West Sixth Amber
West Sixth Brewing Company

West Sixth AmberWest Sixth Amber
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #607
Ranked #41,337
3.61 | pDev: 11.36%
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
West Sixth AmberWest Sixth Amber
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 171 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear tall glass. Has a clear, glowing amber/red color with about a finger tall of foam with good retention and lacing. Some floaters are present, medium-low carbonation.

Definitely some caramel and cracker malts upfront, notes of brown sugar, biscuit, grain, other bready malts, and other floral notes.

Cracker malt, bread malt, and subtle fruity malts upfront. Also grain.

 391 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this off the single shelf at a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice in Dayton,OH. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had caramel malt presence. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt base. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

 363 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and amber colored with a finger of foam and plenty of lacing action

Smell: Caramel and nectarine

Taste: Caramel and cracker malt forward, with a fruity character building; nectarine and earthy malt flavors through the middle, with the sweeter tones dominating the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It's an amber, what do you expect?

Thanks, SPLITGRIN, for the opportunity

 444 characters

Photo of jp32
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours transparent amber in color. Not a lot of head retention. Smells biscuity and grainy with caramel malts around. The flavor follows suit with a bready, grainy backbone, something nutty, and a subtle hop presence that seems to fit well into the beer's flavor profile. Slightly watery for it's style, but overall, a pretty decent amber. No bells and whistles, but highly drinkable and something I wouldn't turn down.

 423 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can. Clear amber body with a small off-white head. Smells of bready malts, some caramel, and some floral and fruity notes. Tastes fruity and floral up front. Sweet bready malt backbone and some light bitterness and toasty malts in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable. Just not an exciting beer.

 300 characters

Photo of MarkQ617
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Dundee Tavern. Color was a little more orange/copper than a lot of ambers, but definitely had that amber hue. Aroma was very light, as was the flavor that followed. Slight molasses and nut taste. Mouthfeel was good, very balanced. Slightly above average amber.

 279 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the deepest of amber hues, the color is a brilliant orange/red with a bubbly fleeting head.

The nose is weak but touches of caramel malt and roasted grain can be found. A touch of fruity, lemon hops can also be found but even weaker than the malt.

The taste is quite well balanced with an easy drinking hops flavor melded to a roasted grain flavor. What's perceptible in scent comes alive on the tongue. The roasted malt shoves its way to the front and than the end is eased in with a fruity hoppiness.

The feel is dry but refreshing yielding an easy drinking and well balanced offering.

 594 characters

Photo of alexanderplatz
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had this beer on 3 or 4 occasions, and its tendency to give me a hangover more than the average beer certainly influences my rating. That said, it's not bad taste wise but it's not amazing either. At $10 a six pack it's not really a a great choice. I'm one of those beer drinkers who doesn't mind paying $7 to $8 for an amazing beer like Trappistes Rochefort 10, yet at the same time I still enjoy a cold Bud Lite after mowing the lawn. I confess I don't see the point of a beer like West Sixth Amber Ale, which is fairly expensive but not really all that special. Go big or go home, I say.

 595 characters

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/23 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some caramel, but not as pronounced as in the smell. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an easy drinking and sessionable beer.

 287 characters

Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lightly nutty malt and a touch of caramel dominate the aroma. Flavor is toffee, buttery, lightly fruity specialty malt, a touch dry and bitter at the finish.

 157 characters

Photo of denver10
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Pours caramel with an off white head. Aroma has a touch of smoke, doughy, toffee, a little honey, and floral hops. Flavor follows suit. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, definitely a solid amber. Doesn't do enough to interest me in buying and drinking a sixer of (though that has much to do with the style of beer), but a beer I would revisit on occasion as a single or part of a mixed six pack.

 405 characters

Photo of Trosper53
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: chilled can poured into pint glass
Appearance: light brown/amber; nice frothy head
Smell: Floral
Taste: Rich ale flavor
Overall: Good every day beer from a local brewery. Supporting craft brews in Kentucky. The beer was a good addition to my fridge.

 264 characters

Photo of Retroman40
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can chilled and poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light amber color with a rich and long lasting head with significant lacing.

S - Floral hops with malt background.

T - Very floral with a good malt finish.

M - Good carbonation level - very neutral finish.

O - A decent enough amber ale, but a tad on the high side as far as price for what you get.

 365 characters

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes: Spring 2013.

12 oz silver and black can with orange artwork. Not a bad label and design, but definitely not spectacular. Maybe a bit too much going on yet in a simple way make for a straightforward design. But hey, what's inside matters. Lets find out. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - cloudy amber with tones of a rusted rose brown body color. Fluffy head on the pour quickly turns to a small ring of lace leaving a bit of stick, but nothing extreme.

S - roasted malt. Grain. Slightly Burnt yeast. A nice nutty character and a biscuity style malt backbone with some small bitter undertones.

T - sweet caramel. Grainy bread notes. A tiny hint of dark fruit paired with some Dark malts. A nutty presence underneath its amber style yeast. Nice finish.

M - medium bodied and a pretty nice texture of thickness. Not as thick as I'd prefer but still enough to make a very smooth amber ale experience. Nice flavors and a tasty finish.

O - well done from West Sixth. Glad to see Kentucky craft beer taking that next step. West Sixth are definitely producing some quality brews and this is worthy of a try from anyone. Very enjoyable.

 1,174 characters

Photo of macher0
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Took a few sips from the can then poured the remainder into a tulip.

