tends to be very self-aware with their brews. They made a double IPA a
few years ago, aptly titled “Resin,” and they’ve clearly cranked it up
to 11 with “Hi-Res,” a so-called triple IPA. Big in body, alcohol and
IBUs, this drinks more like a hop barleywine (but not a hoppy
barleywine). As a beefy beer it does its job well as its tastes and
smells pretty good and is surprisingly drinkable, too.
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It had a best before date of 7/9/15 and cost $4.59 ($0.38 per ounce).
Appearance: Gold/copper hue over a mostly clear body. Slow, steady
carbonation is always visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, foamy head
which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Potent piney/resiny hops with a subtle citrus concentrate scent. Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting.
Taste: In the least surprising move ever, this beer begins with a strong
piney flavor from the hops. Slightly lighter and closer to pine needles
rather than dank, sticky resiny syrup (that comes in the second half).
The malt base is strong, but not all that distinctive. I would not
consider this to be an especially sweet brew, just a well-balanced one.
The alcohol imparts significant warmth, but not much in the way of
flavor except a dry, rubbing alcohol-like sensation. A faint citrus
concentrate taste lurks in the background constantly and is the last
thing I taste before it goes down. Big brews like this tend not to have
the sharp bitter bite despite the high IBU rating of 111. Regardless,
it’s still plenty flavorful and exactly what you want and expect in an
IPA of this stature.
Drinkability: At 10.5% ABV, Sixpoint Hi-Res is not exactly sessionable.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a slight sticky sensation.
Ironically enough it finishes rather clean; no starchy or cloying
sensation. The alcohol makes itself known constantly; creating for a
warming sensation and slightly distracts from the base palette. Still,
it is not a sipper by any means and that’s pretty impressive.