Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery
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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
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
3.59/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
09-11-2013 17:49:10 | More by dgherm
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-07-2013 23:14:34 | More by hopsolutely
Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.