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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Grateful Pale AleGrateful Pale Ale

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241 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013)
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Reviews by obywan59:
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle dated 7/01/13

Light orange in color and nearly clear with a 1 finger white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Thick and fruity aroma of ripe citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple especially. Warm yeasty dough.

The taste is more subdued. Some lightly sweet malts upfront, but mostly dry, then fruity in the middle with some citric tartness before the bitter hops come to dominate in the end.

Prickly at first, with some light syrup, but drying and astringent. Slightly warming.

Last of the mixed 12 pack, and the best of the bunch as was rated. The Love was the only failure, I'll have to try it again and hope for a fresher sampling. Grateful was very fresh in aroma and taste. While not as complex as some, there was enough going on to make a very satisfying session.

09-17-2013 02:06:31 | More by obywan59
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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours into a nonic a clear medium golden with a thinner white head atop.Some nice floral hop notes in the nose with a bit of toasted grain and biscuit malt,light but pleasant.Citrusy hops with a bit of tangerine at the onset of the palate with sweet biscuit malts a smack of toasted grain in the finish.I don't think this beer is bad at all it's light and somewhat refreshing on a sweaty ass humid day like today.

06-10-2014 20:33:49 | More by oberon
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3.94/5  rDev +10.4%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Bright clear gold, excellent head

SMELL: Piney, orange peel, blond tobacco, parsley, faint green onion, light resin, crackers

TASTE: Very crisp, hop resin, bread crust, hop oil, herbal, earthy, minty, lighter bodied, dry, ample hop bitterness, lychee fruit, green tea, faintly spicy, long-lasting hop finish

Hopping ranges from old school to popular, far-away to the usual, with the additions of Chinook, Centennial, Topaz and Cascade. A very sessionable APA for the hopheads; a whole lot of fun knocking this one back. Starr Hill should think about making this a year-round option.

11-27-2013 22:38:13 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

09-21-2013 15:54:01 | More by TTripp725
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4/5  rDev +12%

08-15-2014 03:32:41 | More by petewheeler
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3/5  rDev -16%

08-21-2013 04:55:19 | More by dankjohn
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

04-03-2014 12:00:42 | More by catboy
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured from a cask at Duckworth's, Huntersville, NC, into an American pint glass.

Pours cloudy and golden with a viscous head and thick sticky lacing. There's a lot to like here, loads of piney citrus notes from the hops please both the nose and the mouth. There are also notes of bread, green tea and hints of onion. No idea how this compares to the kegged version, but this is a damn nice and creamy brew I could drink all day. I highly recommend you try this if you see it.

03-14-2014 21:59:26 | More by Mantooth
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-27-2013 00:13:48 | More by briandaube
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-13-2013 19:11:47 | More by dmk91
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South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%

12 oz bottle.
Pours pale golden in color with a decent head.

Has a fine hoppy aroma with a touch of sweet malts.

Flavor: A typcial APA with an average hop level.

Feel: thin body is too watery.

O: A disappointing offering from a brewery that has some much better beers.

04-08-2014 00:39:42 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

08-02-2013 15:55:47 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

08-28-2014 22:14:00 | More by acurtis
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-05-2013 19:47:57 | More by dcbeers
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New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -11.5%

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...

07-13-2014 03:01:23 | More by dacrza1
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4/5  rDev +12%

10-13-2013 19:17:45 | More by Travis_M
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-08-2014 19:37:01 | More by tdm168
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a thick, frothy 2 fingers of head. Beautiful and detailed lace.

Nose is nice herbal and floral hops. Inviting.

Taste is well-hopped, but it's not an overwhelming nor bitter hops character. This one is nicely balanced with plenty of malt presence.

The body is medium to heavy, and this is a solid and enjoyable pale ale. Well-done!

05-06-2013 13:23:03 | More by secondtooth
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

04-14-2013 17:22:39 | More by hyoung41
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-10-2014 05:04:28 | More by tclipse
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4/5  rDev +12%

04-30-2013 04:23:28 | More by cliff1066
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-28-2014 19:10:48 | More by HuntDaddy540
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

06-16-2014 15:39:14 | More by yammy
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

08-03-2014 19:46:17 | More by Jaked12
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-11-2013 22:29:42 | More by Kegatron
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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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