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)
- IBU: 115
- SRM: 11
- Availability Varies
- 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!