Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Grateful Pale AleGrateful Pale Ale

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013

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Ratings: 350 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Jmalpha1
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little citrus but not as much as I would have expected

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of matty
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent...nothing that separates it from the million other APA on the market

Photo of DuaneL
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted on tap at Peco's and were underwhelmed.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of KChristie87
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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 Byrnie-madoff
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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 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 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 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 !!

Photo of everythingiszen
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of BWED
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 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...

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a straw color with a half finger of head that dissipates very quickly but leaves some thin lacing behind on the glass. The body is relatively light for the style. The malt in the flavor profile is quite light. The finish is pleasantly hoppy. This is a decent session beer but nothing more than that.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pgd. 2/19/14. consumed 6/6/14.

A: Soft glowing sunset orange coloring with a good clarity revealing a quick paced effervesce. Pie crust tinted head is bready in texture, slightly withstanding of average retention. Leaves with a washy lacing.

A: Aroma of fresh wet lemons with a balance of lightly dry straw. Still fairly good natured and strong despite the 4 months layover. Some pine-orange mixture, fresh and wet.

T: The flavor was fresh and wet pine-orange hopping. Some wet citrus with some grassy undertones. Lightly dry hopping, dry grains with background nuances of tropical fruitiness. Flowery edge of grapefruit with a crisp malting.

M: Crisp mouthful, wet hopping quenches the tongue with a refreshing bite.

O: Overall nice and wet flavorful hops, crisp pale malt with a low amount of speciality grains keeping the pale in pale ale. Refreshing easy drinking multiple downer with a strong movement of hops that border on ipa standards.

Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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