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Starr Hill Amber Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Amber AleStarr Hill Amber Ale

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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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.18/5  rDev -65%
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.

B967ierhunter177, May 20, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.17/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of speedvagen
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Sw33ptheleg
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Sw33ptheleg, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
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...

smakawhat, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Shilt
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bbclegend
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

bbclegend, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Risser09
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Risser09, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 18, 2008
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2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ElGeordie
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

ElGeordie, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of ChadA83
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

ChadA83, Mar 03, 2013
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.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

IPAchris, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of TLove
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

TLove, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of pablot71
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

pablot71, May 29, 2010
Photo of Jimmys
2.83/5  rDev -16%
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.

Jimmys, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

wedgie9, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of erkaneva
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

erkaneva, Apr 22, 2006
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3/5  rDev -11%

IdrinkGas, Feb 12, 2013
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.

Cresant, Jul 02, 2008
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3/5  rDev -11%

bshiban, Jun 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -11%

Metz, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Shall6815
3/5  rDev -11%

Shall6815, Aug 23, 2013
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Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.