Northern Lights IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
964
Reviews:
259
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
192
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of DMan80
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great IPA for the price, some harsh reviews here but I still love this beer

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +32.2%

Photo of Thomas0790
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of wangbruins
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light copper color with two finger head with great staying power and all over the place lacing

S- Piney and earthy, your typical IPA scents, but pretty strong with a bit of caramel

T- Earthy with some citrus flavors- lots of lemon and a bit of orange

M- A bit of a bite on the tongue at first with a little sting after but a good aftertaste that stays with you for a minute or two

D- I was impressed- I got this at work from the promoters trying to get my boss to carry it and wasn't expecting much but was pretty surprised- it's pretty damn good

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of superbarfff
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Photo of schmelby
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new formula is MUCH better. Well done, SH.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Photo of ackleydg
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Northern Lights pours a nice reddish-amber color, with a substantial head and good lacing. The smell is hoppy for sure, mostly a citrus and floral character with some sweet malt in there. The taste compliments the aroma very well. It's not overwhelmingly bitter. The floral and citrus notes give way to a slight malty sweetness that you might expect from an amber or red ale. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated on the tongue and foam on the swallow.

A good IPA, a great blend of hops and malt.

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4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a standard White Hawk IPA pint glass.

A: Hazy dark golden with an overall orange tint. Decent head that leaves lots of lacing down the glass.

S: Exceptionally fragrant but not overpowering. Subtle notes of vanilla and honey hiding within the expected hoppy nose. Hops are floral here. Balanced nicely with a malt presence.

T: One of the nicest, most balanced IPA's I've had so far. Goes down smooth with very little bitter aftertaste. Lots of hops on the front with a decent malty wave in the middle and toward the end. I get mild grapefruit and a hint of pine.

D: As someone who finds it hard to consume more than 3 or 4 IPA's in a sitting usually, I'm hard-pressed to think of a more drinkable IPA. I killed 5 of these a little too easily...

Value: Regularly $8.99 a sixer by me, but I picked it up on sale for $6.99. At that price, forget about it, that's a total steal.

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4.44/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jonziefle
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey amber color, slightly cloudy (a very fine micro suspension). Two finger foamy/pillowy head with very good retention. Some visible carbonation. Excellent lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrusy hops. Strong grapefruit and pine scents. Moderate sweetness, with a hint of malts (but not much). Very appealing overall.

Taste: A nice bitter and sweet hop bite right up front. Strong pine flavors, with general citrus afterward. A darker sweetness afterward, but not syrupy. Enough malts to make the beer easy to drink. The hops are strong and flavorful, but not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a nice hop bite and minimally carbonated.

Drinkability: An excellent example of an American IPA. Good hop flavor and sweetness, without being overall harsh or syrupy. Good body and alcohol levels. Incredibly drinkable (easy to drink several) while being a good sipper as well (savoring one is great as well).

Buy Again? Yes. As long as I'm in the distribution range of Starr Hill, this could be my go to IPA.

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