West Sixth IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth IPAWest Sixth IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 24
Gots: 92 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 494 | Reviews: 72
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been interested in trying this brewery since the whole Magic hat fiasco. Another malt blast. Not enough hops. What the heck? I really can't believe that all of the beers I picked up in OH and IN are out of date. It's a mash of malts and hops and nothing overly interesting. Needs more kick. Disappointing.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

West Sixth IPA on tap at the brewpub in Lexington.

Medium amber; very slight haze; durable off-white head; very good lacing.

Nicely crafted IPA, with enough malt load to keep the ample quadruple hop load from producing too much bitterness. Liked this more as I drank more -- a quality many IPAs lack.

Smooth, medium body with well-chosen carbonation.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit too malty for my liking.

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what timing! I CANnot, in all good CANcience, review a CANned beer without its picture already in place. I had a few beers on-deck and when I looked at their profile, they had no picture on file, so I got busy taking some pics for approval. My timing must have been spot-on as Bro. Jason approved all of them within a couple of hours of my uploads. Ask yourself this: Would you want to look at a pic of an open, spent CAN or one of a virginal, unCracked CAN? ...

I also want to thank bigbluebeerguy for sending a couple of these along in support of The CANQuest (TM) because without supporters, this madness would have been dead in the water long ago.

From the CAN: "Why a [CAN]? Better for the beer. Better for our planet. Better on the go."; "This ale is brewed by West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, Kentucky."; "Please recycle".

Wahoo! I love when a beer jumps out at me during the Crack phase of the operation! It makes me feel loved and wanted. I was feeling a bit daring this evening so I employed an inverted Glug and quickly had beer filling the glass. It resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a lightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose smelled of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and once more, my hops monkey on my back began to screech and howl. Such is the blessing and curse of being a self-avowed hop head - I love hops but I am also addicted to them and I CANnot wait to get some hops-laden beer in my mouth on its way to my belly. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was quite citrusy on the tongue. Suddenly, I felt better and the monkey began to calm down. As I drank, sticky lacing began to appear on the inside of the glass, reminding me to rent a jackhammer soon to get rid of all of the remnants of my indulgences. Finish was semi-dry with just a hint of caramel malt softening the bitterness of the hops. I would love to get my hands on some more for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually). Good stuff.

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, very thick and sappy looking, lots of floaties, reminds me of Heady Topper. Only a thin head but it sticks around pretty well.

Nose opens with pine, moves into orange citrus and maybe grapefruit, hints of grassy hops too, only moderate bitterness in the aroma and there's a fair amount of malt character too.

Taste is fairly bitter but not a lot of aromatic hop character, tastes like an IPA someone forgot to dry hop (or maybe it's just a little old, no dating on the cans so I can't tell). A bit of pine character, some maltiness but it's not overbearing and not too sweet. Still enough bitterness and a tame enough malt character that it doesn't have that gross cardboard flavor of really faded IPA, but also doesn't taste super fresh. Pretty decent just not that interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, nice carbonation though so drinkabity is pretty good.

6.1/10

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orangeish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is hoppy, bitter up front, a touch of citrus towards the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.16.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a two inch fluffy light tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter oranges and grassy.

T - Dank oranges and leaves.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a silky finish.

O - Solid dark and dank IPA. Nice oranges and grass.

Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy rich darker orange hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Big lopsided aromas of malts here. Sweet and caramel, super super faint pine. I do get some earthy hops, however, they are beaten to submission by the malts here.

T - Taste is a bit better than the nose. The malts again are strong and on the sweeter/caramel side but at least there is a bitter pine bite at the finish. Nice spicy hops, which would be stellar if it was not just overpowered immensely by the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice and on point for the style. Sharper carbonation and a nice lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, this beer shows lots of potential here. Just too malt heavy for my tastes. Possibly an older can?

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour was a deep gold, tinged with amber. Moderate head. Hopping was appropriately up-front with a slight herbal character. Firm through the middle, fading toward the finish. Some crackery note in the malt. Hopping was adequate, but lacking in aromatic character - just there for the bittering. The abv at 7% was well integrated into the flavor, with no heat and just a touch of pepper.

Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours amber with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of off-white head.

S - I get some light citrus and floral hops balanced by some caramel malt.

T - This does not taste as I remember it from last time I had it. The hops seem faded. The malt is readily detectable. I think I may have gotten an old six pack at the Party Source, or I was highly intoxicated last year when I tried it and liked it.

M - Medium

O - I am disappointed. I remember liking this beer on tap. I will try it again on the next visit to the tri-state area. I hope this is an exception rather than the rule.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.