Ass Kisser Double IPA | Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Double IPAAss Kisser Double IPA

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Ass Kisser Ales
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Retired in August 2013.

Added by Brad007 on 06-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KenGage
4.77/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a copper and not-quite-clear. Thin khaki-colored head, OK retention, and left just a little lacing

S - Pine, grapefruit, citrus, and dark caramel

T - I love this one....Lots of pine/grapefruit upfront....balanced nicely with hop bitterness / sweet caramel / some roasted malt.

M - Feel of a medium-bodied ale...substantial but still refreshing...finishes crisp and dry finish.

D - This is just about my ideal beer...A good amount of pine/grapefruit hop flavor -> but not a hop-bomb. Noticable malt taste -> but not a "malty" beer. Nice IIPA body. Bittering is dead on. Balanced! but still interesting :-) Freaking get it on.

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Photo of MadBeerX
4.45/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As you've read, this is a contract brew, resulting with a about grade outcome.

In comparion, it is a distant cousin from your Double Dead Guy & Simcoe. Not as chalky as your Saranac Imperial or Harpoon Leviathan. So it's more along the lines of your Ghandi Bot with it's aggressive powerful malts and hoppy backbone.

It runs much smoother then all three with massive and extensive caramel notes that bloom from the moment the top is popped all the way through to the finish. It has less floral hops, so minus your citrus, grapefruit and lilac aromas and undernotes. Its not the end all be all "must try", although you shouldn't pass it up.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could not find the "brewery" but this beer is apparently contract-brewed.

Pours a mild golden amber color with a two-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full-on with grassy hops that have the faint scent of grapefruit. Just a hint of a malt base underneath.

Taste is surprisingly decent with a toned-down hop profile that only has a faint hint of grassiness/grapefruit. It's probably not fresh but still very drinkable at 9%. Lots of bready malt to be had.

Mouthfeel finishes clean with lingering alcohol warmth and faded hops.

Decent and I would score it higher if the hops were as strong in the taste as they are in the aroma (hint: fresh). Worth checking out regardless and I've never even heard of this brewery before.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly dry pale malt flavors kick things off, followed shortly thereafter by large amounts of tropical fruit hop flavors with hints of underlying grassiness. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall the main flaw with this beer was the lack of a decent malt backbone. The hops almost make up for it and actually succeed in the nose but the flavors just can't quite hold up. Still, this is a tasty beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, slight alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, and a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that does much better slightly warmer than refrigeration temperature.

A= copper, fairly clean, nice white head, good lacing and rimming, a modest continual rise of small bubbles of carbonation.

S= pine and very nice malts, better than I would expect after seeing the lower ratings it's been getting. Nice citrus emerging as it warms and sets for a while.

T= strong pine but not as over-the-edge of many popular "West Coast" IPA's. For instance, I like this better than Sierra's Pale Ale. And it's not just pine but balanced with some modest citrus. Very nice thick malts, bready at times. No liquor hint which I would have expected at 9%ABV. Decent stuff.

M= dry, pine bitters, sweet rich malts lingering.

O= heck I'd session with this or would love to have it regularly available on-tap. I'm impressed and didn't expect to be. I figured with the hype-title and labeling it would be crap but it definitely is not. But at $8.99 for a 22oz bottle I'm not sure how often I'll be buying, unfortunately.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell: sublte hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced.... and not extremely hoppy IPA. but great flavor, very sessioanable

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: its not a hop bomb ale but it's a decent selection. decent hop presence, but a little bland, but decent..

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber ($7.99) of this at Winooski Beverage Warehouse on 01APR11 and enjoyed back at my B&B in Bristol that eve...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, this bier had a slightly hazy apricot hue. Minimal carbo was espied, though it had a frothy off-white head, which lasted well and laced things up nicely. Aroma was sweetly fruity, as of orange and apricot marmalade. Mostly smooth on the tongue, the body was a decent medium.

As for flavor, it had a mild sweetness, with apricot and tangerine being present. Rindy, resiny hoppage then comes forth, with a solid lupulin aftertaste lingering on the palate. Pretty decent overall, though a touch overpriced, imo. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of feylure
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to say that I saw this because of it's name. I'm from TX, so that helped, and I love me a double IPA.

The color is good; not spectacular, but good. A nice, dark hazy caramel color.

Smell is great! The predominant factor is caramel; hoppy, sweet, caramel goodness.

