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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 jfmorey
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

jfmorey, May 08, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Liverpool08, May 07, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

HopDerek, May 07, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

JayNH, May 05, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of spice and pale malt with only a touch of hops in the nose.

Taste is full of spice upfront and pale malt in the middle. Clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering pale malt and spice. Again, very clean beer with no offensive flavors.

I like this. It's drinkable for the style and simple. It won't replace the Portsmouth Lager but they could have done a lot worse.

Brad007, May 05, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. One finger of creamy head with poor retention and moderate lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of corriander. Citrus is the form of lemon and orange. Grassy hops and very earthy.

3.0 T: Much more bitter than I'd prefer. Could definitely use some complexity in terms of malts. Main flavors are corriander and bitterness with a touch of orange. Dry finish.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit undercarbonated and not very smooth.

3.0 D: Not impressed with this one bit.

DavoleBomb, May 05, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $2. Freshest by Sept. 2009. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a hazed bright golden yellow color with tight off white head that stands about a finger tall. The foam leaves a minimal lacing on my glass. A nice looking pour, I'll give it that. The nose consists of tart green apples, sweet malts, and grassy hops. Tastes heavily of bready grains, as well as a peppery spice that starts off subtle and slowly increases in intensity. But, overall, pretty meh. Playing off the tastes this ale seems a bit watery, but with ample carbonation. Even still, I had no problem making my way to the bottom of the glass.

ClockworkOrange, May 04, 2009
Photo of kenito799
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber brew with a small head receding to a ring.

Aroma is ver nicely spicy, grains of paradise seem likely to be in use, maybe star anise.

The flavor brings lots of nicely tingly spiciness to a nicely balanced brew. Malt and mild hoppiness let the spice really take the lead. A very nice Belgian pale ale...reminds me of Ommegang's Rare Vos, with an even more pronounced spice profile. Great job.

kenito799, May 02, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Hazy golden under a small white head.

S: I'm getting mostly malt and maybe the slightest hint of spice. Really not a lot going on here. No lace, no retention.

T: Again, it's mostly malty, some sweetness up front with a bit of spice. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Light to medium body, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is fine despite the beer not bringing much to the table. Could it be a session beer like the label says? Sure, you're really just getting drinkability, not much else.

NCSUdo, May 02, 2009
Photo of cavman
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, but nothing spectacular by any means. Easy drinking Belgian that is saison like, without the subtle spice notes typical of a saison. Would I buy it again, probably on a hot day when I'm looking for something light after doing some sweaty work. Worth trying but nothing to write home about.

cavman, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a fairly dark golden color, pretty hazy from being in the fridge. It poured with a medium sized fizzy head that Quickly faded.

s: Hugely spicy, probably obnoxiously so, but I like it! Funky, peppery rye dominate with some grassy, lemony hops coming along as well.

t: Very dry and pretty bland overall. Nothing like the smell would suggest. Somewhat flavorless rye notes start things off leading to an herbal hop finish. Starts dry and gets drier.

m: Crisp and refreshing.

d: If it wasn't ninety degrees outside and hadn't just finished mowing a lawn, this probably would have scored lower. Not bad, but there are many better summer beers to be had. This reminded of a saison more than Belgian pale ale.

DIM, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thin, ecru cap that filled the glass perfectly. Head subsided quickly to form some patches along the top of the liquid and left strings of lace.

Aroma is of coriander and lemons at first. A second whiff reveals bubblegum, must, biscuits, toasted malt, tropical fruit and just an overall sweetness.

Taste is similar to the nose. Musty wheat, bubblegum, lemon and a moderate amount of spices. I must say that the flavor of this beer grew on me the more I drank it.

Dry and crisp mouthfeel with a light to medium-light body. Carbonation is high, but it fits.

Initially it was a little difficult to wrap my tastebuds around it, but this is a sessionable beer, great for doing some yardwork on a hot day.

ColForbinBC, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head. Not much lacing.

S: Musty, slightly spicy saw dust.

T: Light on all flavor, but it's not bad. There is some spice to it.

