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Ass Kisser Double IPA - Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Double IPAAss Kisser Double IPA

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BA SCORE
76
okay

281 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ass Kisser Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Retired in August 2013.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 06-28-2010)
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

nmann08, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"You gotta love livin', baby, 'cause dyin' is a pain in the ass."

--Frank Sinatra

Persimmon orange beneath a creamy crown of sandstone colored foam that topped out at three fingers and is melting in fine fashion. There's plenty of interesting topography during the descent and lace is both extensive and attractive.

Where are the hops? This DIPA is still well short of 6 months old, so it should definitely be more lupulinirific than this. Each sniff delivers pale malt (with a whisper of caramel) and very little in the way of fruity hops. A major comeback on the palate seems extremely unlikely.

Ass Kisser Double IPA could not have been a hop monster at the time of release. No way. There is a modest amount of bitterness that flows in at the end of each mouthful, but it's accompanied by almost no good hop flavor. There isn't even enough malt character for it to be a good American barleywine.

Specific flavors include (not that sweet) sugar cookies with a tiny drizzle of caramel, hints of orange zest, and a shot of Absolut... that is actually buried acceptably well given the ABV. Sorry, but this is NOT what American DIPAs are all about.

The mouthfeel is kinda sorta okay if you're a fan of big beer. It's at least medium for the style, has no rough edges, and the bubbles are on the low end. We're still light years away from impressive, however.

This dumb donkey of a beer needs a serious kick in the ass. An IPA/DIPA that doesn't showcase hops is no kind of IPA/DIPA at all. It isn't one that I care to drink, anyway. Rahr & Sons needs to go back to the drawing board and bring out the big hops guns. Aren't mixed metaphors great?

BuckeyeNation, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable imperial ipa with a few celebratory attributes, but also with some flaws. Citrusy and resiny, the beer's hop character shines above a caramel sweet malt base for a balance that tilts away from malt character in favor for the hops.

A very appetizing appearance with a diffused amber glow. A creamy, froathy off-white head amounts to a thick blanket of foam, showing remarkable, durable staying power, leaving a heavy coat of lace behind.

Aromas are more balanced that you'd think. Deeply caramelized malts create the aroma of toffee, bread crust, graham cracker, and fresh breads. Hop character exhibit a sharp white grapefruit scent with pine resin, fresh cut grass, and ethynol. The sweeter-than-usual aroma reminds me of Avery's Maharaja.

Flavors however take a more Dogfish 90 Minute turn; with the malts sweetness receeding just a bit in taste, and allowing the hop flavor and bitterness to shine. Caramel and bread crust add the right amount of support for the strong display of grapefruit, sappy pine, and herbal grasses and teas. Very resiny and moderately sweet throughout. But again, the overall taste is disrupted by the strong flavor of alcohol, revealing a more bitey element of hops that make the beer less smooth than preferred.

Where imperial ips are usually medium-full, this one yeilds a more full character than most; partly because of the dense malt make up. Semi-dry in finish, the beer also carries a bitter alcohol/hop bite that lingers well into the next sip.

Even with the alcohol flavor hurting throughout, the bitterness and hop flavor save it. Looking for more delicate citrus notes could give this beer much more identity and charm, but the reliant on resiny hops soley leaves the beer regretably and slightly mundane.

BEERchitect, May 18, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

GRG1313, Dec 24, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a murky orange-crimson body.

S: relatively malty. candied orange, slight musty hop note. moving towards the barleywine aroma. overall a touch light.

T: malt forward DIPA. More candied orange with toffee and earthy hops up front moving towards a slightly resinous, floral and piney finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I like some malt forward DIPAs out there but the hop character is a little weak. The booze are well hidden but still not up there with the best of the style.

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Part two of my introduction to this new-to-my-area brewery. It pours a clear light-tawny amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, light biscuit, and a very light touch of cilantro. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of grass thrown in for good measure. There's a good amount of balance here, with the hops subdued enough so that they don't o'erwhelm, but pronounced enough so that they still hold center stage, if less ostentatiously than other troupes would. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, one that prefers balance over hop-centricity.

