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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%

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:
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Premiere Gourmet. I support the Brothers call for tasty sessionable beers, and Smuttynose has heard the call. Star anise, cinammon, cardomon flavour this smooth drinkable lager. Slight spicy coloured body with white head. A little spicy, noteably cinammon spicy aroma. Medium mouthfeel, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:55:33 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous goldenrod with a handful of fine bubble streams leading up to an acceptably attractive lid of bone colored foam. It doesn't look Belgian... nor was it expected to. A short collar of lace is the only glass decoration.

The esteriness of what smells like a capable Belgian yeast is joined by a bit of untoasted graininess. If there was more of the former and less of the latter the next highest score would have been a shoo-in.

Star Island Single tastes pretty much like it smells. A Schlitz Gusto-like pale grain quality is wonderful in Schlitz Gusto, but isn't so wonderful in what is supposed to a Belgian-style single. Having said that, the 4.0 was given serious consideration.

The words 'with spice' on the label indicate the something other than malt, hops, yeast and water is used. Pretty amazing deduction. It's hard to tell given the spiciness of the yeast, but I'll go with coriander. Good sweet-bitter balance, for what that's worth. This really is well-crafted beer, it just doesn't do quite enough when style is taken into consideration.

The body/mouthfeel easily has enough heft for the ABV and features a tongue sizzle on contact that strikes just the right note. Not need for improvement here... at least not much.

Smuttynose deserves credit for having a Belgian-style pale ale as a year-round release. Now they just need to tweak it a bit to bring it in line with the best from their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 11:26:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was decent, a deep amber color coming through right out of the bottle. Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. Still very drinkable and quite enjoyable with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:12:39 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine beer but it suffers a similar fate as other American brewed Belgian-style ales- they're too clean and not characterful enough.

The beer begins with a brigh golden color, quite clear, and with streaming carbonation. A short half-froathy, half-fizzy head shows good staying power and leaves only moderate lace behind. An ok look.

Aromas of biscuity and honey malts set the stage with light caramels, fruity esters, and spicy phenols. Rounded and complex, the aroma hits home.

Flavors of malts come across with a lot of unresolved honey sweetness. Tasty, but too much sweetness. Fruit of berries, apples, appricots, pineapple, papayas, and passion fruit have modest tones- they help to add complexity to the sweetness but they also amplify the sugary tone. Spices of white pepper, orange peel, and corriander help a bit but not enough. This beer tilts way too much toward the sweetness.

The body sings the same song. Sweetness up front never turns the corner into dryness. The beer shows too much caramel malts and never attains the well-attenuated character that classic Belgian Pales do. Maybe a more pronounced yeast could tear into that sugary mix and give more balance to the spice and ester contributions.

This is a good beer that sits more on the Saison side of things because of the sweetness... but there needs to be much more Belgian character in here. Thanks again Stiggs!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 06:50:05 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours pale with a bit of a white head and some light lace rings on the way down. The nose brings forward some slight floral characteristics as well as some spice and light sugar. The taste is slightly floral and spicy with a bit of grain. Good feel with a nice slightly bitter character as well as the floral and spicy aspects. Overall, this drinks quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:28:19 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose along with some hints of honey and spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness from the honey along with hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, especially given its low alcohol content, but the flavor isn't interesting enough to make this sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 02:19:48 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 05:16:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 20:32:51 | More by oberon
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Star Island pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves some very nice, thick rings of sticky lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses spice but it's rather non-distinct. Ground coriander, mainly, backed by a basic maltiness.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma, and there's a nice note of soft fruitiness (apple, soft white grape, perhaps some dull pear, and a minor snap of orange and lemon) that triangulates with the malt and spice and brings everything into balance. A dull bitterness gives it a bump from beneath, and it finishes dry with some minor, residual spiciness and a bit of crusty-bread-like maltiness left behind.

Overall it's a decent, drinkable beer, but there's really nothing except for a bit of somewhat clumsily done spicing to single it out from any other decent, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:27:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices, some fruit and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and spices followed quickly by Belgian yeast breadiness. There's a decent hops presence and a little bit of smokiness in the background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, I found this beer to be better than I thought it would be but I would still choose several other beers in the style first.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:44:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes; consumed last summer in North Carolina

Pours an effervescent honey color with pearl colored head, Average head retention & lacing

S: Very grassy, some lemon notes, pears & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, some coriander also up front, along with pear sweetness. Some light phenols show as this warms, plus pears & grassy notes. Finishes dry with lemon grass notes

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

A fruitty/drinkable example of the style

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 21:06:16 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Munich malt scent along with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. It has a tart fruit scent with a bit of mustiness to it. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some fruity yeast esters. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It love the yeast character and the low abv. . It's a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 22:02:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of drabmuh


2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a Belgian pale ale...d'oh. Total miss guys.

Beer is light amber and hazy with nearly no head, low carbonation, no real lacing, eh.

Aroma is mildly sweet and really grainy, not making me excited to dive in I'll tell you that much.

