West Sixth IPA
West Sixth Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,038
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,855
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
665
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West Sixth Brewing Company
 
Kentucky, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  166
SCORE
88
Very Good
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mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber color thumb sized off white head, good lace.

Aroma is nice caramel malt base, citrus notes, floral, lightly spicy in the finish.

Taste is like the nose, good caramel sweetness loaded with hops citrus fruity, floral herbal spicy in the finish. Not overly bitter but good and complex.

Mouhfeel is medium with pretty level carbonation.

Overall a solid enjoyable regular IPA.

Jun 17, 2021
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single (six weeks old) 12 oz. can, purchased in Louisville, enjoyed in a shaker in a hotel room. Golden amber, a little hazy, 1 finger head with decent retention. Nose: caramalt, pepper and pine, grapefruit pith, grassy and slightly bitter hops...taste follows. I like the hops a lot, but I could use a little less caramel maltiness. Nice battle between bitter hoppiness and smooth malts. Fairly substantial beer, good solid mouthful. Wouldn't mind having another go at this one when I wasn't coming off an 11 hour drive.

Apr 03, 2021
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akaizer from Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355ml can. Pour had a very fluffy 2-inch white to off-white foam head and a clear peach-amber coloring. Very mild effervescence present. Scent is citrus heavy with a bit of herbal spice, although everything is a bit muted. Taste has a strong malt backbone and even stronger bitterness to the finish and aftertaste. It is generally pleasant early on with nice citrus notes that blend to a malty caramel before the last half is dominated by bitterness. With 80 IBUs I guess I should have seen it coming, but not exactly in my bailiwick. The long, long lasting bitterness is likely sought after by some, but would prefer the malts to dull it a bit. Enjoyable sample from a beer of the month club, but too bitter for my tastes.

Apr 01, 2020
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Billolick from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshie can... 1-3-19

Medium amber, slight haze, copious fine lacing.

Mild resin hopped up nose.

Tasty enough IPA, on the resiny side of the IPA spectrum. Well crafted, easy drinking but nothing overly special going on here.

Jan 28, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, strong citrus hops, floral hops, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, strong citrus hops, floral hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

Nov 15, 2018
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Ricochet from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy hazy amber color, little head but lace all around the pour
S: Faint candy smell and touch of grain, almost cereal
F: Above average bitter, no real foaming
T: Touch of grapefruit at the end, more like a canned grapefruit juice, but there. Slightly syrupy sweet raisin taste. Peppery bitter fruit but controlled and clean.
O: This one's a keeper. It's the most I've ever spent on a six pack from a Shell gas station, but since I was in Kentucky, I thought to give it a try and it didn't disappoint.

Aug 03, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright golden-orange color. Completely clear with a thin white head that dissipates steadily leaving no residual head other than a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of fruit - citrus, mango and grapefruit - quite juicy. Hints of pine also come through.

Taste has notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine - has kind of a soapy character to it, but its not overpowering. Strong bitterness starts midway through and lingers through the finish.

Feel is medium bodied, oily, and slick. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a solid IPA - nothing about this stands out or is particularly memorable, but its a good tasting beer.

Apr 29, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in cans on my trip to Kentucky. Beer pours a medium golden color with mild haze, mostly clear. Small head that retains lacing throughout the pint. Smell is of citrus and pine. Taste is up front clean bitterness- citrus peel and a hint of pine. Very little malt flavor is detected at first, but on the backend some light carmel and bready flavors emerge very slightly. Hop flavor is decent combination of grapefruit and some pine, and a touch of grassy. This has to be heavy on the Cascade hops - it has the taste of a high-powered Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A small touch of juicy tropical hop (Citra?) is there in the background. Finish is decent, but could use a little more malt flavor to support the bitterness. I like this beer - it is not great. Solid American IPA entry, needs more malt and hop balance to elevate beyond “good”.

Apr 14, 2018
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tempest from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic American IPA with a big citrus punch that reminds me of Two Hearted, complemented by a hit of juicy Citra hops. Medium body and a balanced dry finish. Well made beer.

Jan 19, 2018
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vinicole from England

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Light amber/orange. Thin frothy head. Hazy.
Standard AIPA hoppy aroma. Some light malt detected.
Phenols dictate the taste. Urgent bitterness on completion.
Rather oily. Medium body and stringent carbonation.
Run of the mill AIPA.

Oct 20, 2017
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CatzPajamas from Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours from a can with a deep amber hue and a decent tan head.

Smells of sweet malt, grass, and fruits - mainly grapefruit with subtle notes of the tropics.

Flavor follows closely to the nose, with the hop flavor being more of an afterthought. Unfortunately, there is a definite bitterness that seems to overcompensate for the malt/crystal sweetness - very reminiscent of an East Coast brewery trying to brew a West Coast IPA minus the dry hops.

Finishes dry enough.

Overall, this beer is cleanly made, but the balance and recipe design are not to my taste. Too big in the wrong ways - malty and bitter. Finishes dry enough I can have a second can, but that's where it ends.

Oct 18, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at the Roosters in BG, KY. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of fresh hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Floral hop bitterness dominates. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Oct 18, 2017
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willcull78 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hop taste, nice finish. Not an overbearing hop taste, lingers on the tongue. The color is a nice dark amber. It is a an IPA that I would recommend to friends.

