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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
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 beergirlblog

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brownish orange color, with a decent off-white head that didn't stick around very long. The aroma was sweet and spicy but really light- I practically had to stick my face in the glass to get it.

The taste was of similar flavors, but they all came at one time, and there wasn't much complexity.

The mouthfeel was a little thick, but not in a thirst-inducing way, and combined with a medium carbonation level it was perfect to carry the flavors of the beer.

Drinkability was good, in the sense that I could easily keep taking swigs while hosting a party, but it wasn't really a "wow, you have to try this!" type of beer.

I'd buy it again, but probably only for the cool label.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 14:32:35 | More by beergirlblog
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 06:21:51 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of thespaceman


4.43/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden color, 2 finger head with decent head retention, lacing was minimal but followed the glass down nicely.

Smell: Nice light fruit notes, bits of peach, honey and some spicy malt notes. Very light aroma in the nose, actually really satisfying. Some mango like sweetness is here hits the nose as well making this a very fresh smelling brew.

Taste: Wow, light and refreshing, grassy notes first hit the palete, followed by some sweet spiciness, bits of coriander, citrus, honey, and tea. Almost like a glass of Lipton tea brewed into a beer. Very interesting to say the least. Slight breadiness in the finish is the perfect complement to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is small, holds up well on the tongue, slight bitterness is small but here. Actually interesting in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very good for a Belgian Pale, overy sessionale considering the ABV, and light enough even for my girlfriend to enjoy this. Didn't expect anything less from Smuttynose, but this brew hits the spot. A perfect summer time beer for the beach!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 03:21:30 | More by thespaceman
Photo of CavePainter


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper. Thin white head fades in an instant. Fair amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet and spicy.

T: Definitely identifiable Belgian yeast strain. Sweet. Noticeably spiced similar to a whit but with just a bit of bitter in the finish.

M: Dry - crisp - light

D: Very drinkable. Light and refreshing. Not overly sweet. Interesting mix of tastes that seem to defy categorization.

The symbol on the front of the bottle is a mermaid and this seems appropriate. Star Island single seems like a mix of two things - A pale ale and a whit. But if you want a pale ale or a whit, you don't want this. This brew even seems to defy the Belgian Pale Ale style...

Smuttynose calls this a sessionable beer, but at nearly 6% ABV I think that is a bit of a stretch.

While I wouldn't go out of my way to get this, it is certainly unique. It would make a great segue into Belgian beers for the uninitiated and is certainly a conversation starter.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 18:48:41 | More by CavePainter
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a big, sticky head.

Mild yet very pleasurable aroma. It reminds me of a good wheat beer. Banana and citrus are present, with a good amount of spiciness.

Big, well-blended flavors. Wheaty and spiced. Yeast is noticeable, along with banana and citrus. I like it, overall, but there's something about it that turn me off I can't identify. Almost seems like the taste of alcohol, but I can't fathom that to be it. Even given this, it's still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and wheaty, bigger than expected and pleasantly so.

Honestly, I don't think I'd take more than one, but I'd never be disappointed if this was handed to me. It's good, interesting, and different, but I don't like it enough to go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 10:15:14 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer w/ best before dating etched onto the side of the label. Pours quite cloudy apricot amber, minor head and non exciting lacing left on the glass. I get snifs of orange, clove, yeast and coriander. These flavors carry through into the flavor profile, with heaps of more clove, tangarine, corinader, and some spicy bubble gum hints. Pretty good, but nothing amazing, Belgian lovers will get everyday/sessioner enjoyment form this new one from Smutty

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:03:19 | More by Billolick
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a foamy head with good retention. Drops to a layer of foam over the top

Aroma: Mild, but what aroma is there is predominantly spiced

Taste: Some fruit, and the spices. I'm getting coriander from it.

