Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sure, this goes against the “Social Norm” of thinking that only alcoholics and college students drink in the morning, but I don’t really care. I’m not for social norms, and I’m not much for following conventional wisdom when there is a chance for greatness. And given the time and effort that was put into my getting this beer, I was certainly hoping for greatness!
I’ve been working on getting my paws on Resin by Sixpoint brewing for quite some time and I’ve got to say that it has paid off. This beer traveled a long way to get to me, so I must admit that I was anxious to give it the time and attention that it deserved... As tempting as it was to crack one open and take a swig right from the can.
Pouring a deep hazy caramel color and a little thicker than the average IPA and little darker than I’d expected as the can says it is 9.5 SRM. (That’s a measure of color from 0-100.)
A beautiful white head formed in the glass and held on for a long time before it receded to a white lace that decorated the glass to the last sip.
The nose is semi-sweet with caramel and grass. There is a considerable lack of overpowering hop aroma that I had expected.
The first sip is strong and malty, showing very well the full potential of the malts and full body to hide the 9.1% ABV. The best part is that the bitterness holds off through the middle and then KAPOW! You’re attacked with a HELLA BITTER 103 IBU (International Bitterness Unit) finish that is fairly quick to dissipate.
The sweet undertones of burnt sugar are subtle, but add quite a bit to the middle of the flavor profile of this beer, and really make for a nice prelude to the Lupulin throat punch that comes as you swallow.
I will say that it was a good idea to try this brew first thing in the morning. There are a lot of flavors going on in this beer, but it’s complexity could easily be lost. I would not recommend trying to get the most of this beer after a pack of cigarettes and a plate of bacon... However I can’t help but love a bacon sandwich with spicy mayo and a big IPA... In fact, that is one of my favorite beer and food pairings.
On the Kahuna scale of 1-10 this brew in a green can gets a solid “Hang 10 and trade for it if you have to!”
I really enjoyed Sixpoint Resin and will be cracking into a few more of them as the evening approaches.
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