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Whiter Shade Of Pale - Starr Hill Brewery

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13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 99
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 31.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phillyz on 06-12-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 99
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

From a bottle, pours clear bubbly straw yellow.

Nose is very herbal, flowers, pineapple, lemon, tea leaves. The flavor is lemon tea, like lipton, floral hops, a little honey, orange, lavender. They are trying to combine two styles (Belgian Wit and IPA), but I think this counter acts the positive qualities of each style, taking away from the overall total package of the beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Thin lacing but it stays, hazed golden amber hue. Smells like a Witbier with some hoppiness to it, expected. 1st sip you know its 7% abv, bit kiss of warmth. Spicy palate, somewhat hefty hop bitterness. Just enough malt girth to keep all of this together. Peppercorn, wild herbs, nutty yeast, plum fruitiness, & bready malt is the story of this brew.

Sip after sip this one really grows on me. 2014 Gold Medal Winner at GABF, can't debate the judging there.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on draft. Clear golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Aromas of piney hops, some citrus, clove and yeast esters. Bitter, grassy hops up front followed by a slight orange peel character. Faint clove/yeast notes, but it certainly drinks more towards the IPA spectrum than the Witbier. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid white IPA- refreshing on a summer day, but hoppy enough with herbal tasting hops to keep your interest up. Not quite as "white", either in appearance or flavor as many others of it's ilk, but if it tastes good, who cares, right? The head does collapse almost immediately, though. Herbs and citrus with a crisp, dry finish and a touch of honeyed grapefruit sweetness. Certainly a pleasant beer, and one I'd drink again.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pine, spices. Taste is pine up front, citrus follows, good malt balance, a touch of spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and satisfying beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured a clear orange body with one finger head and a minor lace ring.
Aroma mixes citric hops with yeast and clove spicea and there is also hints of tropical fruit sweetness.
The yeast in the beer smoothes it out and there is a balance between citric, mostly orange, hops/flavors with some spice and touches of sweetness possibly coming from tropical fruit flavors or sugary malts.
By the end of the beer, the hops seem to take over so mostly I get a soapy hop taste that finishes real dry and almost sours as beer warms up.
Not a bad beer but the two styles didn't really mesh and it was a chore to finish this bomber.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled on 13 July 2015.
Pale and effervescent white golden.
Smells like Belgian yeast. Citrus peel, white pepper, and cloves. A bit thin.
It doesn't taste thin, though, not at all! Rich and smooth and robust, the hefty mouthfeel is complemented by a strongly-flavored maintaste. Lots more Belgian spice and white pepper here, with lemony hops and a candyish/tropical sweetness in the background.
It's an interesting beer, and a worthy BIPA, but I'm not sure the overwhelmingly Belgian-forward flavors do the beer any favors. I was in the mood for something a tad more hoppy and less yeasty. Still, it can scratch a particular itch.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like floral and citrus hops, with some sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter floral and lemon zest, with sweet honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice IPA, and the witbier character played nicely with it (similar to A Little Sumpin Sumpin). Solid scent and taste, and the body was good enough. The finish was smooth too, so it was easy to drink. Well done brew.

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Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: Medium clarity, yellow, white head with solid lasting power, but only slight lacing (3.75)

Aroma: Pineapple hops and assorted fruity wit esters. (4.25)

Flavor: Slight dose of hop bitterness, definitely still an IPA. Sweet wheat malt, peppery Belgian yeast, piney hop flavor. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, solid carbonation, refreshing with a slight hop bitterness lingering (4.00)

Overall: A very solid "White IPA". Great for the summertime.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: mildly cloudy, but still able to see through, yellow. Carbonationis visible sustaining a thin head, good lacing.
S: wet cardboard, some floral notes, lemon zest
T/M: earthy start leading to some pineapple notes from a combination of slight lemon tastes with an earthy dry bitter taste. The dryness is not powerful, but does slightly overtake the citrus, which does not completely fade.
O: initially I wasn't struck by this beer, but the more I tasted it, I noticed more complexity. On the other hand, the combination of the wit and IPA just never quite worked for me. So, the taste was interesting, but not enticing.

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Photo of Phillyz
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter, and mildly transparent gold in color .There is a two finger frothy head.

S: Smells like a classic IPA, a strong hop presence, with a little tinge of Belgian Wit added in. I also smell spicy esters as well as fruity esters.

T: The wheat malts give it a softer, more delicate taste, but the hops take over with an aggressive flavor.

M: Once again, the wheat malts make for a smoother mouth feel, but then the hops take over. This beer has a nice, medium body.

O: This is a great beer. I am not keen to drink Belgian Wits, but this is bomb. Drink it in the summer!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden glow with about a finger and a half of solid bright white head. Subdued nose of floral and citrus hops with a bit of belgian with fruity influence.

Pretty tightly flavored beer in all the right places. A little spicy up front with delicate citrus and floral flavors throughout. Wheat adds subtle sweetness along with a creamy mouthfeel that allows for crisp carbonation that doesn't break up the medium sized body. Finishes with an almost minty presence as the wheat and hop flavors collide and a delicate bitterness that builds with each sip. Raw leafy hop flavors faintly linger in the mouth. A very nice beer with well blended flavors that are very tightly nit and that go together well. Clean and refreshing enough for a wit beer lover and hoppy enough to appease the hop head. Alcohol barely detectable but it is a bit pricey.

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Photo of Roser
4/5  rDev +3.4%

A- semi cloudy, hazy golden yellow. Moderate bone white head that didn't last long and left minimal lacing.

S- citrus (grapefruit), piney hops, herbaceous.

T- tart, citrus (lots of grapefruit and a little lemon).

M- well balanced. Light to medium body. Silky.

O- a solid brew. Would recommend and have again!


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Whiter Shade Of Pale from Starr Hill Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.