Double Platinum Imperial IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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Double Platinum Imperial IPADouble Platinum Imperial IPA
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3.74/5
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402 Ratings
Double Platinum Imperial IPADouble Platinum Imperial IPA
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dedrinker on 06-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,760
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
402
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twenteone
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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 bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattXT
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DavidS333
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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Photo of csliv
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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 krbrevard
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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 VAbrookiechaser
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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 hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sulldaddy
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ser_Finn
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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