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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
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:
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 hustlesworth
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazed orange amber with a nice expansive somewhT loose just off white head. It has a baby Swiss type bubbly surface and deposits equally bubbly lace onto the glass. Foam doesn't stick around very long however and within writing this paragraph it's become a thick ring with a mere sheen of white floating over the brew.

S- very nice fruity yeast aroma, seems like a good Belgian strain was selected. Some doughy and biscuit aromas stand firm behind the yeast providing a sturdy, although bland malt backbone. Sweet candied fruits, clove and banana, pineapple and canteloupe mostly, with some mild Orange, apple , pear, honey and peach. Some coriander and cinnamon spicy notes are in there but I can't tell yet which spices the beer is actually brewed with.

T- overall mildly flavored with yeast coming out first with melon and banana and white pepper spice flavors. There's a honey malt sweetness throughout as well as a soft noble hop type bitterness. Still not sure of the spices used, but if anything I can percieve some hints of cardamom, coriander, and bitter orange peel. Malt sweetness fades in the finish for a nice hop edge and biscuit finish.

MF- medium bodied and a little slick on the tongue, tight carbonation could perhaps be a bit more lively. A bit of alcohol dryness.

D- not a bad session beer but could be troublesome at just under 6%. The flavor and aroma of whatever spices this has been brewed with seem to get lost in the yeast somewhere, and nothing really stands out. Great fruity yeast aroma, but the flavor is a little muddled and boring for an ale of this type.

hustlesworth, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up because it was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. Didn't know what to expect or what category this beer fell into and after nearly finishing off the contents of my pint glass, I can honestly say that this is an easygoing, summertime beer and that it doesn't really fit in with what's popular this time of the year. It's not a bad brew as much as it's light and not that spicy as I was led to believe.

Decent pour to this - a bright amber color, little head, and no lacing as well. The taste to this was pretty light - not a lot of spice and notes of apple, pear, honey, and dough. Just a bit of spice in the aftertaste but the malt dominates here and this is about as easygoing as a beer gets. The mouthfeel is neither too light nor heavy, which does keep this enjoyable since the flavor isn't too terribly complex.

This is a great session beer even though it's about 5.80% ABV. I wouldn't drink it when it's too hot out since I could see this drying me out on a summer day but for other times during the warmer months, this wouldn't be a bad choice. The slight peppery aftertaste is all I can feel now that I've gotten through my glass and although this isn't Smuttynose's best offering, it's a decent take on a Belgian style.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of JustinJTisdale
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from a bar in portsmouth NH. Color was light with a hint of orange and a small but sustained head which left a great lacing.

The taste starts off mild gets slightly acidic and finishes with a faint hint of bitter orange flavor.

I try to get this whenever I am in the area its an all around great beer. Super easy and mild to drink but with some very complex rolling flavors.

JustinJTisdale, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of alexhammond
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden yellow color, with very small head. leaves decent lacing.
very faint fruit, wheat, and yeast scents, but nothing really stands out.
tastes very bready at first, lightly creamy, and eventually some subtle fruit flavors come through (apple?) with faint spices. there's nothing here that really grabs me and makes me want more. not a bad beer, just something about the bland bread and wheat flavors that doesn't quite do it for me.
on the plus side, it's light bodied and easy to drink, probably a good summertime beverage.

alexhammond, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Walken
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose: Star Island Single (Best by 05/10) (Tasted 01/10/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden, just about orange with a short, bubbly head that does an alright job of sticking around, minimal lacing.
Odor: Coriander dominates, thin blanket of fruity yeast and tangy wheat in the background.
Consistency: Hefty carbonation lifts the tangy wheat sensation up a bit, nagging at the tongue. Very crisp, almost too much so.
Taste: Yeast expresses red fruit and pineapple, combined with tangy, lemony/doughy wheat flavors. Either it's the yeast, or I'm detecting some citric hop flavor in the mix as well, slightly bitter. Slight honey sweetness is there, but the crisp feel keeps it from coming out too much.
Finish is dry with a long citrus aftertaste from the trifecta of yeast/wheat/hop.

This is a delightful beer, but the carbonation seems to block a lot of the subtler flavors from making much of an impact on the palate.

Walken, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy cloudy orange, amber color. Small head that goes away, but beer remains to have okay lacing.

S: Not much here, wheat and faint spice.

T: Wheat taste up front that is okay, but a good spice aftertaste that makes up for it.

M: Light, a little creamy feel to it, moderate carbonation.

D: Average, definitely a "summer" beer. Easy to drink.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of burnstar
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light gold with a medium sized white head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smelly is yeasty and spicy. Taste has low sweetness. Earthy yeastiness. Light spicy and phenolic notes. Medium bodied. Dry. Very easily drinkable. Definitely a sessionable belgian style ale. Nice.

burnstar, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Star Island Single is a cloudy golden ale with a small white head that fades to a splotch. The aroma is bready, wheaty and fruity with notes of lemon, banana and allspice. It's medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish. It has a lemony twang that made me think this was made with wheat. There are notes of figs, prunes, cherries, cloves and coriander. It's hard to decide if it's actually sweet or not. There's lots of flavor. It's fruity at first and then it gets spicy. Not bad.

yesyouam, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of goblet
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so,i pick up a sixer of smutty nose star island single and poured one out into a glass and gave it a good look over.

it looks to be a clear golden orange with a thin fragile paper white foam head ,there is a good amount of carbonation.

a mild sweet spicing aroma like cinnamon and nutmeg. a malt sugar back bone ,also lite hops and fruits like white grapes.

the malt and spices are both sweet and delicious .the subtle cinnamon and nutmeg are balanced perfectly together and taste very nice

a medium to lite body feel, the spices linger around for a bit after your done drinking it.

a pretty good winter season ale very easy to drink, light in some ways although its got some power to it .


goblet, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

App: true gold with a slight haze. A small foamy head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity essence. SLight alcoholic esters which are essential to the belgian style for me. No hops, however, and I always like a nice bit of hoppy aroma.

