Whiter Shade White IPA | Starr Hill Brewery

very good
123 Ratings
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

From a bottle, pours clear bubbly straw yellow.

Nose is very herbal, flowers, pineapple, lemon, tea leaves. The flavor is lemon tea, like lipton, floral hops, a little honey, orange, lavender. They are trying to combine two styles (Belgian Wit and IPA), but I think this counter acts the positive qualities of each style, taking away from the overall total package of the beer.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 oberon
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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 orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of ShanePB
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on draft. Clear golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Aromas of piney hops, some citrus, clove and yeast esters. Bitter, grassy hops up front followed by a slight orange peel character. Faint clove/yeast notes, but it certainly drinks more towards the IPA spectrum than the Witbier. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid white IPA- refreshing on a summer day, but hoppy enough with herbal tasting hops to keep your interest up. Not quite as "white", either in appearance or flavor as many others of it's ilk, but if it tastes good, who cares, right? The head does collapse almost immediately, though. Herbs and citrus with a crisp, dry finish and a touch of honeyed grapefruit sweetness. Certainly a pleasant beer, and one I'd drink again.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured a clear orange body with one finger head and a minor lace ring.
Aroma mixes citric hops with yeast and clove spicea and there is also hints of tropical fruit sweetness.
The yeast in the beer smoothes it out and there is a balance between citric, mostly orange, hops/flavors with some spice and touches of sweetness possibly coming from tropical fruit flavors or sugary malts.
By the end of the beer, the hops seem to take over so mostly I get a soapy hop taste that finishes real dry and almost sours as beer warms up.
Not a bad beer but the two styles didn't really mesh and it was a chore to finish this bomber.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of epyon396
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Whiter Shade White IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
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