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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: 19 | 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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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-16-2014 00:16:01 | More by Loco_Joe
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3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a pale yellowish green with a white head = little retention.

Smells of fresh citrus and sour yeast.

Taste is lemon zest and sour fruit backed by biscuity malt flavor. The finish is dry and clean. A very nice tasty belgian with a punch of hops and malt.

03-09-2014 23:52:01 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-07-2014 04:00:20 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a pint glass: color is gold, head is off white, presents 1/4 inch thick, dissipates to a ring, some bubbles on the glass.

Smell is pleasant, definitely noticeable honey malt, as its sweet but not caramely, subtle yeast spice and grassy hop flavor.

Taste is crisp, flavor is milder than the smell would lead to believe, but still flavorful at this size: malt is lightly sweet, hint of toast, lighter flavor from the hops, mostly earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good carbonation, good lingering flavor.

Overall, a very good ale for this strength, nice honey malt flavor and good, crisp mouthfeel.

03-07-2014 03:52:24 | More by mvanaskie13
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3.81/5  rDev +11.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear but dense gold with a three-quarter-inch white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is moderate. Looks tasty.

Aroma: The nose is full of citrus, lemon and grassiness. Also some clove in there. It's a very full, inviting smell.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the citrus notes standing out the most. It also has a faint herbal quality to it. The grassiness in the nose is pleasant on the palate; it's not like drinking yard clippings or anything, there's just this "fresh cut grass" note going on. Some hop bitterness is also present. Alcohol is faint at best. It's a tasty session ale.

Mouthfeel: Decent body for a golden ale. Not watery, but certainly not heavy.

Overall: Pretty great sessionable ale. As American golden and pale ales go, this definitely has more complexity and flavor than most. Perfect spring or summer beer that can also work in the colder months. I had this while watching the Oscars; McConaughey might not drink this, but I'll have another.

03-03-2014 13:32:09 | More by illpass78
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-01-2014 20:00:38 | More by ryanmcd
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

02-19-2014 03:14:46 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Cranston, RI. Best by 11/29/13.. a few months past it's prime.

A- Pours a super hazy, light dull orange body with a small white head that reduces to a thin layer.

S- I definitely get the belgian spices in there .. cloves and some cinnamon, bananas, citrus peel.

T- Pretty light on the tongue with subtle flavors of oranges, citrus peel, banana, allspice, belgian yeast. Wheaty aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, sessionable. Pretty carbonated.

A decent beer.. I could definitely throw a few back on a hot summer day.

02-09-2014 23:59:39 | More by gcamparone
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-09-2014 20:28:05 | More by gonzo000
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-06-2014 02:02:11 | More by hopley
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New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -12.2%

Appearance: Fairly cloudy golden color.

Smell: At first you smell the spice then the fruit overall hard to pin down but a little sweet.

Taste: Similar to smell first the spices hit your tongue but quickly turns fruity. Not much of an aftertaste the flavors dissipate quickly.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, but with plenty of flavor very crisp finish.

Overall: At first I really liked this beer but after having a few I'm not quite as high on it. Still a good beer tho not sure I would get a six pack but happy to have 3 in a smuttynose sampler. Unique but not stellar.

01-28-2014 03:30:21 | More by Brewtaster34
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

01-26-2014 20:36:42 | More by johnecjr
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2014 04:10:06 | More by Lehighace06
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-17-2014 01:19:46 | More by mattmarka1
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-13-2014 13:19:48 | More by Dray
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-06-2014 15:15:01 | More by bconsidine
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3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 4.7% ABV. There is a “best before” date inked on the glass, but it has been nearly worn off. The only number I can see is the year, which is “13”. I sure hope the rest of them call for out something in December.
Appearance: Brilliant, light amber. Only a thin ring of foam around the edges (3/5).
Aroma: Apples, cinnamon, and floral hops. Very simple bouquet (3/5).
Taste: This beer definitely features the characteristic cider quality of a Belgian Pale Ale in its base, but it’s very dialed back. I also pick up a bit of papaya and a whisper of hop flavor on the back-end (3.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium/light body, light carbonation (3.25/5).
Overall: Smuttynose claims that this beer is made as a “gateway beer” for people who are not into craft beer. Of all the Belgian Pales Ales that I’ve had that were dumbed down to cater to the the lowest common denominator, this is probably the best. I’m not crazy about the practice of neutering a style just to make it more approachable, but I’m also not in the business of selling beer. Ultimately it’s a nice, easy-drinking beer that I am absolutely passionless about (3.25/5).

11-30-2013 07:00:34 | More by mhaugo
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-28-2013 17:56:58 | More by LeahM
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

11-26-2013 00:10:19 | More by jzlyo
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

11-25-2013 03:52:52 | More by BodiesLexus
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-22-2013 02:45:36 | More by xbrettfavrex
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-17-2013 22:17:01 | More by Satchboogie
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

11-09-2013 20:17:10 | More by jaxon53
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

10-31-2013 19:15:24 | More by ajcormier
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3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle poured into this weird chalice glass that I found buried in the dirt in my yard. It is a pretty badass glass.

The appearance is very, very effervescent and bubbly and a golden hue. The head built up quickly and died almost instantly. The aroma of the beer is malty sweet and candy like with just hints of spice. The beer is a little colder than I would like. It was in my trunk overnight and the temperature got down to about 39 F so it is pretty chilled. The taste is very, very light and pretty much nonexistent. It is certainly a session ale as it is light in flavor and in alcohol. The lingering flavors after the swallow are just pure candy sweetness. The MF is very thin and watery with a touch too much carbonation.

This beer is okay but it is certainly very forgettable.

10-23-2013 14:10:49 | More by jifigz
Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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