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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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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
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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Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a hazy brown/copper color with a decent head but very good lacing. Not a bad looking beer, but slightly darker than the hazy orange color most of the DIPAs I tend to like have.

S - Maybe a slight bit of pine, but I'm only getting malt aromas with caramel, nutty, and bready aromas being most prevalent.

T - Follows very close to the smell. As the description states, it's a very malt forward beer. Lots of bready caramel flavors. Not a lot of hop flavor and/or bitterness. Is someone handed me this beer and didn't tell me what it was, I would never guess a DIPA.

M - Nice mouthfeel, very style appropriate. Not watery, but not too chewy. Wish it was a bit more carbonated.

D - A bit too much malt sweetness for me to session this beer, but it's not bad.

PeterLemonjello, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy with evergreen and yeasty undertones. It pours an appealing, if typical, clear amber with a fairly thick off-white head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is strongly hoppy and quite bitter, with just a hint of grapefruit. Texture is smooth, tingly, just a teensy slimy, about average for a double IPA. This is not the best double IPA I have ever consumed, but it is worthy of at least a try. Look for it.

Cyberkedi, Dec 26, 2010
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
Photo of nlmartin
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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!

nlmartin, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of KenGage
4.8/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a copper and not-quite-clear. Thin khaki-colored head, OK retention, and left just a little lacing

S - Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and dark caramel

T - I love this one....Lots of pine/grapefruit upfront....balanced nicely with hop bitterness / sweet caramel / some roasted malt.

M - Feel of a medium-bodied ale...substantial but still refreshing...finishes crisp and dry finish.

D - This is just about my ideal beer...A good amount of pine/grapefruit hop flavor -> but not a hop-bomb. Noticable malt taste -> but not a "malty" beer. Nice IIPA body. Bittering is dead on. Balanced! but still interesting :-) Freaking get it on.

KenGage, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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..

CampusCrew, Nov 27, 2010
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 zeff80
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
Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Chaney, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

merlin48, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Boto
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Boto, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

BMoney575, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Zundo
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Zundo, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

cpetrone84, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

brewcrew76, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

OneDropSoup, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

eclaycamp, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

jsprain1, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

Monkeyknife, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of russpowell
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
Photo of begforme4484
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

begforme4484, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

OakedCanuck, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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
Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Kromes, Sep 11, 2010
Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
76 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.