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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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Photo of erosier


4.35/5  rDev +26.8%

L: Pours a nice yellow color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that laces the glass slightly on the way down.
S: Good sweet lightly toasted malt aroma with a citrusy and spicy aroma that ends the nose.
T: Very nice lightly toasted malt base with layers of citrus flavors and spicy yeast flavors back to a nice citrus finish. I thought it was going to have a stronger yeast presence but it turned out really nice.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is one of my new favorites of the category.

07-23-2009 10:45:23 | More by erosier
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Clear dark gold with a decent white head. Solid retention. Bottle has freshness dating and a mermaid. Yup.

Smells like spicey grain. Coinciding with the aroma, the taste is crisp and dry with a spicey finish. In terms of a traditional Belgian pale it's pretty lacking but in terms of a solid anytime beer it's not too shabby.

07-20-2009 22:19:25 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.43/5  rDev 0%

This beer was a deep yellow on the pour, very hazy, with a half finger head that was quite fizzy and dissipated quickly. It left a thin ring around the glass, but that was it.

Aroma was slightly sweet, with a good slug of peppery spiciness. Not quite biscuity breadiness... more like shortcake, fresh from the oven while it is still warm. Slightly floral notes tied it all together.

Taste was slightly spicy and a bit yeasty. Overall, it was somewhat weak.

Mouthfeel was nice and light, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability is quite good. Although it wasn't highly flavored, it went down easily. They call it a session ale... it would be a very good session beer, if you wanted something light.

07-20-2009 00:02:49 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Drew966


3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Smuttynose Star Island Single pours an amber color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The nose isn't very strong, mostly citrus perhaps a bit of spice. The flavor is a bit fruity with a touch of spice that really doesn't amount to much. Not bad, easy to drink.

07-18-2009 00:19:42 | More by Drew966
Photo of JohnnyWong

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Although much better in the bottle....
Nice interpretation of a Belgian single. Hazy honey-like color. sweet aromas on the nose with a little herbalness. Tastes like it should malty sweetness gives way to an herbal dryness in the finish; coriander I think. Esters are in balance. Finishes suprisingly dry. Overall, I like this version. Drinkable and complex for the style. I was worried about the "brewed with spices", but in the end it was a supporting character not a main attraction.


07-14-2009 16:45:34 | More by JohnnyWong
Photo of sholland119


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

A-Pours a clear golden peach with a small head and no lacing.

S-A bit light but some biscuit malt and lemon come through.

T-Biscuit malt with a yeasty tang in the finish and a hint of sweetness at the very end.

M-Light bodied with zesty carbonation.

D-Very nice easy drinker, especially for the style. A good summer beer.


07-13-2009 17:18:52 | More by sholland119
Photo of Casey10


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

Purchased a mix pack at the local Hannaford it mentioned that it included this in it along with the IPA, Pale Ale and 1 other beer. I Poured from bottle in chalice light golden color smelled slight spice. Beer had light flavorfull taste the mouthfeel was light and crisp and has a good dinkability as this would be easy to drink a bunch of these.

07-12-2009 02:37:03 | More by Casey10
Photo of jbhuxley

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours golden amber with one finger of thin head which soon dissipates to a thin ring. Very little lacing.

Smells grainy and slightly fruity.

Slight sweet bread like taste. A little fruitiness with just a hint of pepper.

Fairly light, almost watery. Fairly drinkable but not too complex.

07-12-2009 01:47:10 | More by jbhuxley
Photo of Reagan1984


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Best Before 10/09 notched on the bottle.

Pours with a fizzy white head that's about 2 fingers thick. Slowly settles to a ¼ inch cap that remains. The beer is a perfectly clear bright gold color. Two single strands of carbonation rising to the surface. Some spotty clinging lacing.

Aroma at first smelled a bit like plastic. Then got a bit sweet and fruity.

Wow, the flavor is really light. Lighter than I expected.. (and want) Some initial fruit and sweetness followed by lots of bread tones. Not much in the way of spice or complexity.

Body is very light and just shy of watery. Slight carbonation.

Extremely drinkable, but not extremely exciting.

Later I agitated the sediment and the beer became cloudy. Mouth feel became smoother and a bit richer. I liked it better this way. Still wish there was a touch more spice.

I'm a rather big Smuttynose fan, but this is among their least exciting beers..

07-11-2009 00:42:38 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Hibernator


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

Smuttynose Star Island Single
12 oz brown bottle
Best before November 09
Served in a pilsner glass

Picked up a six pack on a whim for the 4th of July and I'm mighty glad I did.

Pours a golden bronze with mini bubbles that race to the top up the great looking pilsner glass. A nice head starts, but eventually fades to a mini ring.

The nose is rather neutral and clean. Maybe some grains and light fruit?

Toasted grain and cereal quality with a really smooth start and finish. Very subtle clove or spice character too.

A real easy drinkin' kinda brew that has some nice complexity and flavor. Easily one of the better session beers I've had in a long time. The 5.8% ABV is very well hidden as well.

Make Mine A Smutty!!!

07-09-2009 00:26:16 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

07-08-2009 05:16:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of mutd8710


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Has a slightly sweet scent to it consisting of roasted malts, other toasted grains, and ginger. The taste is pretty well balanced and is a little sweet as the scent indicated. It finishes with a tangy flavor on the tongue, coming from some sort of citrus or fruit and some spices are noticeable as well.

Not too bad, but I did not find it exceptionally pleasant to drink.

07-06-2009 03:29:24 | More by mutd8710
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.15/5  rDev +21%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed golden color with a white head that remains as a layer leaving here & there spotty lacing.
The aroma is earthy and also has a bit of yeasty funk.
The taste is sweet and spiced, it finishes sticky sweet on the lips.
Light to medium bodied with a very crisp feel.
It goes down very easy and is quite refreshing.

