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Starr Hill Monticello Reserve Ale

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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In 1815, Jefferson writes in a letter to Joseph Coppinger (himself a brewer): “I am lately become a brewer for family use, having had the benefit of instruction to one of my people by an English brewer of the first order.”

Large-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 beer suited to storage. While at Monticello, 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 100 gallons of ale every spring and fall.

Jefferson wrote in 1821 that he had “no receipt for brewing,” doubting “if the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a receipt.” Using ingredients grown on the Monticello plantation, Jefferson’s brews varied based on the grains that were available at any given time, including barley, and larger quantities of corn and wheat. At Monticello, about three-quarters of a pound of hops were used for every bushel of malt.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (3765) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Location: Draft at Monticello, 5/3/14

Aroma: It has a pale malt and wheat nose, with some citrus and grains
Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden color with a white head and some decent lace
Flavor: Flavor-wise, I got some decent wheat, grains, spice, and a dry, citrusy finish
Palate: The body is light-medium, with a plus carbonation, and an okay mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I thought this was an okay beer. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so my expectations weren’t exceeded nor was it much worse than I expected. It’s fine

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
evanheon (6) - - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
Tastes almost like a pilsner... Not what I was expecting, and also not very good. Fruitiness comes in on the tail end, which is the only redeeming quality.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkinWell (231) - - JAN 11, 2014
Pours light translucent yellow with little head. Sweet lemony citrus aromas. Tastes of orange, lemon, honey, with a few subtle sour notes, like a hint of grapefruit. A very good "light" beer. Otherwise, it’s just kind of average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Pours lemon and a bit hazy with a big white head and some decent lacing. The aroma and flavor both bring lemony notes, fresh crisp malts, and some tame hop bittering at the end, as it would seem appropritate in the German tradition.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (1484) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2013
US backlog 2012. Draught at Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival Sep 2012.
1 of 3 Starr Hill options in their segregated Monticello beer cot, a rather bland imperial lager behaving like an ale. Grainy, shyly going over in mild fruit notes, just enough hops to make it pleasant. Served its purpose to wash down the 20+ exotic varieties of tomatoes and peppers. So this is what you get when you implement a president’s dabbling "no receipt for brewing,”...now on to how presidential brews evolved over 2 centuries with Obama’s honey ale...

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2013
(bottle) Clear, pale straw color, thin white head, bubbly body. Sweet malt, corn, some banana, wheat. Flavour is sweet, apple juice, toast, some carbonation, grainy.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Foxbush (1250) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
This was sampled at the Starr hill Brewery. he beer poured a hazy light yellow pour with an offwhite head. The nose detected some light lemon but not citrusy. I noticed some bitterness. The bartender said there was also some corn. The beer had average carbonation. The finish had a hint of bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
I love the story behind this beer being a Virginia gentleman and all. I would have pegged this more in an imperial pilsner style but it does have some wheaty notes to it as well. Grassy herbal bitterness and a slight astringent Finish. It is a little light and thin but that just makes it a little more seasionable. Light golden clear color definitely makes this at least look more like a pilsner. Either way not a bad beer.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Had this beer at L’etoile in Charlottesville, VA. Happily drank the bottle alone. Light clove tastes. Very good. Somewhat stale smell though when you lift it to your face to sip.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (1883) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pale golden yellow color with a thin and quickly fading white head. Dry, hints of tart citrus and banana. Light yeast and wheat.


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