I recently joined a beer exchange with a bunch of
beernerd guys around the country hosted by fellow blogger and photographer beertography. Lucky me I was the first recipient on the chain. I received my box of beer this week and to my delight one of the beers inside was a sparkling 12oz tallboy can of Sixpoint Resin, a beer I’ve wanted to try since it was announced earlier this month. Sixpoint Craft Ales founded in 2004 made a name for itself selling kegs to local bars from their small brewery in an old filing cabinet factory in Brooklyn, NYC. They made a splash when last year they started releasing their hop heavy style redefining (or undefining, or non defining… hard to say, they don’t mention a style on the packaging and they shy from it on their website) beers in modern cleanly designed cans. One of their newest beers, Resin, is most certainly a big Double IPA at heart with lots of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness but there’s more to it. A big malty caramel sweet background surrounds the hops and gives the beer a heavier “sticky” character. Yes sticky like Resin… well mostly.
It pours a medium mahogany color with a nice lingering tan head. The aroma is, as expected, full of citrusy, piney hops but lets you know there’s going to be some sweet caramel sticking its flavor in your face. Taste is more of the hops right up front, but fighting the sweetness to be first in line. It’s got the expected pine resiny (yes I did that), grapefruit flavor and bitterness expected from the hops with some floral and herbal notes and the ever-present malt sweetness that brings out some not quite dried fruit (huh?)… or something like that [mumble mumble]. It’s more than just straight malt sweetness, it’s got a little more complexity to it. Medium body but has a richness that gives it a feeling of stickiness and almost slick oiliness. Yes I used slick and sticky in the same description, but it works. It finishes long with more malt, light dried fruit with pine hop bitterness. I’ve read a few other reviews that claim letting the beer warm up from fridge temp improves it significantly. Makes sense. I only had the one can to try, but I’ll be sure to give that a swing next go around. And there will be another go around. I think they distribute in NC, hopefully I’ll be grabbing some next time I’m in the old North State. Here’s the final deal, if you like big hoppy IPAs and want to try one that’s not exactly in the same flavor profile as any number of them and you don’t mind some extra sweetness, this is a beer for you. If you don’t, try something else. Funny thing was drinking this and then trying an Ithaca Flower Power IPA soon after. Two totally different but fantastic “IPAs”. I’ll probably post my review of that up soon. – IBU of 103 and ABV of 9.1% Recommended