Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale | Starr Hill Brewery

Last Leaf Maple Brown AleLast Leaf Maple Brown Ale
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Average: 3.69 | pDev: 12.2%

Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 71

#73 ranked English Brown Ale | 6.10% ABV

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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
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Notes: Fall availibility. An English brown ale made with real Virginia maple syrup, featuring subtle vanilla notes and a smooth malty character.
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Last Leaf Maple Brown AleLast Leaf Maple Brown Ale
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 71
Photo of MECove
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maple can be too strong, but Starr Hill managed to flavor this drink without overwhelming it with sweetness or thickness. It's got a quick, pleasant kick at 6.1 %. I imagine most people won't want to drink more than a few at a time. It's enjoyable for a post-dinner social evening or before bed. It's also complementary to the fall season.

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Photo of drtth
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The mahogany brown colored beer pours out into a Stalla glass with a 1/4” off white head that soon recedes and disappears. At first sipping leaves a few scattered patches of lacing on the sides of the glass but by mid-way through the beer all the foam has gone.

The aromas include some maple sugar, some vanilla and a bit of nuttiness. There’s also some brown sugar or toffee in the background.

The flavors are as expected from the nose with the maple sugar, the vanilla and the nutty flavors. The malt sweetness is a bit like brown sugar or light toffee and there’s no bitterness to speak of.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and gentle with some light finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the maple and vanilla being to recede into the background created a light semi-sweet nuttiness. There’s no real bitterness here to speak of.

A pleasant enough beer that I’m happy to have tried but that I won’t be seeking out in the future. Both the aromas and the flavors are mild but noticeable and the sweetness is light and does not cloy. Mild, reasonably flavorful, pleasant but not challenging in any way.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber reddish-brown with little head.
Nothing too noticeable in terms of smell, a very mild vanilla and brown sugar.
Taste is overall very pleasant and easy to drink. Taste is similar to smell, only much more noticeable.... vanilla, brown sugar, maple, but not overly sweet.
Good carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer and overall very pleasant. There’s nothing that stands out in particular that would make me call this an outstanding beer , but it’s an extremely pleasant Autumn beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, reddish brown color. Medium head faded quickly. Not much lacing.

S---Lightly burned molasses. A bit of maple. Mostly just sweet.

T---More maple here than in the nose. Sweet & malty.

F---Not as thick as I was expecting. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O---A solid fall beer. Nothing special, but I'm watching the squirrels scamper around on the lawn burying nuts under my giant old maple tree, and this beer fits that.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is murky amber, head is light tan with fine bubbles, head presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates slowly leaving a solid top and some spotty lacing.

Smell is light molasses like note, hint of vanilla, woodsy maple is subtle, light toasty malt.

Taste is similar with more lean towards the vanilla and woodsy maple note with molasses and caramel in the middle, toasty malt throughout with some additional light chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel is moderate at first, stronger carbonation and dryer than anticipated finish.

Overall a lightly sweet brown ale with moderate maple notes in the form of molasses, earthy/woodsy notes and vanilla.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the growler, it pours a clear mahogany brown with a modest head. Some maple in the nose. The mouth gets some toasted malt flavor mixed with the maple, along with a slight bitterness. Not bad!

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Photo of bret717
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look- crystal clear, mahogany brown, 1 finger head that fades to nothing, minimal lacing

Aroma- hard to get much of any nose out of this, but I'm getting faint notes of fresh bread, maple and vanilla

Taste- a little better here, getting toffee, maple, vanilla, and wheat bread. The maple is predominant but not overwhelming or too sweet.

Feel- light bodied, moderate carbonation

Overall- decent maple-forward english brown ale. Good drinker for a fall day.

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Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck of the bottle in blue ink: "PKG ON 08/16/17G"

Appearance: The beer has a nice ruby red and brown mahogany body with good clarity. The head is short and creamy textured with a tobacco stained yellow color. There isn't much head retention but there is some mild lacing. The color of the beer is very nice.

Aroma: There is a nice strong maple scent mixed with what smells like toffee.

Taste; Up front there is a nice toffee flavor which carries through to the end. There is a light sweet maple flavor in the middle which is also met with some light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It is nice and smooth with a wet and sweet finish. The body feels a bit light but the smoothness of the beer makes it enjoyable to drink.

Overall: It's a good beer with some nice flavors and a great aroma. I could see myself picking up a sixer of this from time to time. I would recommend it to those who are looking for a nice mild brown ale with a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of maple syrup and some toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts layered with the maple syrup. Malts lead off with notes of toffee, caramel, and toasted bread. This gives way to the maple syrup with vanilla and woodiness. Finishes with the maple lingering a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is nicely done, but the maple may not be for everyone.

