Saturday, February 28, 2015
Starr Hill Soul Shine
Starr Hill Brewery
Crozet, Virginia, United States
Belgian Pale Ale
Soul Shine is a Belgian-style Pale Ale with an American twist. It is generously hopped with blend of American hops to give it a distinct aroma of citrus & tropical fruit. This light-bodied beer has a crisp palate & moderate bitterness, with a spicy finish of fruity esters from our Belgian yeast strain.
My friend Brad from the Richmond VA area was up this way for some training and brought up some regional beers. A few of these were Belgian Pale/Blond in style and I really do not want them to age any more than I have already. So It looks like a Belgian Pale night with three beers of a similar Belgian Pale style.
The first up of these three beers is Soul Shine from Starr Hill Brewery, then we have Hardywood Singel and then I plan on finishing the evening with Devils Backbone Azrael. So let’s see what Soul Shine has to offer.
The beer pours a clear golden blond with a bright white fluffy head.
There is not much on the nose; subtle pale malt aromas with hints of citrus and yeast.
Taste and Mouthfeel
The sip starts out with a light pale malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue followed by a cleansing effervescence as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is little to now hesitation at the top of the swallow in the back-end of the sip. The crisp clean feel of the beer carries into the finish with pale malt flavors with hints of citrus and light floral hop notes. There is little to no final aftertaste.
All and all this is a very enjoyable ale but I’m not picking up the Belgian yeasty notes and the smoother mouthfeel of the style. This is light and crisp with no complexity at all. Sorry that’s the Belgian snob in me coming out again.
What is here is a very nice easy drinking pale ale or Blond if you will.
This will be a great summer beer. Actually that may be how long I was holding onto this one. I only wish now that I could have this on draft next summer. It will go well with the Leffe Blond that I had on draft last summer.
As the beer warms a little I am starting to pick up more of those Belgian notes. It is also starting to pick up a little of that classic yeasty aftertaste.
B | Sole Shine is a very nice easy drinking ale, clean crisp and refreshing with light pale malt flavors finishing with subtle notes of citrus and light floral hops. It is somewhat lacking the Belgian characteristics of the style but all and all a very good experience.