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: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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
Reviews by Hopfenpeter:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at NOMA in W-S,poured a clear darker shade of amber with a clingy 1/2 finger slight off white head.Clean aromas,mainly slightly roasted malt and caramel sweetness but its light and fading,flavors are toasty and lightly sweet with caramel and grain sticking out most.Its a basic amber but it is done well,not bad and quaffable.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a hazed copper body that is topped by a medium sized tan head. Good retention and lots of sticky patch lacing.

Aroma is malty toffee and caramel with a spicy/floral hoppiness that is more prominent than expected.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste is nicely balanced, but on the malty side. Caramel has a slight toastiness. Floral hop bitterness balances well. Clean finish.

A very well executed Irish red ale. Pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby amber brown with a nice carmel tinged off white head leaves a great amount of lacing. Aroma: Toasted nuts and caramel malts with the addition of a woody herbal tea hop finish here very nice solid scent. Taste: Even better with a sweet upfront caramel maltiness coats the palate and soothes the sweet tone with the a nice balancing bitterness from the hops has an herbal woody tone to it solid brew all around well balanced. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied amber ale nice carbonation nothing bad to say here. Drinkability: Quite the session amber ale just bottled in December very fresh, I could chill with this beer without thinking about it thanks to my roomates Jeff and Dan who brought back a bottle after the brake from skiing trip down in VA.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amazing, I was going to comment that the color of this brew looks like a true Red Ale or Irish red, and low and behold....on to the review:

Pours up a beautiful red color, barely amber in color and looks great. Aroma, very mild hops with some sweeter, malty notes.

Mouthfeel-Lively carbonation delivers mild hops and a grainy cereal malt texture. Tasty, but would have liked to feel a little more malty backbone. A few tannin-like flavors from the roasted malt. Label says Amber and before I even looked this one up, my palate was like this is an Irish ale or Irish Red Ale. Finishes clean, very tasty and very drinkable. I bet fresh on tap this would really satisfy. I am liking Sarr Hill's offerings. More basic styles in the bottles and they are consistently good. They are doing major justice with their Lager!
Cheers to them!

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 NJpadreFan
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Starr Hill- Amber

A- Deep dark amber red with a thick tight foamy head. Good head retention and nice lacing.
S- A bit light on the nose?! Sweet caramel malt with a touch of sugar and toasted malt.
T- Very light toasted grain/ caramel malt with a touch of sweet marzipan and sugar.
M- Very light sweet malt with a decent dry finish.

Overall- Flavors are too light. Easy to drink but just to simple.

Photo of asabreed
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A fairly unobtrusive amber color with nice carbonation and an off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Toasted grains with some mild fruit and citrus. Nothing overly complex, but pretty nice and balanced.

Taste: Some initial bitterness with mild fruit, toasted grain, and orange rind from the hops. Nothing out of this world, but it maintains a nice balance between the toasted malt flavors along with the fruit from both the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit more watery than it should be, but nothing too taxing.

Drinkability: A solid and very sessionable Amber. One I got back to at a local bar, giving me my micro fix without something that's going to be too much or too highly alcohol after a few.

Photo of erkaneva
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Bottled Feb. 2, 2006 so it was fresh.
Tasted at 51 degrees.
A nice dark amber color, nice carbonation. The head quickly disappeared with absolutely no "Brussels Lace." A little flat on the tongue.
The taste is sharp with some lager yeast charactoristics. Good malt overtones and carmel flavors. Hop balance good for the style.

Definately a good beer, I would have another.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very dark amber/copper body is capped by a short lid of off-white foam that drops shortly and leaves little lace (but that could have been due to a dirty bar glass). The nose is restrained with a delicate maltiness and light touch of grassy/floral hops. The medium body combines with a crisp, very fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. Initially, delicate malt mingles with some spicy hops in the flavor. As it warms in the mouth, however, a sweetish and toffee-like malt becomes unveiled before its solid bitterness overcomes it in the swallow - leaving it dry with a light touch of spicy and herbal hops, gently toasted biscuity/caramelish malt, and lingering bitterness. Very nice.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, bold amber with frothy head. Malty aroma. Much more malt than hops in flavor with a touch of vanilla. Nice feel and balance. The aftertaste is what impressed me - kind of a burnt chocolate, maybe even smores. Head persisted and left lacing in empty glass. A teriffic ale.

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

After drinking the Starr Hill Pale, I was disappointed when I tried this beer. As flavorful as the APA was, this was plain. I just found a smooth, dark bread malt taste without much hops or other character. There was a slight caramel note, but this was a very plain beer. Still with the stout and pale ale from these guys.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = This had a "doppelbock" aroma (very malty).

T = Semi-sweet maltiness upfront with a hint of caramel in the middle. A hint of hops bitterness round out the flavor, but the bitterness doesn't last and I was left with a slight "doppelbock" sweetness.

MF = Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I wasn't expecting this to be full of flavor, but turns out, it was just that...full of malty sweetness that really shines through for a great, easy to drink beer. Recommended.

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 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 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 TLove
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap last night at Union Station Public House in Old Town, Alexandria. Pretty mediocre across the board, but certainly beats out a Stella or Heineken for grabbing a drink if no other locals are available.

Amber/brownish. Ample head, but not much lacing.

Smell does not take one too far, but the taste is a bit more distinct, with hints of cherries and birch bark.

Does not finish particularly well, but holds the flavor in the mouth long enough to warrant another few sips.

Photo of BeerSox
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear deep mahogany color with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Lightly sweet malts with touch of brown sugar and raisins.

Delicate malts that aren't too sweet, with some light caramel. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish is pretty clean except for a little bit of lingering malts.

This one seemed a little watery to me. It doesn't have any off flavors or anything like that though. I wouldn't turn one down if it was what's available, but I won't seek it out.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number 777 on my overall list, but would be ranked near the top. Gorgeous red/brown in the glass, nice foamy head that laced all the way down. Soft malt with subtle hint of hops in the nose, and initial taste was at first a touch sweet, caramel malt with a hint of bitterness and (at first) a bit of metallic overtones that softened as the beer warmed. Extremely drinkable, smooth and enjoyable. Would be a very easy session choice.

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

a: poured into a standard pint, gives a 2 finger khaki head with quality retention and lacing, the beer is a stained-wood brown in color

s: notes of fall leaves, toasted butternut squash, and nutty Munich grain, papery English hops give dried lemon, lightly sweet, a little oktoberfest-ish, on the malty side but pretty well balanced

m: carbonation just under medium, medium body

t: notes of butternut squash and soggy nuts supposedly from the Munich malt, dried leaves, toasted grain sweetness, English hops give a moderate flavoring of dry herbs and a light bitterness, only big detractor is a little butter lingering after the swallow

d: whatever the style is, it's not a bad beer, but I won't likely purchase another

my first Starr Hill, single bottle from Fresh Farm in Hampton, VA while in town working for the week...notched as best by November (2008?)

Photo of redneckchugger
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, fizzy tan head.
nose of dark grains, some caramel and even a touch of mocha.
Taste is very brown ale-esque with a lot of toffee and chocolate , its thinner than a brownale, but the taste is close.
All in all this is a good beer, style confusion aside.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Funny smell (not bad), very unique, not sure I've ever smelled this smell before. Actually when I was like 15, there was a fluoride flavor they used to put on my teeth and this smells like that. Maybe the smell is similar to caramel malts. Head is over and done with pretty quickly and some soapy lacing slides into the body of the beer. Malt sweetness apparent on the taste and this one is very smooth going down. Very pleasant beer overall.

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Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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