TMoney2591, Nov 08, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of thick, bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and citrus. There was a nice roasted malt presence in the nose, too.

T - Great pine flavor and hop bitterness. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor with some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good Double IPA. Not overpowering or over done. It has pretty good balance.

zeff80, Nov 11, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam that settles rapidly and leaves decent lace. The body is a slightly hazy, dark copper color.

S - An earthy hop aroma with notes of pine, black pepper, and dark bread.

T - Spicy hops up front with some toffee and bready malt notes. Darker sugar character in the middle as caramel comes out with a touch of pine hop character. Finishes with dark bread, toffee, and pine as well as a moderately strong bitterness to balanced the sweetness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an average, but dark DIPA with a strong malt character that is balanced by a nice dose of hops. Drinkable, and while it isn't life changing it is enjoyable.

nickfl, Jun 14, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence that is a bit weak for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a solid beer even if it isn't quite the hop-bomb the one usually craves when opting for a 2IPA. However even while looking past that, this beer is just decent overall.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 14, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S Resiny pine & breadyness, honey malt & a little grapefruit as this warms

T: Piney hops & big time woody hop bitterness, bordering on astringent up front, plus some toffee notes hiding on the edges. Cakeyness & caramel picks up when warm starts pushing back, there is some predominating oaky dryness that is NOT working for me. Finishes dry, astringent & with a touch of caramel

MF: Semi-chewy with low carbonation, poor balance

Drinks okay, but this is a sub-par DIPA in my book...

russpowell, Sep 29, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a terrible name for a beer and/or brewery. But, they got me to buy one. It's a case study, in marketing. Could the beer be better than the name is idiotic?

Let's see what they say…"Kick Ass Ale. {wait, now we're kicking, not kissing?} Ass Kisser Ale is a state of mind! Just as you contemplate the flavors of this fine ale you can contemplate sharing a bottle with a friend or your boss. Maybe they are one in the same. {not "one and the same"?} And then again maybe not! We are just sayin'!
{I think this was written by morons.}
Ass Kisser Double IPA is a rich malty ale that has warm carmel {sic} notes that open up as it warms up to your glass. {huh?} It pairs with foods with spice and aromas like asian 5 spice or curries. To get maximum aroma and flavor, pour this ale into a snifter style glass. This ale is made to take the edge of {sic} a long day.! made from caring hands that understand what it takes to have to kiss a little to get anywhere these days. Enjoy! {Incidentally, I corrected the places where words are separated without dashes to indicate, such as "under…stand", and "contemn…plate"}

This was written by mental deficients, and conceived by them, as well. I hope it wasn't brewed by them, as well. Here we go…into a snifter style glass.

Rich rubyness, tight off-white head.
Big, bold, and pungent aromatics. Beefed-up and all that rich toffee-ness, and all bitterness of an outrageous hop bomb. Reminds me of a barleywine, more than a double IPA. Or maybe that's where we are these days, with the blurring of the lines. Give this to me blind, and I'd definitely call it a barleywine, not double IPA.

Let's drink! Boom! Ah! Bam! Ooof! Ow! A full-on assault, no respite, no relief, no subtleties, or nothing. Thick, and huge, and abrasively bitter. Nothing but everything is in here, and it boom-shaka-lakka, blasts everything in it's path. Brash, indelicate, and over-bearing.

Full-bodied, full, long finish, but too, too everything. This is a roller coaster ride. One minute it's loud, next it's cool, then it's bubbling, bitter soup that confuses the palate. I should like this, card-carrying hop-head that I am, but one has to be discriminating, and here's where I discriminate.

feloniousmonk, Dec 24, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I only bought this because of the label, I totally admit it. Beer poured into a Golden Pheasant glass. Beer is dark amber and hazy with a decent head, some lacing and low to moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with a mild piny? hop aroma in there.

