Double Orange Starfish
Aslin Beer Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #55
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
99
Ranked #248
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 6.24%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
402
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Double Orange StarfishDouble Orange Starfish
Notes: DIPA version of the Orange Starfish; brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops.
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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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, pine, 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

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Mar 19, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev 0%
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

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folkstar from Rhode Island, Feb 05, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Jan 30, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Trevor11 from Illinois, Nov 09, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Cgodwin from Virginia, Sep 14, 2019
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4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
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?

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Jul 22, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of sailchessi
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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sailchessi from Maryland, May 09, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +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.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Apr 30, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a blurry pale orange with a massive soft white head that seems content to stick around for the long haul. Sticky icky lacing as well.

Nose has elements of creamy orange and... wait is that worcestershire? I have... I've never smelled that in a beer before. Some dank element as well.

Small bitter NEIPA lead in that brings out some citrus and acidic pineapple before a mildly umami middle passage (I assume whatever is providing this is the same as gave me the worcestershire impression above, though it doesn't taste like that... just kind of umami), and a swing back to a light dull bitterness that's like earthy citrus.

Feel is soft and round with an almost paste-like coating to the interior of the craw and blanket effervescence. Finish is that NEIPA character that's somewhere between not quite but almost in the vein of sickly sweet and some mild bitterness.

This is an interesting one for sure. I've gotten some umami suggestions in beers before, but never quite like this one. I can see why people who like this kind of IPA would really like this one. Thanks @gopens44 for sending it along!

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kemoarps from Washington, Apr 03, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - 2.5 finger stubborn offwhite head atop a dirty orange body.

S - sweet pineapple, melon, caramel, anise.

T - starts with tons of sweet citrus. Candied orange, grapefruit, followed by pineapple, melon, dank. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - a tad sweet, but otherwise enjoyable.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Mar 24, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque ripe-orange with a hint of light turning the edges an opaque white. Head is a finger in height (half pour from can) with good retention. Aroma is orange, grapefruit, resiny hops and biscuity, yeasty malts. Orange is jam like, but smooth and a little less residual sugar. Aroma has a little green bite to it at the finish along with a little alcohol when swirled. Flavor profile is orange, papaya, tangerine and raw grain, peanut and biscuity malts and yeast at the finish. Hop notes are solid, but not in the face, setting up a very controlled presence. Alcohol is absent from the flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth - almost still - consistency that opens up to a lightly silty grain at the finish. In other words, texture is akin to a lightly rindy orange juice. Overall, hops are solid and mingle well with the malts, although the hops steal the show. It's getting a little higher in ABV, but the alcohol still remains absent in the flavor profile despite making a brief appearance in the aroma.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Feb 24, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cloudy orange juice with a half inch head that tons of dots of lacing. Smells predominately of oranges with some malt and a bit of earthiness. Tastes of orange, mango, melon, a hint of vanilla, malt and some earthiness. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a very nice hop bite with mild to moderate bitterness, creamy yet somewhat sticky mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, Feb 20, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Super opaque pale yellow body, identical to Tropicana oj with a massive slightly white head that leaves a full curtain of lacing. Nose is a big punch of pulpy not very sweet oj with a trailing edge of earthiness. Taste follows suit but is a bit more sweet than I expected, but in a good way because the balance of bitter orange, sweetness and a dry, gritty edge. Body is big, thick and dry. Very well done.

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gopens44 from Virginia, Feb 10, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was underwhelmed with the regular Orange Starfish, but the double is outstanding. Tropical nose, big melon and citrus flavor, body is nice and full.

This can was fresh, and I’m guessing with a couple weeks to settle it’s even better.

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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy hue. Lots of citrusy aroma. Wow, this really delivers. A lot of galaxy beers have been over hopped and provide a hop burn that is unbecoming, but this greatly balances the hops. There's a beautiful minerality. It is citrus fruit heaven. I really enjoyed this.

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Sheppard from Virginia, Jan 20, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was so stoked to try this after hearing and reading an awful lot about it, and maybe it didnt travel well to colorado, but i was somewhat unimpressed by this when i had it at hops and pie this week, its a tasty beer, a cool expression of the hops, sturdy and fresh and goof, but it really didnt stand out to me as overly high quality or anything. its rusty orange tinted without a ton of head and a hazy density to it, mucky even. the aroma might be the best part, cut tangerine and orange zest, heavier citra than we usually get, subtle apricot and peach, layered and interesting for a couple of hops i know pretty well. the flavor is good too, starting better than it ends though, fruity and bright up front, plenty of orange character, orange candy, lemongrass, and a little grain sweetness, this is a little bigger than it needs to be right away for me, like i would love to try the original instead of the double, it seems just a little forced. right past the delicious apex of this, it turns green and chemical, over hopped, bitey, less refined than the best of these are by a long shot, and i have no idea if its an age thing, a flaw, or something from transit, but it really makes this pretty hard to drink and seems a shame after such an enjoyable experience up until here. past the saturation point and then a bit bitter as a result, broken down and muddled compared to earlier on, and by the end of a glass, i dont want any more at all, and i am left thinking this isnt any better than anything we have locally here in the same style, and when i think about the ones i have loved from the likes of outer range, trve, and cerebral, i realize this isnt really worth the attention it seems to have gotten. cool that it came through here, but ill need to try it closer to the source i think to get a better feel for it...

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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler to a snifter glass. Had a dark orange color and a super-cloudy consistency. There was a 3/4", foamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sweet and alluring aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and some tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a mild bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a big shot of citrus fruit (mostly orange), a good amount of hops (not overdone), and light tropical fruit notes (mango, perhaps?). This is a big, juicy, sweet flavor. Aslin has the NE IPA flavor down pat, and this is no exception. It has just enough hops to keep things interesting. Very tasty stuff.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A fantastic NE IPA. Definitely drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Oct 10, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesomely good NEIPA. Looks perfect. Big juicy tropical and citrus notes, My only beef is it has a bit of a bite to it. Other than that it's an outstanding brew.

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gbiello from Massachusetts, Sep 30, 2018
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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had Double and Triple. Same great taste as Triple Starfish without being such a heavy hitter. This unfiltered beer has a great mouthfeel, perfect level of bitterness.

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4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

loads of candied orange, peach rings, rich doughy honey malt notes, cream, mango, grapefruit, and a touch of herbaceousness that provides a mellow green quality. soft mouthfeel and overall very tasty!

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Jul 26, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass.

Aromas of raw hops, fresh and zesty, green and herbal. Taste is sweet and bitter hop juice, fruity on the front and raw / fresh on the finish, very green on the finish with a significant dank aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel but still, this is straight hop juice. It makes me
Wonder if this beer was done conditioning. Super raw. But insanely delicious, I love it.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jun 01, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No canned date

Appearance - Pours quite hazy and dirty orange in color with an off-white, near two-finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer or suds. Not much for lacing outside a few small patches and a handful of spots found here and there.

Smell - Strong citrusy aroma. Orange, tangerine and a hint of grapefruit with faint mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent juicy orange flavor upfront and throughout. Hints of mango and dank round out the main flavor profile. Faint grapefruit. Aftertaste has a mild tangerine and mango zest with continuing earthy dank character and orange sweetness.

Mouthfeel - On hte fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy texture with that goes down nicely before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Really tasty prominent orange hazy. Reminds me quite a bit of New Glory Liquid Grove when it was first released, though with more earthy dank qualities.

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TheSixthRing from California, May 13, 2018
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