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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 372
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 27.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger with decent retention on a cloudy amber orange body.

S: candy sugar, orange peel citrus, caramel malts and floral hops.

T: flavor is loaded with pine, grass, floral and everything and anything bitter. the caramel malt base is barely perceptable. slight citrus sweetness comes in briefly in the middle.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a little too bitter for me. The booze are well hidden, the bitterness makes it seem simple and unidimensional.

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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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Galaxy Hut. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden-orange color with a two-finger white head and some pretty good lacing as it makes its way down the sides of the pint glass. The nose brings a pretty good amount of citrus hops with a bit of pine and resin. Definite strong hop component.

The flavor brings a very strong bitterness along with mild notes of grapefruit and orange, though those flavors aren't as strong as would be predicted from the nose. A bit of light pine exists as well. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of bitterness and a moderately-dry finish. Drinks quite well and might be the best thing that I've had from Starr Hill.

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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 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 Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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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 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 mdaschaf
1.66/5  rDev -55%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Feb 2012 no excuses here, dare I check this out.

A nice simple off white two finger head, somewhat small foamy in appearance but fairly solid, sits on a very dull orange and frozen cloudy body. The body is very hazy and cloudy, if it wasn't for the nice head retention I would probably score this lower.

Mild mushy grapefruit hop angle, very sweet and thick smelling. Sense of brown sugars, and decent malt. Fairly solid.

Taste is fairly straightforward for the style but decent. Hop forward with a strong sense of thickness but not too syrupy on the palate. Pine dry action, even a surprising hint of tobacco on the finish which is quite surprising. Not a boozy mess either considering the high abv.

Overall a simple straightforward but decent example of the style. Kind of shocked most of the beers I've had from this brewery have not been very good, so it was nice to see that there is still a beer that they make I can enjoy.

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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 John_M
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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

Trying the Starr Hill Double Platinum IPA in Roanoke. Semcoe hops are one of my favorites and it is no surprise to me that I like this beer. Semcoe along with Centennial hops make this a very good double IPA. The beer pours a orange clear copper with frothy with head that is lacing nicely. The smell includes grapefruit and slight pine. The mouthfeel is a fuller body beer that is well balanced in hop and malt. Overall a very good beer....nice job Starr!

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some citrus. Taste is bold, bitter, lots of hops, citrus, flavorful.Alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean body of golden orange with a good-sized head and leaves lace. The aroma is a mix of citric hop zest and there's a touch of bready/dry malt. Textbook smooth, medium body with a balanced dryness from bread/cracker like dry malts. Minor touch of caramel sweetness, but mostly the hops shine; not much complexity but just strong citric, piney hops. Simplistic yet done well, this is a good beer.

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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 rfgetz
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive bright orange amber, moderate cap of prickly froth, some sticky lacing, light retention. Scent brings notes of pine, citrus rind, earthy hops, caramel and biscuity malt. Taste follows suit, bitter, hoppy but not overly flavorful, light caramel and biscuit backbone. Medium bodied, some oiliness, dry. Solid dIPA that doesn't overdo it, would love just a touch more hop flavor.

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