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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 622 | Reviews: 325
Reviews by PatrickJR:
Photo of PatrickJR
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
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 danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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 warnerry
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nstroup
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JakerLou
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of megamass
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 BrianParsons
1/5  rDev -70.8%

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 mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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 Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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