Grateful Pale Ale

Virginia
United States
Grateful Pale Ale by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A fresh spin on the American Pale Ale. This remastered recipe gives Grateful a fruitier hop aroma, more citrus hop flavor and a smoother, fuller body.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
50 - 55°
Hops: 
Mosaic, Centennial, Cascade, & Falconer’s Flight
Malts: 
2-Row, Carafoam, Crystal & Wheat
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Grateful Pale Ale by Starr Hill Brewery is an American Pale Ale (BJCP category 18B) that hits on all cylinders: this is an excellent beer that you can drink for days.

It pours a brilliant gold with a low but persistent white head, and the initial aroma is of rich grain and grassy, piney hops. The nose is well-balanced, and doesn't surrender all of its ground to the hops. The flavor adds peach to the mix, and otherwise echoes the aroma: honey and biscuit, pine, grass, and medium-high bittering come together nicely before finishing dry. If there's a complaint here, it's that the bitterness is just a hair too harsh: I felt a light prickling on the tongue that seemed to be caused by more than just carbonation.

I would note, though, that this is a very minor complaint in a very major beer. Easily one of the best pale ales I've had in a long while.