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Valkyrie | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by EgadBananas on 06-04-2013

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251
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
42.74%
 
 
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from the can to a copper/orange hue, this beer serves up a decent head of foam that leaves plenty of lacing. The nose on this beer is intense, with scents of pine, citrus, and caramel dominating and other aromas hiding behind them, like apple and other fruits.

The taste of this beer is similar to the nose, with flavors of grapefruit and caramel greeting the palate at first. Then, other flavors make themselves known, like vanilla and assorted earthy notes. The beer is bitter and has a high IBU level, but it doesn’t seem as bitter as its 100 IBU would lead you to believe.

Valkyrie Double IPA is an interesting brew. I first sampled it in draft form, but today and I sampling and reviewing the version in canned form. It is more alcoholic than I expected and I would never guess the alcohol level was close to 10 percent based on taste alone. It doesn’t taste that strong, and the deceptiveness is cause for some concern, as this beer can really sneak up on you.

This Southern Star beer is strong and bitter, but not as full- bodied as you would expect and the bitterness is masked by its other characteristics. The body is murky, too. It’s an interesting beer overall and while I realize it may not suit everyone’s taste or expectations, for different reasons, I liked it and enjoyed it more as I consumed. It’s my New Year’s Eve beer this year, and it is one I recommend for the more adventurous beer drinkers among us.

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Photo of MikeyLegend
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Valkyrie Double I.P.A." 12 fl oz aluminum can with brown and white label art acquired earlier today at me local HEB Grocery; they'd just gotten it in a couple days ago. Purchased as part of a 4 pack; I don't recall the price. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it clearly identifies as a double IPA on the label and in the name. 9.2% ABV confirmed. No best before/bottled on date is listed on the label. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for an imperial IPA and I'm pretty new to this brewery's offerings. Reviewed live. Served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of light khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent frothiness. Has a smooth even consistency and a somewhat soft complexion. Head retention is quite good for the high ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Even inconsistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour isn't your typical imperial IPA colour; it's not a copper - more of an amber. Somewhat dull as well. Murky and nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Within style conventions. Overall, it's a decent appearance for an imperial IPA but isn't unique or special. Has no obvious flaws. It could certainly appear more inviting, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Pine is the prominent hop note, with some evergreen needles. Fairly resinous. Somewhat herbal and floral. Sweet bready malts, caramalt, and pale malts. There's some palpable hop bitterness, but it seems mostly concealed by the malty sweetness. I'm not finding any citrusy or nectary hop notes though I do get some tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, passionfruit, maybe tangerine. I'm not sure the hop choices are ideal based on the aroma. The malts seem a bit too caramel-driven.

I don't detect any overt off-flavours or alcohol. No yeast character is detectable.

A generally appealing aroma of average strength. It's neither pleasant nor offensive.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness emerges, and unfortunately goes untamed in the late second act, yielding an unpleasant imbalance. Simultaneously, the malty sweetness is overdone and makes the beer too sweet in the early second act.

Way too much caramalt. Sweet bready malts. Pale malts. It's not cloying, but it's way too sweet. I get some dull vanilla as well, which really doesn't work in an imperial IPA.

Pine is the main hop note, with some earthy, herbal, and floral notes in there as well in addition to tropical fruit notes: pineapple (a flavour that I personally distaste in beer), mango, and maybe passionfruit. It's got all the bitterness of grapefruit, but none of the citrusy juicy flavour. Some pith. The hops they chose for this beer do not perform well here.

It's got some limited complexity, but no subtlety or nuance. Subpar depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity. I really wish it were more balanced. I do like the resinous notes, but overall it's a mediocre imperial IPA.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Unrefreshing. Smooth and wet. Lightly oily. Has some light tea-like astringency, to its detriment. Overcarbonated. Medium-bodied. A bit too thick for the style. I'd like more of a light feel. It has a strange presence on the palate - too full and thick and overbearing for its lack of diversity of flavour.

Not harsh, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: The lack of balance here is what really kills it for me, but the build isn't great to begin with - there's way too much caramalt and pineapple here. I'd honestly just start over with a new recipe - new hops, new malts. While it does a decent job of hiding its ABV, it doesn't do well at providing a welcoming approachable flavour profile. As a result, the remaining 3 cans will take me some time to come around to. A mediocre attempt at an imperial IPA from Southern Star. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. It's drinkable but underwhelming. There's a myriad of better beers in this style out there, at or below this price point to boot. You've got to bring more to the table if you want to run with the big dogs.

An imperial IPA is about balance; having higher IBUs or hop content does not make your beer better or more manly. I'd like to see this American trend of recklessly dumping in hops as a sort of dicksizing competition with other breweries evaporate.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
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!!!

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

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Valkyrie from Southern Star Brewing Company
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