Big Star White IPA | Four String Brewing Company

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Big Star White IPABig Star White IPA
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Big Star White IPABig Star White IPA

Brewed by:
Four String Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zimm421 on 08-24-2012

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of mictho
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of merock1402
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

On tap on S.O.T.'s in Delaware. Great with a burger.

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Photo of austina3214
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured out of a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with about a 1/2'' head that lasted about a minute until it faded to a very thin layer over the beer. Lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: Very much like a wheat/hefeweizen. Very banana breadish with some floral notes. This is a Belgian IPA.

Taste: Very mild. Not much bitterness. Again the wheat/hefeweizen is there but with a more hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth.

Overall: Though not what I expected--my first Belgian IPA--, I enjoyed this beer. I would certainly not have a problem drinking this again.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure this Four String product I've tried, and I'm glad it won't be my last. This is Raging Bitch after therapy. She's now we'll behaved and quite pleasant.

It looks typical. Yellow, fizzy and cloudy. The aroma is a treat. It smells all hoppy, yeasty and malty all at the same time, and beautifully balanced. A pleasure to hold under your nose.

The taste is of mellow ipa and mellow Belgian. Balanced. It's this a case where the American version is more balanced? Who cares, it's really good.

The aftertaste is more what you expect from a Belgian American, yeasty. Overall, I wish I had more of this. I will certainly look for it.

Upon further examination it seems this is the second Four String I've reviewed. The third week come soon.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal-clear light pale amber. 1/4" Bright white head fades to a white rim with a thin crust across the top of the glass. Visible small effervescence, and gobs of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Powerful grapefruit and resinous hops. Nice aroma. LEss malt in the background than even Fat Head's Headhunter.

Taste: Nice. This is a balanced IPA I can live with. Sweet, fruity arrival. Light maltiness with an earthy/yeasty taste across mid-palate, then a clean, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Overall light sensation on the tongue. Slight, slight slickness.

Overall: This smells like an IPA but drinks like a wheat ale. Very much along the lines of a Bell's Oberon, but hoppier. Would definitely buy this again.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sample of Big Star from a mix 12pck at the drug mart in Willard, OH. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is Belgian malt with pine hops. The taste is Belgian hints with slight spice and pine. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this might be my favorite from Four Strings.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Joshhersh
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zimm421
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the growler into a tulip. Has a great white head, leaves nice lacing. Appears a nice light orange, to yellow, color.

Nose is great. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits, lots of complexities. There's also a good sweetness to it as well. Each sip starts out sweet, with the citrus following up quickly, and the bitterness following up. Everything just works together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good carbonation levels. No stickiness left over, and it goes down very well. Overall this is very enjoyable. On a warm night, this is perfect. Can't wait to grab some more.

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Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a snifter. Light golden in color with a thin, bubbly white head of foam. Belgain yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, mango, orange peel, and lemon zest. This honestly smells like a sour. The taste follows along pretty closely, with the initial flavor being a slightly tart, slightly hoppy blend of lemon, yeast, and hops. As it warms on the palate, the hop presene increases, as does the bitterness. There's a consistent Belgain character in there, that never fades or waivers. The finish is crisp and dry, and leaves being a strong acidic fruit taste to linger. In terms of feel, this beer is suprisingly light in weight for the ABV. I would've guessed this was around 5.5%.

Overall, not too bad, but not all that great. This honestly, given the Belgain characteristics coupled with the tart fruit, reminded me of a hoppy Farmhouse Ale more than an IPA. It's a little bit tart, a little bit sour, a little bit malty, and decently hoppy. It's a nice twist on what could've been a really boring beer. Unfortunately, the taste is just a little off in my opinion. They could tweak a couple things and have a real winner here.

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

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is golden colored with a slight haze. It is topped with a couple inches of white head.

S - I get some spiced pear with citrus notes.

T - The pear comes through in the taste first. Then I get some citrus. Then finish is bitter but not too bitter.

M - A bit thin.

O - I have had this beer on tap a couple times. I was happy to see it canned. It is an interesting beer. It reminds me of a hoppy Belgian pale ale. The canned version is not what I remembered the draft tasting like. It's definitely worth a try, and it's great to see another Ohio brewery canning.

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned 7/31/14, poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a solid 1+ finger head
S: Grapefruit, wheat, coriander
T: Matches the nose. This has more wheat/Belgian influence than hops, though I do get a bit of pine
M: Light to medium-bodied, a bit spicy
O: I like the combination of IPA styles, though it could use a touch more complexity

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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