1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

Not Rated.
Double PlatinumDouble Platinum

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

285 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 285
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 285 | Reviews: 81 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:21:03 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of WMEugene


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 12:52:18 | More by WMEugene
Photo of smakawhat


3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:08:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of ezec


4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:55:49 | More by ezec
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:03:01 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 13:09:14 | More by avalon07
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 23:35:57 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Spider889


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 07:03:17 | More by Spider889
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starr Hill Double Platinum is very citric, very aggressive, yet refreshing and crisp.

It poured a light copper, almost apricot color, with a very short white head that dissipated too soon. A wall of lace rings were left on the glass. A very strong citric/grapefruit aroma accompanied the pour and that translated to the flavor which had a strong oily raw hop aftertaste. The feel was very bitter with a pleasant long-lasting sting, yet it was crisp and oddly refreshing.

With the strong citric flavor and crisp bitter feel, Double Platinum is perfect at the end of a long hot day. To me, this is the perfect summer beer. If it's available all year, it will be my go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:24:49 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of AgentMunky


4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:38:43 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of williestile


4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compares to Pyramid Outburst in taste as well as in recipe (both made with Centennial and Simcoe hops as well as Two Row and Caramel malts).

Color is typical of non-conditioned DIPAs. Leaves a nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

As a former Ruination advocate, this is the only readily available beer that still has some perceivable bitterness for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:20:41 | More by williestile
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 00:43:04 | More by nickthetick
Photo of ryanonline


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears very cloudy and fiery orange with some strong golden tint. Lots of huge fluffy white head and some decent lacing.

Smells slightly funky with some reasonable citrus hop notes and a bit of funk(hay like). Caramel malt notes.

Taste is waaay bitter. Lots of orange and citrus in the palette. The hops lack a specific profile, just bitter. Caramel malt with a slight burnt character.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with some foamy carbonation. A moderate to heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is moderate at best. It sits fairly heavily in your stomach and has a lasting bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a bit to assertive for my taste. Nice though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 02:54:12 | More by ryanonline
Photo of MammothBrew


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a trade from instantmessinger. Thanks!!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a thin white head that MAYBE measures a half finger. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: Hoppy, piney, citrus, and caramel malt.

T: Very earthy. Piney, hoppy, somewhat grassy, and caramel malt. Somewhat getting a skunky flavor which isn't normal for the style.

M: Medium body with the carbonation being somewhat on the lower side. The zesty grapefruit bite definitely comes to the rescue.

O: Possible an old bottle or bad batch? What poured out from the bottle doesn't sound close to other reviews. It was decent but nowhere near great. I think I need to try another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:01:18 | More by MammothBrew
Photo of Tucquan


3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-27 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Clear orange with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mango, pineapple, hop floral.

T - Medium roasted malt, mild fruit, astringent black pepper, which gives way to grapefruit juice. Not as much of a bright citrus flavor that I like. Alcohol is not too upfront.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Fairly smooth but prickly.

O - Not remarkable but quite acceptable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 21:18:22 | More by Tucquan
Photo of mgbickel


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. 2-3 fingers of bone colored head formed on top of the honey/tangerine body. The bubbles slowly dissipated down to a 1/4" layer that left behind tons and tons of lace. This one fine looking offering...

The nose is solid...piney hops with an earthy aroma mix with a sweet, bready backbone...seems like this one will have some balance.

Nope...the taste is not as the nose indicates...the earthiness is there and the hops pull up the finish, but the sweet malts you can smell are no where to be found.

Oily up front, turning slightly astringent with a drying finish...the mouthfeel is on the medium side. Moderate to high carbonation.

This is a pretty decent offering...one I am glad to have tried. You get a little of the booziness as it warms, but the balance is still a little off. Highly drinkable and enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:18:29 | More by mgbickel
Photo of dnolan36


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

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. So happy to see a DIPA from a more local/regional brewery closer to home.

Pours a an amber/orange with a nice white head that did not hang around too long. Very nice lacing. Very clear and crisp.

Nice clean, citrusy aroma with other pine, floral and sweet malt.

That taste is very malty, not overly sweet. The taste finishes similar to the smell, citrusy with a pine taste to it as well.

Nice body on this one, very well carbonated.

As stated at the beginning, I am glad to see a very nice DIPA come from a brewery closer to home and think this is a very nice one to represent Virginia in everyone's love for this style. Definitely look forward to sharing the love of this one with friends and upcoming trading partners.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:20:15 | More by dnolan36
Photo of corby112


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 02:03:40 | More by corby112
Photo of nandemo1


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance is very good, a nice amber coloring with average carbonation.

Definitely a grapefruit-centrist nose to it.

Grapefruit is also prevalent on first taste, but it shifts to piney and finally somewhat bitter as it settles out. No alcohol taste.

It is a little dry and thin for my taste.

Overall, a pretty good specimen for the style, but could use a little more malt and body to balance it a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:18:26 | More by nandemo1
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:17:49 | More by oberon
Photo of Jimmys


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: very clear, bright copper. white head with okay retention. very sticky lacing.

S: the fruit is strong in this one. tropical citrus aromas. heavy on the hop end (and alcohol), looking for some more malt.

T: citrus punch in the face. nice blend of american hops. alcohol is too abrasive in the finish.

M: subtle carbonation let's the heavy hops work.

D: good beer. for the DIPA style, not overly impressive. sort of one note on the american hops, not leaving enough room for a malty backbone. bump up your grain bill and this could have something going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:05:26 | More by Jimmys
Photo of MrOH


3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light, clear copper with two fingers of off-white head. Excellent retention, lots of lace.

Grapefruit, pine, some pineapple and dank, caramel underneath.

Grapefruit, then piney bitterness, and some caramel if you can get to it.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Clean feeling.

A pretty average DIPA. Just the standard grapefruit, pine, bitter, caramel. Easy drinking, though. There are better out there for the price, but not many.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:37:10 | More by MrOH
Photo of Hopfenpeter


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

I had this beet two days ago and write this review from my notes I made at the time.
The poured a nice amber with a creamy white head building about two fingers high having good retention.
The smell is dominated by sweet malty flavors.
Tasting the beer those notes are present up front and in the middle dominating this sweet palate. At the end some floral hops bring balance into this beer.
It was a good DIPA, but certainly not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:34:39 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of argock


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Oct 2011 notched on label. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Hazy peach-amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head with good retention and thick crusts of lacing.

S: Thick pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, and some grassy, mild onion/rooty aromas which are actually a nice touch as they are not overdone like in other DIPAs (see OB Gubna). Sweetness via caramel and pale malt aromas witha little bit of biscuit provides some counterpoint.

T: The maltiness is substantial although not overly sweet. Some caramel character comes through but mostly body that is met by big time bitterness that is as resiny as any beer I've had. It's not too much though as pineapple, grapefruit, and floral components come through to provide some variety.

M: A really nice body, medium-full yet very drinkable, with just the right balance of slick, oily quality and substantial heft with relatively low carbonation. A little bit dry, but that's mainly raw bitterness.

O: A really good, drinkable DIPA. While calling it sessionable would be a stretch at 8.7%, it is a brew you can have two of and not be wrecked. Starr Hill has upped the ante with this brew -- it belnds great body and feel with a lot of raw resiny bitterness to strike a nice blwo for East Coast DIPAs. This is my favorite Starr Hill brew by a good margin (Norther Lights IPA) is good, and I think they would be wise to concentrate on hop-forward beers as they tend to do pretty well with them.

T: The bittern

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:50:35 | More by argock
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 11:25:09 | More by clayrock81
Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.