Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft at Tap House in Charlottesville.
It pours a light amber gold with a small, foamy, off-white head. The nose is very hop forward with notes of florals, grapefruit, and a slight graininess. The taste reminds me of something that was dry hopped with the hops definitely taking center stage. Herbal, floral, and citric notes are all present, but not much from the malt side. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a long, hoppy finish. Overall there wasn’t much to make this brew stand out, but it is still decent and sessionable.
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at OTH. Pours clear gold with soapy white head. Nose is slight caramel, grapefruit, pine, and bitterness. Flavor is similar with some sweetness added to the bitterness. Medium body and so-so overall.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a clear golden body with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbs, grass, pine, and grapefruit. Flavor of hops (grass, herbal, orange, pine) and caramel malt with a bitter finish.
william146 (80) - Winterville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Purchased at Winslow’s Tavern, Greenville, NC
No head whatsoever. Decent flavor but was flat. Disappointed - made me feel like I had a bad bottle (it was a twist top).
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head... deep citrus hop / light malt nose... medium body with dark hop notes, some caramel malt... nice deep bitter finish... well balanced IPA.
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Nice everyday crisp IPA. Very clean, with straightforward citric hops (lemon), a bit floral too. Lightly sweet, bready malts back it up. Balanced finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brixx, Chapel Hill. As far as I can recall, this is my first beer from Starr Hill and I found it pretty enjoyable. As a session IPA, it satisfies in the same way that Ballast Point’s Big Eye does. Everything hits nicely to style, with a very full, wafting, floral aroma. Body is creamy, with a nice head and malts for substance and a hint of chewiness. Sweet hops to start but it’s a well balanced beer for sure, with a pleasantly dry finish. Nicely done.
jrob21 (3335) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle back from VA over christmas. Floral aroma with a little bubble gum action is pretty interesting and nice. The flavor is vastly different though on the hop spectrum as it leaves a bit of a fusel alcohol and band aid kind of flavor on the finish. Mid palate though is some nice caramel malt. There are some grassy hops working mid palate as well which is tasty. Other than that all too bitter finish, everything else is working well.
thirdeye11 (5954) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
( 12oz bottle thanks to cavie) Pours clear medium yellow with some bubbles. Nose of chlorine, and citrus rinds. Taste of citrus oils (bitter) with a creamy and oily finish. Nice and drinkable.
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(sample) Pours a clear golden color with decent size head. Aroma is of floral, herbal and grapefruit citrus hops. It is also balanced with a caramel malt and a small notes of wheat malt. Tastes is of hops and caramel malt. Finish is long and bitter, average carbonation.