Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate amber color. Off white head and some lacing. The nose is grassy and floral with some light malt in the background. Bready malt and light hop bitterness ride underneath some light floral and grass characteristics in the flavor. Good body and carbonation. This is an easy-drinking IPA.
10-28-2010 10:59:54 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky head that leaves plenty of lace behind
Smell: Pithy bitter aroma with an undertone of cracker malt
Taste: Bready, up front, with a big blast of pithy aspirin-like bitterness arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt adds a sweeter balancing dimension but the flavors don't come together particulary well
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Lacks the fruity element I find in my favorite IPAs but it is certainly on style and will suit those who like their pith to be dominant
10-11-2009 20:59:16 | More by brentk56
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
Enjoyed at the brewery.
A: single finger head on a hazy golden body and crimson hues.
S: very nice aroma with candied citrus, mostly tangerine, pineapple and orange. Nice malt presence.
T: well balanced but still too lightly hopped. Hops mostly provide citrus notes, minimally floral. Nice malts presence.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: like so many of their brews, drinkable, nothing stands out and therefore not much memorable.
07-25-2012 23:22:22 | More by kylehay2004
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Good to see this brew show up in my local area.Poured into a nonic a dull slightly hazed full golden with a large tight wthite head that left broken rows of lace as it settled slowly.If I did a blind test on aroma I would never think this was an American IPA,mainly caramel malt with just a passing herbal hop note,not to impressed with that.Flavors regain a little of the hop character but still mild in my mind,light citric and herbal hop mixed with some biscuit malt.A little thin and not the most complex IPA but its not awful.
04-20-2009 22:57:00 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Served in a chilled mug at The Tombs.
Pours a light amber-ish straw with about a finger or so of light ecru head. The latter has good retention and produces some nice rings of lacing. A constant stream of bubbly bubbles flows from the base. The smell is pretty heavy on the hop citrus, with a lesser turn by the pine and not much else there at all. The taste generally follows, though the pine is more pronounced than the citrus, and an overall bitterness pervading throughout. In the back, though, is a strongly bitter bite that lingers into the aftertaste. The body is at the lightest notch on the moderate ladder, and the carbonation is fairly pronounced. In sum, this is a pretty drinkable brew, but that last strike of hoppy bitterness keeps it from a very high drinkability.
02-22-2010 22:18:10 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
A - Poured out a clear, orange color with a deeper amber color at the top of the glass. It had a one-finger, tan head with small bubbles. It left minimal lacing.
S - Good aroma of orange and some grapefruit. Also, some grasses present.
T - This one has a sweet bready malt backbone with some orange and other citrus fruits. Good bittersweet mix of malt and hops.
M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium bodied beer that goes down easy.
D - This is my first brew from the state of Virginia and I really enjoyed it. It is a good IPA.
07-21-2010 21:49:51 | More by zeff80
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
07-10-2009 10:18:09 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. This settle down into a rich dollop of froth in the middle of the glass, coating the sides with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells of floral tones, spice, earth, and some light metallic notes, with an underlying mix of citrus and a rather prominent grainy sweetness that pushes upward.
The taste has a fairly assertive citric bite to it that is undercut by some earthy and herbal character but stills leaves some rather stiff bitter pith and spice lingering on the tongue. Like the nose, the malts here have a strong toasted grainy presence to them that is nearly as forceful here as the hops are. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness in the mouth that intertwines with those more mellow herbal textures to keep this relatively smooth feeling despite the presence of some alcohol here.
Just based on the malt presence here, I could tell that this can must be getting up there in age yet those citric hops still had a bit of fresh life left to them in spots as well. I think that there was enough here for me to want to investigate this one again.
06-19-2012 14:35:30 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
On tap at some crappy bar in downtown DC. Served in an odd glass closest to a shaker pint glass. Beer is clear as far as I can tell and kind of amber / red. Forms a one finger head of small off white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Looks OK.
Aroma is a little weak. Mostly piny with some malt notes.
Beer is medium body and kind of smooth. Overall its just an OK IPA. Minimal sweetness up front, minimal bitterness in the back. Overall I enjoyed it but there are better IPAs out there.
07-18-2010 18:13:39 | More by drabmuh
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
The beer pours a hazy dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and biscuit malts. It's light with a touch of sweetness and a bit of bread-like character. The hop aroma is mild at best with just enough to sneak out of it's malt forward character. The taste is decent. It has a crisp hop bitterness up front along with a solid malt taste. It goes down easy with a refreshing hop character that runs through to the finish. The malts that were so pronounced in the aroma are merely a balancing agent in the taste. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty solid IPA. It's complex, yet easy drinking with good hop flavor.
04-24-2012 16:17:00 | More by WesWes
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
Had tonight at Dave's Downtown Taverna in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Poured into a pint glass.
a - Pours a nice amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, and fruity malts.
t - Tastes of light citrus hops and light floral hops. Good but light in the taste.
m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - A decent IPA. I wish the taste was a little stronger. Wouldn't seek out but would give another shot.
11-02-2010 03:17:58 | More by mdfb79
3.23/5 rDev -9%
Appearance: light orange in color with a 1/2" head that broke down quickly. No lace developed.
Smell: some soft caramel tones and a hint of hop bitterness came through but were tough to detect.
Taste: bready malt profile with a moderate but slightly harsh bitterness, caramel, lemon, and a bit of ripe fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.
Drinkability: a somewhat slower quaffing beer, as the refreshment level was reduce with some of the harsh bitterness.
08-17-2010 17:39:00 | More by Gavage
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Part of the mixed sampler 12 pack. Pours a copper color, smallish head to it. Smell is of grapefruit and hops.. fantastic aroma. Mouthfeel is good, beer is a light to medium bodied. Nice hoppiness, but very little to no maltiness. A very one-sided beer, not bad but just not balanced enough to be a good IPA. Solid, but in terms of IPA's just an average one... still manages a great aroma throughout though, kind of weird.
04-04-2012 03:15:13 | More by oriolesfan4
Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
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