GNeeson88 (19) - Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good ipa. Bitter with a bite. A very good aroma. Beautiful Carmel color and head.
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r464 (1984) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coppery gold in color with a whitish head. Full, strong, punchy with a lot of bitter hoppiness. Pine, resin, citrus zest. Not too heavy, not too earthy.
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from local grocer.. Color is a subtle amber with hints of gold almost a whiskey hue.. Very light aroma,, nothing punches my nose immediately. Light floral at best.. Now the palate.. Very crisp, and hop infused.. Notes of syrup linger on the backside... I wish it had more of those attacking hops that the west coast made famous but I realize this ISNT a Westcoast DIPA.... all in all its a great brew. Dare I say it almost has a hint of Pliney the Younger in it.. Or is that blasphemous??
joejames (290) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear copper, quick head, little lace, no real retention. Aroma of spruce, grapefruit. Taste is bitter, slight sweet caramel underneath. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes bitter. Tasting notes of hop oils, pine, grapefruit, caramel and booze. Expected more from this one. It’s ok.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours (from growler) a near clear amber with very large khaki head and very sticky lacing. Aroma of a pretty good amount of citrus hops with a bit of pine and resin. Flavour of floral and earthy up front with some dry piny flavor and a decent amount of bitterness that lingers through to the finish. Comes across with a syrupy mouthfeel.
ElCapitan22 (203) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid amber color with no head retention and some lacing. Tastes bitter and malty, but not too hoppy. If there were more hops, it would be excellent, but it is good.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a two finger, barely off-white shade. The latter has all the aesthetic ticks I like: creamy texture, decent (not wonderful) retention, and impressive rings of lacing left on the glass. This is a damn good looking DIPA - maybe head retention could be better to get an even higher score, but that’s nitpicking.
S: Its hop profile is primarily herbal/piny, with vague hints of grapefruit and melon. Malts are existent yet tucked away, as they should be. I’ve encountered some mindblowing DIPA aromas in the past - this isn’t one of those instances. It’s not a particularly intense smell. Nonetheless, it’s pleasantly hoppy in all the right places.
T: Bitter right from the onset, and unfortunately lacking nuanced hop flavors - it’s just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. That’s never a good thing. Ergo, its the malt backbone providing most of the flavor profile, bringing lots of toffee, undefined caramel, and something suggesting earth. Some wisps of floral hop notes try their hardest to come through...and at times, they do. Still, I’m not a fan of these kind of DIPAs.
M: At least it has that crisp bite I enjoy from a good IPA/DIPA. This gives it great drinkability for the first 6 oz. While it grows a bit stickier afterwards, it never really becomes undrinkable, even with the less-than-appealing flavor profile. Carbonation isn’t that strong.
O: Did I ever mention how I dislike hoppy beers that are all bitterness, no flavor? Having said that, it’s not entirely past redemption - it’s pretty easy to drink due to its crispness. Beers like this are proving that DIPAs can be *very* hit-or-miss with my taste buds (look at my reviews for Enjoy By, DirtWolf, and Double Jack for proof). Caveat emptor, my friends: look elsewhere unless you enjoy sweet-yet-bitter DIPAs.
Schwarzbart (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasantly surprised, especially for being 6 months old. A good dose of orange on a malt foundation of pale, caramel and biscuit malts. Citrus pith and a quick little alcohol burst before finishing with more bitter citrus pith.
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PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Atlanta, Ga. - Total Wine - Perimeter - 12 oz bottle. Sparkling medium copper pour, sticky off-white head, decent film of lacing, Aroma has some solid patented spruce hoppy notes, a hint of cat urine. Flavor is solid with some syrupy hoppy citrus bitter notes, some sweet caramel notes, a bit of cake mix sweetness. Thickish mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised.
c_lee_burton (161) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice pine & citrus scent. Pours a reddish golden color with a tan head. Great balance of hops and malt. Piney, grapefruit, earthy, and malt flavor. Creamy texture with some crisp dryness at the end. One of my favorite Starr Hill brews.
Darkmagus82 (1939) - - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-9-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a slightly hazed reddish-orange-amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast leaving patches of foam on the surface and a super light lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and bready with a good dose of tangerine and caramel. Along with these more malty aromas are some rather big hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus hop and some resinous pine smells. A rather strong alcohol smell is there as well giving it a rather malty and citrusy warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker and biscuit flavor mixed with some tangerine and a rather strong grapefruit hop taste. As the taste moves on, the taste dries out a bit as some tangerine fades away. While this occurs, some pine and a bit of grassy hop comes to the tongue. These flavors add quite a bit of resinous bitterness to the flavor profile, which take the taste to its end where a resinous hopped and semi-sweet malt flavor of a cracker and biscuit nature is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body is rather nice for the hopped and resinous flavors of the brew and made it a slow sipper
Overall –A little unbalanced, starting sweeter and drying out with a decent grapefruit and resinous hop coming to the tongue. While slightly unbalanced it is good and hoppy, so if you are looking for something of the like, then give it a go.