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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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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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 372
Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 7/28/15

pours a orange rust color, nice white head. good head retention. pleasant hop aromas of citrus fruit and a touch of more earthy pine. taste is well balanced with sweeter caramel malt flavors as well. medium bodied.

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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 BeerDawgs
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - Copper, with a bit of clarity. 1 finger of head and some lacing left all over the glass

S - Citrus hops, bitter

T - Bitter, not well enough balanced. Metallic aftertaste.

F - Medium carbonation

O - Too bitter and not well rounded.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly standard, middle of the road, but good IPA. Very nice clear copper color, mild citrus aromas and pine. I don't pick up the malt as is advertised, but its absence doesn't detract. Bitter aftertaste lingers a bit too long for my liking.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold/copper with 1/4" loose white head that recedes quickly. Retention is actually not bad, lacing is rather poor.

S: It's absurdly subtle. Hints of pine & citrus.

T: Comes on with a soft blend of fresh-cut grass, lemon peel & pine sap. Mid palate simply magnifies these notes with an increasingly dry bitterness. Touches of sap, resin. pinecone & grapefruit/lemon peel seem to dominate the finish. The malt character is supportive & off-sweet without being cloying or overpowering.

M: Lowish carb married to a medium, thickish malty body. Almost creamy at first, before becoming pretty soapy & then really, really dry.

O: The flavors here are really committed to the big-pine/mild-citrus dynamic. It's really effective, I like it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a 12 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. the beer pours a clear copper to amber color with very minimal and fizzy head foaming and fading immediately after the pour. The head was a very light color but is gone before I can appreciate it.
Aroma is mild with a little herbal tea and some rindy citrus notes. Maybe a little light grainy malt.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and very fine carbonation that gently rolls across my palate. The flavor is a little bit of sweet caramel and actually some light fruitiness, then rolls to rindy grapefruit and a drying astringent finish. No booze is present on this beer and in general the flavor profile is mild, unoffensive but not very robust to be a double IPA.
Not sure I would chase it and I wouldnt recommend it to any hopheads, but the beer is fine as it is, just doesnt wow me.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In this last Starr Hill review for a while I have chosen this Imperial IPA. It has 8.6% ABV and a lot to offer.

Look-It pours a golden amber color that is common in IPAs and this one is also clear. The head is a thin film and the lacing is drooping, moist, and thin.

Smell-I get a malty backbone with some bitter hops and resinous overtones. It is pretty straightforward, but so far so good.

Taste-I taste well-blended citrus and bitter hops, but it isn’t overdone. The malts are toasted grains and slightly sweet, but not overly sweet. The grapefruit rind comes from the plentiful hops, but is well-tampered.

Mouthfeel-The sweetness almost becomes too syrupy, but the carbonation is strong which is released
towards the end which cuts the sweetness short which balances it out. It is definitely medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall-The aroma was a little too subtle for my expectations from an Imperial IPA, but the taste bought it some points back. I’d also say that for a DIPA it should have been either a bit stronger or more dynamic on the hop flavors or both. I enjoyed it all the same, however.

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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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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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pint glass, color is copper, head is bright white

Smell is nice and bitter, not harsh, clean and crisp malt bill

Taste is similar to the smell, crisp and bitter, grapefruit and pine blended well; malt is clean, not too sweet, clean fermentation and nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, strong presence on the tongue

Overall, a very solid IPA, Starr Hill's beers appear to have improved in the past 12 months.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Poured chilled in straight-edged glass

A (3): dark copper color; thick bubbly head that disappears quickly; not a whole lot of carbonation
S (3.5): inviting toasted malt aroma; not much hops
T (2.75): strong med-roast malt backbone, but there's a strong metal component that detracts from the flavor; hops are mostly in the bittering side, and subdued; boozy; flavor rather simple, straightforward

Eh, not a good version of a DIPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%

Nice copper color. Good maltiness - perhaps a bit too heavy on the malt for a DIPA. There is definite hoppiness but along with that hoppiness comes a heaviness. This lacks the bright citrus flavors that I like in a DIPA. The touch of alcohol was also troubling particularly because this offering clocks in on the low-end of the ABV scale for a DIPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%

On tap at brewery.
Pours a light copper to orange, clear with foamy head that lingers, providing a good amount if lacing. The smell is mostly of fruit, melon, maybe mango, some sweet orange in the back. There is also an impression of wood and hay, along with a certain amount if sweetness.

