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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 nickthetick
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear amber hue into an American shaker with little khaki bubbles in substitution for a head.

S: great pine and light citrus notes dominate the nose.

T: dark citrus fruits, tangerines, grapefruit, blood orange. The citrus is backed by a weak caramel flavor.

MF: little effervescence and a heavier then it should be body make for a disappointing mouthful.

O: the weak malt gives an impression of a lacking malt profile instead of an abundant hop profile with a good malt backbone. I wouldn't buy again.

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

Appears very cloudy and fiery orange with some strong golden tint. Lots of huge fluffy white head and some decent lacing.

Smells slightly funky with some reasonable citrus hop notes and a bit of funk(hay like). Caramel malt notes.

Taste is waaay bitter. Lots of orange and citrus in the palette. The hops lack a specific profile, just bitter. Caramel malt with a slight burnt character.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with some foamy carbonation. A moderate to heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is moderate at best. It sits fairly heavily in your stomach and has a lasting bitterness.

Overall, this beer is a bit to assertive for my taste. Nice though.

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Photo of MammothBrew
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a trade from instantmessinger. Thanks!!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a thin white head that MAYBE measures a half finger. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: Hoppy, piney, citrus, and caramel malt.

T: Very earthy. Piney, hoppy, somewhat grassy, and caramel malt. Somewhat getting a skunky flavor which isn't normal for the style.

M: Medium body with the carbonation being somewhat on the lower side. The zesty grapefruit bite definitely comes to the rescue.

O: Possible an old bottle or bad batch? What poured out from the bottle doesn't sound close to other reviews. It was decent but nowhere near great. I think I need to try another bottle!

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Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-27 at Rivermont Pizza in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Clear orange with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mango, pineapple, hop floral.

T - Medium roasted malt, mild fruit, astringent black pepper, which gives way to grapefruit juice. Not as much of a bright citrus flavor that I like. Alcohol is not too upfront.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Fairly smooth but prickly.

O - Not remarkable but quite acceptable.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. 2-3 fingers of bone colored head formed on top of the honey/tangerine body. The bubbles slowly dissipated down to a 1/4" layer that left behind tons and tons of lace. This one fine looking offering...

The nose is solid...piney hops with an earthy aroma mix with a sweet, bready backbone...seems like this one will have some balance.

Nope...the taste is not as the nose indicates...the earthiness is there and the hops pull up the finish, but the sweet malts you can smell are no where to be found.

Oily up front, turning slightly astringent with a drying finish...the mouthfeel is on the medium side. Moderate to high carbonation.

This is a pretty decent I am glad to have tried. You get a little of the booziness as it warms, but the balance is still a little off. Highly drinkable and enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of dnolan36
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. So happy to see a DIPA from a more local/regional brewery closer to home.

Pours a an amber/orange with a nice white head that did not hang around too long. Very nice lacing. Very clear and crisp.

Nice clean, citrusy aroma with other pine, floral and sweet malt.

That taste is very malty, not overly sweet. The taste finishes similar to the smell, citrusy with a pine taste to it as well.

Nice body on this one, very well carbonated.

As stated at the beginning, I am glad to see a very nice DIPA come from a brewery closer to home and think this is a very nice one to represent Virginia in everyone's love for this style. Definitely look forward to sharing the love of this one with friends and upcoming trading partners.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA.

Pours a dark golden orange/amber color with a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Floral hop aroma with lots of pine and grass countered by grainy malt, subtle citrus and booze. More earthy than sweet smelling wih only faint hints of citrus ring and tropical fruit. Underneath the malt backbone gives off hints of caramel and biscuit. Smells a bit one dimensional.

Medium bodied nut on the lighter end with a balance of earthy hops, faint fruit notes, pale malt and sweet alcohol. Floral and earthy up front with some dry piny flavor and a decent amount of bitterness that lingers through to the finish. I was expecting more of a citrus/tropical fruit presence but only picked up some faint orange peel. Slightly toasted pale malt backbone with hints of caramel, biscuit and nut. Boozy in the finish.

Overall this was a decent DIPA that had a nice bitter earthy flavor but it was a bit one dimensional and a touch too boozy. Still, it was easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance is very good, a nice amber coloring with average carbonation.

Definitely a grapefruit-centrist nose to it.

Grapefruit is also prevalent on first taste, but it shifts to piney and finally somewhat bitter as it settles out. No alcohol taste.

It is a little dry and thin for my taste.

Overall, a pretty good specimen for the style, but could use a little more malt and body to balance it a bit better.

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

Nice to see Starr Hill with a new DIPA.Poured into an oversized wine glass a dull burnt orange infused golden with a thinner but clingy white head atop.Good hop complexity in the aromas with a mix of mango,grapefruit,and resiny pine notes overtop of a sweetish caramel base.A little sharp at first sip and a tad thin but it doesnt detract from the beer to much.Resiny hops and sugary-like alcohol sweetness are the main flavor components,the hops stick out more as the beer warms,a good prickly sharp hop bite in a lingering finish.A solid offering from a decent brewery.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: very clear, bright copper. white head with okay retention. very sticky lacing.

