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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013)
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Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -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.

Florida9, May 01, 2014
Photo of MerkinMan
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

MerkinMan, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

WuBByG999, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

colinclovt, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of SFNC
4/5  rDev +11.7%

SFNC, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Shnanign, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mpalestino, Apr 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

taylor714914, Apr 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

JDizzle, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Amedlin18, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

katastraphi, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

100200300, Apr 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tclipse, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tdm168, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of srw
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

srw, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

chinchill, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Keith_R
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Keith_R, Apr 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Dreamer, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

catboy, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MAJ85, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

brewsclues, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Tucquan, Mar 30, 2014
Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.