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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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 mirish72


4/5  rDev +16.6%

Had tried this several times over the summer and really enjoyed it. Had to get over the scary mermaid on the bottle, which is probably the low point of this beer.

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours an orange amber with a slight head that quickly dissipates. I am immediately caught by the earthy/farmy funk aroma. Very nice blend of spices, malts, & hops. Drinks very smooth with an smooth aftertaste.

In the end this is a nice representation of a saison. It probably doesn't live up to Hennepin or Belgian saision's but it is definitely solid and enjoyable.

09-25-2009 03:22:45 | More by mirish72
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.

09-23-2009 16:55:29 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Drinks much more like a summer wheat sort of beer than a Belgian pale ale. A bit of citrus, some coriander, some oily slickness on the palate. Not a super rendition of that style, either but a refreshing enough hot weather brew.
Reminds me of Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus, maybe? Light and sweet, lightly sweet. Scents of lemon candy.
The beer is nowhere near as sexy as the image on the bottle but it's worth a try.

09-22-2009 01:36:26 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of adamette


4.58/5  rDev +33.5%

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Ommegang Hennepin silver rimmed glass. Purchased at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY 8 29 09 as a part of a Smuttynose mix pack. "Best before" date of November 2009.

A Mature saison look with a brief but creamy looking head. Good lacing too. Very nice. 4.5

S Nice, lightly sweet saison smell with maybe some spices. 4.0

T Wow, very good saison with a nice citrusy taste and light spices. This may be my favorite saison made in the U.S. It has a great Belgian yeast taste as well. Pleasant, interesting, somewhat sweet and delicious. I cannot see how the taste can be improved. 5.0

M Appropriate feel beefed up by spices, citrus sweetness and some alcohol. 4.0

D Very high. I finished this glass very quickly. 4.5

Note: A great beer from Smuttynose. I am now understanding why there is so much attention given to this brewery.

09-22-2009 01:05:09 | More by adamette
Photo of thesyko56


3.43/5  rDev 0%

A: Very cloudy dark yellow almost orange. Two finger head.

S: Very citrusy. No hop character present. Very sweet smell.

T: Very sweet taste at first but More hoppy finish than expected. Spices help balance the beer.

M: Moderate carbonation and light on the palate

D: Very drinkable session beer

09-20-2009 03:37:01 | More by thesyko56
Photo of SteveS1

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

First time I had this was on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery... admittedly after having several other brews.
Bought another bottle to give it a proper tasting.
From the bottle to a glass-

Look: Pours a slightly cloudy orange, small white head

Smell: Sweet florals, a bit of orange zest, and a little hops.

Taste: Floral, hoppy going down, bitter hoppy aftertaste. The initial sweetness is quickly drowned out by bitter hops and spices.

Feel: Very light, even a little watery, a bit fizzy

Drink: It advertises itself as a session beer, and with the lightness of the body I can see why. A nice brew if you enjoy the flavor.

09-18-2009 03:39:37 | More by SteveS1
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of December 2009. Sampled on September 12, 2009. It pours a hazy orange-amber with a quarter inch white head that remains on top for the tasting. Excitable carbonation. The aroma is a mish-mosh of wheat, malts, and a weaker allspice. The mouthfeel is of medium texture but it does not remain tangible on the tongue long. It breaks into bubbly carbonation quickly. The taste is a nice assortment of weak but bitter hops, sweetness, and a chaser of tart spices. Not a bad beer overall.

09-12-2009 17:20:35 | More by puboflyons
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Single, twelve-ouncer copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange... Basically, your typical session beer... Smuttynose could've done much better on this one... Definitely not a Belgian Pale Ale by any sense of the word. Easily downable but not too desirable.

09-09-2009 02:37:02 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Kinsman


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Hazy golden color with a thin head

S: Moderate hop presence, hints of citrus and noticeable amounts of spice

T: Well balanced, sweet at first, finishes dry with a little spice.

M: Light with good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. As the bottle says "session ale brewed with spice", which is a great description. Definitely a sessionable beer.

09-09-2009 00:50:07 | More by Kinsman
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +16.6%

Pulled from a Smutty variety case. Appeared a slightly hazy amber with a short head. This is a pretty simple beer, but it's exactly what it says, a Belgian session beer. For the strength, you'd hope for more complexity, but I'm not complaing. Still, there's a pleasant sweet bread crust and caramel malt flavor with a hint of lemon rind in the aftertaste and aroma with a hint of toasted toffee. All in all, a tasty little Belgian beer. Less yeast character than some classics in the style (Leffe Blonde), but this is a good take on the style.

09-08-2009 22:27:12 | More by tempest
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.

09-08-2009 00:18:48 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of hops4me


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Dark gold into a Sam Adams glass. A huge rush of CO2 charges to the top of the glass and forms a white fluffy head. Some lacing clings to the sides with a slight head staying on top all the way to the bottom. Smells are a bit subdued. Some apple, spice, and hay. Taste is a little light as well. Yeasty, bread, belgian spice. Light mouthfeel and refreshing. Nothing about this is overpowering. As many have stated I could drink alot of these. A decent and affordalbe beer.

09-07-2009 18:12:30 | More by hops4me
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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!

09-06-2009 01:01:20 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of vrazionale


3/5  rDev -12.5%

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Burnt orange body with a modest, uneven head formation.

S - Caramel, roasted nuts, herbal notes, and a fairly pronounced skunkiness. I hope that this bottle has gone bad, because this smells like skunky macro beer. Not an impressive nose at all.