M: Similar to a cream ale. It is light bodied, but sort of silky.

D: You could drink this all night.

gameface23, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a Belgian style pale, you are going to be very disappointed in this beer. If you want an American style pale without pretentions, this isn't a bad place to stop and park. This isn't a Belgian, but if you get beyond that, you'll be okay. The beer is orangy amber in color with a foamy off white head that doesnt retain for long. This beer is loaded with carbonation and has that nice hazy appearance that makes it all the more enticing. The nose on the beer is earthy, a tad musty, and with some nice floral malts. There is no yeasty Belgianesque aromas and there isn't much clove and coriander, but I suspect the brewer added these spices to enhance the Belgian style. I might be getting a touch, a very faint touch, of allspice or something similar as the beer settles. Did I already mention that this is just not a good Belgian knockoff.

The beer is a touch on the sweet side, although it has some slight drying tendencies in the finish. It is light to medium bodied, but overall quite light, quite refreshing. The beer has some lemony notes, maybe some orange blossom and rind, some other florals maybe a touch of lavender like flowery textures. The beer has little in the way of hop, although there is a slight peppery and spicy bite in the finish that causes the mouth to pucker a touch. The beer is easy to drink and with a fairly low ABV, this isn't a bad session beer. Enjoy this beer for what it is.

albern, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a very lightly hazy amber orange, thick white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and drops some decent lacing on the glass, looks alright. Smell is interesting, very musty, rotten fruit, toasty malts, almost mildewy, mango, some sweet maltiness, lightly spicy, some bubblygum, almost a saison quality. Taste is similar, very weird, dry, bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, musty and dry in the finish, yeasty, some spice, hard to place exactly what is going on here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Didn't like it at first, but growing on me a bit, pretty interesting stuff.

Viggo, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose- Star Island Single

A- Hazy/ cloudy orange with a big thick soft white head. Decent ringed lacing around the head.
S- Spicy. Pepper, orange, lemon, light pine hops, and clove.
T- Light spiciness. Orange rind and clove are present. Light sweet orange and lemon citrus dominate. Slight touch of pinapple pokes through. Finishes of with a pine hop bite.
M- Light dry and spicy. fruity tart in the back end and finishing off with a creamy buttery pine hops.

Overall- A decent enjoyable fruity beer. Good for a summer BBQ.

NJpadreFan, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy amber with foamy white head.

The smell is a little grainy with some hop presence.

The taste is bit malty with some citrus flavors, orange, lemon, mild grapefruit. Not bitter but slightly sour.

The feel of this beer a nice crip light feel. Balanced quite well and would do quite well as a summer beer.

Duhast500, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tough beer to review. If this was review was based on style guidlines the score would be much lower. This pours out looking zippy, with a moderate white head that fizzes out slow but sure. stays fresh looking for a long time too! It's a dark goldne color, not bright but dense.

The aroma is mostly musty garden herbs, slightly spicey with a crisp-pale malt underneath.

The flavor is very clean, crisp and ligfht malty effect. It's got a classic American Pale ale herbalness, not that much hop though, it's subtle but very herbal and spicey. The yeast is much too mellow for a Belgian-style brew, too relaxed and not enough complexity. This is a simple, tastey beer but it's not much of a "Belgian".

I really liked this beer and had no problem treating it like a session beer. Too bad it's suposed to fall under the catogory of Belgian.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. A wispy head breaks to a spotty surface foam immediately.

Smell: orange, coriander, and some sugary sweetness is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: bready malt base with orange, lemon zest, yeast, and coriander. Bitterness is mild and there is a hint of sourness very late after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrives late. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is a little longer than expected.

Drinkability: this beer goes down in a mildly refreshing manner and is easy to drink. Worth a try.

Gavage, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best before: Sept. 09

A: Pours a deep-golden color with some orange highlights. A small and very creamy bright-white head forms and sticks around for a short time, leaving some artful splotches of lace as it recedes. Carbonation is pretty active.

S: Aromas of vaguely musty citrus, toasty malt, and some barely there spice. This smells not quite done, or something.

