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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

736 Ratings
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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 60 | 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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

LawNoosh, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of BryanCarey
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

BryanCarey, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +12.7%

cestlavie, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

meltroha, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

2dogbrew, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Gww1864, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of desperado28
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

desperado28, Jun 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

whartontallboy, May 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Everton, May 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

odualum13, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cheapswiller, May 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

greg4579, May 08, 2012
Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +12.7%

avisong, May 08, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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...

philbe311, May 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

haddyhustle302, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

grantino9, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Mvacco, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Beerfoot20, May 06, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

dmorgan310, May 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

catfan2000, May 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

peabody81, May 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

closisinthehouse, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WesWes, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

gregu2, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

DaveHack, Apr 21, 2012
Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.