Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery
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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.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2013 04:46:09 | More by ithacabaron
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light copper in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap despite being fed by a constant stream of vertically migrating bubbles. Dank citrus orange, pineapple, and pine hop aromas with a strong sweet maltiness beneath. Medium bodied but a tad on the thicker, maltier side with rich carbonation and resinous feel. Resinous pine hop bitterness from beginning to end with citrus hops barely showing through from the middle to the end. A slightly pungent hop flavor jumps to the back of the mouth after each sip but is quickly overcome by the bitter pine. Finishes with a touch of sweet caramel malt, a lingering pine hop bitterness and boozy notes. The aroma is the finest character of this DIPA with the pine hop flavors dominating the flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2012 03:29:09 | More by IronLover
Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.