Tasting Notes keeps the hop theme this week, but we adjust our focus a bit as we get into a few cans of Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).
Not too long ago, we provided you with the news that Sixpoint Brewery was fending off the heat of summer with the release of Lo-Res Sesher IPA. Arriving as the smallest sibling in the Resin family of beers, Lo-Res is a Session India Pale Ale that changes the resolution to “focus on the juice.” This easy-drinker has been heavily dosed with Mandarina Bavaria hops to “provide a huge citrusy blast, while a pale, dry body finishes super clean and easy.” Thanks to its 4.5% ABV, you can enjoy a couple Lo-Res Sesher IPAs “before things get pixelated.” This Limited Release offering is available now in 8-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution area.
Now that all the fine details are covered, let’s zoom out a bit and take in all that Lo-Res Sesher IPA has to offer by jotting down some Tasting Notes.
Tasting Notes for Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery
Appearance: Lo-Res pours up a slightly hazy, golden yellow-colored brew that holds some bright orange tones as well. When held to direct light, the liquid radiates with bright, lemon yellow hues. A meandering carbonation presence can be seen feeding the half finger of wispy white foam capping the beer. Retention is decent, but it eventually fades to a bubbly ring that leaves thin, airy tracts of lace behind whenever the glass is jostled.
Aroma: From the first whiff, it is abundantly clear that the brewers at Sixpoint were focused on coaxing out the fruity characteristics of the chosen hops. I say that because the aroma is not translating as the expected dank hoppiness . . . no, what we got here is a whole lot of nice and clean citrus notes translating primarily as tangerine and orange. A touch of sweetness creeps in along with just a breath of bitterness, but this profile is mostly concerned with juicy citrus fruit. Smells of summer.
Taste: There is no denying that Lo-Res is the lil’ bro to Resin because that hop bite is alive and well in the flavor department. Aggressively dank, the bitterness impressively asserts itself before easing back a bit to allow notes of tangerine zest and juice a chance to get some attention. That bite returns with some grapefruit bitterness just before a slight amount of nondescript, balancing sweetness arrives to close things out.
Mouthfeel: This Session IPA is light in body with a moderate carbonation level to supply an easy-drinking and refreshing experience. Although it is mostly bitter on the palate, it dries out nicely for a wonderfully clean finish. As you would expect from the style, the ABV plays no part here. The aftertaste is just a bit of grapefruit zest.
Final Thoughts: Lo-Res Sesher IPA may be a great deal smaller in size, but it certainly maintains its familial ties to Resin IIPA and Hi-Res IIIPA. This Session IPA mirrors its family’s hop-laden personality and edge, but it does so in a way that somehow keeps it easy-drinking and gulp-worthy to basically provide its drinker a big ol’ IPA experience that’s wrapped up in a 4.5% ABV package. It may not be a 1-UP to the traditional IPA, but Lo-Res Sesher IPA is certainly here to provide us all with a cheat code that allows us to enjoy as many pours of hoppy goodness as we want. That’s definitely something I can get behind. Be sure to check out Lo-Res before it’s game over on this Limited Release offering. Prost!