Wednesday, September 19th 2012
West Sixth IPA
(West Sixth Brewing Company)
Yes, this is the ONE and ONLY canned craft beer in the state of Kentucky. West Sixth Brewing Company, named for their location on West Sixth Street in Lexington, began canning these beauties earlier this year. This four man crew is carving out a craft beer following in Central Kentucky and with 7 brews on tap at the brewery we're hoping to see a few more in cans in the near future.
Here we go...
Pour - bright golden, clean with a great looking tight, white head that leaves loads of lacing in the top of the glass and is not too quick to dissipate.
Aroma - great big whiffs of pineapple and citrus, some sweet maltiness and plenty of floral hops. Great smelling IPA with plenty of tropical fruit aromas. Definitely makes you want to dive right in!
Taste - a large wave of those tropical fruit flavors hits the palate first, pineapple and mango as well as citrus flavors of lemon, orange and grapefruit. It's sweet on the tongue but that is quickly matched by an onset of hop bitterness that gives the tongue the lashing you've been waiting for.
Overall - Full bodied and balanced. Definitely not a one-sided, astringent IPA. This has a ton of flavor and drinks bigger than it is. Very well put together and certainly an IPA that we'd love to have in the cooler or the fridge all year round. This may be the only can of craft beer produced in the Bluegrass State but its certainly no slouch. A great debut brew from West Sixth. Cheers!
Note - West Sixth Brewing Company announced recently that they have plans to double their output so keep an eye on these guys. Currently,they only distribute in the immediate Lexington area and around Central Kentucky. By the way, West Sixth IPA is currently sitting on an average score of 95 over at Ratebeer. A pretty impressive score for a debut brew from these guys. Did we mention we also love the design of these cans?
Posted by Russ
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