Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sixpoint Hi-Res

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1304) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Sixpoint 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. 
Grade: 8/10

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