What does "resin" taste like in beer?

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  1. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,076) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    I have never understood the word resin. What is this implying in a beer? I see BA's use this word when rating beer. Any responses are appreciated.
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  2. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Close is chewing on pine needles.
  3. Stignacious

    Stignacious Defender (646) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    I tend to equate it to Pine Sap
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  4. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,647) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yup- like if you snapped a small evergreen branch, and the smell it gives off.
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  5. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    Find a pine tree. Look for the sap. Lick the sap. That's resin.
  6. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,076) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    So in other words resin = piney?
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  7. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (4,792) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    I could be completely off, but I view resin as a hybrid taste/feel. I think the explanations above sort of fit, but the sap part of them I think is key, so not just piney. Piney and lingering, perhaps??
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  8. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,938) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    The black sticky stuff left in your bong after 3 months use, or so I'm told.
  9. beerded_drunk

    beerded_drunk Aspirant (203) Aug 30, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Grab yourself a Hardywood 'great return', Its a really resiny beer i've had recently. I would not particularly put piney specifically in that category, piney doesn't always mean resin, but resin pretty much comes with piney. There are piney flavors that don't have a resin mode.
  10. Stignacious

    Stignacious Defender (646) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    Great Divide Titan is one of the best examples I can think of. Torpedo has some very resinous qualities, as does the eponymous offering from @Sixpoint.
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  11. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,076) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    I have a Titan in the fridge so I will keep this in mind. Thanks.
  12. frozyn

    frozyn Defender (630) May 16, 2015 New York
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    Resin goes beyond pine to me in the sense that it includes a lingering mouthfeel with it, a sort of sap-like film that can range from persistent and thick to just a couple seconds at the end. Pine, to me, is exactly what @TongoRad described.
  13. Gajo74

    Gajo74 Poo-Bah (2,242) Sep 14, 2014 New York
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    Ha ha. That's what I've always associated it with. I see the resiny description used particularly with heavily hopped IPAs. To me, hops smell a lot like weed. They are somewhat related in that the cannabis plant and the humulus plant(hops) are both part of the cannabaceae family. (Yes I looked this up)
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  14. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,076) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin

    I will need to try Resin (the beer of course) when I'm back in Wisconsin! I didn't even think about this beer when I started this thread. I never tried it.
  15. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,647) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Pretty much, but it's a bit deeper than if you just walked by a pine tree, for example.
  16. ahbithwabm

    ahbithwabm Devotee (412) Apr 27, 2013 Illinois

    I hope I never taste a beer that tastes remotely similar to that.
  17. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aspirant (296) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    Resin the DIPA is what you're looking for, and no, nothing like nasty dirty bong residue. That'd be a poor tasting rachbier if anything.
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  18. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Poo-Bah (2,831) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    For me resin can be a sticky, lingering pine flavor but it can also be a sticky, lingering weed flavor, which I sometimes describe as dank....
  19. 1ale_man

    1ale_man Initiate (183) Apr 25, 2015 Texas

    If you want resin, chew some pine sap. You will have resin for a week. Nasty stuff to get out of your mouth. I really don't recommend it. Drink the beer instead.
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  20. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,650) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio

    As everyone has said, pine sap. Not only the flavor for me, but the slick, oily feel too. What I imagine drinking WD-40 would do to my tongue
  21. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (573) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    Pine is more light and citrusy, whereas resin is more sap like. It is thick, concentrated, and it lingers. Most piney beers are citrusy and lighter, while other bigger beers ,say some DIPA's, can be more resiny.
  22. DrunkMcGruff

    DrunkMcGruff Initiate (130) Apr 21, 2013 Michigan

    cannabis and pine sap/needles
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  23. Caj1

    Caj1 Aspirant (216) Jul 2, 2013 Texas

    Really sticky and oily. Pine sap. Can be overpowering at times.
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  24. sharpski

    sharpski Meyvn (1,152) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    I differentiate "resinous" from "piney" as interaction with carmel malts producing deeper flavor and heavier mouthfeel in addition to the pine.
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  25. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    Chewy pine
  26. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (502) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Drink beer from bong. Enjoy.
  27. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,561) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    It is beyond pine or other evergreen; a concentrated pine or cedar sap aroma or flavor (or, usually, both).
  28. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,996) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut

    Resin denotes a certain viscosity and, when applied to beer, has a Pitney taste. This is my interpretation of of the use of "resiny" when referring to beer, not from anything authoritative.
  29. pat61

    pat61 Poo-Bah (5,607) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    Go bite a pine tree
  30. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,699) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Resin often describes pine-like flavors, but with a sweetness. Depending on the person using the term, it may indicate something like shellac or marijuana (which also gets described as being dank).
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  31. 31Sam13

    31Sam13 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 New Hampshire

    Lick a nice flower formation from a well-tended cannabis plant...possibly get punched...but you will know...
  32. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (799) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    prickly, sticky, piney
  33. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,330) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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  34. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (246) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I think resin, pine and dank are 3 different tastes. Resin, like the beer can be a little cloying, sweet and sticky - not to my taste. Dank is like the aroma of good weed and piney is - uh, like pine. Torpedo and Celebration are piney to me. Barrier makes great dank ipas.
  35. Shroud0fdoom

    Shroud0fdoom Poo-Bah (1,619) Oct 31, 2013 Maryland

    Better yet, order Whole Leaf Hops and see the Gold/Amber Crystals...those my friend is Resin. Flavors vary from Hop to Hop but mostly very Earthy/Weedy.

    Edit: Those Green Nuggets are Bitter as hell though...so use a low Alpha Acid hop and a High Beta Acid Hop variety.
  36. Homers_Beer_Odyssey

    Homers_Beer_Odyssey Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2014 New York

    Six point Res and HiRes are not more piney than many IPAs
  37. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Disciple (325) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

    Something similar to pine sap or turpentine, that "piney" flavor.
  38. FinbarrSaunders

    FinbarrSaunders Initiate (48) Dec 26, 2012 New York

    Definitely turpentine.
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