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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dreadnaught33 on 02-03-2011)
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was best in show at Floyd festival over 4th of July 2010. Exceptional beer! The beer appears to be very new and thus not available yet to everyone. I think the alcohol content is somewhere around 8% per company rep.

Keep up the good work and get this beer available to everyone.

thundley459, Jul 05, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starr Hill Double Platinum is very citric, very aggressive, yet refreshing and crisp.

It poured a light copper, almost apricot color, with a very short white head that dissipated too soon. A wall of lace rings were left on the glass. A very strong citric/grapefruit aroma accompanied the pour and that translated to the flavor which had a strong oily raw hop aftertaste. The feel was very bitter with a pleasant long-lasting sting, yet it was crisp and oddly refreshing.

With the strong citric flavor and crisp bitter feel, Double Platinum is perfect at the end of a long hot day. To me, this is the perfect summer beer. If it's available all year, it will be my go-to beer.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 21, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before January 2012.

A: A lovely two fingers of tight, off-white head with splendid retention. The beer is coppery-clearish with some bubbles. Gorgeous gold in the light. Good lace.

S: Strong, wonderful hops. Perhaps Cascade? Quite piney at first, with an herbal character underneath. A bit of dry malt.

T: Drying, crisp, and utterly delicious. Great DIPA and fantastic effort from Starr Hill. The maintaste is surprisingly balanced, bittersweet, lightly hoppy with a touch of caramel. Piny grapefruit meets molasses-sweet malt. The endtaste is less sweet, biscuity and then bracingly bitter. Hops linger.

M: Full-bodied, scrumptious, titillating, wet-dry. Balance is clearly the name of the game.

O: Perhaps the best beer that Starr Hill brews. Double Platinum can compete with just about any IPA out there. Big, assertive but nuanced, flavorful, and a pleasure to drink. well-balanced throughout. Definitely recommended. I will be buying more.

AgentMunky, Aug 05, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review after drinking probably close to 1000 beers which include the far majority of the top 100 here.

First off I'm not a fan of pale ales on cask

a: amber, very translucent minimal head, very nice looking cask iipa

s: citrusy goodness, ripe grapefruit overpowers slight pinapple sweetness with a touch of alcohol... And a little bit offness of BO but barely noticable.

T: wow it shines here sweeter citursy flavors upfront, then as it lingers the bite of bitter grapefruit. This is pretty much exactly what I am looking for in a iipa, a very very slight taste of alcohol, no presence of th BO taste as noticed in the smell.

m: silky smooth, low carbination... Typical cask ale

D: this goes down easy even being a iipa I really would like to know the abv on this because it seems dangerous.

I have had most other Starr hill beers and have really liked the love, but this REALLY shines, one of the best beers I have had lately and I hope Starr hill makes this one more available

drank at Capitol ale house

Todes, Jul 29, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compares to Pyramid Outburst in taste as well as in recipe (both made with Centennial and Simcoe hops as well as Two Row and Caramel malts).

Color is typical of non-conditioned DIPAs. Leaves a nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

As a former Ruination advocate, this is the only readily available beer that still has some perceivable bitterness for me.

williestile, Jul 30, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good offering from Starr Hill. Poured into a pint glass as a cloudy orange colored beer. Medium size white head, decent retention and plenty of lacing.

Strong and nice citrus hops aroma. Just what I would want from a DIPA.

Mostly strong bitter citrus hops taste. There must be enough malty presence to keep this from being too harsh, between the hoppiness and high abv. The result is a hophead's delight but still fairly smooth and easy to drink

Mouthfeel is crisp and just rich enough for this style. Easy to drink, no hint of high abv.

There are a lot of really good IPAs and DIPAs out there...This is one of them!

JayQue, Dec 06, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off: this is a new beer not yet being bottled - if at all. So far it is only in kegs. I bought a growler of it from the Whole Foods in (or just outside of) Richmond. Not even mentioned on their web site when I checked after buying and drinking. After word gets out, or they expand availability or packaging, this entry will need updating.

Orangey-amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

Aromas of fruity citrus, floral freshness.

The citrus, floral, tropical fruit hoppy flavors are floating on a clean and slightly sweet malt character quite reminiscent of a decent West Coast style DIPA.

This where Starr Hill sends out it's wake up call to beer geek hop heads (only if they go all out to market with this in bottles) that they don't just make beers for college-town craft pedestrians, nor does it let a significant stake of AB-InBev investment prevent them from spilling a heap o' hops in this delicious beer.

Classic medium-full body of a DIPA where extra malt and alcohol lend added sweetness and lushness.

If any Starr Hill folks are listening, keep it up in this direction and get the best of both worlds: sales plus street cred.

dedrinker, Jun 17, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Poured on tap at the Camel in Richmond. Big grapefruit double IPA, in the nose and taste. Not too syrupy-sweet or boozy or otherwise reminiscent of a barley wine. The head stayed with the beer but it wasn't a beauty. Good lacing all the way down. Great beer, glad it's local.

esv, Apr 21, 2011
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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.