Northern Lights IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA
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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004

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1/5  rDev -72%

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1.5/5  rDev -58%

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1.66/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

this is the most bland and crappy ipa i have ever tried. i made the mistake of buying a case, thinking that it would be at least decent. it's not. i would never get this again. it barely tastes of hops, it more or less just tastes like dirty water. disgusting. i can barely drink one or two in a sitting, and for the price, there are a lot better beers that one can buy, such as victory hopdevil or smuttynose finestkind.

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1.72/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This beer is awful. Just dreadful. I bought it hoping it would be an IPA that could get me liking IPAs (don't worry, that mantle was taken up by another beer and it was successful), but this is garbage. Its bitterness is overwhelming, its aroma is forgettable, and if given the choice between drinking it and eating my own toenails, I'd go get the clippers myself.

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1.88/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

New arrival on shelves. Took a whiff of the opened bottle and inhaled an aroma of over ripe fruit, esters gone wild. Poured to pint glass where aroma increased. Good color, mouthfeel, and hop taste overwhelmed by bad fruit flavors. Discontinued consumption.

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1.9/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2.37/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass giving a very good white head of two fingers with somewhat soap like bubbles. Some carbonation from the bottom in a dark clear brown apple/gold color. Some retention and some lacing but not much. Decent looking beer this is a good start.

What the heck is that smell???. oh my lord I know what it is.. this thing smells exclusively of DISHWASHING SOAP! Are you kidding me? no hops no biscuit or citrus... this is not looking good.

Taste really does not improve at all by much. Extremely wet bodied and I can't get past that smell it feels like I am having Palmolive. Bitter hop finish at least but leaving a soap bitterness which just lingers.

I am never having this again and will never drink it anymore. I can drink it and get past and find some hop bitters on the finish but this whole soapy fake detergent/perfume thing is a killer. Nope never again thank god this was on sale and it didn't cost me an arm or a leg.

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2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Look: A clear amber color which appears pale upon inspection up to a light source. Minimal, lazy head which quickly dissipates. Light carbonation rising steady and slow through consumption. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Generally underwhelming and not full of character. Slight pine with some overtones of citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit.

Taste: Entirely average taste which reflects the underwhelming aromas. Pine is immediate and persistent through the course of consumption. Slight citrus elements coming through primarily from grapefruit. Slightly bitter and balanced by light malt. While balanced, I find the flavor to be dull and almost one-note.

Feel: Mouth-feel is thin and watery with little body. Carbonation is minimal.

Overall: I give this a completely average rating of 2.5. Clean and smooth with little to upset newcomers to the category, but almost nothing to make it stand out from the over-saturated category of IPAs. Mouth-feel is the most offensive part of this beer. Loose and watery with a slight lingering taste of pure bitterness after swallowing. Improving this aspect of the beer would likely boost its overall rating.

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