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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single

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324 Reviews
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Reviews: 324
Hads: 625
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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Reviews: 324 | Hads: 625
Photo of ottovon
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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

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Photo of RTEdmunds
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a pure white head. Pretty good retention. Looks nice.

Some floral notes and a little fruity.

The taste is mild. A bit soapy, and hop presence is minimal. Aftertaste has a hint of spices and yeast.

Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

First time I've been disappointed by a Smuttynose product, I'm sorry to say. The soapyness killed it for me.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. i didnt catch any sort of freshness information, but this brand has been in chicagoland for less than a month so i assume its fresh.

A- the pour is a hazy golden colored body. there is about a half finger of bright white head on top that lasts the entirety of the glass. small, random, spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the first thing i notice is an off metallic twang. not that pleasant. after that i get sweet pale malts and a little bit of cereal grain. herbal smelling hops at the end.

T- the taste is also filled with the metallic twang. it reminds me of an adjunct lager. maybe its corn or rice or something? sweet pale malts and some herbal/grassy hops finish this one off.

M- light bodied and thin with an aggressive level of carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden and basically undetectable.

D- meh, this one isnt for me. maybe its a poor example of the style, or maybe the style just isnt what im into. either way, i probably wont be buying this one again. im still glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head. Hazy sienna yellow color with a little glow. Smells of spice, and strangely enough a wee little bit like a hair permanent. Taste is medium spicy with a fairly long acidic zing. It's an unusual beer yet maybe an acquired taste and smell.

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Photo of alexhammond
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Really has this burnt orange color to it that is hazy nad has a tiny head. Little retention and no lacing evident. Smell is very muted, has a lemony bitter aroma if anything. Taste is ok, not a belgian ipa by any means. probably infected as its tart as all hell and has a bitter lemon/raspberry flavor to it. Refreshing in this hot weather, but not a belgian ipa to me by any standards. carbonation is nice though there is no head retention. Drinkability for me is high on a day like this becuase its so refreshing but not worth seeking out to great lengths at all.

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Photo of movingtrain
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a very small head.

Smells of ginger, light malts, cinnamon, some sugar, wheat and bread crust.

Taste is very ordinary...plain...malty. This is a session beer, for sure. This tastes like a spice pilsner. Some leathery notes, and ginger in the balance...

This is a decent beer...drinkable for sure...but nothing special about this one. Which, I suppose, is part of the appeal of this one.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had several of these in the previous weeks and a few of the top examples of this style.

I love Orval, possibly my top Trappist. And unfortunately this session beer is in another class. So different it seems more like a season beer than pale ale.

Dropped a stellar looking foam that completely vanished.

Lemony smell. Coriander I think.

Watery. Session beer that has a sad. No real body. Fizzy.

Tart, crisp, refreshing. Great summer barbecue beer.

I would want a 30 pack of these and some pork.

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Photo of Dope
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear golden straw pour. Very bubbly. Small white head that fades fast. Little lacing or retention.

S: Wheaty. Maybe a little malt and a little citrus.

T: Very plain, bland flavor up front. Aftertaste is better. Wheaty with a bit of belgian yeast and some spice. Maybe a little apple and pear. But up front it's just....bleh.

M: High carbonation but has an odd coating mouthfeel to it. Not unlike a slick hop oil coating but there is very little in the way of hops in this.

O: I tried to find some good in this beer but honestly it's a middle-of-the-road BPA at best.

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Photo of vrazionale
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Burnt orange body with a modest, uneven head formation.

S - Caramel, roasted nuts, herbal notes, and a fairly pronounced skunkiness. I hope that this bottle has gone bad, because this smells like skunky macro beer. Not an impressive nose at all.

T - Nicely sweet and spicy on the finish, lots of fall flavors here (it reminds me of pumpkin beer, actually!). The finish is lackluster, but this is not the kind of beer that is meant to be savored, so I haven't marked it off too hard.

M - A bit sticky and clumsy. It could use a bit more carbonation, I think.

D - Not a terrible brew, but definitely not one that I will be seeking out. It would work just fine with standard American pub fare, but this is not the kind of beer for food pairings. This brew is simple, easygoing, and straightforward. It's a fine beer to drink if you're not trying to think about your beer, and certainly a more-than-adequate alternative to macro brews at a bar.

