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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: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (3975) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Poured from bottle. Appearance is a somewhat hazy copper with a decent white head. Aroma is spicy like what a hefeweizen would be. Taste is strong spiciness. This is a nice sipper but not necessarily one to have very many. Overall this is an enjoyable beer but nothing to be sought after.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours a golden color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma of honey, caramel, and malts. Spices show up in the flavor, along with more honey, caramel, malts and toasted bread. Overall, medium bodied, and very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5815) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Brought by my nephew Nate to our family Christmas get together. 12 oz. bottle. This poured a light copper color. A thin head never went away. There was some decent fruit, light fruit and light malt. A nice little hop flourish in the finish. A creamy feel. Nothing over the top here and a nice little beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
pours with a thick creamy head atop a brown-ish color. first sip is sweet. this one is almost malt liquor-y. a bit of alcohol burn at the end along with a bit of unwanted sharpness. some strong ale notes linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (8022) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2010
Couleur ambre/orange, mousse blanche. Arôme modéré de malt Munich/caramel, nez de houblon y est leger avec fine note de fruit et grains. Palais, malt caramel et Munich donnant une fine amertume et un aspect grillé/biscuité. Aussi un côté sympa de pomme caramélisée. Quelques traces de houblons toujours sur une amertume qui se mélange bien avec la malt. Légère en bouche, effervescente. Fini garde des notes de caramel allant un peu vers le sirop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pretty amber with a short white head. Sweet malt, grass, biscuit, and caramel in the nose. Taste is grassy hops, sweet malt, chewy caramel, light honey and biscuit. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation feel. Ends with more caramel, light honey, sweet, chewy malt and grassy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
medium yellow with huge white head, though a bit hazy for a lager. sweet malt to the nose. moderate bitterness before a fair munich presence without much hop character. some alcoholic warmth. decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. It pours a hazy amber orange with a foamy, off-white head. Decent head retention. The nose has notes of citrus, grass, wet paper, a bit of hay, and green apple. The flavor profile is light with notes of bread, a subtle fruity-honey sweetness, a bit of dough, and a slight earthiness. Not much in the way of bitterness. Medium to rich body that coats the mouth. The carbonation is minimal and soft. The finish is medium with a sort of odd maltiness lingering. A fairly solid brew that makes for a decent winter treat. Still, I wouldn’t mind a little more int he flavor department.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle to dimpled mug. Pours cloudy amber with thick, amber tinted head. Aromas of grain, malt and citrus. Nicely balanced mild sour hop taste with slightly sweet finish. A little thin, but other than that this is good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4881) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Norm’s, 2/5/10

Aroma: Bread, herbal, honey, spice, toast, caramel, and light fruity/apple notes
Appearance: It pours a golden-orange color with a thin white head
Flavor: Taste is light sweetness, toasty and doughy flavor, mild bitterness too
Palate: Above average carbonation, light-medium body, and a decent drinkability
Overall Impression: This beer is fairly solid, a nice lager. It doesn’t have the huge spice presence of many of the winter seasonal offerings, but there is some spice there. Another solid beer from Starr Hill, I haven’t given all of their stuff high ratings, but their stuff is very solid and sessionable overall.

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