S: the fruit is strong in this one. tropical citrus aromas. heavy on the hop end (and alcohol), looking for some more malt.

T: citrus punch in the face. nice blend of american hops. alcohol is too abrasive in the finish.

M: subtle carbonation let's the heavy hops work.

D: good beer. for the DIPA style, not overly impressive. sort of one note on the american hops, not leaving enough room for a malty backbone. bump up your grain bill and this could have something going on.

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Photo of MrOH
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light, clear copper with two fingers of off-white head. Excellent retention, lots of lace.

Grapefruit, pine, some pineapple and dank, caramel underneath.

Grapefruit, then piney bitterness, and some caramel if you can get to it.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Clean feeling.

A pretty average DIPA. Just the standard grapefruit, pine, bitter, caramel. Easy drinking, though. There are better out there for the price, but not many.

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

I had this beet two days ago and write this review from my notes I made at the time.
The poured a nice amber with a creamy white head building about two fingers high having good retention.
The smell is dominated by sweet malty flavors.
Tasting the beer those notes are present up front and in the middle dominating this sweet palate. At the end some floral hops bring balance into this beer.
It was a good DIPA, but certainly not my favorite.

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Oct 2011 notched on label. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Hazy peach-amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head with good retention and thick crusts of lacing.

S: Thick pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, and some grassy, mild onion/rooty aromas which are actually a nice touch as they are not overdone like in other DIPAs (see OB Gubna). Sweetness via caramel and pale malt aromas witha little bit of biscuit provides some counterpoint.

T: The maltiness is substantial although not overly sweet. Some caramel character comes through but mostly body that is met by big time bitterness that is as resiny as any beer I've had. It's not too much though as pineapple, grapefruit, and floral components come through to provide some variety.

M: A really nice body, medium-full yet very drinkable, with just the right balance of slick, oily quality and substantial heft with relatively low carbonation. A little bit dry, but that's mainly raw bitterness.

O: A really good, drinkable DIPA. While calling it sessionable would be a stretch at 8.7%, it is a brew you can have two of and not be wrecked. Starr Hill has upped the ante with this brew -- it belnds great body and feel with a lot of raw resiny bitterness to strike a nice blwo for East Coast DIPAs. This is my favorite Starr Hill brew by a good margin (Norther Lights IPA) is good, and I think they would be wise to concentrate on hop-forward beers as they tend to do pretty well with them.

T: The bittern

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean body of golden orange with a good-sized head and leaves lace. The aroma is a mix of citric hop zest and there's a touch of bready/dry malt. Textbook smooth, medium body with a balanced dryness from bread/cracker like dry malts. Minor touch of caramel sweetness, but mostly the hops shine; not much complexity but just strong citric, piney hops. Simplistic yet done well, this is a good beer.

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

Excellent beer. Poured on tap at the Camel in Richmond. Big grapefruit double IPA, in the nose and taste. Not too syrupy-sweet or boozy or otherwise reminiscent of a barley wine. The head stayed with the beer but it wasn't a beauty. Good lacing all the way down. Great beer, glad it's local.

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Photo of paulginva
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the tap into a snifter, had roughly a 1/2" slightly off-white frothy head with good head lacing that dissipated somewhat slowly. The body was a clear orangish deep amber with modest carbonation.

AROMA: Putting this to the smell test revealed a heavy but pleasant resinous hop aroma with a bitter grapefruit coming through as well as a light peppery fruitiness with a slight pineapple and mango impression. There was a light toasted grain aroma with a slight hint of caramel and a light alcohol warmth. Very nice aroma overall.

TASTE: The hop flavor was complex and heavily prominent without the big maltness of an American Barleywine. The hop flavor reflected a deep resinous character with the taste of citrus, grapefruit and pine also prominent. This hop taste was complimented by a heavy taste of spices and a moderate, clean, smooth alcohol taste. The strong hops flavor was made more pleasant by a modest taste of toasted grain and caramel.

MOUTHFEEL: This medium bodied beer felt slick going down, with the modest carbonation contributing to an initial modestly sweet flavor that had a slight acidic impression tickled the tongue. The flavor quickly built to a slight residual sweetness that was overwhelmed by a heavy but not harsh hop bitterness, producing a moderately dry medium to long finish with a noticeably bitter aftertaste. A clean, smooth alcohol warmth contributed to this fine finish. Body lacing was good and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This is not a heavy sipping beer. It is meant for drinking, though the strong alcohol component is well masked, a consideration that should be kept in mind. Again unlike a sipping beer, this brew calls out for another quite prominently. There's a big "wow factor" with this beer that demands that it be bought again and again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been listed under Double IPA and Imperial IPA I think, but Double Platinum is the real name of this brew.

Had at Churchkey in DC.

Has a nice frothy head look to it with great lacing. Amber to copper semi clear color.

The smell is great and has awesome open hops to it with huge citrus and pine notes. Nice soft malt backdrop.

The taste has some floral notes added to the citrus and pine hops, thinking centennial hops are in there...? Lemon peel, biscuit dry end. Good beer.

Mouth is creamy and has great carbonation. Nice! A great beer and a very pleasant drinking Double IPA.

