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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 91 | 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:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004

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3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.