Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Sorta like an orange creamsicle and not in the obvious bad ways. One of the best and most unique IPAs Iíve ever had. Very different than most IPAs. It has a lot of the same flavors and aromas as the others, but at a completely different ratio. It got a little too bitter hoppy at the very end losing the great balance it had through most of the mouth, but still a great beer. A beer like this makes me think Starr Hill will continue to grow. By the way, on my bottle it listed the ABV as 5.8% not 7.2% as listed here..
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium orange body with a small , slightly off-white head that mostly lasted and left excellent lacing. The aroma was heavy resin and orange citrus hops and cream. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet and very bitter with a long duration. There were orangey hops, caramel malt, cream and resinous hops. the medium body was sort of creamy, but also syrupy and sticky on the lips with lightly fizzy carbonation and a metallic and lightly astringent finish.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber poor with small fizzy head. Floral hop aroma. Very hoppy throughout with bitter finish. A better than average IPA.
radagast83 (3749) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I heard a rumor about this beer. I heard it was either trying to base itself on the old "New River Pale Ale" that was discontinued a few years back (sadly). Whether or not itís true, I know that for me, this one beer is at least a good replacement, always awaiting the return of the real deal. Aroma is hops, citrus, florals. Flavor is crisp, clean bitter, hoppy, touch of malts. Very nice!
ben4321 (3347) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle was given to me by a friend, 5/1/09
Aroma: Real nice, powerful nose, fresh/crisp citrus hops, pine
Appearance: Cloudy orange/red color, thin off-white head that dissipates quickly
Flavor: Crisp hoppy flavor, with a nice amount of bitterness
Palate: Good mouthfeel, medium body
This is a pretty darn solid IPA, I enjoyed it. Had an especially great nose that made me really want to drink, flavor wasnít as great as the aroma, but it was a very nice beer.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium dark orange color with a dry hop haze under an lightly off-white head that lasts and lasts.
Fresh citrus hop aroma.
Good clean hop flavor and a malt/hop balance that is definitely on the bitter side.
BelgianBeerGal (2869) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Traded bottle. Slightly above average IPA. A little thin on the flavour except for the bitterness. Very simple but good overall.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Green Leafe Newtown. Pours turbid dark straw with off-white head. Nose is resiny hoppy, fruity, malty, with some spice. Tastes smooth, rich, complex, very hoppy with well balanced malt and late tropical fruit and spicy notes. This one was very good.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Points for twist-off. Pours an off-white head that barely laces with a clover honey colored body. Smells of pine and apricot. Flavor is citrus hops and honey. Finish is bitter with some honey. The malt comes out the warmer it gets.
davidajensen (174) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice IPA. This is a well rounded beer with a pleasant flowery aroma, a cloudy appearance with a thin head. The flavor is nice and hoppy but remains a good session beer.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange, thin white head. Citrusy, peppery aroma. Nice clan palate. Flavor is hop-dominated, mostly grapefruit and a few herbal notes. Maybe a little smoky note in the finish.