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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of wangbruins
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light copper color with two finger head with great staying power and all over the place lacing

S- Piney and earthy, your typical IPA scents, but pretty strong with a bit of caramel

T- Earthy with some citrus flavors- lots of lemon and a bit of orange

M- A bit of a bite on the tongue at first with a little sting after but a good aftertaste that stays with you for a minute or two

D- I was impressed- I got this at work from the promoters trying to get my boss to carry it and wasn't expecting much but was pretty surprised- it's pretty damn good

wangbruins, Aug 31, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

dweeuu, Feb 19, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a standard White Hawk IPA pint glass.

A: Hazy dark golden with an overall orange tint. Decent head that leaves lots of lacing down the glass.

S: Exceptionally fragrant but not overpowering. Subtle notes of vanilla and honey hiding within the expected hoppy nose. Hops are floral here. Balanced nicely with a malt presence.

T: One of the nicest, most balanced IPA's I've had so far. Goes down smooth with very little bitter aftertaste. Lots of hops on the front with a decent malty wave in the middle and toward the end. I get mild grapefruit and a hint of pine.

D: As someone who finds it hard to consume more than 3 or 4 IPA's in a sitting usually, I'm hard-pressed to think of a more drinkable IPA. I killed 5 of these a little too easily...

Value: Regularly $8.99 a sixer by me, but I picked it up on sale for $6.99. At that price, forget about it, that's a total steal.

WeezyBoPeep, Aug 20, 2010
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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.

ackleydg, Aug 05, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey amber color, slightly cloudy (a very fine micro suspension). Two finger foamy/pillowy head with very good retention. Some visible carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrusy hops. Strong grapefruit and pine scents. Moderate sweetness, with a hint of malts (but not much). Very appealing overall.

Taste: A nice bitter and sweet hop bite right up front. Strong pine flavors, with general citrus afterward. A darker sweetness afterward, but not syrupy. Enough malts to make the beer easy to drink. The hops are strong and flavorful, but not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a nice hop bite and minimally carbonated.

Drinkability: An excellent example of an American IPA. Good hop flavor and sweetness, without being overall harsh or syrupy. Good body and alcohol levels. Incredibly drinkable (easy to drink several) while being a good sipper as well (savoring one is great as well).

Buy Again? Yes. As long as I'm in the distribution range of Starr Hill, this could be my go to IPA.

jonziefle, Dec 15, 2009
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4.44/5  rDev +24.7%

Jmundy811, Nov 05, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pungent and resinous hops greet you in the nose as your pour this slightly hazy amber ale. It's almost like opening a bag of fresh hops! It brings up a full-sized head, and then maintains an inch thick cap for quite some time. (Lacing is good as well).

The flavor is just as hoppy, but balanced by a bit of yeasty fruitiness and lots of crusty, toasty bread... the kind that's just on the edge of burning at a few small points. It's floral, grassy, gently citrusy, leafy, and a touch piney - very much like East Kent Goldings, but with something else going on in there as well. Kind of a hybrid... It's interesting though, that they've stuck with mainly English hops though, as everyone seems to be making really hoppy beers with all American hops these days. I really like the blend. And I'd say, although it's not massive, that this is a really hoppy beer! And it's got the bitterness to prove it too! It's backed by a bold bitterness that clocks in at probably more than 80-85 IBU's, but at the same time, the rich, kind of luxurious bready-sweet and grainy malt keeps it from getting out of hand.

I've had a few Starr Hill beers before and enjoyed them greatly, but I've never really been impressed until this one. It's really a unique IPA in a sea of IPA's. And superbly balanced, but still with a lot of girth. You don't even know you're getting a hop slam at first - it takes a few sips for the massive oily hop resins and bitterness to set in. Really nicely done. Superb! Worth seeking out for fans of IPA.

NeroFiddled, Jul 10, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber (hot brewed tea)Paired with crab BLT at Capital Ale House on the first day of spring in downtown Richmond, Va. Aroma from the well poured pint with 2 fingers of dense white cream head is making the wait for it to recede seem long. I am astonished at the level of carbonation from this cask.

As the food hits the table I admire the persisteant showy lace, inhale the nearly hop vinyard fresh hopped IPA and take my first taste. No bite! A midly bitter finish with medium body and well balanced malt O.G./IBU ratio. Finish is supurb - dry and a velvet soft round mouthfeel suggests dextrins of honey. A session with a growler is in order!

I am just blown away with the awesome fresh citrus hop flavor and want to know if this is a freshly tapped cask.

I resolve to find this brewery! My server Michael G stops by and resolves to try this local cask beauty at the end of his shift. Another cask brew and 29 more on tap including half dozen locals follow. I envy the locals who are able to savor a second glass with out the pressure to try the extensive Capital Ale House offerings. The day was made by Stinky!

Hats off to Mark Thompson - a true master brewer.

karst, Mar 26, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Killer amazing uber IPA by this exciting new brewery.

A= copper-amber, dense white foamy head.

S= hops florals out the wazoo, with bready-dough depth.

T= mega-bitter hops with plenty of good taste and quality. Much less in the citrus-hops (Chinook et al) category than many of the recent uber-hops micro offerings the past few years. Outstanding IPA. Great depth, boldness, and also nicely bready balanced.

M= bitter bitter and florals. Somewhat astringent (and numb?!?!? ha ha).

D= only the uber-bitters keep me from rating this higher than "just a 4.0" on the scale.

therica, Jul 03, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starr Hill- Northern Lights IPA

A- Light copper reddish brown with a thick messy lacing head.
S- Sugary and bitter grapefruit hops with a sweet caramel candy malt.
T- Very sweet sugary caramel malt that quickly succombs to a big sugary sweet red grapefruit hoppiness. Slightly sugary but bitter finish.
M- Very sugary sweet and malty to start off but the grapefruit sweetness and bitterness takes over and finishes this 1 off.

Overall- Wow, big juicy red grapefruit hops make this quite a surprise beer! I'll be getting more next time in VA Beach.

NJpadreFan, Aug 27, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably the best IPA available on tap in the city of Charlotte.

That isn't saying all that much, but if you like good IPA's, this is one of them.

It was similar to Sierra Torpedo.

I had it with the Pub Burger at Selwyn Pub.

And then I had another for dessert.

dwterrell, Jun 01, 2009
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Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
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