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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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84
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316 Ratings
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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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Photo of tripelz
1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

tripelz, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
1.63/5  rDev -56.2%
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.

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Beershack
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Beershack, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.26/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

RonfromJersey, May 19, 2013
Photo of csrbv
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

csrbv, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Kmlund, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Davepoolesque, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of e30todamax
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

e30todamax, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of lockewoodfin
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

lockewoodfin, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of RollTide7
2.53/5  rDev -32%
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.

RollTide7, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Rifugium, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of nickthetick
2.68/5  rDev -28%
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.

nickthetick, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of ithacabaron
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

ithacabaron, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

IPAchris, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Dbot
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Dbot, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Zimm
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Zimm, May 10, 2013
Photo of HoppySailor
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

HoppySailor, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of bum732
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

bum732, May 19, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.4%

acurtis, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of LUCASRJ2002
3/5  rDev -19.4%

LUCASRJ2002, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Kmccabe33, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of NormLobstah
3/5  rDev -19.4%

NormLobstah, May 25, 2013
Photo of candcholt
3/5  rDev -19.4%

candcholt, Oct 14, 2013
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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.