Northern Lights IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA
BA SCORE
3.57/5
974 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,598
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
974
pDev:
13.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
198
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 974 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of edthehead
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mochasoylatte
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic easy drinking beer. Love the golden color and smooth flavor. Not bitter at all!

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Photo of Schmidts
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours Amber / Orange with a small disappearing gray head.Smells of Citrus and Mild Hops. Taste is very Nice a almost Perfect Balance between Sweet and Hop Bitterness. I do not like most IPA's but this one is wonderful not over powering. A smooth flow from biter to lightly sweet.. In your Mouth this beer is very,very refreshing a Pleasure to your Taste buds! This is an awesome IPA I give it a overall of 4. Give this one a try if you do not normally like IPA's you will like this one.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nace4
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight spicy hops, hint of citrus hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of piney hops, slight spicy hops, hint of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, hint of citrus hops, and sweet malt. Overall, good feel, blend, body, and welcome distinct style variety of hops.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice, hazy orange / amber with a quickly receeding light tan head. Scent is of light caramel malt with some spicy hops. Flavor melds pretty well, not too caramel flavored but sweet enough to work with the bitter hops. Maybe the slightest heat. Creamy mouthfeel with less carbonation. Pretty good and an interesting take on the IPA style.

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Photo of Melicita
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeganandDana
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redman414
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGoeltz
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, head is of white to light tan, head presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a top and laces.

Smell is heavily grassy, herbal hops, then some toast and light caramel.

Taste is a more malty style ipa: malt is toast, light caramel; hops are subtle, more herbal and earthy than 95% of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, soft even, moderate carbonation.

Overall a good IPA, malty and herbal hops throw many off, but it works and tastes very good.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I'm going to be brief here: this one ain't good. Served on draft at Local Goat in Pigeon Forge TN.

Looks decent enough. Really dark for an IPA, looking more like an amber. Something not right about the flavor. Sweet and tangy, not hoppy. Aroma is nowhere near IPA level. Overall a huge disappointment. Not even close to an IPA.

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Photo of TheOakKing
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

IPAs are not my go-to, but I enjoyed this one a lot.

Clover honey colored, thin creamy head, nice lacing.
Smells sweet like a juicy grapefruit. One dimensional, but very aromatic.
Taste is similar, but with more hop bitterness and malty backbone.
A medium body, heavier that expected. It almost expands in the mouth. A little creamy.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber with a foamy white head that coats the surface after it recedes. Medium lacing. Smells of fresh orange peel zest with some pine and a mild caramel malt undertone. Flavor is much the same, and I feel all of its sweetness is in the form of citrus like flavors. Feel is pretty nice; a little fuller in body than expected. Smooth, medium carbonation, and barely edges out balanced favoring bitter. Overall, this is a nice and easy to drink IPA and I enjoy its old skool qualities. A touch more bitter and I think this would be solid. Cheers!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours very clear copper color with nice white head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Strong malt aroma, caramel, hint of pine and citrus.

Taste - Taste is very similar to the aroma with a little more citrus, orange peel grapefruit and pine. Nice flavors.

Feel - Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry finish.

Overall - A solid IPA, nice malt flavors mixed well with citrus.

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Photo of Brob245
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerdeathexperience
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, cloudy beer of a beautiful orange hue. Its head is thin, but very creamy. Its taste is restrained, yet full of citrus, pine, and barley flavors. Exceedingly easy to drink.

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Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 974 ratings
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