Starr Hill Amber Ale | Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Amber AleStarr Hill Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 07-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 99
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Giant. Pours amber with a thick, long lived white head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of grassy, piney hops, bready malt and hints of cherry. Body is medium and tangy. Earthy hops and caramel malt nicely balanced on the palate, hints of cherry. Long finish becomes bitter. Good session brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of streetcommander
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of gilbert
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JasPAr
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bcchimp
5/5  rDev +47.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of paulginva
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Starr Hill Amber Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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