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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 372
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 27.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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 DavidS333
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Starr Hill Double Platinum Imperial IPA is a great beer/ale that I had been looking forward to trying. The beer's frothiness is perhaps about 1/2 of the way between light and medium, the beer's color is a rich amber, its thickness is perhaps 1/2- 3/4 of the way between light and medium, on a scale of light/medium/thick.

The scent of the beer is really refreshing and tempting. The scent is officially described as possessing "citrus and pine" notes, one may notice the sort of hoppy "backbone" which the beer is also ascribed as-well in its tempting and refreshing smell.

The taste is very pronounced from the offset, and once can sense that sort of hoppy bitterness as a sort of immediate column of taste if you will upon sipping/tasting the beer.

This beers taste is perhaps somewhat unique in that its hoppyness is present and apparent from the beginning of the taste per se, and doesn't really kick in at the end per se, as is the case with some other hop heavy beers'.

The after taste is satisfying and tasty, it reminds me of perhaps like a seasonal Harpoon(Christmas season), or a popular San-Fran based IPA's aftertaste, but perhaps this beers aftertaste is slightly more pronounced, and hence one can sense that greater presence of hops. The aftertaste is not so overpowering, its hoppyness/bitterness in the aftertaste is somewhat "contained" it seems, and this is perhaps somewhat agreeable for a beer that one might drink while relaxing, watching tv, having a snack etc.

Overall I would say this is a good, drinkable Double/Imperial IPA. It is drinkable and is of a pleasant consistency, with a strong hops taste, rich yet subtle aftertaste, and definitely possesses that sort of tasty "backbone of hops" that its brewers ascribe to it. Overall a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of thundley459
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Todes
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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

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Photo of williestile
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of dedrinker
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of esv
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been listed under Double IPA and Imperial IPA I think, but Double Platinum is the real name of this brew.

Had at Churchkey in DC.

Has a nice frothy head look to it with great lacing. Amber to copper semi clear color.

The smell is great and has awesome open hops to it with huge citrus and pine notes. Nice soft malt backdrop.

The taste has some floral notes added to the citrus and pine hops, thinking centennial hops are in there...? Lemon peel, biscuit dry end. Good beer.

Mouth is creamy and has great carbonation. Nice! A great beer and a very pleasant drinking Double IPA.

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Photo of ezec
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

Glows a cloudy copperish-orange with medium to thin head that lingers.

Aroma is biting of sweet grapefruit backed by faint green apples and some raisins maybe.

Tastes not as sweet as the nose implies, making it more drinkable. Bitterness lingers with a fairly dry mouthfeel which paves the way for another taste. Very good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy aroma, with some nice citrus notes.

T: Tasted of hops - a big shot of them - along with citrus (grapefruit), pine and some malt. At this point, with the saturation level of DIPAs it's hard to come up with something really original with their flavors. This beer is no exception, but it does have a very focused, complex and vibrant flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have a couple of little flaws, it's still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright orangey reddish colour transparent with a small head which sticks around.

Smells amazing citrus, grapefruit, hoppy. Can almost taste it through smell alone.

Very very hoppy and bitter, if you like your IPA's strong this is for you.

Has the mouth feel I expect from an IPA not too carbonated and not too thin.

In conclusion a very good DIPA which I would recommend.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance is very good, a nice amber coloring with average carbonation.

Definitely a grapefruit-centrist nose to it.

Grapefruit is also prevalent on first taste, but it shifts to piney and finally somewhat bitter as it settles out. No alcohol taste.

It is a little dry and thin for my taste.

Overall, a pretty good specimen for the style, but could use a little more malt and body to balance it a bit better.

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Photo of paulginva
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the tap into a snifter, had roughly a 1/2" slightly off-white frothy head with good head lacing that dissipated somewhat slowly. The body was a clear orangish deep amber with modest carbonation.

AROMA: Putting this to the smell test revealed a heavy but pleasant resinous hop aroma with a bitter grapefruit coming through as well as a light peppery fruitiness with a slight pineapple and mango impression. There was a light toasted grain aroma with a slight hint of caramel and a light alcohol warmth. Very nice aroma overall.

TASTE: The hop flavor was complex and heavily prominent without the big maltness of an American Barleywine. The hop flavor reflected a deep resinous character with the taste of citrus, grapefruit and pine also prominent. This hop taste was complimented by a heavy taste of spices and a moderate, clean, smooth alcohol taste. The strong hops flavor was made more pleasant by a modest taste of toasted grain and caramel.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium bodied beer felt slick going down, with the modest carbonation contributing to an initial modestly sweet flavor that had a slight acidic impression tickled the tongue. The flavor quickly built to a slight residual sweetness that was overwhelmed by a heavy but not harsh hop bitterness, producing a moderately dry medium to long finish with a noticeably bitter aftertaste. A clean, smooth alcohol warmth contributed to this fine finish. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This is not a heavy sipping beer. It is meant for drinking, though the strong alcohol component is well masked, a consideration that should be kept in mind. Again unlike a sipping beer, this brew calls out for another quite prominently. There's a big "wow factor" with this beer that demands that it be bought again and again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at WF Fair Lakes.

