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Heller Heaven Double IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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Heller Heaven Double IPAHeller Heaven Double IPA

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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 22.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 117
Photo of Theheroguy
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Munich malt and citra hops (woah turns out I'm wrong here it is actually a combination of amarillo and simcoe). Cloudy and delicious. This drinks very easily with a low perceived hoppiness. Don’t be confused this isn’t a New England IPA but that isn’t a negative at all. This beer is seriously delicious and complete hides the alcohol content. For such a hoppy tasting beer the smell is noticeably weak.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of West Sixth brewing and their regular IPA is a personal favorite of mine. It is frequently found on tap in Louisville and that's a big plus. I doubt I'll be drinking this double very often. It tastes very boozy and the hop profile just isn't that much different than the regular IPA. In fact. I think it gets lost in the alcohol. It reminded me of Dogfish 90, which isn't a bad thing, but I don't drink that beer very often.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured from the can into a pint glass. The color is a orangish yellow, somewhat transparent, not super appetizing. Aroma and flavor are both of citrus, flavor does nothing to hide the alcohol content but it's not bad. The mouthfeel is pretty intense, but not out of the ordinary for an imperial. A little disappointing, not as much hoppy goodness in the flavor as I would like.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


Hoppy and grassy but otherwise not a very complex or interesting flavor. Not much of a flavor experience yet quite high in alcohol content. I would not seek this out again given the whole world of IPAs and DIPAs out there.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some tropical fruits. Taste is bitter and hoppy upfront, tropical fruit, touch of alcohol, not much malts to speak of. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, but just a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of thebeers
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow-orange color with a finger of white head and decent lacing. Big pineapple aroma, along with grapefruit, resin and other tropical fruit, and a little sweet malt in the background. All carry over, somewhat, to the taste, but are overshadowed by some fairly-strong hop bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style, without much carbonation. It's good, but I like a bit more malt to balance out the hop bitterness.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look - great frothy white head with great frothy lacing. Cloudy golden yellow color with slight tan in there.
smell - grassy tropical fruit
taste - Very similar to the scent, grassy tropical fruit. Also might have some slight pine and citrus in there.
Feel - medium body with medium lite carbonation. smooth and easy to drink.
Overall - Incredible dipa with a fantastic fruity hop taste.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a tulip. Opaque, deep amber in appearance with about 1.5 fingers of dense, white foam. Sweet tropical fruit, biscuity malt, and citrus on the nose. Medium weight, and very clean and crisp on the mouthfeel. More creamy as it warms. Sweet, mildly tart fruit up front including grapefruit, blood orange, and mango. Quite sweet from start to finish with very little bitterness in comparison. Hardly any trace of alcohol despite the relatively high abv. Smooth finish with wet hops and sweet fruit left behind on the aftertaste.

What a great example of a IIPA. I'd like a little more tropical fruit, but for the most part, this is a great beer. One of the best balanced Doubles I've had recently, and I love that they managed to cover up the booze in this beer. Just as good from the can as it is from the glass.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The nice pale golden color and lace offered a lot of promise. Nice body too. However, the taste was a little too bitter with an almost white wine tang to it. It mellowed a little as it warmed a little, but overall, it was just okay.

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Photo of macher0
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's about damn time the great state of Kentucky provides a notable IPA and West 6th has done it. I will not provide as high of a rating as the gun welding Jules below, but I think most folks underrate this beer.

This review is part from the can, part from the glass.

Juicy hops hit you when the can is first cracked. Defiantly some organic hop aerosols get released. The nose has notes of grass, resin, and a little tropical at the end. The sip from the can provides an instant wave of grapefruit and mango that gives way to a sharp hop bitterness and some pine at the end.

When poured one sees a dark copper color, excellent clarity, and a frothy egg shell head that SLOWLY retreats with mega laces. Much more tropical smells(grapefruit/mango/pineapple) from a glass. The taste follows with the resin only on the back end. Big tropics on the front of the taste. This is smooth, but a little booze as you get farther down the can. This is a very tropical DIPA, much more than others that aim just for that.

This is a damn fine DIPA! Best the state has produced thus far. This is seasonable at this point, but it would be in everyone's interest for this to be year round.

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4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A strong pour gets me about a half inch of light tan head. The head fades to about half that in a matter of seconds, then there is just a skim on the edges. Body is a deep amber tone that is just the right darkness for the style. Nose is full of big resin based hops and a strong noticeable malt backbone. Some bready notes and orange marmalade play in the smell as well. With first sip I quickly see that this beer is a mouth filling flavor bomb. It paints the entire tongue and mouth with a nice dance of hops and malts. Pineapple upside down cake, pine resin, orange cream and fresh cut dandelion all play in the palate. This is a nicely complex and wonderfully drinkable DIPA. The most well rounded brew I have had from West Sixth.

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Photo of denver10
2.94/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As someone whose favorite hop variety currently is amarillo and a fan of West Sixth's IPA, I couldn't wait to finally try this one. Especially in light of all the local hype for it. Ended up being a huge disappointment. Pours dark gold with a nice thick off white head. Aroma offers some nice citrus and spicey, maybe floral bursts, but also lots of alcohol. Not sure I was able to notice much character from the malt, though the malt was definitely heavy in this one. Flavor was filled with alcohol paired with the citrus and spiceness. Lot of malt like in the aroma but not much character from it. Mouthfeel was full and heavy with a slickness to it. Overall, big letdown. Bought a 4 pack, might only drink a 2 packs worth of it though.

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Photo of BrentLepping
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 6/3/15 (about 8 days ago) and this beer is phenomenal. It's appeared sporadically on draft over the last year or so, but good to see it finally make it to cans. World class DIPA.

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Photo of masterofsparks
2.23/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a can dated 5/30/15, so freshness is not an issue. No hop flavor or aroma is present. Movie popcorn butter and a cloying sweetness are the only flavors present, so hopefully this is just a bad can. I'll give the other 3 cans from the 4-pack a shot, but I don't have high hopes, which is too bad since I was really looking forward to this.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three words... Awesome, awesomer, awesomest. But seriously, this is a terrific IPA... the alcohol content is not noticeable which, of course, could make this a bit dangerous. I'm always impressed with this brewer's selections. Thumbs way up!

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Photo of gutbuster
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

Edit - West Sixth is now offering this beer in cans. The canned version sports a wonderful white, dense, creamy head that retains very well. The average marks I gave this beer on appearance have been altered.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one reminds me of great lakes chillwave. So smooth and sweet but still has a bite to it. An easy drinkin double. Just found a 4 pack of this one and I'm loving the art work. These are probably the coolest cans I've seen

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.