Another week down and we might as well end it on the dankest of notes with a look at Hi-Res Triple IPA from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) in this segment of Tasting Notes.
I recently informed you that Sixpoint Brewery released Hi-Res Triple IPA as a limited, springtime offering from their Cycliquids series, and hopefully most of you have had the chance to enjoy this offering by now. If not and you are still unfamiliar with this brew, Hi-Res is a massive IPA weighing in at 10.5% ABV and 115 IBUs. As is the case with most Cycliquids offerings, this brew was tweaked again this year thanks to the use of better hops, improvements in color and appearance, and an update in packaging. Sixpoint Brewery hopes to “push the boundaries of flavor, aroma and your perception” of the IPA style by widening “your scope with this next-level IIIPA.” Hi-Res is available for only a limited time and can be found in four-packs of 12 oz. cans. Now that we have that all covered, let’s open up a can of hops and get to some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes for Hi-Res Triple IPA from Sixpoint Brewery
Appearance: Hi-Res is deep golden in color with rich copper undertones. Held to the light, golds and bright yellows push through to make a glowing display. The body is completely clear and displays a steady, fast moving carbonation activity. The pour produced over two fingers of sticky, chunky white head that rests easily on the glass for a presentation that displays a crazy amount of lace throughout the experience. This is certainly everything you hope to see from a big, beautiful IPA.
Aroma: One word: DANK. We are of course getting nothing but hops here with things starting off with huge citrus and tropical notes. Mango, grapefruit, lime, orange and tangerine are all here in large, welcomed wafts. Pine makes a short appearance, and a little floral action turns up as well. Alcohol does push through a bit, but that is to be expected in a beer this size. The malts do lend a touch of non-descript sweetness, but the hops easily take over complete control and shine. This is easily a hopheads dream come true in aromatic form.
Taste: Once again . . . big ol’ “Triple” IPA . . . done right? The truth is right here in this glass. The flavor profile begins with a massive tropical fruit presence bursting with juicy notes of mango, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon and lime. A good pop of pine adds some resiny bite. The malts do add some caramel and slightly sugary sweetness to keep the bitterness from getting wildly out of control. A good dose of alcohol is there in the back to remind you that this is indeed a sipper of a beer. Big ol’ Triple IPA done right indeed!
Mouthfeel: This brew falls into the high end of medium in body with plenty of size and weight to it. A crisp carbonation level rides in to lighten things up a bit. The ABV is high and that does turn up with plenty of heat to rest in the throat. This certainly keeps you savoring the beer rather than over-indulging. Hi-Res definitely is sticky-icky on the palate, coating in hoppy goodness, but it actually does dry out evenly and in an acceptable amount of time considering its size. The aftertaste is all alcohol-laced tropical fruits.
Final Thoughts: Hi-Res Triple IPA is a true hop lovers delight for sure! This beer has just one mission and that is to show you that Sixpoint Brewery can handle a hop like nobody’s business. It accomplishes that mission as soon as you pop the top on that can. The ABV level may be pushing it a bit at times, but it rides that line with graceful abandon and with great success. Just sip, enjoy and experience a true tropical hop experience with patience and in Hi-Res. Such a beautiful IPA. Prost!