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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 353
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dedrinker on 06-17-2010

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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 353
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (751 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (598 characters)

Photo of uustal
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (480 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (627 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (876 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (456 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  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. (991 characters)

Photo of ezec
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.52/5  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. (676 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of williestile
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of MammothBrew
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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! (698 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of dnolan36
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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. (565 characters)

Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.