Reviver Red IPA
Starr Hill Brewery

Reviver Red IPAReviver Red IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,582
Ranked #10,604
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Reviver Red IPAReviver Red IPA
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akaizer from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Poured a hazy reddish hue with a nice off-white (a touch reddish) foam head. The bottle says ruby red and that really shows up when held up just off-centered from a light source. Scent has a floral and citrus-y hop with a nice sweetness lingering in the background. Taste follows with a hop forward profile and a firm malt (crackery, a bit of burnt toast) backbone. Feel is around medium bodied with a touch of alcohol and hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch more bitter than I would've expected from the scent, but quite enjoyable!

Aug 22, 2020
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88caprice from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall a good brew. Pours red with very little head that dissipated and no lacing to speak of. Nice hop aroma with a touch of fruity sweetness. Good citrus and pine hop flavor with some fruitiness and a caramel malt backbone. Lingering bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. A bit resinous.

Jul 24, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy dark red color with a slight transparency about it. A one finger white foamy head dissipated within about less than thirty seconds leaving some stringy lacing roaming around the sides of the glass. The smell had a big sweet citrus arranging itself tightly in and around some light sweet caramel malts. It comes across nice and bittersweet. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and flavor. A light sweet sticky caramel to citrus aftertaste leads into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled and had a nice sweet sticky bitterness rolling over my tongue. Overall, I dig it as a malty Red IPA, if there was such a style.

Jun 27, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, little else. Taste is citrus, some pine, little to no malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

May 06, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was just about to embark on my next major horizontal when I noticed a few of these famous star bottle caps in the Bottle Backlog & decided to bust them out before this undertaking.

From the bottle: "A ruby-red India Pale Ale brewed with American hops for a refreshing citrus aroma and flavor balanced by a firm maltiness for Springtime."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour since it had some age on it at this point. An in-glass swirl raised just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head that slowly collapsed, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a mix of caramel malt sweetness & grapefruit-like hop bitterness. They are calling it a "Red IPA" on the label, while this site marks it as an AIPA. Curious. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more bitter than sweet with a dominant grapefruit-citrus aspect underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. I think that had it not been labeled as such, I would have guessed it to be a hoppy American Amber/Red Ale. Finish was semi-dry, still more hoppy than sweet, but not exactly what I would consider an AIPA.

Feb 16, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a coppery red amber color with a nice head. Lacing as you enjoy the beer. Some rye and caramel malt in the nose. The mouth gets the rye and some hops. Enjoyable.

Feb 06, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red color with an off-white head about a finger thick. Smells of rye, caramel, and malts. Tastes of pine and citrus hops, but primarily dominated by sweeter malty flavor. Taste fades quickly after drinking. Mediumish body, tending towards the lighter side, with minimal carbonation. It's solid and drinkable, won't dominate many meals but works well for pairing with them.

Jan 30, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Monday Night Brewing glass. .

Clear, dark red-brown body with a short off-white head that soon reduces to a thin partial coat.

Aroma: dominated by hops with less malt aroma than expected.

Flavor: the malts are still dominated by hops (herbal-fruity) but the malt are more obvious and help balance the hop bitterness. Moderate complexity and low bitterness for an Amercan IPA.

Feel: near medium body; medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

Overall: a well-crafted red IPA.

Nov 04, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with ruby hues. This has an off white head with tinges of ruby colors. It produces a fair amount of lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: It has aromas of rye, grain, and a small bit of plum.

Taste: There are rye flavors with grain and plum. It also has some toast and floral background notes as well.

Feel; It has a moderate body with a moderately bitter after taste.

Overall, this features a complex rye flavor with plums as the highlights that work well together.

Oct 23, 2016
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Jmalpha1 from Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite (local!) breweries. It just never disappoints--from the pour into the glass, the first sniff, and the first and last sips, it looks and tastes great. It's stunningly vibrant and tasty. Definitely more "red" than "ipa" as others have addressed. Perfect for every season as it's not too heavy for summer but not too light for winter.

Aug 05, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head that settles in lumps. Good chunky rings after each sip. Light brown color and clear.

Caramel aroma with a bit brandy barrel touch. I also get, distractedly, a bit of paper.

The taste has Scotch Ale start which remains through the aftertaste while other flavors catch up to it. Strong, deeply toasted white bread is the initial flavor I get. Unlike a Scotch Ale, this is really dry. The hop bite comes in only to balance this malt focused beer. The aftertaste leans bitter, but still well balanced. Full bodied but with an elevated carbonation level. Perhaps this is more "Red" than "IPA", but it has a good blend.

Jul 17, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper beer with a light tan head. Great hoppy aroma, fruity hops dominant, but also plenty of malt. Taste follows suit: remarkable richness of malt given that it's also quite hoppy and listed as an IPA. Mouthfeel nicely balanced. Bottled date 3-7-16, drank 17 June 16.

Jun 18, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown to ruby amber color with a large white head. The aroma is hops and citrus with some pine and malt thrown in for good measure. The taste is a very good blend of malt and hops.

May 28, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 1/12/16 into pint glass. Pours a deep brownish-amber color. Slightly cloudy. Light tan head. Initial impression is malt sweetness (odd for a purported IPA), caramel, a resinous hops bite that lingers in the finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Perhaps closer to an Amber Ale than an IPA. This is a little malty/sweet for my taste when I'm in IPA mode, but it has an interesting profile.

Apr 21, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Packaged February 8th 2016.

