West Sixth IPA | West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth IPAWest Sixth IPA
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
Ratings:
601
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
147
For Trade:
5
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since their opening their doors in April of this year, it was obvious that the brewing personnel at West Sixth was intent on celebrating a flagship IPA full glory. From the sleek can design, which reminds me slightly of Magic Hat #9's logo, to the seductive citra hops that stand front and center, this avant garde American IPA confidently caresses the taste buds of the connoisseurs and allures the uninitiated to the hoppy side with ease.

It all starts with an artistic globe-like snifter that breams with glowing colors of honey, amber, and burnish orange. It's unfiltered haze gives a glimpse into the unadulterated purity of the ale and casts a warm glow when back lit. A creamy off-white head caps the beer with intentions to withstand the long haul. With each sip taken, residual broken rings of classy Belgian lace adorns the glass with consistency down to the last reluctant sip.

As the nose approaches the brim of the glass, those tiny bubbles unleash the aromas of ripe citrus and tropical fruits that are locked inside. Bright and zesty fruit aromas blend with complementary botanical notes of perfume, muddled grasses and tea-like herbs to round out the hop-dominant nose. Supported by candied malt notes, a softer sweeter scent allows a honey soaked marmalade and grapefruit character to emerge. With restrained spiciness, the background notes of acetone alcohol weaves into the hop character seamlessly.

As the candyish fruit flavor plays on the tongue with the juicy characteristics of white grapefruit juice, blood orange, light apricot and mango; the beer's early impressions are abundant with the citra finishing hops. The ale's middle palate allows the hop flavor to shift from bright and juicy fruit to freshly picked earthen grasses and chives. Its malty underpinnings supports the hop flavor while providing a shy balance of caramel sweetness and grain starches in complement before transcending into a long finish of sharply clean bitterness with citrus pith and pine resin.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's supple carbonation, residual caramel sweetness and starchy malt textures provide a creamy mouth feel that envelops the entire mouth and paves the way for fruity hop notes. As the carbonation dissipates and the malty sweetness fades, the dry hop resins and fortified alcohol strength marches across the palate with an extended broadness which prolongs the finish. But alas, the beer lingers with a resinous-dry hop texture that's exacerbated by alcohol warmth and stubborn malt sweetness.

While it's not as dry or as bitter as many "hop-heads" may prefer, its certainly not short on pure "hoppiness". It's unmistakable citra hop use provides all the hop character to appease the most staunch lupulin lover. Its seductive sweetness and malty-dry character keeps me returning to the glass much sooner and often than is probably recommended. This is both the reward and risk that the beer provides. If this flagship ale represents the level of quality, imagination, and skill that is to be expected of the West Sixth Brewing Company, then Lexington just got tastier and slightly more... intoxicating.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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 LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit too malty for my liking.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -6.6%
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 dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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 thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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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West Sixth IPA from West Sixth Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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