Ass Kisser Double IPA - Ass Kisser Ales
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1.88/5 rDev -42.9%
Poured in to a pint glass
A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange, some floating sediment is visible, and a one finger of khaki sudsy head. Head recedes quickly to a film that retains and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is caramel malt and fruit...and not well balanced...
T: Taste is caramel malts that really dominate the profile with an oddly balanced fruit notes...mostly mango flavoring with an odd cough syrup like alcohol flavoring.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel.
O: Does not go down easy, not tasty, somewhat filling, big kick, and not a very good representation of style. I tried to like this beer, I really did, but with each passing sip, the more wretched it became. This was a drain pour for me, and the first one in about 2 years.
10-18-2011 18:32:49 | More by Jayli
2.1/5 rDev -36.2%
No bottled on date to be found.
Average looking pour. Smells extremely bready. Gingerbread almost. Label says this DIPA is malty, but this is out of hand. Can't get any hops out of it at all.
Flavor is exactly the same as the nose. Wow, a very different tasting DIPA. Some hop bitterness, but not very nice. Finish presents harsh alcohol, not a pleasant aftertaste.
Wish I knew how fresh this was, but I don't think I'd like it in any case.
03-05-2011 06:30:27 | More by brotherloco
2.23/5 rDev -32.2%
I picked up this bottle on my journey to Boston recently. I have not seen it in Philly before.
No freshness date on the bottle. I poured it into my snifter beer glass, which according to the label is the way "to get maximum aroma and flavor."
The beer pours a rich copper color with an attractive, cream-colored head. Hazy body, and no lacing on the glass. Appears fairly dark for the style, but then again, what isn't acceptable in the world of IIPA's?
The aroma is where this beer loses it for me. Unless they are using an aroma hop which I am totally unfamiliar with (completely possible...), then I think that are either using the wrong hops for the job or they just don't understand what someone is looking for in a Double IPA. Sweet nose, with some hints of plum, it smells heavily dominated by the malts and alcohol.
The taste is obviously no better. You get a sweet caramel flavor, followed my honeyish notes and then a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. No real bitterness up front, and the bitterness on the back end isn't the most pleasant either. This is "Double" for sure, but no IPA....
As for the carbonation level and the mouthfeel, I think this is excellent. The beer has a soft, almost creamy texture and there really isn't much wrong with it.
I do not dislike this beer, but I do take issue with the labeling of it as a Double IPA. Check your facts first! The Double IPA should have a considerable hop presence, not a diminished one. Even the label states "Ass Kisser Double IPA is a rich malty ale that has warm caramel notes that open up as it warms up to your glass." Call it something else! Get a better score...
07-29-2011 02:45:28 | More by MusicaleMike
2.25/5 rDev -31.6%
Pours a dark semi hazy dark orange amber with a night short bright white head.
Nose is assertive fresh oranges with undertones of lemon crème and pineapple. Floral, fruity and quite nice, albeit a bit simple.
Mouthfeel is medium to fill but it seem grossly out of balance. There seem to be a lot of really good and interesting "parts" to this beer but the whole is not as good as the sum of it's parts. Mouthfeel starts out nice but then you get the big imbalance.
Flavors have some nice componants but they do not integrate at all. Sweet malt fruit front gives way quickly to carmel/coffee/malt but then it goes to a big burnt toast flavor and not in a good way; burned coffee; burned chocolate and burned malts in general. It tastes like someone had a good double and "cooked it too long and it burned."
Finish is huge bitter but it is not bright, welcoming or appealing. Finish is big burned bitter.
This beer had potential but lost it somewhere. I get the feeling that this brew got away from the brewer who started with a good idea - something went wrong.
12-24-2010 01:32:22 | More by GRG1313
2.28/5 rDev -30.7%
The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body of the beer is amber with a thin white head. No retention noted no lacing noted on my glass.
