Sixpoint “Hi-Res” Imperial IPA: Continuing my Sixpoint / NYC pre-gaming with Hi-Res, a scientific exploration of hop resin and ‘imperial-er’ version of it’s brother, Resin. “This beer goes up to eleven”, touting 11.1% alcohol by volume, 111 IBUs and 11 SRM (standard reference method, used to specify beer color. had to look that one up). Big tropical fruit characteristics with notes of grapefruit and maybe even a bit of mango. Very floral and citrusy with orange. Slightly balanced with bready malt. Extremely hop forward on the palate, but well-balanced. Not overly bitter and deceptively drinkable for having such high alcohol content. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus falling mid to front palate with much of the hop bitterness falling on the backend. Slight malty sweetness helps to pull away from the bitterness. Medium body with a somewhat-lively mouthfeel. Highly palatable.
This is honestly one of the best Imperial IPAs I’ve ever had. Looking back at Imperial IPAs I’ve checked into on Untappd, this one is probably one of my favorites. At least better than Pliny the Younger. For fellow West-Coasters like myself, in terms of flavor profile, think Maharaja.
And though I won’t be able to visit the Sixpoint brewery while I’m in NYC this weekend as they’re under construction, I’ll definitely be purchasing their Hi-Res Highball glass from their website to add to my branded barware collection when I get back.