Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dedrinker on 06-17-2010

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see Starr Hill with a new DIPA.Poured into an oversized wine glass a dull burnt orange infused golden with a thinner but clingy white head atop.Good hop complexity in the aromas with a mix of mango,grapefruit,and resiny pine notes overtop of a sweetish caramel base.A little sharp at first sip and a tad thin but it doesnt detract from the beer to much.Resiny hops and sugary-like alcohol sweetness are the main flavor components,the hops stick out more as the beer warms,a good prickly sharp hop bite in a lingering finish.A solid offering from a decent brewery.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

)n tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Pours deep and dark amber. Modest but durable head.

Aroma: Interesting aroma is hoppy, as expected, but has an unusual character that is floral and herbal but otherwise rather hard to describe.

Flavor is more earthy, with mild to moderate bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation.

O: for hop heads.

Photo of mdaschaf
1.66/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear golden/copper color with a small off-white head. Very little retention or lacing.

S: Had a definite vegetal/onion/garlic aroma. Faint citrus underneath, but the off-putting aromas really dominated.

T: The flavor profile followed the aroma, sort of cat piss and onions. Very unpleasant.

M: Hard to really tell because the flavor was so bad.

O: One of the worst beers I have had, a drainpour. Bottle date was mid-February as well, so I can't see age really being a factor.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, necked down glass jar, bottled on 8/28/13.

Deep autumn orange with a decent and sticky dark tan head.

The aroma is divine; grapefruit wedges, orange marmalade, big citrus.

Medium-high bitterness all of orange rinds. Orange marmalade sparingly sweetened. A little biscuit in the back.

Exactly medium bodied with waves of carbonation. Lots of bubbles.

A far better Double IPA than I was expecting that has been obviously stored well. Virginia has some overlooked breweries. The high carbonation is the only part of this beer I'm not really crazy about.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Starr Hill Double Platinum IPA in Roanoke. Semcoe hops are one of my favorites and it is no surprise to me that I like this beer. Semcoe along with Centennial hops make this a very good double IPA. The beer pours a orange clear copper with frothy with head that is lacing nicely. The smell includes grapefruit and slight pine. The mouthfeel is a fuller body beer that is well balanced in hop and malt. Overall a very good beer....nice job Starr!

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler filled at the Fairfax Whole Foods and put into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich and slightly off-white colored head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger dollop of creamy froth, which throws a thick latticework of sticky lacing all up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is deep resinous smelling, along with some dank and herbal tones, and a peppery spiciness. Fruits seem to be more on the sweeter side, with pineapples and mango making themselves known but there is some more bitter smelling grapefruit character present as well. More malty notes of caramel and toasted grains really gives this a deep stickiness in the nose that is only compounded by some light warmth that gives this some heft in the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with grapefruit and citrus rind, before a big tangy blend of tropical fruits, bread, grains, and some sweet toffee notes all barge their ways into the profile. There is a touch of a dirty herbal dankness that runs throughout this. Those biting resins cut across the tongue, leading into a finish of dry pine, DEEP spice, and a quick splash of sticky fruit that hangs on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a creamy sharpness that prickles the tongue but an underlying easy slickness here keeps this moving readily across the palate. There is some beefy warmth to the body, with maybe a touch of heat present, but this actually drinks pretty well for the size.

I initially picked this growler up based on the fantastic early reviews but this one just left me wanting a little more in the end. There's a lot of sweetness here and I would have liked to have seen the pine and spice toned down in favor of some more bright citric bitterness. The feel was pretty darn solid though, with the heft of the ABV being handled fairly well here. This was another solid Starr Hill offering but this one didn't quite blow me away.

Photo of nickthetick
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear amber hue into an American shaker with little khaki bubbles in substitution for a head.

S: great pine and light citrus notes dominate the nose.

T: dark citrus fruits, tangerines, grapefruit, blood orange. The citrus is backed by a weak caramel flavor.

MF: little effervescence and a heavier then it should be body make for a disappointing mouthful.

O: the weak malt gives an impression of a lacking malt profile instead of an abundant hop profile with a good malt backbone. I wouldn't buy again.

Photo of bum732
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

S: Orange rind, some grapefruit, solid malt profile

L: Hazy golden orange, creamy whit head with great retention. Solid lacing.

T: Sweet maltiness with lots of orange rind like hoppiness. Medium bitterness with a prominent maltiness. Finishes semi-dry and malty with orange rind notes.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Meh, not very hoppy, i may need to try a fresher bottle.

Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some citrus. Taste is bold, bitter, lots of hops, citrus, flavorful.Alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 08/09/12 poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pretty standard golden amber color with about a finger and a half head after a pretty agressive pour. Head dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrusy and mild grassy hops. Very pleasant.

T - More citrus. Grapefruit really comes through as it warms. A pretty decent smack in the face as it finishes very bitter. Almost too bitter IMO. Yeah, I'm not really feeling the finish.

