Whiter Shade White IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

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Whiter Shade White IPAWhiter Shade White IPA

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Whiter Shade Of Pale

Added by Phillyz on 06-12-2013

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Thin lacing but it stays, hazed golden amber hue. Smells like a Witbier with some hoppiness to it, expected. 1st sip you know its 7% abv, bit kiss of warmth. Spicy palate, somewhat hefty hop bitterness. Just enough malt girth to keep all of this together. Peppercorn, wild herbs, nutty yeast, plum fruitiness, & bready malt is the story of this brew.

Sip after sip this one really grows on me. 2014 Gold Medal Winner at GABF, can't debate the judging there.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Starr Hill Brewery "Whiter Shade White IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 08/01/16F" and sampled on 11/12/16

Appearance: Clear golden body beneath a frothy head of bright white. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Pine, malt, orange, peppery spice.

Flavor: Same as the aroma. The pine and pepper combine with the solid bitterness to bring it to a very dry finish. The orange combines with a little bit of the sweetness of the bready malt to become a bit like orange marmalade; overall it's soft though, and not sharply citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a standard to slightly elevated carbonation level.

Overall: Interesting. I initially though "Witbier? No, I get more of a saison character (the peppery yeast)". And then, "Oh, there's the IPA. Wow, it really is a good blend of styles". And it is. It's somehow really nicely wrapped up and grouped together with each of its components appearing on their own, and at other times lending support to the others. I did find it a little bitter with the peppery spice adding to it, but that's probably just me, and without it maybe it might not hit that IPA side completely.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden glow with about a finger and a half of solid bright white head. Subdued nose of floral and citrus hops with a bit of belgian with fruity influence.

Pretty tightly flavored beer in all the right places. A little spicy up front with delicate citrus and floral flavors throughout. Wheat adds subtle sweetness along with a creamy mouthfeel that allows for crisp carbonation that doesn't break up the medium sized body. Finishes with an almost minty presence as the wheat and hop flavors collide and a delicate bitterness that builds with each sip. Raw leafy hop flavors faintly linger in the mouth. A very nice beer with well blended flavors that are very tightly nit and that go together well. Clean and refreshing enough for a wit beer lover and hoppy enough to appease the hop head. Alcohol barely detectable but it is a bit pricey.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pine, spices. Taste is pine up front, citrus follows, good malt balance, a touch of spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and satisfying beer.

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pale clear dark golden yellow color with half finger head and rounded lacing on the pint.

S- banana and grapefruit with slight pepper notes.

F- sweet grapefruit with background of banana and strong pepper notes on the taste.

M- fruity and dry but light bodied. The hops dominate over time but its delicious.

O- a great white IPA. very tasty and i want more.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Whiter Shade White IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 123 ratings