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West Sixth IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth IPAWest Sixth IPA

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 525
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 31.63%
Wants: 25
Gots: 110 | FT: 6
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West Sixth Brewing Company visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ltjska04 on 04-03-2012

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Photo of agleas1
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a fantastic beer! Just a great combo pine and citrus. If you are ever in Lexington, Kentucky, you have to check this place out. They are on a one brewery mission to gentrify an entire neighborhood with a very cool brewery at the center of it all! Lot's of incredible one off flavors on tap!

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Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into teku. Pours slightly hazy orange with a single finger white head. Smell is very tropical, lots of pineapple, piney. Taste is also full of tropical flavors, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, slightly bready, pine resin, perfect hop presence, almost no malt caricature, texture is as expected. Overall I am very impressed with this ipa, it's very balanced, not a hop bomb, and a great west coast style profile. I love the consistancy. This is my first W6 brew, and I'm impressed.

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Photo of Wildcatz69
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

While chilling at the brewery I decided to sample the IPA right off the bat from the tap. It really does not get any better.
The look is a bit darker orange than other similar beers.
The smell is straight up dank fruit and hop extravagance.
Taste is hoppy, hidden alcohol, and fruit essence.
Out in front the mouth feels tingly with carbonation that subsides after you have finished about 3/4 of the pint, and happy with the alcohol content.
Overall I may be a bit biased considering I live here in Lexington,KY. But I truly feel this is compRable to Bell's 2 hearted ale, similar look, taste, alcohol content, and possibly hops. Cannot wait to grab another growler!

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Photo of GregZeppelin09
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich amber color, good head

Smell: very sweet, caramel notes, some hops as well

Taste: Also sweet, but much more hop taste than there is in the nose, smooth and easy to drink, especially for an IPA

Mouthfeel: Rich, and creamy, smooth, somewhat thick

Overall: A great beer, and from a local brewery no less. Easy to drink, and very fulfilling. I will definitely be grabbing another 6-pack the next time I'm in the mood for an IPA.

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Photo of HopHog87
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- deep, dark golden with a wonderful head out of the can , perfectly carbonated for a pint glass.

Nose- this brew gets it right from the start. Take a whiff- Bam!! Floral notes. Citrus. Pine (my favorite). I mean it smells like you just finished with the chainsaw! Outstanding, robust, in-your-face hops. Love it.

Taste- absolutely everything is there. The archetype of what I want in an IPA: solid backbone but not sweet or overpowering malt. I assume there is some medium crystal barley but nothing too dark. Certainly no biscuit or anything that doesn't belong in a great ipa. Hops. Serious hops. I would like to know the schedule on this one but seems a great deal of early hop additions as the bitter note is prominent. Finishes with some light citrus notes and slightly zesty.

Mouthfeel- just about perfect.

Overall- I really don't know what to say other than perfect . Absolutely nailed it , West Sixth. Although I haven't tried everything, I've spent a great deal of time on IPAs since I became sold on craft beer, and this on has it all. It should hold its own against anything out there. If you're a hop head then you will crave it. Fan-freaking-tastic!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pretty bronze, very clear, near white thick head and lots of lace.

S - Nice and hippy even very cold.

T - good malty center and tons of battering hops to keep it in check.

M - med body great carb balance and finish.

D - a nice taster and very sessionable.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a heck of an IPA! Drinking out of the can and diggin' it! This is one of the more balanced IPA's that I have had. There's definitely a burst of hops but its countered very nicely with a sweet malt profile. Tastes of pine and a little citrus. The mouthfeel is awesome; its really smooth and goes down super easy. Very drinkable for an IPA.

West Sixth is quickly emerging as a force in Kentucky's craft beer industry. This is there staple and flagship beer, but the Hellerheaven IIPA is also amazing. I'm ready for another trip to Lexington to hit up this place and Country Boy.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received via Growling at the Moon from Stonequarrywest. Thanks for the brew, Gabe!

Poured into an imperial pint with a 3/4" blonde head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head pops away slowly, bubble by bubble, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet but plenty of citrus hops.

Taste begins sweet, then comes on slowly but surely to a citrus pine crescendo, then balances out to close, with a lingering bitter taste. Just about exactly what I want in an IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great as well. Helluva an extra.

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Photo of DCon
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Mellow Mushroom in Lexington, KY for $4.50. Tapped from the Wooden Tap Handle w/ a 6 & Star on the top into a 16oz Pint Glass. One of the only locals on-tap here so had to go for it!

