So, let’s see, what was the first Sixpoint beer I enjoyed? Here it is: Sixpoint Sweet Action on tap at Taco Mac back on April 13th, 2013. No, my memeory isn’t that good folks, really. I just hopped on over to Taco Mac’s website and logged inot my Brewniversity account to get the date. I did recall, at least, that this was the first time I had a Sixpoint beer, and I had heard good things about them. I was not disappointed.
So, let’s see, what was the best Sixpoint beer I enjoyed? So far, I think that distinction goes to Sixpoint Resin, a double IPA/Imperial IPA. This is a very tasty beer indeed, loaded with wonderful hop and malt character. Resin is surely an apropos name here, because that is what this beer is all about. Yet, it has the malt backbone to support all of those wonderful hops. Good stuff.
Sixpoint Resin was introduced in cans in February of 2012 according to the brewery website. Interestingly, they include a suggested retail price, perhaps to inhibit gouging. They suggest $8.99 to $9.99 per 4-pack of cans, which seems to be the going rate. I did indeed pay $8.99 for this beer. One big difference is that Resin, like some of the other higher gravity Sixpoint brews, is packaged in 12-ounce cans as opposed to the 16-ouncers for lower strength beers from this brewery. That’s a bit on the high side, but I’ll admit that resin is so good I’ll give them a pass on the price.
Sixpoint Resin is, as I said, a higher gravity brew and comes in at 9.1% alcohol by volume. Prepare yourself for the IBU count-a whopping 103 folks. My cans have a “Best Before” date of October 12, 2013. I can’t recall when I bout the Resin but it wasn’t much before that date. In this case, the beer is perfect six months past that date, which should not surprise with a massive IPA like this. As long as it is properly stored, of course.
Sixpoint Resin pours to a hazy orange color with a thick towering head of rocky foam and a massive orange-citrus and resin pine nose. Taking a sip, the beer is very malty up front with tons of chewy caramel. Really, it has to have that-because the hops have to be balanced, at least to a degree. The malt fails. The hops win at least in the end. They emerge and dominate with huge notes of resiny pine, citrus orange, more piney resin, and finally a big bitterness that lingers on the tongue long (and I mean long) after sipping. And some more resin.
Wow this one is good, and I mean really good, my friends. The beer is simply infused with massive quantities of hop aroma and flavor, and really needs to be experienced to be believed. It really lives up to what a double IPA should be, and then some.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.