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The last round of work beer brought me back to another old favorite.  We’ve been drinking some real gems lately and I must say that it has been refreshing to take a slight break from all those “New England Style” IPAs I’d been going through the last few months.

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Beer Name: Resin

Brewer: Sixpoint Brewery (New York, NY)

Style: DIPA

ABV: 9.1%

Description: According to the brewery, this beer is best “loosely” described as a double IPA that makes use of hops at their peak maturity to impart as much sticky, resiny goodness as possible.  The six-pack of skinny 12 oz. cans cost $15.99 at the convenience store by our office, which I suspect is a touch high even for the area.

Appearance: Poured a see-through copper body topped by a bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Sticky sweet and resinous.

Taste: Caramel malts give this beer a nice sweetness underneath a huge dose of pine sap bitterness.  There is a hint of alcohol in there, especially towards the finish, with some bready malts that can be picked up at colder temperatures.  Packs a balanced yet intense sweet, bitter, boozy punch.

Mouthfeel: A creamy body left this feeling a touch on the thicker side.  The sticky finish accentuated both hops and sweetness nicely, as did a pretty moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: There’s no doubting that this beer and brewery have a solid reputation, but people don’t exactly go crazy over it.

Overall: Strong, but very good.  The brewers went all in on going big with this one, and it paid off.  Each flavor in this beer was intense, but in a way that ultimately achieved a nice balance.  Good pickup and a pleasure to drink.

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