Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sixpoint Resin

This episode features two things we can't seem to get enough of around here: a Sixpoint beer and a collab review with Peter of This is Sixpoint's newest release - a double IPA that comes in an oddly-shaped 12oz green can. I was a big fan of their single IPA "Bengali Tiger" - so let's see what they can do with a bigger beer in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (631) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Beer nerds often describe very hoppy beers as tasting of resin: a semisolid substance secreted in the sap of some plants and trees. It’s a dank, rustic, earthy taste and really emphasizes the bitterness of hops. Sixpoint seems to have brewed a beer to be the epitome of this description with the aptly-named "Resin." It’s very bitter, but tastes quite different than your average double/imperial IPA and is amazingly drinkable - that’s a winner in my book.

I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque mahogany shade. You can tell the lack of clarity is due to sediment. It forms a large, beige, frothy head which retains and laces excellently.

Smell: Very earthy aroma of pine bark and wet leaves, plus a noticeable herbal quality of black tea. There’s a subtle sweetness of fruit juice concentrate, plus some alcohol too.

Taste: The best way to describe Sixpoint Resin would be "the most earthy/woodsy double IPA I’ve ever drank." A lot east coast IPAs tend to taste and smell like a Christmas tree, but this beer is closer to the tree bark and soil itself. It begins with a slightly astringent quality of the said earthy flavors, then immediately transitions into something extremely bitter. It’s a dry bitterness with a hint of grapefruit tartness, which then comes back to the earthy flavors. Black tea, hop oil (resin), and a slight rubbing alcohol flavor all finish up the palate, respectively. It’s very bitter, but not too dry and not too overwhelming even at 103 IBUs. The aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter, but actually quite clean considering just how intense it is while in the mouth. The palate doesn’t really develop much after this, which is fine because the rustic/herbal/malty qualities found in this brew are quite unique and make for an enjoyable change of pace.

Drinkability: It’s impressive that Sixpoint Resin is so easy to drink considering its rather beefy body of 9.1% ABV and high bitterness of 103 IBUs. The mouthfeel is mostly calm with a gentle prickly sensation from the hop bitterness. Also, it’s only medium-bodied, instead of tasting and feeling like carbonated syrup as many IPAs of this nature are wont to do. A versatile beer, too, as it’s tasty enough to drink on its own but strong enough to stand up to a hearty meal. At $10 a four-pack it’s a tad pricey (especially considering it comes in 12oz rather than 16oz cans), but definitely worth it.

Grade: 9/10

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