Light copper colored with a thick ivory head of fine white bubbles. Visually this is pretty much identical to the Resin Double IPA.
It’s got a strong pine aroma with some mild floral hops backing it up.
Up front I’m picking up some mango and grapefruit and a little orange peel but the main attraction is the earthy, resinous pine that follows it. Rounding it out, and balancing things nicely, are some biscuity malt flavors.
At 10.5% I was expecting a bit of an alcohol kick in the finish but it’s not there. It’s smooth and medium bodied with just a hint of a sticky finish.
This is another strong one that’s easy to drink so be wary where it takes you!
Between the two, this and the Resin, it’s a hard fought race. I think the Hi-Res narrows it out but both are excellent options!
ABV: 10.5% (previous releases look a bit higher)
Available in 4-packs of 12 oz slim cans.
Best By Date located on bottom of can and outside of box
Why that Glass?
For imperial IPAs I prefer to reach for a tulip glass. It’s great for displaying the beer’s color and clarity and tall sticky head. The tulip is also great for helping me pick out some of the more subtle aromas and flavors that these stronger beers have.
In a pint glass my palate would likely be overwhelmed too quickly. Despite this Imperial being so well balanced I’d miss those delicate citrus notes and get stuck on the pine and hops.
More About the Hi-Res Triple IPA
As I mentioned in my post on the Resin Double IPA, Sixpoint Brewery is fast becoming one of my safety breweries. If I hit up a liquor store and can’t make up my mind I can just grab anything from Sixpoint and I know I’ll be happy.
Unlike the Resin, which is a regular offering, the Hi-Res falls under Sixpoint’s line of “cycliquids” – that is, beers that essentially come out when they come out. The Hi-Res appears to have had a few releases, it’s just not on a regular schedule.
If you’re in or around Worcester you can find this at Total Wine (as of 3/4/17) it’s worth checking out!
Copper colored like a brand new penny and sporting a slight haze. The Resin Double IPA has a frothy white head which leaves sticky lacing along the glass as it settles.
As soon as I poured this beer I picked up an aroma of floral hops with hints of pine. The smell bursts from the glass but it’s not overwhelming at all. It’s very inviting.
First taste is spicy, floral hops with hints of sweeter malts. They linger slightly as mild malty sweetness follows. It’s the perfect balance of hops and malt making it easy drinking. There’s virtually no trace of alcohol to warm of the beers higher ABV.
It’s got a medium body and the mild bitter finish you expect from an IPA – not nearly as bitter as I expected.
All-in-all it’s well balanced, easy drinking, and easy to recommend. Up next, the Hi-Res!
Resin Double IPA Specs:
Available in “sleek” 12oz cans packaged in 4-packs and 6-packs.
Best By Date located on the bottom of each can.
Why That Glass?
With a name like “Resin” I had a pretty good idea of what kind of flavors I should expect from this beer. A tulip glass (especially one with a taller neck) serves well for showcasing a beer’s more delicate volatiles and it helps retain the kind of dense sticky head you expect from an Imperial IPA.
More About the Resin Double IPA
Sixpoint Brewery is located in Brooklyn, NY but their beers are readily available at many Central Mass liquor stores. You’ll recognize them instantly for their cans which feature their sixpoint star logo and brightly colored metallic schemes.
The Resin Double IPA is part of their core line of beers including the Sweet Action, Bengali, and The Crisp.
Along with the Resin Double IPA, Sixpoint also brews a Triple IPA that they call Hi-Res. The Hi-Res is part of their Cycliquids line – we’ll be reviewing that in the next couple days.
For an American IPA start by reaching for your nonic pint glass. You could also reach for a seidel or mug. The wider mouths and bodies will allow for bigger sips and better enjoyment of the beer’s aroma. These glasses can also showcase the different colors and clarities that an American IPA may exhibit.
For higher ABV or more flavorful entries go with either a tulip glass or snifter. These glasses help focus the beer’s more subtle aromas making for better enjoyment of the bolder versions of the style.
About the American IPA
American IPAs have strong floral or citrusy hop flavors which can include piney and resinous notes. These bright flavors are often followed up by a malty backbone which gives the beer a bit of a sweet, sticky finish. The beer can be smooth or sticky bodied and on stronger versions the head can stick to the glass almost like a foamy syrup.
American IPAs range from 5.5%- 7.5% ABV. Stronger versions are also split into the Imperial IPA category. These beers can be clear to slightly hazy and pale to reddish in color.
While the style is immensely popular on the craft brew scene I personally find it to be a bit overpowering at times. I usually find it best in warmer weather and in limited quantities. There’s something about the strong hop characters (especially in the bolder takes on the style) that overwhelms my palate very quickly.
Imperial IPAs or Double IPAs are American IPAs with higher ABVs. These beers range from 8% ABV up to a whopping 15% depending on ingredients and brewing techniques.
Notable American IPAs
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: 60 Minute IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company: Sculpin IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
This chocolate & coffee IPA pours dark amber with lots of particulate bits floating around. It starts with about a half inch head that settles pretty thin.
The first thing I’m getting in the nose is a pretty basic citrus hop aroma but over time a mild hint of chocolate milk is noticeable.
First sip is a sledge hammer of black coffee flavor right to the face. Up front, strong and unmistakable. As the tasting progresses the coffee flavor gives way and a spicy, floral, hoppy flavor takes it’s place.
It’s mild bodied and not nearly as sticky as other sweeter IPAs.
At 9.4% ABV you’d expect a bit of an alcoholic bite but a bitter hoppy-ness and dry finish round out this beer’s finish.
Ultimately, I might recommend this for a mix-six addition just to give it a shot. Not sure I’d go out of my way looking for it, though.
Why That Glass?
The last IPA we reviewed was the FAT BOY Double IPA for which we chose a nonic pint glass. At the time I mentioned that there was a toss-up ultimately decided by how big the can was.
For this Chocolate & Coffee IPA we’re going with a tulip glass. This is kind of my go to whenever I know a beer is going to have moderate to heavy carbonation and any sweet flavors (like chocolate.)
You could also very easily go with a snifter glass for this beer.
More About this Specialty American IPA
This beer is part of Stone Brewing Company‘s Enjoy By Series. Chances are that this is a limited run that won’t see a future batch (totally a guess on my part here).
It’s available in six packs of 12 ounce bottles or as 20 ounce bombers.
Hazy golden caramel in color with a thick creamy head, this Double IPA is a bit milder than other entries in the style. This beer pours with a thick, sticky, off-white head but is only lightly carbonated.
There’s a mild, citrusy aroma which leans towards grapefruit with hints of pine. It’s full yet smooth bodied with some up front bready malt flavor. The finish has the bitter IPA tang which always reminds me of dandelions.
The more you drink the more that tang fades away to hints of tropical fruit that’s enjoyable in moderate proportions. The FAT BOY clocks in at 8% ABV but is surprisingly smooth. It doesn’t have the kick, or bite, that I expected.
Why That Glass?
Double IPAs (And Imperial IPAs) are stronger flavored beers and have a higher alcohol content. Normally those factors would point me towards a tulip glass or a snifter.
Mostly out of convenience I went with a nonic pint. The nonic pint is a larger vessel capable of handling the one pint can … sometimes it’s all about convenience.
More About this Double IPA
Big Elm Brewing brews FAT BOY Double IPA as a specialty beer. I’m not sure if this means seasonal or just occasional.