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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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278 Ratings

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced.... and not extremely hoppy IPA. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection. decent hop presence, but a little bland, but decent..

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:50:55 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 14:07:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.98/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:15:28 | More by zeff80
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep cardinal-orange with a macro-bubbly and soapy head of modest statue and retention. Carbonation was very limited. The lacing clumped around the edges of the glass forming a thick band.

S: Grapefruit pulp and toasted grains with some fresh grassiness with a moderate sense of strength.

T: Pungent bitterness but poor malt support. Alcohol laced citrus and pine juices are abundant with floral support of wildflowers on the trail. Some citrus flower lacing is left behind, fine and almost pollen like. The hop bite starts out really strong, but the strength drops off significantly with a less then enthusiastic approach on the finish mostly consumed by the alcohol. The toasted quality is fair enough but the hopping turns to watery citrus on the finish. The hops get a solid B+ at the start but slides on a scale to a B- on the finish while the malt base never gathers up enough strength for support and seemed watery at times lacking depth and substance.

M: Light bodied with some toasted warmth and alcohol and no effervesce. Feels a bit watery at times body wise.

D: Pretty pungent at the start but lightens up on the finish. Weak malting and noticeable alcohol detection may hinder this a bit drinkability wise. Ass kisser is a bit of a ass kicker when it comes to consumption.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 22:55:37 | More by beerthulhu
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one from OakedCanuck in a trade. Thanks Colin!

Hilarious name and bottle design!

I poured this into a huge Dogfish Head snifter.

A: Fairly transparent rose-colored brew with carbonation to spare and massive foamy head. Nice!

S: Fairly reserved, with a mild sweet citrus character. This obviously isn't wet-hopped.

T: Medium-bodied brew with a citrus character, that also has a bit of a wet straw or yeasty type of aftertaste that truly kills any type of bitterness that might exist.

M: The ABV is non-existent, and this is a smooth, if one-dimensional drinker. The carbonation is fluffy without being too.

D: If I go through Texas, I'll pick up another one of these. I have a suspicion that this would be very good fresh from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:57:07 | More by Chaney
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3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber pours a hazy, almost murky, orange amber body with a small beige head. Some patchy lacing.

Aroma is caramel, pine, some citrusy hop notes, and a dirty earthiness.

Medium body and carbonation with a prevailing woodsy earthiness.

Taste opens with chewy caramel, quickly eclipsed by bitter pine and some very earthy hops. A hint of citrusy orange underneath. The earthiness becomes harsh and astringent toward the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The astringency hurts drinkability, but this one isn't that bad. A different interpretation of the style, certainly.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:32:47 | More by merlin48
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly orangish color. There was a small off-white head on it that leaves little lacing. Hops and sweetness to the nose. It has a bit of a caramel aroma, as well as some pine and maybe a hint of grapefruit. The taste is OK, but is a tad harsh. Grapefruit bitterness with some caramel malts. Alright, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:30:35 | More by Boto
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3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-30-10

Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a thick white head that settles to a thin film. Lacing sticks to the sides, almost permanently.

Smell is tons of hops, very sweet, and a little on the old side. Lots of pine, a good hit of booze, and lots of sweet caramel malt. I like it.

Taste is just like the smell, sweet and sharply bitter. The malt adds a smoothness, with a bitter and sweet finish. A little past its prime, just like the smell.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy to go with the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol goes nicely with the hoppy character.

Overall, a good beer, but I'd love to try a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:39:02 | More by BMoney575
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3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper with one finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, bit piney and citrusy.

Taste: Pretty tart and lots of grapefruit, bit piney with a mildly sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, but smooth and has a stickiness at the end.

Drinkability: This is a tart beer thats kinda hard on the palate. But drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:21:54 | More by Zundo
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3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark cloudy amber color with a thin tan head.

S-the nose is strong in caramel malts, brown sugar, and hints of candied fruit. light juicy citrus and notes of herbal hop in back but very faint.

T-the taste follows the nose, rich malts and subtle hops behind. haylike herbal hops and faint bit of juicy citrus, lots of caramel malts, syrupy, and brown sugar.

M-full bodied, chewy and syrupy with low carbonation and a slick finish.

D-all malt, not really the hop presence I would like to see. less hops than a fresh bigfoot. not offensive, but in no way good.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:00:37 | More by cpetrone84
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy copper, amber with a decent sized off white head. Sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Pine, grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

T - Big time hop bitterness that is almost astringent. Pine and grapefruit followed by toffee and a lot of caramel sweetness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a long lasting dry, astringent finish.

D - A little bit of a mess with too much of an astringent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:17:41 | More by brewcrew76
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3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bstaffor -- got this particular bottle in his package to me in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF.

Poured into a tulip pint: Nice deep, brassy color, see through, with two fingers' spongy, sticky head, cream-colored. Drops to a thick cap & leaves gauzy, resinous lacing.

Smells of grilled citrus, sweet & tart with some caramelized sugars. Some woody & piney bitterness, underlying biscuity malt, even pie crust.

Creamy grapefruit & orange in the flavor, with the sweetness gradually dropping out, turning tart, then dry like tea, then piney & bitter in the aftertaste, with a drop of sweetness in the middle.

Very smooth & creamy mouthfeel with just mild bite in the finish. Sugar on the tongue & bitter around the sides. Smooth creaminess is appealing at first, till I realize it kind of translates to flat.

