curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Piney citrus aroma with caramel. Taste is more bitter pine hop than sweet hop but has enough malt to balance well. Very well balanced and could have even more hops, I think.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Starr Hill. Hazy amber with a thin head. Aroma was faint tea and floral hops. Taste was the same with a bit of pine and bitterness.
Tommyp007 (33) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours nicely with a good floral nose. Goes down smooth. A real treat.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber orange with a thick lasting white head. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma, some toasty caramel. Taste is roughtly the same a bit of pine bitterness lingers but the caramel body supports the herbal floral hops.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and grassy hops. Taste has a prevailing hop bitterness that is earthy, grassy, and citrusy. Malt is grainy and biscuity. Finishes with a citrus rind bitterness. A solid American IPA, but I don’t like it as much as the other Starr Hill brews I’ve sampled.
GT2 (7700) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Goodfella’s in Chapel Hill. I heard some rumors about this so had to give it a try. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a tan, rocky head that leaves considerable lacing. Great aroma of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange sherbet, pine resin. Taste is very creamy and smooth with great resiny hops, some spice, sweet caramel malt backing, orange blossom honey. Bitter, clean finish. This was all around excellent.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminiscent of Dale’s Pale Ale--great maltiness and fine, if simple, hop character. A real quaffer.
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 I’ve 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 (3998) - 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 it’s 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!