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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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 577
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 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 Grindelvasdrum
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. can of this to try on a recent trip to Kentucky and south western Ohio. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden amber color with a very fluffy looking head that is about an inch thick when first poured that settles fairly quickly to a solid 1/5 inch tick head with excellent lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malts along with resinous, piney, herbal hop notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with some biscuity, slightly toasted, caramel malt sweetness upfront along with some resinous, piney, slightly citrus, herbal, slightly spicy/peppery hop bitterness. A very solid and well balanced flavor profile. The hop bitterness does tend to dominate a bit taste wise I feel. Has a crisp, yet smooth, slightly oily and chewy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has clean finish and bit of a dry aftertaste. A damn solid IPA all around that is certainly worth a try indeed!

Eric

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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 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 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 Weisenbeer
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good IPA. Reminds me of a local favorite (Madtree's Psychopathy), but a bit sweeter and perhaps a bit more "drinkable." Pleased that this one is often available at my local grocer. Top notch!

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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 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 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 Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Nice aroma of equal parts grassy, slightly citrusy hops and cereal grain malt sweetness.

T- Some citrus in the front gives way to a sweet malt follow-through and some moderate bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink. Bitterness lingers but not too long. ABV is well-masked.

M- Slightly sharp but moist and quenching. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A serviceable IPA that has some decent balance while still having that hop-forward flavor and bite.

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

Poured from a can into a large wine glass. Golden honey color, hazy, with a giant foamy head that sticks around and then leaves good lacing as you drink.

Aroma is hoppy, maybe some citrus hops, a little floral.

Taste is where this one shines. Very hoppy up front, but not overly bitter on the backend so it is pleasant to drink, unlike a lot of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, as expected from all the foam, but it works well with this beer.

Not sure that I would seek this one out, but compared to a lot of IPAs I find locally, this one is pretty drinkable.

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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 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 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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