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RATINGS: 331   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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle from the BP in Sylva! Pours an orange copper beer with a huge puffy head orange head with great lacing. Arom a is piny grapefruit oil hoppiness. Flavor is sweet deep grapefruit with a burst of pines. Medium thickness body, very rich. Nice beer, one of my favorite this summer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5582) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Draft at County Grill. Rosy amber with a nice sudsy head. Citric aroma. Nice tacky mouthfeel and a full-on warmingly woodsy flavor. Delish! (#3769, 12/13/2009).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bestowed on me by the Swanson-Collie family on their Quest to Attend the BSA National Jamboree! Friends of Scouting visit ken at http://www.boyscoutmuseum.com/aboutus.shtml A good aroma started the tasting of thisdark orange brew. Nice and floral aroma. Great carbonation. Head was thick and creamy, clinging to the side of the glass and lasting throughout the beer. Great hop taste, citrusy and floral. Really good mouthfeel. Nice bittering on the back side and aftertaste left me wanting more. I like this beer and thank my friends for thinking of me!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3489) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2012
This is exactly what an IPA should be. Lighter and easy on the palate with a big hit of hoppy bitterness up front. Great one.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA Aroma is soggy hops, particularly citrus notes of grapefruit. In the middle of the sequence of scents there are citrus rinds, concluding with scents of orange and tangerine. Thus, this aroma is one of the strongest parts of this IPA. Pours a bronze body with LOTS of visible carbonation. A dense and thick 1 inch off-white head with very nice lacing. Taste is a nice bitterness that is forward and  follows through to a short and subtle aftertaste. The grapefruit flavors are not sharp but they are the predominate tone emerging from the bitterness. I appreciate the lack of a dry alcohol flavor, it allows the bitterness to dance on the tongue. The palate is a thin to medium body that is slightly sticky. Despite the visible carbonation, the carbonation is not strong, which is complimented by a lack of burn of alcohol. Overall there is a pleasant bitterness that is somewhat weak but nonetheless pronounced in that there is little malt flavor to compliment it. The hops are almost completely citrus notes of grapefruit that border on hints of fruit notes of pear. Tasty. 

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (986) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Poured from bottle. Aroma of hops and vanilla cake. Bronze amber with weak head. Good mix of floral citrus and pine hops. Could probably use a touch more malt, but otherwise quite balanced. Pepper, earthy notes and a hint of alcohol as well. Quite a nice drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1460) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
his beer surprised the hell out of me. I wasn’t expecting a good beer. But that’s what I got. Great hops flavor with a big hops nose. Bitter but well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (490) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
DATE REVIEWED: July 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: the end of a beautiful summer day... APPEARANCE: an all-too-calm orange amber body; thick, nearly two-finger white head dissipates to a rocky, palpable ring; lacing is random soap spots... AROMA: citrus and candy predominate--watermelon and Boardwalk taffy... PALATE: full-bodied wall of bite that sizzles through the teeth; elicits a lasting, mouth-watering Pavlovian response...a bit warm, though for 6.5% ABV... TASTE: strong and clearly pronounced hops here--Cascade for certain, that West Coast varietal--and a nice underpinning of malts when exhaled; a classic IPA taste without too much confusion or interference... OVERALL: of the four choices in the Starr Hill mix pack, this one easily warrants the most return interest, with its style-adherent flavor and its sessionability--just short of outstanding, the beer refreshes and ingratiates with a full-bodied presence...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Had this on cask down at the Capitol Ale House Innsbrook location. Amber body with a good sized layer off egg shell white foam served in an Imperial pint glass. Rings of lace were left all around the glass as I consumed this. The aroma was made up of citric and earthy hops with a slight bitterness to it. A decent amount of caramel was present as well lending a slight sweetness to it, overall all though it is a bit weak. Taste is similar with citric and grassiness flowing over a fairly equal malt backbone. This was a pretty balanced taste with neither the sweetness nor the hops coming on too strong. Mouthfeel was about medium and very creamy. I could definitely put down a few of these and would have it again next time I returned to here.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2009
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.


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