Monday, February 13th 2012
(Sixpoint Craft Ales)
Check out that can! It's a slim 12 oz. can that stands the same height as a 16 oz. can but has a sleek, slender build. Sixpoint is the first craft brewery to package a beer in this style of can. Resin, the Brooklyn-based brewery's latest canned release, is a strong, hoppy beer that has some serious IBUs and packaging that will turn heads like a three-headed snake.
From the Sixpoint site:
"We zeroed in on the botanical structure of the hop cone to get to the essence of this beer. When hops are at their peak maturity, their cores swell up with a sticky, golden, resinous substance that is the flavor you crave from an IPA. WIth an IBU of 103 and ABV of 9.1%, Resin can be loosely described as a double IPA — but rarely do Sixpoint beers adhere to any strict style demands."
Here we go...
Pour - dark amber in appearance with an solid inch of sticky, yellowish head that leaves some nice lacing inside the glass before very, very slowly slinking into the hoppy depths. Viscous coming out of the can this one is going to pack some heat.
Aroma - intense citrus, rum, orange peel, herbal tea, pine needles and light molasses. Every time you stick your face into the glass you'll pull out something else.
Taste - the first sip promptly numbs the palate with bitterness from all those IBUs. Loads of concentrated pine and citrus flavor hits the palate fast and without mercy. A little sweet, a little sticky and certainly delivering a punch to the senses. Resin has some herbal flavors, some medicinal or aloe-like notes as well as a floral-like profile. It finishes dry and warming and slightly boozy.
Overall - This one is a sipper that is for sure and it couldn't have been given a more appropriate name. Resin is sticky and intense and leaves your mouth coated with a bitter, hoppiness. Layers of flavors are packed into this brew and it delivers a unique hop-heavy experience.
Note - we commend Sixpoint for their drive to create something new and exciting and also for their efforts to progress canned craft beer by taking a new path in packaging. Perhaps we'll see some more high gravity brews in these types of cans from them in the future. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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