Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2009
Points for twist-off. Pours an off-white head that barely laces with a clover honey colored body. Smells of pine and apricot. Flavor is citrus hops and honey. Finish is bitter with some honey. The malt comes out the warmer it gets. Shag (3000) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2009
On tap at Deluxe Grill and Tap. This poured an orange color with an aroma of pine, orange, and grapefruit. The flavor is rather bitter with some malty aspects to balance it out but also a ton of pine, grapefruit, and oranges. Overall a very nice IPA! Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle from the BP in Sylva! Pours an orange copper beer with a huge puffy head orange head with great lacing. Arom a is piny grapefruit oil hoppiness. Flavor is sweet deep grapefruit with a burst of pines. Medium thickness body, very rich. Nice beer, one of my favorite this summer Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Draft at County Grill. Rosy amber with a nice sudsy head. Citric aroma. Nice tacky mouthfeel and a full-on warmingly woodsy flavor. Delish! (#3769, 12/13/2009). doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bestowed on me by the Swanson-Collie family on their Quest to Attend the BSA National Jamboree! Friends of Scouting visit ken at http://www.boyscoutmuseum.com/aboutus.shtml
A good aroma started the tasting of thisdark orange brew. Nice and floral aroma. Great carbonation. Head was thick and creamy, clinging to the side of the glass and lasting throughout the beer.
Great hop taste, citrusy and floral. Really good mouthfeel. Nice bittering on the back side and aftertaste left me wanting more.
I like this beer and thank my friends for thinking of me!
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2012
This is exactly what an IPA should be. Lighter and easy on the palate with a big hit of hoppy bitterness up front. Great one. ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA
Aroma is soggy hops, particularly citrus notes of grapefruit. In the middle of the sequence of scents there are citrus rinds, concluding with scents of orange and tangerine. Thus, this aroma is one of the strongest parts of this IPA.
Pours a bronze body with LOTS of visible carbonation. A dense and thick 1 inch off-white head with very nice lacing.
Taste is a nice bitterness that is forward and follows through to a short and subtle aftertaste. The grapefruit flavors are not sharp but they are the predominate tone emerging from the bitterness. I appreciate the lack of a dry alcohol flavor, it allows the bitterness to dance on the tongue. The palate is a thin to medium body that is slightly sticky. Despite the visible carbonation, the carbonation is not strong, which is complimented by a lack of burn of alcohol.
Overall there is a pleasant bitterness that is somewhat weak but nonetheless pronounced in that there is little malt flavor to compliment it. The hops are almost completely citrus notes of grapefruit that border on hints of fruit notes of pear. Tasty. HighlanderOne (1328) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Poured from bottle. Aroma of hops and vanilla cake. Bronze amber with weak head. Good mix of floral citrus and pine hops. Could probably use a touch more malt, but otherwise quite balanced. Pepper, earthy notes and a hint of alcohol as well. Quite a nice drink. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2013
his beer surprised the hell out of me. I wasn’t expecting a good beer. But that’s what I got. Great hops flavor with a big hops nose. Bitter but well balanced. Dacrza (978) - 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...