This was a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable DIPA, easily exceeding my expectations for anything from this brewery. Pours a hazed deep golden orange with a frothy off white head that leaves lattice like lacing and has nice retention. Aroma is resiny and piney with a mild caramel sweetness. Very fresh and hoppy. Mouthfeel is thick and full with strong, fine carbonation and a long lasting bitter, resiny finish. Flavor is dominated by piney, leafy hops with a biscuity malt body. Good job.

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Oct 2011 notched on label. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Hazy peach-amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head with good retention and thick crusts of lacing.

S: Thick pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, and some grassy, mild onion/rooty aromas which are actually a nice touch as they are not overdone like in other DIPAs (see OB Gubna). Sweetness via caramel and pale malt aromas witha little bit of biscuit provides some counterpoint.

T: The maltiness is substantial although not overly sweet. Some caramel character comes through but mostly body that is met by big time bitterness that is as resiny as any beer I've had. It's not too much though as pineapple, grapefruit, and floral components come through to provide some variety.

M: A really nice body, medium-full yet very drinkable, with just the right balance of slick, oily quality and substantial heft with relatively low carbonation. A little bit dry, but that's mainly raw bitterness.

O: A really good, drinkable DIPA. While calling it sessionable would be a stretch at 8.7%, it is a brew you can have two of and not be wrecked. Starr Hill has upped the ante with this brew -- it belnds great body and feel with a lot of raw resiny bitterness to strike a nice blwo for East Coast DIPAs. This is my favorite Starr Hill brew by a good margin (Norther Lights IPA) is good, and I think they would be wise to concentrate on hop-forward beers as they tend to do pretty well with them.

T: The bittern

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Photo of IPAaDay
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the best brew I've had from Starr Hill and a quality D-IPA in its own right. Gorgeous in the glass, the smell belies the citrus-pine taste ... then again, my smeller is dulled by a cold so I may revise when I'm healthy again. Back to the taste -- so good! I get a nice bitterness on the front with a LONG grapefruit finish. Great work Starr Hill! I'd definitely drink this Double Platinum every day.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like super sugary grapefruit, with some pine and pineapple and honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and sweet sugary honey, with some pineapple and resin. It had a lasting and very bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice bold double IPA, with a great balance of bitter and sweet. The body wasn't great, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink as long as you can handle the hops. Nice to see another quality brew from VA. Recommended.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice resinous DIPA, good hefty bitter range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown screw capped bottle. Starr Hill Branded label with a dark burgundy background where two vinyl record players show their logo. Notched best by date of Feb 12, and 8.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour. Fair frothy head, medium to moderate retention, thin surface memory ring, and a bit of lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose, pretty pleasant, fresh and fragrant, pine, resin, grapefruit with a sweet malty touch...

T - Which follows in the mouth… Plenty of pine again, touches of grapefruit, nice caramel malt over a long bitterness.

M - Medium to medium/full body, soft carbonation with sticky and smooth touch.

O - Very pleasing run on a DIPA.

Notes: Sure, maybe nothing for the ages but this is a pretty good DIPA. Without a doubt this is so far the best I´ve tried from Starr Hill. Maybe expectations were too low, but this is in the right direction to push them out of a bit of a blah brewing bracket.

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Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper body with a finger-tall off-white head with good retention. Aromas of carnival candy corn with a whiff of citrus fruit stand and piney pile of firewood. Flavors are more restrained some of the steroided versions of this style, but are very very good. The citrus and evergreen resin are apparent from beginning to end, but the super malty caramel middle gives this beer an excellent balance. I wish I'd bought a bought a six-pack.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an orangeish amber with a good size white head. Smells of citrus and floral notes, slight grain smell. Tastes of malt with great hop bite, slight citrus notes, great balance. Medium bodied beer goes down very smooth, great carbonation, and not much of an alcohol aftertaste. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Typical-looking IPA: light apricot colored, clear with just a touch of haze, and about a half finger of fine white foam. The nose is quite nice. I get hints of ripe peaches, grapefruit, oranges, and mangoes.

Medium body with a nice hoppy flavor and a surprisingly creamy feel for a sub-9% abv IPA. There's a good balance of fruity hoppy notes and sweet, toasty malt. Lots of fresh grapefruit, lemon, toast with marmalade, and cedary, spicy notes. Very appetizing. Not too abrasive on the palate, but definitely a IIPA seasoned with American hops. The label boasts "dry-hopped IIPA with a powerful aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by a malty backbone.'' Not sure I would describe the aroma as "powerful", but the rest of the description is spot-on.

I was traveling and took a chance on this beer for three reasons: (1) I liked the description, (2) it was marked down to $7 per six-pack, and (3) according to the bottled-on date it was barely two weeks old. I'm very glad I did as I really enjoyed it and would buy it again.

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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.