maltdog (615) - Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (9073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
pilgrimoutlaw (702) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Michael’s Bistro, Charlottesville. Poured a medium amber with a decent head (the waitress told me the head was huge, which was why it took so long to get my beer, because she wanted me to have beer and not just head). Hoppy, bittersweet aroma, similar to the "pale ale" (which is really an IPA anyway). Floral hoppy flavor- not overpowering, but not weak. Tasty.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A tasty IPA, easily Starr Hill’s best offering. Had it fresh at the brewery complete with magic tricks from the taste master. Pretty classy. Tastes of mild hops and crisp refreshment. Stinks....in a good way.
brigg (486) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with barrios at woody’s. Pours a clear orange with fair creamy khaki head. Aroma is a near perfect blend of citrusy piney floral hop goodness with just enough of a hidden honey note to round it out. However, after the great aroma, the flavor doesn’t quite hold up. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a wonderfull example of IPA, but the flavor is too lopsided with hop bittersweetness, for me to say this is truly a great beer. Resiny pine finish. Lingering bitterness. Awesome label art and a good price.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Taphouse in Hampton. Amber bodied. Short, dense white head. Nose is grapefruit, citrus oils, pine resin, caramel, and sweet malt. Some spicy notes as well. Taste is big citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange peel), light pine, chewy malts, touch of toffee and light spicy notes. Body is medium to medium-full. Carbonation is moderate. Ends with more citrus fruits and oils, pine needles, caramel, spicy hops and chewy malts. Rather tasty IPA!