On a weekend during which many in the United States are giving thanks, what could be more American than beer sold in a can?
Resin by the Sixpoint Brewery, 9.1% ABV, 103 IBU
Resin is a delicious India Pale Ale but perhaps too similar to many other bold brews to stand out from the hops-rich crowd. It is a bit like a mildly tamed version of Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's.
Resin poured from the can with a hazy and orange tint. It was nearly light brown with an autumnal sort of hue. The head dissipated quickly but remnants remained, clinging consistently throughout the inside of the glass.
The aroma was not overwhelming but pleasing. A subdued lemony scent presented itself.
Upon first sip, strong bitterness was encountered. The taste was at first of something citrus, and, more so, of something very intense.
The mouthfeel was thick, but maybe not as oily as a name such as "Resin" may suggest. The aftertaste burned a bit; soda-like carbonation, but not at all unpleasant.
At first taste, the spicy Resin was good but not great. The quality of its flavor, however, increased as the beer sat. Balance developed as some of the pepper-like characteristic of the hops subdued.
About halfway through the glass, Resin was at its best. At that point, a delicious apricot flavor shined through, providing rich satisfaction.
So... while very good, Sixpoint's Resin is not necessary distinct. Big, powerful IPAs tend to be excellent. Unfortunately, only the most special of those may be considered four or five-star beers.
In summation, and influenced heavily by Resin's lack of distinction from those in its class, TheCraftBeerGuru.com offers three of five stars with a recommendation to those enthusiasts who crave hops. To beer lovers of different styles, Resin is only tepidly recommended.
Enjoy the weekend.