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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dreadnaught33 on 02-03-2011)
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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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%.

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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Starr Hill pint glass. Bottled on 8/7/12.

A - Pours a bright amber color with a thin layer of off-white carbonation. Shows great lacing.

S - Big grapefruit upfront with some balancing biscuit malt. Every once in a while I get a very dank whiff of Simcoe.

T - Follows the nose closely. Citrus is the primary flavor initially, transitioning to a pronounced malt bill. More bready than I would have thought from the big hop nose. Hops give a bitter bite on the back end, with lingering pine. Alcohol is nonexistent on the palate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - During college, this was the beer that introduced to me to Double IPA as a style. I remember it being a bit more abrasive on the palate than I experienced tonight. Very balanced and dangerously drinkable. It is nowhere near the best DIPA I have had, but it is very good. I recommend trying it if you are lucky enough to be in Starr Hill's distro area.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from Starr Hill's "Road Show" variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, light brown color. Has a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly down to a tight ring leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of grassy, citrusy dry hops. I think I smell Simoce hops, if my homebrewing memory serves me.

Taste: Strongly bitter throughout with grassy, piney hops with a touch of citrus. This is partially balanced by a sweet, caramel maltiness, but the hops definitely dominate here. This one definitely packs a hoppy punch.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a medium body. Perfect for the style.

Overall: A pretty decent imperial IPA. Definitely not the strongest or best on the market, but, for the price and availability, it's hard to do much better. Definitely a new favorite of mine.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.