Cracking open the can on a West 6th IPA the thick pillowy white head seems alive trying to escape its container. Pouring this beer reveals a nice deep golden color. The beer pours hazy, very hazy in fact. This could either be from an addition of dextrin, that would explain the nice thick head, or copious amounts of dry hopping, which would explain the intense citrusy aroma.
There is a fragrant “C” hop aroma from this beer citrusy, resinous, with a little dankness. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance the intense hop flavors with almost a bubblegum flavor on the finish. This is a great beer to come out of the Midwest. This is a very well balanced beer and falls right in the middle of East and West coast styles.
The IPA as described on the West 6th site:
“There’s a lot going on here, with citrus as the obvious star. Over the backbone of bready malt and pine stickiness you will find notes of peaches, lemon zest, dank grassiness, pine needles, and tangerines. Each sip is followed by a dangerously drinkable amount of resinous glamour.”
Any IPA drinker should enjoy this beer. It is intensely hopped but balanced and yes comes in a can which means more portable. This beer was picked up at Wagner Wine and Spirits. See my article about this shop here.