Deep dark and blood red, with hints of chestnut brown and a real nice clarity to the body appearance. Head creation is creamy, a bit short struggling to reach about two fingers, and a nice light tan off white appearance. Settles to a small finger of head and a bit of bowling puck. Very impressive body color with a lacking head a bit.

Very inviting nose. Small notes of caramel like sweetness with touches of good hop forward qualities. Hop angle is a bit hard to pinpoint, nice in aroma with a small hint of earth and a good amount of citrus zest.

Palate manages a decent profile but seems to swim in two directions. A malt forward mid palate with a soft caramel front. Hop angle follows nicely, a bit of pine sap and mixing brown sugar malt sweetness follows, but also manages some oily citrus zest while finishing. Caramel quality makes a solid malt backbone without excessive syrup like sweetness, and doesn't get in the way of the hop character. Hop character though lacks some oomph and distinction, as much of the fruity citrus quality while present isn't really distinct.

Decent brew, but sort of comes off as a more mild hop edged amber ale.

Mar 19, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/18/16.Pours into a nonic a full deep rich amber with a half finger light khaki colored head atop,great richness and depth in color.Some grapefruit-like hops and caramel malts in the nose with mild toastiness in there as well.A pretty well rounded palate with a good shot of juicy citric and grapefruit-like hops up front then a firm nutty mildly sweet caramel/biscuit malt base taking over into the finish.This is a pretty damn fine beer here with a good amount of hops but not in your face for those who don't want that...

Mar 14, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, about a month old

garnet red colored, off white colored head. fades, no lacing. earthy hops and caramel malt aroma. taste is well balanced between malt and hop flavors. medium bodied.

Feb 18, 2016
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obywan59 from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and red in color with a 2 finger light tan head and nice lacing . Carbonation is evident. Reminds me of Mad Elf.and Christmas.

Fabulous hoppy aroma. Grassy/herbal with pleasant over ripe citrus. A hint of malt in the background.

Aromatic hops rule at the start with a little sweet malt. Sweet caramel rises a bit in the middle before the bittering hops take over the follow through.

Medium in body with a nice bite from the carbonation. Light syrup. Somewhat numbing.

This may be the best Starr Hill brew I've sampled. I'm really impressed with the aroma, and the taste is really good too.

Feb 10, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a chilled 6-pack of this IPA and poured it into a short stemmed goblet. This IPA has 6.2% ABV and is the Red variety of the IPA family.

Look-It pours a dark oak color, but shimmers a blood-red copper when viewed through a strong backlight. The head is a white film when settled and the lacing is sparse and foamy. It also has a mild cloudiness.

Smell-The aroma boasts strong fruit citrus like grapefruit as well as pine resins and hops. There is a noticeable caramel based malt backbone that comes through under the hops. But it isn’t your typical IPA...probably because it is specifically a RED IPA.

Taste-The taste is brilliant dank hops, citrus rind, pine resin, earthy hops, caramel malts, ample carbonation, plum-like fruitiness, and some grassy notes. There is an oily resin aspect to it that lightly coats the tongue and lingers. The aftertaste is mostly hops and a hint of the dark fruits like plum and raisin that come through on the palate. There is a rich breadiness to it as well that accompanies the caramel malts.

Overall-The Bros say that this Red IPA is well-balanced and I agree. But what I didn’t know is that Red IPAs used to be called Red Ales. Crisp and refreshing beer this is.

Jan 26, 2016
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qchic from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very balanced amber/red IPA that is easy drinking yet with plenty of flavor. Papers dark amber with good head retention. I smell that fine caramel-citrus that I love in some of my favorite APA's. The flavor is grainy and fruitier than the aroma with ample bitterness. With a moderate ABV, this is a good everyday drinker, and restores a little faith in SH.

Aug 05, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark, vibrant, ruby-caramel coloring with a low profile, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of roasted caramel and nut sweetness, with a solid pine tassel and pitch blend, wet grass, and resinous hops all joining in, as well. Very hoppy. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a solid dose of peat, caramel, subtle char, pine pitch, hints of grapefruit, grassy notes, and an underlying bitterness. Resinous hops characteristics abound on the palate. The body is big and robust, but with a dry edge that keeps it crisp and drinkable. The aftertaste is more hops notes than anything, with tart and sweet grapefruit blending on the dank, vinous, and resinous hops linger. The finish is slick, slow, and dry, with a lingering bitterness. Solid beer.

Jul 29, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear deep crimson red in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and light amounts of brown + mahogany highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light to moderate aroma of pine/resin + dank hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and toasted malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine, citrus/grapefruit rind, and dank hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: One of the better offerings I have tried from Starr Hill but overall just not a brewery that has impressed me. This beer is just average, fairly easy to drink but still enjoyable.

Jun 21, 2015
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Spamtastic from Tennessee

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I wish all Reds tasted like this one. Nice balance, citrus and grapefruit from the hops, slight sweetness and strong body from the malt. A nice change of pace.

Jun 17, 2015
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in May 2015.

Appearance: Very dark red with nice tan head.

Smell: Pleasant, and can definitely smell the added hops. There is a strong citrus aroma as well.

Taste: Interesting taste. There is a strong hop flavor with some sweet grapefruit flavors as well. But the flavor is not dominated by the hops as in some IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied.

This is an interesting IPA. It has a nice mix of hops and other flavors, which I like better than others I have tried.

May 07, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear reed red, off white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Nice pineapple/tropical hop character over nutty malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised with this one!

May 05, 2015
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