Double Orange Starfish
Aslin Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #57
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
99
Ranked #262
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 6.03%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
455
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Aslin Beer Company
 
Virginia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  42
SCORE
99
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Double Orange StarfishDouble Orange Starfish
Notes: DIPA version of the Orange Starfish; brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops.
Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 455 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can Date: wish I knew
Palate Contaminants: none

Straw colored. Minimal light gets past the surface, although it is detectable. Good amount of fine head, but it doesn't leave as much lacing as one might expect.

Nice sweet white grapefruit scent. It shades a little toward bitter orange, too. It has sweet, but not overly sweet, light honey-ish malt. Pine resin is present and plays nicely with everything else.

In the taste, acidity is more aligned with the orange part than the grapefruit part. The malt has a savory profile, and it actually plays with the bitterness and sweetness very nicely. There's an abundance of fresh cut grass, too. It's really nicely balanced, although the flavors are pretty standard for the type.

Again, it's so well balanced, savory, and smooth. Very fine carbonation is very well integrated. There's a bit of woodsiness/nuttiness that shows up in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy weight for the type. Alcohol not really detectable, although it's not exactly an anvil, anyway.

Jun 20, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can. White head with lace. Hazy sunset orange.

A lot of citrus. Orange and mango. Some papaya. Has a grapefruit note in the finish. Earthy hops. Faint bitterness. Hoppy and juicy. Good, but not really up to the hype.

Mar 06, 2021
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, undated, poured into a teku

A- A hazy/murky orangish copper with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, citrus zest, some tropical fruits and pineapple, a little earthy/piney, touch of pale malts.

T- Citrus, citrus zest, some oranges, touch of pineapple, earthy/piney finish, touch of pale malts. The citrusy hops linger nicely.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid NEIPA, but seems like it might be a little past it’s prime based on that other Orange Starfish beers from Aslin.

Mar 04, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can into a tulip glass. No discernible canning date. Sigh.

Pours a hazy orange straw color with a massive effervescent off-white head. Excellent retention with a good bit of cobweb lacing. Beautiful.

The aroma brings notes of fresh oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and pineapples. There's a fair bit of peaches, pears and apricot. Nicely floral.

The flavor is exploding with citrus flavors; namely oranges, tangerines, lemondrop candy, grapefruit and orange creamsicle. Stupid. Then comes a wave of pineapples, peaches, apricots, and mangoes. Just name every fruit in existence. It's subtly piney on the finish with a nice malt backbone, providing a wonderful balance to this coagulation of fruit. Holy balls.

The feel is medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Exceptional creaminess with a smooth finish. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

Overall, holy shit. Just. Holy shit. I don't even care that there isn't a canning date on this beer, this is legitimately one of the best DIPA's I've ever had. I'm a sucker for Citra/Galaxy combos, and this one showcases the absolute best of each hop. It's sweet with a lot of candied fruit flavors, but it's just so well balanced. I'm in love.

Feb 22, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 ounce cans.

I started with a fresh four pack and drank the first immediately. I thought it was OK but was disappointed and thinking this one was over “hyped”. I didn’t get around to the second can until it was two weeks old. This made a nice difference and the beer was more smooth with less aggressive bitterness but still plenty of hop character. Not only did it get better after a couple of weeks it held up well as my last can of the four was 120 days plus when consumed.
Well done and solid overall.

Feb 20, 2021
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Devin2424 from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snulip

Look- Pours a hazy orange yellow color

Smell- Orange, citrus fruits

Taste- Big orange flavor, some sweetness, slight bitterness

Feel- Smooth and creamy

Overall- Solid ipa

Jan 31, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nothing crazy, feel like the triple version popped more. Medium caramel, big orange, citrus and grapefruit, mildly floral and zesty finish. Has a fair bit of sweetness to it as well, medium bodied, mildly sugary with good carbonation. Medium bitterness.