M - Pretty spot on for the style. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Good beer up until the finish. Too bitter IMO. Other than that, though, it's an above average beer. Very drinkable at 8.6%.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: High turbidity factor, with macro particulate matter suspended about a glowing orange body. Chunky macro particles are bready while the head is thin, compact with a antique white tint with dull yellowish undertones. Lacing is sparse, low coverage rate, weakly holding.

S: Grassy-hay aroma, sweet toast and grahm crackers. Strength is average with a bit of dried apple slices.

T: Toasted dry sweetness for flavor followed by a dry hopping of grassy-onion hops. Good level of dry bitterness, citrus and dry herbal appeal that spikes with a sharp toasted grain and grassy-onion finale. Some dry lemon.

M: Mouthful is rough, edgy, silty feel with the malt with a scratchy residual and leafy flowery coating ont the tongue. Leaves with a dry bitterness.

O: Overall worthy ibus, though as with most ipas everything is dry and linear, focusing on the brunt dry hop bitterness rather flavor. Love the extra junk in the glass, worthy a visit for a good wallop of hops.

Photo of Winfred
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice grapefruit taste without the overwhelming bitterness of a grapefruit. Great double IPA.

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown with a large off white head.

S: Malt with some grapefruit aroma. I'm really note getting a whole lot on the smell of this one, what I do get is grapefruit, and maybe a little light citrus juice.

T: Nicely balanced, although the scales tip to a little malt forward. Toffee and brown bread, as well as grapefruit and orange peel.

M: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. I think the carbonation makes this feel a little lighter than it is, you can definitely feel the body going towards syrupy, but the carbonation keeps it from getting there.

O: Overall pretty good, but the aroma is a little weak. Still, tastes good, and is interesting enough to get again.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #283
Served On: 07/24/2013
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.6%
Date/ Code: 02/9/13

This was a bottle from a sixer I picked up at the Outlet Liquores in Rhoboth, DE.

Look: Poured 2 fingers of rocky off-white foam - quickly reduced to a thin film . Color was a very clear copper with barley any carbonation bubbles detected.

Smell: High level of citrus and sweet tropical fruits. A nice astringency contributed to the very complex hop aroma along with a faint sweet malt in the background.

Taste: First on the palate was a mix of a strong pine and grapefruit. A quick bitterness hit right in the middle. Then a real nice pineapple set in to make up a pleasant finish. The mouth feel was smooth and not too heavy – given the high ABV and complexity. Lacing was good with large patches clinging to the sides of the glass.

This is a good double IPA from. It’s nicely balanced but still has a sophisticated complexity that makes the beer interesting.

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Feb 2012 no excuses here, dare I check this out.

A nice simple off white two finger head, somewhat small foamy in appearance but fairly solid, sits on a very dull orange and frozen cloudy body. The body is very hazy and cloudy, if it wasn't for the nice head retention I would probably score this lower.

Mild mushy grapefruit hop angle, very sweet and thick smelling. Sense of brown sugars, and decent malt. Fairly solid.

Taste is fairly straightforward for the style but decent. Hop forward with a strong sense of thickness but not too syrupy on the palate. Pine dry action, even a surprising hint of tobacco on the finish which is quite surprising. Not a boozy mess either considering the high abv.

Overall a simple straightforward but decent example of the style. Kind of shocked most of the beers I've had from this brewery have not been very good, so it was nice to see that there is still a beer that they make I can enjoy.

Photo of metter98
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The aroma is a little sweet and has hints of caramel malts along with slight hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of spicy hops and a light amount of bitterness. Notes of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: For a Double IPA, this beer is really lacking when it comes to providing aromas and flavors of hops. It's not that drinkable considering that some alcohol is noticeable.

Photo of obywan59
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost clear, just slightly hazy. Orange to light amber in color with an off white head of 1 1/2 fingers. No lacing

Smell of over ripe citrus, almost doughy at times. Light piney hops.

Sweet over ripe citrus in the taste as well with faint caramel and a substantial long lasting bitterness. Grapefruit and grapefruit peel.

Medium full in body, Sting of carbonation on the tongue., but creamy in feel otherwise. Burn of alcohol in the throat.

This is a very good beer. Tasty and well bodied. Quite pleasant for a midsummer sampling, but I imagine it would serve as well in the dead of winter. In my opinion, it is among the ranks of the better Virginia brews.

Photo of aleamericanreject
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: murky copper, burnt orange almost. Off white foamy head

Smell: piney. Earthy hop aromas

Taste: certain pine flavor upfront but also back with some citrus

Mouth feel: very smooth and low-bodied. Flavor burst at onset and really attacks the mouth. Quickly exits and doesn't linger too long but what does is enjoyable.

