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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Grateful Pale AleGrateful Pale Ale

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 32.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 380
Photo of slusk
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear golden with a nice dense white head.

S: Floral hops up front with a bit of pine and grapefruit. Some mild citrus. Nice malt in the background

T: Nice floral hops and some grapefruit. A wee bit of caramel comes through in the malt profile. Nice balance, decent bitterness but not too far ahead of the malt.

F: Light body, moderate carbonation

O: Nice beer. Clean flavors, good floral hop presence with a decent but slightly weak malt backbone. Overall a good clean, crisp, drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden body with one finger head and a lace ring down the glass. Aroma is citric hopped with a touch of bread and dry malt. Beer tastes the same as a light bodied and hoppy beer has some citric notes along with touches of grainy maltiness and bread for a dry, almost cracker like finish. Not bad but a little off balance and dry for my liking.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled (05?06?)/27/15.

Clear copper with creamy head. It smells caramel-malty, crispish, and citrusy. Lemon zest. It tastes far better from the bottle than the last keg I had. It's not very hoppy, but it's rich, deep, and smooth. The lemon sweetness is reminiscent of a lemondrop candy, and the aftertaste is lightly vegetal-bitter.

Generally a solid, refreshing beer. Substantial, if basic.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear golden copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate aroma of herbal, pine, and citrus/grapefruit rind over the top of light aromas of cereal grain + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal, pine, and citrus/grapefruit rind hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, especially on a warm NC summer evening. Nice hop flavors and aromas with a crisp mouthfeel makes this one quite sessionable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is crystal clear, pale, copper-gold coloring with a low profile, foamy, white head and very decent cling and lacing on the glass. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle pine pitch, wet grass, highlights of grapefruit, and subtle pepper spice. Flavors are fruity forward, with some tropical fruit notes joining the grapefruit, as well as grassy and piney hops notes, some sugary sweetness, and an herbal blend highlight towards the end of the palate. The body is light and smooth, with a dry, crisp foundation. The aftertaste is very vegetal, with grassy and piney hops and only a hint of citrus sweet. The finish is dry, crisp, and slightly effervesced. Solid brew. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. While the retention is nothing special, it does leave behind some nice lacing as it recedes. All in all, it's a good looking brew. (3.75)

Smell: I immediately pick up notes of lemon, grapefruit, flowers, and pine. I could almost call this a lemon bomb, given how pungent is (relative to its gravity, natch). Caramel malt sweetness appears as it opens up. Quite nice for a sessionable pale ale. (3.5)

Taste: This is almost like a baby SNPA - flowery hops intermingle with caramel malts. I also get plenty of lemon flavor, mainly on the back end. No wait, this IS a baby SNPA. While it's also just another pale ale (albeit at a lower gravity), it is well done enough to be worthy of my interest. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It has an appropriate heft on the palate - it isn't cripplingly heavy, yet it isn't quite hop water. I don't find it bone dry, but I do find its good carbonation and airy texture refreshing. Drinkability slows down as the fizz fades (and it fades fast), though. (3.25)

Overall: It's a fairly typical pale ale, just smaller. And it really isn't bad at all. This would make a decent go to in a craft-deprived location, but I wouldn't choose it over quite a few others. (3.25)

3.34/5: I'm grateful for trying it, but haven't I had this same kind of beer a million times before?

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold pour with white head/good clarity and lacing. Earthy hop nose with a hint of citrus. Very little flavor. Watery lite mouthfeel. Lite lemon finish. Not much here...