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Photo of grawp57
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice brown color with a strong tan head. Maple aroma with a little vanilla. Taste is extraordinary. Very full. An excellent beer (I must admit I am partial to Browns and Ambers).

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 22 August 2016.

Pours very dark red-brown with a decent tan head. Excellent, slightly sweet mix of maple, vanilla and brown ale aromas. The flavor has these same qualities but with a bit too much vanilla.

Medium body and medium+ carbonation.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft in a shaker pint glass

Clear light brown in color, off white head. Some lacing. Sweet maple aroma. Taste is a bit too sweet. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maple flavor very distinct. Great flavor. Honestly, one of the best beers I've ever had. Sorry for not providing more detail, but just trust me on this. Sweeter brown ale fans, you will love it!!!

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Photo of 88caprice
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Mahogany, amber brown. No head or lacing. :(
Smell: Thick, sweet, and roasty. Molasses and nuttiness.
Taste: Some initial maple taste, but it didn't last long. Tart and metallic brown ale quality in the middle. A brown sugar and roasted nuts finish with a little tang to it.
Mouthfeel: A little think and syrupy, but not cloying. Low to moderate carbonation.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/22/16.Pours a chestnut brown with a thinner light beige head atop,decent color but not much head to speak of.Sweet brown sugar and maple really stand out in the nose,smells quite sweet.The maple is a big player on the palate along with mild vanilla and roasted nuts,quite a sweet palate.Eh it's a decent dessert pairing beer but not one to drink much of,it feels weird to drink a beer of this ilk when it's this warm out....

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a finger high and mocha in shade. It looks fizzy in general, nor does it have good retention. No real lacing sticks to the glass.

Well, the aroma offers a good amount of maple syrup, I'll give it that. The problem is how there's little beyond that. Only a gentle touch of nuttiness and a metallic quality show up. While that one prominent maple note is good, it seems like the beer beneath it really isn't.

The front end of the flavor profile displays a nice amount of maple syrup. I'm pleasantly surprised by the touch of ale esters around the middle, but a metallic finish spoil the nice qualities of this beer. Even beyond that, it's blandly constructed and not well balanced.

It has a slender yet sharp texture, aided (or hindered?) by the fizzy carbonation. The finish is off-dry, but the metallic taste means it's a bit less drinkable as it could have be given the general feel and timid flavors. Still, it *is* fairly easygoing at the end of the day.

Starr Hill usually makes lackluster beer - and this is pretty damn lackluster, indeed. It isn't abhorrent, but neither is it particularly good. The base beer is especially underwhelming, with the maple syrup presence only enhancing the general quality of the brew slightly. This one can be skipped accordingly.

2.63/5: Last leaf? None of them have even fallen yet

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Photo of POOGMAN
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is nice, the nose I found exciting, as I was really looking forward to drinking in the maple aroma. Super dark amber. I dumped the bottle hard so I could force the aromas a bit.

First taste maple was actually pretty nice, but missing some body. After that it tasted too much like a standard brown ale for me. I only had a tiny note of maple follow me through the beer with some nutty and even burnt nutty flavors favoring my palate. I am not much of a fan of the mouth feel, as it doesn't match the intensity and flavor of the beer. Just coats well, but without the linger, disappointing. Chocolately bitter in the finish.

Overall I am not disappointed. I wish I had 2 instead of 6, but it isn't a bad sip, just doesn't really do much...

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Photo of obywan59
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown against my white screen, but shows amber against a yellow lamp. Initial 3 finger tan head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Light haze.

Maple and nutty malt reminiscent of maple walnut ice cream.

Taste is predominately maple syrup at first, but the nuttiness develops as the beer warms.

Moderate in body, and syrupy in feel, but more drying than sticky. Light warmth.

Unique in my experience. The maple makes the beer.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear and light nut-brown with very thin head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is a little metallic, tbh, but there is also detectable nuttiness, and if you look real hard, you pick up a wee bit of the maple. Taste is significantly better with a nice nutty quality and a maple finish, and not too sweet. A bit meh, but from Starr Hill, it's a pretty good taste. Feel is very thin and very light, this is both good and bad, I suppose. It sounds like it'd bring a fuller body, but I guess if you drink less frequently than I do, and allow yourself more than a beer a night, you could have a couple without feeling full or anything. Not my fave, but still not bad at all. I'd recommend it, but not to everyone.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint nonic glass. Nice color and lacing. The taste is what you would expect from a brown ale with the addition of a distinct maple taste at the finish. I would probably not drink more than one or two at a sitting but would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Riff
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown color with a tan head about a finger wide. Smells as the name promises, prominently of maple syrup. Tastes of maple syrup and malts throughout, kind of like biting into a stack of pancakes. Medium body with minimal carbonation. Easy drinking beer that would make a good tailgating beer.

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Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 71 ratings