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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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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of ChipMurray
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dodo2step
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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Photo of Jmalpha1
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it at a party in a bottle the first time, and it was delicious. unlike other fruity ipas, it was more sweet than bitter. Starts with a wonderful blonde hoppiness and finishes with a clean orange citrus taste, almost a little sweet too. Later got a pitcher and most of my friends (who aren't too keep on anything IPA) loved it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of MisledTitan
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Riff
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear shade of gold with a white head about a finger thick. Smells of citrus and pine with a little pepper. Flavor follows, white grapefruit, pine, solid malt backbone. Smooth feel to it, finishes cleanly. Very nice beer, quite solid.

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

Photo of robebo44
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a 4 finger head, in my weizen glass, that becomes chunky as it recedes, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Banana and clove dominate immediately after the pour, but later on, it's very hop forward, with woodsy pine almost obscuring the banana clove aroma of the wheat A bit on the musty/earthy side.

The tart wheat/kicked up hop combo gives a taste of grapefruit and pine with a peppery backbone, rounded out by sweet malts with spiced citrus. Bitter early, but mellows out nicely in the end.

Medium to medium+ in body. Rather smooth overall with a rather light bite of carbonation. Rather syrupy and retentive. Lightly warming.

Different and unusual at first, becoming a bit odd, but still interesting in the middle, and pleasing and well rounded in the end. A great beer!

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rbodacious
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seanecy
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues to cycle through as things appear seemingly out of nowhere. I have no idea where this one came from, since there is no price sticker on it. That means that it was probably dropped off by tone77 before he fled south for the winter.

From the bottle: "2014 Gold Award American-Belgo-Style Ale Category World Beer Cup Gold Award".

The cap reads, "Pry Off" & so I did. I even had a Starr Hill glass on-hand, so I was ready to pour, although gently. A swirl in the glass raised a finger of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. I cued up Procol Harum for musical accompaniment as I stuck my snout into the glass. I often rail against Black/Cascadian IPAs because I feel like the dark malt gets in the way of the hops, but not so in its polar opposite, the WHite IPA. Instead, the yeast enhances the hops and adds a complexity in the bargain. Here, the pine & grapefruit notes jumped out at me, along with a black pepper spiciness and a papery mustiness! Oh, my. I held it up to the light to see that the color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. It is supposed to warm up over the weekend! Of course, this all acted like a homing beacon for the Gelt Gang (Midas, Mammon & Croesus), who stopped by for a taste. The kitchen at Chez Woody is a busy place! Mouthfeel was medium, at best. I am not going to pick at nits, but it was dangerously close to being thin. The taste was fantastic! The yeast just helped to brighten the pine-citrusiness of the hops while bringing a peppery spiciness to the mix. If only some brewery would begin to CAN white IPAs, I would be set. The yeast, coupled with the hops, dried it out to the point that it was just this side of gaspingly dry. It was as dry as a white wine, or perhaps champagne, given all of the CO2 bubbles in evidence. Phew! Yes!

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Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | 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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Whiter Shade White IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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