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Double Platinum - Starr Hill Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

285 Ratings
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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)
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-19-2014 06:00:06 | More by domnalbrecc
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barneysdad

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-10-2014 16:33:17 | More by barneysdad
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AGB

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-08-2014 00:19:32 | More by AGB
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a two finger, barely off-white shade. The latter has all the aesthetic ticks I like: creamy texture, decent (not wonderful) retention, and impressive rings of lacing left on the glass. This is a damn good looking DIPA - maybe head retention could be better to get an even higher score, but that's nitpicking.

S: Its hop profile is primarily herbal/piny, with vague hints of grapefruit and melon. Malts are existent yet tucked away, as they should be. I've encountered some mindblowing DIPA aromas in the past - this isn't one of those instances. It's not a particularly intense smell. Nonetheless, it's pleasantly hoppy in all the right places.

T: Bitter right from the onset, and unfortunately lacking nuanced hop flavors - it's just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. That's never a good thing. Ergo, its the malt backbone providing most of the flavor profile, bringing lots of toffee, undefined caramel, and something suggesting earth. Some wisps of floral hop notes try their hardest to come through...and at times, they do. Still, I'm not a fan of these kind of DIPAs.

M: At least it has that crisp bite I enjoy from a good IPA/DIPA. This gives it great drinkability for the first 6 oz. While it grows a bit stickier afterwards, it never really becomes undrinkable, even with the less-than-appealing flavor profile. Carbonation isn't that strong.

O: Did I ever mention how I dislike hoppy beers that are all bitterness, no flavor? Having said that, it's not entirely past redemption - it's pretty easy to drink due to its crispness. Beers like this are proving that DIPAs can be *very* hit-or-miss with my taste buds (look at my reviews for Enjoy By, DirtWolf, and Double Jack for proof). Caveat emptor, my friends: look elsewhere unless you enjoy sweet-yet-bitter DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:46:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-28-2013 04:28:15 | More by Knapp85
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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-18-2013 00:03:41 | More by Yeroc
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aleamericanreject

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: murky copper, burnt orange almost. Off white foamy head

Smell: piney. Earthy hop aromas

Taste: certain pine flavor upfront but also back with some citrus

Mouth feel: very smooth and low-bodied. Flavor burst at onset and really attacks the mouth. Quickly exits and doesn't linger too long but what does is enjoyable.

Overall: good beer. Nice hop profile and taste yet is not too bitter or simple. Nice for a casual sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 15:08:04 | More by aleamericanreject
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6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-01-2013 01:38:15 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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brewerburgundy

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, necked down glass jar, bottled on 8/28/13.

Deep autumn orange with a decent and sticky dark tan head.

The aroma is divine; grapefruit wedges, orange marmalade, big citrus.

Medium-high bitterness all of orange rinds. Orange marmalade sparingly sweetened. A little biscuit in the back.

Exactly medium bodied with waves of carbonation. Lots of bubbles.

A far better Double IPA than I was expecting that has been obviously stored well. Virginia has some overlooked breweries. The high carbonation is the only part of this beer I'm not really crazy about.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:05:33 | More by brewerburgundy
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JPDOG

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-28-2013 19:43:52 | More by JPDOG
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-22-2013 23:20:45 | More by KolbMarley
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-20-2013 18:18:56 | More by lupercmda
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b2611

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-13-2013 18:01:39 | More by b2611
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lockewoodfin

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11-10-2013 22:28:24 | More by lockewoodfin
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bcgill

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-08-2013 17:20:07 | More by bcgill
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-08-2013 01:44:46 | More by bvlaminck
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-28-2013 21:00:31 | More by jaswilson2
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

10-26-2013 16:27:40 | More by weeare138
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clfrost

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-23-2013 00:39:41 | More by clfrost
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-17-2013 03:03:38 | More by reitzbrewing
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candcholt

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

10-14-2013 14:52:20 | More by candcholt
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-14-2013 03:18:51 | More by nstroup
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-12-2013 19:55:16 | More by AngusOg
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-12-2013 05:14:12 | More by Xandrose
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazed reddish-orange-amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast leaving patches of foam on the surface and a super light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and bready with a good dose of tangerine and caramel. Along with these more malty aromas are some rather big hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus hop and some resinous pine smells. A rather strong alcohol smell is there as well giving it a rather malty and citrusy warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker and biscuit flavor mixed with some tangerine and a rather strong grapefruit hop taste. As the taste moves on, the taste dries out a bit as some tangerine fades away. While this occurs, some pine and a bit of grassy hop comes to the tongue. These flavors add quite a bit of resinous bitterness to the flavor profile, which take the taste to its end where a resinous hopped and semi-sweet malt flavor of a cracker and biscuit nature is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body is rather nice for the hopped and resinous flavors of the brew and made it a slow sipper

Overall –A little unbalanced, starting sweeter and drying out with a decent grapefruit and resinous hop coming to the tongue. While slightly unbalanced it is good and hoppy, so if you are looking for something of the like, then give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:28:19 | More by Darkmagus82
Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.