Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
BBD September...12 oz. into Portsmouth snifter.
Pours a quintessential IPA color - light bourbon caramel...pretty clear, a little bit of haze. Only beef is not enough head - again, just a few wisps.
Wow - I wasn't paying enough attention when I first tried this a few days ago but I'm digging the Ruby Red grapefruit on the nose - it's mellow but a damn good hop profile. Slight sweetness from caramel-ish crystal malt balances well.
The grapefruit nose translates more to rind on the back of the palate but it's still a clean, hoppy IPA. Residual sugars are minimal but just enough to give this a nice malt backbone. Finish is a little tight.
Even though carbonation isn't visible it shows up on the palate. Again, it's clean but when you toss the biting grapefruit rind in with a fair amount of carbonation it does give off a little bit of burn. Again, solid malt profile, although still dry, balances well.
This is a solid take and one I'll seek out when back to visit the family in VA. Nicely done!
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2009 00:31:30 | More by IBUnit63
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3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle, bottled on 04/23/14, served in a tumbler glass.
Appearance: Clear copper-amber. Thin white skin of foam across the top with a thicker ring at the edge. Some persistent strands of lacing.
Smell: Floral with just a hint of tropical fruit.
Taste: Floral and tropical fruits with some notes of grapefruit citrus mixed in with some sweet tea flavors, with the tea flavors coming out a bit stronger at the finish. I'm not digging the sweet tea finish. However, as the beer warmed up the tea flavors get replaced with a bit more pine and stronger grapefruit bitterness at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and a little bit creamy even in thickness. Light carbonation. Definite stickiness on the teeth.
Overall / Drinkability: Mild by most AIPA standards these days, but tasty. Easily drinkable - brings flavor but doesn't pound you over the head with it. Finished quickly and wouldn't mind a larger one, and yet it was best with food. I think because I had a longer meal is why I wouldn't mind another one. Without food I think I might get a little bored with this one. Glad I tried it though.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 22:21:19 | More by damndirtyape
Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.