Southern Star Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
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3.65 | pDev: 14.25%
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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donspublic from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, good 2 finger light tan head, good retention and lacing. Dark amberish golden in the glass, hazy but not turbid, no particles. Nose is caramel malt, pine, ripe pineapple, floral/herbal and some underlying earthy dankness. Taste follows the nose, there is sweet malt, caramel on the front, pine, pineapple, ripe mango, slight citrus/grapefruit, herbal notes and earthiness in the middle and a firm assertive bitterness on the finish. The bitterness is strong on the first couple of sips, but adjust out thru the session. Linger grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish. Nice changeup, old school WC IPA, looks like it, smells like it and taste like it. I passed a lot on this beer when it was available year round and the newer IPA's were coming out, but every now and then I like a good throw back and this one will help me go to bed in a little bit. Good beer, will probably go back and grab a pack of it vs a single

Aug 19, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The bee pours a clear deep orange-amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a citrus aroma being a mix of grapefruit and some orange. Along with these smells comes come tropical fruit smells of tangerine and papaya as well as a decently strong showing of a caramel smell. A touch of a herbal and pine smell round it out giving a very robust smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a very bready malt taste mixed with a bit of the bitter grapefruit hop that was detected in the nose. At the same time there is a little bit of pine and herbal hop, which both stay rather consistent throughout much of the taste. All the while a bit of caramel and tropical fruit sweetness that is present upfront begins to fade with the grapefruit hop getting stronger and more bitter as the taste advances. At the very end the pine and herb surge with the grapefruit fading a bit, leaving one with a rather dank and malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the malty body and the dank hop that hits the tongue at the end the feel is rather good and makes for a nice hearty sipper.
Overall – Rather thick and malty with a nice dank hop hit at the end. A rather nice warming sipper.

Aug 16, 2020
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Viaduck from California

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange in color with a light tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Pleasant but no very strong aroma: caramel & malted grain. Slightly sweet with a hint of bitter at the finish. Fairly simple but nice flavor profile, sweet malted grain. Thin with adequate carbonation. Overall, not really outstanding but very drinkable & refreshing.

Jun 23, 2020
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale amber with a beige two finger head. Density is good as well as retention. It leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells funky. Like mildew. Smells like wet plants. Dank? I like it just taken back a bit. Its odd. Still get the piney bitterness and caramel in there but that mildew smell kina takes center stage.

For an DIPA is malt forward. Hops is lacking and its a bit too sweet.

The feel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation is low.

This is my first let down from Southern Star. Just didn't hit the mark.

Nov 27, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Spec's in San Antonio on 4-12-17 for $1.67. No visible canning date.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head.

Nose has a decent dose of citrus going on.

Taste is old school double ipa. Heavy malt body is nicely balanced by citrus and pine hop profile. Hops and malt profile work nicely together. Definitely not showcasing the hop profiles like a lot of brewers do today.

Mouthfeel is heavy and pretty smooth.

Overall i enjoyed this brew. Definitely a value brew that is worth a shot.

Jul 19, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(2/2/2016 born on date)

L: murky orange-amber, about 60% opaque to start with (though clearing up some) with a thick head of beige foam about 1-inch thick and sticky up top; not a ton of lacing but the thick beige collar of foam is pure craft beer art; clears up quite a bit, though it's never 100% clear

S: full malt takeover ... orange, candied orange, peach, biscuit malt notes dominate; caramel when you mix it together

T: a mix of the big sweet malty nose with some leftover hop bitterness ... the bitter bite is sharp and piney despite the beer being eight months old; over time it takes on a lot of mango/caramel flavor, the mushy aging American IPA/DIPA flavor that's bleeding into barleywine territory

F: ale soft and weighty, not overly slick, loads of carbonation to move it along

O: for an eight-month-old American DIPA full of mangoey/caramel flavors (not my favorite -- I prefer grapefruit bombs), it's not half bad; the piney hop bite is impressive, and I really need to try a fresh pint of this to give it a fair shake; I bought just a four-pack, and I'm enjoying it a bit more with each can

Sep 17, 2016
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with copious off white head that resolves quickly.
Smells strongly of piney, citrus hops, floral notes, sweet malts.
Tastes with grapefruit, citrus and pith forward - counter balanced by sweet malts.
Medium body with an oily quality and pleasant resin - bittersweet finish.

At first blush, I was overwhelmed by the citrus and pine heavy hop bomb that this is. . . but as it warms, it a very pleasant sipper. Enjoyed with fattier foods/cheese/bbq - well hidden abv.
Almost a tripel IPA in its intensity.
I rather enjoyed this beer - I'm not a hop head - but I can respect a quality, over hopped beer.