Mouthfeel: Good body, creamy, goes down well

Drinkability: Tastes good with good mouthfeel. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 03:21:20 | More by kshankar
Photo of deereless


3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden copper, thin whirl of head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Smells distinctly lagerish rather than Belgian, very sweet grains - 3.50, T: Some dry husks and grains, a touch tart, quite dry - 3.00, M: A tad on the thin side - 3.00, D: I'm always on the lookout for a good session beer, and though definitately drinkable this one just edges above average - 3.00

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:51:27 | More by deereless
Photo of BeerSox


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Clear, only slight lazy, golden hue with a half-finger white head that settles to a thin rim.

Light fruit flavors on top of some bready grain. A little bit of phenolic spices are in there.

Both smooth and creamy, along with a little bit of spice. Some light and sweet fruit is in there, like green grape. Full bodied.

A good Belgian Pale Ale, very close to what's brewed in Belgium. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:25:00 | More by BeerSox
Photo of cincodm


4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

a: Pours very cloudy with a tiny head

s: Smells good, kind of like a better Sam Adams White Ale. Maybe a little more subdued than Sammy.

t: Taste is actually quite good, definitely qualifies as a session beer, I feel parched after every sip. I swear I taste coriander, but not much else. Taste is a little flowery but not overwheliming.

m: Mouthfeel is average, a little numbing.

d: I could have a few of these, but don't think I would. I am more of a hophead and this is a more of an in between beer for me.

Overall, I would recommend this beer. It kind of brings me back to when Sam White Ale came out. For some reason that beer has soured on me but this one reminds me of the good ole times having White Ale on draft at the Daytona Beach Ale House.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 21:22:26 | More by cincodm
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miniscule head upon the pour, barely covers the surface before retreating to the glass sides, does leave some thin lacing behind. Watery yellow to bronze color, fully transparent, hue trails off towards the rims. Really bready, doughy nose with pumpernickel, pretzel, raw yeast and lemongrass aspects, orange peels, some floral water, nothing suggesting sweet spices nor fruit scents of any depth. Medium-bodied, the carbonation provides a dense foaminess which impedes movement. The rye, pumpernickel, sourdough dominates throughout, closely followed on by lemon, orange citrus. Nothing has a keen edge, not that it's flat more like it's wound up some. Here you get an allusion to clove and coriander. Banana and apricot fruit most noticeable, yet does not soften the overly sour finish. Not unenjoyable, however, comes across as half-executed rather than fully planned.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 23:31:36 | More by farrago
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grass nose. Flavor has hints of honey and fruit but a drying finish. Replaces Portsmouth Lager. Best before Nov 2009, $8.99 for a 6-pak at Market Basket Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:26:13 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:55:33 | More by Sammy
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy tangerine-orange with a slight, creamy, ivory-bone colored head that quickly dissipated without leaving much of a lacing. There is a nice haze or turbidity suspended within the drink, giving it a murky nature.

S: soft orange peels with a faint fresh orchard like hopping. Honestly the aroma so soft and muddled it was hard to detect any individual spicing here. Overall the aroma was muted and slightly disappointing per style.

T: For flavor an initial showing of dry orange peels come through with a noticeable orchard like flowery hopping. Tart tangerines and lemon peels with a faint peppery touch are also detected. A sour fruitiness and floral like hopping closes things out with a light touch of damp citrus. Overall didn't find the spiciness as pronounced as other better interpretations with a muddled overall taste.

M: a nice carbonation tingle with damp citrus and a soft fading sourness on the finish.

D: Ok drinkability, nothing terribly exciting or worth rushing or seeking out. A mindless downer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 22:22:08 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Fruity, wheat beer aroma. Smells quite spiced. Not a whole lot of saison funkiness detected.

Light and fruity what beer taste upfront, immediately overrun by spices. Fairly bitter until the finish, ends up dry with lingeirng spice.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, not much of a saison. Not a struggle to drink by any means, but the spice is more than necessary.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 02:23:46 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of BigMike


3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy orange/yellow.
Smells of malts and spice.
Spicy, Pepper, orange, lemon, light pine hops, and clove.Light spiciness. Clove and orange rind are there. Light sweet orange and lemon citrus are in the forefront. Slight touch of pinapple is also present.A piney hop bite finishes it off.

