Starr Hill Whiter Shade of Pale

Yet another beer local to Charlottesville. Starr Hill started distributing to New Jersey early in the year and I’ve reviewed a few of their beers, although nothing on tap. According to the bartender, this was just released by the brewery a few weeks before my arrival to Virginia. Since I was on this whole “drink local” thing, I ordered one to try.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starr Hill’s Whiter Shade of Pale marries two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the IPA. Two row and wheat malt provide a soft base beer for intense fruity and spicy esters of the unique Belgian yeast strain while enhancing the strong hop aroma. Whiter Shade is a refreshing IPA to enjoy during the summer.”

Random: According to the website, this is a limited release that is only in 22 ounce bottles and on draft. I saw a few bottles when I came up here at Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury if anyone is looking for one.

This is yet another example of the ever-popular hybrid beer styles. I haven’t found a really good white IPA yet, but I’m always interested when brewers are doing new things. This one poured with a full finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a slightly hazy orange color with mild carbonation visible throughout. The nose was sweet citrus and a touch of wheat, which then immediately went into pronounced grapefruit. The taste was way more IPA than witbier. I got grapefruit hops that were the star of the show. Some mandarin orange came through after with a touch Belgian yeast for fun. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. It had a long hop finish. Although this beer had spots of brightness, I have the same problem with this one that I do with almost all hybrid IPAs. It lacked balance. If you’re going to call this a mix between a witbier and IPA, I need a little more yeast on this one. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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