Taste is good. Filled with bitters that are sharp in character, the caramel smell kind of goes away in the taste. It does have quite a bite, and that bite definitely lingers as part of the tail.

Mouthfeel is not quite full, but not dry. Somewhere in the middle of that, the carbonation lifts the bitter taste. I find this brew to be quite drinkable.


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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - SLightly hazy golden amber body with some beige lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose with some sweetness to boot. Spiced and inviting.

T - A nice well rounded hop profile. Some spice, floral, sweet hop flavors. Not incredibly spicy or hoppy for a double IPA but nicely blended. A nice noticable bitter taste throughout.

M - Nice and light bodied, semi tingly small bubbled carbonation. Some slight alcohol presence in the finish but well masked.

O - A nice well hopped double IPA. If you like the standard IPA this one is a good choice, not sure Id consider it a double but a good beer either way.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter per the directions on the bottle, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours an opaque reddish-orange coloring with a thin, densely bubbled head. The nose is complex, with a blend of citrus, caramel, and spice. There is almost a sour tang to the smell, as well. The body has a sharp carbonation to the mouthfeel. The flavors have a tangy caramel foundation with peppery spice and hoppy flavors playing off onto the palate. The beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste that borders on sour. Very smooth and creamy finish to begin with, that dries and puckers the mouth as you go. Pretty interesting brew.

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Photo of patreely12
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - pours a very cloudy copper, can't see through this at all. the head is about an inch to 2 inches tall and off-white with a shade of orange. some sudsy lacing.

S - good bit of sweetness made up from caramel or toffee, really easy to pick up on. some citrus and fruity aromas. also a healthy whiff of hop bitterness and some rum like alcohol. as you let it warm up the flavors become stronger. really nice.

T/M - sweet malts and caramel right up front. very strong and rich. lots of citrusy fruit (orange, apricot) to balance out the sweetness and the bitterness of the hops. a strong bite of spicy, floral hops as well as some rummy alcohol on back end. finishes really clean. medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall this was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I really enjoyed the nose on this. worth a shot for anyone who enjoys double IPAs.

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Photo of JMad
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my tulip...

The beer is an orange amber color with a thick bubbly head. It smells of lots of sweet caramel malt with some sugar and tangerine. Tastes good but it's not nearly as bitter as a double IPA should be, the taste is mostly piney hops, grapefruit, an almost donut-like flavor followed by a lingering piney bitterness. It's really thick and has lots of subtle carbonation and a lingering finish. This is a different take on a double IPA but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bstaffor -- got this particular bottle in his package to me in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF.

Poured into a tulip pint: Nice deep, brassy color, see through, with two fingers' spongy, sticky head, cream-colored. Drops to a thick cap & leaves gauzy, resinous lacing.

Smells of grilled citrus, sweet & tart with some caramelized sugars. Some woody & piney bitterness, underlying biscuity malt, even pie crust.

Creamy grapefruit & orange in the flavor, with the sweetness gradually dropping out, turning tart, then dry like tea, then piney & bitter in the aftertaste, with a drop of sweetness in the middle.

Very smooth & creamy mouthfeel with just mild bite in the finish. Sugar on the tongue & bitter around the sides. Smooth creaminess is appealing at first, till I realize it kind of translates to flat.

Pretty smooth, hides the booze well, fairly easy-drinking, but this is way on the sweet end of the DIPA spectrum & easy to get satiated on. I like it, but one's good.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one from OakedCanuck in a trade. Thanks Colin!

Hilarious name and bottle design!

I poured this into a huge Dogfish Head snifter.

A: Fairly transparent rose-colored brew with carbonation to spare and massive foamy head. Nice!

S: Fairly reserved, with a mild sweet citrus character. This obviously isn't wet-hopped.

T: Medium-bodied brew with a citrus character, that also has a bit of a wet straw or yeasty type of aftertaste that truly kills any type of bitterness that might exist.

M: The ABV is non-existent, and this is a smooth, if one-dimensional drinker. The carbonation is fluffy without being too.

D: If I go through Texas, I'll pick up another one of these. I have a suspicion that this would be very good fresh from the tap.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a deep, hazy orangish-brown with a pretty good off-white head.

Smell – There’s a huge mix of tangerine and grapefruit hops at the nose laced with ultra-sugary caramel malt.