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Photo of Jmalpha1
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I find this to be my go-to beer when I go to the store. If there's nothing else that peaks my interest or that I want to try, I end up with a six-pack of this and then I wonder why I didn't get it in the first place! Super crisp and clean tasting. Very grassy, which was a little new to me at first but I found that I really liked it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starr Hill "Grateful Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 03/10/15A"

What's to say here? It's a standard American Pale Ale with a good appearance, a slightly richer than usual malt base, and bright citrusy hops. The hops are fuller in the aroma than they are in the flavor, which is well-balanced and rounded to emphasis the lightly sweet grainy and biscuity malt. If there's any drawback it's that the head retention and lacing could be better, otherwise it's solidly drinkable and satiating. Nicely done.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug. Pours orange amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of grassiness and earthy hops. Tastes of grassiness and some flowery hops. Beer is carbonated well and light bodied. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of KChristie87
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a Pale Ale, this beer is fantastic. Darker golden brown in color. Smell is phenomenal for a pale ale. Gives off some fruit and pine. Tastes great! A bit of bitterness with a crisp clean feeling goes a long way to make this beer one of the better pale ales I've had.

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Photo of citizencane
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Byrnie-madoff
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perfect if you like tasteful 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.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Tim-reed
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
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

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Photo of hophugger
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of everythingiszen
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Doesn't go overboard with the hops like some pales I could mention (looking at you, Sierra Nevada!). Solid pale, a great buy at the 7-11 around the corner.

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Photo of BWED
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Honey yellow, clear. White head diminishes rather quickly.

S- A bit of a sweet caramel with some hop presence. Some earth pine notes and a dash of lemon.

T- Balanced biscuity malt. The earth and pine come out in the flavor. A bit spicy.

M- Rather clean. The finish is semi-dry. A tad spicy and piney.

O- Decent, solid pale ale. Nothing remarkable, however.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the previous reviewer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of mild citrus. Taste is kind of light, some hops, a touch of citrus, just a bitr on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a sessionable beer, but just seemed to be lacking a bit.

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Had a mix of hops and citrus, pretty good smelling.
Appearance- A clear yellow/orange with a small whitehead.
Taste- Has that citrus note mixed with hops, and a small biscuit flavor tossed in.
Palate- A light to medium bodied brew with medium carbonation.
Overall- A good beer, I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

I was down in DC two weekends ago to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Founded in Charlottesville, VA.”; “The Gift of Great Beer. [undersigned] Mark A. Thompson Master Brewer”.

The Crack! was nice and loud so I celebrated with an inverted Glug, which I eventually had to back off of to avoid overflowing. It created two puffy fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5) with NE-quality clarity and so my new friends, Mammon, Midas and Croesus came by for a taste. When it came to my turn, I took a sniff, noting a big grapefruit citrus presence. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as pronounced as its smell, but it still had a decent amount of bitterness. I have a feeling that all of the intense AIPAs of late may have dulled my taste buds, diminishing my enjoyment of an APA. I found myself wishing that there was a greater hops presence, but that would be stylistically incorrect. What a CANundrum! Good lacing appeared as I drank it. Finish was semi-dry and quite drinkable. I CAN see putting some in the cooler, but I would probably reach for something hoppier.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DATE REVIEWED: July 12, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: return from a great day at Point Pleasant--tired but thirsty...APPEARANCE: pours a bright, almost completely clear orange-yellow with crisscross effervescence; white head flames up the glass after thinning out efficiently; little lacing... AROMA: melon and bubblegum invade the nostrils; flowery hints of springtime and perfume--an attractive start... PALATE: a bit hard at the start, forcing expectations to more of an IPA--but thin at the end, with a lagerish aftertaste...in essence, a slightly uncomfortable mouthfeel... TASTE: dishwasher lemon zest comes through most prominently with some hay mown in; an odd, lagerish malty quality hovers at the edge of each sip; slightly sour ... OVERALLL: the "grateful" appellation suggests to me that something is owing to the Dead's legacy, musical or otherwise, but this ale offers a slightly disjointed flavor profile, with enough syrupy, candied sweetness to challenge the drinker towards the next sip--not the goal of a pale ale...

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Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold with light white foam. Very mild beer smell. Bright. Taste is on the lighter side with a peppy hop bitter. Fast finish and a peppery leave behind. Mild mellow pale. Well named. Easy going and good for the season.

Poured from bottle into pint glass on 6/13

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