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West Sixth IPA | West Sixth Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by ltjska04 on 04-03-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
582
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
31.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 582
Photo of C2brewing
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.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour was a deep gold, tinged with amber. Moderate head. Hopping was appropriately up-front with a slight herbal character. Firm through the middle, fading toward the finish. Some crackery note in the malt. Hopping was adequate, but lacking in aromatic character - just there for the bittering. The abv at 7% was well integrated into the flavor, with no heat and just a touch of pepper.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, very thick and sappy looking, lots of floaties, reminds me of Heady Topper. Only a thin head but it sticks around pretty well.

Nose opens with pine, moves into orange citrus and maybe grapefruit, hints of grassy hops too, only moderate bitterness in the aroma and there's a fair amount of malt character too.

Taste is fairly bitter but not a lot of aromatic hop character, tastes like an IPA someone forgot to dry hop (or maybe it's just a little old, no dating on the cans so I can't tell). A bit of pine character, some maltiness but it's not overbearing and not too sweet. Still enough bitterness and a tame enough malt character that it doesn't have that gross cardboard flavor of really faded IPA, but also doesn't taste super fresh. Pretty decent just not that interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, nice carbonation though so drinkabity is pretty good.

6.1/10

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can from ToddBeans (thanks man!). If I deciphered the code correctly this was canned 01/19/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a murky deep orange, almost brown with three fingers of pale head that fades slowly, leaving copious lace.

Aroma seems slightly off. Musky citrus, earthy pine and hints of an almost clove-like spice.

Tastes earthy and bitter. Orange rinds, lemon zest, dirty pine sap, pepper, grapefruit, mild cracker and intermittent touches of alcohol. More bitter than flavorful and while not distracting, it occurs to me that the booze is more prevalent than it should be given the abv.

Resinous, medium body with average cabonation. Strongly bitter finish of citrus peel and vague pine.

Nothing offensive here in West Sixth's IPA but it certainly isn't tuned to my preferences. At several points when I started getting a little more citrus or malt the bitter (seemingly for bitterness sake) took over before I could detect any meaningful balancing sweetness. Not bad but not one I'll likely ever purchase.

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Photo of rudzud
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy rich darker orange hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Big lopsided aromas of malts here. Sweet and caramel, super super faint pine. I do get some earthy hops, however, they are beaten to submission by the malts here.

T - Taste is a bit better than the nose. The malts again are strong and on the sweeter/caramel side but at least there is a bitter pine bite at the finish. Nice spicy hops, which would be stellar if it was not just overpowered immensely by the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice and on point for the style. Sharper carbonation and a nice lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, this beer shows lots of potential here. Just too malt heavy for my tastes. Possibly an older can?

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Photo of ltjska04
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by West Sixth while in Lexington to cheer on my alma mater in the Final Four. When I discovered they were open for the first time I had to stop by and pick up a growler of their namesake IPA.

Poured into a pint glass this beer is a hazy orange with huge white head and awesome lacing down the sides of the glass. The head sticks around a long time but there is no semblance of clarity. The smell is earthy at first while cold, warming up to a fruity hop experience but never blowing me away.

The taste definitely improves as it warms, releasing grapefruit and orange flavors over a balanced malt background. Not strongly bitter or over-the-top hoppy, but that's not really what I expected from a flagship IPA that will be canned. The mouthfeel is spot-on with just enough carbonation and a finish that doesn't leave lingering bitterness but hints at more flavor to come. Not a ground breaking beer but one that will satiate the need for a hoppy, flavorful canned beer in the great state of Kentucky.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orangeish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is hoppy, bitter up front, a touch of citrus towards the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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

12 FL OZ can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours amber with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of off-white head.

S - I get some light citrus and floral hops balanced by some caramel malt.

T - This does not taste as I remember it from last time I had it. The hops seem faded. The malt is readily detectable. I think I may have gotten an old six pack at the Party Source, or I was highly intoxicated last year when I tried it and liked it.

M - Medium

O - I am disappointed. I remember liking this beer on tap. I will try it again on the next visit to the tri-state area. I hope this is an exception rather than the rule.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.16.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a two inch fluffy light tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter oranges and grassy.

T - Dank oranges and leaves.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a silky finish.

O - Solid dark and dank IPA. Nice oranges and grass.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

West Sixth IPA on tap at the brewpub in Lexington.

Medium amber; very slight haze; durable off-white head; very good lacing.

Nicely crafted IPA, with enough malt load to keep the ample quadruple hop load from producing too much bitterness. Liked this more as I drank more -- a quality many IPAs lack.

Smooth, medium body with well-chosen carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, can
DFH signature glass

A: Hop hazed orange color. Half finger of bright white head. Leaving some sticky lacing on glass. Nice carbonation.

S: Lots of citrus hops: mango, peach, orange marmalade, etc. Some malt backing is there.

T: Sharp pine and orange marmalade bite in the tip of the tongue. That sweetness blends into the mid palate. Really get that fruitiness. It's nice. Some sweet bready malts there too. Another dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Good mouth coating.

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Photo of macher0
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to dogfish head tulip/goblet combo glass.

A. Murky dark amber color with healthy eggshell head that slowly retreats to a frothy head. Poor clarity. Substantial lacing.

S. Moderate fragrance. More tropical hops with notes of pineapple, apricots, grapefruit, and mango with a noticeable underlining of resin.

T. Moderately bitter. The resin comes through the from the hop profile with some citrus. A minor note of bootstrap leather. A decent amount of hops.

