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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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05-28-2012 22:09:48 | More by Brian15
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice redish amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Smells of very dark, caramelized malt, which is very sweet and pleasing. Tastes of caramelized malt, very sweet, and has a bit of a taste similar to most Irish Reds. This medium bodied beer seems to be a little overcarbonated, but still goes down smooth. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 01:44:19 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.1/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 19:04:46 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks ok pouring from a glass bottle. Little hazy. But that's ok.

Smells really good. Malty. Toasty. Touch of burnt caramel. no hop standout at all. ...I'm concerned I smell an adjunct, corn or rice.

First sip is very pleasing. Nothing harsh. Remarkably drinkable character, and taste like it smells. Finish has a mildly bland and light astringent bitterness. Again, I absolutely taste an adjunct, but it not terrible. It lightens it up and improves drinkability.

Nicely carbonated and crisp. Nothing heavy or syrupy.

Package it as a macroswill competitor, and they would take the market segment.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:44:07 | More by streetcommander
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-19-2012 19:47:11 | More by Bike2work
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

04-15-2012 03:13:09 | More by PGVG
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

03-25-2012 21:28:58 | More by Sw33ptheleg
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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%

02-27-2012 00:42:02 | More by JasPAr
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-12-2012 01:19:47 | More by dugly2ugly
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3/5  rDev -11%

02-03-2012 05:35:51 | More by jrohrbacher
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5/5  rDev +48.4%

12-30-2011 03:12:55 | More by bcchimp
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

12-27-2011 21:53:57 | More by Shilt
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a pint glass, produced soft carbonation and a 3/4" frothy light tan head with thin lacing that dissipated quickly. The body was a somewhat cloudy deep amber with brown highlights.

AROMA: Moderate aroma of baked bread with caramel notes lightly evident and a light scent of floral and spicy hops. Nice.

TASTE: Pretty much like aroma. Moderate baked bread taste with very light notes of caramel and toffee and a light, spicy hops tang. Also, a hint of metallic taste. Not sure where that came from.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a smooth texture, lively carbonation and thin body lacing that had very little retention. Initial flavor was lightly bitter with the finish being a light bitterness with just a hint of dryness

DRINKABILITY: This was a decent Irish red and would make a good session beer. It's easy to drink, easy on the wallet, and I'd probably buy it again to serve around the picnic table.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 15:09:45 | More by paulginva
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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  rDev -11%

11-24-2011 19:51:06 | More by nmann08
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

11-21-2011 05:54:53 | More by cfinch2
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-14-2011 12:53:30 | More by WMEugene
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Cafe Diem: This one pours a darker amber color. Small off-white head, but it left lots of lacing. Nice nose. Caramel malt and some earthy and floral hops. The taste is good. Malty, just a slight amount of sweetness. Nicely balanced and pretty easy drinking. Slight dryness to the finish. Worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 19:01:42 | More by Boto
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:55:40 | More by coalcracker
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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 16:44:40 | More by rfgetz
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:11:10 | More by wedgie9
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3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 02:01:05 | More by Jayli
Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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