Heller Heaven Double IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 5.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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West Sixth Brewing Company visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: barczar on 05-15-2012

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 7
Photo of cferg88
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

World class Double IPA, best one I have had.

Photo of gutbuster
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- pours a slightly hazy amber in color wtih a two inch frothy white head. Very dense and creamy lacing coats the glass.

Smell- pine resin dominates the nose balanced with grapefruit and a slight carmel sweetness.

Taste- Nose carries over with pine resin up front followed by grapefruit and mango. Finishes with a brown sugar like sweetness and a hint of heat from the alcohol.

Feel- medium body, creamy and dry.

Overall- very impressive showing from west sixth. Really a top notch double ipa

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very hazy, apricot-colored, and sports a thin head that quickly dissipates down to practically nothing. The nose is quite nice, with big juicy, fruity hop notes of oranges, over-ripe peaches, and grapefruit.

Medium-full body and a very firm, creamy feel. Lots of sweet malt and bready notes up front, some marmalade, and a nice blast of fruity hop notes that are not terribly abrasive or intensely bitter. This beer has more than enough malt to support the hops (in fact, it could probably stand more hops without seeming out of balance). Big flavors of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and peaches abound. All are supported by firm bready malt notes, giving toast and marmalade flavors across the palate. Despite the strong malt presence in the background, I don't get any sweet medicinal flavors. It's surprisingly balanced. Really nice finish on this one too. Lots of nice oily, sticky hop notes linger strongly.

I don't know if it was the growler or what, but if this beer was a bit more carbonated my scores on appearance and overall would have been higher. Despite the drawbacks, it was very flavorful and enjoyable. I hope West 6th continues to work on this for future packaging in cans.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Crowler dated 12/07/2014, thrown in as an extra from a true KY BA, thanks Jason!

Straw-yellow elixir poured into SA glass. One-finger, thick, white head, copious lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus fruits with the pineapple and mango at the forefront. Subtle pine and malt round out the scent.

The citrus fruit are the star here, with a bit of spice mingling with the hop bitterness. More of the malt comes through on the back end.

Medium body, smooth bitterness a bit of alcohol bleeds through.

A really nice DIPA. Lacks the punch of the big boys but a nice brew for this up and coming KY brewery.

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous color with deep rich orangeness. Very thick strong head sits atop a very pretty brew.

Very citrus in aroma I caught tangerine, lemon, oranges and grapefruit. Suitable notes of pine itterate the hops but allow the more citrus notes to win out.

The taste follows the aromas as grapefruit, tangerine and orange creatd the forefront. Pine tones set the backdrop but dont butt in to a citrusfest.

I caught zero alcohol warmth or feel despite the 9.5 ABV making this dangerous on top of delicious.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Breaking from their norm, here comes a seriously high-gravity IPA with exquisite balance and an identity that separates from the rest. With their standard flagships behind them, West Sixth gives us a glimpse into what's possible behind the scenes of this promising Lexington brewery. And while celebrating the craftsmanship of local artist and university architecture instructor Sarah Heller, is not only inspirited by but is inspired of her influence throughout the community.

Heller Heaven pours with an orange hue to an otherwise deep amber coloration. But with the standard hoppy-haze the beer casts a charming glow against the specialized West Sixth snifter that evokes a hurry to the glass and elegance at the same time. A hearty foam stance and decorative lace begins to show the quality and substance that extends well beyond the beer's appearance.

Intriguing floral and perfumy aromas of apricots, pineapples, and mangoes quickly rise and tell the nose that this isn't your typical IPA- this one is much stronger, reaching into the juicy remnants of grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine pull the influence of hops well beyond the anchor of malty caramel and bread.

Flavors speak to much the same tone as a waft of honey-soaked fruits evade the palate with sweetened orange marmalade, ruby reds grapefruit juice, tangerine pulp and zest, mangoes and pineapple that carry a mild caramel-soaked essence. But then there's the sharp and spicy taste of spruce that develops into the clean and gripping bitterness that's undeniable of well crafted IPAs. Then there's the confident yet understated malt complex provides more than the supple sweetness to fruit but also delivers a taste of graham cracker in a bready-dry and spicy-sweet support.

Medium bodied, yet seemingly lighter, the influence of hop resins, alcohol, and fleeting malt all help to dry the beer- odd for such a high-octane beer, yet the resiny dryness encourages a quicker visit to the glass than is recommended- this is one seductive and effortless ale.

Absolute in complex hop flavor and supple malt support, this juicy ale delivers all the fruit variation that's required for intrigue, yet the stern hop bitterness retains a sense of finesse while demonstrating bold bitterness. It's an unflappable choice for quenching the thirst of the upcoming summer season or as a fine complement to pungent Stilton cheese and deeply attentive company.

Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep apricot orange color with a solid one inch cream head that lingers a good while, leaving hints of lacing.

Heavy aromas of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple mix with a backdrop of resin and citrus pith. There's a hint of bready malt, leading to a but of funky dankness.

Flavor is over the top fruity citrus, as grapefruit and softer tropical mango mingle with lightly toasted breadcrust and caramel malt, leading to a fairly resiny, slightly bitter, peppery finish. More subtle flavors of onion and pine emerge later, as wool as mint. Alcohol is evident in the aftertaste, a bit on the hot side.

Body is moderate, with a fairly high amount of carbonation to lighten the load on the palate. There's a significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very citrusy double ipa that lacks the cloying sweetness that sometimes plagues beers of this style and abv. It's not overly bitter, so the citrus hops really shine through. Wish the alcohol were a little better masked.

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Heller Heaven Double IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.