Resin | Sixpoint Brewery

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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: "

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clean DIPA. Smell is a crisp tropical fruit/pine. Taste is a little bit more robust than the smell, can pick out guava, passion fruit, papaya for sure. This Is still definitely a crisp, clean DIPA as opposed to a dank-city ganja fest if you get what i'm saying.

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Photo of vic21234
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter. Bottom of can says best by 11/23/12.

A- Pours rather clear, and a dark amber color. About two fingers worth of a frothy off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells awesome. Tons of grapefruit and overall citrus characters. Also some piney resin notes as well.

T- Up front is really like drinking grapefruit juice. The back end of the taste finishes with the piney resin notes, as the name suggests. Great hop characters with a nice malty finish.

M- Tart, bitter, very drinkable. Finishes dry. Something I could drink alot of. The alcohol is well masked as well for 9% ABV.

I like this one, and am excited to try some of Sixpoint's other offerings, as they just started distributing to my area. This was my first Sixpoint'er and a great one to start. Reasonably priced too, I paid about $9 for 4 cans.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

This particular effort from the rather ambitious Sixpoint Brewery is the color of burnt copper, with a generous inch-thick head that retains quite well. The lacing left clinging to the inside of the glass is both stringy and spotty and definitely there to stay. Lots of earthy pine essences in the nose, along with a fair bit of sweet malt. A tinge of alcohol on the back end.

Hops abound on the initial sip, their bitterness peppering the tongue ahead of the pine and eponymous resin notes. Caramelized malts appear as well, mixing with the hops to create an interesting, almost medicinal blend of flavor. Interesting and unexpected, but not undesirable. A little bit sweet on the finish, with a punch of alcohol and a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fuller than I'm used to out of an IPA, with a frothiness that stays fresh.

On the whole, a decent double IPA. For all the supposed hype surrounding this brew, it's a decidedly solid but unspectacular example of the style. I've sampled better, but I could always do worse than this, especially with other canned beers.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Hazy light amber color with a one finger sticky head. Some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is very citrusy and piney, strong but not overpowering.

Flavor is more citrus and pine resin. Very bitter, but pleasing on the palate. Bitterness comes back again late with the delayed aftertaste. Less enjoyable as time goes on.

Mouth feel is good and suitable for style.

A solid DIPA, but hard to enjoy a whole can.

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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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Photo of bvdubn
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz (refridgerated) can into my Dogfish Head snifter.

The beer is a hazy dark copper color with a good finger worth of head that quickly dissipates.
The beer smells of hops… lots of Hops. It comes through with a lot of pine but as it warms the pine mellows a bit and the herbal notes come through.

At over a 100 IBU’s it stands to reason that it is initially very bitter. I noticed that as it warmed the bittnerness subsidided and the floral notes came to the forefront.

This is one of those IIPA’s that they just threw a ton of hops in and cranked up the IBU’s. It is a good, reasonably priced IIPA.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A classic double IPA that hits all the right notes, and of course emphasizes the chewy, resinous qualities as well. Flavors of honey, grapefruit, tangerine, and pine stand out. Incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable for such a high ABV, look out for this one (both in the sense of seeking it out and being careful of it)!

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Photo of BrownNut
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I heard so much love for this one and then was surprised to see it finally distributed near me out of nowhere one day. Tried it with my beer nerd friends as the star of a party. It was pretty but none of us liked it. The name of the beer certainly doesn't lie, but we all felt it focused solely on a bitter spike to the mouth at the expense of anything else, with a not-great flavor to boot. And I like my strong IPAs these days. Won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of TH28
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Appearance: Deep golden with an orange hue, clear, with a moderate white head. Aroma: Name of this beer is fitting, with a resinous, piney aroma dominant. Also some grass and tropical fruit notes. Taste: Starts out with a sweet maltiness, turns to a grassy citrus, then turns into a sharp, resinous, piney bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Strong bitterness, and a dry resin stickiness on the tongue. Overall: Definitely a hop bomb, but has a strong enough malt backbone to balance it. More well rounded than most IIPAs.

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

Smells fragrant right out of the can, sweet and citrusy
Appears deep golden with a fluffy white head.
Nice cloying oily feel.
Definitely get the hops up front with a nice herbal aftertaste. Nice kick in the end. So good, I had 2.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12oz can into a GI chalice

A: Pours a ruddy orange color. A gentle pour creates a small, foamy, light tan head that bubbles away to a no-so-thin cap after a minute.

S: Big notes of citrus right off the bat. Pineapple, mango, orange and pear. Almost as strong is some earthy pine. I can also make out some warm toffee and caramel as well as slight alcohol.

