Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 349
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of mdaschaf
1.66/5  rDev -55.3%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Single purchased at Super Saver, Pennington Circle.

Bright shiny amber, carbonation streams, topped by I've fingers of loose big bubbly snow white head. Thin lace but good coverage.

Maybe the faintest aroma I've experienced in a IIPA. A bit of pine but I'm a long way from the forest.

A sloppy slather of depthless malt. A dash of nondescript fruit. Good bitterness underneath at least. Off taste in the finish I can't place but don't like.

Medium mouthfeel is okay.

A very disappointing IIPA. (498 characters)

Photo of csrbv
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours a clear amber hue into an Corsendonk glass with little bubbles barely any head--looks fantastic!

S: A little pine and light citrus notes. Smells really good.

T: dark citrus fruits, tangerines, grapefruit, blood orange. The citrus is really overpowering making this double IPA less than enjoyable.

MF: I can't get over the overpowering citrus. it is like having a mouth full of grapefruit juice.

O: the overpowering citrus notes drown out the malt and just leave an unpleasant abundant hop profile. I wouldn't buy again. (532 characters)

Photo of RollTide7
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks were as good as it got for this beer. Pours a nice clear copper with white head and looked very inviting. Smells like an average beer to me that you could find anywhere, couldn't detect much hops despite that it is an imperial ipa. The smell actually reminded me of drinking out of solo cups in college for some reason. Smelled funky and not in a good way. Taste to me was quite metallic with the bitterness of the hops at the end. Not smooth and the hoppy bitterness had a metallic taste to it as well. I've drank a lot of incredible IPAs and iIPAs recently and this was one of the worst that I've had in recent memory. (626 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

I had never heard of this brewery, but apparently there was a bit of an excited stir about their recent appearance in the Philly area, what with a tap takeover at Capone's and whatnot. This is the only beer I've had from them so far, and all I can say is: "meh."

Served in a snifter, a golden-orange-amber color with a small, firm whitish head. Aroma was fairly grainy, some piney hops, cardboard. Taste was fairly bitter with resinous hops, burnt caramel, spent grains, maybe a touch of mango rind. Probably one of the blandest DIPAs I've ever had. Medium body, pretty harsh, and lacking in most of the qualities that make an IPA good. Not a very pleasant drink at all. (709 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a apricot orange, with nice lacing as the foam settles down into the glass. Pretty, but unremarkable.

Smell is is tropical and sweaty. Big, overwhelming papaya notes up front, followed by vague ideas of coriander, alcohol, and tin-like bitterness. Monotone, dull, and not all that pleasant.

Taste has a vegetal sweetness; like fresh-cut daikon, without the heat. A forest of woody bitterness and grapefruit pith rushes in soon after. Not very floral or juicy here; just a quick smack across the face and that's it. The swallow leaves an incredible, souring bitterness behind; it's like chewing on an uncured olive. Pretty grim.

Mouthfeel is nice, pillow-soft and full. A good job with this element.

Overall, I applaud that this is a truly bitter DIPA; so many these days are obsessed with low co-ho hops, and taste like nothing more than peach juice. That being said, there's more than just bitterness that makes a beer, and, all told, this is not that pleasant an experience. Boost the aroma hops up, give it a bit more malt, and I'd be back for another glass. For now, this is one-and-done. (1,102 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of bum732
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of HoppySailor
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From reading the other reviews, I feel like I am slamming this D-IPA, but I am being honest about my sample. I enjoy the other Starr Hill IPA, but this one just didnt work for me. Except for the fact is was beautiful in the glass.

A- Exploded from the bottle and spilled onto the floor and into the glass a brilliant, hazy amber color. Really thick foam and nice lacing. This might be the best looking IPA I have seen.

S- Here is where this pretty peach starts to sour - The smell is very light to begin with, but it is citrus and hops with... alcohol.

T- Why so boozy? I have had plenty of 8.5+ D-IPAs with no hint of booze. This one tastes like I licked the bottom of a Jack Daniels shot glass. There is a taste of really bitter hops and pine, with a trace of bread/malt. Aftertaste is nothing but booze.

M- Too much bite. Heavy carbonation on the front and back of this one. Burns the throat and the booze burns the tongue.

O- I suppose I might have gotten ahold of a bad one, but this wasnt a great experience. Still, being objective, I would take this over any standard Bud/Miller product. (1,104 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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. (433 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (1,867 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of MrOH
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light, clear copper with two fingers of off-white head. Excellent retention, lots of lace.

Grapefruit, pine, some pineapple and dank, caramel underneath.

