Grateful Pale Ale | Starr Hill Brewery

BA SCORE
82
good
424 Ratings
Grateful Pale AleGrateful Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Spring

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

Added by TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
424
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
115
For Trade:
0
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4.8/5  rDev +32.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +32.2%

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4.76/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best VA pale ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of godlessape
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Samuel Smith Nonic. The body is light gold--almost as light as your average American lager. The head is white and thin and simmers down to a wee skim.
The aroma is intense with a combo of lemon, peach, raw cigarette tobacco, and white sugar. Nice.
The taste is everything above, finishing with a not so subtle, tiger out of the cage, hop bite.
This is right up there with all the great APA's. I hope this brewery expands to the point that they can market this brew in 12 packs as soon as possible.

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4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perfect if you like tasteful simplicity. 100% pilsner malt gives it that classic crisp, clean slight biscuity malt character. The hop character is all floral grassy grapefruit-like resin. Perfect.

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4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold and exceedingly clear. White frothy head with some staying power.

S: Citrus hops up front with a light pine / minty quality as well. Light cracker-like malt aroma in the back that is slightly husky rustic grainy. Some very faint fruity (peachy) esters, but way in the back.

T: Citrus and other fruit hop flavors up front followed by great balance with bready malt flavors (bread crust). Finish is bitter -- more reminiscent of a British bitter than an American pale ale. Finish is quite long with lingering bitterness. Very well balanced with the slight tip (aftertaste) toward hop bitterness. Fruity esters are restrained, but there (peachy, slightly apple-like). No diacetyl or DMS in the flavor.

MF: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy with no alcohol heat. Slightly prickly on the tongue, but nicely so. Refreshing / quenching.

O: A great example of a straightforward-not-trying-to-kick-your-ass-or-melt-your-damn-face-off-your-frickin-skull pale ale. There needs to be more beers like this on the market. Highly drinkable, flavorful, and refreshing. I will keep coming back.

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4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

great pale ale here., start with a nice golden to amber color , hoppy aroma with citrus , wonderful blend of citrus with a bite of hopp afterbite that leaves you satsified and refreshed . smooth and yet dry finish . over all nice brew

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4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 424 ratings.
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