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Starr Hill Amber Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: karst on 04-17-2006)
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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -8%

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.

04-27-2012 19:04:46 | More by PhillyStyle
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

01-10-2009 23:04:30 | More by oberon
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

02-13-2010 19:53:02 | More by merlin48
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Bike2work


3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-19-2012 19:47:11 | More by Bike2work
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

01-17-2004 00:29:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

02-22-2010 17:08:24 | More by ByTor2112
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ChadA83

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

03-03-2013 01:49:04 | More by ChadA83
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

01-04-2013 00:22:44 | More by Ryanm1
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

01-03-2009 00:03:34 | More by NJpadreFan
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asabreed

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

04-14-2008 03:48:31 | More by asabreed
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erkaneva

Washington

3/5  rDev -11%

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.

04-22-2006 00:01:31 | More by erkaneva
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

09-29-2003 01:34:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

10-07-2007 05:42:59 | More by Rootdog316
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hyoung41

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2011 01:32:01 | More by hyoung41
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2012 02:27:28 | More by avisong
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5%

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.

06-27-2010 03:49:31 | More by tempest
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2012 23:32:55 | More by cliff1066
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tanner1980


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-31-2012 01:24:33 | More by tanner1980
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-10-2013 04:17:55 | More by EBeckett3
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gilbert


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-11-2012 20:21:07 | More by gilbert
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Riverwarrior

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

06-05-2008 12:18:29 | More by Riverwarrior
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2012 00:28:36 | More by dexterk1
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

01-21-2011 17:21:15 | More by bucklemyshoe
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czernobog

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

07-14-2012 00:26:20 | More by czernobog
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

01-15-2013 12:14:48 | More by tone77
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Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.