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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an orangeish amber with a good size white head. Smells of citrus and floral notes, slight grain smell. Tastes of malt with great hop bite, slight citrus notes, great balance. Medium bodied beer goes down very smooth, great carbonation, and not much of an alcohol aftertaste. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of bum732
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

S: Orange rind, some grapefruit, solid malt profile

L: Hazy golden orange, creamy whit head with great retention. Solid lacing.

T: Sweet maltiness with lots of orange rind like hoppiness. Medium bitterness with a prominent maltiness. Finishes semi-dry and malty with orange rind notes.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Meh, not very hoppy, i may need to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade from Hanzo, thanks!

A: A medium amber orange color with a one finger nice white head. Full glass lacing sticks.

S: Nice citrus hops with some pine notes and caramel sweetness. Nice smelling beer.

T: Citrus hops with flavors of grapefruit and orange mix with some earthy pine notes and even some floral qualities. The sweetness is thick and caramel like and stays with the hops. Finish turns a bit bitter, but not mouth scathingly so. I think it is a very balanced DIPA. Some slight alcohol on the finish.

M: Meduim, sticky, prickly and some alcohol. Nice.

O: A real enjoyable DIPA that was nothing but solid.

Overall a beer that I was glad to try and I enjoyed it. Will it win any prizes? No, but if I were local I would drink it anytime anywhere as it was a solid offering. Glad I had it.

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Photo of HoppySailor
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From reading the other reviews, I feel like I am slamming this D-IPA, but I am being honest about my sample. I enjoy the other Starr Hill IPA, but this one just didnt work for me. Except for the fact is was beautiful in the glass.

A- Exploded from the bottle and spilled onto the floor and into the glass a brilliant, hazy amber color. Really thick foam and nice lacing. This might be the best looking IPA I have seen.

S- Here is where this pretty peach starts to sour - The smell is very light to begin with, but it is citrus and hops with... alcohol.

T- Why so boozy? I have had plenty of 8.5+ D-IPAs with no hint of booze. This one tastes like I licked the bottom of a Jack Daniels shot glass. There is a taste of really bitter hops and pine, with a trace of bread/malt. Aftertaste is nothing but booze.

M- Too much bite. Heavy carbonation on the front and back of this one. Burns the throat and the booze burns the tongue.

O- I suppose I might have gotten ahold of a bad one, but this wasnt a great experience. Still, being objective, I would take this over any standard Bud/Miller product.

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Photo of IPAaDay
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the best brew I've had from Starr Hill and a quality D-IPA in its own right. Gorgeous in the glass, the smell belies the citrus-pine taste ... then again, my smeller is dulled by a cold so I may revise when I'm healthy again. Back to the taste -- so good! I get a nice bitterness on the front with a LONG grapefruit finish. Great work Starr Hill! I'd definitely drink this Double Platinum every day.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold-amber with a .25 finger's worth of bubbly egg shell colored foam on top. Minimal bubble action in the body with some noticeable sediment floating around also. Looks crisp. Looks refreshing. I think the lacing will tell the full story.

S: Aroma that stands out the most is the sweet, caramel malt. Some citrus notes coming through as well -- some grapefruit, pineapple, some tropical stuff. But, mostly the sweet stuff. I'd say this is good.

T: Malt bomb. Mostly the sweet stuff. Overpowering the hops and citrus. An earthy taste coming through. Kinda rusty. Metallic. Funny -- the finish is a sweet dryness. Kind of like it. But, yeah, caramel malt and some fruitiness. Not bad for a local IPA or DIPA. I like Corruption and Bitter Valentine better, but this is a good offering.

M: Smooth and creamy -- medium bodied brew. Perfect carbonation. Oily texture. Interesting -- the chewiness enhances the fullness of the body instead of spotlighting the alcohol or maltiness. I'd say the feel is really really good.

T: I fell in love with this brew the first time I tried it, and gave it a 5! But, I was new to reviewing craft beer, and I always felt I should give Double Platinum another look. I was right -- it's not the perfect beer I thought it was, but it's pretty good I feel. For a local -- for an East Coast IPA. Especially from a Southern state; this is good.

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Photo of rhartogsq
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Cloudy orange/copper. Really long lasting lacing.
S. I don't pull a lungent hop smell, but nice
T. Strong hop presence, a grapefruit undertone.
M. I am horrible at describing mouth feel. Feels nice though.

My favorite Starr Hill offering. I am very surprised by this a good way.

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Photo of Crazyale
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cloudy orange, with a two-finger head. The thick head and cloudiness distinguish this beer from many others in the style.

S: Strong aroma of grapefruit and lemon up front, with some syrupy maltiness in the background. Very complex aroma actually, some honey and pine come through as well.