M. Moderately smooth, high carbonation, moderate body.

O. Not bad at all. Its my local ipa so that sums up a lot. It's not bad for my go to. I keep it around but compared to the big boys it comes up short. KY is out of the range of year round top shelf west coast ipas so it has developed a nice niche.

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Photo of DrifterBrew
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Good all-around IPA! Tried it in their brewery along with others in the line-up. Just a good middle of the road IPA, with a moderate nose, and citrus floral type taste. I buy a couple 6-packs every trip to Lexington, KY.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a cloudy amber, with a huge head of off-white bubbles. Beautiful crown of lace.

Aroma is lots of big flowery pine and citrus hops. Nice and pretty well stylistically accurate and agreeable.

Taste is sharp bitter (almost sour) grapefruit hops up front, with plenty of malts, and a bitter, dry finish.

A tasty and very enjoyable IPA, not really a standout example, but certainly worthy of a try for anyone into American-style IPAs.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a nonic.

W6 IPA pours a dark golden/orange and is topped by a sticky, clinging head off soapy bubbles that stick all over the glass. There's definitely some murk and floaties in there. Textbook IPA, I think.

The nose has a nice balance of different hop characteristics - there is some tropical fruit (mango, tangerine) and citrus, but also a nice dank resinous smell and grapefruit rinds. Not much malt on the nose except for some caramel backbone. A little milder on the nose than I expected.

I wasn't expecting the beer to be this sweet but was pleasantly surprised by hop flavor rather than hop bitterness. Starting with a bright fruity sweetness - again, pineapple, tangerine, mango, the beer later transitions into a caramel sweetness on the palate before finishing out with some piney, resinous bitterness that hangs around. Balanced but still showcasing the hops. As mentioned, this has a nice balance of hop FLAVOR as well as hop bitterness. Well-crafted.

The beer is surprisingly smooth going down and has a creamy, medium body that leaves a dry finish in its wake. Definitely on the refreshing end, and the 7% ABV is pretty well-concealed.

Perhaps I'm biased on this as a homer, but this is just a solid IPA that's enjoyable, balanced, and drinkable. It may not have the same merit as 60 Minute or Two Hearted, but in my opinion, this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been interested in trying this brewery since the whole Magic hat fiasco. Another malt blast. Not enough hops. What the heck? I really can't believe that all of the beers I picked up in OH and IN are out of date. It's a mash of malts and hops and nothing overly interesting. Needs more kick. Disappointing.

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Photo of beer2day
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange pour with 1.5 finger of light tan head. Laces very well, with a heavy sheet down the backside of the glass. Nice lace rings on the front. Thin head retention.

Nose is biscuit malt balanced against mango and tropical hops. Light citrus under that. The fruit plays well with the biscuit.

Some mango sweetness creeps in at the finish, but otherwise there is just a bit of biscuit malt to balance against this. Fairly dry after the mango dissipates. ABV well hidden.

Feel is about right, but could tend to be a bit thicker against the biscuit presence.

Overall, a decent drinking IPA that I would get again.

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Photo of 98green
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

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
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.

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Photo of zhivago373
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served from a can into a tulip glass. assuming this beer is of good freshness, as it was bought in NKY.

pours a nice golden orange with a nice, foamy head that lingers on the glass and the top of the beer. somewhat hazy, but not as hazy as an unfiltered beer.

smells of pine, some grassy notes and a slight sweetness to it. they use centennial, colombus, cascade and citra hops in this beer so it comes across kind of west coast style, only a tad sweeter with the citra hops. the malt profile includes honey, which perhaps add the sweetness

on the tongue, this beer opens with a nice piney hop bite, not overly bitter, slight tropical notes and some sweetness. the malts play more than a west-coast style would, but not so much like more east-coast styles. some sweetness from the honey mixed with the hop bitterness. full-bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. finishes dry. sometimes i got a sort of pungent, rare-steak-blood flavor left on the middle of the tongue.

overall, i like this beer. i'm proud of the KY for making it too (alma mater state). the hop profile is nice in this beer, the malts are nice too, and this brew ends up being solid. nothing amazing, but certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Prager62
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a nice pale amber color with a thick, long lasting foamy head.

S - An explosion of citrus hops that does not fade as you drink the beer. There is also some hint of pine as well as malt.

T - The citrus hops dominate and give way to a bread like malt finish with just a hint of pine.

M - Very well carbonated with a very rich mouth feel.

O - My first West Sixth experience and certainly not my last. If you like a very well hopped IPA with a kick this one is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mabmab67 for the beer!

Appearance: Opaque orange, up there with the cloudiest IPAs I have seen. I'm hoping that's indicative of lots of hops. Thin but firm off-white head.

Aroma: Mostly citrusy hops with small flickers of mango and grapefruit. Definitely some malts in here as well, caramel among them.

Taste: Solid bitterness that I almost wasn't expecting. Hits you right away like a punch to the palate and continues on through the end. Lots of good orange citrus hop flavor and some pine. There is enough malt to help balance things out without too much to make itself known. Nice and robust at 7% ABV. Almost juicy at times and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with smooth carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Overall a good beer and great example of an American IPA. Lots of hop bitterness with just enough malt to give it some body. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz can into snifter.

A - Dirty rusty brown with a white 1.5 finger head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - A ton of piney earthy hops backed by nice caramel malt.

T - It starts off with caramel and crystallized honey, but really builds into a massive bitter pine and earthy hop finish.

M - Slick and oily with a medium will carbonated feel.

O - Solid IPA in a can and reminds me of how many WI IPAs are brewed.

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