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Sixpoint Brewery’s Resin

I was first exposed to Sixpoint Brewing last summer at a music festival; they had their Bengali Tiger and Sweet Action on Tap. The Bengali Tiger is a fabulous IPA, and Sweet Action is a a beer that defies categorization– as part cream ale, part pale and and part wheat beer, it was wonderfully refreshing in the summer heat.

Since then, I haven’t been able to have any Sixpoint because they didn’t distribute to State College. Oh, how things have changed. Wednesday was their “soft release” in the area, with their rep Dan doing a beer and tapas event. At the event, they had the Bengali Tiger, Sweet Action, Diesel, and Righteous Ale. I enjoyed all of them, with the Righteous Ale being my favorite; I was a little sad though that Resin, their Double IPA, wasn’t there. I mentioned this to a friend, and she told me that not only did she have some from a recent trip to New Jersey, but that she was also willing to part with it. Score one for Paige.

Resin got its name because the resin of the hop is extracted for a more concentrated beer. Sixpoint even made a video about it! Check it out here. It’s pretty educational, too.

Sixpoint Brewery Resin
Resin is a beautiful amber color, and poured with about three fingers of white fluffy head. The foam dissipated to half the original moderately quickly, but leaving beautiful lacing and a nice amount of head still atop the beer.
When I first cracked the can open, citrus was the primary scent. This has now transitioned to a slight aroma of pine paired with a very 'clean' and grassy nose. Pleasant, but for me it leaned towards not enough of an aroma. Perhaps I shouldn't be trusted on this one though, as I have terrible spring allergies; smelling isn't currently a strength of mine
The pine really comes out in the taste; if you've read some of my previous IPA reviews, you'll know that piney hops aren't really my favorite- that links back to what I call 'The Bombay Sapphire Incident of 2008'. The nice thing about Resin is that the piney hops aren't overwhelming- I don't feel like I have sap on my tongue, and it doesn't taste oily. The piney notes transition to the bittering hops, providing a nice bite. This bad boy comes in at 103 IBUs, and though quite bitter, it doesn't taste as bitter as I typically imagine something with a rating that high because it's extremely well balanced in terms of how the different components work together.The malt isn't as prominent as in typical imperial IPAs, making it really unique in terms of flavor. It provides enough sweetness to support the hops, but doesn't compete with them. For being 9.1%, I don't get any notes of alcohol; it's really easy drinking.
Resin has a moderate body; despite the initial onslaught of foam, it has a nice (medium) amount of carbonation. The body is a little too heavy for this beer really dangerous in terms of consuming it too quickly.
Suzanne told me that a four-pack of 12oz cans was $10. I think that's extremely reasonable for a 9.1% Double IPA.
I really like this beer; it is clearly not a run of the mill imperial IPA. Rather, it achieves a great balance in terms of being drinkable, but not too much so, and wonderfully bitter without being a palate killer. I recommend checking this one out.

Beer Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
Serving: Can
Size: 12
ABV: 9.10%
BA Score: 87 (91 Bros)
RB Score: 98

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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