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
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 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 FuzzyGuy84
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Very beautiful red/brown color, though not much of a smell. Taste is very dark, burnt toast undertones come through strongly. Reccomended for a try, particularly if you find yourself in the Charlottesville area, though I wouldn't want to drink it every day.

Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 of 5 beers in a sample pack that my folks brought back for me.

I poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head over sized snifter. This beer pours a rather dark mahogany with ruby highlights when held up to the glass. A decent 2 inch tan head arouse from the pour but receded into just a thin patina over the beer. Very little lacing is noticed. The aroma is a bit like a brown ale. A bit of nuttiness with some toast and just a little biscuit quality. The flavor is just not very strong. The nose was weak, but the flavor seems weaker. Toast, biscuits and water. Very slight herbal hop presence on the finish. The mouthfeel is light with a pin point carbonation that prickles the tongue. It's unoffensive, and probably a good beer for people looking to get into craft beer.

Photo of ryolz
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to beer mug
Dark amber color
light brown, good amount of head but did not stay,
not much lacing afterwards
medium bodied
very good drink-ability
tastes and flavors are very subtle and very little length afterwards
sweet flavored finish with dull malty aftertaste

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

Starr Hill calls this an amber ale. BA calls this an english brown. what gives?

Pours a clear darker amber color with a thin one finger white head that dissipates rather quickly. No retention. Yup...definitely a brown ale. Not sure why Starr Hill calls this an amber--interesting. Maybe they labeled the wrong beer? Anyways...Caramel aroma with a huge grassy hop notes. The smells grows on you as it warms.

Brown malt with a nice sweet caramel coating. Slight bitterness follows the initial malt notes. Hops are noticeable in the bitterness and also in the drier finish. Slight ash notes. Subtle fruit notes in the finish appear as it warms up a tad. A bit thin on the palate--it goes down pretty quickly. Nice and light making it a very easy drinking brew. I could see this being a bit better on tap.

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

A - Pours a clear deep mahogany with just a little bit of foam

S - not alot of aroma, just hints of malts and toffee

T - caramel malts dominate with a bit of a burnt nutty flavor

M/D - nice carbonation, the burnt flavor takes away from the smoothness, decent carbonation and mouthfeel otherwise.

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 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 Cresant
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a nonic glass. Consumed months before the best by date. The body was clear, dark copper/leather colored. A half inch of khaki head faded quickly.

Smell was somewhat metallic. Toasted malts.

Taste was molasses-like. Bittersweet. Bitterness seems to be from roasted malts more so than hops. Light nutiness. Drying.

Mouthfeel was medium in body, with medium carbonation.

Photo of anneseg
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with good head retention. Lacing was consistent throughout drinking. Low amounts of bitterness with an upfront malt character. Thin mouthfeel with a light body that doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. There is a definite sweet caramel taste that dominates the taste. The taste is pleasant but is mostly one note that doesn't develop much over the course of drinking the beer.

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 pablot71
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Floral and spicy hops in the aroma. A little woody or earthy aroma as well as I go back. Brown color with reddish hues. Clear with a head that quickly settles into a thin film. Some lacing that quickly disappears. Medium body. Subtle malty taste with some bitterness. Over all drinkable beer with some flavor.

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 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 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 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 ElGeordie
2.69/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 6 pack ($8.99) at about 45 Deg F.
I'm trying to give Starr Hill a second chance.
Their Northern Lights Cask was a very good pint, and I'm trying a few of their other beers.
Out of the bottle the Amber ale looks as it should dark and reddish with an off white head.
The problem is the flavour: There's not enough malt and nowhere near enough hops to make this an interesting drink. I really don't know what to make of this one. I don't think I'd go looking for this again but it is drinjkable in an unremarkable way.

Photo of Risser09
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet - fridge - best by august 2009

Appearance: A transparent, garnet, very slightly carbonated beer yields a 2" tan head that shows decent retention. The head is cakey with deep, penetrating craters. Some spotty lace remains behind after drinking.

Smell: Malt nose of caramel and Munich malts combined with cereal grains. No hop aroma. Basic.

Taste: A cereal, oat flavor is bland and on the verge of recycled cardboard. A gritty aftertaste is kind of chalky. Slight hop bitterness. Not too good.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking smoothness and well attenuated out, this beer has not much to offer. A lingering bitterness and some alcohol burn.

Drinkability: This beer lacks complexity and balance. There isn't much to it, and is underdeveloped for a craft beer. A mediocre amber ale.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A rather dark, almost brown ale looking appearance; raspberry chocolate colored. Thin white head, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is basically nonexistent. Perhaps some light spiciness. I guess it is kind of "fall seasonal" like in its aroma but there really isnt much to smell.

More fall flavors. A little spicy. Some black pepper flavors. Slightly toasty. Thin on the mouthfeel. This wasnt a bad beer but it just didnt taste like much, smell like much, or leaving any lasting impressions. This is probably the best worst beer I have had because there arent any real flaws (although the style is a bit debatable). I will not have again.

Style: This isnt an Englsih PA, not and Amber. Perhaps a brown or more likely, an Oktoberfest type beer. If this is an English Pale Ale, it may be the worst "to style" EPA I have tasted.

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 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 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.

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