This ale pours a frothy thick egg shell head that slowly retreats to a blotchy film. The color is dark copper, resembling a dark well conditioned leather. Excellent laces retain on the glass. Not a very fragrant ale. A very sterile smell of domesticated yeast and - dare I say - aluminum can. The beer certainly picks up with the taste and feel. Very crisp and smooth. This moderate bodied ale has major notes of malts, a little hops, a little chocolate and caramel.

Overall not bad. For a low-key option that is readily available, this beer has session written all over it. The smell is disappointing but the ale comes through in the other metrics. This is great to have around for folks who don't like aggressive beers and for drinking on the regs.

 821 characters

Photo of ONUMello
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown color, one-finger head that qwickly settles
S: Malt, some toffee, a kiss of hops
T: Nutty, hazlenut in particular, along with some pleasant malt
M: Medium-bodied but no particular complexity
O: Nothing spectacular but overall a straightforward enjoyable brew

 307 characters

Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a clear plastic cup... Staying in a Country Inn & Suites and using what's at my disposal. Merry Christmas!

A: pours a clear, copper color with a finger of white head. Can't really get an accurate read on lacing, but I know some'd there.

N: malt forward with biscuit and some rye. Subtle piney hops.

T: clean, biscuity malt with some slight toasted rye spice and a touch of hops bitterness on the back for balance. Clean and focused from start to finish with a medium body (5.5%).

O: a fair example of an american amber. I would go back to this again on its own or as a "break beer" between more aggresive malt or hop driven beers.

 657 characters

Photo of Groomsy
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Sam Adams glass.

The pour yields a blood-red brew with highlights of orange and red. It is more hazy than clear and has a a thin eggshell head that covers it and stays steady, leaving rings of lacing down the glass. Steady carbonation holds.

West Sixth's Amber Ale has a textbook nose: Hints of fruit (maybe apple), some malted grain, and a nice balance of grassy/citrusy. Not bad, but more on the mild side compared to most American amber ales.

This beer is most definitely tasty and sessionable. More sweet and malty than anything, its key flavors are that of fresh grain, some fruit, and a bit of caramel sweetness. There is some hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild. Overall though, couldn't ask for a better amber: tasty, sessionable, and full-bodied.

For a rather low ABV, this beer has a full body with a lively feel on the palate. This makes it ideal for pairing with burgers and heavier foods, or even enjoying on its own in successions of several.

While not as bold and outstanding as the IPA, this is a good solid amber ale and stands as one of the better ones I've had so far.

 1,124 characters

Photo of patpbr
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber color with a little copper blended in.
S - Not a lot going on. Got some malts
T - This is malty. A little hop bite but overall a red/amber.
M - medium body but not to heavy.
O - Its a decent beer, its just doesn't have any wow characters.

 251 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head snifter. Pour is a fairly dark amber, slightly hazy, and sports a finger of fine off-white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves only a thin layer of foam with little lacing (kind of disappointing given the impressive lacing one sees in their IPA). The nose is very mild and kind of malty with just a hint of lemony, hoppy spice. Even though I realize that this is an American Amber and not a Pale Ale, I was expecting more of a hop presence.

The beer has a firm feel and a nice, balanced profile. Considerable caramel-like, malt sweetness greets you first, followed by a mild hoppy bite of lemon and pine. The hops kind of die a bit on the finish, which is mostly sweet and only slightly dry. Very drinkable and would certainly pair well with just about any kind of food. Not the least bit thin or watery.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't bother to review (or even buy) an American Amber Ale. I find them dull and would prefer to spend money on an American Pale Ale or IPA. Nevertheless, since this brewery is right down the road in Lexington I do want to try all of their beers. I found this to be a very pleasant, easy-to-drink beer that makes a fine accompaniment to football on TV and goodies from the grill, but like everything else in this style, nothing overly complex or mind-blowing. The beer has a good solid flavor, great balance, and nails all the characteristics of the style as listed in the BJCP style guidelines. Definitely better with a meal than by itself.

 1,514 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated can purchased earlier this month near the brewery.
Pours a deep amber color; clear with a large bone-colored head that has very good retention and leaves marvelous lacing.
Limited aroma with a bit more flavor. Very good sweet/bitter balance, shaded towards the bitter side, yet with more roasted malt than hop flavor. Surprisingly durable, hop-tinged, roasted malt aftertaste.
M: Exceptional; medium-light, airy body without wateriness; excellent, soft, medium carbonation.
O: excellent for style. Just trounces the other Lexington amber (Kentucky Ale) that preceded it.

 582 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, amber color with a foamy, off-white, two finger head. It left sticky rings of lace. It smelled of roasted malt, pine and citrus. Good roasted malt taste with a pretty big dose of bitter hops. A crisp and sharp ale with a dry finish.

 252 characters

Photo of beerme626
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Solid amber color with one finger head. Good, but not enticing.
S: Nothing. I can't get any smell from this. Generic beer smell is about it.
T: Good taste for an amber: rich malts with enough hops to not make it a malty beer. Easy fruits that, again, don't make it a fruity beer. It's a simple amber beer, and that's alright.
M: A little too soft for me. It's very light and almost fluffy, which is fine, but that's what I expect from a wheat beer, not an amber.
O: This is pretty good, but there are better ambers out there (Abita, Fat Tire, Old Scratch). West Sixth makes an excellent IPA, and that's what I'll buy in the future.

 708 characters

West Sixth Amber from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 171 ratings