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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of JEdmund
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Hazy, light amber color; very little head formation and it quickly disappears.

Smell is light but there’s enough to tantalize and invite, with its fruity/spicy notes.

Body is light and carbonation is fairly high, really helping keeping this sessionable. Flavor is also light, but it’s very pleasant and drinkable. Yeast fruity notes intermingle with light spices (coriander?) and there’s also a good, slightly sweet doughy malt finish. Bitterness is low.

I think the brewers accomplished what they set out to do. It’s nice drinking a 4.2% beer with plenty of flavor for being light. Also nice to have a lighter beer with Belgian influence (not sure I’ve had one before). This would be a great beer when you’re in the mood to put back a few, especially with food.

JEdmund, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Re-review from a few weeks ago, not sure I did this justice, left original below, but tastes like a better version of Sam Summer to me, but there is not a whole lot of flavor there. I think if you like the idea of Sam Summer but are getting tired of it....try this, still a good summer beer.

Overall, an excellent summer beer, I like this better than the summer offerings I have had. I had this after 2 intense IPAs, so I was expecting no taste since my tastebuds were torched, but, this came through, I will give it a re-review alone, but if you can stand up to 2 quality IPAs, as a pale ale, that is solid.

Good pour, nice foam, big carbonation, as it should be. Smells of lemon and citrus, nice golden brown color.

Taste is strong, hoppy and dry, but not overboard, with a nice lemon/citrus twist, and it is all very well balanced, and very refreshing. Not too dry, and taste a hint of the malt as well.

All in all a very solid offering from Smutty, I was not disappointed, and I would look to this beer to have in the future, I am a fan. The best part is the drinkability. This is very easy drinking, and I could drink this all night and be happy about it.

Pittsburgh, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

A-Pours a clear golden peach with a small head and no lacing.

S-A bit light but some biscuit malt and lemon come through.

T-Biscuit malt with a yeasty tang in the finish and a hint of sweetness at the very end.

M-Light bodied with zesty carbonation.

D-Very nice easy drinker, especially for the style. A good summer beer.


sholland119, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of JohnnyWong
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Although much better in the bottle....
Nice interpretation of a Belgian single. Hazy honey-like color. sweet aromas on the nose with a little herbalness. Tastes like it should malty sweetness gives way to an herbal dryness in the finish; coriander I think. Esters are in balance. Finishes suprisingly dry. Overall, I like this version. Drinkable and complex for the style. I was worried about the "brewed with spices", but in the end it was a supporting character not a main attraction.


JohnnyWong, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

Act25, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Clear, only slight lazy, golden hue with a half-finger white head that settles to a thin rim.

Light fruit flavors on top of some bready grain. A little bit of phenolic spices are in there.

Both smooth and creamy, along with a little bit of spice. Some light and sweet fruit is in there, like green grape. Full bodied.

A good Belgian Pale Ale, very close to what's brewed in Belgium. Recommended.

BeerSox, May 31, 2009
Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

We pour a brew of muddled honey coloring. It holds an initial two finger head of crisp, creamy, white bubbles, showing lower end retention. This, however, is nicely reproducible, in part, by a strong swirl. Bits of lacing are left around the glass as the head recedes. There is a moderate haze to the beer, no sediment, and light carbonation. The nose shows clean pale malts, with like chalkiness, fresh lemon zest, Belgian yeast, white sugar sweetness, and far off Band-Aid phenols. Our first impression is that the flavoring is pretty even throughout. As we sip, the taste opens with clean orange and lemon flesh sweetness, Belgian yeast, and pale, also Belgian-seeming malts. There is a flash of sweetness of apple cider vinegar, bringing us to the middle where plastic phenols, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla hit as the advertised spice. The finish is with a bit more bite of alcohol, more of that spice, coiny yeast, apple sweetness, and more Belgian, pale malts. The aftertaste shows nice fruitiness, with red cherries, apple, and pear, along with more yeast, pale malts, drying booze, and chalky, caramel sweetness. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is surprisingly nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with an initially thick coating to the mouth. The beer cools and satiates, but eventually dries the mouth with a more serious astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the cleanliness of flavoring, and cooling slurp. The flavor, as in the nose, was as spicy as advertised, which helped to greatly complement the paleness and the Belgian-ness of the yeast and grain profile. Things remained on the sweeter side, but fresh throughout the tasting. Admittedly, this was the first Smuttynose beer we bought back in the day, and it was because of the amazing pseudo-tranny mermaid on the label. Simply awesome!! Since then we’ve had this guy numerous times, and believe this to be a truly underrated offering from a great brewery.

