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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights weighs in at 52 IBUs and 6.5% ABV. Characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma, a perfect blend of barley and hops make this a very balanced IPA. For the craftbrew connoisseur, Northern Lights is a deliciously crafted piece of the heavens.

Malted Barley: Two Row, Caramel, Munich & Wheat
Hop Variety: Cascade, Willamette & Columbus
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Characteristics
Flavor: Intense, high hop aroma, flavor and bitterness
Color: Amber
Style: India Pale Ale
IBUs: 52
ABV: 6.5%


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 26, 2009
On tap at Nashville’s Music City Brew Festival, at least I think this is the beer. The tap just said Starr Hill IPA. Nice resinous hop profile, but a bit plane. Nice for the summer though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Sample at Sam’s. Don’t really have much to say about it other than it’s a very typical American IPA with a very typical hop profile. Poured amber with smallish white head. It is what it is... and it is what many others are, too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Amber pour with caramel and citrus in the aroma, lightly bitter flavor for an IPA, drinks smooth. Not bad overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose is caramel malts and citrus hops. Flavor is citrus and malt. Not too complex. Easy drinker.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2009
(12oz bottle) Medium off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some bread. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, bread. Chewy medium body, some hop acidity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2673) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Solid IPA. Nothing really special. Citrus pine aroma. Flavor is the same with a dry hoppy finish. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle, 5.8%abv. Smooth amber color, attractive one-inch sandy head is lumpy and persistent. Promising citric-herbal hop aromas plus caramel. A buttery, almost greasy malt flavor intros a fanfare of glassy hops that carry over into the long deep aftertaste… juniper berries, herbal/chocolatey, and a touch of cedar. This is the beer’s highlight, like a lapdance on the tongue. It’s difficult to reconcile normally supergrapefruity Cascade with these flavors. Fullish, chewy palate; pinpoit carbonation is spot on. Remaining cottonball clumps of lace require a spatula to remove... my poor glass end up looking like a cheesy "sand art" candle. Very enjoyable IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle Pours an amber-orange with an off white head, The head is foamy and mostly lasting, provides good lacing. Has a aroma of citrus, earth, spices, caramel, and fruits. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is pretty good. Well blended. Has a good hop presence. Has an oily texture. A medium body. The finish is good and has an okay aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FastCarboy (2) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2009 does not count
bottled. Good IPA with enough hops to separate it from "every other IPA"... barley. Slightly sticky. While the citric bite is there, the mouthfeel is soapy with a slight iron(?) aftertaste. It’s good, but w/ a name like Northern Lights you expect dank.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2009
bottle BB november... the year i am unsure of... pours with a pale coppery hue and a rocky light tan head. it’s got lots of splotchy clingy lacing. there is a distinct aroma similar to a hand full of pennies... mixed with grapefruit, orange, caramel malt, cinnamon-like spiciness, dirty earthy hops and dried apricots. initially, it tastes like blood?.... along with grapefruit, grain, caramel, spicy hops, orange, juniper-like sweet pine and dirt. the palate is far too sweet and out of balance. the only bitterness comes on the finish though it is not really dry. meh. 6/3/6/3/12/3.0


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