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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: 3.02/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
12oz bottle, 2009, thanks peregrinari. Crystal clear amber body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, caramel, some apple. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/bread, some herbal/spicy, apple. Light-medium body, light acidity, low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11472) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, straw, meal, cereal), light hops (spicy), and lightly sweet malt and corn. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, straw, meal, cereal), light hops (spicy), and lightly sweet malt and corn. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a lightly sweet texture and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear orange color with a small frothy head. Moderate head retention and low lacing. Aroma is grain, spice and a bit of caramel. Huge toasted malts in the taste with some caramel and spice notes. Medium bodied. Probably my all-time favorite Starr Hill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Date: December 13, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: clear copper, dense white head, drippy lace
Aroma: lightly sweet bready malt aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of candy sweetness, nice bready character, light earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 ***Re-rate*** Bottle... Smells like corn, spent mash and honey. Cloyingly sweet and grainy tasting. Not a good experience. This follows a bottle of Victory Hop Devil so maybe my palate is tainted, but I’m thinking not. My olfactory system is fine. Bleh. ***Original Rating = 3.2*** Bottle (#169 of 300)… Clear, deep golden lager with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma consists mostly of honey and pale grains. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Sweet, nutty flavor with gobs of caramel and toffee. Lengthy sweet finish. Bottle courtesy of redlight!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (9466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to Andrew. Bottled 11/26/12. Mostly clear orange color. Minimal bubbly white head. Not great retention or lace. Medium-lighter body. Lighter carbonation, kind of crisp. Bready malt, light fruitiness, light hint of citrus.. All very faint and brief, though. Overall, this is kind of boring and uninspiring. Light bitterness, some sweet. Not terrible, but not really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8978) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (8269) - 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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7394) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at the Capital Alehouse (downtown), Richmond VA 9/11/12011. Reddish amber with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, marmalade and red berry aroma. Flavour had some caramel, more fruit and a moderately bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
2009 bottle, shared by peregrinari: Pours a transparent bright golden bronze with a small froth of off-white head. Has a sweet caramel and butterscotch nose with some light fruity esters. Starts with good fullness and sweet doughy caramel with some warming alcohol and light fruity complexity before a drier slightly more bittersweet finish. A decent heller bock.

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