TheBrewo, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of jhammel01
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a cloudy, hazy light amber with a white head. Lacing keeps on through out..

Smells of yeast and fruit. Possibly dark fruits.

This beer is pretty good. A bit of spice, possibly banana and other fruits. Finishes with a slight breadiness (not much) and yeast.

The mouthfeel came across as pretty watery. Not nessisarily a bad thing (I always feel bad saying "watery") but it was pretty thin.

Not bad at all. I always like to see an American Brewery pull off a nice Belgian ale.

jhammel01, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

On-tap at The Pit served in a 10oz glass a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice subtle blend of sweet malts and mild spice. The taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and spice with a subtle hop presence. The beer is certainly light and crisp, quite enjoyable. This one is a very enjoyable light Belgian style brew.

atsprings, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

I had not seen this before I had it on tap last night at the Dirty Truth.

Presented in a stemmed glass.

Poured a golden straw color with about a half inch of foam.

Smell is very sweet malt, faint hop earthiness, not much else.

Taste is that of a light dubbel, that is the best way I can describe it. Its sweet but not too sweet with some grassy notes.

Very easy drinking beer, as close to a "Belgian Session" as I've had. If this is the beer they end up bottling and replacing Portsmouth Lager with, it will be a nice addition to the Smutty family.

indiapaleale, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

A - Pours a relatively nice golden ale color with a half inch of head that turns to a hefty ring of lace. So far so good.

S - Comes off kind of weak for a Belgium ale. mild yeast tones with a sort of lemon or pepper spice. Doesn't smell too offending though.

T - First you get a splash of lemon followed by a bit of yeast, kind of digging low yeast taste, and finishes sweet with a mild hop bitterness.

M - For almost 6 percent it drinks kind of like a typical pale ale which was great light to medium body goodness.

D - Overall I was kind of scared with the solid sediment on the bottom but "Best by May 2011" means its relatively fresh. Overall I like it but really wouldn't buy it again. Too little yeast (good) but could use more hops (bad). Tasty tough...

DrDemento456, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of mutd8710
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Has a slightly sweet scent to it consisting of roasted malts, other toasted grains, and ginger. The taste is pretty well balanced and is a little sweet as the scent indicated. It finishes with a tangy flavor on the tongue, coming from some sort of citrus or fruit and some spices are noticeable as well.

Not too bad, but I did not find it exceptionally pleasant to drink.

mutd8710, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

poured into somewhat of a pint glass,this beer is a hazy golden color.nose has some light fruit in it with some banana and cloves.banana,cloves,and a slight amount of spice from the yeast dominate the palate with a semi-dry finish.overall pretty drinkable.

pretty drinkable,a nice summer beer.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Grabbed up a six-pack for $9.49 at the Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia. Who can say "no" to six bottles featuring Kate Pierson from the B-52's on the label?

Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, amber body with a tall, though thinning, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, floral, vaguely bready nose with notes of clover honey, supplemental spices, and a generous splash of Essensia dessert wine.

Taste: Faintly bready, grainy maltiness with a fair amount of honey sweetness imparted. Fairly floral character throughout, as well as some white grape and orange fruitiness. A sprinkling of coriander spice. Light bitterness. Smooth, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one. SIS deftly straddles the fine line between plenty of taste and ease of drinkability.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Reviewed on 7/4/08. Growler from Big Z, Huntington, NY. Pours a light clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of light fruit, tart raspberries, raspberry jam, and light flowery hops. Initial flavor of spices, anise star, light fruit, crisp apple, wheat/bready malt. So light and crisp, a little hot with all the spices. Absolutely delicious and easy to drink.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

12oz picked up @ Nikki's.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a nice, creamy, ivory head. Settles quickly.

