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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%


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:
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

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-09-2008)
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into oversized white wine glass.

A - Darkish golden in color, mostly transparent with a smidge of haze. About a half inch of white foam rises but dissipates quickly into a thin collar, no lace. So far this doesn't look much like a Belgian at all.

S - Fruity and spicy. At the core are overripe stone fruits; strong notes of soft, juicy apples and pears. There's certainly a spiciness on top but it's difficult to pinpoint. Something citrus and slightly herbal, along with a fairly strong nutty/chalky yeast aroma. It's tough to pull individual spices out of the smell, and I'm also picking up some grassy like hop aromas as well. Overall not too bad; interesting at the least.

T - For such a layered aroma, I'm a little surprised at how little flavor really pulls through. The fruit flavor is pushed far into the background, morphing into something more like rotten fruit or vegetables. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that this flavor was pushed out of the focus. The main thing going on here is the spice/hops/yeast combo from the nose. Grass, herbs, pepper, lemon and orange peel, orange juice, and a sharp phenolic note dominate mid palate. Late palate definitely has some yeasty Belgian character, much like authenic witbiers with a sort of chalky, citrus flavor. Star Island Single wraps up with a moderate earthy bitterness.

M - Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Seems sort of flat and watery at times, but not entirely in a bad way. Spritzing this up with a little more carbonation would've probably changed this beer (for the better) vastly.

D - Easy drinking, if nothing else due to it's somewhat bland character. The yeasty notes are recognizable but there's not much other Belgianesque stuff going on. The hops (or spice? But I swear it's hops!) seem to get in the way and override some delicateness that this brew might posess. Not hard to get through a bottle of this at all, but likely to be a forgettable experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 04:27:00 | More by PatrickJR
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mattslike

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-15-2014 20:23:33 | More by mattslike
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utopiajane

New York

3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured a pretty hazed golden yellow with a fat head of creamy foam that lasted well enough and left a layer on top. Some lace. Nose is earthy, funky beligian, with a touch fruit rind from orange and lemon, a bit of coriander spice and a cracker malt that sports a bit of dry biscuit. Taste follows the nose all the way. Except it offers a touch of tartness and as the beer warms the fruity scent of white grape to sweeten and enliven it so that the second half of the glass is even better than the first half. The mouthfeel is medium light and a amply carbonated.

This beer is an unexpected delight. A nice sweet honey kissed malt presence with belgian and fruity drink that surprises you as it continues to change in the glass form earthy to fruity as it warms. I got this in the singles and I am going to get one fresh just to see how it is.

Animated and lively =)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 18:29:21 | More by utopiajane
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-21-2014 12:23:56 | More by KFrank729
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Act25

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love session ales (Boat Beer, Bitter American), and I love Smutty Nose. So I am pleased to review this beer on the high side. Wish it came in cans. Could be a regular for me.

A: Great apricot color and energetic pin point carbonation as it should, with a head ring that laces with plenty of stick.
S: Plenty of aroma that blends Belgian yeast with malt, and is fairly simple, inviting, appetizing.
Floral and spicy finish.
T: Again, plenty of flavor for a low ABV beer, follows the smell. Yeast, malt, grain, and a little pineapple. Sweet but balanced. Good clean finish, despite it being sweet, with faint flowers and coriander.
MF: Good sweet-bitter balance. Again, much simpler than a belgian, but who cares that it match the style: it's a session ale with spice - exactly right. Plenty of body.

Smuttynose offers a low ABV beer that I could make a repeatable go-to in my fridge. (If it came in cans). Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:19:55 | More by Act25
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Massachusetts

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New York

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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellowish green with a white head = little retention.

Smells of fresh citrus and sour yeast.

Taste is lemon zest and sour fruit backed by biscuity malt flavor. The finish is dry and clean. A very nice tasty belgian with a punch of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:52:01 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Connecticut

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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass: color is gold, head is off white, presents 1/4 inch thick, dissipates to a ring, some bubbles on the glass.

Smell is pleasant, definitely noticeable honey malt, as its sweet but not caramely, subtle yeast spice and grassy hop flavor.

Taste is crisp, flavor is milder than the smell would lead to believe, but still flavorful at this size: malt is lightly sweet, hint of toast, lighter flavor from the hops, mostly earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good carbonation, good lingering flavor.

Overall, a very good ale for this strength, nice honey malt flavor and good, crisp mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 03:52:24 | More by mvanaskie13
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illpass78

Maine

3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear but dense gold with a three-quarter-inch white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is moderate. Looks tasty.

Aroma: The nose is full of citrus, lemon and grassiness. Also some clove in there. It's a very full, inviting smell.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the citrus notes standing out the most. It also has a faint herbal quality to it. The grassiness in the nose is pleasant on the palate; it's not like drinking yard clippings or anything, there's just this "fresh cut grass" note going on. Some hop bitterness is also present. Alcohol is faint at best. It's a tasty session ale.

Mouthfeel: Decent body for a golden ale. Not watery, but certainly not heavy.

Overall: Pretty great sessionable ale. As American golden and pale ales go, this definitely has more complexity and flavor than most. Perfect spring or summer beer that can also work in the colder months. I had this while watching the Oscars; McConaughey might not drink this, but I'll have another.

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A- Pours a super hazy, light dull orange body with a small white head that reduces to a thin layer.

S- I definitely get the belgian spices in there .. cloves and some cinnamon, bananas, citrus peel.

T- Pretty light on the tongue with subtle flavors of oranges, citrus peel, banana, allspice, belgian yeast. Wheaty aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, sessionable. Pretty carbonated.

A decent beer.. I could definitely throw a few back on a hot summer day.

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Massachusetts

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Brewtaster34

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3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fairly cloudy golden color.

Smell: At first you smell the spice then the fruit overall hard to pin down but a little sweet.

Taste: Similar to smell first the spices hit your tongue but quickly turns fruity. Not much of an aftertaste the flavors dissipate quickly.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, but with plenty of flavor very crisp finish.

Overall: At first I really liked this beer but after having a few I'm not quite as high on it. Still a good beer tho not sure I would get a six pack but happy to have 3 in a smuttynose sampler. Unique but not stellar.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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