Starr Hill Northern Lights

 
overall
67
45
style
Formerly brewed at Starr Hill
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Crozet, Virginia USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.6
Meilby (11366) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle 355ml @ O’Brien’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Annapolis, MD
Pours hazy dark golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and citrus. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle… Clear amber ale with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The biscuity, earthy aroma offers additional mild notes of honey and pine. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. The flavor leans way onto the bitter side of balance, even as the beer approaches room temperature. Good toffee and biscuit malts serve as an ample backbone, but can’t restrain the biting, earthy, spicy hops. Lengthy, bitter, and then dry finish.

3.5
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Amber pour. Whitish head. Citrus hops and a pretty good malt backbone. Flavors are much the same. Grapefruit peel, citrus, caramel malt. Pretty good.

3.3
j12601 (10925) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Can. Pours a softly hazed amber orange with a thin to medium sized beige head. Light citrus, earthy malt. Earthy malt and toast, caramel. Sweet, earthy malt. Toast and earthy citrus and soft bitterness on the finish.

3.2
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Northern Lights IPA
Date: March 04, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trader Joe’s
Appearance: clear copper, frothy off white head, icy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, plenty of floral and earthy hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of balancing hops, light bready character, nice biterness followed by a long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ** /4

4
DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
Draft at Green Leafe Newtown. Pours turbid dark straw with off-white head. Nose is resiny hoppy, fruity, malty, with some spice. Tastes smooth, rich, complex, very hoppy with well balanced malt and late tropical fruit and spicy notes. This one was very good.

3.5
leaparsons (10502) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Cask, GBBF 10. Hazy Amber hold with a thin head. Aromas are toffee and caramel with pine. Floral and lightly soapy with yeast. Flavours are sweet toffee with pine and soft spices. Smooth on the palate with a prickly grapefruit bitterness. Well balanced and enjoyable.

3
sebletitje (10048) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2010
draft @ OTH. light golden/amberish, thick white head. aroma, grassy, citrus and a mild malty nose. flavors, piney hops, lingering grapefruit. Some toasted malts, couldn’t help but get a kind of basement yeasty mouthfeel that did not settle well with this beer. Finishes of thick caramel with mild bitterness.

3.8
GT (10000) - San Diego, 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.

3.1
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
12oz bottle, thanks to Andrew. Bottled 8/08/12. Thin khaki / off-white head. Clear amber color. Satisfactory lace. Tropical fruit, resiny pine, caramel malts, some metallic. Crisp lighter carbonation, dry finish, hoppy aftertaste. Quite bitter. Fine, but I feel like there’s something lacking to these hoppy Starr Hill brews. Fine, but doesn’t really stand out from the crowded field of IPAs for me. However, I tried this on draft at a local bar later and much preferred it to the bottled version


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