Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

45 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 364
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 364
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beer just became avaliable_ still waiting to try - just adding to Beer Advocate database for now. This is not the previous pale ale (english pale ale) that is retired. Most Starr Hills are of decent quality give this new one from Starr Hill Brewery a try. (255 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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... (1,058 characters)

Photo of themind
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a deep golden color with a nice small head. The aroma quickly identifies itself as a pale ale. The taste is hops with bitterness. I enjoyed this brew, it has crisp carbonation giving a good mouth feel. Thanks to a buddy who traveled more then 600 miles with gaseous fumes and sludge pouring from his body from food poisoning to bring me a bottle of this stuff. As I drink this I can only picture him roaring into the nearest rest stop to blast out another throne and leave his mark.

Here's to you beer man who sh%! his way up the Eastern seaboard to deliver this badboy!

Cheers! (591 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crystal clear golden hue with a bright white head. Light citrus, floral, and grainy notes on the nose.

Very herbal earthy and floral hop presence up front. light biscuity malt presence follows with nice bitternes and clean crisp finish. best starr hill beer i've had yet and definitely would be nice for the summer. nothing crazy but it's decent (346 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A lighter shade of yellow. Very clear. Forms a moderate sized, fluffy white head, but there is little retention as it quickly falls to a thin surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is light. A blend of pale malts, biscuit, light citrus notes, and just a bit of pine.

T: Taste is also very light. Almost lager-like with a hint of that green-apple flavor I come to associate with lagers. Otherwise crisp pale malts, white bread, and some grassy-herbal hops on the back end.

M: Light body. Heavier carbonation. Crisp. Mild bitterness.

O: Well, if I can say one thing about this beer, it is quite drinkable. That said, this is not a bad beer. It's just not a very exciting one. It's an ever-so-slightly better than average pale ale in a market flooded with much-better-than-average pale ales, resulting in a beer that kind of falls flat. (850 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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? (1,409 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (277 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into tulip. dated 05/09/13.

A: pours pretty blond. great clarity. head is frothy and bright white. good retention and lacing.

S: herbal while still being a little bit floral. this thing even smells bitter. very bitter, but resinous. not getting a lot of grist. manages to be inviting through all of this.

T: similar to the nose, very herbal hop flavor. bitterness is strong. mild bubblegum flavor in the middle. grist is really minimal as this thing is either herbal or bitter. finish continues to be bitter and dries out quickly.

M: average carb on a light body.

D: lacking complexity while taking it down the herbal/bitter road of the hop highway makes me desire a bit more. a good summer thirst quencher, yes, something ill be seeking out on the regular, probably not. (794 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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... (175 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and clear golden colour with a burst of white head that disappears quickly. Has a muted aroma of bready malts with minimal yet faded hops . Bottle is not super-fresh (dated 4 months ago), but I expected more of a hop focus. Taste is also lacking the citrus or tropical fruit "APA" tones for which I'd hoped. It has a rather flat transition from crystal malts into bittering hops, with little flavour depth. Perhaps this will act as a gateway beer to get some people further into the micro realm, but it is not as well balanced or hop-centric an APA as I'd hoped. (576 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (273 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (953 characters)

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

Nice quaffable pale ale here. Not super hoppy not too watery goes down smooth. Poured a bright orange with the slightest bit of haze. Nice white bubbly foamy head that dissapears after a few minutes. Sparse lacing gripping the glass. Citrusy, slightly medicinal in odor. Hoppy up front, some medicinal, bready on the back end. Nice mouthfeel. Overall a good easy drinking pale ale. (381 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (780 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-09-27 and again on 2014-03-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Fairly clear, golden-yellow with a 3-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Orange, peach, hop floral, tea, very little malt. Mild but nice.

T - Orange tea, peach skin, aspirin, lemon zest and a bit of malt sweetness. Finishes very dry with some fruit and lasting bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp, lightly prickly.

O - This is a decent, sessionable brew. It's got a flavor unlike other sessionable pale ales. It's not as fragrant as Founder's All Day IPA and Stone's Go To IPA. Not as much caramel malt as 21st Amendment Bitter American. (634 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 !! (239 characters)

Photo of ElderBeagle
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the sampler pack - date 5-9-13

Pours a nice clear yellow with a bit of amber color.

Smells really fresh, citrus, earthy, and just really clean

The taste on this beer matches the smell. Im not sure how else to describe it, it justs tastes very fresh. Nice citrus, piny hops, with a bit of sweet malt to keep it from becoming too bitter. Really smooth drinking beer

Mouthfeel is light to medium and really smooth

Overall this is the best beer I tasted from Starr Hill. Very clean, fresh, and flavorful APA. I could quaff these all day on a nice hot summer day. (568 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (417 characters)

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.