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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle. Poured bright golden and brightly bubbly, the soda-like head quickly fading away. The aroma is somewhat appley, and a hint of honey. It drinks with a nice rosy warmth, like a heated apple cider. This drinks somewhat like a Vienna Lager, but with an additional kick of alochol. Quite yummy. (#3499, 2/16/2009)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11499) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2012
the beer pours a a nice heacy beer with a solid gold color and a big amount of sediment. taste is heavy malt with lots of caramel and wheat flavors. the hops are strong yet non dominate. taste is great all the way and it lingers very nicley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Mostly clear orange, thick beige head. Aroma of toffee, peach, cereal grains, cherry, plum. Taste of sweet fruit and honey, toffee, light floral and citrus rind. Mild bitter finish. Pretty good I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy of dkachur. Pours gold with a thick white head. Smells of citrus, toasted malt. Tastes toasty and doughy with a nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle from C-ville. Pours a chill hazed orangish amber with fair ring of offwhite head. Aroma of sweet grain and vanilla. Flavor is a little grainy with some honey, light hop crispness and bittering, and a hint of alcohol. Some peppery spice on the finish. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Decent brew at a good pricepoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5488) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9709) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13021) - 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.

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