Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Star Island Single is an eminently sessionable, Belgian-style pale ale offering a beguiling mix of flavor and refreshment. This medium-bodied golden ale features a slight residual sweetness from Honey Malt and hints of citrus and tropical fruits from the unique Belgian yeast it is fermented with, leaving a crisp dry finish. Enjoy it sociably while you savor good times, tall tales, friendly company & life’s unexpected pleasures.

17.2 IBU
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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a clouded lighter golden with a thinner white head that left no lace.Big in the yeast department in the aromas,phenolic and spicy with a bit of tropical fruit.A bit sharp at first in the mouth but it settles down after a bit,phenolic clove-like flavors dominate along with some light ginger and toasted cereal grain in the finish.Not a bad beer but not really anything I would ever search out again and buy.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brass-colored with vibrant bubbles. Aromas of grain, sea air and, in the background, fruit. Light bodied with assertive fizz.

A pilsner-like malty snap kicks things off flavorwise, becoming more cereally on the midpalate. At the end, subtle spices swirl around a slight bitterness.

If your beer tastes tend towards tyranno-ales, this is a "lite" option to have on hand. Curiously for this style, I didn't enjoy it much. I need man beer!!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle with Best By Sep09 on the label. Hazy orange color, tiny white head. Pleasant enough aroma, sweet malt, spice, fruit. The aroma doesn't come through as well in the taste. A little fruit, some clove, rather peppery. A dry finish, but also a harsh bitterness to the mouthfeel. An OK beer, but I was expecting more.

Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden very transparent, no cloudyness and head forms white and thick but quickly dissipates.

The aroma is full of pale malts, slight biscuit malts with a hint of earthyness. not a hint of any yeast.

The taste is well not what i expected. This is a not for me kind of beer. It almost tastes like a regular pale, Shoals perhaps with a Belgium yeast. That said the taste starts with a mouth full of carbonation, the base malt comes through but perhaps munic and biscuit malts create a slight buttery middle taste. The finish is dry with a grain aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall not my kind of beer an average pale all around for me

Photo of merlin48
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a cloudy golden body with a small ivory head. Fair retention and minor sheet lacing. Aroma is nice. Spicy coriander and white pepper, lemon zest, ripe pear esters, yeast, and floral hops. Light medium body is moderately carbonated. Taste has a grainy and husky malt base that has only a hint of sweetness. Floral hop bitterness, chalky yeast, and a hint of lemon zest. Don't pick up any spices except for a hint of white pepper. Dry finish. Not a bad drinker but not very exciting.

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer w/ best before dating etched onto the side of the label. Pours quite cloudy apricot amber, minor head and non exciting lacing left on the glass. I get snifs of orange, clove, yeast and coriander. These flavors carry through into the flavor profile, with heaps of more clove, tangarine, corinader, and some spicy bubble gum hints. Pretty good, but nothing amazing, Belgian lovers will get everyday/sessioner enjoyment form this new one from Smutty

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow in color with a thin white head and no lacing.

Smell: Smells similar to a hefenweizen, wheat, hops, banana maybe.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied, with a lot of carbonation that you can feel. Taste is wheat, hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent beer, nothing really special about it. It was refreshing.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a long trail vermont pint.

Pours a pale hazy heat color with essentially no head at all, light white lacing but not much. Nose is super light, almost nonexistent. Slightly yeasty and fruity.

Taste is sharp and spicy, it's mainly yeasty it's a pretty solid for what it is, very drinkable but it's ok.

Photo of RTEdmunds
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a pure white head. Pretty good retention. Looks nice.

Some floral notes and a little fruity.

The taste is mild. A bit soapy, and hop presence is minimal. Aftertaste has a hint of spices and yeast.

Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

First time I've been disappointed by a Smuttynose product, I'm sorry to say. The soapyness killed it for me.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. best before november 2010, from a variety 12 pack that was packed in may of 2010.

a vigoursous pour results a hazy golden color with a pure white 2 fingers of head that faded to a thin layer. just a little lace and no sediment visible, a touch while in the bottle however. doesnt have the big fluffy head i come to expect in a belgian pale, but the color is spot on.

not a huge aroma. just a little belgian yeast qualities, bubblegum, flouride, some lemony citrus, a touch of spice and some pilsner like grains. a touch of skunk too.

the taste pleases more than the aroma, but not by much. its a really good tasting beer, but not so much for a belgian pale ale. first your hit with a sharp lemon citrus spiciness and finishs with the pilsner, macro like malts. a slight belgian yeast throughout as well as a little skunkiness. slight herbal, spicy bitterness toward the finish.

has a very bright mouthfeel, carbonation feels good, a light body. the mouthfeel is pretty close for the style.

i like the drinkability very much, great for those summer days(drank some while camping at kueka lake). i love the taste of this as well, but to me, its not much of a belgian pale, so style has to be taken into consideration when reviewing. other than that, its a great addition to the variety 12, i recommend it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a slightly clouded pale golden hue with a large white head that forms intricate fine speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has dry yeast driven powdered chalkiness, wtih malt tones bringin a bready semi biscuit malt note to it. Slightly fruity undertones with a mild grassy herbal hop finish. Honey biscuit malt flavors arise initially in each sip, with faint Belgian style ale bringing a dry powdered yeast note again, instead of spicy interesting Belgian yeast strain this one lacks complexity. A touch of ripened tropical fruit saves the day adding another level that was much needed. Mouthfeel is fruity with again a dry finish because of the yeast utilized here a touch of light alcohol but nothing that hurts or burns the palate. Even sturdy carbonation works well for the style definitely not an effervescent Belgian ale. Drinkability, was decent I like this for a once in awhile brew when I get an itch for a Smuttynose mixed 12 pack.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated "best by" 3/2011 served in pint glass.

pours a clear light amber with a small and short-lived off-white head. Head reduces to ring that has good retention. Trace amounts of sediment in bottle; added mid-tasting

Spicing evident in aroma, as are malt and hops. Spicing is quite subtle upon tasting, and in fact the flavor as a is rather mild; a bit milder than the average American micro-brew PA, I'd say.

Subtlety of spicing and near lack of fruitiness place this brew about midway between a typical Belgian and a typical American Pale ale.

M - Quite smooth but a bit too light/watery.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass) best before March 10
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a sea of big bubbles supporting a bubbly white net of head that is soon gone.
S- This beer has a nice wet stone aroma that gives way to a very light sulfury quality that is soft aswell
T- This beer has a clean flavor with a slight tart hint and a mineral water taste in the finish. There is a carbonic acid bite that gives way to a soft non-descript hop flavor and light dull dried spice hint as the beer warms a good bit. The note of orange in the finish comes through in the last few sips.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish. D- This is a very light and subtle beer with was not offensive but just didn't seem worth drinking.

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a sort of golden-orange, really a deep yellow that almost verges on amber. The head situation is a bit disappointing based solely on what I've come to expect from a Smutty, being too spritzy and thin to stay, leaving only a thin foam behind, and leaving just light spots of lacing around.
There's a sweet malt here in the nose, more honey than caramel with a character somewhat like a mead. There seem to be lots of soft fruits underlying as well. Malt is strongest as a biscuit aroma pulls through also to compliment the honey-like smell.
The flavor is a variety of pale fruits, a touch of bubblegum, evident coriander that was almost a bit much for me, honey, bread/grains, and citrus with just the slightest touch of hops somewhere deep underneath the sweetness and spice.
The mouthfeel is a bit light to medium while somehow still being fairly filling with a creamy smoothness.
No problems with drinkability here, really. I'd easily drink this again but I'd reach for something better (perhaps an Ommegang BPA, for example) if it's available.

Photo of lnashsig
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

review #99. Poured into my Brooklyn tulip, it pours a nice transparent orange color. Very carbonated, foam fills the glass quickly and then recedes quickly. No lacing, ok retention. Smell- orange peel, coriander. This smells like its going to be a refreshing summer beer. Taste- hmm. something not appealing going on here, I cant put my finger on it. It wants to be a wit, but its not. Orange flavors here, but not very fresh tasting. This is an OK beer, maybe nice for a summer day, but not something I'd really seek out again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose- Star Island Single

A- Hazy/ cloudy orange with a big thick soft white head. Decent ringed lacing around the head.
S- Spicy. Pepper, orange, lemon, light pine hops, and clove.
T- Light spiciness. Orange rind and clove are present. Light sweet orange and lemon citrus dominate. Slight touch of pinapple pokes through. Finishes of with a pine hop bite.
M- Light dry and spicy. fruity tart in the back end and finishing off with a creamy buttery pine hops.