Dec 12, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured as a hazy orange yellow color with a thin white head. The smell has a nice bold hop aroma. The taste has a nice sweetness to it with a subtle lingering hop bitterness late in the finish. The feel is oily and smooth. Overall it’s a very solid brew!

Sep 11, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No canning date? Just arrived on select shelves in Boston two days ago so I’ll assume it’s quite fresh.

L — Muted golden orange haze with two fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S — Sweet floral, mixed berry, yellow peach, woodsy dankness, orange cream soda, mango, apricot. Very clean and expressive, a nice interplay between the hops, the creamy pale malt character, and the expressively fruity yeast esters
T — Apricot jam, orange flesh and pith, green leafy bitterness, perfumed floral, creamy maltiness (seems heavy on the flaked oats), kumquat
F — Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Nice and soft, decent fluffiness, but also has this oily yet restrained bitterness throughout
O — A very solid DIPA that finds a nice balance of punchiness and softness. Wish Boston would get distro from these guys more often

90/100

Sep 01, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can. Really wanted to try some beers from Aslin. I lucked out as they now have some availability in the state I reside in. The first half of the beer pours into the glass only somewhat hazy. Then the second half brings on the gloopy, turbid sludge. The thick second half of the beer's body being emptied into a glass created a huge, fluffed head. Tons of lacing. About an 8.5 on the turb-scale. The nose pops. A big smack of hardcore pureed fruits. Pineapple, melon, guava, citrus family. High marks on the aroma. Flavor is even better. The style done right. A tsunami of smoothie-fruit-hops. Everything poured into a blender and buzzed into goop. Creaminess compliments the hop flavors but it isn't too dominant and doesn't destroy the mouthfeel. The right way to do Orange Milk™. Bright, lively flavors instead of dull, dim, damp sadness. Alcohol and bitterness are super low on the totem on noticeable items here. Overall, a great product in a style that has so many dunces.

Aug 28, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark yellow with a finger and a half of white foam and perfect, lush lacing. Creamy orange, tangerine, mango, lemon, grapefruit zest, melon rind, peach with piney hops. Taste is yet another take on the citra-galaxy hopped neipa, but this one stands out due to a rich nutty and earthy hop flavor that goes dreamily with piney and dank hops. Fruits contrast well, add onion, lime, and pineapple to the mix. Feel is smooth yet somewhat resinous with good heavy juice and a thicker body. A different take on the neipa that is very well done!

Aug 20, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Absolutely beaming bright pale orange amber body color, with excellent clarity. Just a hair off white of this lightest khaki colored rich gigantic controlled head. Fistfull of clump and lace and staying power, eventually settling with a big presence.

Aroma is delicious. Bursting juicy orange hop citrus with lots of character. Zesty bitter oils, sweet juice, and even candy like softness of light sugar. Very wonderfully balanced. Hits later into soft tea, mint, and sweet herbs, with a chewy malt sense on the nose too. Great stuff.

Palate just really sings impecably. Big hits on the first sip of orange tea and sweet herbs. There's a candy like citrus of pith and marmalade than kicks in with a rich malt backbone, that gives an excellent chewy body. Green herbal and more zesty orange oils on the finish, with hoppy oils that just cut and coat everywhere.

Just a ridiculously good IPA. Not varied, but just getting the basics in exceptional manner.

Aug 19, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark but clear golden yellow hue with moderately active carbonation jets fueling a 1-2 inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: Sweet mango, soft pine, orange, soft grapefruit, and hints of funk, key lime, and passion fruit.
T: Follows aroma quite closely with sweet and creamy mango, pine resin (with more bite here, but not aggressive), orange, soft grapefruit, funky white wine, lemon, key lime, and a hint of tangerine and passion fruit. Wow! Tremendous!
M: Medium body with a soft and creamy feel. Soft citrus and delicate tropical fruit sweetness are perfectly melded. Ebbing and flowing between mild to moderate bitterness throughout. Lingers beautifully on the palate. Perfection!
D: What a tremendous brew! The local bottle shop guy just got this in and recommended it. Boy was he right! As close to DIPA perfection as it gets. Seek it out!

