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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
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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
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3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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).

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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.

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3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10/13/13 printed on bottle

12oz bottle poured into a Moat Mountain pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden color. Less and a finger of white fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Tropical notes. A wheat characteristic Hints of honey. Possible coriander. Black pepper.

T: Thin body. The coriander that was in the nose. Slight lemon and grapefruit. Pleasant in the back with with the spices that linger.

M: Fizzy. Slight bitterness.

O: It is what it is. Calls itself a Session ale brewed with spice. I would think a great beer to drink multiple ones on a summer day. Possibly a good beer to use in order to introduce your macro lager drinking friends into craft beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 1/10/14 printed on bottle

A: Clear golden color with 1 finger of white fizzy head. Head faints to a thin covering of bubbles that rests on the beer leaving very minute lacing.

S: First whiff produces aromas of grapefruit and grass. Hints of some tropical fruit sweetness as well.

T: Lemon and grapefruit sweetness hits you at first and then blends into a slightly spicy finish. Coriander spice and hints of sweet honey dew melon in the finish.

M: Light fizzy mouthfeel that softens the bitterness and spice.

O: Not bad. Good hop and malt sweetness mixed with a little spice in the finish. Refreshing combination, good summer beer.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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