West Sixth Half-Bite IPA


My buddy and I were on our way to a friend’s house to do some mixing on our new musical project, and it is tradition to stop for some beer to share. We looked through the coolers for a few minutes, and our eyes came to rest on West Sixth Brewing’s new Half-Bite IPA. I’d heard people mention the beer, but couldn’t remember what the story was, so we went for it. When we cracked open the first two, we agreed it was quite “crushable” (as the beer nerds are saying these days), but with plenty of bite from the hops.

Later, I started looking closely at one of the cans, and it hit me: Half-Bite is in reference to the beer being brewed with roughly half the hops of the Lexington brewery’s flagship IPA. To wit, it checks in at a measly 3.5 percent alcohol by volume. It’s almost near beer. Thing is, a lot of so-called session IPAs come across as merely being hop water. This one has a bit of that (even moreso once I figured out what it was, which is all mental), to the point that I’m not sure I want to buy more of it. That said, however, I wouldn’t turn one down if it was offered to me.

My feeling is that if you really want to drink beer and you really don’t want to feel the effects, it’s either this or a Bud Light. You know what to do.