The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

The Hook Grapefruit Session IPAThe Hook Grapefruit Session IPA
BA SCORE
3.75/5
73 Ratings
The Hook Grapefruit Session IPAThe Hook Grapefruit Session IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jaydoc on 12-27-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,931
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
73
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Clear pale tawny hue, good lacing all the way. Smells of grapefruit rind and zest, and dank hops. Smooth with a struggling crispness, a little thin and slick on the palate. Bready maltiness has a hint of caramel. Citrusy hops, grapefruit flavor melds well with the hop flavor. Middling bitterness, lands dry in the finish. A good stab at this variation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of therealJAYZ
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Smell of pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine with a hint of grapefruit.

Overall: Good IPA. I would have this one again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at T-Mac.
Clear copper body topped by a durable head. Good lacing.
Paired with a grapefruit IPA from Red Brick. The Virginia IPA was similar but a touch more bitter, less complex, and with more grapefruit and grapefruit peel flavor. Stronger aroma too. I did miss the orange notes present in the milder beer from Red Brick.
Medium body.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bisonfort
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good for light IPA. Not bitter.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandalFlagg
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciceroman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 8, 2016.

Pours a very hazy light copper body. Definite grapefruit notes but not overpowering. Has a nice hop bite and solid flavor for low ABV.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Riff
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a shaker glass. Light amber color with a thin white head, about half a finger deep. Smell is grapefruit, fresh cut grapefruit. Flavor is, to no surprise, grapefruit up front with a hint of pine, by mid-sip there is primarily grapefruit with a hint of bread, and finishes with a little grapefruit and bread. Finish is clean and quick, no flavors really linger. The beer is light bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Very drinkable beer, would do quite nicely over summertime for a BBQ, fishing, camping, etc.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krbrevard
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite possibly one of the worst sessions i've had. Stale malts & grapefruit syrup own this drink. Very disappointed in Starr Hill these days - not even the best brewery in Crozet. Big let down.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My salutations to whomever built this one in the site's database! You must go by everything imparted on the label & this is perfect. I am a friend of the brewery & as such, they send me various beers for review, especially CANs. Yep, this one came to me in a CAN for furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Real grapefruit zest complements bright citrus hop character and a sessionable body brings you back for more."

It was a brewery fresh CAN, so I went with an inverted Glug following the loud Crack! I watched in rapt fascination as the head came rushing up until I simply had to back off. It formed just over a finger of foamy, soapy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose smelled of grapefruit, but lightly. Here again begins my call for Session APAs & Session AIPAs to be their own separate style. How CAN this measure up to something like Sculpin, for instance? Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not exactly watery, but thin for the style. The taste was slightly bitter, easily recognizable as grapefruit, but lacking the punch or Ooomph! that is a hallmark of the style. I was not getting Hooked on this one. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but like a broken pencil - pointless. I just felt unfulfilled by it.

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The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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