West Sixth IPA | West Sixth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ltjska04 on 04-03-2012

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76
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577
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
31.3%
 
 
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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack a pair of cans, pouring into our Great Lake pints glasses. Coloring nears a darker golden at its core, with a peripheral pale lightening of a few shades. It holds a chunky two finger head of soapy but tight khaki bubbles, showing nice retention. Lacing is wispy and thick. A mildly chill haze follows the pour, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation is slow but pervasive. The aroma is comprised of sweet caramel and pale malty dustiness, black pepper, sugary vanilla bean and icing, bright nectary and grassy hoppiness, lemon-poppy seed muffins, apple and wild blueberry skin fruity bitterness, toasted honey oat sweetness, jasmine pollen and musk, butterscotch caramels, and toasted clove spiciness. The flavoring follows in much the same vein, with cotton, soapy laundry detergent, bitter and spicy hops of piney, herbal, and grassy hoppiness, grapefruity skin and zest, crumbly and dried biscuits dusty pale malts, sweaty caramel and crystal graininess, green twig and dandelion weediness, dried mustard seed, spicy ethanol, faint bubblegum esters, and bitter walnut shells. The aftertaste shows an enhanced minty and planty quality that leaves a zing towards the far back palate. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip affords hearty and full slurp and smack, with appropriately concurrent cream and froth as the beer makes its way around the mouth. The mucosa is cooled and dragged down with thick coating, but this gives way to a lightly chalky astringent dryness. The abv is true to style, and drinkability remains nice.

Overall, this is our “climbing” beer, through and through. Although we brought our own cooler full of swill on our inaugural trip to climb the Red River Gorge in Slade, Kentucky, this was recommended as a must-try from the local climbing community. Purchased at what was seemingly a barn, around the corner from where we camped, this got us through many a night on the crag, accompanied of course, by custom Miguel’s pizzas. We enjoyed its company so much, in fact, that we stopped for a few sixers to bring back to Michigan with us. We find a pleasant IPA here; one that is flavorful and honest. The hops show you what it means to be bitter, but allow enough balance from the malts to not overwhelm the palate. If you’re an IPA fan and in the neighborhood, we too, would now recommend this as a local “must-try” at the very least, comparatively.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-10 in Lexington, KY at Willie's Locally Known.

A - Mildly hazy orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Dank, pine, orange. Significant and pleasant aroma; even in a bar-with-food environment.

T - Pale malt, orange/grapefruit, light pine, bit of grass. Nicely bitter on the finish with a touch of sweetness to give a bit of balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous and moderately prickly.

O - I liked this quite a bit; enough to have 3 pints over 4 hours while watching some fine music with friends in this establishment. It's not a perfect brew, there's just a bit of harshness in the finish. Certainly good enough that I'd be glad to have it again.

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Photo of biggred1
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazed, honey amber with a beautiful meringue like head that leaves crusty rings of lace all down the glass. The C-hop aroma is excellent with dank resinous hops and plenty of caramel toasty malt. The hop and malt flavors work perfectly together harmoniously blending citrusy hop flavors and caramel malt. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. West Sixth makes a mean IPA, I think this beer is better than many hard to get, over-hyped IPAs peaople drool over.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head after a strong pour. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is nice, it smells like pine and citrusy (mango, light tropical fruit) hops, and some bready and caramel malt. It gets more and more citrusy the longer it warms. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly citrusy and pine hops, along with some bready and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's a good IPA overall, I won't have any problems finishing this 6-pack. $9.99 a sixer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz can poured into shaker pint

A: Light Amber color nice fluffy head dissipates to a small film good retention on the glass nice lacing as you proceed to the bottom

S: Resiny very biscuity malts too a little sweetness too

T: Very subtly hops a little resin a little floral/herbal than sweet malts that level out the hops in the end making for a very balanced finish

M: Medium bodied not too clingy did not notice palate fatigue

O: This is a pretty damn well balanced IPA is it earth shattering no probably not but I drank 7 of these back to back with almost no palate fatigue that is impressive in of its self. You really can't go wrong if you are out in an area with a shitty selection you will be fairly pleased. I like this MUCH better than the ubiquitous Lagunitas IPA.

