King Of Hop - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jzeilinger on 07-12-2014

King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest. This medium-bodied beer is dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by jzeilinger:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Released July 1st, this particular one was bottled 6/19/14.

A - Pours dark copper gold color with a thick white head, light but steady carbonation, and sticky lacing.

S - Spicy orange, citrus, papaya, herbally, with a light caramel aroma being almost covered by the hops.

T - Light floral, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, mango, passionfruit, papaya, some apricot all come up front with a sudden burst of tang on the tip of the tongue. After the fruity tang the malt catches up bringing the intensity down just slightly but definitely tropical fruity all the way to the end and leaves a lingering orange tang in the back of the mouth with some slight grapefruit bitterness underneath and on the back end. Juicy.

M - Full medium body, slight thickness, coats the mouth with a tangy tropical fruit cotton-like sensation. Finishes wet, but yet very dry on the back of the tongue.

O - Enough balance to keep the beer sweet and fruity-like without cloying or edgy bitterness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mantooth
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at Cork & Cask, Cornelius NC...

Pours a clear golden with white head and superglue sticky lacing. Great nose, very floral and smells of orange zest. The taste follows suit and the mouthfeel is light, hops leave an oily residue on your tongue. This is a very nice IPA that I'll definitely have again. Talk about easy to drink. Nicely done Starr Hill.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep crystal clear yellow to brass orange body color, with nice fine and thin plentiful carbonation. Head easily makes a solid controlled four fingers, with a bit of swiss cheese and foamy to soapy appearance. Head falls in even levels like a descending circle.

Solid simple aroma. Good florals and hints of some juiced sweet fruit quality. Kind of interesting, with an indistinct fruit bent on it. Pretty solid and decent.

Palate comes with a solid mouthfeel that hints towards some light sugars and thickness. Candy like aromas seem to burst in the mouth with mild bitterness. Leafy to mint like finish, and somewhat chewy hop bent. Half decent amount of fruit hop juice getting towards tropical a bit in the palate, but with a somewhat cotton candy small sugar bent.

Overall it's just a pretty enjoyable one for an IPA not breaking new ground here, but I could easily have this again and be happy. Happy to be just having another Starr Hill beer that I enjoy for a change.

Photo of gopens44
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not too bad looking, but after that we have some issues. Anything descriptive of the hops in the nose is terribly muted, getting only a light touch of earthy hop but certainly getting some astringency that also comes into play in the taste. Speaking of which, not a ton of depth, we have a bit more of the earthiness opening up but we can't shake that rubbing alcohol that haunts the finish. My advice to Starr Hill - stick with Double Platinum. That DIPA works. This one doesn't.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber in a stemmed glass.

A- Pours a sturdy looking golden-orange color. Slight haze, 2F billowy white head, sticky lacing.

S-Tropical fruits and citrus, some sweets.

T- Orange, grapefruit, tropical. Some sweet malt backbone. As advertised, some earthy herbal notes.

M-Sticky medium body, nice carbonation. Smooth with a long dry hop finish. Lack of bite holds it back a tad.

O- Tasty and drinkable. Hoppy, not bitter. I want more "punch".

Photo of Spamtastic
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10 Oz draft at Tomato Head. Pours a clear golden yellow. Normal head that dissipated quickly, light lacing after a drink, but that vanished quickly. Very little aroma, but what's there is mostly citrusy and floral. Tastes more like a session IPA than a double, and I was hoping for a more pronounced hops profile. Mouth feel is good, with a nice balance of carbonation. Overall a decent beer, but more hops would have been nice.

Photo of jacewg
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly fresh bottle, packaged 6/17

Appearance: Deep orange/copper color with some haze. Thick white head, spotty lacing. Decent retention.

Aroma: Nose is nice. Very fruity with lots of citrus fruit and peel leading the way. Hints of tropical fruit with some caramel malt backbone pushing through.

