joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours clear copper, quick head, little lace, no real retention. Aroma of spruce, grapefruit. Taste is bitter, slight sweet caramel underneath. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes bitter. Tasting notes of hop oils, pine, grapefruit, caramel and booze. Expected more from this one. It’s ok. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours (from growler) a near clear amber with very large khaki head and very sticky lacing. Aroma of a pretty good amount of citrus hops with a bit of pine and resin. Flavour of floral and earthy up front with some dry piny flavor and a decent amount of bitterness that lingers through to the finish. Comes across with a syrupy mouthfeel. ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours a solid amber color with no head retention and some lacing. Tastes bitter and malty, but not too hoppy. If there were more hops, it would be excellent, but it is good. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a two finger, barely off-white shade. The latter has all the aesthetic ticks I like: creamy texture, decent (not wonderful) retention, and impressive rings of lacing left on the glass. This is a damn good looking DIPA - maybe head retention could be better to get an even higher score, but that’s nitpicking.
S: Its hop profile is primarily herbal/piny, with vague hints of grapefruit and melon. Malts are existent yet tucked away, as they should be. I’ve encountered some mindblowing DIPA aromas in the past - this isn’t one of those instances. It’s not a particularly intense smell. Nonetheless, it’s pleasantly hoppy in all the right places.
T: Bitter right from the onset, and unfortunately lacking nuanced hop flavors - it’s just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. That’s never a good thing. Ergo, its the malt backbone providing most of the flavor profile, bringing lots of toffee, undefined caramel, and something suggesting earth. Some wisps of floral hop notes try their hardest to come through...and at times, they do. Still, I’m not a fan of these kind of DIPAs.
M: At least it has that crisp bite I enjoy from a good IPA/DIPA. This gives it great drinkability for the first 6 oz. While it grows a bit stickier afterwards, it never really becomes undrinkable, even with the less-than-appealing flavor profile. Carbonation isn’t that strong.
O: Did I ever mention how I dislike hoppy beers that are all bitterness, no flavor? Having said that, it’s not entirely past redemption - it’s pretty easy to drink due to its crispness. Beers like this are proving that DIPAs can be *very* hit-or-miss with my taste buds (look at my reviews for Enjoy By, DirtWolf, and Double Jack for proof). Caveat emptor, my friends: look elsewhere unless you enjoy sweet-yet-bitter DIPAs. Schwarzbart (180) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pleasantly surprised, especially for being 6 months old. A good dose of orange on a malt foundation of pale, caramel and biscuit malts. Citrus pith and a quick little alcohol burst before finishing with more bitter citrus pith.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
PorterPounder (8183) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Atlanta, Ga. - Total Wine - Perimeter - 12 oz bottle. Sparkling medium copper pour, sticky off-white head, decent film of lacing, Aroma has some solid patented spruce hoppy notes, a hint of cat urine. Flavor is solid with some syrupy hoppy citrus bitter notes, some sweet caramel notes, a bit of cake mix sweetness. Thickish mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised. c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle. Nice pine & citrus scent. Pours a reddish golden color with a tan head. Great balance of hops and malt. Piney, grapefruit, earthy, and malt flavor. Creamy texture with some crisp dryness at the end. One of my favorite Starr Hill brews. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-9-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a slightly hazed reddish-orange-amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast leaving patches of foam on the surface and a super light lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and bready with a good dose of tangerine and caramel. Along with these more malty aromas are some rather big hoppy aromas of a grapefruit citrus hop and some resinous pine smells. A rather strong alcohol smell is there as well giving it a rather malty and citrusy warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker and biscuit flavor mixed with some tangerine and a rather strong grapefruit hop taste. As the taste moves on, the taste dries out a bit as some tangerine fades away. While this occurs, some pine and a bit of grassy hop comes to the tongue. These flavors add quite a bit of resinous bitterness to the flavor profile, which take the taste to its end where a resinous hopped and semi-sweet malt flavor of a cracker and biscuit nature is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker body is rather nice for the hopped and resinous flavors of the brew and made it a slow sipper
Overall –A little unbalanced, starting sweeter and drying out with a decent grapefruit and resinous hop coming to the tongue. While slightly unbalanced it is good and hoppy, so if you are looking for something of the like, then give it a go.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark copper body under a one finger frothy beige head that lowly faded to a thin ring. The nose is fairly heavy citrusy hops, but more caramel malt than anything, some noticeable alcohol. The flavor is just a little too heavy on the caramel malt sweetness for my tastes as far as a DIPA goes. The hops have a real hard time making it past the caramel and crystal malt. Medium bodied and fairly chewy with soft fizzy carbonation. Not my kind of DIPA. I want a big old hop bomb from mine. jackl (8271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Keg @ Starr Hill. Deep amber with a small head. Nose is strongly resinous. Caramel malt and citrus. Taste is dominated by caramel. Some orange candies. Booze. Nothing refined about this. Medi body, oily. Needs work.