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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | 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:
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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Photo of jbone78
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at the store, just to taste.
First try.

A- poured into an American Pint. Light yellow/hazy color with a finger of laceless head.
Gone within 30 seconds.
S- Smells of English hops. To be a Belgian Pale, I wouldn't expect an English smell. Being That I do not smell very well, that is a plus.
T- Sweet, malt, banana character. Not an aftertaste of bananas. A taste of bananas. Did I say bananas?
M- Not a bad aftertaste, pretty smooth, with light to moderate carbonation.
D- I could drink this fishing or watching football. I would not recommend this to my friends, except my buddy Brad.


Photo of philipquarles
2.08/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

Photo of jhammel01
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey color with a white frothy heading.Leaving some yeast sediments behind and does leaves some lacing.

Smell of corriander and spices hit's the nose a mile minute.Followed by a subtle fruitiness and yeast.

Taste is not all that far off from the nose. Mainly of corriander with spiciness at first then
a slight lemon zest smack's the palate but is immdeiately followed by a fruitiness on the backend.

Mouth is lightly bodied with good retention. spicy on the palate and a decent finish.

Drink is good.

Not one bad tasting in the variety pack from Smuttynose. I've found a new beer that is worth drinking more.

Photo of droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange with an attractive white head with excellent retention. Big aromas of yeastiness and orange juice, a dull maltiness and some spices. Tastes like it smells except perhaps a bit sweeter than the nose suggests. Round flavors in a medium body that has wheat beer texture that I find very appealing. In the case of this beer the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - it is eminently drinkable in such a way that describing any single characteristic cannot quite capture it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. best by date indicated by notching for october 2009. tasted in late may/early june 2009. poured into tulip.

golden, orangey honey color. clear (need to decant about 1cm). fizzy, 1.5-finger, white head, quickly settles to wispy thin layer, then just wisps and ring. 2 or 3 splotchy rings of lace.

aroma: sulfurous, with an almost "nutty" and earthy character. hay-like hops. subtle, toasted malts. mild spice in back. all quite subdued however - needs very forceful sniffing.

taste: sulfurous yeast and hop character, leafy and hay-like, w mild to moderate bitterness. toasted malt, but watery. faint fruity esters. anise and licorice hints w mild phenols.

light and thin, but some body overall. light astringency near the finish. tingly, moderate carbonation is refreshing and can be fluffy.

not horrible, and certainly drinkable. kind of a toss-up for me if this was worth replacing the portsmouth lager.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color. The off-white head is initially tall, frothy, and a bit rocky. Retention is decent, with some patchy lacing.

S: Some mild spice - coriander? A bit herbal. A base maltiness is accompanied by some tangy Belgian yeastiness, lending a sense of fruitiness.

T: Some pale malt flavor up front. Mildly spicy. A pleasant yeastiness lends some fruit flavors - pears, white grapes, and apple peel. A bit of an herbal hop bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied. A bit dry, with mild carbonation. Perhaps a touch too watery as a result.

D: A bit pedestrian, but it scores points for drinkability as a more sessionable version of a Belgian pale ale. It won't light your world on fire, but it's got a solid little niche carved out for itself if it lasts.

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of discovolante65
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a lot less head than I anticipated. Not much lacing to speak of. I think I remember having this in bottles and it poured a lot nicer, maybe the glass was cleaner? Nice carbonation though.

Smell is pretty muted. I struggle to smell sweet fruit and some belgian yeast. Not much else going on here.

Taste is pretty run of the mill. Slight Belgian yeast with some spices, coriander most likely. Carbonation makes the taste a little too stingy. Fairly dry and sweet and leaves a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel again, is stingy. Most of the time, I like this, but it seems to burn a bit when mixed with the spice. The body is fairly thin, but close to style.

Drinkability - very much so. It's not a homerun, but it's a great introduction, and representation of the style. Cheers to Smutty for doing a decent single.

Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of adamette
4.58/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thesyko56
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SteveS1
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hops4me
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of vrazionale
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.