Aug 15, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden color with white head , Smell is citrus oranges pine and garden hop. Tasten is very citrus forward dominated by oranges some pine sap with some darkness. Mouth feel is soft but does have a fair amount of pine bitterness a medium carbonation with ABV well hidden,‘twas very but many others at a lower Price point.

Aug 12, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rereviewed on 3/27/20. I have obviously changed by views.

Purchased direct from Aslin on 3/18/20. Ordered online and had the beer delivered to my front door during the COVID-19 quarantine. 16oz can. Poured into a small stemmed tulip.

A very “balanced” NEIPA. An almost pilsner-like hop profile. Easy to drink. Better than Triple Orange Starfish. One of the uglier NEIPA, but with great Belgian-like lacing. 4.75

A – Pours a dirty pale orange (possibly straw-colored), very cloudy if not opaque with a one-finger off-white creamy head that dissipates quickly. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. 4.0

S – Aromas of citrus fruit, orange, orange rind, pineapple and herbal hops. Very appealing. Not sweet. A good balance between the fruit and the traditional hoppy aromas. 4.5

T –More resiny and piney hop bitterness than many NEIPA that is then followed by mild citrus, tangerine and even some grapefruit flavors. Balanced by the brown bread/slightly sweet maltiness. The high ABV is hidden resulting in a lighter bodied beer. 4.5

MF – Medium bodied, smooth, almost creamy with a dry crisp finish that reminds me a hoppy/bitter mimosa. 4.5

Mar 19, 2020
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folkstar from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - I was in a dark bar so didn't gtr a great look, but it was a nice opaque yellow... not a muted turbid color, which I appreciated
Smell - deep juiciness - like a dank orange grove, ripe mangos
Taste - follows the nose. full, round, not overly sweet at all. just right
feel - again, not overly sweet, very balanced
overall - I'd drink this again. very well done, doesn't tire out the palate which I appreciate

Feb 05, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can’t read the canning date, and although I believe this is pretty fresh, I don’t know for sure. It has some marks down bc of the floaties. It reminds me of Alchemist Focal Banger. It doesn’t matter much to me since I’ve seen this before. The smell is more hops than citrus but I don’t get a lot of scent, which makes me wonder about the canning date. Taste and mouthfeel are world class. I love the balance with hops and sweetness. It has a full mouthfeel which is almost perfect. A great beer!

Jan 30, 2020
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Trevor11 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fortunate enough to try this out at a bottle share at Hoof Hearted outside of Columbus OH. Very well-balanced showcase of Citra hops with orange and some bitterness. Excellent and would love to have this again at some point down the road.

Nov 09, 2019
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Cgodwin from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, hazy,I would not recommend drinking from the can as they leave a small yeast cake in the bottom. Pour into a glass slowly an don,t pour the last half inch into the glass or the yeast goes in and destroys the beer, and result is nasty-ruining the beer. Also very pricey. There are other better choices for that kind of money

Sep 14, 2019
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One to be remembered. Citrus. thick-bodied with that NE-style haze appearance we have all started to know and love. This beer is one of the better IPA's I've had in a while

Aug 21, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy golden/orange with a creamy white head that somewhat sticks around but leaves behind a ton of lacing.
S - Piney hops along with a decent amount of citrus and orange notes. The pine dominates on the nose, but there's also a sweetness from the oranges.
T - Piney bitter hops up front and throughout along with notes of sweet orange and citrus - but the citrus definitely is more on the sweeter side than bitter. Some other tropical notes in there as well such as pineapple.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy.
O - Incredibly well balanced NEIPA with great hop and citrus flavors.

