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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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:
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

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


1/5  rDev -70.8%

05-23-2012 17:56:30 | More by BrianParsons
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

1.4/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by Oct. 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow/orange with a 1" eggshell head that sticks around for a good while. Carbonation anxiously flows to the surface. A few lace tentacles reach out around the glass.

Smell: A strange, almost fishy diaper smell of malt, spice and something else. This is a really gross aroma.

Taste: More of that weird flavor of diaper, spice, malt and hops. What the hell kind of spice did they use? Very peppery and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry and very carbonated. Alcoholic finish. Not endearing.

Drinkability: I can only hope that this was a bad bottle. The flavor and aroma were awful. Not a good beer at all. I'd sooner reach for a Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 13:31:30 | More by Risser09
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

03-02-2012 07:36:58 | More by Zachtheporter
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PoorArtist

New York

1.88/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy urine yellow
S: Acidic and unpleasant; not like lemon; more like lemon rind
T: Like a cheap mass-produced lager, Yuengling for example, with an unwelcome metallic finish
M: Somewhat velvety, then dry and acerbic.
O: Whenever a brewer puts "sessionable" on the label I'm skeptical. What does that mean? Watered down? Smuttynose is a good company that makes some interesting craft beers, which makes this mediocre beer seem that much more disappointing. Call me cynical, but this beer seems more for profit than pride.Tastes very similar to Yeungling, but is considerably more expensive; doesn't merit the "craft beer" pricing.
V: Bad Value: I deduct another half point.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:45:17 | More by PoorArtist
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johnecjr

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.7%

01-26-2014 20:36:42 | More by johnecjr
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jk3

New York

2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-06-2011 22:47:33 | More by jk3
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bird22

California

2/5  rDev -41.7%

06-28-2013 04:13:07 | More by bird22
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -41.7%

02-26-2012 20:52:02 | More by disemgrowler
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Mphis

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -41.7%

07-14-2013 06:16:33 | More by Mphis
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -41.7%

11-14-2011 17:55:34 | More by Jspriest
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Brutus627

Maine

2/5  rDev -41.7%

06-24-2014 01:34:56 | More by Brutus627
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jwps214

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.7%

08-21-2013 02:55:35 | More by jwps214
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -41.7%

01-17-2012 13:05:20 | More by wdarcy77
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange with golden yellowish tangerine hues when held to a light source and a one finger white foam head that immediately disappears into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with some toasted malt character that has a hint f biscuit. I'm picking up some faint earthy hops but not much of the spice that the label speaks of. Slightly zesty and peppery with possibly some coriander in the nose as well as some butterscotch.

Medium bodied with much more of a spicy presence than the aroma suggested. Tight carbonation with lots of zesty, peppery spice as well as some coriander and a tongue coating unpleasantness. It becomes thinned out mid-palate with some earthy hops and subtle malt. I'm also picking up some slight estery light fruit notes but overall the heavy spice presence up front dominates this beer, making it pretty tough to choke down. The flavor opens up a bit more as it warms but unfortunately the main flavor is lemon juice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 06:23:12 | More by corby112
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy light copper with a small white head that disappears quickly. Little lacing. Smells strongly of coriander and sugary sweet pale malt. Faintly fruity and fairly off-putting. Loads of coriander again in the taste, with some very light pepper. Quite sweet generally, and with a lingering, cloying finish. Light, yet somehow syrupy body...it's a paradox. I generally really like Smuttynose, but this is just flat-out bad. Couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:51:55 | More by philipquarles
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AwYeh

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint. Thanks to Jesse13713 for this one!

A: Pours a bright golden-yellow, cloudy despite decanting. One finger of white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Yeast, spices, must, and Belgian candy malts. A hint of citrus.

T: Tangy citrus flavors and spices quickly fade away to leave a watery, sour citrus aftertaste, which tastes like a more bitter orange-flavored bottled water. Not a big fan of the taste; it simply isn't pleasant.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation for that "Belgian" feel. Lingering malty/bitter/orange finish isn't aided much by the texture- it's quite watery and doesn't really help any of the enjoyable flavors hang around.

D: Finishing half a glass of this wasn't so easy; if I wasn't pressed for time it surely would have sat a lot longer. It's not the worst beer I ever had, but for the style especially, you should look for something better.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 20:13:19 | More by AwYeh
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

07-09-2013 07:13:31 | More by Zbeetleman
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright hazy orange. Finger of white head that gives way to slight lacing.

S - Sweet honey malts, just a hint of citrus. I did not pick up any of the classic Belgian yeast aromas.

T - Malty. Very malty. Honey sweet, not caramel. Clean. The finish has the slightest touch of hops to it. Not what I expected out of a Belgian Pale Ale.

M - Light. Crisp carbonation.

D - This drinks like a Pilsner, which is was BPAs where created to rival. It is light and smooth but again, just go for a Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 07:23:10 | More by Wamesit
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Jesse13713

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - An impressive and surprising golden yellow with a light frothy head. A less than impressive lacing. The color soon settles to a dissapointing caramel brown.

Smell - Smells like your traditional Belgian ale with hints of lemongrass, banana and faint wheat.

Taste - Sort of a cleaning supply taste. Not a very good attempt on Smuttynose's part at a Belgian ale. A light yeast taste with a lemon zing. Very light bodied.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite drinkable. But not a very impressive belgian attempt. Average and easily forgettable. Hoppy and live in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 20:15:41 | More by Jesse13713
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SkunkWorks

New York

2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Look: golden with a lot of bubbles leading to a thin head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

Smell: I'm just getting a little maltiness and some spices.

Taste: very disappointing. Tastes like a Red Stripe with some spices added to it.

Feel: thin and sweet with some bitterness but not much. Feels like an adjunct lager.

Drink: high because that's the only redeemable quality of macro lagers, which is what this tastes like.

Overall, very disappointed. Smuttynose has made some of my favorite brews but this is incredibly disappointing. I'm surprised they put this one out, honestly. It tastes like an adjunct lager and not a Belgian pale. I would avoid at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 14:01:46 | More by SkunkWorks
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twillingthenoz

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

10-30-2012 00:43:33 | More by twillingthenoz
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jadler16

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

05-02-2014 16:45:57 | More by jadler16
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montauk7

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

12-30-2011 04:31:34 | More by montauk7
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JTomczak

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

08-13-2013 17:57:53 | More by JTomczak
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

02-20-2012 18:21:34 | More by chrispoint
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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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