Double Platinum Imperial IPA
Starr Hill Brewery

Double Platinum Imperial IPADouble Platinum Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
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Ranked #29,432
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
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Double Platinum Imperial IPADouble Platinum Imperial IPA
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Photo of VABA
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight hop flavor
M-A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A decent DIPA with a very strong kick

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Photo of MacMalt
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Spigelau IPA glass. It pours a honey-amber color with orange hues and a large, long-lasting fluffy bright white head and significant lacing. There's not much to the nose; mostly sweet malt, light floral hops, and just a whiff of grapefruit. This is the epitome of a malt-forward, southern-style IPA; it's sweet up front with only mildly bitter hops, light pine, and just a hint of tart citrus. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation, and you can feel the 8.6% ABV. It has a little burn at the finish. Overall, it's a little one-dimensional but I think it would pair nicely with a bacon cheeseburger.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is on these cold nights that I am really digging drinking & reviewing DIPAs. I could have sworn that I had done so with this one previously, but since there was a single in the cooler at the FGBS on a recent visit, I snagged it. Things that make you go "Hmmm."

From the bottle: "A dry-hopped imperial India pale ale with a powerful aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by a malty backbone."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour since I made doing so my New Year's resolution at the beginning of the year & I have been getting good results. Once it was sufficiently decanted, I performed an in-glass swirl that raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention that left great lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was not as powerful as the label had led me to expect, but it was certainly filled with the aforementioned citrus & pine. Mouthfeel was big, full, thick & creamy, like a dollop on my tongue. I simply allowed it to lay there like a blanket so that the hoppy onslaught could take 'hold and lull me into submission. I liked the balance of the grapefruit & pineapple citrusiness with the pine mintiness, all underlain by a doughy, bready maltiness. I would hesitate to characterize it as "sweet", but it was not as outright bitter as many that I have had in this style. Finish, as a result, was right on the cusp of semi-dry & dry. I dug the way that it was a subtle variation on a familiar theme. YMMV.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like this DIPA. Better than some because there is a malty-complexity to it that really gives it balance. It is a little less hop forward, but the resins do hit you on the finish- which is smooth, creamy, and a nice mix of malt & hop bitter

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Photo of beerqa
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very strong hoppy and citrus smell and taste but a very satisfying after taste that dry with enough malt to it that there isn't the bitter aftertaste of some other beers with a strong hop initial taste. Pours gold to copper with 1/4-1/2" white head. Definitely worth a repeat. Paired it with a lightly seasoned/buttered fish...nice.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear, amber tap pour with 2 cm of sticky foam. Aroma is sweet with some citrus notes. The flavors include a strong orange presence. The brew not overly hoppy. Alcohol heat is detectable.

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Photo of chensl01
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bitter aftertaste for such a hoppy, strong ale - exactly what you want. Beats the Northern Lights by miles - try it. The taste is hoppy but not bitter, not too funky, but also not too strong. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: I got a sixer as a Christmas gift, stored in dark cellar at 54 degrees average, then
chilled to 38 degrees in mini fridge. poured from bottle to shaker pint glass, exhibits a red/gold color with some cloudiness, 1/2 inch head, nice lacing.

Smell:First impression was of citrus and a hint of pine. Faint caramel as it warmed.

Taste: Solid citrus/flowered hop followed by fresh pine. Malts are there, light sweet flavor but hops dominate.

Feel: First sips had mixed head and liquid, felt some creaminess, next good mouthful was less cream but full bodied, not heavy not light.

Overall: Very drinkable double IPA but with 8.6% ABV not a session beer. I don't drink a lot but I know what I like and I like this. Solid product, looking for this again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, dated 7/28/15

pours a orange rust color, nice white head. good head retention. pleasant hop aromas of citrus fruit and a touch of more earthy pine. taste is well balanced with sweeter caramel malt flavors as well. medium bodied.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Starr Hill Double Platinum Imperial IPA is a great beer/ale that I had been looking forward to trying. The beer's frothiness is perhaps about 1/2 of the way between light and medium, the beer's color is a rich amber, its thickness is perhaps 1/2- 3/4 of the way between light and medium, on a scale of light/medium/thick.

The scent of the beer is really refreshing and tempting. The scent is officially described as possessing "citrus and pine" notes, one may notice the sort of hoppy "backbone" which the beer is also ascribed as-well in its tempting and refreshing smell.

