Mar 30, 2016

Starr Hill Lemon-Lime King of Hop

Lemon-Lime King of Hop is the second variant available in Starr Hill’s Four Kings offering — which also includes King of Hop, Grapefruit King of Hop and Habanero King of Hop. Just like the grapefruit version, this brew uses the company’s imperial IPA (7.5% ABV, 50 IBU) as the baseline before dry-hopping it with the addition of lemon zest and lime zest.

While there’s no fruit juice added like many of the beer’s contemporaries in the market, the zest certainly does provide an extra boost of citrusy goodness. And much like the grapefruit zest addition, the lemon and lime influence here doesn’t really improve upon an already good beer, it simply gives it a complimentary twist — something fun and lively. The duo also seems to soften the predominant grapefruit character that already existed within the brew.

I personally still prefer the standard King of Hop, but I love what Starr Hill is doing with this variety pack. Both the grapefruit and lemon/lime additions make for playful twists on a damn good beer. It also allows the drinker to sample and compare between the four beers without having to purchase a sixer of each. That’s three variants down and one gloriously fiery one to go.

This is a review of a promotional sample.