Taste: Lots of nice qualities here as well. Opens with lots of juicy citrus, tropical fruit, and stone fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, apricot. Malt catches up quickly and brings some sweet caramel but drops off quickly as the beer finishes dry and fruity with a pleasant lingering floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. A bit mouth coating, but with enough dryness to make it work. Bitterness is clean and somewhat subdued for the style, letting the flavor and aroma take center stage.

Overall: Unquestionably the best beer I've ever had from Starr Hill, who seems to be taking a turn for the better as of late.

Photo of Sro86
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Well worth it to seek this one out

Photo of JBGoods
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great citrus/flower notes and extremely drinkable for the style and ABV. Summer Imperial? Yes, please.

Photo of fishguyac
2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good for the brand. Just to hoppy for me.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Poured a clear golden orange body with quick dying two finger head and left a minor lace ring.
Aroma is citrusy and floral with hints of grapefruit or tangerine sweetness from hops as well and not so much malts to speak of.
Light body for style and taste profile is comprised of mostly dry, bitter citric hops and there is some slight sweetness from both a grape hop perspective and caramel malt.
Finishes dry and crisp thanks to carbonation and is also well- balanced.
For a DIPA they went light on the hops b/c this is not a hop heavy/hop bomb type of beer.
Simple and pleasurable is what is it.

Photo of lhammer610
5/5  rDev +26.9%

We have moved from Oregon to Virginia in the past year and have been yearning for a NW style IPA. Some come close, like Hop Devil. Some are too sweet like Dogfish 60 Minute. Others just are not hoppy enough, like Devils Backbone 8 Point. What we miss is something like Ninkasi Total Domination, or Goodlife Descender IPA. We found it. King of Hop by Starr Hill is in the style of a true NW IPA. Great stuff.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clearish amber color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is pretty good, leaving behind both a creamy collar and some lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: At first, there isn't a whole lot of anything. Wha, a DIPA with a really mild nose? Luckily, the nose does open up somewhat, with some notes of lime, orange peel, pine, and sugar cookie. Still, this aroma is far too mild for a DIPA. (2.75)

Taste: The flavor, at least, reveals what the brewery intended better. It opens up with some mild tropical fruit notes, and ends with some minty/herbaceous bitterness. This remains pretty malty throughout. I don't know why, but this doesn't seem particularly balanced - it's neither too bitter nor too sweet, though. I don't know, maybe it isn't well integrated. This isn't flat out awful by any stretch (some of the notes are nice on their own), just the balance is way off. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy, and heavy - perhaps even slightly syrupy. Certainly, it seems like it's 9% or so in terms of body and even booze presence. Drinkability is low, though not quite 'bad'. Moderate carbonation alleviates some (if not all) of the problem. (3)

Overall: I had some high hopes for this one, considering how damn good Revival Red was. This is nowhere near that quality. Okay, it's two months old, but no DIPA should degrade that much in that time. It's hard to say exactly how it's underwhelming, but it just is. Some tweaks will make it pretty damn good, though. (2.75)

2.82/5: Where's your crown, King Nothing?

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. Decent IPA, but nothing special.

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3/19/2015 (full review 4/27):
Pours a wonderful golden yellow, clear and with a nice amount of head in this pour. Bubbles seen rising feed the white cloud stop the beer. The nose is a bit weak, a little tropical, a little grapefruit pith, a hint of pine, but all subdued. Also a little cereal note of grain.

Taste starts pretty clean, a hint of grapefruit rind and pine notes accompanied by a generic tropical flavor (maybe papaya). Carbonation is lighter and smoother than expected up front. Bitterness is really subtle, but does grow through the late taste, drying the palate, little more obvious with a little warmer beer, where grapefruit/pith tastes become stronger.

This beer grew on me a tad as I analyzed it. The beer is quite clean, if lacking just a tad on carbonation. The flavor aren't bold or strong, but I think work well as a profile. Not gonna impress many hop heads, but I think it works pretty well; if you look to this when looking for a hopped up APA, you probably won't be disappointed.

Edit: with some warmth, this asserted its IIPA nature a bit more. The alcohol comes out a tad, but so does the bitter grapefruit pith. Enjoying it a bit more than I did initially.

King Of Hop from Starr Hill Brewery
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