Smell: Light pine aroma caramel candied citrus. The beer smells really sweet.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt leads the flavor. The beer goes a bit bready on my palate. The hops are faintly pine with a little bitterness. Hey Rahr & Sons you forgot something very important in this beer. This beer needs a hell of a lot more hops! You guys brew beer way better than this beer. No off flavors no alcohol present.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. The beer is not a drain pour; however, the beer is majorly underwhelming. This beer can kiss my ass!
12-10-2010 14:20:38 | More by nlmartin
2.42/5 rDev -26.4%
Bomber into a tulip, no freshness date.
A: Cloudy rust with a slowly dissipating one finger meringue-like head.
S: Yeast, caramel malt, apple juice and a touch of citrus hops.
T: Very malty and biscuity with a trace of grapefruit. This beer has more in the malt department than the hops department, unfortunately.
M: Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation but lack of hop bitterness hurts this ale.
D: Drinkability is not high with this DIPA. The scent and flavors do not lend themselves to the style - Too malty for a DIPA with a hop profile that is missing in action. Avoid.
02-06-2011 06:22:30 | More by Hatzilla
2.42/5 rDev -26.4%
Bomber poured into a tall tumbler, Ass Kisser is a murky burnt gold / pale auburn, with thin off-white head that leaves scattered lace.
Smell is malty, really dusty. Hops?
Taste is, uhmm, not so kick ass. There's a firm hoppy bitterness, but the flavor is really earthy, dirt, aspirin. Smoother then an epic fail could be, but as my taste in DIPAs go, it's not good. It's more like a 4x English bitter. A little peanut butter on the aftertaste, which I get from certain American hops.
Mouthfeel is a bit thick, dry, slick.
Drinkability is low. This is a heavy, hot gut bomb. I was down for the count.
09-23-2011 04:11:40 | More by ccrida
2.48/5 rDev -24.6%
Double IPA? Doesn't that require hops? The best this beer could hope for is to be a sub-par ESB with a big ABV. Poured a caramel. Up front very malty, with caramel and toffee notes. Nondescript, vague hops bittering, followed by a rather raw bite of alcohol. Given the name and label, I can only assign this beer the the gimmick category.
07-27-2011 14:21:11 | More by Brent
2.5/5 rDev -24%
Picked up a 22oz bomber from Bev Mo in Hollywood for $5.99 and poured it into a Stone branded tulip.
A: Pours an unattractive murky dark orange hue with not much of a head or lacing.
S: Real yeasty (raw biscuit dough) - overwhelming, some mild hop aroma - earthy and mossy, apples and grains.
T: Thankfully the yeast in the nose doesn't come through as strong in the flavor, but it's unfortunately a big malty mess with only a faint presence of hop (especially for a DIPA) - there is some hop in the mix - grapefruit rinds and bitter pine, but this is just a weak attempt at a proper DIPA.
M: Medium bodied but thin and watery with too little carbonation and no lingering bitterness from the hop that one would expect from this style of ale.
D: Struggled to get through this one - would never revisit.
01-31-2011 02:20:19 | More by DeanMoriarty
2.53/5 rDev -23.1%
Ok, the name is interesting. The brew isn't so much.
Pours a light rusty color, mostly clear. Head struggles to be fluffy and the density just isn't there. Not sure how fresh this one is, but I didn't see it on the shelf last time I was in (about a month ago).
Aroma is crude. Some baked caramel is fleshed out, but overall it's piney-resin and oil dominated. Some green grass that seems burnt.
The Ass Kisser wouldn't be a good way to brown nose anybody, especially hop heads. The caramel in the nose is gone, but the hops just feel oily, which inhibits the taste for me. It's like the flavors just slide past.
A bit of a bite in the end, alcohol is noticeable. From some other online publication (can't remember which) Rahr and Sons ranks up near the top on 'best breweries' lists. From just this beer, I don't see this as anything other than locals spamming support. Would not have this beer again.
12-28-2010 21:18:37 | More by Mebuzzard
Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
76 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.