Star Brew 2810January 1, 2006 Larkspur, CA
Marin Brewing Co.
Available: CA, OR
Comment: Marin Brewing Co. is a brewpub that was founded in 1989. Star Brew was first brewed in 1992 to celebrate the leap year. The second batch, brewed in 1996, again to celebrate the leap year, went on to win gold at the World Beer Cup, and Star Brew has been a regular offering ever since. It won the gold again at the 1998 World Beer Cup and silver in 2002. (2810 refers to the batch number.)
Alcohol (wt.): 7.72
Alcohol (vol.): 9.7%
Original Gravity: 1094
Final Gravity: n/a
Malts used: 67% wheat malt
Hops used: Chinook, Cascade and Centennial
Despite all the numbers, this is no “me, too”! It’s a beer of individuality that combines a handsome deep golden color, a seductive nose of delicious fresh hop blossoms, and a long finish that yearns for one more sip. The nice big bottle is just right for a dinner shared (such as wild halibut served over locally grown flageolet beans braised with garlic and butter). It would be tough to find a better dessert than this beer and a fresh pear.
- Charles Finkel
Extremely distinctive golden honey color. Cedary aroma. Crisp, wheaty start; good malt background. Seems like a healthy breakfast beer in summer, perhaps at the beach. Then I realize this is a tough training camp. The Star performer starts to throw punches. A thump of intense bitterness finds me off guard. While I fall against the ropes, Ali-style, trying to regain my equilibrium, a sharp punch to my head rattles what remains of my brains. That’s the alcohol (9.7%). Sounds like a heavyweight, but it’s too firm and fast. A great light-heavyweight. (Ezzard Charles? Billy Conn?)
- Michael Jackson
From the nose to a long, firm, bitter and warming finish, this beer does not let your senses rest. Sweet barley juice and dark fruits of a barley wine, intense hops (citrus, pine, perfume), lighter fruits (apricot, lemon?) and spiciness that the wheat must get credit for. Oh yeah, and plenty of alcohol. It may sound like a train wreck and may not come together on every palate (many, in fact), but for me it’s an E-Ticket.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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