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Sixpoint Resin

Rating: 4.05

A milestone fiftieth double IPA for me now and a fifth beer from the New York based Sixpoint brewery for me now, this one being their flagship double IPA and a beer that I’ve managed to try once already this year when I first discovered JD Wetherspoon pubs were selling it; a place where I’ve found all previous Sixpoint offerings that I’ve reviewed here. This beer is one that I had been wanting to try for some time, it’s one that regularly pops up on my Instagram feed and since I really enjoyed the brewery’s Bengali and Bengali Tiger offerings, I knew this was one I’d have to track down at some point. I grabbed this one last month at Glasgow Airport prior to a trip to Cuba so this one is likely to be one of the last non-Caribbean beers that I’ll be adding here until those reviews are published. Originally released in early 2012 and coming in at 9.1%, I was surprised at just how strong this one was the first time I ordered a can but I went in fully prepared this time and it again proved to be an excellent beer.

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a bright amber colour, this one is thick looking and topped with a thin, foamy white head that’s thinner around the edges but that was to be expected given the abv. of the beer; there is an odd bit of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a resinous nose as you would expect given the name of the beer but it was one that also opened up with some nice pine and grapefruit too. There was some nice tropical notes that features early on as well and the alcohol seemed to be well hidden initially. The beer was definitely a strong one with some decent bitterness coming through but it managed to hold a good balance thanks to some semi-sweet notes nearer the end with a little mango and peach too; great stuff.
Taste (8/10): Quite a strong pine and grapefruit opening with plenty of citrus flavours coming through as well before a few lighter tropical fruits started to appear. There was some mango and peach from the nose alongside a little passion fruit and the beer was more pronounced that it was with the nose. There was further pine bitterness towards the end with a touch of sweetness from some caramel in there too which helped it down nicely.
Palate (4/5): A very strong but surprisingly well balanced beer, this one starts with a tangy pine bitterness and plenty of citrus before being quickly backed up by some sticky sweet touches. There is a thick, full bodied feel to the beer with moderate carbonation coming through and a lingering bitterness down the stretch and towards the finish. It’s definitely quite a dry but fresh beer, more so than expected, and there was a slightly warm finish thanks to the touches of alcohol that did manage to sneak through.

Overall (17/20): Solid stuff from Sixpoint here, this one was a hop bomb with tonnes of pine and grapefruit bitterness in the early going before some tropical fruits and citrus flavours started to come through and level things out slightly. The alcohol was well hidden and only really made an appearance right at the end alongside some of the sweet malts and caramel that also helped with the balance of the beer. It was a relatively easy one to drink despite its strength and the only slight negative was that the nose could have perhaps been a little more pronounced but overall it was an excellent beer with a lot of flavour and it’s definitely one I’ll try again at some point.

Brewed In: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Double IPA
Abv: 9.1%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: The Sanderling (JD Wetherspoons), Paisley, Scotland
Price: £5.25

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