07-06-2009 01:06:48 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, cloudy, brownish yellow with a nice creamy head of white foam.

Malty hoppy smell.

Taste starts malty with a hint of spices and then drops of the table at the finish. There's a hop in there but it doesn't hold out throughout. Can't quite place the spices.

Very drinkable - tasty, not overpowering. Recommended.

07-02-2009 22:16:09 | More by KTCamm
Photo of msolar


4.43/5  rDev +29.2%

Nice clear, golden color with minimal head and even lacing. Slight hoppy smell with a nice sweet, malty flavor. There's a nice balance of spices, it's a great alternative to very light or hoppy summer beers. This one is very highly drinkable - I'd certainly put this on tap at home as it would make a great summer session beer.

07-01-2009 22:28:35 | More by msolar
Photo of Risser09


1.4/5  rDev -59.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by Oct. 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow/orange with a 1" eggshell head that sticks around for a good while. Carbonation anxiously flows to the surface. A few lace tentacles reach out around the glass.

Smell: A strange, almost fishy diaper smell of malt, spice and something else. This is a really gross aroma.

Taste: More of that weird flavor of diaper, spice, malt and hops. What the hell kind of spice did they use? Very peppery and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry and very carbonated. Alcoholic finish. Not endearing.

Drinkability: I can only hope that this was a bad bottle. The flavor and aroma were awful. Not a good beer at all. I'd sooner reach for a Budweiser.

07-01-2009 13:31:30 | More by Risser09
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a hazy copper gold, lots of effervesce racing up the sides of the glass, nice dense one finger off-white head. After several minutes, not a hint of settling. Very sticky, just doesn't want to let go of the side of the glass at all. Very nice.

Nose is phenolic, hints of clove, some husky cereal grains, but of apricot underneath. Bit grassy.

Taste is similar. malt body is bit husky with some grainy cereal notes, just a bit bready from the yeast, with a lot of spices in there that are prominent but hard to pick out coming out especially towards finish. Finish is dry, grainy, hinting at golden fruit, just a bit earthy. If they can rein in the grainy aspects of it, I'd say they've got a real winner.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a dry carbonation that's almost tingly - very small bubbled.

Drinkability is good - dry and refreshing, tasty without being offensive. I happen to be a fan of this style, and while this example is no where near world class, I'd certainly pick it up again.

06-30-2009 15:45:50 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of cjgator3


3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

12oz bottle

A- Best before November 09 notched on label. Pours a slightly hazed orangish amber color with an off-white head

S- The aroma is fruity with citrus (lemon peel) and a lot of different spices.

T- The taste starts out with some pale malt, with the spices coming in along with some fruity esters and some Belgian yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied and has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one like I am with most of the other Smuttynose beers. It's not horrible, but not something that I would purchase again.

06-29-2009 03:11:08 | More by cjgator3
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

12oz bottle purchased as part of a multi-12pack at Shaw's in Derry. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a short-lived inch of off-white head. Smells citrussy, slightly pulpy and pithy, with some lemon zest and hints of of grassy and floral hops. Tastes initially malty, with some pepper, lemon, orange, with some huskiness, hints of honey, butter, grass, and some slightly floral notes. Light and effervescent on the palate with a fair bit of carbonation, making this brew a fairly easy drinker. Not the best example of the style, the slight huskiness adds a slight astringency in my opinion, though this is still a pretty easy drinker. Not a bad summer beer.

06-29-2009 00:33:33 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of halfP1NT


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer pours a hazy, bright amber orange color with a thin, fizzy head. Head leaves some foamy lacing around the glass.

I caught a whiff of this beer that smelled a little skunky. Wonder how long it was on the self and how it was stored? Date notched on bottle says drink by 9/09.

Well, beyond the slight skunkiness, I pick up on a little faint sweet malt, a little breadiness, and slight spice in the aroma.

Taste is subtle like the smell. Mild caramelly and biscuity malts, hint of lemon, a bit floral. Finishes very dry and grainy, slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is decent, nice amount of carbonation makes it very refreshing.

The taste and aroma is nothing spectacular, but certainly not offensive. It is not as aromatic and robust as most Belgian style IPAs, but it's sessionable.

06-24-2009 01:37:44 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-22-2009 23:27:00 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is bready, and fruity with hints od spice. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of pale malts with a dry fruit and spice in the finish. A bit of hops through out. Very nice.

06-21-2009 01:00:43 | More by riversider76
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

Stopped by the Portsmouth Brewery today with The Scheister to have a little lunch in honor of her graduation in 2 days.... Opted to try this "new" Smutty offering today, along with some nachos...

Got an imperial pint glass filled with a clear, medium-golden liquid. Had scant carbo, and the head was white, thin and fine, leaving a little lace here and there. Nose was restrained, with some crackery malt and a touch of candy sugar coming forth. Body? Medium all the way, with only a slight bit of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor has light, bready maltiness too, with a hint of sweetness. More prevalent are the fruity notes, with suggestions of pear, mango and green apple. A smidge of candy sugar appears here, too, with a hint of bubblegum. A decent "single" overall, though I'd likely have 1, but no more than 2 of these in a sitting.


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


06-19-2009 21:46:15 | More by Bierman9
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +21%

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.

06-11-2009 22:02:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of bjoyce12


3.33/5  rDev -2.9%

Eh. Smutty is a brewery that can be all over the place. Some issues are superb, brews you want to keep on your short list at all times(Big A IPA). The Star Island isn't one of them. Yeah, a little spice, a little sweetness, but if you want that, go for any Unibroue ale. This is OK, but nothing special.

06-11-2009 01:43:33 | More by bjoyce12
Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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