The taste is very pronounced from the offset, and once can sense that sort of hoppy bitterness as a sort of immediate column of taste if you will upon sipping/tasting the beer.

This beers taste is perhaps somewhat unique in that its hoppyness is present and apparent from the beginning of the taste per se, and doesn't really kick in at the end per se, as is the case with some other hop heavy beers'.

The after taste is satisfying and tasty, it reminds me of perhaps like a seasonal Harpoon(Christmas season), or a popular San-Fran based IPA's aftertaste, but perhaps this beers aftertaste is slightly more pronounced, and hence one can sense that greater presence of hops. The aftertaste is not so overpowering, its hoppyness/bitterness in the aftertaste is somewhat "contained" it seems, and this is perhaps somewhat agreeable for a beer that one might drink while relaxing, watching tv, having a snack etc.

Overall I would say this is a good, drinkable Double/Imperial IPA. It is drinkable and is of a pleasant consistency, with a strong hops taste, rich yet subtle aftertaste, and definitely possesses that sort of tasty "backbone of hops" that its brewers ascribe to it. Overall a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L - Copper, with a bit of clarity. 1 finger of head and some lacing left all over the glass

S - Citrus hops, bitter

T - Bitter, not well enough balanced. Metallic aftertaste.

F - Medium carbonation

O - Too bitter and not well rounded.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly standard, middle of the road, but good IPA. Very nice clear copper color, mild citrus aromas and pine. I don't pick up the malt as is advertised, but its absence doesn't detract. Bitter aftertaste lingers a bit too long for my liking.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold/copper with 1/4" loose white head that recedes quickly. Retention is actually not bad, lacing is rather poor.

S: It's absurdly subtle. Hints of pine & citrus.

T: Comes on with a soft blend of fresh-cut grass, lemon peel & pine sap. Mid palate simply magnifies these notes with an increasingly dry bitterness. Touches of sap, resin. pinecone & grapefruit/lemon peel seem to dominate the finish. The malt character is supportive & off-sweet without being cloying or overpowering.

M: Lowish carb married to a medium, thickish malty body. Almost creamy at first, before becoming pretty soapy & then really, really dry.

O: The flavors here are really committed to the big-pine/mild-citrus dynamic. It's really effective, I like it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sampling a 12 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. the beer pours a clear copper to amber color with very minimal and fizzy head foaming and fading immediately after the pour. The head was a very light color but is gone before I can appreciate it.
Aroma is mild with a little herbal tea and some rindy citrus notes. Maybe a little light grainy malt.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly sticky texture and very fine carbonation that gently rolls across my palate. The flavor is a little bit of sweet caramel and actually some light fruitiness, then rolls to rindy grapefruit and a drying astringent finish. No booze is present on this beer and in general the flavor profile is mild, unoffensive but not very robust to be a double IPA.
Not sure I would chase it and I wouldnt recommend it to any hopheads, but the beer is fine as it is, just doesnt wow me.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In this last Starr Hill review for a while I have chosen this Imperial IPA. It has 8.6% ABV and a lot to offer.

Look-It pours a golden amber color that is common in IPAs and this one is also clear. The head is a thin film and the lacing is drooping, moist, and thin.

Smell-I get a malty backbone with some bitter hops and resinous overtones. It is pretty straightforward, but so far so good.

Taste-I taste well-blended citrus and bitter hops, but it isn’t overdone. The malts are toasted grains and slightly sweet, but not overly sweet. The grapefruit rind comes from the plentiful hops, but is well-tampered.

Mouthfeel-The sweetness almost becomes too syrupy, but the carbonation is strong which is released
towards the end which cuts the sweetness short which balances it out. It is definitely medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall-The aroma was a little too subtle for my expectations from an Imperial IPA, but the taste bought it some points back. I’d also say that for a DIPA it should have been either a bit stronger or more dynamic on the hop flavors or both. I enjoyed it all the same, however.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Typical-looking IPA: light apricot colored, clear with just a touch of haze, and about a half finger of fine white foam. The nose is quite nice. I get hints of ripe peaches, grapefruit, oranges, and mangoes.

Medium body with a nice hoppy flavor and a surprisingly creamy feel for a sub-9% abv IPA. There's a good balance of fruity hoppy notes and sweet, toasty malt. Lots of fresh grapefruit, lemon, toast with marmalade, and cedary, spicy notes. Very appetizing. Not too abrasive on the palate, but definitely a IIPA seasoned with American hops. The label boasts "dry-hopped IIPA with a powerful aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by a malty backbone.'' Not sure I would describe the aroma as "powerful", but the rest of the description is spot-on.

