Double Platinum | Starr Hill Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dedrinker on 06-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
395
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
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12
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65
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a two finger, barely off-white shade. The latter has all the aesthetic ticks I like: creamy texture, decent (not wonderful) retention, and impressive rings of lacing left on the glass. This is a damn good looking DIPA - maybe head retention could be better to get an even higher score, but that's nitpicking.

S: Its hop profile is primarily herbal/piny, with vague hints of grapefruit and melon. Malts are existent yet tucked away, as they should be. I've encountered some mindblowing DIPA aromas in the past - this isn't one of those instances. It's not a particularly intense smell. Nonetheless, it's pleasantly hoppy in all the right places.

T: Bitter right from the onset, and unfortunately lacking nuanced hop flavors - it's just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. That's never a good thing. Ergo, its the malt backbone providing most of the flavor profile, bringing lots of toffee, undefined caramel, and something suggesting earth. Some wisps of floral hop notes try their hardest to come through...and at times, they do. Still, I'm not a fan of these kind of DIPAs.

M: At least it has that crisp bite I enjoy from a good IPA/DIPA. This gives it great drinkability for the first 6 oz. While it grows a bit stickier afterwards, it never really becomes undrinkable, even with the less-than-appealing flavor profile. Carbonation isn't that strong.

O: Did I ever mention how I dislike hoppy beers that are all bitterness, no flavor? Having said that, it's not entirely past redemption - it's pretty easy to drink due to its crispness. Beers like this are proving that DIPAs can be *very* hit-or-miss with my taste buds (look at my reviews for Enjoy By, DirtWolf, and Double Jack for proof). Caveat emptor, my friends: look elsewhere unless you enjoy sweet-yet-bitter DIPAs.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: murky copper, burnt orange almost. Off white foamy head

Smell: piney. Earthy hop aromas

Taste: certain pine flavor upfront but also back with some citrus

Mouth feel: very smooth and low-bodied. Flavor burst at onset and really attacks the mouth. Quickly exits and doesn't linger too long but what does is enjoyable.

Overall: good beer. Nice hop profile and taste yet is not too bitter or simple. Nice for a casual sip.

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12oz bottle, necked down glass jar, bottled on 8/28/13.

Deep autumn orange with a decent and sticky dark tan head.

The aroma is divine; grapefruit wedges, orange marmalade, big citrus.

Medium-high bitterness all of orange rinds. Orange marmalade sparingly sweetened. A little biscuit in the back.

Exactly medium bodied with waves of carbonation. Lots of bubbles.

A far better Double IPA than I was expecting that has been obviously stored well. Virginia has some overlooked breweries. The high carbonation is the only part of this beer I'm not really crazy about.

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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 395 ratings.
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