Heller Heaven Double IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company

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Heller Heaven Double IPAHeller Heaven Double IPA

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87
very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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: 19 | Hads: 96
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (979 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shagator
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of cnagle28
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (244 characters)

Photo of heystevec
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of cwd
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fireball14
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDooley
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of BuccoFan
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of Club-Belgique
4.76/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cferg88
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

World class Double IPA, best one I have had. (44 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of everclear
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TripleB
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gspeicher
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,469 characters)

Photo of bilhelm
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crbnfbr
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Heller Heaven Double IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.