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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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288 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
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 Fusion7777
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Fusion7777, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

obywan59, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

dgherm, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

hopsolutely, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of George2744
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

George2744, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

redfox405, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

purppy, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Joshuwutphilly, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

IPAchris, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

sholland119, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jaswilson2, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Shall6815, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Hockey_Fan, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/19/13. Printed very boldly and clearly on the neck, so kudos to them for that. I always appreciate knowing the freshness of the beer I'm drinking. Also, it's a twist off! Not that that means anything. Poured into a tasting glass.

Grateful Pale Ale appears to have a pale gold body with decent clarity. The head is white and does an excellent job of leaving a trail of lacing all over the glass.

I can smell the hops from a mile away, and this beer is what? Five months old? Pretty amazed by this aroma. Notes of dank weed, pine sap, and bitter grapefruit all come to mind. Pretty dry underneath all that, so I'm not sure what to expect on the malt front. Appetizing hop aroma for sure though, and really fits the style profile.

Taste wise, it is very much in line with the aroma. Nothing too strong, as the body is light and dry, and the malts are extremely light, so the hops are allowed to steal the show. However, the bitterness is moderate for a beer that leans so much on its hops for its character. The flavor is also of piney hops, and the finish is a wonderfully balanced, smooth and dry hoppy end to this beer.

Very refreshing, and quite a treat for the hop lover. A nice departure from what I feel is the norm for APA's, and I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone as a great, cheap option for a quick, delicious hop fix. Love this!

MusicaleMike, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JohnK17, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

vandemonian, Aug 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

dankjohn, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mikehillman, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jhartley, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jrfehon33, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jmdrpi, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

VBWharfRat, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

twenty5, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +11.7%

TaylorK, Aug 10, 2013
Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.