The taste is definitely malt forward, but not overpoweringly. The flavors are reminiscent if the smells, but also a damp cardboard taste as well. That taste I think could be the hops (pine/wood) combining with the malt in not the most ideal way. As the beer warms, as usual, this mellows slightly, and the orange tastes come through more.

I'd always enjoyed this beer in the past, but I think my palate has moved on. There beer is still fine, but there are better options out there fairly readily available.

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Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 rajendra82
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Standard DIPA appearance, with an orange-amber colored clear body, one finger thick head, and lots of streamers. Why mess with success, right? The smell was a little subdued, as the hops didn't hit me in the face. I could detect some grapefruit, and mandarin orange smells, as well as a bit of fresh cut hay. The taste was also not very hoppy to me. There was a herbal bitterness, and a touch of spice, but mid palette and finish was dominated by honey like malt. The sweetness overpowered the hops, but it was not a dark fruit like sweetness approaching barleywine character, but rather a sugary, syrupy taste, making this an odd DIPA. It did feel good and soft in the mouth, and the finish was clean. It was a different take on the style for sure. The closest similar beer I can think of is the Green Flash Green Bullet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a two finger, barely off-white shade. The latter has all the aesthetic ticks I like: creamy texture, decent (not wonderful) retention, and impressive rings of lacing left on the glass. This is a damn good looking DIPA - maybe head retention could be better to get an even higher score, but that's nitpicking.

S: Its hop profile is primarily herbal/piny, with vague hints of grapefruit and melon. Malts are existent yet tucked away, as they should be. I've encountered some mindblowing DIPA aromas in the past - this isn't one of those instances. It's not a particularly intense smell. Nonetheless, it's pleasantly hoppy in all the right places.

T: Bitter right from the onset, and unfortunately lacking nuanced hop flavors - it's just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. That's never a good thing. Ergo, its the malt backbone providing most of the flavor profile, bringing lots of toffee, undefined caramel, and something suggesting earth. Some wisps of floral hop notes try their hardest to come through...and at times, they do. Still, I'm not a fan of these kind of DIPAs.

M: At least it has that crisp bite I enjoy from a good IPA/DIPA. This gives it great drinkability for the first 6 oz. While it grows a bit stickier afterwards, it never really becomes undrinkable, even with the less-than-appealing flavor profile. Carbonation isn't that strong.

O: Did I ever mention how I dislike hoppy beers that are all bitterness, no flavor? Having said that, it's not entirely past redemption - it's pretty easy to drink due to its crispness. Beers like this are proving that DIPAs can be *very* hit-or-miss with my taste buds (look at my reviews for Enjoy By, DirtWolf, and Double Jack for proof). Caveat emptor, my friends: look elsewhere unless you enjoy sweet-yet-bitter DIPAs.

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Photo of aleamericanreject
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazed reddish-orange-amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast leaving patches of foam on the surface and a super light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and bready with a good dose of tangerine and caramel. Along with these more malty aromas are some rather big hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus hop and some resinous pine smells. A rather strong alcohol smell is there as well giving it a rather malty and citrusy warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker and biscuit flavor mixed with some tangerine and a rather strong grapefruit hop taste. As the taste moves on, the taste dries out a bit as some tangerine fades away. While this occurs, some pine and a bit of grassy hop comes to the tongue. These flavors add quite a bit of resinous bitterness to the flavor profile, which take the taste to its end where a resinous hopped and semi-sweet malt flavor of a cracker and biscuit nature is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body is rather nice for the hopped and resinous flavors of the brew and made it a slow sipper

Overall –A little unbalanced, starting sweeter and drying out with a decent grapefruit and resinous hop coming to the tongue. While slightly unbalanced it is good and hoppy, so if you are looking for something of the like, then give it a go.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of metter98
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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