Northern Lights IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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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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1.25/5  rDev -65.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle was given to me by Mark, the GM at the Keswick Tavern in Glenside, PA. Thanks for the sample, Mark!

Poured and sampled from a DFH Pint Glass

A - The beer pours an opaque, slightly hazy, golden orange color. A foamy, one-finger head on the initial pour. Lots of sticky lacing left after drinking.

S - An average smelling IPA with a mix of pine, grapefruit and hops.

T - A sweet, malty taste yet it still has a nice hoppy bitterness to it. A mixture of the standard IPA tastes of pine and citrus (grapefruit ). A earthy, grassy taste as well. There is a tangy, caramel-like aftertaste. The ABV is well hidden. A very sessionable beer, in my opinion.

M - medium consistency. Good amount of carbonation.

O - A good IPA and a beer that I would definitely have again. That being said, nothing really sets it apart from the multitude of IPA's out there so I can't say it was the best I ever had by any means. It is what it easy drinking, middle of the road IPA that is worth a try if you see it.


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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this hoppy beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a amber sort of dirty blonde color. The head was gone really fast but lacing hung on for a little while. The smell and taste was certainly IPA, but too much for me. The beer was very dry with a bitter finish. Not for me and I will not buy again.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Starr Hill "Road Show" mixed pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden brown color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a nice floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus. I would guess it's Cascade hops but I'm not sure.

Taste: Starts bitter but with a nice balancing maltiness. Finishes strongly bitter with a grassy, piney Cascade hop flavor. All in all, a well-balanced, but typical, American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated and full-bodied.

Overall: Again, a well-balanced, slightly better than average IPA. Starr Hill is one of my sentimental favorites because it's fairly local and this is one of their better brews.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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