Brewery: Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, New York
Serving: 12 oz can
Information: 9.1% ABV, 103 IBU, 9.5 SRM, Best Before 27JAN2013
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Price: $8.99 / 4 pack
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: Sharp cheese; blue or aged cheddar, spicy summer sausage, or a good old fashioned pepperoni pizza.
Incredibly fine particles haze the beautifully colored apricot orange beer which pours from a tall, skinny can, skillfully designed. The thin and somewhat short-lived off white head dots the snifter in specks of foam.
Resin lives up to it’s evocative name with gobs of sticky pine resin from bold hopping. Pine needle and pine cone rise above the mango and grapefruit citrus notes with so much hop giving it faint notes of burnt rubber, common to highly hopped beers, I find. Additionally, the beer is heavily malted, balancing the sheer hop pummel with loads of caramel and sweet pils malt.
Strangely, Resin is uniquely balanced and dangerously so; not at all what the aroma might suggest. Loads of pilsner sweetness brings some caramel along for the ride and balances the bold hop flavor that draws directly from the nose, only less resin-sticky. Orange marmalade, spread on toast, with a fruit plate of mango, pineapple, and faint grapefruit are at the forefront of the hop flavor with slight pine needle and resiny tones following behind.
Nice, moderate carbonation tickles the tongue as this bitter-but-balanced, medium-full bodied beer smoothly slides down the throat. A tasty dryness crosses the palate post-swallow as the sticky flavor lingers on the tongue.
Bold and hoppy but artfully restrained and balanced, Resin is a hop-head’s dream; fruity and bitter but earthy too; unique in it’s own right. From the sexy, slender can to the delicious, assertive flavor and dry, lingering finish, Resin is a real joy to partake. And it’s year-round!
Score: 93 / 100 - Exceptional