Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013)
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4.8/5  rDev +33.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Samuel Smith Nonic. The body is light gold--almost as light as your average American lager. The head is white and thin and simmers down to a wee skim.
The aroma is intense with a combo of lemon, peach, raw cigarette tobacco, and white sugar. Nice.
The taste is everything above, finishing with a not so subtle, tiger out of the cage, hop bite.
This is right up there with all the great APA's. I hope this brewery expands to the point that they can market this brew in 12 packs as soon as possible.

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4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
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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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold and exceedingly clear. White frothy head with some staying power.

S: Citrus hops up front with a light pine / minty quality as well. Light cracker-like malt aroma in the back that is slightly husky rustic grainy. Some very faint fruity (peachy) esters, but way in the back.

T: Citrus and other fruit hop flavors up front followed by great balance with bready malt flavors (bread crust). Finish is bitter -- more reminiscent of a British bitter than an American pale ale. Finish is quite long with lingering bitterness. Very well balanced with the slight tip (aftertaste) toward hop bitterness. Fruity esters are restrained, but there (peachy, slightly apple-like). No diacetyl or DMS in the flavor.

MF: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy with no alcohol heat. Slightly prickly on the tongue, but nicely so. Refreshing / quenching.

O: A great example of a straightforward-not-trying-to-kick-your-ass-or-melt-your-damn-face-off-your-frickin-skull pale ale. There needs to be more beers like this on the market. Highly drinkable, flavorful, and refreshing. I will keep coming back.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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