Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery
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4/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a beautiful golden orange color- almost glowing. Excellent cocoa head that leaves good lacing on the side of my CBS snifter. Very clear in appearance. The nose is citrus fruit, hops, resin, and caramel- very pleasant for the style. The taste kind of explodes in your mouth, and keeps changing for about 10 seconds after you swallow. Caramel malt, hops, pine, and citrus are the main things I get- with the malt in the front and the hops taking over midway through, and lingering forever on the aftertaste. None of the 8.6% abv is felt or tasted. Feel is medium- with malty and hop bite battling it out for control. In the end, you win. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I would drink it again. Cheers.
01-19-2012 01:52:49 | More by jayhawk73
4/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Poured a hazy, orange tinted body with only one finger of off white head...the head was creamy and didn't recede much...nice lacing
S - The nose is bitter giving off lots of juicy grapefruit...there are some other citrus rind aromas as well...minimal malt sweetness to the nose
T - Not much different from the nose...a big dose of bitter grapefruit...this time I can pick out some orange flavors as well...this one is bitter from start to finish...there is a slight balancing act being provided by caramel malts...but it is very brief and the bitter hops come back in full force
M - Medium bodied...clean, dry, bitter
O - I have nothing negative to say about this beer...this is a well rounded DIPA...I would have one again if given the chance
01-13-2012 11:59:43 | More by thain709
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
12-30-2011 15:17:22 | More by Pencible
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a medium toned orange with a one-finger thick, mostly white head. Very nice lacing throughout, really sticks all over the glass. Sweet citrus and malt aroma. Hint of booze. This one is on the bitter side. Big bitter earthy and pine notes. Some sweeter grapefruit and orange notes are present along with a decent caramel/sweet bread malt, especially as you get further into it. More hoppy bitterness at the end. A solid DIPA, but just average flavor and construction overall.
12-12-2011 22:18:49 | More by uustal
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
A very good offering from Starr Hill. Poured into a pint glass as a cloudy orange colored beer. Medium size white head, decent retention and plenty of lacing.
Strong and nice citrus hops aroma. Just what I would want from a DIPA.
Mostly strong bitter citrus hops taste. There must be enough malty presence to keep this from being too harsh, between the hoppiness and high abv. The result is a hophead's delight but still fairly smooth and easy to drink
Mouthfeel is crisp and just rich enough for this style. Easy to drink, no hint of high abv.
There are a lot of really good IPAs and DIPAs out there...This is one of them!
12-06-2011 00:10:36 | More by JayQue
4/5 rDev +7.8%
From notes on 11/06/11:
Best by: March 2012; Poured in a snifter.
A - Dark orange/amber color and cloudy; One inch slight off-white creamy head that diminishes quickly; Some lacing around the glass
S - Good balance in the smell; Sweet caramel and earthy notes with a nice pine and citrus hop aroma as well
T - Slightly bitter in the beginning; Again, good balance between the earthy and sweet malts and citrus and pine hops - just like the smell; Finishes somewhat dry and clean with some bitterness
M - Medium to full bodied; Some carbonation; Very creamy mouthfeel with a light, dry finish
O - Overall, this is a very solid DIPA. It's very refreshing, easy to drink, and goes down smooth. The hops are definitely there, but nicely balanced with the malts. This is definitely one of the better Starr Hill offerings that I've had, and I would have it again in the future.
12-03-2011 18:05:00 | More by TechTriumph
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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!
11-15-2011 01:21:03 | More by WoodBrew
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-03-2011 23:08:07 | More by smakawhat
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
Poured from bottle to tulip glass.
Glows a cloudy copperish-orange with medium to thin head that lingers.
Aroma is biting of sweet grapefruit backed by faint green apples and some raisins maybe.
Tastes not as sweet as the nose implies, making it more drinkable. Bitterness lingers with a fairly dry mouthfeel which paves the way for another taste. Very good.
10-28-2011 00:55:49 | More by ezec
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Nice resinous DIPA, good hefty bitter range.
Presentation: 12 oz brown screw capped bottle. Starr Hill Branded label with a dark burgundy background where two vinyl record players show their logo. Notched best by date of Feb 12, and 8.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour. Fair frothy head, medium to moderate retention, thin surface memory ring, and a bit of lacing.
S - Rich hoppy nose, pretty pleasant, fresh and fragrant, pine, resin, grapefruit with a sweet malty touch...
T - Which follows in the mouth… Plenty of pine again, touches of grapefruit, nice caramel malt over a long bitterness.
M - Medium to medium/full body, soft carbonation with sticky and smooth touch.
O - Very pleasing run on a DIPA.
Notes: Sure, maybe nothing for the ages but this is a pretty good DIPA. Without a doubt this is so far the best I´ve tried from Starr Hill. Maybe expectations were too low, but this is in the right direction to push them out of a bit of a blah brewing bracket.
10-18-2011 02:03:01 | More by Daniellobo
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
09-23-2011 13:09:14 | More by avalon07
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +7.8%
A: Pours a bright, clear bronze/amber color. The amber-tinted head is fairly tall, with a foamy, rocky texture. Retention is good, and a very nice lattice of lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades.
S: Some lightly caramel and cookielike malt aromas up front. Hop aromas are bright and vibrant, with equal parts citrus and fruity notes. Orange and tropical notes are most prominent, with some mild grapefruit. Some lightly piney notes are also present.
T: Some definite sweetness up front, with moderate caramel flavor. Hop bitterness kicks in fairly prominently. Hop flavors are citric, fruity, and somewhat piney. I get more orange than grapefruit, and pine resin gradually becomes more prominent. Bitterness continues building into the finish, which features a light but detectable alcoholic presence.
M: A touch fuller than medium bodied. Carbonation is slightly lighter than average. Bitter dryness builds continuously into a somewhat bracing and - thanks to the alcohol - warming finish.
D: This is a nice, relatively easy-drinking double IPA. Pretty middle of the road in terms of its characteristics: somewhat malty/sweet, firmly bitter, and both citrusy and piney. It all adds up to an enjoyable brew.
09-09-2011 23:35:57 | More by Clydesdale
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
Nice extra from bobertkuekn. Thanks Robert!
Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass. Yeah, I know, but it just seeemed too appropriate. The back of the glass even says, "I'm very bitter... and I like it!"
Ok, so this DIPA is a nice golden color with some apricot and peachy highlifhts. The head is white with just a hint of straw color to it. It rises quickly to a nice frothy cap. Spotty lace is an afterthought.
Smells very floral at first. Some orange blossom comes in, along with an almost honeyed malty sweetness. There's also some fresh pine which finishes the aroma with a slight bite to it.
Hops punch you in the face when they go double platinum. Lots of hoppy pine bitterness. Maltiness is big for a DIPA, lending confirmation that this is an East Coast brew. Weaker than in the aroma, citrusy fruit flavors are an additional component, providing some depth.
Medium bodied with strong carbonation and a big alcohol bite.
Overall an enjoyable brew.
08-31-2011 07:03:17 | More by Spider889
Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.