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  • on 04.09.2012
  • at 06:25 PM
  • by Mike

Review: Starr Hill Northern Lights1

fact sheet

  • Style: IPA
  • Serving: Bottle
  • Volume: 12 oz
  • ABV: 6.5% ABV

I’m not one to turn down a new (to me) IPA, especially if that IPA comes from a local brewery. The Northern Lights comes from Starr Hill based out of Charlottesville, VA. Being a fan of their beers I had to pick up a six-pack of the Northern Lights as soon as I saw it.

The Northern Lights has a classic IPA looking appearence, orange/amber in color with an almost two-finger bubbly white head. There is some nice spotted lacing as well. The aroma is balanced complete with plenty of grapefruit citrus, some pine and sweeter malt aromas. Overall the aroma is lighter than a heavy hitting IPA but it is well balanced.

Slightly bitter and citrus flavors are upfront on the palate, followed by a balanced malt sweetness. Around the middle to end the malt goes away and leaves the hops, but the elements seem unstructured. The finish is good with some lingering bitterness and a touch of caramel malt. Unfortunately the mouth feel is on the thinner side of things, I wish that it was bulked up a bit.

I think that Northern Lights has a lot of potential to be a good IPA, but it needs to be put together better. It works as a sessionable IPA as there are some good flavors and nothing that would turn you away, but there may be some better options out there. I did enjoy it, and wouldn’t mind having it in my fridge, but it needs a little work.


out of 100

Mike Hoff is a Senior Writer for Passion Beer.

He is always seeking out the new, weird and wonderful in the world of beer. When he is not writing for the site, you can normally find him with a camera around his neck and a beer in hand.

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  1. Nick says:

    Sounds like its worth trying at least once. I enjoyed Lucy from Starr Hill

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