Whiter Shade of Pale

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

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.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
50° - 55° F
Hops: 
Falconer's Flight, Simcoe, Cascade, Columbus
Malts: 
Two-Row, Wheat
Judges Review 
Phil Farrell's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

A slight haze gives this beer a classic dry-hopped look. The low white head had good retention with small bubbles that laced the glass. The aroma is surprisingly spicy with a pleasant hop character. The flavor solves the riddles of the spice, which is similar to light coriander and orange citrus to complement the grapefruit notes also in the aroma. The yeast signature tastes like a less intrusive Belgian strain. The malt has a slight chalky wheat flavor to it that works for the beer but is not typical for an IPA. The bitterness is medium firm without being harsh for a semi-dry finish. Even if the taste profile was unusual, this was a complex and enjoyable beer.