T: Bitter hops predominate at first, followed by a coating of honey on the back of the tongue. Citrus comes through as well, with just a slight hint of pine. Orange seems to predominate more than grapefruit. Fairly well balanced, although I feel that the bitterness is a bit too harsh compared with some of the top DIPAs. I should point out that while this is supposed to be good for another two months per the label, I have no idea when it was bottled and thus how fresh it is. I suspect that it's at least a month old, however, if not 2-3 months.

M: Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, fairly typical for the style.

Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. It's actually quite similar in taste to Stone Ruination, so if you're in the Starr Hill distribution area, this may be a good local alternative to try out.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright orangey reddish colour transparent with a small head which sticks around.

Smells amazing citrus, grapefruit, hoppy. Can almost taste it through smell alone.

Very very hoppy and bitter, if you like your IPA's strong this is for you.

Has the mouth feel I expect from an IPA not too carbonated and not too thin.

In conclusion a very good DIPA which I would recommend.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden orange color- almost glowing. Excellent cocoa head that leaves good lacing on the side of my CBS snifter. Very clear in appearance. The nose is citrus fruit, hops, resin, and caramel- very pleasant for the style. The taste kind of explodes in your mouth, and keeps changing for about 10 seconds after you swallow. Caramel malt, hops, pine, and citrus are the main things I get- with the malt in the front and the hops taking over midway through, and lingering forever on the aftertaste. None of the 8.6% abv is felt or tasted. Feel is medium- with malty and hop bite battling it out for control. In the end, you win. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I would drink it again. Cheers.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, orange tinted body with only one finger of off white head...the head was creamy and didn't recede much...nice lacing

S - The nose is bitter giving off lots of juicy grapefruit...there are some other citrus rind aromas as well...minimal malt sweetness to the nose

T - Not much different from the nose...a big dose of bitter grapefruit...this time I can pick out some orange flavors as well...this one is bitter from start to finish...there is a slight balancing act being provided by caramel malts...but it is very brief and the bitter hops come back in full force

M - Medium bodied...clean, dry, bitter

O - I have nothing negative to say about this beer...this is a well rounded DIPA...I would have one again if given the chance

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like super sugary grapefruit, with some pine and pineapple and honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and sweet sugary honey, with some pineapple and resin. It had a lasting and very bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice bold double IPA, with a great balance of bitter and sweet. The body wasn't great, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink as long as you can handle the hops. Nice to see another quality brew from VA. Recommended.

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Photo of uustal
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium toned orange with a one-finger thick, mostly white head. Very nice lacing throughout, really sticks all over the glass. Sweet citrus and malt aroma. Hint of booze. This one is on the bitter side. Big bitter earthy and pine notes. Some sweeter grapefruit and orange notes are present along with a decent caramel/sweet bread malt, especially as you get further into it. More hoppy bitterness at the end. A solid DIPA, but just average flavor and construction overall.

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Photo of JayQue
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good offering from Starr Hill. Poured into a pint glass as a cloudy orange colored beer. Medium size white head, decent retention and plenty of lacing.

Strong and nice citrus hops aroma. Just what I would want from a DIPA.

Mostly strong bitter citrus hops taste. There must be enough malty presence to keep this from being too harsh, between the hoppiness and high abv. The result is a hophead's delight but still fairly smooth and easy to drink

Mouthfeel is crisp and just rich enough for this style. Easy to drink, no hint of high abv.

There are a lot of really good IPAs and DIPAs out there...This is one of them!

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Photo of TechTriumph
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/06/11:
Best by: March 2012; Poured in a snifter.

A - Dark orange/amber color and cloudy; One inch slight off-white creamy head that diminishes quickly; Some lacing around the glass

S - Good balance in the smell; Sweet caramel and earthy notes with a nice pine and citrus hop aroma as well

T - Slightly bitter in the beginning; Again, good balance between the earthy and sweet malts and citrus and pine hops - just like the smell; Finishes somewhat dry and clean with some bitterness

M - Medium to full bodied; Some carbonation; Very creamy mouthfeel with a light, dry finish

O - Overall, this is a very solid DIPA. It's very refreshing, easy to drink, and goes down smooth. The hops are definitely there, but nicely balanced with the malts. This is definitely one of the better Starr Hill offerings that I've had, and I would have it again in the future.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Starr Hill Double Platinum IPA in Roanoke. Semcoe hops are one of my favorites and it is no surprise to me that I like this beer. Semcoe along with Centennial hops make this a very good double IPA. The beer pours a orange clear copper with frothy with head that is lacing nicely. The smell includes grapefruit and slight pine. The mouthfeel is a fuller body beer that is well balanced in hop and malt. Overall a very good beer....nice job Starr!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till Feb 2012 no excuses here, dare I check this out.

