Grateful Pale Ale | Starr Hill Brewery

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Grateful Pale AleGrateful Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 436
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a nice hazy amber with a modest head, soon diminishing to a thin layer. In the nose, it is a bit of citrus. In the mouth, it is lightly bitter with a bit of malt.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a pretty good easy drinking Pale Ale

Look: clear light golden with a finger thick white head

Aroma: caramel, grapefruit

Taste: It is some caramel, some grapefruit and maybe pineapple.

Body/Overall: light body, crisp easy drinking

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Roanoke, VA location. It poured a slightly hazy golden with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had hints of tropical fruit peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with malt base and citrus hop presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer.

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Photo of Frank_TX
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good Virginia Blue Ridge American Pale Ale. At 4.7% alc/vol, it's an easy drinking all day ale. Picked a six-pack up at my local Food Lion in Norfolk, VA. Star Hill brews are solid!

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Photo of haines710
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had two bottles at the Duck Deli in Duck NC. Perfect for the day and time. Nice session IPA. I drank from the bottle with fish tacos. Nothing remarkable. Slightly fruity but not strong. I wouldn't go looking for this beer again but glad I had some on this vacation.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a local beer I keep returning to. There's nothing that would make this beer stand a part from the over saturated market but because it's made close to home and it is crisp and refreshing, they'll occasionally get my dollars :-)

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-ish color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, pine, light fruit, and malt. Pretty standard, but good.

T: Tasted of a bit of fruit (orange, pineapple, for the most part), a little bit of caramel, light pine notes, some malt as well, and hops, though they aren't as prevalent as in some APAs. Light and airy flavor that's generally likable. Not a bad flavor, but nothing exceptional.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This isn't anything to write home about, but it might make a good session beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a bright copper and translucent beer with a one inch head that quickly fades. Great deal of carbonation.

Aroma is of pine hops and taste confirms this. Pine predominates the flavor, with a small bit of malt in the background. Not a lot of depth to this one.

This is called a pale ale, but it looks, smells and tastes like an IPA. (Similar to Blue Mountain's Full Nelson.) In a different category, I would give it higher marks. Either way, it is a flavorful and sessionable beer.

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Photo of Thawley
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

WOB TAP. There are better choices. This has the finish of absinthe or wormwood. Mama always told me if I don't have anything good to say don't say anything at all. Enough said.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh no another beer pushed to the back of the fridge this one marked 10/21/15 makes this IPA more than 6 months old!

A - Despite this color is good a honey orange clear with no sediment and a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to great lace.
S - Yep little to no hops on the nose means they have faded. Not getting much sweet malts either. Hopefully it tastes better than it smells.
T - Watery faded hops with semi sweet pale malts also a tad fading leaving a slight soapy feeling on the finish.
M - The most watery pale ale I have had in some time man I regret not drinking this sooner.

Overall don't be like me and drink this one fresh!

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with stamp "PKG ON 03/28/16A" poured into a clear glass. Color: straw / gold. White head, not too durable. Nose: hops dominant, not too strong, a mild piney, floral, and perhaps lightly fruity blend. Taste is very straightforward, almost monodimensional. Clear hops over a modest dry malt background, fading smoothly. Mouthfeel smooth, clean. Not as much happening here as there is in this brewery's Northern Lights IPA. They are not exactly the same style, of course. Mild-mannered in both flavor and ABV.

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Photo of holtonwes
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft into a pint glass. Golden with an offwhite head, about two fingers. great retention and lacing. Smell was piney with a bit of ripe citrus or pineapple. Taste was more even of the same. Hops up front, peach or pineapple in the middle, and then more hop\orange zest bitterness at the finish. Juicy and delicious.

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Photo of hdf561
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an English pub glass... Goldfish Amber appearance no lacing, or head....smells citrusy possibly some lemon?

Taste smoother than I expected, no harsh initial taste or after taste, pretty smooth finish more drinkable than I thought can taste some sort of citrus and hops, little fizzy

Overall a pretty good beer, I will drink again, good beer to begin drinking craft brews

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Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Paradiso-DuPont. Kind of bland with some unusual citrus, metallic notes. Extremely light bodied, pale golden, early airy head. Grainy with chemical notes

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. A nice golden color. Floral hop smell and taste. A very easy to drink beer. Its low ABV makes it a contender with many of the low ABV IPAs and APAs on the market.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed the winter variety pack by Starr Hill and this nice Grateful Pale Ale was among them. It sports a mild 4.7% ABV and is delicious.

Look-It pours a light golden yellow with a rich white head and sparse moist lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells strongly of apricot and orange marmalade and some orchids. I get a touch of lemon peel zest and some Valencia oranges and maybe a tinge of honey suckle.

