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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Scarborough - StoutExcellent1
Goose Eye - Tilli's TippleExcellent1
Arkwright's - Choc Cherry StoutExcellent1
Little Ale Cart - Steel City RaptureExcellent1
Enville - Cherry GothicExcellent1
Coastal - Pier PorterExcellent1
Mallinsons - Tilli HopsExcellent1
Black Paw - Paragon AleExcellent1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Sauce of the NileExcellent1
Howard Town - Castle AleExcellent1
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Black DiamondExcellent1
Goose Eye - Into the AbyssExcellent1
Bridgehouse - PorterExcellent1
Great Heck - RSJExcellent1
Amber Ales - Double Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Owenshaw Mill - StarburstGood1
North Riding Brewpub - Peasholm RedGood1
Tyne Bank - Heavenly PorterGood1
Wessex - Smart Brewing Market MildGood1
Exeter - 'fraid NotGood1
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)Good1
Brass Castle - Q-QueenieGood1
Yorkshire Dales - Citron BestGood1
Treboom - Yorkshire SparkleGood1
Arkwright's - Tarquin Fin tim lin bin whin bim lim bus stop F'Tang F'Tang Ole Biscuitbarrel Good1
Wellington Inn - Field MarshallGood1
Shottle Farm - Shottle Farm IPAGood1
Goose Eye - Birthday GirlGood1
Saxon City Ales - IceniGood1
Yorkshire Dales - Black ShiverGood1
Mayflower - LemonheadGood1
Green Mill - Swarthy Brew StoutGood1
Wilson Potter - Harcles HillGood1
Amber Ales - Sterling BlondeGood1
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Cinnamon Coffee PorterGood1
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Light MunroGood1
Old School (OSB) - HopscotchGood1
Brewshed - Pale AleGood1
Bridestones - Black JackGood1
Bank Top - Piet HeynGood1
Lytham - TwilightGood1
Yorkshire Dales - Old Wive's Pot HoleGood1
Great Heck - Diamond GeezerGood1
Mallinsons - ClodhopperGood1
Mithril - MovemberGood1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's RubricationAcceptable1
Goose Eye - GoldAcceptable1
Wensleydale - StukaAcceptable1
WharfeBank - Verbeia Pale Ale (VPA)Acceptable1
Oates - OMTAcceptable1
Spire - Ow MuchAcceptable1
Yorkshire Dales - The StangAcceptable1
DB Brew - Ugly AustralianAcceptable1
Winster Valley - HurdlerAcceptable1
Scarborough - Snowy BayAcceptable1
MòR - Tea, Vicar?Acceptable1
Lytham - 2012Acceptable1
Owenshaw Mill - DecaduckAcceptable1
Ripple Steam - Classic IPAAcceptable1
Welbeck Abbey - Bay MiddletonAcceptable1
Prospect - Golden ProspectsAcceptable1
Wilson Potter - Pacific StarAcceptable1
Two Roses - GloriousAcceptable1
Mallinsons - Pique-NiqueAcceptable1
Owenshaw Mill - HollyhopAcceptable1
River Leven - BlondeAcceptable1
Owenshaw Mill - Duck StarAcceptable1
Woodlands - Hop as HellAcceptable1
Yorkshire Dales - SkyreholmeAcceptable1
Junction - Runaway TrainPoor1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Pictish - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Triple fff - Comfortably NumbNot Tried0
Mallinsons - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Little Ale Cart - AberdonianNot Tried0
Goose Eye - SpringNot Tried0
Five Towns - Baby BlueNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Star Inn, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Visits Details

