West Sixth IPA | West Sixth Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
westsixth.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,385
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
645
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
159
Trade:
5
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 645
Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of omahawk
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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”.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of CatzPajamas
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of willcull78
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jkblr
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of Roby923
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of Prager62
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

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Photo of kentuckyboy
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of C2brewing
2.03/5  rDev -48.1%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The hops are dank and piney with a sweet backbone from the malt that creates a pretty drinkable 7% IPA that has a heavy hop presence. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is slightly bitter but not overly so. A big IPA here and worth a try!

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Photo of do_ob
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a vibrant, slightly hazy golden and settles a dark copper color in the glass. Still pretty hazy, and topped with 1/2 a finger of bubbly, white foam. Quickly receded down into a modrate lacing. Juicy tropical fruit on the nose (mango and pineapple mainly), along with citrus and a sweet maltiness. Medium weight and very creamy on the feel. Lots of citrus and malt initially with a background of sweet tropical fruits. Slightly hoppy on the back end, but has a strong malt backbone. Very well balanced, albeit on the sweet side of the IPA spectrum. Finishes smooth and leaves a light hoppy bitterness and juicy fruit on the aftertaste.

Overall, very good. Being the same type of beer, and the same abv as Two Hearted (one of my favorites), I can't help but to compare. This one is a bit sweeter with more malt forwardness and less hops. Still well balanced, though. Plenty tasty enough for enjoying a 6 pack over the course of an evening. If I had to criticize, I'd say that this one was a little lighter all around. Taste-wise, this almost drinks like a session IPA .

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for leaving this with me to try it, I could have sworn I had had it before but I guess not. Canned 5/26/15

Pours a big creamy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice sticky notched lacing, super murky tan reddish auburn brown color.

Nose some hops, orange peel and some citrus zest, a little fruity, seems like what should have been a big citrus blast that seems more aged IPA thing with candied orange peel and a sweet malty aroma, caramel candy malts, reddish malts, a bitter earthy spicy hop in the background, little candied stone fruit. Tons of malt here though, hopefully it's not as much on the taste.

Taste brings sweet caramel malts out front, this isn't an aged IPA effect, just big caramel toasted reddish malts out front, sweet caramel, candy like flavors with only a mild sweetness. Then into hops, spicy grassy quite bitter out front, into a mild citrus in the background, again that candied orange peel, some decent citrus zest, with a bit more candied apricot like. A hint of an herbal pine note with hop oil resin. Finish is dry, big bitterness lingering, with a little spicy grassy hop, candied orange zest, and a little caramel malt flavor.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little creamy.

Overall not bad, a bit aged IPA effect, but the malts were also dialed up way too much, hops were OK at best, nothing special, but still a decent drinakble IPA esp at 7%.

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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 645 ratings