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Monticello Reserve Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Monticello Reserve AleMonticello Reserve Ale

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PreacherBrewer on 02-23-2011)
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"Beer produced on the Monticello plantation was served during dinner, with wine served after the meal. From her first arrival at Monticello in 1772, Jefferson's wife Martha oversaw the periodic brewing operations, producing fifteen gallon casks of small beer- beer with low alcohol content- about every two weeks. Larger scale brewing began with the appearance of a British brewer detained in Albemarle County during the War of 1812. Captain Joseph Miller improved upon the quality and quantity of Monticello beer, introducing ale, stronger better suited to storage. Joseph Miller trained the enslaved Peter Hemings in the arts of malting and brewing. Hemings- a brother of Sally- carried on the brewing operations, making one hundred gallongs of ale every spring and fall. Jefferson wrote in 1821 that he had 'no receipt for brewing,' doubting 'if the operation of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a receipt.'" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Brewed as a one-time release in 2011, available in 750 ml. bottles and limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a snifter. Served above 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy ecru-white head over a mildly hazy golden amber body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Soured wheat and pale malt up front with a spicy and effervescent yeast profile. Somewhat vinous, certainly unusual. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor melds musty wheat malt with a light pale malt profile. Sweetness is very low but off characters are surprisingly limited. Very light, easy to drink with a dank white grape and lemony finish and a moderate acidity. Finishes somewhat clean with a slightly skunky must. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is oily slick, very lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation generates a medium frothiness for a silky crisp mouthfeel. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is musty, dank over sweet and bitter. Alcohol presence is low. The age of this beer almost certainly contributes to a bit of funk, sourness and acidity, but little oxidation nor infection otherwise is detectible. 3.25

(Overall) This is probably what an easy drinking American Pale Wheat Ale would have tasted like in the early 1800's, especially with quality control issues that were prevalent before the time of refrigeration. It's held up surprisingly well, still very easy to drink and fairly enjoyable, but no doubt past its prime. 3.25

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Had this on tap down at the brewery and while I'll admit may be a bit biased due to the history behind this beer was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the brew.

A: A nice crisp golden blond nothing that will stand out and resonate in the mind but a nice amber with a bit of haze in it.

S: This is where the beer began to show some of its interesting characteristics in my mind. The smell was very "skunky" with some notes we commonly associate with our big wheat beers. The smell caught me and friend off guard as it was very similar to a farmhouse ale in terms just a bit lighter and not nearly as potent.

T: Amazing...Beer was very similar to drinking just a great lager yet with flavor. Taste for me personally was like mixing a farmhouse ale/saison and pale wheat. None of the notes were as strong as they are in a brew that is strictly saison or pale wheat but all the notes commonly found were there giving the drinker a fairly unique experience.

M: Very sharp, bitter with a bite. While it was smooth there was a lingering bit of sharpness left in the mouth as if you had just stuck ice in your mouth giving you a bit of a bite. Not the best mouthfeel i've experienced but still nice.

In all its a beer I would recommend to customers at my store but would let them know it will not be the greatest but is easily an above average brew. This combined with the history of the beer make it a great experience I would recommend to anyone looking to try something different and unique.

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Monticello Reserve Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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