Jul 12, 2017
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a clear beer stein. Has a cloudy amber color, moderate carbonation, and thick head.

Smells spicy in hops and piney, with hints of tangerine peels and other citrus aromas. Tastes citrusy to balance out the spicy hops, but is all light to the mouth.

It's all right.

Jun 08, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned 3/27/17 poured into a can glass at fridge temp. No ABV listed. The beer is a slightly hazy light copper color with off white head. The head settles into a cap and leaves some lacing. The aroma is light citrus and pine with malt in the background. The tastes starts with mild caramel malt and fruity hops and finishes with pine. The bitterness is understated but is enough to balance the malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and finishes oily/slick but with off taste. Overall, ok, but not something to go out of the way to attain.

May 15, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a thick bubble show with a clear amber colored liquid building beneath the three fingers of foam; copious amounts of lacing stick to the glass and dribble down the side

Smell: Tangerine and onion, with a hint of caramel underneath

Taste: A caramel base provides the first impression, with the hops quickly taking over; tangerine, grapefruit and onion tones build, through the middle, with a rather sharp bitterness featured in the conclusion

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA but a bit out of date in the hop profile department; I am sure I would have liked this more a few years ago

Thanks, SPLITGRIN, for the opportunity

Apr 08, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden in color. Cloudy. Subtle hoppiness on the nose. Clean on the pallette. Very smooth. Easy drinking for a 7% ABV. Canned from Loquor Barn on Lexington.

Jan 29, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can. Hazy orange body. Big white head. Nose is grapefruit and onion hops. Light pale malt. Tastes more of orange hops with a little pale malt sweetness. Has a kinda floral hop flavor around the edges. Moderate bitterness. Medium body. A little bit creamy. Better than I expected.

Jul 15, 2016
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98green from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Look is medium orange and clear. Smell is pine and orange pith. Taste is fruity citrus that grows on you as you drink it. The malt muddies up the profile a bit for me. Feel is light And a touch sweet. Overall it is ok, but missing something to make it stand out

May 29, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack at the Liquor Barn in Lexington while recently passing through Kentucky. It was canned on 04/19/16 and I'm pouring it in my 13oz. tulip for the occasion.

Look- Pours a reddish gold color leaving a small finger of white foam.

Smell- Pine, some grapefruit, malt and a hint of yeast.

Taste- Grapefruit zest followed by some pine and spice. There's a floral flavor in the finish along with some caramel malt.

Feel- Malty slick with a slightly bitter and spicy hop bite.

Overall- A drinkable beer, but nothing spectacular to report. It's too malt forward for my palate and lacking any significant hop flavor. I love trying new/local brews when traveling, I'll pass on this when I'm in Kentucky again.

May 09, 2016
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Grindelvasdrum from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on draft at a local pizza place
A- Amber & orange hues, short head & decent lacing.
S- Floral, pine & citrus.
T- Strong bitter that endures with wonderful complex hops.
F- Good carbonation & great creaminess
O- Awesome!

Apr 03, 2016
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kentuckyboy from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third beer I've had from West Sixth and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed! They are now 3 for 3 in my book. They also make an excellent cocoa porter and their imperial stout is among one of my faves!
Onto the review:

Poured from can into pint glass and served cold

Appearance - Very cloudy yellow with an orange hue when held to the light. Generous one and a half finger head that shrinks to about one finger after sitting for a minute but retains very well. Heavy lacing.

Smell - The scent of this brew is very pleasant. Sweet citrus (tangerine?), pine, and dank grass being most prominent.

Taste - The taste is very Piney, wheaty, and most definitely...HOPPY! (does this surprise you?) well it is an IPA, after all! The wheat, hops, pine, and citrus give this beer excellent balance and delicious flavor. Carbonation is moderate and mouthfeel is crisp. Aftertaste is dry, piney, and hoppy.

Overall - Another excellent brew from West Sixth Brewing Co! They have definitely proved themselves in terms of quality and consistency. Looking forward to trying another one of their beers!

Mar 19, 2016
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C2brewing from Kentucky

2.03/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There is a distinct cattiness to the aroma and a sharpness to the hop flavor that borders on astringent. I have tried to like this beer for a while, but I just do not enjoy it.

Mar 01, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A decent translucent orange body and white head.

S - A nose of honeyed floral hops, pine, and a touch of acid.

T - The taste weighs on mint, floral notes, and pine, with lemon aspects backgrounded, and a biting bitter close.

M - Prickly and drying, but not overly so.

O - A decent brew.

Feb 14, 2016
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

West Sixth Brewing Company - West Sixth IPA. 7% ABV. 12oz can poured into snifter. Canned on 10/26/15.

Look: Nice copper hued body, with fair white two finger head from aggressive pour. The sticky lacing from the head remains throughout.

Smell: Apparent dank hops and juicy citrus/tropical fruit immediately. Mangoes, pineapple, and some peach are the most prominent fruits here. Very sweet smelling.

Feel: Thin body, with medium carbonation and creaminess.

Taste: Bitter hops and juicy fruit up front, and into the back end. Aftertaste is bitter hops, and some pine/earthy notes along with the tropical fruits. Not extremely bitter, however it is profound.

Overall: Nice balance of hops, fruits, and sweet malts here. A little too bitter at the moment, since just now getting into IPAs, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

Dec 12, 2015
West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
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