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Starpoint Surfin’ Buddha IPA

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Balanced and smooth, Surfin’ Buddha is not your typical IPA. Built on 5 malts and 3 hop varieties to maintain balance between the ingredients, this is an India Pale Ale for all beer lovers. Brewed in Carrboro, NC, a couple miles north of Chatham County.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bomber from Bestway, Greensboro. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts and floral, citrus hops. The taste is caramel malts, candied citrus, floral hops. Medium bodied. Slight lingering bitterness. Somewhat off-balance, but solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2013
bottle, from Beer Study. bottled 06/03/13. Good aroma, sweet, honey, pinneapple, orange. clean brownish orange color. small head, minor lace. Bittersweet flavor. thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Pretty tasty, nice aroma, mouthfeel, and finish. promising....

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bomber. The color of a clean penny with a perfect white head. Nose is very juicy, some wet grass. Very interesting hop characteristics. Similar flavor profile with a musty, bitter finish. Long, slightly abrasive finish. A great IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Cloudy orange, huge white head. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Lots of grapefruit and caramel in the flavor. Doesn’t re-invent the wheel, doesn’t need to. Simple, tasty IPA. Bonus appearance point for the cool label...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle shared by brew3crew. Poured clear dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop and soft malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. Good brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by Jason - thanks again! Bottled March 2, 2013. Pours a semi-cloudy tea-amber color with a small off-white head, basically a film and ring. Aroma of caramel malts, cream, brown sugar, and cereal, with only the faintest hop character. Flavor of caramel malts, honey, and tropical fruits. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Malty IPA. Not for hopheads.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Sample from a 22oz bottle, shared by brew3crew. Musty aroma, caramel malts. Medium body. Smoother, light carbonation, slightly creamy. Clear amber color, thin white head, little dots of lace. Sweeter taste. Light on the bitter. Not cloyingly sweet, though. Alright IPA. Not assertive at all. More on the malty sweet side, but it doesn’t ruin the beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (4460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bomber to taster (thanks brew3crew). Looks solid; malty though. A mostly transparent dark orange with white lacing. Smells and tastes more malty than hoppy with an average mouthfeel. Not enough hops.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (3085) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Bottle. Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a moderate white head. Nose is quite light, but has subtle floral elements with a decent malt backbone. Taste is slightly bitter, with a good bit of balance to the beer. Easy drink, but not high on my list of IPAs.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carbonite (1) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2013 does not count
I was excited to see Surfin’ Buddha on tap at some of the local bars here in the triangle. I enjoy a good solid IPA with all the hoppiness that a craft beer provides, and by far Starpoint’s IPA is my favorite. A smooth and balanced IPA that needs to be experienced-I am no wordsmith so I recommend trying it out if you haven’t already.


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