HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes of caramel, resin, spruce, and flowers in the aroma. The head is tan and laces beautifully over the amber ale. Taste is initially sweet, but quickly snaps to bitterness. Palate is creamy and sticky, appropriately named.
kirk36 (112) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fruity, grapefruit, pleasant, sexy, soft, excellent, top notch, worth it. Would pay and buy more.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Nephilium (1311) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This begins with a deep and dank aroma of hops. Pours a hazy orange, with a dusting of white head. This is a hop bomb, and a delicious one. Thereís citrus, pine, and sticky hops all barely being supported by a caramel malt backbone. Thereís a slick mouthfeel, with no noticeable carbonation. The alcohol is really well hidden, and thereís a delicious, long bitter finish. This a winner of a beer.
Lukaduke (1998) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow ! Pours a deep buckwheat honey color with a eggshell colored big head. You can almost see the resin settle through the head into the glass. Great nose that reeks of toffee, pine sap and a hint of grapefruit. The flavor is packed with a hoppy resin go figure... more hop flavor and less biting bitterness that you find in a lot of big hopped beers. There is a hint of sweet toffee but its still a refreshing beer despite it being 9% abv... Id say this is in the top ten heavily hopped beers Ive ever tasted. Mmmmm
JoePeesie (854) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 oz sample for rate: Pours a brownish orange with a touch of off white head. I drank the majority of this beer from the can on a walk to the lake. This beer is very bitter and resiny as the name suggests. The hops used blend nicely for what I believe the brewer intended. Itís a solid beer worth trying and Iím glad I have another can (thanks for the double dip Chairmissing) to enjoy soon entirely out of a proper glass. Itís an earthy bitter beer that is more sizzle than steak IMO but does make me want to try more of Sixpoints offerings.
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer nerds often describe very hoppy beers as tasting of resin: a semisolid substance secreted in the sap of some plants and trees. Itís 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." Itís very bitter, but tastes quite different than your average double/imperial IPA and is amazingly drinkable - thatís 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. Thereís 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 Iíve 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. Itís 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. Itís 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 doesnít 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: Itís 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, itís 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 itís tasty enough to drink on its own but strong enough to stand up to a hearty meal. At $10 a four-pack itís a tad pricey (especially considering it comes in 12oz rather than 16oz cans), but definitely worth it.
TheGB (499) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Timberwood grill. Dark amber with a dense head. Aroma of fresh hops, and some sort of metal smell. Medium bodied with a smooth palate, kind of a fat palate. Doesn't seem like 100+ IBU
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orangesol (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at Shady McGradyís during a recent Happy Hour trip.
A - Pours clear amber orange with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down some of the glass.
S - Smells of pine needles, caramel malt and lots of resinous hops. Some booze creeps into the nose as it warms up but not as much as in the taste.
T - Start off with a big dose of hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of pine, caramel malt and some citric fruit rind. The booze is there throughout, growing a little too strong at the end of the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness and hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.
M - Medium body with a strong, hoppy flavor and moderate carbonation. The booze and hops really started to wear on me about halfway through my glass.
O - I thought this one was decent. The hops and booze really started to take over as it sat in the glass, leaving me with about half a glass of beer that was kinda tough to finish. I will have to try a can some day and see if that is better.
Capa (1963) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden copper with a white head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops with a hefty portion of caramel malt. Medium full body. Flavor has nice resinous hops, citrus, pine, and sweet malt. Lengthy bitter finish. Quite nice.
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque amber with a medium tan head. Aroma has floral earthy citrus...grapefruit...notable caramel malt backing but not sweet...reminds me of ald school nugget nectar. Flavor is very sweet...like a barleywine but not as heavy...good fruity bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the fi ish is fruity/bitter and dry...lingering. nice beer but so much more potential...