I was traveling and took a chance on this beer for three reasons: (1) I liked the description, (2) it was marked down to $7 per six-pack, and (3) according to the bottled-on date it was barely two weeks old. I'm very glad I did as I really enjoyed it and would buy it again.

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Photo of GregJ
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish orange. Smells of pine spice and rye. Tastes of spicy pine, heavy malt presence, some citrus and bready. Pine resin and malty aftertaste. Med/light body with med carbonation.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pint glass, color is copper, head is bright white

Smell is nice and bitter, not harsh, clean and crisp malt bill

Taste is similar to the smell, crisp and bitter, grapefruit and pine blended well; malt is clean, not too sweet, clean fermentation and nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, strong presence on the tongue

Overall, a very solid IPA, Starr Hill's beers appear to have improved in the past 12 months.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Poured chilled in straight-edged glass

A (3): dark copper color; thick bubbly head that disappears quickly; not a whole lot of carbonation
S (3.5): inviting toasted malt aroma; not much hops
T (2.75): strong med-roast malt backbone, but there's a strong metal component that detracts from the flavor; hops are mostly in the bittering side, and subdued; boozy; flavor rather simple, straightforward

Eh, not a good version of a DIPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%

Nice copper color. Good maltiness - perhaps a bit too heavy on the malt for a DIPA. There is definite hoppiness but along with that hoppiness comes a heaviness. This lacks the bright citrus flavors that I like in a DIPA. The touch of alcohol was also troubling particularly because this offering clocks in on the low-end of the ABV scale for a DIPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

On tap at brewery.
Pours a light copper to orange, clear with foamy head that lingers, providing a good amount if lacing. The smell is mostly of fruit, melon, maybe mango, some sweet orange in the back. There is also an impression of wood and hay, along with a certain amount if sweetness.

The taste is definitely malt forward, but not overpoweringly. The flavors are reminiscent if the smells, but also a damp cardboard taste as well. That taste I think could be the hops (pine/wood) combining with the malt in not the most ideal way. As the beer warms, as usual, this mellows slightly, and the orange tastes come through more.

I'd always enjoyed this beer in the past, but I think my palate has moved on. There beer is still fine, but there are better options out there fairly readily available.

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Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown with a large off white head.

S: Malt with some grapefruit aroma. I'm really note getting a whole lot on the smell of this one, what I do get is grapefruit, and maybe a little light citrus juice.

T: Nicely balanced, although the scales tip to a little malt forward. Toffee and brown bread, as well as grapefruit and orange peel.

M: Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. I think the carbonation makes this feel a little lighter than it is, you can definitely feel the body going towards syrupy, but the carbonation keeps it from getting there.

O: Overall pretty good, but the aroma is a little weak. Still, tastes good, and is interesting enough to get again.

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Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper body with a finger-tall off-white head with good retention. Aromas of carnival candy corn with a whiff of citrus fruit stand and piney pile of firewood. Flavors are more restrained some of the steroided versions of this style, but are very very good. The citrus and evergreen resin are apparent from beginning to end, but the super malty caramel middle gives this beer an excellent balance. I wish I'd bought a bought a six-pack.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Standard DIPA appearance, with an orange-amber colored clear body, one finger thick head, and lots of streamers. Why mess with success, right? The smell was a little subdued, as the hops didn't hit me in the face. I could detect some grapefruit, and mandarin orange smells, as well as a bit of fresh cut hay. The taste was also not very hoppy to me. There was a herbal bitterness, and a touch of spice, but mid palette and finish was dominated by honey like malt. The sweetness overpowered the hops, but it was not a dark fruit like sweetness approaching barleywine character, but rather a sugary, syrupy taste, making this an odd DIPA. It did feel good and soft in the mouth, and the finish was clean. It was a different take on the style for sure. The closest similar beer I can think of is the Green Flash Green Bullet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

)n tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Pours deep and dark amber. Modest but durable head.

Aroma: Interesting aroma is hoppy, as expected, but has an unusual character that is floral and herbal but otherwise rather hard to describe.

Flavor is more earthy, with mild to moderate bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation.

O: for hop heads.

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Double Platinum Imperial IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
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