Soul Shine | Starr Hill Brewery

Soul ShineSoul Shine
Write a Review

Average: 3.63 | pDev: 11.02%

Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 147

Belgian Pale Ale | 5.20% ABV

Wants   Gots 

Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Notes: Summer availibility. 
Very Good
Soul ShineSoul Shine
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 147
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer started slow for me then I warmed up to it. It has a decent hop character with some Belgian yeast flair to it that gave mild esters of clove, and hints of apricot. Refreshing for a summer BBQ but not a go to beer for me.

 230 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at J Brain's, on to the beer:

The light golden color topped with a short lived head invites me for a sip. Webbed lacing forms around the glass after I take a few sips and the beer's level drops in the glass. The beer has a clean aroma of grass and citrus, while the taste takes an interesting route. On the hoppy side, with notes of melon, wool, and floral. Sticking to style, the beer has a dryness after each sip, making Soul Shine an acceptable stateside Belgian-styled Pale Ale.

 491 characters

Photo of Buck89
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Nice bright amber color with a small white head. Not much aroma - some floral notes but not much else. The taste was diasppointingly thin. Some citrus but little of the Belgian estery notes I was expecting.

 232 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, honey-gold coloring with steady carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, bubbly, off-white head on top. Aromas of berries, evergreen, subtle clove, nutmeg, bubble gum, and coriander. Very subtle nose. Flavors are fruit and spice forward, with a solid dose of citrus notes, specifically orange and grapefruit, blending with notes of coriander, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and grains of paradise. There is a subtle caramel character in the backbone, made tangy by a subtle yeasty funk. Fruity esters linger on into the aftertaste, with some bready characteristics, as well, all on a light, effervesced, smooth body. The finish is light, slightly frothy, and with an evergreen linger. Refreshing beer.

 764 characters

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops. Taste is surprisingly hoppy, citrus, some malts, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an enjoyable beer, but loses a point for not really tasting like a Belgian pale ale, drinks almost like a mild American pale ale.

 355 characters

Photo of rjs246
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this last season and was wildly unimpressed, as I usually am with "Belgian style" pale ales. But I just picked up their summer tour box today and on a whim the first thing I did was try one of these. It's very good. I suspect that they changed the hop profile as it is much closer to their new Reviver offering, but regardless, damned tasty beer.

 354 characters

Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It pours a cloudy medium orange with a white pillowy head and had notes of grain malts, pine hops and a bit of citrus. This is a refreshingly hoppy brew from the get go, that possesses a light caramel sweetness along with a slight yeasty flavor. All building up to the bold citrus peel finish...

 330 characters

Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange gold with a medium off white lasting head. Citrus pine hops and fruity notes as well as some yeast and caramel malt flavor and aroma. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant citrus caramel malt flavor with some citrus pine hops bitterness, fruity mildly spiced with a bit of a nutty ending. This is a solid, good summer belgian pale ale,

 388 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

If you are planning to visit me in Lancaster, PA (or if you are just passing through) and want to score some singles, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop on New Holland Avenue (at N. Franklin St.) is one place that I highly recommend. Ted(dy), the owner, is usually amenable to breaking sixers if there is open space in the cooler and I can always find something new and interesting. This one was a part of a recent score!

From the bottle: “The Gift of Great Beer [undersigned] Mark A Thompson Master Brewer”.

Ah, the inelegance of an inverted Glug following the Pop!ping of the cap. I live for the explosive nature of beer and this does it for me every time. The pseudo-cascade led to the formation of three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity and it called forth my drinking buddies, Mammon, Croesus and Midas to share in the bounty. Once they finished, it was my turn. Nose had a mixed fruit-ester scent, probably from the Belgian yeast, along with a citrus rind tang. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a prevalent grapefruit rind tartness underlain by a papery mustiness followed by a Juicyfruit sweetness. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast having done its job, but also throwing a lot of sweet esters into the mix. I would drink this again, especially if they begin CANning their beers.

 1,400 characters

Photo of Zach136
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3.31.14 poured into Duvel Glass. Reviewed live.

A - Honey gold body. 2 finger rocky white head. Great Lacing.

S - Medium intensity, grassy hops, bubblegum yeast esters and hay field malts. So far I'm a big fan.

T - Unfortunately falls a bit flat when compared to the complexity of the aroma. Watery, grassy hop tea character up front. Very light yeast esters.

M - Light to medium bodied. Slightly sticky, but palate scrubbing carbonation.

 451 characters

Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, sent to me by fill_it_or_spill_it (Thanks!)
Packaged on 3/17/14, Consumed on 7/27/14
Served Chilled in a tulip glass

Aroma: Belgian yeast phenols driving the aroma. Smells like tangerines and black pepper. I'm not picking up any distinguishable malt aroma but there is a slight noble hop aroma poking through.