Aug 04, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this a while ago, but the date on the bottom of the can was not completely legible so I have no idea how old this was when I cracked it open on this hot night! Saw the lofty rating for this and even though this can wasn't fresh, this was as big and enjoyable a juice bomb that I've had in quite some time, and easily one of the best New England IPA's that I've ever been able to review here at the house!

Good pour to this as the liquid looked like pure orange juice, with just a bit of a darker hue to it. Enough head topped this off but that didn't translate to the lacing as the bubbles were only seen near the top of my pint glass once I started to work my way through this. Loads of orange, tangerine, vanilla cream, garlic, scallions, and tropical fruits in the nose as the juiciness really burst through in the taste. Slick, smooth, and sweet, there was an underlying hint of spice that livened things up and complemented the initial taste that hit my palate and somehow, it worked! Candied citrus and an underlying dankness rounded things out as this beer didn't stay in my pint glass for very long!

The amount of alcohol in this was spot-on as it was present, but hardly felt, with all of the flavors complementing each other quite nicely to go along with the moderate carbonation. A juice bomb if there ever was one, this was more than one-dimensional and left me wanting more. In the end, isn't that what any good beer should have as it's parting shot?

Jul 22, 2019
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Personally, I was disappointed with the regular Orange Starfish, but figured this beer was worth a try based on the accolades. Yup. It's good. Nice sweet fruit on the nose and tongue, and a very creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced as well. Seems more like 6.7% than 8.3%. Little bit of papaya and powdered sugar. Not as good as a few of their beers (Grovestand), but better than most (Dunley Place). I wish this really was their "standard" beer and they worked variations from here instead of putting out a lot of hit or miss beers.

May 17, 2019
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sailchessi from Maryland

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Aslin Beer Company, Herndon, VA, second or third batch I've tried.
Served in a Pilsner Urquell glass brought back from Berlin in 1987!

Hazy, cloudy, nearly opaque view poured hard and yielded a small bubble froth that stays as you drink. Full lacing sticks on the glass.
This is a fruit bomb but all very balanced and a legendary double version of their killer OS. I absolutely LOVE what Aslin is doing with so many of their beers, experimenting and pushing the envelope. This is closer to what I'd refer to as a "clean" NE Hazy IPA but with great flavors.

Big hops prevalent but not all mixed up, straight at you. This is both Orange Juice and a mix of tropical fruit, all blended perfectly with no sense that you are getting hammered with this 8.3% DIPA! You'll never confuse this with a Lawson's but I really love what Aslin is doing with all the flavor mixes and they obviously obsessed with making great beer.

I'm a huge fan of this beer, the regular Orange Starfish and so many more from Aslin. So lucky to be somewhat "local" and often make the 3-4 hour round trip just to pick up new releases. Spent nearly a grand there in the last month!

May 09, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint (473ml) can purchased at Aslin Beer Company, Herndon, VA
Served in a teku

Cloudy, yellow-orange appearance. The nearly opaque body was topped by frothy, finger-tall, bright white crown that fell to a lasting collar. A streaky latticework of lacing stuck all along the glass.

Fantastic hoppy and clean aroma. Big tropical fruit notes. Mango and guava came through strongest. Some honeydew melon was noticeable as well. Touch of dankness. Subtle citrus notes too. Nice juicy orange presence.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive as the nose. Really hoppy and bold but fantastically well balanced. Terrific mix of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Loads of juicy orange flesh on the front end. Bit of mango and generic tropical fruitiness too. Crisp and lemony in the center. Orange peel came through on the back end and in the finish. Some white grapefruit as well. Hint of resiny bitterness.

Terrific creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Slick, smooth and supple on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate, pillowy soft effervescence.

Double Orange Starfish is an excellent double IPA with a clean, potent hop profile and just enough malty sweetness to keep the bitterness in check. Aslin continue to release hoppy beers that compete with some of the best offerings coming out of New England.

Apr 30, 2019
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 455 ratings