Taste-It tastes of floral hops and citrus delight much like the nose indicated: Valencia orange, orange marmalade, and apricot as well as lemon peel zest. The malts balance nicely the hoppiness which is mild and the alcohol is more noticeable than I would expect from a weak 4.7% brew.

Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is smooth and moist as well as clean and crisp. It leaves a mild coating of hop oils on the tongue that are accompanied by the citrus flavors.

Overall-It has a slightly weak malt backbone which I think is nice, because it allows the relatively mild hop component to be more noticeable. This pale ale is refreshing and crisp and I was quite surprised by the flavor quality in this one. Great job, Starr Hill!

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Photo of slusk
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear golden with a nice dense white head.

S: Floral hops up front with a bit of pine and grapefruit. Some mild citrus. Nice malt in the background

T: Nice floral hops and some grapefruit. A wee bit of caramel comes through in the malt profile. Nice balance, decent bitterness but not too far ahead of the malt.

F: Light body, moderate carbonation

O: Nice beer. Clean flavors, good floral hop presence with a decent but slightly weak malt backbone. Overall a good clean, crisp, drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden body with one finger head and a lace ring down the glass. Aroma is citric hopped with a touch of bread and dry malt. Beer tastes the same as a light bodied and hoppy beer has some citric notes along with touches of grainy maltiness and bread for a dry, almost cracker like finish. Not bad but a little off balance and dry for my liking.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled (05?06?)/27/15.

Clear copper with creamy head. It smells caramel-malty, crispish, and citrusy. Lemon zest. It tastes far better from the bottle than the last keg I had. It's not very hoppy, but it's rich, deep, and smooth. The lemon sweetness is reminiscent of a lemondrop candy, and the aftertaste is lightly vegetal-bitter.

Generally a solid, refreshing beer. Substantial, if basic.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear golden copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a moderate aroma of herbal, pine, and citrus/grapefruit rind over the top of light aromas of cereal grain + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal, pine, and citrus/grapefruit rind hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, especially on a warm NC summer evening. Nice hop flavors and aromas with a crisp mouthfeel makes this one quite sessionable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is crystal clear, pale, copper-gold coloring with a low profile, foamy, white head and very decent cling and lacing on the glass. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle pine pitch, wet grass, highlights of grapefruit, and subtle pepper spice. Flavors are fruity forward, with some tropical fruit notes joining the grapefruit, as well as grassy and piney hops notes, some sugary sweetness, and an herbal blend highlight towards the end of the palate. The body is light and smooth, with a dry, crisp foundation. The aftertaste is very vegetal, with grassy and piney hops and only a hint of citrus sweet. The finish is dry, crisp, and slightly effervesced. Solid brew. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. While the retention is nothing special, it does leave behind some nice lacing as it recedes. All in all, it's a good looking brew. (3.75)

Smell: I immediately pick up notes of lemon, grapefruit, flowers, and pine. I could almost call this a lemon bomb, given how pungent is (relative to its gravity, natch). Caramel malt sweetness appears as it opens up. Quite nice for a sessionable pale ale. (3.5)

Taste: This is almost like a baby SNPA - flowery hops intermingle with caramel malts. I also get plenty of lemon flavor, mainly on the back end. No wait, this IS a baby SNPA. While it's also just another pale ale (albeit at a lower gravity), it is well done enough to be worthy of my interest. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It has an appropriate heft on the palate - it isn't cripplingly heavy, yet it isn't quite hop water. I don't find it bone dry, but I do find its good carbonation and airy texture refreshing. Drinkability slows down as the fizz fades (and it fades fast), though. (3.25)

Overall: It's a fairly typical pale ale, just smaller. And it really isn't bad at all. This would make a decent go to in a craft-deprived location, but I wouldn't choose it over quite a few others. (3.25)

3.34/5: I'm grateful for trying it, but haven't I had this same kind of beer a million times before?

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold pour with white head/good clarity and lacing. Earthy hop nose with a hint of citrus. Very little flavor. Watery lite mouthfeel. Lite lemon finish. Not much here...

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Photo of Jmalpha1
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I find this to be my go-to beer when I go to the store. If there's nothing else that peaks my interest or that I want to try, I end up with a six-pack of this and then I wonder why I didn't get it in the first place! Super crisp and clean tasting. Very grassy, which was a little new to me at first but I found that I really liked it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starr Hill "Grateful Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 03/10/15A"

What's to say here? It's a standard American Pale Ale with a good appearance, a slightly richer than usual malt base, and bright citrusy hops. The hops are fuller in the aroma than they are in the flavor, which is well-balanced and rounded to emphasis the lightly sweet grainy and biscuity malt. If there's any drawback it's that the head retention and lacing could be better, otherwise it's solidly drinkable and satiating. Nicely done.

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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