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West Sixth IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

West Sixth IPAWest Sixth IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%


Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ltjska04 on 04-03-2012)
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange pour with 1.5 finger of light tan head. Laces very well, with a heavy sheet down the backside of the glass. Nice lace rings on the front. Thin head retention.

Nose is biscuit malt balanced against mango and tropical hops. Light citrus under that. The fruit plays well with the biscuit.

Some mango sweetness creeps in at the finish, but otherwise there is just a bit of biscuit malt to balance against this. Fairly dry after the mango dissipates. ABV well hidden.

Feel is about right, but could tend to be a bit thicker against the biscuit presence.

Overall, a decent drinking IPA that I would get again.

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 01:04:42 | More by beer2day
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mabmab67 for the beer!

Appearance: Opaque orange, up there with the cloudiest IPAs I have seen. I'm hoping that's indicative of lots of hops. Thin but firm off-white head.

Aroma: Mostly citrusy hops with small flickers of mango and grapefruit. Definitely some malts in here as well, caramel among them.

Taste: Solid bitterness that I almost wasn't expecting. Hits you right away like a punch to the palate and continues on through the end. Lots of good orange citrus hop flavor and some pine. There is enough malt to help balance things out without too much to make itself known. Nice and robust at 7% ABV. Almost juicy at times and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with smooth carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Overall a good beer and great example of an American IPA. Lots of hop bitterness with just enough malt to give it some body. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 01:01:38 | More by JamesMN
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 23:12:41 | More by deadonhisfeet
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zachary80

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-04-2013 01:52:11 | More by zachary80
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 16:35:27 | More by Brent
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 22:30:36 | More by Tucquan
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-06-2012 00:12:32 | More by ppoitras
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 22:39:20 | More by KYGunner
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2012 23:06:58 | More by tone77
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Brad007

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-24-2012 18:24:33 | More by Brad007
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, can
DFH signature glass

A: Hop hazed orange color. Half finger of bright white head. Leaving some sticky lacing on glass. Nice carbonation.

S: Lots of citrus hops: mango, peach, orange marmalade, etc. Some malt backing is there.

T: Sharp pine and orange marmalade bite in the tip of the tongue. That sweetness blends into the mid palate. Really get that fruitiness. It's nice. Some sweet bready malts there too. Another dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good mouth coating.

Serving type: can

10-12-2012 17:16:07 | More by inlimbo77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2012 01:53:41 | More by woodychandler
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GregZeppelin09

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 05:28:53 | More by GregZeppelin09
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DCon

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 02:53:02 | More by DCon
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GoodFoodsCoop

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-13-2012 16:44:51 | More by GoodFoodsCoop
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap

This beer pours a hazy brown amber with an off white head. The smell is very sweet and has some traces of caramel hops and toffee. The beer is all about the hops though coming in at 80 IBU's I cant say the nose does it justice but the hops are definitely there. The taste reflects the smell, the beer is not as bitter as the IBU's led me to believe and neither is the hop character. It does however balance out rather well and manage to be a nice drinking IPA. The body is rather heavy but not overbearing, its pretty drinkable. Aftertaste is mostly just bitterness. Overall its a good entry from a brand new brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 17:58:21 | More by TwelveOunces
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haddon

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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)!

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 02:34:21 | More by haddon
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 20:14:52 | More by mrfrancis
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Goukbeergals

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned local beer. The place just opened a few months ago.

A. Big head. Had to let it go down before pouring again even with a careful pour. Golden color, a little hazy

S. Piney smell, very small citrus hint as well

T. Taste reflects the nose. Excellent balance. I was going to favor it anyway since we hale from the same city but I am actually shocked by how good it is. Front is loaded with several distict bitter hop flavors.

M. Almost feels like nItrous. Very full mouthfeel.

O. This is delicious. Very drinkable. I will be buying several more 6packs

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 04:43:06 | More by Goukbeergals
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 20:16:22 | More by ThePorterSorter
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 17:43:02 | More by BEERchitect
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barczar

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 01:32:31 | More by barczar
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ltjska04

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by West Sixth while in Lexington to cheer on my alma mater in the Final Four. When I discovered they were open for the first time I had to stop by and pick up a growler of their namesake IPA.

Poured into a pint glass this beer is a hazy orange with huge white head and awesome lacing down the sides of the glass. The head sticks around a long time but there is no semblance of clarity. The smell is earthy at first while cold, warming up to a fruity hop experience but never blowing me away.

The taste definitely improves as it warms, releasing grapefruit and orange flavors over a balanced malt background. Not strongly bitter or over-the-top hoppy, but that's not really what I expected from a flagship IPA that will be canned. The mouthfeel is spot-on with just enough carbonation and a finish that doesn't leave lingering bitterness but hints at more flavor to come. Not a ground breaking beer but one that will satiate the need for a hoppy, flavorful canned beer in the great state of Kentucky.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2012 04:21:54 | More by ltjska04
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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
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