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Starr Hill Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Pale AleStarr Hill Pale Ale

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.08% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ncvbc on 04-18-2007)
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Reviews by PaulfromNoVa:
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2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pub pint. A likable brew but nothing I'd bother to pick up again

Pretty to behold - hazy golden hue edging toward coppery with nice head that was slow to settle.

Barely hoppy, vague fruity note but scarcely discernible. Perhaps the old sniffer wasn't functioning tonight, but surprisingly faint scents.

An agreeable flavor, dry, sufficiently hoppy to tip the flavor balance toward the bitter half of the spectrum. Clean Probably a 8-10-second finish.

Thin-plus mouthfeel; medium carbonation.

Went down well, another one or two wouldn't have been a strain. Stood up to the NC barbecue it accompanied.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 03:51:52 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan3279 for this trade.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Best Before May 2011) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white fluffy head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick coating. The body is a hazy honey amber color with rogue carbonation bubbles racing toward the surface from everywhere. Great lacing clings to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Grassy hops with notes of citrus create an enjoyable nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, and honey can all be found deep within the bouqet of smells. While the aromas are certainly pleasing and inviting, they unfortunately lack strength.

Floral, spicy hops are nicely balanced by sweet, bready malts. An odd grassy acidity finishes each sip as an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is may be a little thick for the style, but the carbonation really helps to move this beer along. It has great drinkability that makes this beer a decent thirst-quencher.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:30:33 | More by output01x
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2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a Sierra Nevada nucleated pint glass
Thanks to my friend Colin for bringing down a sixer of this beer!

Pours a conventional, SAC Amber color. It was pretty clear until the little bit of yeast sediment poured out, leaving a very slight haze. One finger of eggshell head quickly dissipates to a thin ring, but it leaves behind some well-structured walls of lacing. All in all, this pale ale from Starr Hill looks line your run-of-the-mill pale.

Starr Hill Pale Ale has a pretty tight nose. Some distant grains and a nervous kiss of caramel. There's a small orange zing to the hops but mostly the lupulin comes across as grass clippings. A trace amount of diacetyl comes through. It's a little below-average, frankly. Though it'd be good for an English IPA.

The taste follows the nose. It's pretty balanced, but in the way that is kind of boring. The hops are sort of lemony, with a component that's like grapefruit that has sat out on the kitchen table for 12 hours. The finish is sort of soapy, like a pine-scented bar of Dial. the malt is lightly bread, very lightly caramelly, and a bit buttery. There's nothing wrong with the flavor profile, it's just not very lively.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its appearance was a light yellow and clear.

It poured leaving a nice head about two fingers thick and dissipated slowly.

It had a mild aroma of hops.

It tasted hoppy, not overpowering yet dominate, with a hint of fruitiness.

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4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a standard pint glass. Color was a near-brilliant, ever-so-slightly hazy orange with a nice, neat and evenly distributed head filled with thousands of bubbles of exactly the same size. The head dissipated very quickly, but/and the lacing... Bottle is good looking, but Starr Hill was not able to outdo its own Northern Lights IPA label with this one.

SMELL: Earthy and hoppy in the nose. Not much there in terms of smell.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

How is it I never visited Starr Hill when I lived in VA? Oh well, at least I still have some bottles left. This one pours an ever-so-slightly hazed orange juice-auburn topped by nearly a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light pine, off-spearmint, and a healthy dose of buttery caramel. The taste pushes the caramel to the background, focusing on a combination of grapefruit and honeydew instead up front. The body is a rather light medium, with a slightly active carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a straight okay brew, something I'm glad I got to try (not ecstatic, mind you) but not necessarily saddened by its absence.

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A: slightly cloudy, light brown-orange color, very nice full rocky head
S: mild nose with hint of fruity hops, slight oxidation (?)
T: nice, well-balanced beer - true APA but not over the top, malty with definite floral, bitter hop finish but not overly bitter and hoppy like most APAs
M: very nice
D: good, easy drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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A - Poured fairly moderately leaving sediment behind, this Pale is almost crystal clear. An orange hue brightens up the golden yellow color. A low white head is like the icing on the beer; sudsy and decently retained with foamy lace left on the glass. The foam layer stayed til the last drop.

S - While the hops aren't necessarily strong in presence, they're the highlight of the aroma. It's got an immediate citrus punch right off the bat complete with lemon and hints of grapefruit that combines well with an open floral nose. Hints of grass line the edges with the subtle malt backing landing in between.

T - It's evident the focus on this beer is purely on hops. The flavor has a well-balanced floral and citrus one-two combo that's laced with a hint of honey sweetness to the pale malts. A pinch of skunkiness came up from a burp. Interesting. It could use some more in the malt area though. It seems a little bit thin there.

M - While it's medium-bodied it still feels a bit thin from lack of malts. A refreshing pale to be sure, this beer goes down on the dry side with a low hop bitterness and a crisp, fully carbonate finish.

D - Probably a bit old to get a firm gauge on this one, the idea is sound and executed pretty well. I like the hop balance but it could use a little more malt backing. An overall easy drinking lawnmower pale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 04:21:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden color with a thumb sized off white head falls slowly to a cap and laces well.

Aroma is some light hop notes on a toasted bread malt base.

Taste is more hoppy then the nose some green vegetables mingle with a herbal minty note. Favorable even though its hoppy seems more English in flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium with light pep from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough pale ale once i had a sip. Thanks to merlin48 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to beer mug
Poured a pleasant looking golden brown transparent color with a yellow tinted head, just a tad too much head
no obvious smells besides basic hob pale ale smell
in the mouth it feels medium bodied
good carbonation
taste hoppiness deep in the back of the mouth and an exceptional finish that last quite a while after the drink

Serving type: bottle

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Starr Hill Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.