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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 373
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 32.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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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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 chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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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 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 smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep brass to bronze color, sparkling and crystal clear with some fast rising thin carbonation. Head is fluffy white bleach and bright, with some little bit of peak and valley retention. Settles slowly to an easy half finger tall head.

Good solid nose. Some hints of crispness, but some sweet faint caramel and lots of light toasty brown sugar. Very nice hop angle on this, hinting of citrus and a nice oily sensation. There's a little bit of muddy character though, but it doesn't detract too badly.

Palate hits the right notes. Very nice balanced between sweet malt and citrus hops. There's a tight palate to this on the feel with some sharp carbonation but it's not distracting. Giant minty hop finish and aftertaste mixing with some pine like bitterness. Good malt sweet backbone compliments nicely on the swallow bringing the brown sugar sensations.

Overall this is probably the most pleasant beer I've had from this brewery.

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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 beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on 04/26/13 emblazoned cleared on neck above label. 6-pack purchased at Market Street WIneshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very light golden, excellent clarity, with 1-finger off-white frothy head with decent retention and a moderate cuff of lace.

S: American hops with a lot of lemon, grapefruit, orange, and melon with some pine resin dominate. THe malt component of the aroma is small with a little graininess but otherwise not a while lot else going on.

T: Very good delivery vehicle for citrus, pine, and honeysuckle hops flavors. They come through with a nice light malt base, just a touch of light caramel and a little more roasted grain, almost like they used pale ale malt rather than 2-row. Moderate bitterness but well-balanced for the light nature of this session beer. No significant yeast esters -- clean and drinkable.

M: The body is appropriately light-medium with a little too much carbonation for my taste but not way off either. Good solid dry finish helps keep this very drinkable.

O: A really nice summer session APA with a manageable ABV and a good splash of fruity American hoppiness. Definitely is one of the more solid beers from Starr Hill -- is a nice cousin to Northern LIghts and I think I enjoy Grateful a little more due to the more subdued caramel malt sweetness.

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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 Florida9
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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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Photo of Mantooth
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Citrus, caramel, floral, earthy, grassy, and pine.

Taste: Same as above. Hops blend well with the light caramel malts. Nice tingly bitterness on the palate too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little dry, low to medium carbonation, and a smooth drinking beer.

Overall: Pretty solid APA. Happy to have tried this at a beer tasting while attending a wedding in Harrisonburg, VA.

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Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

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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 TheBigBoy
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of dgherm
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.