Monticello Reserve Ale - Starr Hill Brewery
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Reviews by mentor:
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a thin layer of sticky off-white head over a slightly cloudy light straw colored liquid. Looks like a cloudy American Premium Lager, but the head is more sticky. Smells mild overall. Lemon and sweet-tart, wheat and earthy. Oranges from hops and a woody character like English hops.
Tastes crisp, with a zing a a lemony tartness. The crisp comes across like a czech pils, spicy noble hop, though not quite the tin-like flavor associated with Saaz hops. The lemony sharp is not sour like I'd expect from a lacto ferment, though there may have been a short sour mash. Flavors are metallic, lemon, drying woody, herbal, rye bite. Cottony and woody in the mouth. Not much wheat character to this one.
Light in the mouth with heavy sharp carbonation. This strikes me as a summer quencher.
11-21-2013 04:45:32 | More by mentor
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3.4/5 rDev 0%
This was months after trying the first batch that saw bottling, which to be fair, was pretty bad. I heard rumors that it had improved.
Half a finger of white head. The body is a hazy light straw with decent lace.
Nose ks kinda lame. A bit corn-y, kinda macro-brewery-ish, and semi acrid. It's an adjunct beer by nature though, so maybe to be expected.
Some German-ish hops present in the taste, lightly sweetish wheat character. Much better than the first batch. Slightly herbal, almost rosemary. Well balanced sweetness and slightly vegetal/savory.
The feel was average if a bit too bright.
A definite improvement, less macro-y, more balance and interest.
04-30-2012 04:47:30 | More by zaphodchak
4.18/5 rDev +22.9%
A - Deep gold. Thick head and lots of lacing
S - Nothing remarkable.
T - The only beer I've had in the US that transported (unexpectedly!) me back to my days of drinking in Germany and Czech Republic. Very pleasant.
M - Smooth
O - I could drink this beer all day. A pleasant surprise to find this in Charlottesville.
04-29-2011 01:19:22 | More by yessirov
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev +9.7%
From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/22/11
This bottle was purchased at the Monticello gift shop where from what I understand, is the only place you can get it.
A: It looks like a pale Martzen. Slightly hazy, though it does appear to be at least somewhat filtered. A good pour yields a big, 2.5 finger pale white head and quality lacing.
S: Molasses and honey, with heavy yeasty wheat and lemony acid.
T: Extreme amounts of clarified butter. A heavy dose of liquid smoke and lemon scone. Hardly a trace of hops. This is a different brew to be sure, as I can't even begin to think of another beer to compare it to.
M: Oily as hell, though it really does suit the beer well.
O: Such a unique, "old timey" brew. Starr Hill's Monticello Reserve is incomparable and unclassifiable. It's also one of the best beers that Starr Hill has ever produced. If you're visiting Charlottesville, be sure to stop by Monticello and pick up a bottle, as it's absolutely worth quaffing this piece of brewing history.
06-17-2011 22:45:22 | More by Rhettroactive
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
Living in Charlottesville I am partial to TJ's home brew. Since its first availability I have shared a bottle (750ml) almost every month with someone. Yes the appearance is exactly the appearance of an adjunct pale ale, straw color, minimal lacing and lots of carbonation. The smell is of rising wheat bread with a touch of coriander. And you can envision TJ brewing this in the kitchen below the house at Monticello. The taste is summertime but drinkable year round. Lemon, floral, orange all come to mind. With a mouthfeel of smooth crisp carbonation this is a beer that is only disappointing when the bottle is empty.
02-18-2012 02:46:34 | More by maxwellboh
3.93/5 rDev +15.6%
Capped 750ml purchased from the brewery. This beer is only available at Star Hill Brewery in Cozet, VA or at Monticello. No ABV% labeled on bottle. No freshness dating of any kind.
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a generous white head. Looks intriguing.
S - Earthy and grassy, as well as citrusy. More nose than expected on this one. Makes you want to dive right in and taste.
T - Notes of wheat, grain, lemon & citrus, a mild earthiness, followed by a slight corn sweetness.
M - Light and smooth. Nice ticklish carbonation fits in nicely.
D - This brew impressed me. I wasn't expecting much from Star Hill since i've been very underwhelmed in the past. They've managed to produce a very tasty session beer. It has flavor, and character. I really hope this beer means that they are making changes and are starting to move in a better direction. Assuming they can stay consistent in the production, It should rightfully take its place as a truly unique and truly "Charlottesville" beer. Good job Star Hill. Bravo.
02-23-2011 02:49:11 | More by PreacherBrewer
1.73/5 rDev -49.1%
If this is the beer they were drinking in Jefferson's day then it really is no surprise that Budweiser became so popular. As for the beer itself, it is a straw yellow with a big fluffy head, that leaves a nice amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is practically non-existent, though as it warms up it does take on a rather unpalatable odor, something like vomit. The flavor is mostly a light graininess, but beyond that it is fairly insipid stuff. Thin bodied and rather boring over all.
02-28-2011 19:53:44 | More by MickeySmarte
3.05/5 rDev -10.3%
Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light lemon wheat nose and flavor is tart lemon and wheat with a dry tart finish. Not worth $12.95 for a 750ml bottle from Monticello Gift Shop Charlottesville, VA.
09-23-2011 22:24:19 | More by jdhilt
Monticello Reserve Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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