Aroma- Huge hops both citrus and fruity are the strongest part of this aroma. Distant sweetness and malt are included.

Appearance- Received wit h a 2 finger, creamy head that has great retention. Has a light-medium clear copper orange body. Leaves thick lacing behind. Perfect IPA appearance!

Flavor- Very fruity and hops galore. Can’t put my finger on them. Dry hopped and all. Medium Bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, CREAMY, sweet fruits and citrus at finish.

Overall Impression- One of my favorite IPA’s I’ve had this summer (besides ones that I’ve had multiple times). Has an awesome creaminess and fruit character that kicks ass. Recommend if your in KY to try some of this!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can purchased from the brewery (where I also had a tasting glass from tap) poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange with a 1.5-finger head that slowly settles
S: Pine hops, quite earthy, hints of caramel/malt
T: Spicy hops backed by earth, a hint of caramel and grass
M: Medium-bodied, a nice bite, I enjoy the bitterness the earth notes provide and a long finish
O: As many IPAs as there are on the market, this provides a nice deviation from the norm particularly due to the earthy notes mixed into the hops. I enjoyed the tap pour I had from the brewery more than what poured from the can but both were very enjoyable

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Photo of patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can ring holds the six cans firm and you need a little effort to release them. Nice white head that holds up , the color a deep copper to orange. Smell is citrus with a hint of earthiness. Taste is hoppy, up front with citrus and pine, my preferred IPA combination. Finish is bitter but not overbearing in this medium bodied brew. Solid American IPA along the lines of many out there now. I would buy this one again and will try some other West Sixth now.

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Photo of haddon
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy caramel hue that produces a healthy 3-finger head.

smells of Floral notes that are a bit overpowered by sweet malts... caramel & light molasses

taste is much like the nose: floral, orange, sweet malts with a nice bitter hop note that lingers on the end.

medium to full body that is quite thick for an ipa.

I live in Lexington where this is brewed, so I almost always get a fresh sixer when I pick this up. when you open the can, the beer just releases out of the opening as if it's begging to be drank. Gotta love fresh IPA! I keep a few cans of this in my fridge at all times. Btw, my wife loves it too... huge plus (or is it? she drinks as much of these as I do)!

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Photo of GoodFoodsCoop
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with hints of lemon, grapefruit and other tropical notes. Frothy Head pours 2 to 3 fingers with excellent lacing. Mouth feel is crisp, clean and the taste is big, bold and Hoppy but not overpowering.

This is quickly becoming a new summer favorite and pairs well with Game, BBQ's, grilled fish and aromatic cheeses.

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Photo of screamking
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into pint glass.

First thing i notice while pouring this beer is it is absolutely beautiful. Huge creamy off white head. Cloudy burnt orange, very lovely. Lacing everywhere, one of the best looking IPAs I've seen. The aroma much like the taste is very earthy in nature. It is also very bitter. Lots of wild flower and honeysuckle. I also get some quite nutty notea as it warms up. Tastes like a romp thru the forest.

The feel is a little thin in my book, but that thinness makes it a little easier to drink. I've already had 4/6 beers in the pack so that reaffirms it for me. This is a really good change of pace for me, and is a nice contrast to the sweeter IPAs out there. Being semi local/regional doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of zachary80
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up tonight in its home city. No date visible on the six pack cans, but they look new FWIW.

Pours with a large white head which leaves very good lacing. Excellent retention. Transparent, slight haze, light golden-amber body.

Aroma is sweet up front, with tons of tropical fruits.

Flavor follows through - tons of the tropical fruitiness, with a an above average amount of sweetness that is perfectly balanced with the high bitterness.

Carbonation is good, mouthfeel is good, maybe a little heavier than average for the style; it's always hard to tell for me what makes this exceptional in an IPA.

This is an exceptional IPA that is a borderline DIPA. I might pick up another sixer on my way out of town. Really felt like I got lucky with this one.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, mild amber with a dense few inches of a white head. The nose has a very floral hoppiness with a touch of citrus. The beer is fairly average in taste with a very sweet body balanced out by modest hoppiness. It's mouthfeel is light bodied, floral, sweet, and very drinkable. It doesn't blow me away, but is better than average. I like that the hops weren't classically piney or citrusy, but instead took on a more floral characteristic. This beer would be easy to consume on a summers day & I definitely like the can!

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Photo of MCain04
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my man Jonathan for hooking me up! Pouring this one into my Speigelau IPA glass.

Pours a big fluffy off-white head with a yellow amber hazy body. Great retention and lacing.