23 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Second visit to the beer festival and the pub soon fills up with eager drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goose Eye - Tilli's Tipple4.00ExcellentA dark brown bitter with a sweet toffee malt start leading to a hoppy finish. My score 16/20.
Mallinsons - Tilli Hops3.80ExcellentPale bitter with a good dose of juicy, fruity citrus hops. Good malt character to give a full flavoured and well balanced beer. My score 16/20.
Howard Town - Castle Ale4.00ExcellentGolden ale with an excellent citrus hop character. Good malt balance to give what is H.T.'s best hoppy beer to date. My score 16/20.
Arkwright's - Tarquin Fin tim lin bin whin bim lim bus stop F'Tang F'Tang Ole Biscuitbarrel 3.90GoodPale bitter with a good balance of malt and hop flavours and a slightly fruity finish. My score 15/20.
Yorkshire Dales - Old Wive's Pot Hole4.40GoodDark brown bitter with a dry, bitter malt character but also good fruity hoppiness. Very dry finish. My score 15/20.
Welbeck Abbey - Bay Middleton3.80AcceptableAmber/copper coloured and very bitter. Dry, bitter finish. My score 13/20.
Owenshaw Mill - Hollyhop3.90AcceptablePale and hoppy with a dry, hoppy finish. My score 14/20.
Yorkshire Dales - Skyreholme3.90AcceptableVery pale bitter with a dry citrus hop character. Dry, bitter citrus finish. My score 14/20.
Scarborough - Snowy Bay4.10AcceptableVery pale beer with a sweetish malt character and little hoppiness. Slightly unbalanced. My score 14/20.
Wensleydale - Stuka4.20AcceptableAmber bitter with a dry, bitter hop character and a little maltiness. Dry, malty finish. my score 14/20.
22 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress and a good few in this evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arkwright's - Choc Cherry Stout4.70ExcellentNot much cherry, but makes up for it with loads of chocolate malt. Smooth and full bodied with a malty finish. My score 17/20.
Exeter - 'fraid Not4.00GoodWell balanced tradtional style bitter with some malt and fruity hop. My score 15/20.
Mithril - Movember4.00GoodPale with good citrus hop character. A little malt balance. My score 15/20.
MòR - Tea, Vicar?3.80AcceptableAmber bitter with a dryish bitter flavour and a little hoppiness. My score 14/20.
Wilson Potter - Pacific Star3.90AcceptableGolden bitter with a dry, hoppy character. A little citrus fruit and some malt balance. My score 14/20.
River Leven - Blonde4.00AcceptablePale and slightly smokey with little hop character. My score 14/20.
13 Jul 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Summer beer festival time with the usual 46 handpumps in the marquee and more inside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Paw - Paragon Ale2.80ExcellentPale low strength bitter packed full of flavour. It manages to be both malty and hoppy with a fruity sweetness too. My score 16/20.
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Black Diamond4.40ExcellentVery roasty black stout with coffee and chocolate notes and some background hop. My score 16/20.
Treboom - Yorkshire Sparkle4.00GoodVery pale and hoppy beer with a dryish hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
Old School (OSB) - Hopscotch3.70GoodPale bitter with a good citrus hop character and a fruity citrus hop finish. My score 15/20.
Great Heck - Diamond Geezer3.80GoodPale bitter with a good citrus hop character and a sweetish malt balance. My score 15/20.
Brass Castle - Q-Queenie4.00GoodRuby coloured malty ale in the red ale style, malty but bitter with a moderate hop character and a dry malty finish. My score 15/20.
North Riding Brewpub - Peasholm Red4.60GoodA ruby bitter with very good citrus hop character. Smooth and full bodied with a fruity hop finish. My score 15/20.
Oates - OMT3.80AcceptableA golden ale with a dryish bitter hop character and a dry finish. My score 14/20.
Lytham - 20124.10AcceptablePale gold with a sweet and malty character that is bordering on diactyl (butterscotch). Little hoppiness to counteract the rather cloying sweetness. My score 14/20.
Mallinsons - Pique-Nique4.10AcceptableVery pale and very hoppy with a dry citrus type hop giving a dry, citrus finish. My score 14/20.