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

This poured a single finger creamy head that was stouter than most. The color was a yellowish/orangy but changed almost to a solid orange when I moved it from different light sources. The aroma is light and floral with the obvious piney tones. The taste is easy and light but has all the punch of a quality IPA. The beer is very easy to drink and quite satisfying. I appreciated the taste for the fact that I was not overwhelmed with the hops but more was able to savor the hops.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color with bits of amber hues and no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus hops and notes of pine resin hops along with slight hints of caramel malts and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has bold flavors but also isn't that difficult to drink.

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

Appearance: Good looking beer. Deep, hazy orange color with hints of yellow and nice lacing. Small ring hangs around during drinking.

Aroma: Definite malt sweetness in the nose. Some caramel. A hint of dankness along with some light tangerine and some grassiness. Nice smelling, if a bit subtle

Taste: Very well balanced. Nutty, caramel malt backbone supporting lots of citrus peel/tangerine type flavor. Some pine and grass. Finishes dry and bitter with a grassy bitterness. Medium length finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of sticky sweetness but enough carbonation to lift the whole thing off the palate.

Overall: Nicely done IPA. A bit malty sweet for my personal IPA preferences, but I'd be more than happy to reach for another can of this. A well-constructed IPA.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with grapefruit and orange,, some melon, and peach as well as some toasted bread and even a little caramel. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied mouthfeel with desired activity. Overall, a great IPA. Definitely a fan and I can easily see this one becoming my go to local IPA. Just going to have to stick with buying it on tap or the occasional growler given that they don't date their cans.

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

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy white head that gradually recedes into a creamy mousse.

S: Aromas of pine, lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, biscuits, and spruce fill the nose.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, caramel, biscuits, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, and grapefruit wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, long, and intense with an admirable balance of citrus, pine, and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, slick, and a bit resinous. Carbonation is active, but gentle, imparting a creamy, smooth texture compared to many American IPAs. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but is warming instead of prickly.

O: This is a very nice IPA. I can understand why the brewers decided to can it. If this is intended to be their flagship brew, then they are definitely on the right track. Here's hoping they're in it for the long haul.

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Photo of kentuckyboy
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!

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received today along with a glass trade...Thanks Matt!

Pours tangerine-amber color with thick off-white head that lingers pretty well. Lot of sticky lacing along sides of glass.

Smell is pungent citrus. Lots of great hop character. Really good IPA smell.

Taste is sweet up front with lots of grapefruit rind bitterness. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was really good. Glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from trade. Thanks! Pours into my tulip a hazy dark orange with a nice fluffy one finger head. Good lacing. Big time pine grapefruit aroma, smells juicy. Flavor follows exactly with massive juicy grapefruit on the palate and a nice bitter. Some dry grass and pine with a lingering earthiness. Medium slick mouthfeel and definite malt presence. Medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Sixth IPA pours a hazy amber with a small, frothy head. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some lines and spots of lace.

The aroma has nice orange and grapefruit citrus notes plus caramel malt notes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is a nice balance of caramel and pale malt and orange and lemon citrus. It finishes dry and moderately bitter with a touch of grass.

A nicely balanced beer that's very easy to drink. Tasty!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours a deep slightly hazy amber gold. Fine off-white head retains well at about an eighth of an inch.

Smells of honey, orange citrus, and fresh floral hops.

Tastes of honey and biscuit malt and fruity and floral hops, very fresh.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a very good stronger IPA and certainly worth trying if you find it. Very tasty and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave me this to try and said that he thought it was good. Worth a try as I haven't had much from KY.

Pours a dark golden color with wisps of light peeking out here and there. A thin head compliments it.

A great mix of citrus and pine greets my nose. Buttery malt is there as well. I detect some balance as opposed to "hit you on the head" hoppiness.

The aroma carries over to the flavor with a lot more pine and buttery malt to savor. I swirl it around in my mouth, letting the flavor caress each taste bud.

