Ass Kisser Double IPA | Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Double IPAAss Kisser Double IPA

Brewed by:
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 BeardedRiker
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's good enough to have local (Texas) breweries making beer for this great stat...e, but it is another for local breweries making special beers, like Rahr & Sons Brewery's Ass Kisser Double IPA. I recently visited the Rahr brewery and had a good time drinking their beers and being in the commotion of many fellow beer drinkers. The fact that it's an IPA, a double IPA at that, makes it all the better!

After pouring this beer it presented a clear copper body with only a few bubbles rising to the top at any given time. The head is too beautiful. It's off-white, has a delightful velvet texture, has plenty of itself left floating at the top after poured, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. It has one of those heads that lets you know the beer is going to be great. The aroma is overly floral and very sweet with the pine tree and mango being secondary in strength but adding extra loveliness. While there might not be an IPA that I won't like, the Ass Kisser is definitely one that I love.

First tasted is the spice of the hops and the bite of the carbonation, which is just right, but in the middle there is a smorgasbord of intertwined and well-balanced flavors of sweet caramel paired with a pine-mango marriage. The Ass Kisser is so sweet and tasty that it makes me want to smack my lips and I could almost call this candy! The middle-taste lasts so long with its sweetness and pine tree flavor that you can savor the sip of the beer for dozens of seconds. A lingering and enjoyable flavor is the more general barley/bread flavor of beers but it is tasted along with, still, a sweet-pine-hop-flavor. It's not as hoppy as you'd think a double IPA would be and I'm sure it is much too sweet for some. I can't taste the alcohol at all but it certainly does hit you!

Maybe I just love IPAs too much and maybe I'm biased because this is a Texas beer but Rahr & Sons' Ass Kisser is overly enjoyable. It should be a sin to enjoy this beer as much as I am right now! I'll kiss the ass of all who were a part of brewing this yummy brew.

It seems like I'm the only one who actually liked this beer.

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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 Hatzilla
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip, no freshness date.

A: Cloudy rust with a slowly dissipating one finger meringue-like head.

S: Yeast, caramel malt, apple juice and a touch of citrus hops.

T: Very malty and biscuity with a trace of grapefruit. This beer has more in the malt department than the hops department, unfortunately.

M: Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation but lack of hop bitterness hurts this ale.

D: Drinkability is not high with this DIPA. The scent and flavors do not lend themselves to the style - Too malty for a DIPA with a hop profile that is missing in action. Avoid.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Bev Mo in Hollywood for $5.99 and poured it into a Stone branded tulip.

A: Pours an unattractive murky dark orange hue with not much of a head or lacing.

S: Real yeasty (raw biscuit dough) - overwhelming, some mild hop aroma - earthy and mossy, apples and grains.

T: Thankfully the yeast in the nose doesn't come through as strong in the flavor, but it's unfortunately a big malty mess with only a faint presence of hop (especially for a DIPA) - there is some hop in the mix - grapefruit rinds and bitter pine, but this is just a weak attempt at a proper DIPA.

M: Medium bodied but thin and watery with too little carbonation and no lingering bitterness from the hop that one would expect from this style of ale.

D: Struggled to get through this one - would never revisit.

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Photo of Swimsum
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours out a murky copper gold color. A good sized hear emerges due to a fairly straight down pour. Head is creamy and bubbly. Settles to thin layer on top of the beer. Head is thicker around the glass but there is some foam floating in the middle of the glass. Bubbly lacing is left as the head settles. When held to the light it is still murky but a nice copper color. As the beer declines in the glass, some thin lacing is produced but not much.

Smells of some grapefruit rind/zest and malt sweetness. The grapefruit is more of a supporting smell. The malt dominates the smell for me.

Hmm...double IPA you say? Sorry but I'm not getting it. Mostly sweet as the beers is consumed. Malt sweetness quickly hits you with bitterness finishing this out. There is a citrus rind taste. It reminds me of peeling citrus and tearing the rind to get the mist sprayed up at you. That's the scent and taste I'm getting from this beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty much what I expected. Body is medium bodied and carbonation isn't really noticeable on the tongue. Upon swallowing the beer however, a unpleasant bitterness hits you that thankfully doesn't stay around long.

Overall, an average DIPA. Nothing I would recommend to anyone. More malt based than I would have liked and not enough hops and good bitterness to balance it out for me.

