Hi-Res Six Point Brewing

Tasting: February 4, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA (possibly Triple)
Beer #: 515

Hi-Res Sixpoint Brewery

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Hi-Res

“Where the telescope ends the microscope begins. Which of the two has a grander view?” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables.

And so reads the quote on this tall twelve ounce can of Hi-Res. I don’t know but the twisted literary expression reminds me of “now that the son has died the father can be born” (XTC). Simplistic yet complicated. I take it that the telescope and microscope intersect in real life or high resolution.

Well, before my brain starts to cramp – onto Hi-Res the beer —

The Sixpoint Brewery in Red Hook, Brooklyn makes an imperial IPA called Resin (88 points) . I entered it in my blog in March of 2012 and I noted that it was a brawny IPA with an International Bittering Unit (IBU) of 103 and an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 9.1%. I’ll have to assume that Hi-Res is the big brother to Resin. Hi-Res advertises itself as “turning it up to 11” and the theme follows with an IBU of 111 and an ABV to 11.1%. Those are some lofty numbers. That means a lot of bittering hops in the kettle and a lot of malt to hit that high ABV. I noted that Resin lacked a bit in the sweetness department, so hopefully Hi-Res can right that flaw.

Right out of the gate, Hi-Res gives you a hop punch of grapefruit, pine and even some apricot. It’s followed by a wisp of bread-like grains and mellow honey sweetness. This one screams for some candy sweetness – but it just isn’t there. Hi-Res has a rich oily mouthfeel and delivers some lip stickiness. The finish is a little clunky in that it’s a bit boozy and the subsequent heat fights with the bitter hop finish. Overall, the positives outweigh the flaws and I’ll tag it with a score of 89.

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