Overall: good beer. Nice hop profile and taste yet is not too bitter or simple. Nice for a casual sip.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ow dear 10/14/12 is the bottle date making this brew over 10 months old.
A - Wow no sediment and a 1/4 inch of off white head that sticks around forever! Amazing for such an old brew. Color is a dirty hazy amber brown.
S - Malted sweetness and very little herbal hop bite. This one may be too old for its own good.
T - Somewhat bitter and earthy hops with an acidic bite. Mostly sugar malts and some ethanol is noticeable.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, very acidic this stuff burns.

Overall a very herbal and aggressive DIPA that has aged like floor cleaner. Not the best DIPA by a long shot.

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a very crisp copper color with a 2 1/2 finger off-white head that eventually dwindles down to a slightly bubbly, slightly creamy cap. Leaves a significant amount of sticky lace down the glass. Small, concentrated groups of carbonation bubbles rise from the center, maintaining that small cap. Small sediment floaters give the crisp copper color a hazy, cloudy appearance. I was hoping for a bit more head retention, but overall a solid appearance.

S: A prominent citrusy grapefruit aroma, with underlying notes of hops and pine. A good bit of malty sweetness and alcohol underneath it all. Not a very complex nose, but this one is pleasing through simplicity.

T: This one was a bit too cold upon pouring, so my first sip was primarily just malt sweetness and booze with very mild zings of bitterness. As the beer warms up to about 45 - 50 degrees, the flavors start to balance out. The hop bitterness becomes more profound, melding with the grapefruity citrus and well-rounded malt sweetness. A little bit of boozy twang comes through in the middle and finish, and it warms the throat a bit on the way down. I'm also detecting a little bit of earthy yeast in the aftertaste. This one is overall well-balanced and pleasing on the palette.

M: This one has a medium body with mild, crisp carbonation. This one has a touch of creaminess that makes it slick and smooth on the tongue. Drinks really easily for a brew of its size.

O: This one was surprisingly solid. A very pleasant aroma with some above-average flavors and a smooth body make this one very drinkable for its size. Not something I'd go out of my way to recommend to someone, but a definite solid option and something that I might go back to for a second round in the future.

Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear bronze/amber color. The amber-tinted head is fairly tall, with a foamy, rocky texture. Retention is good, and a very nice lattice of lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Some lightly caramel and cookielike malt aromas up front. Hop aromas are bright and vibrant, with equal parts citrus and fruity notes. Orange and tropical notes are most prominent, with some mild grapefruit. Some lightly piney notes are also present.

T: Some definite sweetness up front, with moderate caramel flavor. Hop bitterness kicks in fairly prominently. Hop flavors are citric, fruity, and somewhat piney. I get more orange than grapefruit, and pine resin gradually becomes more prominent. Bitterness continues building into the finish, which features a light but detectable alcoholic presence.

M: A touch fuller than medium bodied. Carbonation is slightly lighter than average. Bitter dryness builds continuously into a somewhat bracing and - thanks to the alcohol - warming finish.

D: This is a nice, relatively easy-drinking double IPA. Pretty middle of the road in terms of its characteristics: somewhat malty/sweet, firmly bitter, and both citrusy and piney. It all adds up to an enjoyable brew.

Photo of rfgetz
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive bright orange amber, moderate cap of prickly froth, some sticky lacing, light retention. Scent brings notes of pine, citrus rind, earthy hops, caramel and biscuity malt. Taste follows suit, bitter, hoppy but not overly flavorful, light caramel and biscuit backbone. Medium bodied, some oiliness, dry. Solid dIPA that doesn't overdo it, would love just a touch more hop flavor.

Photo of GregJ
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish orange. Smells of pine spice and rye. Tastes of spicy pine, heavy malt presence, some citrus and bready. Pine resin and malty aftertaste. Med/light body with med carbonation.

Photo of dontpanic5
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer, I wasn't able to pour the whole thing in one go, the head was too plentiful. Not sure if that's a characteristic of the beer or of how bad I am at pouring beers. Once it was all in the glass, the beer had a dark amber hue underneath the billowing white head.

The beer doesn't have a strong smell to me, or perhaps it's user error again and summer allergies are rendering my nose useless. What I could smell was a little bit of hops but also a little something else balancing it out.

The beer has the distinct hops bite that would be expected from a double IPA, but it is more forgiving than other beers in this category. Expect the hops to really hit you on the aftertaste.

What has ultimately sold me on this beer is the mouthfeel. It's creamy and full-bodied and seems to occupy every nook and cranny of your head. Overall I enjoyed this beer, it was a lot of fun to drink!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NY

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and just a trace of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of mottled thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of sweetness and light aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. Light flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and spicy hops are present lending a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: For DIPA, this is not really a great example but I guess I am not that surprised as I have yet to have been really impressed with anything from this brewery. The hop flavors and aromas are much too subtle for the style and the alcohol is not nearly well enough hidden.

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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.