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.
Beer Name: Resin
Brewer: Sixpoint Brewery (New York, NY)
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.