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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-11-2012 05:10:16 | More by jrohrbacher
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light copper color with a large white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – A nice bready aroma with good hints of citrus; mainly orange and grapefruit in nature. Mixed with this are light floral notes as well as a slightly earthy note.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice malty base mixed with a citrus hop. The hop taste starts out with a nice sweeter citrus flavor of tangerine and some light bitterness of grapefruit. The flavors bitter more as the taste goes on with some other floral and light pine flavors coming to the tongue. Overall the hop is on the more lower side of hop spice, but actually quite smooth overall.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly on the thicker side with the carbonation level being very average. Both suit the beer quite well and make for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – A very easy drinking IPA with good flavor. A little low in hoppiness, but it does have nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:15:09 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of FosterJM


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1375th Review on BA
Bottle to Small Tulip

No bottle dating

Thanks to my co-worker for bringing this state tick back to CA for me.

App- A mixture of copper and orange with some yellow highlights. A small one finger off white head with a touch of cling and lace. Like a deep sunset.

Smell- Really had that Euro/East Coast IPA aroma with grass, dirt and more malts behind it. Small amounts of hops came up but not much. Also small amounts of over ripe fruit.

Taste- The taste was very similar to the nose with the malts dominating this profile. Seemed like being in a dirt field after a tractor just made some dirt dust come up. Small citrus backing flavors.

Mouth- A fuller medium with a certain dryness behind it. A fuller carbonation level as well. Residual earthiness and over-ripe fruit.

Drink- It was a nice IPA. Wasnt earth shattering or anything crazy. If someone likes a bit more malts and less citrus balance. Check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 21:18:44 | More by FosterJM
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

07-01-2012 03:29:17 | More by devilben02
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

06-27-2012 00:02:22 | More by StuMo65
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-24-2012 19:22:23 | More by hardcor33
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-20-2012 23:53:24 | More by fDOTbear
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3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 14:35:30 | More by Kegatron
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-18-2012 05:09:51 | More by CarolinaKev
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-17-2012 18:55:44 | More by JJOVa
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

06-16-2012 03:35:26 | More by Flowyn82
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-15-2012 01:58:05 | More by LawNoosh
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3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange/tan in color, this American IPA starts off with a frothy, creamy head of foam and a caramel/citrus aroma. The head of foam gradually breaks down to a thin layer, but it does leave some lacing.

This beer has a good flavor profile that includes tastes of caramelized malt, toasted malt, and pale malt, along with some citrus flavor; namely light mandarin oranges. There are some biscuit notes as well but only a small amount of hop bitterness in the finish. The beer has an interesting floral aftertaste.

Northern Lights IPA is a decent beer, but I’m not so sure it is deserving of an IPA designation. I love IPA, but I expect a more powerful jolt of hops than this. I like the malt backbone of this beer, too, but I still can’t help but wonder what happened to the hops. I expect an explosion, but the hops offered here ae more like a small firecracker.

This is a good effort overall from Starr Hill, but it seems like it is lacking in a few ways. I don’t rank it highly on my IPA list, but I certainly wouldn’t turn one down if offered my way.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:51:09 | More by BryanCarey
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-12-2012 02:18:04 | More by cestlavie
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-12-2012 01:38:46 | More by meltroha
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-11-2012 02:49:17 | More by 2dogbrew
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-03-2012 21:00:52 | More by Gww1864
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-03-2012 01:57:07 | More by desperado28
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-22-2012 00:11:28 | More by whartontallboy
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

05-20-2012 22:07:28 | More by Everton
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

05-20-2012 03:01:52 | More by odualum13
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-16-2012 00:52:50 | More by cheapswiller
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

05-08-2012 14:44:54 | More by greg4579
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-08-2012 02:40:21 | More by avisong
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3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a gusher out of the bottle...

A - A bit more than a fingers worth of airy off-white colored foaminess comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Decent retention gives way to a full whipped slightly creamy lacing... Loaded with rapid carbonation within and loads of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass... An interesting color that is lively copper with a distinctive energizing red hue... A very nice looking brew all the way around... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Sweet citrus... Mandarin oranges... A bit of fruit cocktail... A strong malt base lies beneath the surface... Bread dough... Biscuit... Caramel...

T - The flavor is rather plain Jane... The hop presence is very subdued, especially considering the IPA designation... The malt base is solid, but uninspired... There's nothing off or wrong, but there also isn't anything distinctive or worth getting excited by...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... A bit on the lush side... A touch creamy... Lightly carbonated... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - A pretty decent beer... Excellent appearance, solid aroma, and average in all other facets... I hold have not issue drinking again in the future, but not something that I would necessarily seek out or recommend... A great alternative for the BMC crowd, but very pedestrian for the experienced BA...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:21:11 | More by philbe311
Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
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