Taste: A slight, nondescript sweetness that get swallowed in the carbonation. Fades to a crisp end with a firm but balanced bitterness. Perhaps some crispness from wheat malt?

Medium-full body with lots of tight carbonation.

A decent brew that I remember liking better the last time I had it.

It's a nice beer, but as far as belgian pale ales go, this one is not up to par.

emsroth, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of whahoppened
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brass-colored with vibrant bubbles. Clean aromas of grain, sea air and, in the background, fresh fruit. Light to medium-bodied with assertive fizz. A pilsner-like malty snap kicks things off flavorwise, becoming more cereally on the midpalate. At the end, subtle spices swirl around a crisp bitterness.

If your beer tastes tend towards tyranno-ales, this is a solid "lite" option to have on hand. Curiously for this style, I enjoyed it more on its own than with food.

whahoppened, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to an carbonated golden orange with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Nose was citrus hops (oranges and lemons mostly), some apple and a hint of various spices. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and tingly, and the taste picked up the spices of the nose nicely, and to a lesser degere, the hoppy citrus, with just a hint of malty sweetness. insih was full, long lasting and pleasant. A decent offering from Smutty.

kimcgolf, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into oversized white wine glass.

A - Darkish golden in color, mostly transparent with a smidge of haze. About a half inch of white foam rises but dissipates quickly into a thin collar, no lace. So far this doesn't look much like a Belgian at all.

S - Fruity and spicy. At the core are overripe stone fruits; strong notes of soft, juicy apples and pears. There's certainly a spiciness on top but it's difficult to pinpoint. Something citrus and slightly herbal, along with a fairly strong nutty/chalky yeast aroma. It's tough to pull individual spices out of the smell, and I'm also picking up some grassy like hop aromas as well. Overall not too bad; interesting at the least.

T - For such a layered aroma, I'm a little surprised at how little flavor really pulls through. The fruit flavor is pushed far into the background, morphing into something more like rotten fruit or vegetables. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that this flavor was pushed out of the focus. The main thing going on here is the spice/hops/yeast combo from the nose. Grass, herbs, pepper, lemon and orange peel, orange juice, and a sharp phenolic note dominate mid palate. Late palate definitely has some yeasty Belgian character, much like authenic witbiers with a sort of chalky, citrus flavor. Star Island Single wraps up with a moderate earthy bitterness.

M - Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Seems sort of flat and watery at times, but not entirely in a bad way. Spritzing this up with a little more carbonation would've probably changed this beer (for the better) vastly.

D - Easy drinking, if nothing else due to it's somewhat bland character. The yeasty notes are recognizable but there's not much other Belgianesque stuff going on. The hops (or spice? But I swear it's hops!) seem to get in the way and override some delicateness that this brew might posess. Not hard to get through a bottle of this at all, but likely to be a forgettable experience.

PatrickJR, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of VTaler
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy honey color. Decent white head that goes away after awhile and leaves a nice lacing. You can she some of the particles in it from the fermentation process.
S- Nice Belgian yeast smell with some spicy hops. Also kind of a sweet floral smell
T - tastes spicy. A little like bananas. It actually kind of tastes like a rotten banana. Definentally one of the spicier beers I've had. The combination of the hops and the yeast really add a lot of spiciness to the flavor
M - medium carbonation
D - not very drinkable.

VTaler, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Star Island Single, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed orange in appearance.

Aroma of bready malts and some faint spices.

Light malt character, bubblegum, banana. Just a touch of hops. Abundant spices (clove, orange peel, coriander) are in the forefront with little else.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering spicey finish.

Overall a drinkable beer, but lacks qualities of a belgian and pale ale.

Stinkypuss, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of madtrixter787
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle at the local Total Wine store to try because I had not seen this Smuttynose in VA before, and being from Maine I have a soft spot for anything brewed above NY. Poured into glass to reveal 1 finger head that disappeared within the first few minutes. Appears a nice light orange with some haze. Smell was nice, but nothing too overwhelming about. I can understand the claim of a hint of banana, but a bit of a stuffy nose was not helping. Taste was good, with hints of spice and orange coming through in time. The beer has a good mouthfeel with a clean crisp bite. Drinkability was good, I can definitely see coming to this beer for a nice summer afternoon on the porch. Is not too overwhelming, but allows enough flavor to rise above other summery ales. Overall a good experience.

madtrixter787, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of advill88
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light orangey amber, with a one-finger head that recedes into a thin lacing.

S - Hints of orange with some clove.

T - Light fruity flavor, with a touch of hops that is quickly overcome by malt.

M - Very light bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This is definitely very sessionable, very light and crisp and better than many that are meant for this. I would've liked a tad more hops, but overall a pretty nice beer.

advill88, Nov 04, 2009
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.


jbone78, Nov 04, 2009
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.

philipquarles, Oct 30, 2009
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.

jhammel01, Oct 28, 2009
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.

TheFightfan1, Oct 22, 2009
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.

droomyster, Oct 15, 2009
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.

tai4ji2x, Oct 13, 2009
Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.