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West Sixth IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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88
very good

66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 509
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 25
Gots: 97 | 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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 509
Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber + copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light aromas of dank hops over a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Fairly easy to drink with well hidden alcohol but perhaps a little too bold to be a beer that I would enjoy multiple during a single afternoon/evening. The hops really stand out in this one. (1,050 characters)

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

West 6th IPA is a sold beer. I hate how the cans come attached to these complex plastic holders. When you peel the can out of one, the recoil from separation causes a violent reaction which could potentially cause damage to nearby goods, or a person standing close by. If you can look past this awful roadblock between you and the beer, you will not be disappointed. Oddly, the beer is much better on tap so if you get a chance to pour one rather than crack one, I recommend that you do so. (490 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a solid one finger cream head that lingers a long time, leaving thick lacing.

Resin and pine start the aroma, with onion dominating, and a hint of citrus. Probably a lot of simcoe hops.

Citrus dominates the flavor, orange, grapefruit pith, and caramel malt carries through to the fairly piney, herbal, resiny, slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Alcohol warmth is minimal, but present.

Overall, a great combination of citrus, bitter hops, pine, floral character, supported by a significant caramel malt backbone. Solid offering! (639 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Sixth IPA pours a hazy amber with a small, frothy head. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some lines and spots of lace.

The aroma has nice orange and grapefruit citrus notes plus caramel malt notes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of caramel and pale malt and orange and lemon citrus. It finishes dry and moderately bitter with a touch of grass.

A nicely balanced beer that's very easy to drink. Tasty! (485 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours a deep slightly hazy amber gold. Fine off-white head retains well at about an eighth of an inch.

Smells of honey, orange citrus, and fresh floral hops.

Tastes of honey and biscuit malt and fruity and floral hops, very fresh.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a very good stronger IPA and certainly worth trying if you find it. Very tasty and thirst-quenching. (424 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave me this to try and said that he thought it was good. Worth a try as I haven't had much from KY.

Pours a dark golden color with wisps of light peeking out here and there. A thin head compliments it.

A great mix of citrus and pine greets my nose. Buttery malt is there as well. I detect some balance as opposed to "hit you on the head" hoppiness.

The aroma carries over to the flavor with a lot more pine and buttery malt to savor. I swirl it around in my mouth, letting the flavor caress each taste bud.

Lingering pine and buttery malt once again dominate the finish. Carbonation is well-done and this would certainly be a good beer to drink straight from the can.

My friend quipped that this reminds him of Heady Topper. Not quite but it's one of the nicer IPAs I've had in a can in a while. (811 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received today along with a glass trade...Thanks Matt!

Pours tangerine-amber color with thick off-white head that lingers pretty well. Lot of sticky lacing along sides of glass.

Smell is pungent citrus. Lots of great hop character. Really good IPA smell.

Taste is sweet up front with lots of grapefruit rind bitterness. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was really good. Glad I had the chance to try this. (464 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from trade. Thanks! Pours into my tulip a hazy dark orange with a nice fluffy one finger head. Good lacing. Big time pine grapefruit aroma, smells juicy. Flavor follows exactly with massive juicy grapefruit on the palate and a nice bitter. Some dry grass and pine with a lingering earthiness. Medium slick mouthfeel and definite malt presence. Medium carbonation. Not bad. (376 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz can poured into shaker pint

A: Light Amber color nice fluffy head dissipates to a small film good retention on the glass nice lacing as you proceed to the bottom

S: Resiny very biscuity malts too a little sweetness too

T: Very subtly hops a little resin a little floral/herbal than sweet malts that level out the hops in the end making for a very balanced finish

M: Medium bodied not too clingy did not notice palate fatigue

O: This is a pretty damn well balanced IPA is it earth shattering no probably not but I drank 7 of these back to back with almost no palate fatigue that is impressive in of its self. You really can't go wrong if you are out in an area with a shitty selection you will be fairly pleased. I like this MUCH better than the ubiquitous Lagunitas IPA. (785 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a single finger creamy head that was stouter than most. The color was a yellowish/orangy but changed almost to a solid orange when I moved it from different light sources. The aroma is light and floral with the obvious piney tones. The taste is easy and light but has all the punch of a quality IPA. The beer is very easy to drink and quite satisfying. I appreciated the taste for the fact that I was not overwhelmed with the hops but more was able to savor the hops. (479 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color with bits of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus hops and notes of pine resin hops along with slight hints of caramel malts and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has bold flavors but also isn't that difficult to drink. (687 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good looking beer. Deep, hazy orange color with hints of yellow and nice lacing. Small ring hangs around during drinking.

Aroma: Definite malt sweetness in the nose. Some caramel. A hint of dankness along with some light tangerine and some grassiness. Nice smelling, if a bit subtle

Taste: Very well balanced. Nutty, caramel malt backbone supporting lots of citrus peel/tangerine type flavor. Some pine and grass. Finishes dry and bitter with a grassy bitterness. Medium length finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of sticky sweetness but enough carbonation to lift the whole thing off the palate.

Overall: Nicely done IPA. A bit malty sweet for my personal IPA preferences, but I'd be more than happy to reach for another can of this. A well-constructed IPA. (785 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with grapefruit and orange,, some melon, and peach as well as some toasted bread and even a little caramel. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied mouthfeel with desired activity. Overall, a great IPA. Definitely a fan and I can easily see this one becoming my go to local IPA. Just going to have to stick with buying it on tap or the occasional growler given that they don't date their cans. (456 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy white head that gradually recedes into a creamy mousse.

S: Aromas of pine, lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, biscuits, and spruce fill the nose.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, caramel, biscuits, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, and grapefruit wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, long, and intense with an admirable balance of citrus, pine, and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, slick, and a bit resinous. Carbonation is active, but gentle, imparting a creamy, smooth texture compared to many American IPAs. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but is warming instead of prickly.

O: This is a very nice IPA. I can understand why the brewers decided to can it. If this is intended to be their flagship brew, then they are definitely on the right track. Here's hoping they're in it for the long haul. (841 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head after a strong pour. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, it smells like pine and citrusy (mango, light tropical fruit) hops, and some bready and caramel malt. It gets more and more citrusy the longer it warms. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly citrusy and pine hops, along with some bready and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's a good IPA overall, I won't have any problems finishing this 6-pack. $9.99 a sixer. (628 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazed, honey amber with a beautiful meringue like head that leaves crusty rings of lace all down the glass. The C-hop aroma is excellent with dank resinous hops and plenty of caramel toasty malt. The hop and malt flavors work perfectly together harmoniously blending citrusy hop flavors and caramel malt. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. West Sixth makes a mean IPA, I think this beer is better than many hard to get, over-hyped IPAs peaople drool over. (457 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Eric (986 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (2,443 characters)

Photo of MichaelJosephB
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (3,135 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (562 characters)

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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.