T: I can see why this beer is called resin. Huge, resinous and piney hops have taken the forefront. Fruit flavors are present but more subdued. More of a vague citrus flavor that melds into a pretty big dose of malt. Much maltier than I originally expected, there is a caramel sweetness on top of which the bitter pine and floral notes can express themselves. Alcohol is hardly noticeable at first, but becomes an increasingly large component of the flavor as the beer warms. It is never overwhelming, especially next to the sweet malt, and blends nicely with the hops for a long, bitter and moderately hot finish.

M: Medium bodied and just a little oily. Mild carbonation and mild to moderate alcohol heat.

O: A pretty great DIPA. Much more balanced than I expected thanks to a good amount of maltiness.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another awesome beer from a very generous trader. Thanks again Andrew!

12oz can

A - Pours a hazy copper with a one finger off white head. Head dissipates at a fairly hasty rate, but there is a plenty of lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Lots of delicious citrus and pine coming through on the nose. Pine, grapefruit, mango, and hints of sweet caramel. Very inviting...

T - Good dose of caramel malts up front. Orange, mango, and grapefruit follow with pine, grapefruit, and lingering caramel on the finish. Lots of bittereness on the finish. Abv is very well masked...

M - Medium bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation, and a dry finish...

0 - Pretty solid DIPA. Not as smooth as some because of the bitterness, but definitely very drinkable. Not sure what the price of these are as I obtained it in a trade, but I could easily see myself drinking these on a regular basis if it was available in my area...


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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Fat Cat in Chicago.

Appearance - Mildly Hazy Orange with minimal carbonation. Decent lacing on the sides.

Smell - Piney/Citrus Hops, Malts, Toffee, with a hint of caramel.

Taste - Malts, Piney Hops, Malts, Caramel and Toffee. Not quite as strong as I had anticipated, but pretty good nonetheless

Mouthfeel - Somewhat light and smooth with very little carbonation.

Overall - For a Double IPA, it's not what I would call "strong" but as a stand alone IPA, it's very delicious and easy to drink!

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

Poured a can into a Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' glass.

A - Poured with a solid 2 finger thick, foamy, white head that dissipated slowly. As it dissipated it left a nice, sticky lacing that clings incredibly well to the glass. The color is a light amber that's slightly hazy to my eye.

S - Tons of piney hops right away. Very 'resinous'...matches the name well. I'm also getting a bit of tropical fruits, like mango, and some grapefruit. I'm really liking the smell...looking forward to tasting!

T - Follows closely to the smell. Pine and citrus right up front with a nice, drying bitterness at the end. Definitely noticing the 103 IBUs which isn't a bad thing. Despite the bitterness this brew is pretty well-balanced. I find myself wanting more and more as I go, so it's not the palate crusher 103 IBUs might suggest. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden which is hard to say for many other 9.1% brews.

M - Creamy and silky. Like the lacing on the glass, it seems to cling inside my mouth. Carbonation is more than I expected but I think it opens up some of the flavors more.

O - Very, very good DIPA. I'm really enjoying this beer. Yes, it's quite bitter and has tons of hops, but it's balanced well enough that I'm not getting tired of. I find it very drinkable. Resin is well worth a try for any IPA/DIPA fan.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can into a snifter pours a pale orange amber under a chunky foam head. Cool and somewhat shy notes of salty pine seem to peak out most in relatively subtle yet fragrant flowery hop aroma. Perhaps a little bit of orange citrus in there somewhere as well. A slow motion punch of favorably acidic tangerine citrus flavor ascends into a luscious garden of hop resin that imprints itself on the palate long after the finish. Very nice, Sixpoint...

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack of 12 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. This is the first time that I've seen Sixpoint available here, so I'm pretty pleased about that. The best by label states this one is good for another five months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear honey amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that sticks around for a bit and leaves somewhat erratic lacing on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Tropical fruit notes of mango, pineapple, and guava play atop more earthy and resinous notes of pine and grapefruit rind. There's some nice dank/funky notes coming through, as well. This one has a very pleasing bouquet--more fruity and fresh than I expected it to be.

T: Clean and crisp cracker malt at the outset, with some nice grapefruit and more subtle tropical fruit hop flavors following. As the flavor progresses, there's more of a clear pine hop flavor that emerges, quite resinous, as the name implies. The middle also sees the emergence of some nice dank/herbal, floral, and grassy hop notes. A bit of sweet caramel malt takes on greater intensity as the flavor moves toward the back. There's just the slightest suggestion of clear alcohol toward the back, as well. This is masked remarkably well. The close is great resinous pine and citrus rind hop flavor. It definitely brings the bitter without totally destroying the palate. This is a very tasty DIPA.

