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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 622 | Reviews: 325
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of Knapp85
2.6/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to carlos for sharing this - 12oz poured into a dfh shaped glass.

The belgian poured a light butterscotch color with slight haze and a thick rocky cap -bead is tight and lace stickage is average. a hint of tangy yeast fruitiness in the nose with slight toasted malt element is the gist of this. The feel is malty with slight yeast support and mild twang with smooth body and light semi dry finish.

I enjoyed the way the flavor of the yeast seems to shadow the malt until it warms slightly. Hints of golden apple and smooth lightly toasted malt gives the flavor a nice balance with only the slightest element of spice from the hops or yeast. I enjoyed this on a late spring day in the warm sun on my deck, it is not the best of the style, but is something I would have no problem consuming on a day like today -nice, just not outstanding: good for what it is.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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