This week, Sixpoint ramps it up with Resin, their new year-round creation — the product of more mad science. "We wanted to celebrate and embrace the visceral sap of hops — which for brewers is the resin contained within the lupulin glands underneath the petals of the hop cone," noted company founder Shane Welch. "We deconstructed the hop itself, and explored the anatomical features of the hop cone. We then extracted this amazing organic substance and celebrated it through the powerful and intense style of a double IPA."

I had the pleasure of sampling two "sleek" 12-ounce cans of Resin (tallboy height, Red Bull width). It's a great beer, exploding with sticky pine notes, waves of hops, subtle sweetness (caramel, chocolate), and even more giant hops at the finish. The "visceral sap" is beyond delicious, and the potent ABV (9.1%) is well-masked. Resin shoots to the top of the list of DIPAs available 'round here (New England Brewing's Gandhi Bot, Victory's Hop Wallop, Southern Tier's Unearthly, Firestone Walker's Double Jack). It's in stores now and is fresher than fresh (the first cans hit stores in NYC last week). Get some now.

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