Tasting: March 8, 2012
Style: IPA (Double)
Resin – the name alone is a great lure for a hop-head like me. You see, hop cones have glands that produce oil and that oil is known as resin. It contains the acids that lend aroma and bitterness to beer, as well as immense flavor characteristics like citrus, pine, flowers and spice. Also, how could I resist the tall and slim twelve ounce can that is packaged in the cube shaped box? Very chic. Finally, I can use that can dispenser on the door of my beer fridge. IBU of 103 – nice. ABV of 9.1% – nice.
Pours a rich reddish brown with a creamy looking off-white head. Grapefruit and pine on the nose and a big gulp gives me that same big grapefruit, pine and subtle caramel with burnt toast – they balance each other quite well. This is certainly a “hop-forward” brew as the hops come first, then the subtle sweetness. I wish it had a tad more sweetness – but that’s me. It has an awkward finish with lingering alcohol burn and hop bitterness. Resin does provide some stick resinous feel. All in all a nice beer. Props go out to this Brooklyn brewer on a fine offering — 88 points.