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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 87 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange with a solid lingering one-finger head
S: Nice hop/malt balance. Simple and straightforward, mostly orange peel.
T: Similar notes to the nose; the hops come through up front with the malt following through to the finish. Pine and orange peel up front then yeast/bread to finish.
M: Medium-bodied and crisp.
O: By all means a decent beer, just nothing in particular stands above and beyond a typical IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rhartogsq
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at American Tap Room, Ballston Location in pint glass

A. Gold, lighter than most IPAs Almost no head, however, out waitress was super slow and the head probably dissipated before she brought it out to my table.
S. Nice, floral scent. Pretty average smell for and IPA, but I like that.
T. Not bad, a nice hoppy note, finishes a little dry.
M. Refreshing, the a little dry. Decent balance.
O. Halfway through this beer, I had a sip of Lil' Sumpin Sumpin, and that ruined the Northen Lights for me. As Lil S.S. is awesome. But Give Northern Lights a shot and decide for yourself.

Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orangish amber with a mountain of soft, dense, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is lightly bready and has a nice citrusy hop aroma. There's a soap aroma as well which fades with the head. The flavor is malt forward with nice bready, doughy character. The hop character is faint for the style with notes of faint citrus and pine. The hops clash a little with the malt character which throws the flavor off a little. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth.

This isn't an awful beer, but the balance just isn't there. Ultimately, it's just a little too mediocre.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.