West Sixth IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth IPAWest Sixth IPA

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88
very good

491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 24
Gots: 92 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 491 | Reviews: 72
Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a cloudy amber, with a huge head of off-white bubbles. Beautiful crown of lace.

Aroma is lots of big flowery pine and citrus hops. Nice and pretty well stylistically accurate and agreeable.

Taste is sharp bitter (almost sour) grapefruit hops up front, with plenty of malts, and a bitter, dry finish.

A tasty and very enjoyable IPA, not really a standout example, but certainly worthy of a try for anyone into American-style IPAs.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from ToddBeans (thanks man!). If I deciphered the code correctly this was canned 01/19/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a murky deep orange, almost brown with three fingers of pale head that fades slowly, leaving copious lace.

Aroma seems slightly off. Musky citrus, earthy pine and hints of an almost clove-like spice.

Tastes earthy and bitter. Orange rinds, lemon zest, dirty pine sap, pepper, grapefruit, mild cracker and intermittent touches of alcohol. More bitter than flavorful and while not distracting, it occurs to me that the booze is more prevalent than it should be given the abv.

Resinous, medium body with average cabonation. Strongly bitter finish of citrus peel and vague pine.

Nothing offensive here in West Sixth's IPA but it certainly isn't tuned to my preferences. At several points when I started getting a little more citrus or malt the bitter (seemingly for bitterness sake) took over before I could detect any meaningful balancing sweetness. Not bad but not one I'll likely ever purchase.

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 Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - Dirty rusty brown with a white 1.5 finger head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - A ton of piney earthy hops backed by nice caramel malt.

T - It starts off with caramel and crystallized honey, but really builds into a massive bitter pine and earthy hop finish.

M - Slick and oily with a medium will carbonated feel.

O - Solid IPA in a can and reminds me of how many WI IPAs are brewed.

Photo of HopHog87
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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!

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 Cory_Brown
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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 ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of MCain04
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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 macher0
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to dogfish head tulip/goblet combo glass.

A. Murky dark amber color with healthy eggshell head that slowly retreats to a frothy head. Poor clarity. Substantial lacing.

S. Moderate fragrance. More tropical hops with notes of pineapple, apricots, grapefruit, and mango with a noticeable underlining of resin.

T. Moderately bitter. The resin comes through the from the hop profile with some citrus. A minor note of bootstrap leather. A decent amount of hops.

M. Moderately smooth, high carbonation, moderate body.

O. Not bad at all. Its my local ipa so that sums up a lot. It's not bad for my go to. I keep it around but compared to the big boys it comes up short. KY is out of the range of year round top shelf west coast ipas so it has developed a nice niche.

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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 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 TrappistJohnMD
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of biggred1
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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 screamking
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

Can poured into a nonic.

W6 IPA pours a dark golden/orange and is topped by a sticky, clinging head off soapy bubbles that stick all over the glass. There's definitely some murk and floaties in there. Textbook IPA, I think.

The nose has a nice balance of different hop characteristics - there is some tropical fruit (mango, tangerine) and citrus, but also a nice dank resinous smell and grapefruit rinds. Not much malt on the nose except for some caramel backbone. A little milder on the nose than I expected.

I wasn't expecting the beer to be this sweet but was pleasantly surprised by hop flavor rather than hop bitterness. Starting with a bright fruity sweetness - again, pineapple, tangerine, mango, the beer later transitions into a caramel sweetness on the palate before finishing out with some piney, resinous bitterness that hangs around. Balanced but still showcasing the hops. As mentioned, this has a nice balance of hop FLAVOR as well as hop bitterness. Well-crafted.

The beer is surprisingly smooth going down and has a creamy, medium body that leaves a dry finish in its wake. Definitely on the refreshing end, and the 7% ABV is pretty well-concealed.

Perhaps I'm biased on this as a homer, but this is just a solid IPA that's enjoyable, balanced, and drinkable. It may not have the same merit as 60 Minute or Two Hearted, but in my opinion, this is definitely worth checking out.

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 patpbr
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of agleas1
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Photo of MichaelJosephB
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.