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Starr Hill The Gift

Formerly brewed at Starr Hill
Style: Heller Bock
Crozet, Virginia USA
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A German-style Hellerbock with a few twists, The Gift is Starr Hill’s holiday offering. The beautiful golden color only hints at the fire inside. Made with two-row and Munich malts and balanced with German noble hops, The Gift is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday event or festivity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexwright777 (5) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2013 does not count
One of the better Bocks I’ve had in a while. Surprisingly complex with fruity notes. Highly suggested.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Purchased in Washington, DC in a multipack with three other styles from the Brewer Pours a clear gold color with a small white head and good lacing Nose is caramel malts and floral hops Medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Flavor shows some bitterness and some hints of fruit. Quite decent and drinkable..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3636) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma is a bit fruity with hints of grass. Flavor follow suit...a bit more bitter and grassy and less fruity...a bit of a tea note. Mouthfeel is light/medium and silky with a dry fruity/tea finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2013
From a bottle poured a straw color with a small amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy golden straw colored with 1-finger white head. Nose is maibocky, with caramel malt, fruit, milf spice, and hopscitrus. Tastes hopcitric, with grainy pale malt, more noble hops and tangerine flavor late, and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle->SA. Orange with frothy white head. Aroma: bad and malt. Taste: some citrus, some spice, quite metallic. Tastes like a good malt liquor. So, not so good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear orange with some bubbles on top, active carbonation. The aroma has nuts, some corn, seems pretty macro. The taste is crisp and clean with a bit of a carbonation-laced finish.. a little hop balance with the malt. Not bad.. alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draught. Pours a clear dark amber color with almost no head. Very little nose on this; I can’t actually smell anything. Taste is slightly sweet, but fairly unremarkable. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/30/10. Poured into a pint glass. This pours a murky dark honey gold. A good-sized white head rests on top. This leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass side. Scents of sugary malts, honey biscuits, and a light pop of lemon zest on the back end. Great smooth and creamy body. Carbonation level is moderate. Flavors of honey, grass, some fresh bread, and has a finish of sourdough. Wow. I think this may be my favorite SH offering to date. I could drink this all year round. I like that it’s not a typical spicy winter release. I like this style. Good work, Starr Hill!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5482) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pear and honey nose. Cloudy orange, headless. Clove and orange flavor. Wheat bread notes appear at midpalate and beyond. Muskmelon notes also present. Mild DMS. Pretty nicely crafted, execution and QC could use some work. I’d love to try a fresh untainted sample.

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