Starr Hill Northern Lights

Formerly brewed at Starr Hill
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Crozet, Virginia USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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
Flavor: Intense, high hop aroma, flavor and bitterness
Color: Amber
Style: India Pale Ale
IBUs: 52
ABV: 6.5%

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Itzjerm (3056) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2015 Pretty disappointing ipa. Not much hop aroma or taste. A nice malty pale ale but not an ipa other than maybe abv. Average pass. Nice fading head. Update fresher bottle. Nice light hop flavor.

kaser (6364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Orange pour, clear with white head. Bottle pour. Nice tropical and fruity flavor. Unusually not too bitter or hoppy for the style. Very drinkable.

decaturstevo (6341) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is caramel malt and citrus with a touch of resiny hops. Sweet caramel malt with a touch of citrus and some floral hops. Medium body with aggressive carbonation. ok beer by me

TylerGreenDC (1012) - - SEP 27, 2014
On draft. No appreciable aroma, but maybe that’s just where I am. Nice piney hops, caramel malts flavors. Dry finish.

voyageurmike (476) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle. Pine, grassy hops notes, bitter finish. Not what I’d call an interesting IPA - it lacks nuance - but ok if those superior beers aren’t on the menu

teromous (119) - - AUG 27, 2014
Appearance: Very transparent bronze body with a fluffy white head that lingers and leaves quality lacing. Aroma: Nearly no aroma at all. There is a faint bit of citrus in there but I practically have to give my nose a bath in the beer to even pick it up. Taste: There is a mellow bitterness with an orange rind flavor to it followed by a sweet caramel flavor. Subsequent sips intensify the bitterness of the beer but not the flavor. Palate: It has a decent palate, bringing good bitterness and an off-dry mouthfeel. Overall: It was a fairly average tasting IPA. Nothing really stood out to me but nothing really detracted from the beer. It was not extremely fresh tasting but it didn’t taste old or stale. There was a good amount of bitterness but not a whole lot of flavor. I wouldn’t recommend the beer but I wouldn’t stop a person from drinking it either. I wouldn’t grab another bottle if I had something else to choose from.

AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Very piney resin aroma on pour light golden color. Crisp fresh taste well balanced nice finish no bitterness from the Hops. A very nice IPA

mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
This is a nice, balanced, malt-forward IPA. Malt flavor is sweet. Hops are present, although I’m having trouble discerning whether citrus/pine/resin, and good bitterness. Not a bad beer at all.

Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 20, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-7-12 - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a light copper color with a large white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to give a light amount of lacing. Smell – A nice bready aroma with good hints of citrus; mainly orange and grapefruit in nature. Mixed with this are light floral notes as well as a slightly earthy note. Taste – The taste begins with a nice malty base mixed with a citrus hop. The hop taste starts out with a nice sweeter citrus flavor of tangerine and some light bitterness of grapefruit. The flavors bitter more as the taste goes on with some other floral and light pine flavors coming to the tongue. Overall the hop is on the more lower side of hop spice, but actually quite smooth overall. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly on the thicker side with the carbonation level being very average. Both suit the beer quite well and make for an easy drinking brew. Overall – A very easy drinking IPA with good flavor. A little low in hoppiness, but it does have nice flavors.

Dacrza (1010) - 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...

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