Monticello Reserve Ale
Starr Hill Brewery

Monticello Reserve AleMonticello Reserve Ale
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #482
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,156
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.2%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
91
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Starr Hill Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
79
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Monticello Reserve AleMonticello Reserve Ale
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 91
Photo of yessirov
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MickeySmarte
1.76/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Monticello Reserve Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 91 ratings