Dry piney spicy hops on the aroma. A little bit of citrus fruit aroma and honey sweetness.

Taste is nicely balanced, mildly bitter, moderate hop flavor, malt backbone not overpowering. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, drinkable, mildly dry finish, light bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall this was a nice easy-drinking IPA that I would definitely not mind drinking again. Nothing mind blowing but nicely balanced.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since their opening their doors in April of this year, it was obvious that the brewing personnel at West Sixth was intent on celebrating a flagship IPA full glory. From the sleek can design, which reminds me slightly of Magic Hat #9's logo, to the seductive citra hops that stand front and center, this avant garde American IPA confidently caresses the taste buds of the connoisseurs and allures the uninitiated to the hoppy side with ease.

It all starts with an artistic globe-like snifter that breams with glowing colors of honey, amber, and burnish orange. It's unfiltered haze gives a glimpse into the unadulterated purity of the ale and casts a warm glow when back lit. A creamy off-white head caps the beer with intentions to withstand the long haul. With each sip taken, residual broken rings of classy Belgian lace adorns the glass with consistency down to the last reluctant sip.

As the nose approaches the brim of the glass, those tiny bubbles unleash the aromas of ripe citrus and tropical fruits that are locked inside. Bright and zesty fruit aromas blend with complementary botanical notes of perfume, muddled grasses and tea-like herbs to round out the hop-dominant nose. Supported by candied malt notes, a softer sweeter scent allows a honey soaked marmalade and grapefruit character to emerge. With restrained spiciness, the background notes of acetone alcohol weaves into the hop character seamlessly.

As the candyish fruit flavor plays on the tongue with the juicy characteristics of white grapefruit juice, blood orange, light apricot and mango; the beer's early impressions are abundant with the citra finishing hops. The ale's middle palate allows the hop flavor to shift from bright and juicy fruit to freshly picked earthen grasses and chives. Its malty underpinnings supports the hop flavor while providing a shy balance of caramel sweetness and grain starches in complement before transcending into a long finish of sharply clean bitterness with citrus pith and pine resin.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's supple carbonation, residual caramel sweetness and starchy malt textures provide a creamy mouth feel that envelops the entire mouth and paves the way for fruity hop notes. As the carbonation dissipates and the malty sweetness fades, the dry hop resins and fortified alcohol strength marches across the palate with an extended broadness which prolongs the finish. But alas, the beer lingers with a resinous-dry hop texture that's exacerbated by alcohol warmth and stubborn malt sweetness.

While it's not as dry or as bitter as many "hop-heads" may prefer, its certainly not short on pure "hoppiness". It's unmistakable citra hop use provides all the hop character to appease the most staunch lupulin lover. Its seductive sweetness and malty-dry character keeps me returning to the glass much sooner and often than is probably recommended. This is both the reward and risk that the beer provides. If this flagship ale represents the level of quality, imagination, and skill that is to be expected of the West Sixth Brewing Company, then Lexington just got tastier and slightly more... intoxicating.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a large wine glass. Golden honey color, hazy, with a giant foamy head that sticks around and then leaves good lacing as you drink.

Aroma is hoppy, maybe some citrus hops, a little floral.

Taste is where this one shines. Very hoppy up front, but not overly bitter on the backend so it is pleasant to drink, unlike a lot of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, as expected from all the foam, but it works well with this beer.

Not sure that I would seek this one out, but compared to a lot of IPAs I find locally, this one is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of MichaelJosephB
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and sticky, this strong, resinous APA stands out for its fruited hop flavors.

I picked up a sixer from the shelves of Party Source in Bellevue Kentucky and tossed it in the fridge when I got home. After it cooled, I poured it into an old school, pint sized Coca-Cola glass.

The color is a hazy copper/orange with a 3/4 inch, thick white head that slowly dissipates although keeping a thin layer atop throughout the drink. The nose is sweet and fruited, smelling strongly of mango and tangerine with undertones of piney sharpness, coriander and grains of paradise poking through. The nose follows through to the palate, where the balance between sweet light malts melds well with the fruity hop flavors and mild spices, covering the high AVB well. The beer feels substantial in the mouth and maintains medium carbonation.

Overall this is on par with ska's modus hoperandi and six point's resin, but definitely stands apart for its accentuation of the fruited hop flavors. I'm ecstatic to find something like this close to home. Consider me impressed.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Nice aroma of equal parts grassy, slightly citrusy hops and cereal grain malt sweetness.