F: This one falls on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has just a bit of a watery quality to it; though, it does have a very nice level of carbonation. The middle and back have a bit of stick to them, but I wouldn't describe this as anywhere near syrupy. I am very impressed at how easy-drinking this one is for a beer with over 9% ABV.

O: After being a bit underwhelmed by Hi-Res, I was very pleased with the quality of Resin. This is a DIPA with some very nice and complementary flavors. I was actually happy that it wasn't an outright pine bomb: I appreciate the nice dank and fruity hop flavors that this one brings. Ultimately, the most impressive part of this beer is how well it conceals its high alcohol content. I will definitely be returning to Resin again.

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

Poured from a can into a snifter. Had in fridge for way too long, best by date is today.

The appearance is a bright hazy orange with a thin white head that fades, with only some bubbles sticking around on the surface.

Grapefruit comes to mind instantly, and not much else. It's a nice aroma though.
The taste matches the smell. It is not over-the-top hopped, making it quite drinkable for a double IPA. I will be comparing it to hi-res tonight.
Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, but a little bit of an aftertaste.

Overall very nice double IPA

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Photo of BethanyB
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: In a tulip glass, it's a remarkably clear globe of dark amber with a big, fluffy white head and a few lazy bubbles streaming upwards in randomly placed columns.

Smell: Of course the resinous hops are going to play a big role here, and they make sure to hit the nose like true power players. But there are other aromas to be appreciated--sweet orchard fruit like apricots and pears are drizzled with honey, softening the edges of those sharper aromatics.

Taste: The resinous and earthy hops do dominate, but are not overwhelming thanks to a strong, yet sweet undercurrent of caramel and candied apricots. While understandably bitter, the aftertaste also recounts a bright juiciness, with grapefruit coating the sides of the tongue and sweet marmalade spreading across the roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: A solid mouthfeel for an Imperial IPA: Medium body, medium-high carbonation, and a crisp kick to the finish.

Overall: It would be hoppy to the extreme if there wasn't so much more to love. Precisely measured additions bring complex balance by adding tangy sweetness. An excellent beer all the way.

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

LOOKS: Pours a slightly hazy (chill) amber-orange with a finger+ of off white foamy head that leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Slight bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lots of hop resin and citrus/grapefruit rind. Slight bit of astringency, ammonia like to me, some people get pineapple.
TASTE: Good amount of bitterness from start to finish. Slight pine in taste but more citrus pith than anything, really. Enough sweetness from the malt to balance it just enough.
FEEL: Medium body, a little bit slick and then it dries up at the finish a bit. Good amount of carbonation to move the flavor around the palate.
OVERALL: Would like more pine in the flavor but other than that this one suits me great. No alcohol in the taste, nice big citrus flavors.

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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 zrbeer1579
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly murky orange with golden hues with two finger dense head. Over time it went down to a film which lasted till the last drop.

Aroma: Strong pine with some citrus and floral. Some sweet malts.

Taste: Aggressively piney and resinous. Me likey! Little bit of grassy, floral and grapefruit/orange. Nice malty sweetness. Alcohol is just a slight detectable. Also, nice transition from sweet to bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Median light with carbonation just above median. Still smooth. Sticky. Bitterness is strong and lingers in the finish. There is a sappy and/or syrupy feel in the back of the mouth that hangs for a while. Finish is a touch dry as well.

Overall: Certainly lives up to its name. I like what Sixpoint is doing with this beer. A nice and radical change from the fruity Imperial IPA's. I know there are IIPA's with piney characteristic, but Resin is pretty good.

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

DIPA! It's hard to rate these while drinking them. The euphoria of the double ABV and great taste requires one to step back and evaluate the beverage within its genre, style, and classification. ........... Ah, what the hell, it's awesome!!! Woohoo!!

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

Smell is pine and floral, citrus, a bit of dankness, and a bit of booziness. Taste is heavy malt sweetness, citrus (primarily lemon peel), a hint of honey, and a little tropical fruit finish. Bitterness feels a little heavy up front, but fades quickly and complements the overall taste really well.

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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 BradC
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass, nice head and thick, sticky lacing that lingers. A golden honey color.

Smells are of hops, straight up hops, earthy pine, with a hint of citrus.

This one is piney, hops are up front with loads of pine and hops flavor. I detect a hint of citrus and not much of the malt at all. The pine lingers long after a swallow.

Chewy full bodied mouthfeel with slight carbonation, kind of thick.

Overall, a decent DIPA, I would definitely categorize this as Northwest IPA, it lives up to its name, the piney hops are a bit too much to my liking and stick around with you for a while. Well made, a little unbalanced and not my favorite DIPA

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Resin from Sixpoint Brewery
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