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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

319 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013

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Photo of citizencane
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good pale ale. Some fruit, some pine, and it blends together with a good mouthfeel to make a damn good beer. Mikeller Better Half takes piney and fruity flavors and blends them well; this takes them, blends them well, and adds a thirst-quenching not cloying mouthfeel. Would drink again, especially considering I love pale ales.

Photo of terpdog
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Westyn
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of let8it8grow
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nctide
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Byrnie-madoff
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perfect if you like simplicity. 100% pilsner malt gives it that classic crisp, clean slight biscuity malt character. The hop character is all floral grassy grapefruit-like resin. Perfect.

Photo of Pantalones
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle of this one from the Loadout variety pack--I figured since I have three of each I'll be trying each one twice before doing a review. Bottling date is December 17th of 2014. Pours a light golden color; head foams up a good bit at first, but I'm able to keep it all (just barely!) in one glass by slowing down my pour a bit afterward. Beer is golden in color, fairly light and definitely clear (little bubbles can be clearly seen rising up from the bottom.) As the head recedes it leaves scattered trails around the edge of the glass. Looks pretty nice!

Smell is pretty much all hops. Not incredibly strong (I can smell the hops from several inches directly above the glass, but not from a foot away like with an IPA, or even a few inches away like more intensely hoppy pale ales) but definitely present--they're of the piney and citrusy variety (and while most of the hoppy beers I've had so far have been described as pine/citrus by others, here I'm actually picking up a nice little bit of "almost like lemon cleaning spray" citrusy-ness, rather than pure pine.)

Taste is similar, with the hops (piney and a bit of citrus) being the primary flavor here. A bit of bitterness near the end but far, far from IPA-strength levels... just enough to let you know that yep, hops add bitterness. Sometimes I'm picking up a bit of the breadiness from the malt on the end, too. Hop flavors don't seem quite as strong as in the other fresh pale ale I've had (Sweetwater 420), but this is definitely still a beer that leans to the hoppy side. Seems like the flavor comes out more as it warms up a little bit. I think I would like this more if the citrusy element of the hops came out more, but the fact that it's present at all (vs. pine, "maybe vague fruit," and occasional mint in other hoppy beers I've had before) is a plus. Another important note: like other pale ales I've had, this goes nicely with spicy and greasy food (in this case, a pizza)--neither the food or beer seem to have their flavors affected negatively by the other, which is great for a beer you're having with food.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well. Goes down pretty easy, just a tad bit of prickliness from the carbonation and bitter-feeling from the hops, doesn't feel watery or too thin at all but at the same time doesn't feel heavy or thick either.

Overall, this is pretty good. I think I would've liked the citrusy element of the hops to be a bit stronger, maybe edging out the pine as the primary flavor--I really like the citrus-like flavor in beer and while it's a nice change that I can pick it up in this one at all, it kind of leaves me wanting a bit more of it. Still, I enjoyed the beer as it is and will gladly drink the other bottle of it left in that variety pack!

Photo of StonewallSipper
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ok, not as good as many Pale ales in Philly area. Back of the pack lite colored ale.

Photo of Willmolina
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lilladymegan
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigTrubble
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of godawgs
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottled 11/8/14 poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Clear, golden orange with a one finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S- Pine, hops, citrus. Floral at times.

T - Biscuit, more pine, mild orange.

M - A touch watery, carbonation medium light.

O - A drinkable pale, nothing jumps out as outstanding, but nothing comes in off (other than being slightly watery). Has a good bready and citrus taste.

Photo of biteme398
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjones36
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of quang_dam
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently rediscovered this beer, as it is readily available in Northern Virginia, but I had not sampled it for a few years. I don't know if I didn't give it a sufficient evaluation previously, if the recipe has been tweaked, or maybe my palate has shifted. Regardless, Grateful Pale Ale has become one of my go to selections. It has a really bright nose and despite its very sessionable ABV level, the taste holds up and isn't thin like a few of its IPA cousins offered by other breweries. Very easy drinking, very balanced and overall one that deserves recognition and recommendation.

Photo of Tim-reed
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

great pale ale here., start with a nice golden to amber color , hoppy aroma with citrus , wonderful blend of citrus with a bite of hopp afterbite that leaves you satsified and refreshed . smooth and yet dry finish . over all nice brew

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertColianni
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with average head and really nice, clingy lacing. Aroma is hoppy and some citrus, very refreshing. Taste is pine hops, resin, grapefruit, bread malt. Feels great on the palate and a nice sessionable ale. Love the hops !!

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.