Double Platinum | Starr Hill Brewery

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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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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

Photo of Wizzle32
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopphead31415
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 alcohline_trip
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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 BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 60.4% out of 100 with 396 ratings
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