Appearance: Golden with orange highlights. Slight chill haze. Bright white head with good retention.

Flavor: Fairly spicy with hints of citrus. A little bit toasty with a honey like sweetness. Firm hop bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, well carbonated.

Overall: A light, refreshing, and fairly well balanced beer.

 677 characters

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six pack at Lake Anna in Virginia because it was a VA beer that I had not seen in Maryland, plus, I like Belgians as a rule. Decent looking beer that was very interesting to the nose, seemed promising. Very tasty, I enjoyed this beer very much, tasty and easy to drink. This is one that I will buy again.

 316 characters

Photo of ElderBeagle
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at GBD

So overall I find Starr Hill to have merely average beers, but I still like to try and give them support

That being said this beer falls right into that middle of the road category. This beer has a dark amber appearance. Smell was faint malt, hint of citrus, and sweet bread. The taste up front is great with a bit of toffee notes soft sour taste from the Belgian yeast and a pleasant orange/citrus burst. The problem was the mineral metallic aftertaste. Really ruins the beer for me actually. It's not unbearable but it's definitely noticeable. Otherwise it could be a easy drinking full flavored beer. If they could just get that fixed I would drink this more often, but as it stands I would rather drink something else at my BBQ

 751 characters

Photo of argock
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Three Notch'd Brewing Company tulip glass. Rec'd from friend Pat in anticipation of a nice night of Thai food and fun hanging out on an early summer patio night.

A: Very clear blood orange-amber with a copious 1-2 finger off-white big-bubbled head with decent retention but with lacing all around the glass.

S: Equally strong aromas of Belgian pilsner malt and slightly funky Belgian yeast character. The yeast is mildly phenolic but blends well with the spicy, floral, and orange citrus hoppiness.

T: The flavor is really pleasant but safe with a weakly phenolic Belgian yeast character blending well with orange citrus hopping and a nice herbal, earthy character as well. Pilsner malt is up-front with a bit of sweetness but mostly a grainy quality that works pretty well with the soft phenolics of the yeast.

M: Smooth and unobtrusive with moderate carbonation and a light-medium body.

O: A pretty pleasant summer beer that Pranqster fans can enjoy more than one of.

 1,015 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a big billowy head of off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a nice mix of lightly toasted malt and sweeter fruit aromas of orange and a bit of candied sugar. Along with these smells are some yeasty aromas which bring with them some spice smells of clove and coriander. Some sour lemon and grapefruit as well as a little bit of grass are there as well, mixing nicely with the sweet and malt to create a very nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a light bready flavor mixed with some sweeter flavors of orange and apricot. The bready gains a little bit of graininess as the flavor advances to the end, but for the most part remains on the more lightly bready side. The tangerine sweetness increases as well to the end, bringing a moderate level of sweetness at the end of the taste. All the while, some other light yeasty flavors develop along with some very light spice flavors of coriander, clove, and a light pepper. Some light grassy and grapefruit hop flavors develop on the tongue more toward the end of the taste. These flavors never really are able to balance the big sweeter citrus flavors, leaving one with a lightly yeasty, spiced and hopped citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is quite high. Both are decent for the citrus flavors of the brew, but do nothing for the low levels of malt and hop so overall it’s just OK.

Overall – Other then the look and smell, this brew doesn’t really have much to offer. The taste is a little too thin in malt with the body a bit too watery.

 1,823 characters

Photo of obywan59
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, somewhat transparent golden to golden amber in colo,r with a 2 finger white head that recedes rather quickly leaving a bunch of attractive lacing. Tons of carbonation.

Awesome citrus, tropical fruit and spice on the nose. A little musty with some light Belgian funk. Over ripe citrus and pepper. I can't detect any malt aroma at all with such redolent hops.

Barely a hint of sweet malts if at all. Hops dominate here as well. Dry, tart and spicy. Grapefruit with a bit of grapefruit rind. A hint of pineapple and occasionally orange..

Rather light in feel. Very crisp and frothy. Dry and almost astringent. High carbonation gives a semblance of warmth.

An awesome summer beer! Refreshing and tasty. Probably my favorite Starr Hill sampling to date.

 766 characters

Photo of benloho
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, light copper. Tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom. One finger head quickly disappears. A little bit of lacing.
S: Smell is floral and malty with a hint of citrus. Very pleasant
T: There is a pretty bitter presence right off the bat. It actually overpowers the malt for me. Floral and earthy tones and a little bit of spice in the finish.
MF: Crisp and dry finish. Makes me thirsty, however its a slightly soapy aftertaste that isn't very favorable.
O: Hmmm. I want to like this beer. I really love Starr Hill beers. Definitely seems like a Belgian Pale, yet I would prefer a better malt backbone and less soapiness in the finish to truly enjoy drinking this beer often.

 693 characters

Soul Shine from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 147 ratings