West Sixth Brewing - Hop Static Ch. 1
- ABV: 7.5%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 75
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass, Pint Glass, Mug
- Malts: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, C-60
- Hops: Eureka, Comet, Idaho 7
This is the first beer of West Sixth's rotator IPA series, and it's certainly a great start. Presenting a golden copper hue under a generous cap of sticky foam, Hop Static bursts with luscious notes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, and light citrus, joined with resinous pine and herbal character. That resinous herbal quality comes forth quite prominently on the palate, too, as it augments a firm 75 IBUs of hop bitterness for a drying character that's matched well to the robust malt core, which offers a solid dose of caramelization without overplaying its part. Those fruity hop characteristics come through wonderfully juicy and zesty within a medium body, making for a deliciously hoppy and satisfying brew. For pairing options, we're thinking spicy pizzas and calzones will work nicely with both the hop and malt character, along with Indian and southeast Asian cuisine, or Cuban chicken with mojo sauce. Cheers!
West Sixth Brewing hit our radar pretty early on after they were founded in 2012, and this sustainability-minded brewery in Kentucky has been making some exceptional beers that see very modest distribution. From their core year-round IPA (packed with Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and Columbus hops) to more occasional offerings like their exceptional Christmas Ale and imperial stout releases, West Sixth has been continually knocking it out of the park. The brewery distributes solely in its home state of Kentucky and nearby areas, but the local emphasis has also helped them grow in leaps and bounds over the past few years.
West Sixth currently operates two taprooms in downtown Lexington: the Main Taproom (at their original location in the historic Bread Box building) plus The West Sixth Greenroom, both of which offer 15–20 West Sixth beers on tap along with a selection of bottled releases. Ditto for the brewery’s West Sixth Farm, a 120-acre property on which West Sixth will grow all kinds of different regional ingredients for their beers: hops, blackberries, and raspberries, along with barley, sorghum, squash, pawpaws, sugar beets, and chili peppers. The brewery’s also slated to open a large new location in downtown Louisville in the trendy NuLu neighborhood. West Sixth Nulu will include a brewery and taproom, and is expected to open up early this year.
In addition to world-class beers, we appreciate the mindfulness West Sixth shows toward the surrounding communities, as well as their efforts toward environmental sustainability. Along with supporting nonprofits through campaigns like Sixth for a Cause, Wooden Nickel, Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter, and Pedaling for a Purpose, the brewery also releases a sustainability report each year—highlighting efforts in areas like farming and land management practices, resource utilization/recycling, charitable giving, and community involvement. For more info, give 'em a ring at 859-705-0915 or visit them at www.westsixth.com.
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