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Photo of mirish72
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I admit I picked this up to try largely because the name and because I had never seen it before. Probably not the best way to pick a beer, this one being the case in point.

Pours a copper amber with a slight head, that quickly dissipates. It has a strong malty aroma, more so than the hops. Tastes slightly bitter, almost sweet with the malty aftertaste really being the most memorable thing about the beer. Definitely not the best representation of the style, but great marketing.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky apple juice, near white small head, reduces to ring, some cling.

S - Phenol, medicinal, mixed with malt and hops.

T - Nice malt base, good hops, but off flavors as described by smell.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance.

D - One was fun enough. Thanks!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok, the name is interesting. The brew isn't so much.
Pours a light rusty color, mostly clear. Head struggles to be fluffy and the density just isn't there. Not sure how fresh this one is, but I didn't see it on the shelf last time I was in (about a month ago).

Aroma is crude. Some baked caramel is fleshed out, but overall it's piney-resin and oil dominated. Some green grass that seems burnt.

The Ass Kisser wouldn't be a good way to brown nose anybody, especially hop heads. The caramel in the nose is gone, but the hops just feel oily, which inhibits the taste for me. It's like the flavors just slide past.

A bit of a bite in the end, alcohol is noticeable. From some other online publication (can't remember which) Rahr and Sons ranks up near the top on 'best breweries' lists. From just this beer, I don't see this as anything other than locals spamming support. Would not have this beer again.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a hazy brown/copper color with a decent head but very good lacing. Not a bad looking beer, but slightly darker than the hazy orange color most of the DIPAs I tend to like have.

S - Maybe a slight bit of pine, but I'm only getting malt aromas with caramel, nutty, and bready aromas being most prevalent.

T - Follows very close to the smell. As the description states, it's a very malt forward beer. Lots of bready caramel flavors. Not a lot of hop flavor and/or bitterness. Is someone handed me this beer and didn't tell me what it was, I would never guess a DIPA.

M - Nice mouthfeel, very style appropriate. Not watery, but not too chewy. Wish it was a bit more carbonated.

D - A bit too much malt sweetness for me to session this beer, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy with evergreen and yeasty undertones. It pours an appealing, if typical, clear amber with a fairly thick off-white head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is strongly hoppy and quite bitter, with just a hint of grapefruit. Texture is smooth, tingly, just a teensy slimy, about average for a double IPA. This is not the best double IPA I have ever consumed, but it is worthy of at least a try. Look for it.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark semi hazy dark orange amber with a night short bright white head.

Nose is assertive fresh oranges with undertones of lemon crème and pineapple. Floral, fruity and quite nice, albeit a bit simple.

Mouthfeel is medium to fill but it seem grossly out of balance. There seem to be a lot of really good and interesting "parts" to this beer but the whole is not as good as the sum of it's parts. Mouthfeel starts out nice but then you get the big imbalance.

Flavors have some nice componants but they do not integrate at all. Sweet malt fruit front gives way quickly to carmel/coffee/malt but then it goes to a big burnt toast flavor and not in a good way; burned coffee; burned chocolate and burned malts in general. It tastes like someone had a good double and "cooked it too long and it burned."

Finish is huge bitter but it is not bright, welcoming or appealing. Finish is big burned bitter.

This beer had potential but lost it somewhere. I get the feeling that this brew got away from the brewer who started with a good idea - something went wrong.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.32/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is amber with a thin white head. No retention noted no lacing noted on my glass.

Smell: Light pine aroma caramel candied citrus. The beer smells really sweet.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt leads the flavor. The beer goes a bit bready on my palate. The hops are faintly pine with a little bitterness. Hey Rahr & Sons you forgot something very important in this beer. This beer needs a hell of a lot more hops! You guys brew beer way better than this beer. No off flavors no alcohol present.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. The beer is not a drain pour; however, the beer is majorly underwhelming. This beer can kiss my ass!

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"You gotta love livin', baby, 'cause dyin' is a pain in the ass."

--Frank Sinatra

Persimmon orange beneath a creamy crown of sandstone colored foam that topped out at three fingers and is melting in fine fashion. There's plenty of interesting topography during the descent and lace is both extensive and attractive.

