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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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%


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daytonbeer (685) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Surprisingly good brew. Pours a cloudy orangish yellow. Light lacing. Aroma is pleasant...floral hoppiness. Taste is citrus hops, grapefruit, and malts. Bitter on the backend. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Starr Hill hasn’t scored to well with me but this IPA is actually really good. I think they should knock off some of the other nonsense and focus on bringing this up a notch and deliver a stellar beer. Pours clear amber-gold. Lots of good hops and it’s straight to the point. Nice bouquet, decent amount of bite, and not some weirdo off-taste you get with smaller IPAs. The only thing that holds this back is that it doesn’t have that "ooo this is different" factor...yet. I think they can find that though. Lot’s of Florida folks here. They must be hammering the distribution this way.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Can. Pours orange with thick white head. Good lacing. Aroma of muted hops. Like a lager. Bland taste. Has to be dated. Good mouthfeel. Not good. Would like to re-rate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2009
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (648) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Sampled at WBF in Durham. Poured an amber color with a white head. Nose is hoppy, citrusy and piney - everything you would expect from a good IPA. Nice bitter taste right off the bat with grapefruit and hops that stand right out - resinous pine and some floral notes finish it off. I enjoyed this offering much more than their Amber Ale I purchased a few weeks ago.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrettTaylor (624) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Poured as a 2 oz sampler at Virginia Beer Live 2013. Some hop and malt on the nose. Flavor is very 1 note - 1 hop flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyforce (619) - Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Weak hops flavor on this brew. Would expect a bit more hoppiness from an IPA. Pour is a nice light amber with a thin white head.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (605) - Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 It was creamy orange, but had only a trace of a head. The aroma was strong hops and citrus, and the flavor was really big, bitter hops. Pine, grass, citrus, and a little sweetness in the finish. Comparable to Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, but not as clean. I mean "not as clean" in a good way. I enjoyed this beer.


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