durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Sample at Sam’s. Don’t really have much to say about it other than it’s a very typical American IPA with a very typical hop profile. Poured amber with smallish white head. It is what it is... and it is what many others are, too. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2009
This is a good standard IPA. Nice heavy hops with a clean palate feel after the taste. Not much lingering taste. Respectable. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Starr Hill hasn’t scored to well with me but this IPA is actually really good. I think they should knock off some of the other nonsense and focus on bringing this up a notch and deliver a stellar beer. Pours clear amber-gold. Lots of good hops and it’s straight to the point. Nice bouquet, decent amount of bite, and not some weirdo off-taste you get with smaller IPAs. The only thing that holds this back is that it doesn’t have that "ooo this is different" factor...yet. I think they can find that though. Lot’s of Florida folks here. They must be hammering the distribution this way. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
bottle, thanks to cavie, orange in color with oranges aroma, flavors are buttery citrus fruit with a light bitterness glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Light copper with medium head. Biscuit malts and pine/citrus/mango hop flavors. Heavy bitterness. Solid, but doesn’t set itself apart much. Needs more hop flavor for my preferences. Balanced well; malts contribute almost as much as the hops. Seeing that this is only distributed Feb - Apr has me wondering if this isn’t the freshest bottle.
glennmastrange (2940) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle. Malt aromas are of moderate grain, roasted and bread, pine for the hops and light soap for the yeast. Head is thin, wispy, slightly off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy orange/tan. Flavor starts moderately acidic and lightly bitter, then the long finish is heavily bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Simple, lacking any sweetness and a bit out of balance, but still fairly IPA-ish. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
The aroma is very hoppy with pine, citrus, and herbs with some caramel malt to balance. The appearance is amber gold with quite a large head for the style. The flavor is like the aroma with a definite bite at he end. The palate is right for the style. Overall a well made IPA, maybe just a bit too astringent. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
Nutty aroma. Thick malt and toffee flavor. Mineral malty flavor. Soda
mouthfeel. Very bitter finish. Salt and hops on the finish nickd717 (4997) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
12oz bottle via trade thanks to ben4321. My first VA beer, which is crazy considering I’ve rated over 1700 and lived in VA for 8 years. Pours clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops, sweet malt, and something that strikes me as a little strange, maybe wet dog. Flavor is a little better: Munich malt, citrusy hops, and a little spice. Well-balanced. Nice palate, with lots of hop bitterness and good crispness with medium body. A good IPA overall, if not quite as assertive as I’d like. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Poured into a pint glass.
4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. One finger of frothy off-white head with average retention and lacing.
4.0 S: Grassy hops with some orangy citrus as well. Malts are full of toffee. Overall pretty clean and pleasant.
3.5 T: Hops are even more grassy in the taste than the nose. Good balance between hops and malts, with neither emerging victorious. Caramel and toffee sweetness, formitable yeastiness, and a balancing mild bitterness that lingers. Not too complex or clean, but alright.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit drying and chalky on finish.
3.5 D: Not bad, but I wish they would clean it up a bit.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-06-2010 23:43:16