you see it.

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

12oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack from somewhere localish.

Poured into an Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/2" orangey beige head over the cloudy similarly hued brew. Head lasts well, with lasting lace. Aroma is juicy pine and citrus hops.

Taste is sweet upfront, a peek of citrus in the center, and ample piney bittnerness through the close, with a lingering alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good also, esp for the style. Leans more towards flavor than bitter for bitter's sake, which is fine by me.

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Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in an orange yellow color with a frothy two finger head.

The aroma is of bready malts and an earthy resin aroma. There's also grapefruit citrus too.

Having had so many West Coast IPAs, this is a great change. There's a juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit note, but then the malt and resin flavors dominate. It has big pine and bite on the mouth, but in a good way. It's almost spicy on the back of the throat as well. The finish is very bitter on this one, of pine, earthiness, resin.

The beer has a good medium body.

It's cool that this beer comes in a smaller can like a Red Bull for the appropriate ABV it is. A really solid DIPA from Sixpoint.

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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 spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from Bessette's Canton NY for 3$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, pineapple, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with pineapple, apricots, and oranges. There is also a caramel sweetness and some pine/resin. It finishes with a pineapple/caramel aftertaste with a decent amount of lingering bitterness.

Overall - Definitely the best Sixpoint beer I've had so far. It has a nice amount hops and a good dose of fruitiness. Well worth trying if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep copper color. Head is quite tan and smaller. A bit frothy and bubbly. The minute head does leave substantial lacing however. Body is transparent.

S-Resinous! Very oily hoppy nose. Herbal and earthen hops. Not high on the citrus. Sappy caramel malt sweetness. A big, bold nose with virtually no alcohol aroma. Very, very pungent. Excited to sip.

T-Resinous! Huge wallop of piney, herbal/earthy hops with a legit grassy and minty finish. Not very citrusy, but I am okay with that. Syrupy malt attempts to balance out the abrasive bitterness. Rich on both ends of the spectrum.

M-Resinous! Thick and oily. Very dry and bitter. Big feel for a big beer. Plenty of carbonation.

O/D-Name lives up to the billing. I have enjoyed nearly every Sixpoint beer I have had and was excited to hear about their canning of a DIPA. This is a unique interpretation of the style, and I really enjoyed this.

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Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
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