Monday, September 14, 2009

76. Starr Hill Jomo Lager

Starr Hill Brewing is located in Charlottesville, VA. First opening in September 1999 in an old store front in downtown Charlottesville, Starr Hill has since moved to a larger facility outside Charlottesville.

Jomo Lager has a hazy straw color with a white creamy head. It has a grainy malt lager nose, and a generous white head. Jomo has a soft lightly creamy malt front, a crisp clean middle with some light bitterness lingering at the middle to end, and a dry finish. Hints of toastiness from the malt and some slight spiciness from either the hops or malt are layered along the way. The body was a bit dark (as was the taste) for a lager—this beer verges on being more of an Oktoberfest than a straight lager—we wouldn’t have complained if we had been served this and told that it was one, especially with the slight creamy opening and the more complex and malty body (although it was not as sweet as some of the Oktoberfests that we've had). With a soft smooth mouthfeel and a crisp refreshing carbonation bite, Jomo is enjoyable from beginning to end.

From the Starr Hill website: “Starr Hill’s Jomo Lager is a smooth, multiple-award-winning Light Amber Lager. Fermented with Southern German Lager yeast, its crisp, clean taste, and noticeable hop aroma are effectively balanced with a slight malty sweetness. This is a crossover beer that appeals to the broadest spectrum of brew aficionados.”

ABV: 4.6%
IBU: 23
Malts: Two Row, Munich, and Caramel
Hops: Tettnang and Hallertau


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