Grapefruit, then piney bitterness, and some caramel if you can get to it.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Clean feeling.

A pretty average DIPA. Just the standard grapefruit, pine, bitter, caramel. Easy drinking, though. There are better out there for the price, but not many. (441 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The case had a bottled on date of 9/27/12. The bottle has some code written on it also but it is smudged and I cannot read it.

Appearance- Poured into a perfect pint glass this ale glows a deep golden hue. The head is minimal and fades quickly.

Smell- Tropical hops up front. As it warms it begins to smell like a pine tree that grows mangos or something.

Taste- My initial sips were very pleasing, tropical hops and a crisp finish. As it got warmer the bittering hops start to come out and it lingers on the back of your tongue.

Mouth feel- Smooth upfront but becomes increasingly bitter with each sip.

Overall the piney hops take over about half way through the pint but all is not bad. Its still tasty. Its a pretty good deal at 11$ a 6 pack. (751 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at wegman's enjoyed chilled from a teku out of the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is deep amber with hazed clarity and two fingers of flat beige from a vigorous pour with avg bead and wavy lace. The smell has a fruity indistinct hop smell maybe some apricot or floral but generally pretty uneventful. There is some alcohol in the aroma and sweet malt ester. The feel is slightly sweet with moderate carbonation up front followed by a bitter andstrong finish.

The taste is not as good as the smell lets on it starts kind of caramel influenced with a dusty dry nutty malt flavor with more of a piney hop mid palate and some slight grapefruit and grass into the finish with a lot of alcohol for the strength. The bitterness lasts w/ a sharp quality that is not pleasant, but I keep sipping on it so it must not be terrible either. Overall I don't think I would try this on tap considering the fact this bottle was a little underwhelming. The hop flavor is lacking even though it is bitter enough and has the aroma of an Imperial IPA it is just average. (1,070 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess this is what I had today at RFD. It's listed as the Double Platinum DIPA.

The beer pours a golden amber, peachy orange color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing orange citrus, apricot, pineapple and mango in this fairly sweet smelling DIPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet and malty, East Coast all the way DIPA. There's also a hint of pine, but what bothers me the most is the considerable alcoholic heat on the finish. While there is considerable bitterness in this beer as well, the alcohol and sweet malt tend to dominate most of the hoppy goodness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and hot finish. Drinkabilty is just not very good, as the sweet malt and all too noticeable alcohol really detract from this beer's drinkability.

Sorry to say, but based on previous experiences with Starr Hill beers, this was pretty much what I was expecting. I've yet to be hugely impressed by anything I've had from this Virginia brewery. (1,066 characters)

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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%. (650 characters)

Photo of MammothBrew
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a trade from instantmessinger. Thanks!!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a thin white head that MAYBE measures a half finger. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: Hoppy, piney, citrus, and caramel malt.

T: Very earthy. Piney, hoppy, somewhat grassy, and caramel malt. Somewhat getting a skunky flavor which isn't normal for the style.

M: Medium body with the carbonation being somewhat on the lower side. The zesty grapefruit bite definitely comes to the rescue.

O: Possible an old bottle or bad batch? What poured out from the bottle doesn't sound close to other reviews. It was decent but nowhere near great. I think I need to try another bottle! (698 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA.

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Floral hop aroma with lots of pine and grass countered by grainy malt, subtle citrus and booze. More earthy than sweet smelling wih only faint hints of citrus ring and tropical fruit. Underneath the malt backbone gives off hints of caramel and biscuit. Smells a bit one dimensional.

Medium bodied nut on the lighter end with a balance of earthy hops, faint fruit notes, pale malt and sweet alcohol. Floral and earthy up front with some dry piny flavor and a decent amount of bitterness that lingers through to the finish. I was expecting more of a citrus/tropical fruit presence but only picked up some faint orange peel. Slightly toasted pale malt backbone with hints of caramel, biscuit and nut. Boozy in the finish.

Overall this was a decent DIPA that had a nice bitter earthy flavor but it was a bit one dimensional and a touch too boozy. Still, it was easy drinking and enjoyable. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

Pours crystal clear pale orange color with minimal head. Aroma has a slight hoppy citrusness but overall not substantial.

First sip has a strong munich-like malt presence with firm lasting bitterness. Hop flavor is on the low side for an IIPA. I understand this is East coast style, but still I'd love a ton more flavor and aroma hops to really tantalize my taste buds. A touch on the boozy side, with a substantial malt backbone.

This is a decent beer, just not what I crave when I reach for an IIPA. Really needs to amp up the hop flavor and aroma to suit my tastes. (605 characters)

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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.