Beer is sweet and mildly lemony, I'm annoyed at how simple and not pleasing this beer is. Am I striking out tonight? It is thin, has some grainy aftertaste. Not a repeat, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:15:45 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Knapp85


2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out super pale yellow, with a little white head on top the fizzles away into basically nothing. The smell is a little training but that's about all, no really good hop aroma at all. The flavor is rather mild, just a hand full of malts in the taste. Nothing a lot of complexity or anything else happening here. The mouthfeel was pretty light also. This is a decent summer brew to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:43:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC:

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of citrus (lemon) peel, floral notes, some bubblegum.

The taste is sweet - candy sugar, sweetened lemon - a bit tart with bready yeast in the back. Thinnish finish.

Light-bodied. Mild carbonation makes it a bit watery.

A sweeet attmept at a BPA. Not a bad stab, but, a bit too thinnish and sweetish compared to the classic representation, IMO. Still, it has a refreshing quality to it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 01:15:54 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded orange-ish brown. Basically no head. Nose is earthy, funky, slightly banana peel in tone. Flavor is bringing much of the same. Consistent delivery. Only slightly sweet (and not overpoweringly so.) Feel is lower on carbonation. Liquid is smooth and thicker. This is very easy to drink and very accesible. Isn't worried about bringing a mass of complexities, but is more concerned with bringing an easy drinking ale. (Which it does accomplish.)

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 06:21:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a slightly clouded pale golden hue with a large white head that forms intricate fine speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has dry yeast driven powdered chalkiness, wtih malt tones bringin a bready semi biscuit malt note to it. Slightly fruity undertones with a mild grassy herbal hop finish. Honey biscuit malt flavors arise initially in each sip, with faint Belgian style ale bringing a dry powdered yeast note again, instead of spicy interesting Belgian yeast strain this one lacks complexity. A touch of ripened tropical fruit saves the day adding another level that was much needed. Mouthfeel is fruity with again a dry finish because of the yeast utilized here a touch of light alcohol but nothing that hurts or burns the palate. Even sturdy carbonation works well for the style definitely not an effervescent Belgian ale. Drinkability, was decent I like this for a once in awhile brew when I get an itch for a Smuttynose mixed 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 15:50:57 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. A wispy head breaks to a spotty surface foam immediately.

Smell: orange, coriander, and some sugary sweetness is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: bready malt base with orange, lemon zest, yeast, and coriander. Bitterness is mild and there is a hint of sourness very late after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrives late. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is a little longer than expected.

Drinkability: this beer goes down in a mildly refreshing manner and is easy to drink. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 22:20:53 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light off-white head that leaves no lace The color is yellow-orange and very cloudy. There's even some yeast clumps floating. I kinda like that.

The smell is not what I was expecting. My first impression is dirty laundry, closer to an older wet diaper. No Belgian yeast, no spice. The malt is barely noteworthy. No hop.

The flavor is a huge improvement (it had to be). I do detect some orange rind and clove. Mostly malty on the tongue. The finish is lightly sour and short lived. The body is respectable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 18:26:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of mactrail


3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light amber in the big glass. Modest aroma. It has a decent foam that renews itself with each sip. Body is light. Seems like a refreshing sort of summery beer.

Flavor is rather tart. Slight biscuity malt with a lemony edge. This seems a lot like the Victory Summer Saison. A crisp quaff that is a good thirst quencher, but not much for flavorful expectations. On tap at Burger, Tap & Shake in Washington, DC.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 06:05:07 | More by mactrail
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 22:27:12 | More by tempest
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's of Hampden.

A: The BPA is a radiant golden sun, a proverbial orb in my glass. Clear as day, the ale shows off no imperfections. Its white head, small and thin, is a sharp contrast to the ale.

S: The aroma is sweet, lightly so, but sweet nonetheless. As compared to Isid'or, I'd call this one dryer. The pale malts and yeast lend a tree fruit aroma.

T: The ale is refreshing and light, delivering sweetness from sugars and fruit and dryness (also fruity). The malts are light and bready, just a bit of toast amongst the grains. APple flavors stand out, offering just a bit of tartness. Coriander lingers around near the end of each sip. The dryness isn't overly sharp, just enough to make me want another sip. Some pear sweetness appears in larger sips.

M: The mouthfeel zings with the sweetness and the drying aspects recharge the tastebuds. The flavor profile is varied enough to stay interesting.

D: The ale weighs in a little high for a single. Despite that, there is no booziness lingering around.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 19:42:17 | More by akorsak
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Standings, NYC, NY

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that leaves just a bit of lacing. Bready, yeasty aroma, floral, notes of citrus and peach, and mild spice. Grains and yeast in the taste, bready, sweet malts, floral, with citrus notes, mild spicy notes. Light-medium body, a little too sweet and not quite balanced, but still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 17:57:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:03:19 | More by Billolick
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2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass) best before March 10
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a sea of big bubbles supporting a bubbly white net of head that is soon gone.
S- This beer has a nice wet stone aroma that gives way to a very light sulfury quality that is soft aswell
T- This beer has a clean flavor with a slight tart hint and a mineral water taste in the finish. There is a carbonic acid bite that gives way to a soft non-descript hop flavor and light dull dried spice hint as the beer warms a good bit. The note of orange in the finish comes through in the last few sips.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish. D- This is a very light and subtle beer with was not offensive but just didn't seem worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 15:19:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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