The Graduate | West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mrfrancis on 11-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light root beer like brown coloring, this smokey ale has a beady carbonation that bursts on the edges of the glass. The head was mildly fizzy and fleeting as the bubbles generated quickly but burst at the top.

The scent seems to be on par for the description. Smokey rye malts with a touch of biscuit or burnt toast.

The flavor tends more towards the smoke but it is weak. The flavor is nice but it doesn't draw a great deal of complexity. The malt flavors are detectable and it can be noted that the rye makes a difference. This cries out for a larger dose of those rye malts as the flavors seem to be held back and subdued.

The feel offers a great deal of crispness but that would be expected with the evident bubbling in appearance. This was very light and airy on the palate but certainly wasn't heavy on the stomach.

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3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"We need more milds!" That's what I hear from the Brits, from the good-will craft beer enthusiasts, and from the swill-sluggin' uninitiated. But the problem is that they are just so damn mild! ...and today's beer connoisseur want complexity!, they want power!, they want challenge! But the element of smoked malt... is that enough?

West Sixth's "Graduate" Its mid-bronze in its stain with the slimmest of haze. A dainty but creamy ivory sheet skirts the surface and hold together through the first half of the session. While retaining its carbonation, the beer falters ever so slightly late for stillness and mild lace.

Faint aromatics waft across the nose with the obvious and prescribed smoke note. Supporting malty scents of light toffee, nuttiness, toasted grain and caramel give the smokey elements a sweeter mesquite-like aroma. Slight tea-like notes are lightly flowery and wood-like.

Its taste is just as light while its early grain sweetness develops that savory mesquite flavor. Its biscuity center is reminescent of graham crackers with its crusted caramel and hop spice. As the beer finishes, its bitterness is crisp, broad, woodish and with a citrusy sassafras note. A light mineral snap shuts the door on taste except for a lingering campfire taste.

Light on the palate, the beer's sweetness dissolves quickly and the grain textures take hold. Somewhat "husky", the beer's arid carbonation lifts the dry malts and gives life to the aura of smoke. There's a long draw in its center where the beer dangerously approaches watery texture before its iron-like crispness closes the session.

The smoke flavor adds a much needed layer of intrigue to distract from its otherwise blandness. The ale would be a fantastic complement to cedar-plank salmon and smoked pork as it would wash down these lighter fare entrees effortlessly.

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The Graduate from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 5 ratings