Sunday, 30 November 2014
Sixpoint: Resin (Double/Imperial IPA)
Beer Deluxe, Federation Square (Melbourne)
Does what it says on the tin - literally!
New York’s Sixpoint Brewery need no introduction for those who are already well versed in craft beer and I feel rather late to the party in covering their incredible Resin Double IPA. Nevertheless, I would be criminally remiss if I did not cover it, for what makes beer and hop flowers so special is thrust head first into the limelight.
Its appearance is a lovely shade of orange with a little haze. Resin's mouthfeel is smooth and seductive with medium carbonation. Initially I believed that sugar stickiness lined both the rim of the can and eventually my glass however as it turns out this is hop resin; which is quite adhesive in nature.
Immensely resinous, woody, oleaginous and piny notes do not wait patiently to make their presence known. Like an unruly riot squad this full flavour onslaught enters the scene with authoritarian brute force. This ain't no protest rally though; it is a happy, hoppy occasion. The constabulary quickly realises that there is nothing to see here (but are curious as to the cans labelled "Resin" lying about the place). Beneath the resinous bombardment flows a peaceful stream of tropical orange and mango fruitiness before strangely subtle whispers of floral hop bitterness and lemon pith round out the experience.
Resin really is an experience. This gargantuan DIPA is as complex as it is immense. True hopheads will absolutely love this extraordinarily flavourful yet balanced beer.