Overall- A decent enjoyable fruity beer. Good for a summer BBQ.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tough beer to review. If this was review was based on style guidlines the score would be much lower. This pours out looking zippy, with a moderate white head that fizzes out slow but sure. stays fresh looking for a long time too! It's a dark goldne color, not bright but dense.

The aroma is mostly musty garden herbs, slightly spicey with a crisp-pale malt underneath.

The flavor is very clean, crisp and ligfht malty effect. It's got a classic American Pale ale herbalness, not that much hop though, it's subtle but very herbal and spicey. The yeast is much too mellow for a Belgian-style brew, too relaxed and not enough complexity. This is a simple, tastey beer but it's not much of a "Belgian".

I really liked this beer and had no problem treating it like a session beer. Too bad it's suposed to fall under the catogory of Belgian.

Photo of BennyL1
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint. Best before July 2011 notched on the label. These bottles came from their variety pack.

This beer poured a nice golden body with a good amount of clarity. Very thin white head on top.

Aroma is on the sweeter side with some faint grains. A bit of floral hops in there as well.

Sweet grains, white grapes, and a bit of honey in the taste. Nice and refreshing, nothing to complicated. Picking up a bit of that coriander as well.

Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable brew from Smuttynose, there might be some more interesting beers out there than this but I wouldn't hesitate to have this one again.

Photo of emsroth
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

App: true gold with a slight haze. A small foamy head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity essence. SLight alcoholic esters which are essential to the belgian style for me. No hops, however, and I always like a nice bit of hoppy aroma.

Taste: A slight, nondescript sweetness that get swallowed in the carbonation. Fades to a crisp end with a firm but balanced bitterness. Perhaps some crispness from wheat malt?

Medium-full body with lots of tight carbonation.

A decent brew that I remember liking better the last time I had it.

It's a nice beer, but as far as belgian pale ales go, this one is not up to par.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Premiere Gourmet. I support the Brothers call for tasty sessionable beers, and Smuttynose has heard the call. Star anise, cinammon, cardomon flavour this smooth drinkable lager. Slight spicy coloured body with white head. A little spicy, noteably cinammon spicy aroma. Medium mouthfeel, drinkable.

Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/4" lacing of head. Yeast and spice come through nicely in the nose. Taste is malt, yeast, and spice; fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and clean; well carbonated. Not unhappy I tried it.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, best by either June or July 2011. Big thank you to Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

The color is flaxen, straw blonde like hair. Its head is reserved, not attempting to escape the glass; it is of purest white and moderately sticky. While bottle conditioned, haze is minimal.

At this point banana and typical light Belgian phenols are at the fore, set against fresh baked wheat bread. Lemon.

Softly sweet now, the wheat bread turns more crusty or cracker-like. The yeast takes more of a backseat and there are traces of citric hops as well as moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite full with a balancing, bracing carbonation. There is the typical Belgian yeast matte feeling.

I do imagine with hops in place this is an exceptionally drinkable and more-ish beer. My small sampling of Smuttynose shows them to be a top notch brewery.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Star Island pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves some very nice, thick rings of sticky lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses spice but it's rather non-distinct. Ground coriander, mainly, backed by a basic maltiness.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma, and there's a nice note of soft fruitiness (apple, soft white grape, perhaps some dull pear, and a minor snap of orange and lemon) that triangulates with the malt and spice and brings everything into balance. A dull bitterness gives it a bump from beneath, and it finishes dry with some minor, residual spiciness and a bit of crusty-bread-like maltiness left behind.

Overall it's a decent, drinkable beer, but there's really nothing except for a bit of somewhat clumsily done spicing to single it out from any other decent, drinkable beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Star Island Single from Smuttynose is good. This beer has was a pale clean yellow in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has nothing. This beer was light and crisp in taste! The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Best before November 09 notched on label. Pours a slightly hazed orangish amber color with an off-white head

S- The aroma is fruity with citrus (lemon peel) and a lot of different spices.

T- The taste starts out with some pale malt, with the spices coming in along with some fruity esters and some Belgian yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied and has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one like I am with most of the other Smuttynose beers. It's not horrible, but not something that I would purchase again.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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