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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 eclaycamp
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ass Kisser. Gotta admit, I bought this one for the name and the bottle, which features a lip imprint on the posterior of what appears to be a donkey. Busting out the snifter for this guy. Pours a hazy tangerine, very orange in color. Light lacing with a small off white head. Fruits and pine dominate the nose, and there's a nice sweetness underneath the surface, combined with some doughiness. Not really all that bitter, especially for the style, with a syrupy mouthfeel. While the aroma is quite nice, the taste doesn't quite deliver what the aroma promises. There's some hop stuff going on, floral, pine, grass, pineapple, orange. But it's not as pronounced as what I've had in other examples of this style. Likewise the malt is there as well, particularly in the sweetness, but it's kind of lacking too. The high ABV leaves a lingering burning in the chest. There's something quite off in this beer, somewhat medicinal, I'm not sure. It's hard to put my finger on it but it's unpleasant. Maybe it's the alcohol I'm not sure. Kind of like taking an average IPA and dumping a shot of vodka in it. If you don't like being able to taste the high ABV in your beers I'd avoid this one. However if you like IPAs and don't mind the ABV it's an okay example of the style.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a caramel color with a one and a half finger eggshell head. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing.
S- Smell is of pine hops and pale malts. Relatively uncomplex but still appealing.
T- The taste is much like the aroma but less hop presence than the nose would suggest. Caramel and slightly bready malt with the hops being a bit citrusy.
M- Medium bodied, semi-dry finish. maybe a little light on carbonation but still ok.
D- This is a good, though not great IIPA. It's pretty simple, but relatively enjoyable. Less hop presence than I would have thought/liked, but it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed copper color with a quarter inch of off-white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, candy sugar and caramel malts.

Hoppy bitterness abounds with light citrus and bready caramel malts. The 9% alcohol is well hidden.

Moderately bodied and somewhat dry with a decent amount of carbonation.

A decent Double IPA but nowhere threatening the best.

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Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S Resiny pine & breadyness, honey malt & a little grapefruit as this warms

T: Piney hops & big time woody hop bitterness, bordering on astringent up front, plus some toffee notes hiding on the edges. Cakeyness & caramel picks up when warm starts pushing back, there is some predominating oaky dryness that is NOT working for me. Finishes dry, astringent & with a touch of caramel

MF: Semi-chewy with low carbonation, poor balance

Drinks okay, but this is a sub-par DIPA in my book...

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Photo of begforme4484
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown with amber highlights. Very minimal frothy head with slight lacing.

Smells of a malt overload. Very sweet smelling with the tiniest hint of hops in the nose.

Taste is huge malts. Caramel sweetness and a slight citrus taste up front. followed a good amount of earthy bitterness. A sharp alcohol bite too. Is definitely on the very sweet side, but much better tasting than what you expected out of the nose.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability; it's far too sweet for me to endure another. Also, the alcohol hits hard.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Midnight Sun tulip. From notes.

A - clear, darkened amber with a white to slightly off-white head. Decent clumped lacing that stuck around.

S - Strong malt with a slight toasty caramel. Faint citrus hops in the background.

T - Caramel malt up front, accompanied by some subtle candy sugar. Citric tropical fruity hops are lesser dominant.

M - Slightly dry, but relatively clean and decently balanced.

D - Fairly refreshing, a tad bit sweet. I wasn't awed by this one but I would have it again if it was around. Wouldn't be my first choice though.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew this was going to be a weird beer when I read the label and there was no mention of hops. Lots of info about malt, none about hops. That has to be a first for a Double IPA.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is some flowery hops with a ton of caramel malt. I also got a little bit of orange citrus, but it was well in the background. The flavor is toffee and caramel malt with a tad bit of bitterness. The beer is a little bit nutty, I guess from all of the malt. Once again there is some orange citrus from the hops, but it is very subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer. It isn't a very good Double IPA since there is so little bitterness and hop flavor, but as far as taste goes, it is pretty good. Definitely better than the Rahr Storm Cloud IPA.

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Photo of Kromes
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy copper color with a large white head. Good lacing down the glass

S: A pretty good pine and citrus hop aroma. That's about it, no off aromas.

T: There is a somewhat toasted malt background with a pine hop flavor on top. The finish is bitter and dry. There is also a slight tang to the beer. The taste seems a little thin and watery to me for some reason.

M: Average feel, maybe a little lighter than most double IPAs.

D: It's OK. There are definitely better DIPAs out there and there are also some bad ones. This one is above average. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight piney and caramel nose. Flavor is piney hops and hints of caramel, underwhelming, more like an IPA than a DIPA. High ABV is hidden. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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 alamode
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip...no freshness date...seemed rare and I liked the name, so $8.29 later...

A - poured a deep orange/dark amber/golden color with a 1/4" off-white foam that dissipated quickly to thin ring and had a patchy surface film...

S - I could smell a caramel sweetness as soon as the cap came off...and after a pour & settle...I got spicy, leafy, non-floral hops with considerable malt and hints of some fruit...traces of alcohol too...if I were smelling this blind I would probably lean towards a barleywine

T - malt up front...some bitter hops and spice that are found in this style...nothing dominates...some alcohol in the swallow and finish...subtle and well played.
Other IIPA's share commonalities with barleywines and could be considered strong ales just the same, but this one strikes me as a crossbreed, a mutt, if you will...the taste doesn't fit the style IMO, but it's still very inviting of another pull...

M - lite to medium, with little carbonation...not as sticky as I expected...cleaned up pretty well...better than average for sure

D - not a hop-bomb IIPA by any means, but an interesting take on the style, I suppose...blurs a line between IIPA, American Barleywine and even a Strong Ale...definitely a big, drinkable brew, but maybe not as a IIPA...aside from the taste, I believed I was drinking a IIPA...might be a one and done for me, although I would consider offering this at a tasting.

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Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
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 pitasoup
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours amber with thick but quickly fading head. not much lacing

S: Piney and sweet. earthy hops as well and definitely simcoe.

T: similar to the smells. lots of biscuit malts in the beginning, caramel and perhaps a touch of chocolate at the end.

M: medium body, great overall balance, finishes citrusy clean.

D: very drinkable for such a high abv.

Overall, a very fair DIPA from a relatively unknown brewery. Glad to have them distribute in our area and I look forward to trying more. Not my personal favorites in terms of hop profile, but this beer seems quite true to the style.

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Photo of MadBeerX
4.45/5  rDev +34.4%
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 +28.4%
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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