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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004)
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Reviews by ackleydg:
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ackleydg

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Northern Lights pours a nice reddish-amber color, with a substantial head and good lacing. The smell is hoppy for sure, mostly a citrus and floral character with some sweet malt in there. The taste compliments the aroma very well. It's not overwhelmingly bitter. The floral and citrus notes give way to a slight malty sweetness that you might expect from an amber or red ale. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated on the tongue and foam on the swallow.

A good IPA, a great blend of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:22:45 | More by ackleydg
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Jimbo321

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.8%

07-25-2014 15:09:39 | More by Jimbo321
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hoosier222002

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-25-2014 03:10:02 | More by hoosier222002
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augustwest

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-24-2014 20:29:10 | More by augustwest
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Beer_4_brains

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-23-2014 01:58:24 | More by Beer_4_brains
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Zach136

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 4/29 Reviewed live.

A - Deep orange, thin white head.

S - Faint notes of citrus and grass. Actually having to really get my nose in there to discern.

T - Light hop flavors of grass, pine, a citrus peel. Fairly astringent.

M - Medium bodied, refreshing finish.

O - Nothing particularly wrong with the beer, but far from being intense enough to be a go-to American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 01:07:11 | More by Zach136
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/21/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of conifers
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 6 to 10 mm uneven layer
Lacing OK, some medium islands and stalactites of various size bubbles
Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins very piney, short lived, leaving a bitter aftertaste, also short lived
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Not a bad IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 22:12:50 | More by Ozzylizard
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-22-2014 20:21:08 | More by curlybird
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

07-22-2014 18:15:25 | More by mendvicdog
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Thomas0790


4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

07-22-2014 03:20:49 | More by Thomas0790
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BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-19-2014 03:13:32 | More by BcOneSeven
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE REVIEWED: July 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: the end of a beautiful summer day... APPEARANCE: an all-too-calm orange amber body; thick, nearly two-finger white head dissipates to a rocky, palpable ring; lacing is random soap spots... AROMA: citrus and candy predominate--watermelon and Boardwalk taffy... PALATE: full-bodied wall of bite that sizzles through the teeth; elicits a lasting, mouth-watering Pavlovian response...a bit warm, though for 6.5% ABV... TASTE: strong and clearly pronounced hops here--Cascade for certain, that West Coast varietal--and a nice underpinning of malts when exhaled; a classic IPA taste without too much confusion or interference... OVERALL: of the four choices in the Starr Hill mix pack, this one easily warrants the most return interest, with its style-adherent flavor and its sessionability--just short of outstanding, the beer refreshes and ingratiates with a full-bodied presence...

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 01:19:18 | More by dacrza1
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-17-2014 18:42:30 | More by MattSharpless
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VAbrookiechaser

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-15-2014 23:41:18 | More by VAbrookiechaser
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-15-2014 02:38:47 | More by Rarrar
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MIKESTARR01

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-14-2014 18:45:51 | More by MIKESTARR01
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

07-14-2014 01:33:22 | More by vwbus7
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Rvageneralee


4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

07-12-2014 15:54:23 | More by Rvageneralee
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webweb2

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-11-2014 03:26:10 | More by webweb2
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-10-2014 22:12:01 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-09-2014 01:50:57 | More by jfcaa193
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-08-2014 23:07:57 | More by pat_usher
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TerrygeorgeFiske

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-05-2014 01:10:42 | More by TerrygeorgeFiske
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Remdog

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-04-2014 18:55:11 | More by Remdog
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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
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Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
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