T: Tangy/slightly sour citrus, toasted malt, and a musty/moldy taste that seems like it doesn't belong.

M: Toasty with a sticky but bone dry finish that won't leave my poor tongue alone.

D: Something just didn't seem right with this. Next!

GbVDave, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of citan133
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Starts off with a thin white head, very thin, which dissipates pretty quickly. Nice orange-amber color. Nothing too crazy.

Gets lots of orange and banana smells, maybe a little spice. Kind of smells like banana bread.

Some nice fruit in the front, maybe a little orange, and some spice, probably coriander. All of a sudden this awful yeast/bread flavor jumps in on the finish, just a really obvious, very bitter and completely unpleasant taste, almost like its unfinished or something. It comes on about 5 seconds after I swallow and it's just really obnoxious. It made me shiver.

Clean and crisp like a session brew should be but that aftertaste....

That finish is just killing me. If it weren't for that you could definitely drink a bunch of these, which was their plan but that pungent yeast taste in the end makes me not even want to finish this. I love smuttynose but I won't be coming back to this one.

citan133, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained as part of a six pack. Had this at a bar before it was brewed on a large scale and enjoyed the light, fruity flavor. Poured from the bottle into a glass with a one and a half finger head and good retention. Brew was golden with a slight haze. The aroma hits with coriander and some fruitiness. Taste comes strong upfront with orange and some spices, most notably coriander. Leaves the palate extremely clean. Flavor is similiar to a Sam Adams White Ale, except the finish was cleaner. The mouthfeel is crisp with only a small amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high because of the clean finish and low ABV.

A good beer, although I enjoyed it better when I had in on tap, that could work well as a session brew. A solid offering that I think has mass appeal.

Gosox8787, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of ottovon
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

included as an extra from Ineedabeerhere.

A: pours a golden straw color, with a nice white head that falls quickly.

S: bready smell with a smell of citrus and coriander. there is also a slightly sweet fruity smell.

T: the smell comes through a bit in the taste. it is a little bready, and has the taste of some spices. it is a little bitter and peppery in the finish.

M: it has a nice mouthfeel. a medium body with light carbonation.

D: it is an ok beer. i dont think i would buy one though.

drank on: 04.13.09

ottovon, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for $9.99. Poured into a standard pint glass. Hazy orange color, with a slight shade of yellow peeking through. Fizzy white head. Minimal carbonation. Good amount of lacing. Smelled was a bit grassy and some coriander was noticed. Taste was quite pleasing. Hint of sugar, and a tiny bit of hops. Slightly earthy, but fruity at the same time. Reminds me of a nice Belgian golden ale, but with a bit more hops to bring it into the pale ale category. While the flavor didn't knock my socks off, the drinkability is a strong suite for this beer. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. Low abv. Easy to get through a few of these. There are not a lot of brewers that make a single nowadays, and Smuttynose did the genre right by crafting a fine example.

morebeergood, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 5.2% sessionable Belgian Style Pale Ale... you've got my attention. $8.99 for this fresh sixer at Bottle King in Dumont, NJ... I love the label too.

Served in a Belgian tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature. Best before September '09.

Appearance- Pours a hazy medium gold with a white soapy head that crests at three fingers briefly, before settling to a solid 1/2 inch. Each sip (read: gulp) leaves behind Saturn's rings in the form of thick, clingy lacing.

Smell- A nice mustiness is offset by a bready, spicy nose that also delivers a floral, perfumy aroma... delicate and very fragrant. It's clean and distinctive, with good balance of what seems to be orange peel, malt, and hops.

Taste- Spices, all of which are quite elegantly presented, unravel their properties while complementing a subtle bitterness from the hops. The finish is dry but not bone dry... all in all it's just really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Consistent and delicate, but at the same time active and rolling with plenty of interest. This is really great, it goes down so easily without the bellyfill of most BPAs out there... it has some of the same characteristics of a hoppier Belgian wit. I will certainly buy more of these for this coming Summer's festivities... hopefully in keg form for July 4. Great job Smutty!

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