Aug 20, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First thing to note is the color differences noted. I wish I could post a picture because mine is a dull cloudy/murky orange-gold. I have read "copper" "clear" "amber" ...

Anyway, it smells and tastes pretty perfume like. A lot of floral hops and a lot of malt. Some grapefruit and pineapple in there too, but more flowery. Pretty syrupy and heavy. Too much caramel malt it I would say. Fairly boozy too. Comes across more like a triple ipa to me. Reminds me of Founders Devil Dancer. Have to wonder if there are some consistency issues with this. The descriptions and scores are all over the place. So are the flavors though, so maybe not. Drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Apr 30, 2016
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JohnDee from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head. Piney and somewhat citrusy hop aroma. Taste is all hops with that awful kind of bitterness you get from grapefruit; beyond that it's piney and somewhat floral. Slightly resinous mouthfeel. Too bitter for me.

Jan 19, 2016
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Icedog from Texas

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Who can beat the subdued flare of the Valkarie? It delivers a rich malt and hop at an equal level. It keeps you asking for more to assure yourself that either one or the other satisfies the most. Isn't that a royal blend; fit for a king? It's more surprisingly pleasant that the the balance delivers such a punch.

Nov 02, 2015
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Andyyyyyy from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light hoppy scent, nice copper color, very nice hoppy taste with perfect bitterness and mild sweetness, feel is smooth and not syrupy. Overall a delicious beer!!!

Sep 26, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of frothy, off-white, moderately lasting head that leaves a wash & chunks of lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malts awash in tropical fruit & grapefruit hops, as hint oh wood & humidor cedar. Taste is caramel & corn syrup maltiness mixed with tropical fruit, citrus, a hint of mouth drawing resinous pine & humidor cedar. Sweetness balances & complements the hop bitterness only in the finish becoming rapidly bitter in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, oily and slick with only a little prickle a slightly drawing aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

May 18, 2015
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cool art on the can. My first Texas beer. No date though... think that was a mistake. Crystal clear, golden brew with a finger of cream colored head. Bright lemon and pine dominate the nose, hint of overripe melon. Some crackery malt also comes through. Orange all over the front of the initial sip, which clashes a bit with the rush of bitterness on the middle. Some alcohol burn/taste at a whopping 9.2%. Some muddled flavors, though the density of the brew seems appropriate for a big DIPA. Balance issues to be sure. Would like to see a date, or else this will be a distant memory.

May 04, 2015
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into dogfish Head glass. Purchased at CBX in Charleston.

A: pours a cloudy deep copper color, +1 finger off white foam head, a little lacing

S: sweet tropical fruits, guava, orange

M: medium with a slight resin on the tongue

T: orange, malt, pine resin, earthiness, hop bitterness and some heat at the finish.

O: good dipa that hop heads will enjoy, the 9.2% abv is somewhat hidden.

Apr 07, 2015
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Pinkalicious from Texas

2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My first review!

This is the first IPA I've been disappointed in! For a point of reference, My current favorite would be NoDa Hop Drop & Roll I had while on a layover at Charlotte's airport.

Look: Promising with a nice copper color and decent foam.

Smell: Mmeh. Piney, slightly chemical- didn't notice any of the fruit aromas and in-your-face-fresh hop aromas that I am expecting from an IPA.

Taste and Feel: after reading another reviewer who mentioned "chemical"- it's all I can think of now after tasting this beer. I would hate to use the word bitter to describe this beer as I think a great IPA has a wonderful hoppy bitterness, but the aftertaste lingers and lingers- it is not pleasant for me and is bittery and chemical and alcohol.

Overall: not balanced. I don't mind a high ABV but this one doesn't do it well- more hops/fruit/biscuit/something! Is needed!!

Mar 05, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some citrus, surprising amount of malts. Taste is hoppy, bitter, resin, a solid malt backbone at the finish, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Feb 27, 2015
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MikeyLegend from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Nice frothy head that laces the glass as you sip. The beer pours a nice copper color. Smell is more pine that citrus. The taste feels off. A little chemical before the palate adjusts. Not a bad double/imperial but not great either.

Feb 16, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Serious lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness, & a little boozeyness that stands taller as this warms & orange peel

T: Biscuitty malt, pineyness & astringency up front. More of the same as this warms, some tangerine peel, pineyness, & dryness, plus more biscuitty malt/dryness & then astringency. Maltyness, woody hops, tangerine peel & leafy hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, okay balance, could do without the astringency

Not bad, but doesn't really stand out in a crowded field, glad I got to try it...

