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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | 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)
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Photo of Crazyale
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Pours a dark cloudy orange, with a two-finger head. The thick head and cloudiness distinguish this beer from many others in the style.

S: Strong aroma of grapefruit and lemon up front, with some syrupy maltiness in the background. Very complex aroma actually, some honey and pine come through as well.

T: Bitter hops predominate at first, followed by a coating of honey on the back of the tongue. Citrus comes through as well, with just a slight hint of pine. Orange seems to predominate more than grapefruit. Fairly well balanced, although I feel that the bitterness is a bit too harsh compared with some of the top DIPAs. I should point out that while this is supposed to be good for another two months per the label, I have no idea when it was bottled and thus how fresh it is. I suspect that it's at least a month old, however, if not 2-3 months.

M: Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, fairly typical for the style.

Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. It's actually quite similar in taste to Stone Ruination, so if you're in the Starr Hill distribution area, this may be a good local alternative to try out.

Crazyale, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a nice bright orangey reddish colour transparent with a small head which sticks around.

Smells amazing citrus, grapefruit, hoppy. Can almost taste it through smell alone.

Very very hoppy and bitter, if you like your IPA's strong this is for you.

Has the mouth feel I expect from an IPA not too carbonated and not too thin.

In conclusion a very good DIPA which I would recommend.

Dave1999, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mbarnes0, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of hopsandstouts
4/5  rDev +7.8%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
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.

jayhawk73, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of thain709
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

thain709, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of bcchimp
5/5  rDev +34.8%

bcchimp, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lantern, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mrebeka, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of uustal
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.

uustal, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of JayQue
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!

JayQue, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of TechTriumph
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.

TechTriumph, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of hyoung41
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

hyoung41, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Barrchon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Barrchon, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +7.8%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +34.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of bluetrevian
5/5  rDev +34.8%

bluetrevian, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of derricksmalls
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

derricksmalls, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
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!

WoodBrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

WMEugene, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of ezec
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.

ezec, Oct 28, 2011
Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.