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RATINGS: 339   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%


3.8
   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 (1500) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (619) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7097) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Courtesy of dkachur. Pours clear copper with gold edges and off white head. The aroma is pine mixing with caramel, sweet malts and a bit of esters that smell like cherry candy. The taste is full with a malty sweetness mixing with pine hop flavor and then moving toward modest hop bitterness and a sense of dark tea. For an IPA the hops are a little too subtle but tasty brew nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Tap. Pours clear amber with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and apricot. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and apricot. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Purchased on my way thru DC to bring back home. Enjoyed this and wished I bought more. Nice floral aroma and balanced for bittering and sweetness. Light to medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (803) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle pours copper with thick off-white head. Citrus, floral, caramel, bread. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full creamy body with some crisp acidity on the trailing end.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2502) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2014
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Cask dry hopped with mosaic sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. Pours a golden orange with decent off-white head. Aroma of awesome fresh tropical citrus and zesty new world garlic, taste of nice resinous citrus and earthy hops with a decent pale malt background. Light carbonation and creamy mouth, solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (521) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2009
(bottle, under the "Northern Lights" name) Clear, bubbling copper body with a big, off-white head. A sweet hop aroma. Floral and earthy hop flavor. Highly drinkable. Bitterness is much stronger in the aftertaste.


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