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Valkyrie - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 06-04-2013)
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Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -17.6%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

irish01980, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

mcrago, Dec 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

analienacorn, Dec 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Brewski, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Stinger80OH, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of beaverapproved
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

beaverapproved, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of GibbonsTheBeerGuy
1/5  rDev -72.5%

GibbonsTheBeerGuy, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange with a touch of reddish brown, hazy, head and lace not bad.

Aroma and flavor are that of what I consider a subdivision of IPAs/IIPAs, a "malty" IIPA. The malt backbone is bold, the body thick and almost chewy. This is the base for plentiful hops additions, which make this beer more "balanced" (if you can say that about any IIPA).

The hoppiness is complex and earthy, bitterness high, but it almost seems to mellow as you enjoy the beer and it warms. The balance between the maltiness and hops is very enjoyable.

Whether my style musings are worth a darn is somewhat irrelevant tho, this beer is tasty. The overall characteristics of this beer meet with my previous experience with southern star: the beer itself was a bit unusual, but nonetheless quite delicious. So that's 2/2 so for for southern star. I'll be trying something else from them next time I get a chance! Love the fact it's in cans too.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of deadliest
3.75/5  rDev +3%

deadliest, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of emergency_beef
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

emergency_beef, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

st9647v3, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

wiltznucs, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

attometer00, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Southern Star Valkyrie has a very thick, beige head, a murky, gold-orange appearance, noticeable gray floaties, and significant lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of fruity, rather floral, hop-oily bread, and the flavor is of sweet, bready barley malt and super-bitter hop oil. This really does live up to its billing of 100 IBUs. However, as it warms, and one drinks it down, it does mellow out and becomes a very chill drinking experience. The mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, and Southern Star Valkyrie finishes dry, rich, quite sweet, and decently sip-able. The alcohol really does not show itself with this one. Check it out- it’s outstanding!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter.

Love the bottle art on this beer! I like the look of the beer itself just as well, glowing dark amber with some honey highlights. A finger's worth of bone white foam, however, it recedes very quickly down the glass, a spackling of lacing left behind.

Flowery esters dominate this beer's bouquet, a little bit of honey and apricot are a nice touch. A boozy quality and a bit of diacetyl also seeps through, luckily, it does not detract from the overall nose.

Bitter aspirin hits the palate hard, and then the bitterness just runs all over everything. You want a bitter IPA? You have your wish with this one! The other flavors do not resemble the nose at all. Earthy tones, a little grassiness, and a wee bit of wheaty malt, this is mainly all felt in the finish as that aspirin bitterness really makes up most of the proceedings.

Valkyrie has a decent feel, good creaminess and a light to medium heft. Of course, it finishes dry, thanks to the aspirin flavor that just will not go away.

Valkyrie certainly does not mess around. And if truth be told, I will not be joining this beer on the journey to Valhalla. The aspirin palate and unbalanced bitterness have me hoping I get to live to fight another day.

Pintofbrown, Nov 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

davemathews68, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

TomTown, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

TXBulldog, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and slightly hazy orangeish red hue with generous 2 fingers of head and plenty of lacing. The nose features a nice pine and resin profile which is paired with a strong grainy malt profile. Notes of lemon zest, grass, and graham cracker come to mind. Taste starts mild and becomes increasingly hoppy with light malty notes throughout. Notes of pine round out the flavor with a deeper earthy flavor towards the end. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. This is a nice and full flavored DIPA with a strong malty presence as well as a nice amount of piney hop bitterness.

homebrew311, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jdwilliamson79, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

tbryan5, Nov 01, 2013
Valkyrie from Southern Star Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.