West Sixth IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth IPAWest Sixth IPA

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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 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.

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 SerialHiker
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an awesome caramel brownish orange…slightly hazy, not overly transparent…some just off white head formed and settled to a thin layer…(4/5)

Smell: Earthy/piney resinous aroma right off the bad…mild citrus – orange and tangerine – play a supporting role…very hops forward though there is a noticeable amount of sweet, earthy caramel/toffee malts balancing things out…it’s got a nice smell to it, though it is mild…faint grassy bitterness in the way background…(3.85/5)

Taste: Earthy, piney hops followed by earthy caramel malts, very much like the nose…very earthy, mildly robust and not overly bitter until the end…lemony bitterness does show in the third phase but it’s quickly drowned out by more earthy/piney resinous bitterness…it’s earthy without being too robust, though with every continued sip, it does build a bit on the back of my tongue…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation…it does fluff up a bit bringing tangy piney resinous (and a dash of lemon peel and grass) bitterness to the palate…mildly chewy and slightly robust, it’s full flavored without feeling heavy…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a solid IPA…it doesn’t venture into uncharted territory, but the flavor is good…I picked this up randomly while driving through Kentucky and it was a fine score…very drinkable, this beer won’t knock your socks off, but it will satisfy your taste buds…if you haven’t tried this brew yet, it’s definitely worth picking up…(3.75/5)

Photo of Wildcatz69
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Photo of beer2day
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of JamesMN
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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