05 May 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet on a Saturday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - Clodhopper4.00GoodPale and hoppy with good citrus hop character. Pleasant fruity finish. My score 15/20.
Wessex - Smart Brewing Market Mild4.30GoodDark brown strong mild with bittersweet malt flavours and a fairly dry finish. My score 15/20.
Little Ale Cart - Aberdonian4.30Not Tried
Goose Eye - Spring3.60Not Tried
Five Towns - Baby Blue4.50Not Tried
06 Apr 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Always good to visit this great real ale pub. A good crowd in. We called a taxi at closing time it arrived in two minutes and I was back in my hotel room in less than 10. Quite a contrast to trying to get home late at night in London.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Sauce of the Nile4.10ExcellentPale and hoppy with a bit of something indefinable.
Great Heck - RSJ4.80ExcellentA really good, pale, dry, hoppy beer.
Brewshed - Pale Ale3.90GoodA golden ale. Richly malty and with a good hop presence too.
Tyne Bank - Heavenly Porter5.40GoodDark and chocolately. Cocoa powder.
Yorkshire Dales - Citron Best3.80Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Pictish - Brewers Gold3.80Not Tried
Triple fff - Comfortably Numb5.00Not Tried
Mallinsons - Brewers Gold3.70Not Tried
24 Mar 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Second visit to the excellent Spring Beer Festival.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wilson Potter - Harcles Hill3.70GoodBitter golden beer with a dry, hoppy finish. My score 14/20.
Lytham - Twilight4.00GoodDark brown mild with good malt character and a quite dry finish with a hint of hoppiness. My score 15/20.
Owenshaw Mill - Starburst3.70GoodPale and hoppy special brew for the beer festival. Plenty of citrus hops give a good kick to this beer. My score 15/20.
Goose Eye - Birthday Girl4.50GoodSpecial brew for Folly the pub dog. Dark amber with a malty and slighty nutty flavour. Some hop in the finish. My score 15/20.
Bridestones - Black Jack4.50GoodDark brown porter with a good malt character and some hop bitterness in the finish. My score 15/20.
Yorkshire Dales - The Stang3.80AcceptablePale bitter beer with intense citrus hop flavours. Dry, citrus hop finish. My score 14/20.
Prospect - Golden Prospects3.80AcceptablePale gold with quite a bitter hop character. Dry, hoppy finish. My score 14/20.
23 Mar 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Spring beer festival time and the pub is buzzing on Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bridgehouse - Porter4.50ExcellentDark brown porter with a sweet malty character with hints of toffee and caramel and some hoppiness. Malt and fruit in the finish. My score 16/20.
Scarborough - Stout4.60ExcellentGood roasty stout with hints of coffee. Full bodied with a dry roast finish. My score 16/20.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Light Munro3.00GoodA true Scottish 60/- ale, dark brown and malty with a slightly bitter edge. Some fruit in the finish. My score 15/20.
Yorkshire Dales - Black Shiver4.40GoodDark bitter with good citrus hop character and some dark malt flavours. Dry, citrus hop finish.
Ripple Steam - Classic IPA4.50AcceptableAmber bitter with a bitter edge with a fresh hop taste. Dry, hoppy finish. My score 14/20.
DB Brew - Ugly Australian4.20AcceptableAmber and bitter with underlying maltiness. The hop character verging on phenolic giving a rather harsh finish to the beer. My score 12/20.
26 Nov 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
My second day at the Winter festival - steadily busier as ever.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Enville - Cherry Gothic5.20ExcellentGothic stout with cherries - excellent! All the smoothness of the stout with a good fruity and slightly sour cherry punch which complements the sweet malts perfectly. My score 17/20.
Saxon City Ales - Iceni3.80GoodWell balanced pale ale with good sweetish malt and fruity hop character. My score 15/20.
Bank Top - Piet Heyn3.90GoodMalty pale beer with lots of biscuity malt and just a hint of hops. Finish is sweetish and malty. My score 15/20.
Shottle Farm - Shottle Farm IPA4.50GoodGood hop character to this pale bitter with a little malt for balance. My score 15/20.