Where are the hops? This DIPA is still well short of 6 months old, so it should definitely be more lupulinirific than this. Each sniff delivers pale malt (with a whisper of caramel) and very little in the way of fruity hops. A major comeback on the palate seems extremely unlikely.

Ass Kisser Double IPA could not have been a hop monster at the time of release. No way. There is a modest amount of bitterness that flows in at the end of each mouthful, but it's accompanied by almost no good hop flavor. There isn't even enough malt character for it to be a good American barleywine.

Specific flavors include (not that sweet) sugar cookies with a tiny drizzle of caramel, hints of orange zest, and a shot of Absolut... that is actually buried acceptably well given the ABV. Sorry, but this is NOT what American DIPAs are all about.

The mouthfeel is kinda sorta okay if you're a fan of big beer. It's at least medium for the style, has no rough edges, and the bubbles are on the low end. We're still light years away from impressive, however.

This dumb donkey of a beer needs a serious kick in the ass. An IPA/DIPA that doesn't showcase hops is no kind of IPA/DIPA at all. It isn't one that I care to drink, anyway. Rahr & Sons needs to go back to the drawing board and bring out the big hops guns. Aren't mixed metaphors great?

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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 beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep cardinal-orange with a macro-bubbly and soapy head of modest statue and retention. Carbonation was very limited. The lacing clumped around the edges of the glass forming a thick band.

S: Grapefruit pulp and toasted grains with some fresh grassiness with a moderate sense of strength.

T: Pungent bitterness but poor malt support. Alcohol laced citrus and pine juices are abundant with floral support of wildflowers on the trail. Some citrus flower lacing is left behind, fine and almost pollen like. The hop bite starts out really strong, but the strength drops off significantly with a less then enthusiastic approach on the finish mostly consumed by the alcohol. The toasted quality is fair enough but the hopping turns to watery citrus on the finish. The hops get a solid B+ at the start but slides on a scale to a B- on the finish while the malt base never gathers up enough strength for support and seemed watery at times lacking depth and substance.

M: Light bodied with some toasted warmth and alcohol and no effervesce. Feels a bit watery at times body wise.

D: Pretty pungent at the start but lightens up on the finish. Weak malting and noticeable alcohol detection may hinder this a bit drinkability wise. Ass kisser is a bit of a ass kicker when it comes to consumption.

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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 merlin48
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber pours a hazy, almost murky, orange amber body with a small beige head. Some patchy lacing.

Aroma is caramel, pine, some citrusy hop notes, and a dirty earthiness.

Medium body and carbonation with a prevailing woodsy earthiness.

Taste opens with chewy caramel, quickly eclipsed by bitter pine and some very earthy hops. A hint of citrusy orange underneath. The earthiness becomes harsh and astringent toward the finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The astringency hurts drinkability, but this one isn't that bad. A different interpretation of the style, certainly.

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Photo of Boto
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly orangish color. There was a small off-white head on it that leaves little lacing. Hops and sweetness to the nose. It has a bit of a caramel aroma, as well as some pine and maybe a hint of grapefruit. The taste is OK, but is a tad harsh. Grapefruit bitterness with some caramel malts. Alright, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again

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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 Zundo
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper with one finger off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, bit piney and citrusy.

Taste: Pretty tart and lots of grapefruit, bit piney with a mildly sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, but smooth and has a stickiness at the end.

Drinkability: This is a tart beer thats kinda hard on the palate. But drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark cloudy amber color with a thin tan head.

S-the nose is strong in caramel malts, brown sugar, and hints of candied fruit. light juicy citrus and notes of herbal hop in back but very faint.

T-the taste follows the nose, rich malts and subtle hops behind. haylike herbal hops and faint bit of juicy citrus, lots of caramel malts, syrupy, and brown sugar.

M-full bodied, chewy and syrupy with low carbonation and a slick finish.

D-all malt, not really the hop presence I would like to see. less hops than a fresh bigfoot. not offensive, but in no way good.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy copper, amber with a decent sized off white head. Sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S - Pine, grapefruit and sweet caramel malts.

T - Big time hop bitterness that is almost astringent. Pine and grapefruit followed by toffee and a lot of caramel sweetness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a long lasting dry, astringent finish.

D - A little bit of a mess with too much of an astringent bitterness.

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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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Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ass Kisser Ales
3.29 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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