Lingering pine and buttery malt once again dominate the finish. Carbonation is well-done and this would certainly be a good beer to drink straight from the can.

My friend quipped that this reminds him of Heady Topper. Not quite but it's one of the nicer IPAs I've had in a can in a while.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.3%
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 Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber + copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light aromas of dank hops over a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness are present.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Fairly easy to drink with well hidden alcohol but perhaps a little too bold to be a beer that I would enjoy multiple during a single afternoon/evening. The hops really stand out in this one.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

West 6th IPA is a sold beer. I hate how the cans come attached to these complex plastic holders. When you peel the can out of one, the recoil from separation causes a violent reaction which could potentially cause damage to nearby goods, or a person standing close by. If you can look past this awful roadblock between you and the beer, you will not be disappointed. Oddly, the beer is much better on tap so if you get a chance to pour one rather than crack one, I recommend that you do so.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a solid one finger cream head that lingers a long time, leaving thick lacing.

Resin and pine start the aroma, with onion dominating, and a hint of citrus. Probably a lot of simcoe hops.

Citrus dominates the flavor, orange, grapefruit pith, and caramel malt carries through to the fairly piney, herbal, resiny, slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Alcohol warmth is minimal, but present.

Overall, a great combination of citrus, bitter hops, pine, floral character, supported by a significant caramel malt backbone. Solid offering!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap

This beer pours a hazy brown amber with an off white head. The smell is very sweet and has some traces of caramel hops and toffee. The beer is all about the hops though coming in at 80 IBU's I cant say the nose does it justice but the hops are definitely there. The taste reflects the smell, the beer is not as bitter as the IBU's led me to believe and neither is the hop character. It does however balance out rather well and manage to be a nice drinking IPA. The body is rather heavy but not overbearing, its pretty drinkable. Aftertaste is mostly just bitterness. Overall its a good entry from a brand new brewery.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what timing! I CANnot, in all good CANcience, review a CANned beer without its picture already in place. I had a few beers on-deck and when I looked at their profile, they had no picture on file, so I got busy taking some pics for approval. My timing must have been spot-on as Bro. Jason approved all of them within a couple of hours of my uploads. Ask yourself this: Would you want to look at a pic of an open, spent CAN or one of a virginal, unCracked CAN? ...

I also want to thank bigbluebeerguy for sending a couple of these along in support of The CANQuest (TM) because without supporters, this madness would have been dead in the water long ago.

From the CAN: "Why a [CAN]? Better for the beer. Better for our planet. Better on the go."; "This ale is brewed by West Sixth Brewing in Lexington, Kentucky."; "Please recycle".

Wahoo! I love when a beer jumps out at me during the Crack phase of the operation! It makes me feel loved and wanted. I was feeling a bit daring this evening so I employed an inverted Glug and quickly had beer filling the glass. It resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a lightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose smelled of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and once more, my hops monkey on my back began to screech and howl. Such is the blessing and curse of being a self-avowed hop head - I love hops but I am also addicted to them and I CANnot wait to get some hops-laden beer in my mouth on its way to my belly. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was quite citrusy on the tongue. Suddenly, I felt better and the monkey began to calm down. As I drank, sticky lacing began to appear on the inside of the glass, reminding me to rent a jackhammer soon to get rid of all of the remnants of my indulgences. Finish was semi-dry with just a hint of caramel malt softening the bitterness of the hops. I would love to get my hands on some more for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually). Good stuff.

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Photo of Goukbeergals
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned local beer. The place just opened a few months ago.

A. Big head. Had to let it go down before pouring again even with a careful pour. Golden color, a little hazy

S. Piney smell, very small citrus hint as well

T. Taste reflects the nose. Excellent balance. I was going to favor it anyway since we hale from the same city but I am actually shocked by how good it is. Front is loaded with several distict bitter hop flavors.

M. Almost feels like nItrous. Very full mouthfeel.

O. This is delicious. Very drinkable. I will be buying several more 6packs

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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
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