S- Mild tartness and sweetness. Floral esters and a coriander note come through.

T- Wow, a lot stronger than I would have thought. Full bodied, moderate malty and chalky notes. Yeast is pretty belgianesque. Finishes pretty clean with no real presence of the spices noted in the aroma. Sweetness is light and fruity, but hard to nail down.

M- slightly tart, slightly sweet, delicious. Very quaffable.

D- For the price, a really solid beer. Tastier and more full-bodied than I was expecting. Smuttynose, you surprised me.

ShogoKawada, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours bright golden with a thin wispy head. Smells fruity and bright with tropical fruits and apple, and a nice bready yeastiness. The taste is similar. Light, but with bright tropical fruit flavors, especially pineapple and guava, a touch of lemon, and a bit sweet on the finish. Decent body, except right on the finish when it thins out a bit too much. You don't see many Belgian singles around, so it was nice to see this. A nice change for a summer beer.

Georgiabeer, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

I was grabbing singles today and I'm not sure what I thought I was grabbing here. I saw spice and my brain said "pumpkin." My brain has had too much beer over the years.

This is a nice, subtle brew, obviously designed for the simple pleasure of having a few. It is well balanced on the light side without being wimpy.

It has a nice, complex flavor without hitting you over the head. Recommended for repeat drinking when high quality lightness is needed.

schoolboy, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass. -

Cloudy golden hue when poured - nice head that didn't last long.

Smell was nice with hints of spice. -

Taste was good with a slight aftertaste - must be from whatever spice is in it . -

Mouthfeel was pleasant again the spice was evident . -

Drinkabilty was good - not the best ale out there but would buy again -

(side note ) The mermaid on the bottle gets better looking with each passing beer)

InebriatedJoker, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a quickly fading moderate head of foam
Aroma-Wheat, subtle spices
Taste-Wheat, lemon zest, coriander, chammomile, faint Belgian spices.
Very refreshing and drinkable, would make a fine summer session beer. Overall, like a lighter, more well-balanced version of a Samuel Adam's Summer Ale.

hosehead83, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of gameface23
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head. Not much lacing.

S: Musty, slightly spicy saw dust.

T: Light on all flavor, but it's not bad. There is some spice to it.

M: Similar to a cream ale. It is light bodied, but sort of silky.

D: You could drink this all night.

gameface23, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

The appearance is clear and golden yellow. One finger of pure white head. Icy lace. Looks bright and inviting.

The smell is very funky and spicy, giving way to a sweeter, more fruity/citrus side.

The taste is a fruity start with orange and some sourish lemon. The flavor has a spicy Belgian funk, but also a sweet, fruity respite.

Thicker and more still than I expected. Tiny dancing fizz. Spicy but not overwhelming. Sweet at the end. Hella nice.

williamherbert, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours a bright dark golden color with a thinnish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of honey, tropical fruits, and a spicy Belgian-esque yeast character. Taste is a touch of sweet malt. Honey, pears, maybe some apple notes finishing with a spicy dryness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Great sessionable beer!

johnnnniee, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Berthold
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured out a clear golden color (SRM4) with a moderate off white head that receded slowly. Minimal lace was noted. Moderate bubble gum aroma with low malty sweetness. Spicy/banana up front then sweetness from the malt in th flavor. Very full mouthfeel from carbonation that finishes with a soft sweetness. It's pitched as a session beer and is bery drinkable.

Berthold, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of DrewKid4
3.98/5  rDev +16%

Served: Sampler from New England BrewFest

A: Pours Gold-Yellow to Amber with a small white head

S: Smells like a sweet Belgian Blonde. Very sweet and citrusy.

T: Felt like a hoppier, bitter tart first taste, with a smoother, maltier finish. The smell of Belgian makes you think it would be strong, but (as can be seen with its low ABV), it is quite easy.

M: Very sweet, medium body.

D: Very light for a Belgian-like taste. Highly recommended for outdoors or very casual beer drinkers.

DrewKid4, Jun 27, 2010
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