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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 77 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/26/11:
Best by: April 2012; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fluffy head; Slightly murky appearance with a light orange tinted copper color; Moderate lacing

S - Not an overly strong smell here; Citrusy orange and floral hop aroma with some caramel sweetness

T - Nice citrusy, piney, and floral hops in the beginning half of the taste; Burnt toffee comes afterwards and lingers in the finish; Nice dose of bitterness present that lasts from start to finish

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Somewhat dry finish

O - This is a solid IPA overall with a nice showing of hops in the flavor. The bitterness does overshadow the citrus and pine flavors a bit, but is still enjoyable. I've been told that this is the best selling Virginia brewed IPA, and while I'm not sure I'd call it the best in the state, I think it's closer to the top than the bottom for sure. I definitely need to try this beer again and look forward to having it in a can as well.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent orange brown with a fairly decent off white head at the pour, but the head quickly recedes to a thin layer of fizz and bubbles contributing to a classy residual lacing thing.

S - Big malt smell with a little hop bite. Truth be told, my brain is likely suggesting more hop aggression than reality offers.

T - First taste yields a nice grapefruit bitterness that has been muted ever so lightly by a sweet thick maltiness. Finish is more nondescript in it's bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a fairly decent amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and slightly fruity.

O - I bought this as a six pack of cans to take to a gathering, and for this purpose the beer was perfect. Quenching, tasty enough and a conversation starter of sorts. I'd her it again for the same purpose, but I can likely find something a bit more "hop-a-rific" for home drinking fun.

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Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.