Taste – The rindy citrus takes over at the taste. I can get supplemental pine as well. The malts try to keep up but struggle. They are less sweet than I thought from the nose but still quite caramelly.

Mouthfeel – This is big, almost full-bodied, with a harsh dry finish and light carbonation.

Drinkability – The sum did not live up to its parts here. The hops were sophisticated and heavy and the caramel was very clean, but together the balance was off. The hops came across as heavy-handed, which often is good but in this case didn’t work.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours ruby-tinted amber with a large, lasting head.
Heavy malt on the nose along with piny resinous hops. Very malty aroma.
Very malty flavours too, clean sweet malt throughout. Also piny and minty hops with a bit of resinous bitterness in the finish.
Carbonation is a little aggressive.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence that is a bit weak for the style. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a solid beer even if it isn't quite the hop-bomb the one usually craves when opting for a 2IPA. However even while looking past that, this beer is just decent overall.

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Photo of SSS
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nicely surprised.

A-Golden orange, head didn't hold well though
S-Nice hop smell, there was a feint olive odor...
T-Slight sweetness upfront with a nice bitter after taste
M-Fine bubbles, not over bearing
O-Good solid IPA.

The last Ass Kisser, was not pleasurable, so I am glad this one packed some flavor.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-30-10

Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a thick white head that settles to a thin film. Lacing sticks to the sides, almost permanently.

Smell is tons of hops, very sweet, and a little on the old side. Lots of pine, a good hit of booze, and lots of sweet caramel malt. I like it.

Taste is just like the smell, sweet and sharply bitter. The malt adds a smoothness, with a bitter and sweet finish. A little past its prime, just like the smell.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy to go with the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol goes nicely with the hoppy character.

Overall, a good beer, but I'd love to try a fresh one.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The back-end bitterness is very mild with most of the hops coming from late additions, as far as I can detect. It seems weak and underpowered for a DIPA. The flavor is nice and mild with no booze detected, pleasant caramel and biscuity flavors being countered by citrus and fruit hops. I'd drink it again because it wasn't a bad beer by any means, it was just not what I've come to expect from a DIPA

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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of thick, bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and citrus. There was a nice roasted malt presence in the nose, too.

T - Great pine flavor and hop bitterness. It had a smooth roasted malt flavor with some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good Double IPA. Not overpowering or over done. It has pretty good balance.

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Photo of shand
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Ah, the folly of man. I walked into a liquor store while my phone was dead, and was torn between buying this and some fresh Stone IPA. The guy running the store said he had just got it in, so I figured it was worth a try, so I plunked down my 13 bucks for a 4 pack (Ouch)! It's good looking, with two fingers of head on a nice hazy orange body. Aroma isn't bad, with some big citrus hops and some big caramel malts as well. Not the west-coast style I was looking for, but it's not bad. The taste is actually pretty good. It's actually very bitter, which is how I tend to like my DIPAs. It's a touch too malty, but at least it's not too sweet.

The mouthfeel is full and sticky, and the drinkability is alright. Overall, this is a pretty alright beer. It's not the best DIPA and probably not worth picking up in the face of other, better options, but it's not bad on any level. Worse experiences probably came from the undated bottles on a brand that probably has low turnover.

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Photo of heysuz
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intro: Split a 22oz in tulip glasses with a friend.

Appearance: Nice thick head with big bubbles that stays around and lacing that clings, lots of carbonation on the glass, and a light amber coloring. The head and the lacing is better than some in the class, the coloring is worse than others.

Smell: Subdued hops smell for a DIPA with very slight lemon notes.

Taste: Strong bitter hoppy resin taste and mouthfeel, a lot more than the smell would lead-on.

Mouthfeel: Some resin like coating in the mouth and very dry, at the end you are left with the bitter resin of the hops.

Overall: This is a good beer, not as strong in the flavor department as other DIPAs, but still has good hop flavoring, just not as balanced as others.

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Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber copper colored with a low off-white and orangey head that doesn't rise up much and settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of pine sap, citrus, and honey malt.

Complex flavor with an interesting mix of grapefruit rind, pine sap, biscuity malt, and a bit of a smokey character in the background. Slight alcohol vapor, but it doesn't detract. Well balanced, no flavor dominates.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Tasty beer, fairly drinkable, but could use some hop freshness for my tastes. Seems to cross the border into barleywine at some points.

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Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
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