Dec 23, 2014
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of a big wave of bitter hops layered on a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of pine, grapefruit pith, and some earthiness. Tropical fruits are also there as well. This is quite bitter overall. Malts add in a bit of sweetness with caramel and plenty of toasted bread. Finishes with a bitter, earthiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but not great. I think the hops are a little bit muddled, and could be a bit more focused.

Dec 20, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

This was definitely part of a package from the Mighty JenRay in support of The CANQuest ™, now back in full (fool) swing!

From the CAN: "First to CAN Craft in Texas"; “Please Recycle”.

Oh, man, this Valkyrie squirts! I Crack!ed her open and got a surprise for my efforts. I decided that she would not want me to be gentle with her and so I turned her upside down for an inverted Glug. I stopped fairly shortly when she saw fit to draw her sword and point it at me. No matter. I watched as things settled down from a pseudo-cascade into three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. I watched in awe as it slowly fell, leaving behind some great sticky lacing. Color was a cloudy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with some visible floaties. I will readily cop to the fact that I have had this CAN on hand for a while, but it was the same with Missile Dropkick and that was still clear. She had lost none of her heat and when I leaned in for a sniff, I got a blast of fusel alcohol! Once I recovered, I took another sniff, this time getting strong pine/wintergreen and anise odors. Mouthfeel was thick, dense and creamy, like a dollop of DIPA had been dropped onto my tongue. Nothing had been lost as she began ripping into my poor, defenseless tongue, tearing out and away at weak taste buds and slashing with her sword at any that tried to come to their aid. Next, she set fire to everything in sight. I was reeling! Verily, the taste was pine/evergreen with a heat that opened my sinuses. Finish was dry, scorching, leaving me gasping and writhing on the floor, desperately reaching for my asthma inhaler as she stood on my hand and ground down with her heel as she executed a perfect about-face and strode out in high dudgeon. This was my slightly aged version. Fresh, she probably shows up with a flame thrower! Phew.

Sep 13, 2014
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Nichalaus from Alabama

3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle: 1 Pint, 0.9 fluid ounces. Appearance is amber to orange in color, cloudy with floaters, decent head that laces the glass through a few sips. Aroma is nice but the taste is hard to figure out and at first seems beyond bitter to chemical/astringent, and then my palate seemed to adjust a little improving satisfaction. I'm a fan of IPA's and this one falls in the middle of it ... better than most I've brewed but room for improvement.

Feb 19, 2014
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Can_has_beer from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured agressively from can in to snifter.

A- Dark orange, with a generous finger of white head. Reminds me of liquid soap.

S- Smells like a resiny and piney double IPA. Nothing else really.

T- If I am tasting citrus, then it is very subdued. Honey. Definitely am getting honey. Very hoppy and bitter. I usually like IPA's that are this bitter, but this lacks balance. Not enough malt backbone to play down the massive astringency from the bitter hops. The alcohol is hidden well.

M- It's a little more carbonated that what I would like. It leaves a prickly sensation on the middle of the tongue.

O- A bitter, hoppy, resiny double IPA that is just a tad off balance. It's not as smooth as Endeavour, but ol' well. It'll get the job done.

Jan 24, 2014
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DPJ3322 from Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Appearance - Rich, golden color with floating sediment throughout. Pretty beer.

Smell - The smell is very nice, I get hints of citrus and grapefruit maybe. It is a nice aroma but hard to pinpoint.

Taste - I get a little bit of citrus upfront followed by the usual maltiness/bready sweetness I get in DIPAs. Resiny and hoppy in the finish and aftertaste, it lingers on the palate for a long time, but not overpowering.

Overall - This beer is great, not exceptional in any singular respect, but really we'll put together and pleasant. Great DIPA, glad I bought a four pack.

Jan 20, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a footed tulip.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly leaving only a slight beer ring. Very light lacing.

S: A bit of pine, but honey, and molasses are prominent.

T: Hops and bitter pecan shells.

M: Bitter steely hops. Earthy and cardboardy.

D: Sipping experience due to character.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight head, and sporadic lacing. Nose is piney with very distinct sweet notes. Hops and bitter nutty quality. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Jan 19, 2014
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avalon07 from South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a can to a tulip glass. Had a brownish-amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: Lots of hops in the aroma, but not a whole else.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor was laden with hops, but not much else to balance it out. There's some citrus and pine, but not enough. An incredibly unbalanced taste.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with an overly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is just one of those DIPAs that doesn't work. Far too unbalanced to work properly.

Jan 19, 2014
Valkyrie from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 265 ratings