Starr Hill Amber Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Amber AleStarr Hill Amber Ale

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 99
Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit mild, some malts are detected. Taste is also a bit on the mild side, malts, some hops, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while nothing offensive, is kid of a mediocre beer.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sipped straight from the bottle as should be when enjoying a true session ale. At the get together I was at I didn't feel it was appropriate to specially request a pint glass. Can't really comment on the color or appearance. The taste didn't hold too much wait and there wasn't a ton of notes or flavors jumping out. This seemed like a standard run of the mill Red Ale maybe on par with a Killians. Below average beer from a below average microbrewery.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber red with about one finger high bubbly off white head which dissipates fast leaving little acing.
The smell is of malt and caramel, synergy grain.
The Tate is likewise, dominated by malty flavors and caramel.
This medium to light bodied beer is drinkable and has a lot of Lager characteristic.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a hazy amber with a golden hue body. Some lacing. Sweet caramel malts and orange peel citrus aroma. Flavor is very sour distracting from the other notes which are mostly citrus, wood and caramel late in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Too sour. May have been a bad bottle but I bought it from the cooler at the brewery so I really home not.

Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Giant. Pours amber with a thick, long lived white head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of grassy, piney hops, bready malt and hints of cherry. Body is medium and tangy. Earthy hops and caramel malt nicely balanced on the palate, hints of cherry. Long finish becomes bitter. Good session brew.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice redish amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of very dark, caramelized malt, which is very sweet and pleasing. Tastes of caramelized malt, very sweet, and has a bit of a taste similar to most Irish Reds. This medium bodied beer seems to be a little overcarbonated, but still goes down smooth. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso, DuPont Circle, Washington, D.C. - March 2012:

The beer produced a darker amber color that produced less than a finger of head, which appeared to be slightly off-white, and it dissipated quickly. The beer gave off a light caramel malty aroma with a light hint of floral hops. The taste was pretty much like the nose and not much else. The beer had a lighter body and was smooth with a nice dry finish. Overall, a decent Irish red that is easy to drink, but I am not sure that it would be entered into the rotation, even if it were available in Georgia.

Photo of streetcommander
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks ok pouring from a glass bottle. Little hazy. But that's ok.

Smells really good. Malty. Toasty. Touch of burnt caramel. no hop standout at all. ...I'm concerned I smell an adjunct, corn or rice.

First sip is very pleasing. Nothing harsh. Remarkably drinkable character, and taste like it smells. Finish has a mildly bland and light astringent bitterness. Again, I absolutely taste an adjunct, but it not terrible. It lightens it up and improves drinkability.

Nicely carbonated and crisp. Nothing heavy or syrupy.

Package it as a macroswill competitor, and they would take the market segment.

Photo of paulginva
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced soft carbonation and a 3/4" frothy light tan head with thin lacing that dissipated quickly. The body was a somewhat cloudy deep amber with brown highlights.

AROMA: Moderate aroma of baked bread with caramel notes lightly evident and a light scent of floral and spicy hops. Nice.

TASTE: Pretty much like aroma. Moderate baked bread taste with very light notes of caramel and toffee and a light, spicy hops tang. Also, a hint of metallic taste. Not sure where that came from.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a smooth texture, lively carbonation and thin body lacing that had very little retention. Initial flavor was lightly bitter with the finish being a light bitterness with just a hint of dryness

DRINKABILITY: This was a decent Irish red and would make a good session beer. It's easy to drink, easy on the wallet, and I'd probably buy it again to serve around the picnic table.

Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Cafe Diem: This one pours a darker amber color. Small off-white head, but it left lots of lacing. Nice nose. Caramel malt and some earthy and floral hops. The taste is good. Malty, just a slight amount of sweetness. Nicely balanced and pretty easy drinking. Slight dryness to the finish. Worth checking out.

Photo of coalcracker
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours fizzy with good head retention. Presents with a cola-like color that is without any trace of cloudiness.
Smell: Lager-like aroma with a little hop presence as well. Nothing really stands out.
Taste: A good balance between a nutty maltiness and a balancing dose of hops. Sweetness strikes halfway through the tasting, though this not reach cloying level. Does taste a bit more like a nut brown ale than an amber, though this is more of a hybrid in general. Aftertaste is pretty darn clean and just a touch dry.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied.
Overall: Unique in construction-doesn't strike me as an irish red. Either way, clean and drinakble.

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed copper color with little to no head. Scent is rather bland and only hints a malt with more of a dry grainy nose. Taste brings touches of caramel but lacking in aggression and mild for the style, quite a bit of nuttiness and dry graininess, grassy hops on the back end. Medium bodied, slightly creamy and a touch dry for the style. More Vienna lager in taste, scent and feel than Irish Red.

Photo of wedgie9
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Tasted in August 2010 from a bottle given to me as a trade extra. Pours clear, dark amber with a very thick off white head that recedes quickly, but leaves heavy lace. Nose is toasted bread malt with some earthiness, hops, and something unmistakably metallic smelling. The taste is a nice blend of the toasty bread malts and a nice hoppiness along with a bit of nuttiness and that metallic thing. The body is light with a somewhat oily texture, average carbonation, and a medium bitter and nutty finish.

Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at DCA Reagan on 5/30
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice hazy caramel color with w one finer of frothy white head. Sheets of sticky lacing really hold on to the glass.

S: Nose is slightly underwhelming - grain and caramel malt.

T: Taste is slight caramel in the forefront, before a hearty grain presence with some piney hops come through in the middle. A toffee sweetness comes in and holds through the end.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat slick feel to the body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a great beer, and this isn't a bad beer. This is a nice craft alternative when there are macros on tap in the destitude that is airport bars.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.21/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a slightly hazy, copper color with no head or lace. It's aroma has some hints of caramel and hop fruitiness, not much else. The flavor has notes of caramel with a medicinal, hoppy bitterness. Not much carbonation. It has a thin, watery mouthfeel. Starr Hill Amber Ale is not a good beer. Not recommended.

Photo of Jimmys
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at westwood tennis club in richmond va

a: deep copper with a one finger creamy head. Leaves some solid lacing behind. Tiny carbonation bubbles stream up

S: some caramel malt sweetness and not a whole lot else. Not an impressive nose.

T: much better than the nose. Caramel sweetness with a fairly dry finish. Just a touch of an earthy hop varietal.

M: craving some more fizz in this one. Soft carbonation on a light body is not working well.

D: worth a try, but there are much better offerings from this brewery.

Photo of smakawhat
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Big soap four finger light brown head that falls normally. Body contains a clear Indian Red color. Retention on head is pretty solid and provides some lacing and stickyness. Some carbonation from the bottom but also the body is slightly cloudy.

Smell. Not good. It smells like rotting grain and stomach bile (sorry it smells like vomit). Hey I am trying not to be graphic just honest, that is exactly what it smells like. Seriously it's not good, I hate sticking my nose in this trying to find something else, it just gets worse.

Taste is strangely better. In fact it's almost actually feels like a gargantuan improvement compared to what is on the nose. Small malt/bread chew in front. There is some average body to this and a very faint sweet almost caramel. Bizzare bitterness on this too though. Still it's marginal in taste overall

Nope not having this anymore, it makes me crave Casco Bay RipTide like crazy now...

Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 04/18/2010: Brought back from a trip to Virginia.

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a transluscent dark red color with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind small trails of lace.

S: Some skunkiness, cereal malts, caramel, and some nuttiness.

T: More nuttiness, toffee, apricot, and some slightly sour cereal grains.

M: It has a weak and watery body altogether with medium-low carbonation.

D: This is a run-of-the-mill Irish Red. Nothing special.

Photo of gopens44
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Coppery with a nice head. Probably two fingers. Head recedes to a thin bubbly layer.

S - Sweet, malty and not much else

T - Sweet, malty and not much else

M - Medium carbonation with no real aftertaste.

D - Somehow, I was more excited about this on during the first bottle. Had a second one and lost my enthusiasm. Had to be fair, so I had a third bottle, which was much like the second. The beer didn't taste bad, but lacked character.

Photo of vandemonian
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starr Hill Amber Ale has a red amber colour and there wasn't much carbonation when it was poured for me by the waitress into a pint glass. There was a 1 cm head that almost completely disappeared in about 20 seconds. It has an interesting smell of maple syrup and a hint of pine. The taste is of piney hops with the aftertaste being slightly bitter. It has a little foam in the mouth that gives it some body.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of the last vestiges of my time in NoVa. It pours a clear straight amber (shocker) topped by nearly a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light caramel, buttery biscuits, and a light vein of orange-y citrus hops. The taste waters down these elements and meekly tries to up the hop ante near the finish. What started out as a nice bit o' malty goodness falls into unbalanced disarray. Shame, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, an okay amber, nothing all that special, but easy enough (and readily available enough back in its homeland) to allow it to be thrown back pretty easily.

Photo of klikger
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass

A - Dark amber with some red streaks, no head, & not much lacing

S - Caramel and bready malts

T - Sweet malts and a grainy earthiness rule here. The back half tastes slightly fruity - peaches or tangerines, perhaps. The ending has a little yeast detectable and more sugar.

M - Light to medium in body, with adequate carbonation

D - Quite drinkable. Yes.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid irish red ale. Pours a rich amber with a foamy, off-white head; slight lacing on the glass. Smell is not much, but it is hoppy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Not a bad session beer, and not bad for someone who's looking to be conservative but wants something beyond Bud and Coors.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with red highlights and a tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: This beer has a very closed nose for me. What I can get is some floral notes, caramel and bready malts, but that's pushing it.

T: Not an amazing flavor. Taste like regular joe beer. I get some hops and malts, but nothing amazing.

M: Decent carbonation and medium to light body. Juicy texture.

D: I don't think I'll ever drink this again. Not very good IMO.

Photo of jjboesen
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I discovered this one during a recent visit to Capital Ale House in Richmond (See My Review). This expression pays homage to the classic British ale, possessing a deep caramel color - certainly not amber - through which no light can penetrate. The vanilla head is as thin as a razor and creates a glossy, but splotchy, lacing.

The nose detects a subtle hint of cocoa powder while the palate receives a crisp mouthfeel of buttered toast that finishes with a barely perceptible maltiness. An interesting micro brewed in Crozet, Virginia. No. I have no idea where it is, either.

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Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.