WharfeBank - Verbeia Pale Ale (VPA)3.60AcceptableGolden ale with a fairly bitter character with sweetish toffee malt notes. Rather dry finish. My score 14/20.
Two Roses - Glorious4.00AcceptableRather hazy pale bitter with a fairly dry bitter hop character. My score 14/20 with B for quality.
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Rubrication4.00AcceptableGolden bitter with a dryish hop flavour and a dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
Junction - Runaway Train3.90PoorNot worth stopping for - very bitter without being hoppy and a generally unbalanced bitterness throughout. My score 9/20.
25 Nov 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Winter beer festival in progress and plenty of thirsty punters on a Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goose Eye - Into the Abyss4.20ExcellentA dark brown bitter with a good mix of sweet toffee malt and fruity hop. The finish is quite dry. My score 16/20.
Wellington Inn - Field Marshall3.80GoodDark brown bitter with a chocolate malt character balanced by some hop bitterness. Quite a dry finish. My score 15/20.
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Cinnamon Coffee Porter3.90GoodPlenty of bitter roast coffee flavour, but this rather drowns out the cinnamon. Well hopped with a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Owenshaw Mill - Decaduck3.60AcceptableSpecial for the Star Inn Winter beer festival, this is a pale bitter beer with a bitter citrus hop character giving a dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
15 Jul 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Summer beer festival in progress.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Coastal - Pier Porter4.30ExcellentBlack porter with good hop and malt character giving a full bodied and flavoursome beer. My score 16/20.
Amber Ales - Double Chocolate Stout6.00ExcellentStrong black stout with a deep roast malt flavour with hints of dark, earthy chocolate. Dry, earthy, chocolate finish. My score 16/20.
Little Ale Cart - Steel City Rapture4.70ExcellentHuge juicy citrus and tropical fruit hop flavours in this, so strong that I barely noticed the dry hopping with Sorachi Ace. There was a good malt balance to this and a good lingering fruity finish. My score 16/20.
Mayflower - Lemonhead3.90GoodPale with good citrus hop character and a crisp fruity lemon flavour. My score 15/20.
Amber Ales - Sterling Blonde4.00GoodPale with good citrus hop character and some malt to balance. Mu score 15/20.
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)4.10GoodAmber bitter with good mix of hop and malt flavours. Dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Green Mill - Swarthy Brew Stout4.40GoodDark brown stout with a bitter flavour, more derived from hops than roast malt. Slightly lacking in body. My score 15/20.
Spire - Ow Much3.50AcceptablePale bitter beer with strong bitterness and little fruity sweetness. My score 14/20.
Winster Valley - Hurdler3.50AcceptablePale bitter brewed for horse racing at Cartmel. Quite bitter with a dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
Woodlands - Hop as Hell4.00AcceptableVery pale and hoppy, but not quite "hell" style. Dry citrus hop flavour dominates through to the finish. My score 14/20.
Goose Eye - Gold4.10AcceptableDark gold in colour, very dry and bitter with little malt balance. Not really to my taste with a very dry, bitter finish. My score 13/20.
Owenshaw Mill - Duck Star4.40AcceptableSpecial dry hopped version for this festival. Dry, bitter and hoppy as expected. My score 14/20.

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About The Star Inn

The pub sign. The Star Inn, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent36
Good57
Acceptable46
Poor1

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The pub is found in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3PJ.

Superb back street pub serving Taylor's beer as regular plus many guests from all around the country and local beers too. Legendary beer festivals held 3 times a year with all beers on handpump, 46 of them in the rear marquee. One of the top multi-ale freehouses in the country.

We have visited this pub 21 times, seen 149 different beers and tried 140 of them.

Map location

Postcode: HD1 3PJ