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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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267 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

VBWharfRat, Aug 17, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

twenty5, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

TaylorK, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
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!


themind, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

yuenglingade, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

dcbeers, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

mtnwesdew, Aug 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

ZachKelly, Aug 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

Dank26, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

scottbrew4u, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

jjd315, Jul 25, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

argock, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Mattyb79, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

chasmandocharles, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Jason1337, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

nmann08, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Lob, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

DevinORoark, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

paulhargus, Jul 14, 2013
Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.