T - Nicely sweet and spicy on the finish, lots of fall flavors here (it reminds me of pumpkin beer, actually!). The finish is lackluster, but this is not the kind of beer that is meant to be savored, so I haven't marked it off too hard.

M - A bit sticky and clumsy. It could use a bit more carbonation, I think.

D - Not a terrible brew, but definitely not one that I will be seeking out. It would work just fine with standard American pub fare, but this is not the kind of beer for food pairings. This brew is simple, easygoing, and straightforward. It's a fine beer to drink if you're not trying to think about your beer, and certainly a more-than-adequate alternative to macro brews at a bar.

09-04-2009 00:53:42 | More by vrazionale
Photo of BlackBearForge


4/5  rDev +16.6%

Bottle says best before Dec. '09

Pours a mice golden yellow with coppery highlight, very clear with a small frothy head which fades quickly leaving marginal oily curtains of lacing. (The small head may have been my fault as I wasn't paying attention as I poured.)

The aroma is clean and bright with a nice smell of tart fruit and an underlying easrthy yeast.

The taste is very pleasant, tartly sweet up front of apples, white grapes and a mellow fruity taste, perhaps pear. The malt is clean and sweet, somewhat biscuity. The finish is crisp and dry with a lingering taste of spice and a small hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, supported by a very tight and nice carbonation.

This ale is very drinkable and pleasant. No big flavours just a nicely balanced array of tastes and it dissapears at a fairly rapid rate! I will definitely have this one again!

08-29-2009 21:49:20 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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.

08-29-2009 19:12:44 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly hazy amber with small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. The head was practically non existent. Smell was peculiar, a bit white bread, but also a touch of sourness. Taste was fairly plain, a bit of spicy aftertaste, a bit of vanilla smoothness and cloves. Tingled the tongue and the mouth, coated ok. Could be viewed as easy to drink, but not my cup of tea.

08-28-2009 23:51:06 | More by mountdew1
Photo of thain709


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Had a nice golden body with an unfiltered cloud to it...the head was very disappointing...under a full finger of white soap head...some lacing was left

S - When first poured it smelled like a macro...after a while a few spicy notes came through...but not very aromatic

T - Again...when it was cold it even tasted like a macro...I had to let this one warm up a bit then the flavors came out...this beer had the potential to be complex but it came up short...pale biscuit malts and spices (pepper and corriander) stand out through the beginning and middle of this beer...a peppery hop bit comes through at the end and leaves a not pleasant bitterness

M - Light bodied...again with the macro-esque to it...but pretty crisp

D - One warning...do not drink this ice cold...I experienced a big time macro presence when ice cold...like I said this beer had the potential but they just stopped short...glad I got to try...but not one of my favorites

08-27-2009 21:10:10 | More by thain709
Photo of Berthold

New Hampshire

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.

08-27-2009 13:12:58 | More by Berthold
Photo of dubbletrouble

New York

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%

A: Fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Has a peachy, carmely color.

S: Smells of clove and orange

T/F: A light spiced hop taste with and even lighter body. Flavor is mild, but it finishes clean.

I was un-impressed with my first taste of this beer out of the bottle. On my next glass, however I poured it into a glass and added an orange. This seemed to heighten all the sharp spicy flavors.

08-21-2009 03:20:47 | More by dubbletrouble
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. there was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. So-so lacing.

S: Smelled of malt more than anything else.

T: Taste consisted of malt and some fruit, but little else. Not overly complex and flavorful, but not awful either.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A mixed bag of a beer. Drinkable, but there are better examples of the style.

08-18-2009 01:13:23 | More by avalon07
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.74/5  rDev +9%

One of the new beers being offered by Smuttynose... their summer seasonal I assume? Anyways.. terrible label I gotta say... some hideous mermaid with bright red hair chilling on a rock, good thing it's what's inside that counts. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with decent head to it, small amount of lacing. Has a wheat beer sort of aroma to it. Taste has a great mouthfeel and body to it. Has a bit of a fruity finish to it, hard to pinpoint the exact fruit taste though but it's just a sweet kick at the end. Highly drinkable, taste and smells like a wheat beer with some subtle fruit notes in there, reminds me a bit of MH #9 (which I think gets undeserved bashing, it's a good beer)... great session beer.

08-09-2009 21:06:42 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of confer


3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

A- Pale gold, a little hazy.

S- Faint fruity smell.

T- Very plain, not much flavor, small sweet fruity aftertaste. No hop or malt flavors at all. There is a wheat beer taste.

M- Smooth, creamy

D- This beer goes down really easy, and could very well be considered a session beer as they claim on the label, but the taste doesn't make me go for another one.

08-09-2009 01:09:13 | More by confer
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

This beer poured a yellowish copper with a small head. The smell is some candy malt with a bit of citrus character. The taste has a solid malt backbone with a bit of wheat beer characteristic citrus and spicyness. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with fine carbonation. This is a pretty decent American attempt at the style, and worth grabbing if you see it.

07-24-2009 00:51:37 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of erosier


4.35/5  rDev +26.8%

L: Pours a nice yellow color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that laces the glass slightly on the way down.
S: Good sweet lightly toasted malt aroma with a citrusy and spicy aroma that ends the nose.
T: Very nice lightly toasted malt base with layers of citrus flavors and spicy yeast flavors back to a nice citrus finish. I thought it was going to have a stronger yeast presence but it turned out really nice.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is one of my new favorites of the category.

07-23-2009 10:45:23 | More by erosier
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