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Grateful Pale Ale | Starr Hill Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.61/5
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427 Ratings
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
427
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
118
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 427 |  Reviews: 63
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 chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mumbled
4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of greeniedgator
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krbrevard
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schmelby
4.69/5  rDev +29.9%
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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Photo of Stanley23
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 conoraugustine
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 rodlavers
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 GinDC
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 cyguyjg
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Carolvs
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 MattXT
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 427 ratings
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