A decent drinker from smutty. Nothing special though. I wouldnt necessarily seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 22:37:32 | More by BigMike
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bright light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt, an estery yeast and lemon zing.

The taste featured a grainy malt, earthy and estery yeast and spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and clean.

Overall a tasty and estery pale ale.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2009 23:31:52 | More by plaid75
Photo of deanhead


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, no head o speak of, clearly an unfiltered offering
Aroma is wet leaves and cardboard
Malty, biscuity taste. Slight gingery, yeast taste, Ever so llightly phenolic with light spice
Sour finish, bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, but still light bodied.
Light bodied, and thin finish. Mostly unremarkable. It is fairly drinkable. This beer sorta leaves me with a mystery as to what it's expectations are too be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 01:00:28 | More by deanhead
Photo of smcolw


2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light off-white head that leaves no lace The color is yellow-orange and very cloudy. There's even some yeast clumps floating. I kinda like that.

The smell is not what I was expecting. My first impression is dirty laundry, closer to an older wet diaper. No Belgian yeast, no spice. The malt is barely noteworthy. No hop.

The flavor is a huge improvement (it had to be). I do detect some orange rind and clove. Mostly malty on the tongue. The finish is lightly sour and short lived. The body is respectable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 18:26:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass and in the lighting appears a hazy orange color with a fast dissipating head and little lacing. Smell is ok and taste is very pleasant ...very balanced malt and hops...after having so many IIIPA's and hoppy beers this was a pleasant surprise.

I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 07:52:28 | More by unionturf
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdmek9 for this fresh bottle! Poured into a tulip.

A: A finger of white bubbly head over a hazy copper. A little retention.
S: Big citrus esters at the pour. Good malty, sugary sweetness and mellow, earthy hops as well. Very balanced aromas.
T: A surprisingly grainy brew, much like a lager but with more complex citrus and earthy hops. There's only a light hop bitterness at the back of the sip. A touch of spice tickles my tongue. Biscuity notes come out, and there's more bitterness with warmth that reminds of me of fruit that hasn't quite yet had enough time to ripen. Balanced, and different from other Belgian styles I've had.
M: Higher carbonation with a pretty light body and a relatively dry finish.
D: Definite Belgian ale characteristics. Though I'd have this interesting beer again, I don't know that I'd have it more than once in a single sitting (it boasts itself as a "session ale brewed with spices").

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 05:08:51 | More by washburnkid
Photo of jfmorey


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemware glass

Head disappeared quickly
Pale orange color

Light spicy aroma
Spicy taste was better than average but unremarkable

Certainly drinkable, so if the intent was to brew a Belgian style session beer this is a success; but I would prefer something with more character most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 02:10:12 | More by jfmorey
Photo of Liverpool08


3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy golden orange, with a small thin white head. Head fades quickly. Smell is very yeasty,moldy with a tiny bit of dried fruit.
Taste is very average. I expected more from Smutty. Taste a lot like a Harpoon UFO. Has that sweet, wheaty flavor but not much else. Also its a bit watery. Drinkibility is good and would be good as a hot summer day beer. But there are better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 15:20:54 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of HopDerek


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head that fades quickly leaving some spotty lacing. Smells of green apples, candied apricot, lemon, spices, honey, and pale malt. Tastes of peppery spices and coriander followed by honey, light Belgian candy notes, and pale malts. Finishes with some green apple, apricot, and dry grassy bitterness. Medium to medium light in body with decent carbonation. A little thin and watery feeling in spots and not too much Belgian character, but sweet with a dry lingering bitterness. Not one of my favorites from Smutty, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:47:35 | More by HopDerek
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a small frothy head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S- Citric orange sweet, a bit peppery.

T- Mildly sweet, a bit spicy. Plenty of orange peel.

M- Thin, light bodied. Well carbonated.

D- OK, nothing special here but OK on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 21:21:47 | More by JayNH
Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.