Beer is medium to heavy in body, pretty malty on the front but not overly sweet, the finish isn't too bitter and there is an obvious void of hop flavors on the midpalate of this beer. Oh well, not a repeat for me.

drabmuh, May 03, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew this was going to be a weird beer when I read the label and there was no mention of hops. Lots of info about malt, none about hops. That has to be a first for a Double IPA.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is some flowery hops with a ton of caramel malt. I also got a little bit of orange citrus, but it was well in the background. The flavor is toffee and caramel malt with a tad bit of bitterness. The beer is a little bit nutty, I guess from all of the malt. Once again there is some orange citrus from the hops, but it is very subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer. It isn't a very good Double IPA since there is so little bitterness and hop flavor, but as far as taste goes, it is pretty good. Definitely better than the Rahr Storm Cloud IPA.

Mora2000, Sep 15, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe this may be my first brew from Texas. Let's see if the excitement of the premise lives up to the excitement of the experience.

Opens with a muted hiss, like a very tired and lethargic hurrah, and pours a flat looking orange-amber hue complemented with a bright haze. Head almost doesn't form, just leaving a smattering of big bubbles across the surface of the beer. Looks very heavy in the body, as though the carbonation can't escape. Quite a mediocre look to it, to be honest.

Nose is very muted indeed for a beer claiming to be an IPA, let alone a double IPA. Slight grainy sweetness, huskiness and a very slight twinge of green hops, almost lending a vegetative quality to the aroma. Very average.

Taste is also quite paltry, with a very mild bitterness vaguely covering a sweet molasses and malt extract flavoured basis. Dry finish, but without the sting I expect from an IPA. To be fair, the only flavours they mention on the bottle are "rich, malty", and "warm caramel", which is not the profile I expect from an IPA, but at least it's delivering what it promises.

Feel is average, and smooth, and to be fair the heat and booze of the 9% is well hidden.

Eh. A poor example of an IPA, but not an undrinkable beer overall. It's not something I'm particularly happy with, but I'm pleased to have tried a beer from the Lone Star State at least. I just hope they're not all like this.

lacqueredmouse, May 06, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a tiny white colored head. This is in the darker range of color I call IPA Orange.

Smell is sweet and malty with a good dose of C-Hops. Smells mostly of grapefruit and sweet tea. Slight brown sugar smell, honestly this smells like a Barleywine.

Starts out sweet and mildly hoppy and bitter, tastes like Barleywine. Sweet with mostly citrus flavor. Bitterness is mild but in here. Sweet aftertaste. They can call this whatever they want too, but it is a Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, this is a sweet and mild Barleywine. Needs more aggressive hopping to be an Imperial IPA.

Zorro, Oct 23, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney and caramel nose. Flavor is piney hops and hints of caramel, underwhelming, more like an IPA than a DIPA. High ABV is hidden. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Aug 29, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rahr & Sons : Ass Kisser

22oz bomber. Pours a hazed orange in color. Aroma of floral hops, big sweet malt and ale yeast fruityness. In the taste, malty, with brown sugar, caramel, and almost barleywine like in it's bigness. Alcohol is there. The hops are on the edges, with a small bitterness, citrus and herbal elements. Full bodied, smooth creamy yet chewey feel. The Ass Kisser is a strong ale that may as well be called Ass Kicker. I can only assume this wasn't the freshest of bottles, as the malt seems to have overtaken the hops and dominated the flavor profile. Still, Rahr & Sons proves they can make 'em strong.

Stinkypuss, Sep 08, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 28, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BillRoth, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small fizzy white head. The head dissipated very quickly, but there was some rings of lacing left behind.

S: Very light hop aroma, really not much there. A little bit of orange and orange peel, but overly malty with some caramel and a bit grainy as well.

T: Quite boring and grainy. Not much hop presence on the flavor profile. Overly malty, full of caramel and a little doughy. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied and a little grainy. No sign of 9%, wouldn't have guessed it that high.

O: Not even close to hoppy, and overall quite boring. No bottle dating, so could be old, but I have old DIPAs that are still good, this one, new or old, just didn't do anything for me.

mdaschaf, May 23, 2011
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Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
76 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.