Pretty smooth, hides the booze well, fairly easy-drinking, but this is way on the sweet end of the DIPA spectrum & easy to get satiated on. I like it, but one's good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:15:55 | More by OneDropSoup
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ass Kisser. Gotta admit, I bought this one for the name and the bottle, which features a lip imprint on the posterior of what appears to be a donkey. Busting out the snifter for this guy. Pours a hazy tangerine, very orange in color. Light lacing with a small off white head. Fruits and pine dominate the nose, and there's a nice sweetness underneath the surface, combined with some doughiness. Not really all that bitter, especially for the style, with a syrupy mouthfeel. While the aroma is quite nice, the taste doesn't quite deliver what the aroma promises. There's some hop stuff going on, floral, pine, grass, pineapple, orange. But it's not as pronounced as what I've had in other examples of this style. Likewise the malt is there as well, particularly in the sweetness, but it's kind of lacking too. The high ABV leaves a lingering burning in the chest. There's something quite off in this beer, somewhat medicinal, I'm not sure. It's hard to put my finger on it but it's unpleasant. Maybe it's the alcohol I'm not sure. Kind of like taking an average IPA and dumping a shot of vodka in it. If you don't like being able to taste the high ABV in your beers I'd avoid this one. However if you like IPAs and don't mind the ABV it's an okay example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 23:00:22 | More by eclaycamp
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3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a caramel color with a one and a half finger eggshell head. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing.
S- Smell is of pine hops and pale malts. Relatively uncomplex but still appealing.
T- The taste is much like the aroma but less hop presence than the nose would suggest. Caramel and slightly bready malt with the hops being a bit citrusy.
M- Medium bodied, semi-dry finish. maybe a little light on carbonation but still ok.
D- This is a good, though not great IIPA. It's pretty simple, but relatively enjoyable. Less hop presence than I would have thought/liked, but it's still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:36:55 | More by jsprain1
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3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed copper color with a quarter inch of off-white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, candy sugar and caramel malts.

Hoppy bitterness abounds with light citrus and bready caramel malts. The 9% alcohol is well hidden.

Moderately bodied and somewhat dry with a decent amount of carbonation.

A decent Double IPA but nowhere threatening the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:10:37 | More by Monkeyknife
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:03:14 | More by russpowell
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown with amber highlights. Very minimal frothy head with slight lacing.

Smells of a malt overload. Very sweet smelling with the tiniest hint of hops in the nose.

Taste is huge malts. Caramel sweetness and a slight citrus taste up front. followed a good amount of earthy bitterness. A sharp alcohol bite too. Is definitely on the very sweet side, but much better tasting than what you expected out of the nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability; it's far too sweet for me to endure another. Also, the alcohol hits hard.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 01:02:23 | More by begforme4484
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3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Midnight Sun tulip. From notes.

A - clear, darkened amber with a white to slightly off-white head. Decent clumped lacing that stuck around.

S - Strong malt with a slight toasty caramel. Faint citrus hops in the background.

T - Caramel malt up front, accompanied by some subtle candy sugar. Citric tropical fruity hops are lesser dominant.

M - Slightly dry, but relatively clean and decently balanced.

D - Fairly refreshing, a tad bit sweet. I wasn't awed by this one but I would have it again if it was around. Wouldn't be my first choice though.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 16:33:36 | More by OakedCanuck
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3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:17:44 | More by Mora2000
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3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy copper color with a large white head. Good lacing down the glass

S: A pretty good pine and citrus hop aroma. That's about it, no off aromas.

T: There is a somewhat toasted malt background with a pine hop flavor on top. The finish is bitter and dry. There is also a slight tang to the beer. The taste seems a little thin and watery to me for some reason.

M: Average feel, maybe a little lighter than most double IPAs.

D: It's OK. There are definitely better DIPAs out there and there are also some bad ones. This one is above average. The alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:32:31 | More by Kromes
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New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 22:30:57 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Tone


4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, slight alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, and a hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 15:54:11 | More by Tone
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2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip...no freshness date...seemed rare and I liked the name, so $8.29 later...

A - poured a deep orange/dark amber/golden color with a 1/4" off-white foam that dissipated quickly to thin ring and had a patchy surface film...

S - I could smell a caramel sweetness as soon as the cap came off...and after a pour & settle...I got spicy, leafy, non-floral hops with considerable malt and hints of some fruit...traces of alcohol too...if I were smelling this blind I would probably lean towards a barleywine

T - malt up front...some bitter hops and spice that are found in this style...nothing dominates...some alcohol in the swallow and finish...subtle and well played.
Other IIPA's share commonalities with barleywines and could be considered strong ales just the same, but this one strikes me as a crossbreed, a mutt, if you will...the taste doesn't fit the style IMO, but it's still very inviting of another pull...

M - lite to medium, with little carbonation...not as sticky as I expected...cleaned up pretty well...better than average for sure

D - not a hop-bomb IIPA by any means, but an interesting take on the style, I suppose...blurs a line between IIPA, American Barleywine and even a Strong Ale...definitely a big, drinkable brew, but maybe not as a IIPA...aside from the taste, I believed I was drinking a IIPA...might be a one and done for me, although I would consider offering this at a tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 05:44:21 | More by alamode
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3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber copper colored with a low off-white and orangey head that doesn't rise up much and settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of pine sap, citrus, and honey malt.

Complex flavor with an interesting mix of grapefruit rind, pine sap, biscuity malt, and a bit of a smokey character in the background. Slight alcohol vapor, but it doesn't detract. Well balanced, no flavor dominates.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Tasty beer, fairly drinkable, but could use some hop freshness for my tastes. Seems to cross the border into barleywine at some points.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:06:34 | More by far333
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4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off, followed shortly thereafter by large amounts of tropical fruit hop flavors with hints of underlying grassiness. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall the main flaw with this beer was the lack of a decent malt backbone. The hops almost make up for it and actually succeed in the nose but the flavors just can't quite hold up. Still, this is a tasty beer that's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:41:47 | More by glid02
Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
76 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.