Heller Heaven Double IPA - West Sixth Brewing Company
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by barczar:
4.21/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-15-2012 21:40:23 | More by barczar
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4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2013 23:38:06 | More by KYGunner
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-19-2012 07:18:38 | More by BEERchitect
Heller Heaven Double IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
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