Archive for the ‘Starr Hill Brewery’ Category

So, there is a bear sighting in my neighborhood. I had a feeling there were bears in the area, although we’ve never gotten an email from the mayor to bring trash cans and bird feeders in. I haven’t seen the bear yet, but I’m keeping my eyes out for it.

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ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Habanero King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is dry-hopped with glorious amounts of American hops and real habanero peppers to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma and royally spicy finish, which highlights the majestic citrus characteristics of the hops.”

Random: I picked this out because I needed to fill a six-pack.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a bit cloudy and light orange. It had intense carbonation visible too. The nose was a bit muted for the style. I didn’t pick up any habanero. Instead, I picked up lemon pith, freshly cut grass and pine. The taste was a completely different story. It started with the same lemon pith note and then went into a pine note, but it was like a pine cleaner. Then, the habanero came through and just numbed my tongue. As I swallowed, the heat hit the back of my throat. The habanero crushed the IPA flavors that I got in the beginning of the sip. The body was thin for the style (and the ABV was much lighter than I expected), but generous carbonation helped with drinkability. The finish was long…I felt the burn for a few minutes after I stopped drinking it. The bottle was $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I was not a big fan of this beer. It was hot just for the sake of being hot.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the most amazing lobster club at Citizen Burger in Charlottesville, Virginia. I wanted to pair it with a beer that would really let the sandwich shine. Although I am not a fan of this style, I felt that it would pair really well with it, plus it was local. Let’s see how it fared…
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ABV: 4.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starr Pils is a classic German Pilsner. This beer is crafted with Pilsner malt, German hops and Bavarian lager yeast. It is golden in color with a subtle malt backbone and pleasant hop aroma.”

Random: I’m now onto a documentary about FDR. The one about Catherine the Great was really interesting.

This brew poured with less than a half a finger of white head. It left limited lacing on my pint glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really light with some pale malt and not much more. The taste was really crisp. It had some light skunk with malt and that was it. Despite this, it was really clean as well. The body was light with heavy carbonation. It had a quick finish with a touch of skunk. On a hot day, this was a definitely thirst quencher with crisp and clean flavor notes. It was a great compliment to my lobster club as well. If you see this one, it is definitely worth a try. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, as I alluded to in another post, I found a great beer bar in Charlottesville. Citizen Burger is in the middle of the “walking mall” and has absolutely fantastic food and great beer. I went there twice during my stay in Virginia and had their burger with truffle fries (which was amazing) and the second time, I had the lobster club. The lobster club could be one of the best sandwiches I’ve had. It was large chunks of lobster, lightly tossed with dressing and on what tasted like homemade bread. The staff was insanely friendly and I spoke with both the bartender and bar manager on length about beer and blogging. If you find yourself there, seek this place out. Anyways, this was another local beer that I tried on tap there…
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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Double Platinum is dry-hopped with Simcoe and Centennial hops to achieve a strong aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by a smooth, malty backbone. The beer weighs in at approximately 8.6% ABV.”

Random: I love any sandwich that has large chunks of lobster…it’s the way to my heart.

This poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear amber color with lazy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really light for the style. I got some grapefruit and malt, but really not all that much. The taste was more hoppy, but this drank like a single IPA. I got some hop presence and pine resin with a touch of grapefruit. There was not a lot of malt there to balance it out. The body was thick with medium carbonation. It had a long finish with a touch of pine resin. This beer just didn’t do it for me. In a style that has so many standouts, this one just doesn’t deliver.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yet another beer local to Charlottesville. Starr Hill started distributing to New Jersey early in the year and I’ve reviewed a few of their beers, although nothing on tap. According to the bartender, this was just released by the brewery a few weeks before my arrival to Virginia. Since I was on this whole “drink local” thing, I ordered one to try.
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ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starr Hill’s Whiter Shade of Pale marries two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the IPA. Two row and wheat malt provide a soft base beer for intense fruity and spicy esters of the unique Belgian yeast strain while enhancing the strong hop aroma. Whiter Shade is a refreshing IPA to enjoy during the summer.”

Random: According to the website, this is a limited release that is only in 22 ounce bottles and on draft. I saw a few bottles when I came up here at Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury if anyone is looking for one.

This is yet another example of the ever-popular hybrid beer styles. I haven’t found a really good white IPA yet, but I’m always interested when brewers are doing new things. This one poured with a full finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a slightly hazy orange color with mild carbonation visible throughout. The nose was sweet citrus and a touch of wheat, which then immediately went into pronounced grapefruit. The taste was way more IPA than witbier. I got grapefruit hops that were the star of the show. Some mandarin orange came through after with a touch Belgian yeast for fun. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. It had a long hop finish. Although this beer had spots of brightness, I have the same problem with this one that I do with almost all hybrid IPAs. It lacked balance. If you’re going to call this a mix between a witbier and IPA, I need a little more yeast on this one. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

So, after being sick for the past two days, I can’t wait to feel decent enough to have a beer. So far, my diet has been Gatorade and chicken soup. I’m hoping to stomach some toast later. Yeah, stomach flu seriously blows. At least I could get up today. I’m going back to work tomorrow, so hopefully I feel close to 100%. Here’s another brew from the new to NJ brewery, Starr Hill.
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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights weighs in at 52 IBUs and 6.5% ABV. Characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma, a perfect blend of barley and hops make this a very balanced IPA. For the craftbrew connoisseur, Northern Lights is a deliciously crafted piece of the heavens.”

Random: Kate’s cat sleeps on my head at least 2 days a week. It’s ridiculous…and hard to breathe.

This brew poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was a touch of citrus with heavy caramel malt following up. For an IPA, it was a really mild nose. The taste started with lemon and grapefruit, but quickly went into caramel malt with bread and toffee. I was shocked that this was an American IPA since it tasted more like an English IPA. At the end of the sip, I also got some pine sap. This was moderately bitter. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with caramel malt and then a touch of bitterness. This was a nice, drinkable IPA, but nothing outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I love when new breweries come to New Jersey. Starr Hill is a brewery that just came to New Jersey last month with a bunch of their offerings. The first one I tried happened to be this one. I was really in the mood for a hefe, so let’s see how this turned out.
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ABV: 4.6%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and flavored with hints of banana and clove. A slice of lemon can complement this refreshing brew.”

Random: I’m really digging the label art on this one. It definitely jumps out at you from a shelf.

I wish I had a hefeweizen glass at Kate’s, but since I don’t, a pint will have to do. This poured with a two finger head that was relatively thin for the style. The head was pure white and dissipated rather quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light yellow color with lots of carbonation. The nose was very spicy with coriander and clove being the standouts. It followed with lemon peel as well. The taste started with soft lemon and spice that was a bit more subtle in taste than on the nose. There was also some yeast and wheat at the end of the sip. I got a touch of banana at the end of the sip as well. The body was medium thickness and had heavy carbonation. The finish was long with lemon and spice. This was a well-balanced and easy drinking hefe. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0