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Photo of John_M
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess this is what I had today at RFD. It's listed as the Double Platinum DIPA.

The beer pours a golden amber, peachy orange color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing orange citrus, apricot, pineapple and mango in this fairly sweet smelling DIPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet and malty, East Coast all the way DIPA. There's also a hint of pine, but what bothers me the most is the considerable alcoholic heat on the finish. While there is considerable bitterness in this beer as well, the alcohol and sweet malt tend to dominate most of the hoppy goodness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and hot finish. Drinkabilty is just not very good, as the sweet malt and all too noticeable alcohol really detract from this beer's drinkability.

Sorry to say, but based on previous experiences with Starr Hill beers, this was pretty much what I was expecting. I've yet to be hugely impressed by anything I've had from this Virginia brewery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Galaxy Hut. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden-orange color with a two-finger white head and some pretty good lacing as it makes its way down the sides of the pint glass. The nose brings a pretty good amount of citrus hops with a bit of pine and resin. Definite strong hop component.

The flavor brings a very strong bitterness along with mild notes of grapefruit and orange, though those flavors aren't as strong as would be predicted from the nose. A bit of light pine exists as well. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of bitterness and a moderately-dry finish. Drinks quite well and might be the best thing that I've had from Starr Hill.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at WF Fair Lakes.

This was a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable DIPA, easily exceeding my expectations for anything from this brewery. Pours a hazed deep golden orange with a frothy off white head that leaves lattice like lacing and has nice retention. Aroma is resiny and piney with a mild caramel sweetness. Very fresh and hoppy. Mouthfeel is thick and full with strong, fine carbonation and a long lasting bitter, resiny finish. Flavor is dominated by piney, leafy hops with a biscuity malt body. Good job.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler filled at the Fairfax Whole Foods and put into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich and slightly off-white colored head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger dollop of creamy froth, which throws a thick latticework of sticky lacing all up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is deep resinous smelling, along with some dank and herbal tones, and a peppery spiciness. Fruits seem to be more on the sweeter side, with pineapples and mango making themselves known but there is some more bitter smelling grapefruit character present as well. More malty notes of caramel and toasted grains really gives this a deep stickiness in the nose that is only compounded by some light warmth that gives this some heft in the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with grapefruit and citrus rind, before a big tangy blend of tropical fruits, bread, grains, and some sweet toffee notes all barge their ways into the profile. There is a touch of a dirty herbal dankness that runs throughout this. Those biting resins cut across the tongue, leading into a finish of dry pine, DEEP spice, and a quick splash of sticky fruit that hangs on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a creamy sharpness that prickles the tongue but an underlying easy slickness here keeps this moving readily across the palate. There is some beefy warmth to the body, with maybe a touch of heat present, but this actually drinks pretty well for the size.

I initially picked this growler up based on the fantastic early reviews but this one just left me wanting a little more in the end. There's a lot of sweetness here and I would have liked to have seen the pine and spice toned down in favor of some more bright citric bitterness. The feel was pretty darn solid though, with the heft of the ABV being handled fairly well here. This was another solid Starr Hill offering but this one didn't quite blow me away.

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Photo of Todes
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review after drinking probably close to 1000 beers which include the far majority of the top 100 here.

First off I'm not a fan of pale ales on cask

a: amber, very translucent minimal head, very nice looking cask iipa

s: citrusy goodness, ripe grapefruit overpowers slight pinapple sweetness with a touch of alcohol... And a little bit offness of BO but barely noticable.

T: wow it shines here sweeter citursy flavors upfront, then as it lingers the bite of bitter grapefruit. This is pretty much exactly what I am looking for in a iipa, a very very slight taste of alcohol, no presence of th BO taste as noticed in the smell.

m: silky smooth, low carbination... Typical cask ale

D: this goes down easy even being a iipa I really would like to know the abv on this because it seems dangerous.

I have had most other Starr hill beers and have really liked the love, but this REALLY shines, one of the best beers I have had lately and I hope Starr hill makes this one more available

drank at Capitol ale house

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Photo of thundley459
5/5  rDev +35.1%
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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Photo of dedrinker
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off: this is a new beer not yet being bottled - if at all. So far it is only in kegs. I bought a growler of it from the Whole Foods in (or just outside of) Richmond. Not even mentioned on their web site when I checked after buying and drinking. After word gets out, or they expand availability or packaging, this entry will need updating.

Orangey-amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

Aromas of fruity citrus, floral freshness.

The citrus, floral, tropical fruit hoppy flavors are floating on a clean and slightly sweet malt character quite reminiscent of a decent West Coast style DIPA.

This where Starr Hill sends out it's wake up call to beer geek hop heads (only if they go all out to market with this in bottles) that they don't just make beers for college-town craft pedestrians, nor does it let a significant stake of AB-InBev investment prevent them from spilling a heap o' hops in this delicious beer.

Classic medium-full body of a DIPA where extra malt and alcohol lend added sweetness and lushness.

If any Starr Hill folks are listening, keep it up in this direction and get the best of both worlds: sales plus street cred.

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