Double Platinum Imperial IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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Double Platinum Imperial IPADouble Platinum Imperial IPA
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Double Platinum Imperial IPADouble Platinum Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dedrinker on 06-17-2010

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5/5  rDev +33.7%
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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was best in show at Floyd festival over 4th of July 2010. Exceptional beer! The beer appears to be very new and thus not available yet to everyone. I think the alcohol content is somewhere around 8% per company rep.

Keep up the good work and get this beer available to everyone.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starr Hill Double Platinum is very citric, very aggressive, yet refreshing and crisp.

It poured a light copper, almost apricot color, with a very short white head that dissipated too soon. A wall of lace rings were left on the glass. A very strong citric/grapefruit aroma accompanied the pour and that translated to the flavor which had a strong oily raw hop aftertaste. The feel was very bitter with a pleasant long-lasting sting, yet it was crisp and oddly refreshing.

With the strong citric flavor and crisp bitter feel, Double Platinum is perfect at the end of a long hot day. To me, this is the perfect summer beer. If it's available all year, it will be my go-to beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before January 2012.

A: A lovely two fingers of tight, off-white head with splendid retention. The beer is coppery-clearish with some bubbles. Gorgeous gold in the light. Good lace.

S: Strong, wonderful hops. Perhaps Cascade? Quite piney at first, with an herbal character underneath. A bit of dry malt.

T: Drying, crisp, and utterly delicious. Great DIPA and fantastic effort from Starr Hill. The maintaste is surprisingly balanced, bittersweet, lightly hoppy with a touch of caramel. Piny grapefruit meets molasses-sweet malt. The endtaste is less sweet, biscuity and then bracingly bitter. Hops linger.

M: Full-bodied, scrumptious, titillating, wet-dry. Balance is clearly the name of the game.

O: Perhaps the best beer that Starr Hill brews. Double Platinum can compete with just about any IPA out there. Big, assertive but nuanced, flavorful, and a pleasure to drink. well-balanced throughout. Definitely recommended. I will be buying more.

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Double Platinum Imperial IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 402 ratings