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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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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 klikger


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

09-20-2010 23:26:55 | More by klikger
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

06-04-2012 15:49:51 | More by mikeg67
Photo of PhageLab


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear brownish red coloration which produced a two tip head. Froth settled to a thin layer and rode the rest of the way down. Lacing was attractive as well.

S - Unpleasant. I don't know what it is, but something smells way off, like old coffee filters.

T - Luckily it tastes a hundred times better than it smells. Slightly bitter, nice malt backing, sort of watery and not too complex, goes down easily.

M - Body was thin, carbonation level was decent, light crisp finish, little to no aftertaste present.

D - Inoffensive, so I'd say it's quite drinkable. Could serve as a gateway to both American craft and English styles. Worth a try.

02-18-2008 15:04:53 | More by PhageLab
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

07-04-2011 16:44:40 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Appearance: clear amber color with a one finger head that breaks apart quickly. Some spots of lace paints the glass duirng the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is all that could be detected and was hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: slightly bready profile with some caramel, red apples, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and smooth at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent but not an overly exciting beer. Stick with Starr Hill's Pale Ale instead.

08-24-2009 19:27:25 | More by Gavage
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Dark amber color with a nice tan looking head. I liked the lace that went with it. I passed up a chance to try this on tap, but opted for a six pack and I was glad I tried it after reading a review. Brewed close by to where I live and definitely works better than that other micro brewery in Northern VA.

By the second bottle, I was really enjoying the medium hoppy taste which I think is pretty smooth. I would definitely buy this one again.

04-12-2004 16:32:54 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, thin head that faded quickly

S- Caramel malts, sugary, toasted grain, light hops, hint of fruit

T- Nutty, toasted malts, caramel, herbal hops, fairly sweet, slight buttery flavor

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, starts oily then turns to a dry finish

D- Not bad

Not really a favorite of mine but still worth giving it a try. It just seems very plain to me.

03-30-2009 00:12:56 | More by iceball585
Photo of Jayli


3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

06-08-2011 02:01:05 | More by Jayli
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that retains and laces well

Smell: Modest caramel elements but not much else

Taste: Starts with a bit of bread and caramel that adds some bitter complexity by mid-palate; after the swallow, there are some earthy bitter tones but the flavors fade somewhat

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing session beer

10-30-2007 23:31:16 | More by brentk56
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Dark orange mixed with dark bronze. The good looking head, that's more light brown than beige, is beginning to decorate the glass with an eye pleasing amount of lace. It's hard to tell without smelling or tasting it, but by the looks of things, this amber ale is really a brown. And an attractive brown at that.

The nose is darker than an amber and lighter than a brown. As far as I'm concerned, those styles belong on the same continuum anyway. By using caramel malt and chocolate malt (in addition to pale and Munich), SHB has pushed the beer into the latter style. I smell toasted bread and a hint of Munich earthiness. No nuts and no cocoa.

I'm not immediately bowled over, but... not bad... not bad. Neither of the two mentioned styles impresses me in most cases, so a beer that is, essentially, a hybrid of them isn't about to. At least the brown ale character that was virtually absent in the nose has been found on the taste buds.

The use of Munich malt gives 'Amber Ale' a sort of Oktoberfest vibe if we want to confuse things even further. Never mind that this is an ale. An earthy, brown bready maltiness is well balanced by a fruity, spicy hoppiness that is more prominent than expected. Perle were used for bittering (a success) and Fuggles for aroma (not a success).

While far from a standout, the mouthfeel does what it needs to do. It's light-medium with an amount of carbonation that doesn't call attention to itself.

Why Starr Hill Brewery chooses to call this brown ale an amber ale is a mystery. I guess if someone buys it once and likes it, they'll buy it again, no matter what it says on the label. I like their Jomo Lager better, but this one is a decent little drinker if you aren't expecting the moon and the stars.

09-06-2007 12:43:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Tone


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a cloudy, brown color with a cloudy, copper color along the bottom third of the glass. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight hop, slight pine, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hop, slight roasted malt, yeast, slight citrus, and some grain.

12-10-2009 02:44:28 | More by Tone
Photo of oelergud


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Standard tall brown 12oz glass bottle with a twist-off cap. Red five point star on a purple background.
Beautiful ruby maple translucent body with a large off-white pillowy head with great retention and clumpy lace.
Mildly sweet malts with a touch of nuts and hay. Faint grassy hops and a bit of syrup.
Sweet up front malty flavor. Vegetable, hops and caramel mixed in a modest flavor combo. Good hoppy aftertaste almost with a resin character.
Medium body with a somewhat dry finish.
Good drinkability, not all that interesting though.


07-01-2008 21:14:46 | More by oelergud
Photo of PorterLambic


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear brownish red liquid with a decent light tan head. Drops to islands of foam.
Smell is malt, hops, woody with a light citrus note.
Taste is malt and hops well-balanced with citrus and wood notes.
Slightly warming in throat. Reasonably smooth. A decent brew but nothing great.

08-03-2010 02:29:23 | More by PorterLambic
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2011 01:32:01 | More by hyoung41
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2012 02:27:28 | More by avisong
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-16-2012 23:32:55 | More by cliff1066
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

08-10-2013 04:17:55 | More by EBeckett3
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-11-2012 20:21:07 | More by gilbert
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2013 23:34:56 | More by BeastLU
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-01-2014 19:05:04 | More by VeganUndead
Photo of K_Fresh

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-17-2012 00:49:22 | More by K_Fresh
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-04-2013 00:57:48 | More by Falcon2008
Photo of arguemaniac


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

The most noticeable thing about this one is a rich and fairly tasty coffee-like roastiness that balances nicely with some of the other sweeter malt flavors and firmly leaves its mark in the finish. Some nice caramel and grain make their way through as well. Recommended.

01-14-2007 23:24:10 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of MickeySmarte


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

So the guy at the tasting room tells me this is their second most popular beer, an Irish Red Ale which is smooth, nicely balanced between caramel maltiness and hoppiness.

Again it is easy drinking, something you could drink plenty off during a session without really needing to think about it.

07-12-2010 20:09:39 | More by MickeySmarte
Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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