T- Some citrus in the front gives way to a sweet malt follow-through and some moderate bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink. Bitterness lingers but not too long. ABV is well-masked.

M- Slightly sharp but moist and quenching. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A serviceable IPA that has some decent balance while still having that hop-forward flavor and bite.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can (no freshness date) into a Bell's tulip. A stunning pour. Beautiful clear orange-gold color with a massive, frothy, creamy head that has outstanding retention and lacing that literally coats the inside of the glass. Easily one of the best-looking IPAs I've had. The nose is nice and punchy. I get oranges, grapefruit, and a little bit of cedar.

The beer has a medium body, a nice firm, creamy feel, and lots of bitterness. There is a sharp, metallic, quinine-like bitterness with no excessive sweetness. Not balanced at all, but don't fret. The flavors include marmalade, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. The pineapple in particular seems to complement the intense bitterness quite well, giving the beer a gin-and-tonic-like character. The finish is nice and dry and lingers slightly. Very refreshing.

Off-balanced American IPAs are a dime a dozen. Yet somehow, this one works for me and I am proud that this beer is made in my home state. When fresh, it's a killer. Make sure you try at least one straight from the can.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. can of this to try on a recent trip to Kentucky and south western Ohio. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden amber color with a very fluffy looking head that is about an inch thick when first poured that settles fairly quickly to a solid 1/5 inch tick head with excellent lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malts along with resinous, piney, herbal hop notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with some biscuity, slightly toasted, caramel malt sweetness upfront along with some resinous, piney, slightly citrus, herbal, slightly spicy/peppery hop bitterness. A very solid and well balanced flavor profile. The hop bitterness does tend to dominate a bit taste wise I feel. Has a crisp, yet smooth, slightly oily and chewy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has clean finish and bit of a dry aftertaste. A damn solid IPA all around that is certainly worth a try indeed!


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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack a pair of cans, pouring into our Great Lake pints glasses. Coloring nears a darker golden at its core, with a peripheral pale lightening of a few shades. It holds a chunky two finger head of soapy but tight khaki bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is wispy and thick. A mildly chill haze follows the pour, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation is slow but pervasive. The aroma is comprised of sweet caramel and pale malty dustiness, black pepper, sugary vanilla bean and icing, bright nectary and grassy hoppiness, lemon-poppy seed muffins, apple and wild blueberry skin fruity bitterness, toasted honey oat sweetness, jasmine pollen and musk, butterscotch caramels, and toasted clove spiciness. The flavoring follows in much the same vein, with cotton, soapy laundry detergent, bitter and spicy hops of piney, herbal, and grassy hoppiness, grapefruity skin and zest, crumbly and dried biscuits dusty pale malts, sweaty caramel and crystal graininess, green twig and dandelion weediness, dried mustard seed, spicy ethanol, faint bubblegum esters, and bitter walnut shells. The aftertaste shows an enhanced minty and planty quality that leaves a zing towards the far back palate. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip affords hearty and full slurp and smack, with appropriately concurrent cream and froth as the beer makes its way around the mouth. The mucosa is cooled and dragged down with thick coating, but this gives way to a lightly chalky astringent dryness. The abv is true to style, and drinkability remains nice.

Overall, this is our “climbing” beer, through and through. Although we brought our own cooler full of swill on our inaugural trip to climb the Red River Gorge in Slade, Kentucky, this was recommended as a must-try from the local climbing community. Purchased at what was seemingly a barn, around the corner from where we camped, this got us through many a night on the crag, accompanied of course, by custom Miguel’s pizzas. We enjoyed its company so much, in fact, that we stopped for a few sixers to bring back to Michigan with us. We find a pleasant IPA here; one that is flavorful and honest. The hops show you what it means to be bitter, but allow enough balance from the malts to not overwhelm the palate. If you’re an IPA fan and in the neighborhood, we too, would now recommend this as a local “must-try” at the very least, comparatively.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-10 in Lexington, KY at Willie's Locally Known.

A - Mildly hazy orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Dank, pine, orange. Significant and pleasant aroma; even in a bar-with-food environment.

T - Pale malt, orange/grapefruit, light pine, bit of grass. Nicely bitter on the finish with a touch of sweetness to give a bit of balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous and moderately prickly.

O - I liked this quite a bit; enough to have 3 pints over 4 hours while watching some fine music with friends in this establishment. It's not a perfect brew, there's just a bit of harshness in the finish. Certainly good enough that I'd be glad to have it again.

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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.