A nice simple off white two finger head, somewhat small foamy in appearance but fairly solid, sits on a very dull orange and frozen cloudy body. The body is very hazy and cloudy, if it wasn't for the nice head retention I would probably score this lower.

Mild mushy grapefruit hop angle, very sweet and thick smelling. Sense of brown sugars, and decent malt. Fairly solid.

Taste is fairly straightforward for the style but decent. Hop forward with a strong sense of thickness but not too syrupy on the palate. Pine dry action, even a surprising hint of tobacco on the finish which is quite surprising. Not a boozy mess either considering the high abv.

Overall a simple straightforward but decent example of the style. Kind of shocked most of the beers I've had from this brewery have not been very good, so it was nice to see that there is still a beer that they make I can enjoy.

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Photo of ezec
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

Glows a cloudy copperish-orange with medium to thin head that lingers.

Aroma is biting of sweet grapefruit backed by faint green apples and some raisins maybe.

Tastes not as sweet as the nose implies, making it more drinkable. Bitterness lingers with a fairly dry mouthfeel which paves the way for another taste. Very good.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice resinous DIPA, good hefty bitter range.

Presentation: 12 oz brown screw capped bottle. Starr Hill Branded label with a dark burgundy background where two vinyl record players show their logo. Notched best by date of Feb 12, and 8.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour. Fair frothy head, medium to moderate retention, thin surface memory ring, and a bit of lacing.

S - Rich hoppy nose, pretty pleasant, fresh and fragrant, pine, resin, grapefruit with a sweet malty touch...

T - Which follows in the mouth… Plenty of pine again, touches of grapefruit, nice caramel malt over a long bitterness.

M - Medium to medium/full body, soft carbonation with sticky and smooth touch.

O - Very pleasing run on a DIPA.

Notes: Sure, maybe nothing for the ages but this is a pretty good DIPA. Without a doubt this is so far the best I´ve tried from Starr Hill. Maybe expectations were too low, but this is in the right direction to push them out of a bit of a blah brewing bracket.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy aroma, with some nice citrus notes.

T: Tasted of hops - a big shot of them - along with citrus (grapefruit), pine and some malt. At this point, with the saturation level of DIPAs it's hard to come up with something really original with their flavors. This beer is no exception, but it does have a very focused, complex and vibrant flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have a couple of little flaws, it's still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, clear bronze/amber color. The amber-tinted head is fairly tall, with a foamy, rocky texture. Retention is good, and a very nice lattice of lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Some lightly caramel and cookielike malt aromas up front. Hop aromas are bright and vibrant, with equal parts citrus and fruity notes. Orange and tropical notes are most prominent, with some mild grapefruit. Some lightly piney notes are also present.

T: Some definite sweetness up front, with moderate caramel flavor. Hop bitterness kicks in fairly prominently. Hop flavors are citric, fruity, and somewhat piney. I get more orange than grapefruit, and pine resin gradually becomes more prominent. Bitterness continues building into the finish, which features a light but detectable alcoholic presence.

M: A touch fuller than medium bodied. Carbonation is slightly lighter than average. Bitter dryness builds continuously into a somewhat bracing and - thanks to the alcohol - warming finish.

D: This is a nice, relatively easy-drinking double IPA. Pretty middle of the road in terms of its characteristics: somewhat malty/sweet, firmly bitter, and both citrusy and piney. It all adds up to an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Spider889
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice extra from bobertkuekn. Thanks Robert!

Poured into my Stone Ruination pint glass. Yeah, I know, but it just seeemed too appropriate. The back of the glass even says, "I'm very bitter... and I like it!"

Ok, so this DIPA is a nice golden color with some apricot and peachy highlifhts. The head is white with just a hint of straw color to it. It rises quickly to a nice frothy cap. Spotty lace is an afterthought.

Smells very floral at first. Some orange blossom comes in, along with an almost honeyed malty sweetness. There's also some fresh pine which finishes the aroma with a slight bite to it.

Hops punch you in the face when they go double platinum. Lots of hoppy pine bitterness. Maltiness is big for a DIPA, lending confirmation that this is an East Coast brew. Weaker than in the aroma, citrusy fruit flavors are an additional component, providing some depth.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation and a big alcohol bite.

Overall an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of williestile
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compares to Pyramid Outburst in taste as well as in recipe (both made with Centennial and Simcoe hops as well as Two Row and Caramel malts).

Color is typical of non-conditioned DIPAs. Leaves a nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

As a former Ruination advocate, this is the only readily available beer that still has some perceivable bitterness for me.

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Double Platinum from Starr Hill Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 394 ratings.
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