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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: 160
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 22:18:22 | More by B967ierhunter177
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 18:56:13 | More by Jimmys
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:09:28 | More by smakawhat
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 17:21:15 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of gopens44


3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Coppery with a nice head. Probably two fingers. Head recedes to a thin bubbly layer.

S - Sweet, malty and not much else

T - Sweet, malty and not much else

M - Medium carbonation with no real aftertaste.

D - Somehow, I was more excited about this on during the first bottle. Had a second one and lost my enthusiasm. Had to be fair, so I had a third bottle, which was much like the second. The beer didn't taste bad, but lacked character.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 13:21:48 | More by gopens44
Photo of vandemonian


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:26:07 | More by vandemonian
Photo of TMoney2591


3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of the last vestiges of my time in NoVa. It pours a clear straight amber (shocker) topped by nearly a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light caramel, buttery biscuits, and a light vein of orange-y citrus hops. The taste waters down these elements and meekly tries to up the hop ante near the finish. What started out as a nice bit o' malty goodness falls into unbalanced disarray. Shame, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, an okay amber, nothing all that special, but easy enough (and readily available enough back in its homeland) to allow it to be thrown back pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:17:36 | More by TMoney2591
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3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid irish red ale. Pours a rich amber with a foamy, off-white head; slight lacing on the glass. Smell is not much, but it is hoppy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Not a bad session beer, and not bad for someone who's looking to be conservative but wants something beyond Bud and Coors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 16:23:27 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 13:05:11 | More by BrewCrew2010
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3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I discovered this one during a recent visit to Capital Ale House in Richmond (See My Review). This expression pays homage to the classic British ale, possessing a deep caramel color - certainly not amber - through which no light can penetrate. The vanilla head is as thin as a razor and creates a glossy, but splotchy, lacing.

The nose detects a subtle hint of cocoa powder while the palate receives a crisp mouthfeel of buttered toast that finishes with a barely perceptible maltiness. An interesting micro brewed in Crozet, Virginia. No. I have no idea where it is, either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 21:10:04 | More by jjboesen
Photo of PorterLambic


3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:29:23 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of anneseg

New York

3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:00:58 | More by anneseg
Photo of MickeySmarte


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 20:09:39 | More by MickeySmarte
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 14:45:17 | More by mikereaser
Photo of tempest


3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:45:20 | More by pablot71
Photo of mntlover


3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with brown notes, head is thumb sized tan colored head that falls with some light lace.

Aroma is soft bready malt with some caramel hints, some light floral notes.

Taste is malty bready with hints of toffee, caramel and metallic notes. Nice Irish Red, the flavor reminds me of my favorite some what.

Mouthfeel is almost medium nice lightly peppy carbonation, goes well with the style.

Drinkability is pretty good a decent Irish Red.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 11:49:05 | More by mntlover
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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 01:21:25 | More by ryolz
Photo of Minkybut


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

I poured this average brewski into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a fair head but nothing to get excited about. The amber colored beer had sweet-bready smell to it. Taste had a hint of caramel but the brew was so watery it really did not stand out. Slight nutty finish. I was not impressed and will not buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 21:32:52 | More by Minkybut
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 17:08:24 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of jhtipton


4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a convenience store near Farmville. Surprisingly good taste for an Amber Ale. I think its better than the one that has a bicycle on it. Poured it into a pilsner glass. Nice dark coppery color. It gave me some great head, about 2 inches that disipated to about 3/4 inch in 45 seconds while leaving some lacing. Smooth, not too full bodied, and suitable for session beer.
Slightly metallic smell but did not affect the taste. I'd hunt these down again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 09:30:55 | More by jhtipton
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:53:02 | More by merlin48
Photo of wahooman


4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local favorite at the University of Virginia since the brewery is 20 minutes away. Beer is always fresh and delicious.
A- Perfect color and tinted head. Lacing through out.
S- Slightly floral
T- Perfect balance of maltiness balanced by hoppiness
M- Very clean finish would go well with steak or burgers
D- Have had a whole 6 pack at a time and enjoyed everyone of them

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 23:44:28 | More by wahooman
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice deep brown color with an offwhite colored head. But i wanted to see more of a deep red.
Smell: Subtle malt scent, also a slight roasted aroma.
Taste: Good malt flavor, toasty and flavorful. Not overpowering and very balanced.
Drinkability and mouthfeel: Very clean and refreshing. Not too heavy or carbonated so it goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:09:08 | More by pzrhsau
Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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