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Northern Lights IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA
BA SCORE
3.57/5
Good
978 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:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,291
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
978
pDev:
13.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
201
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 978 |  Reviews: 262
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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Photo of Timtac
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danmouer
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big American IPA fan, but this is one I come back to often, partly because it is available in the grocrey store, but also because it it suits my taste better than many others. This is not a "West Coast" style IPA, and it is, in fact a pretty competent English-style pale ale with the IBUs turned up a notch or two.

The beer pours clear with a touch of opalescence. There's a nice early off-white head that quickly fades to a presistemt wreath. The color is light orangey-amber. The nose is subtle, but distinctly fruity with some very nice notes of lightly toasted malt. Hops fill out the aroma with resiny and citrusy bits. The flavor is mostly clean, but, again, with the fruity esters, medium body, and sweet malt of an English ale rather than the very neutral, dry, light-body typical of so many American editions. Hops are forward, as they should be in an IPA, but just as much as needed to provide balance and punch to a nicely fleshed-out malt profile.

I enjoy this beer quite a bit, and I'm glad it's easy to find in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

**
02/04/15
Appearance is clear yellow orange, medium white head.Aroma is faint. fruit (berry), wood, resin.Taste is.... ashy, pasty, not pleasant.Lively carbonation, but no amount of bubbles makes up for the retched taste.Not a fan.
**
07/08/15
Update.. Must have had a bad bottle earlier. This one was quite good. Smooth taste, hoppy but not overly, light wood and citrus. Still tempering expectations.
**

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Photo of zekeman17
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

Photo of duvel1979
1.9/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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

Photo of khargro2
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of IPAnip
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Speedihd
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MMOSNN
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - a hazy orangish amber color with a creamy two-finger off-white head and some slight lacing.
Smell - bready malts, caramel, some faint notes of citrus.
Taste - barely any hop characteristics, mostly sweet malts, but it ends with vague citrus flavors.
Feel - carbonation is decent, but the body is thin.
Overall, this IPA is subpar with little to no hop aromas or flavors.

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Photo of illeagle05
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 978 ratings
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