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Photo of jampics2
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

About 8oz from a bottle @ Heinen's Smuttynose VS Sierra Nevada smackdown.

Had this once before and didn't love it. Let's see how it scores with the second visit.

Filtered gold with a small head. Looks OK, wish it wasn't filtered though!

Smells of spices and Belgian yeast. Honey and biscuit/bread malt and a touch of orange and coriander.

Taste is OK. Coriander, sweet malt, some citrus hints, yeasty esters hardly even qualify this as a Belgian. Spices distract from what should be the main focus. Touch of bitterness in the finish but average in every way.

Mouthfeel on this beer sucks. OK, so it could be worse if it was flat, but it's WAY too carbonated. Past the point of being distracting. Body is seriously light, which is alright for the style but not for my tastes.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden very transparent, no cloudyness and head forms white and thick but quickly dissipates.

The aroma is full of pale malts, slight biscuit malts with a hint of earthyness. not a hint of any yeast.

The taste is well not what i expected. This is a not for me kind of beer. It almost tastes like a regular pale, Shoals perhaps with a Belgium yeast. That said the taste starts with a mouth full of carbonation, the base malt comes through but perhaps munic and biscuit malts create a slight buttery middle taste. The finish is dry with a grain aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall not my kind of beer an average pale all around for me

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden ale with a white head and webs of delicate around the top of the glass.

S - Citric acid, coriander and honey malt. Not too good (not too bad either).

T -A bit of light malt, faint oranges and limes and a hint of coriander. There is some earthy flavor underneath it all. Aftertaste is like the bitterness of coffee without any of the other flavors of coffee.

M - Medium bodied, neither thick nor thin, neither harsh nor smooth. Pretty refreshing.

D - Surprisingly not so bad overall... I enjoyed drinking it in spite of the smell and mouthfeel. Strange...

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Photo of jmerloni
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy yellow that's pretty bright and nice looking. Head is decent, white, and laces okay. Looks nice and earthy.

S - Bread, hops, grass, yeast, some weird malt smell like white table sugar.

T - Pretty gross for a Smutty. Tastes like liquified Flinstones vitamins stirred up in a light commercial beer. Not one of Smuttynose's best offerings.

M - Light to medium body. Not at all dry...Sugary malty flavor lingers in your mouth and coats the back of your tongue.

D - Somewhat drinkable if you like the taste of it...I'm surprised Smuttynose has kept this beer around as long as it has. The worst beer of their's I've tried. Wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from mixed 12 pack.

Slight haze in a golden yellow body. Lots of effervescent bubbles. Small, off-white, gauzy head. Not a lot of lacing. Spicy nose, with notes of anise, grains of paradise, and maybe orange peel. Fruity bread malt and yeast underneath.

Grainy, slightly toasted malt up front. Mild mineral water bitterness. Spices show up mid-palate, with a fruity, bready malt base. Allspice, grains of paradise, and some orange peel. Yeasty banana and a hint of clove near the finish. Peppery hop bitterness into the fade with lingering spices. Moderate to light body with a lively feel. Not bad, but not too up my alley.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Brewtaster34
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fairly cloudy golden color.

Smell: At first you smell the spice then the fruit overall hard to pin down but a little sweet.

Taste: Similar to smell first the spices hit your tongue but quickly turns fruity. Not much of an aftertaste the flavors dissipate quickly.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, but with plenty of flavor very crisp finish.

Overall: At first I really liked this beer but after having a few I'm not quite as high on it. Still a good beer tho not sure I would get a six pack but happy to have 3 in a smuttynose sampler. Unique but not stellar.

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Photo of Paincane
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale hazy yellow-gold poured into pint glass producing a thin white head leaving little lacing.
S: Subtle nose with bread, wheat, citrus and faint coriander aroma.
T: Citrus and wheat in lightly flavored beer. Slight hop presence noted.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean, refreshing and crisp.
O: Average beer without much complexity. Cool summer beer that did not weigh me down.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before July 2012:

Into my chalice:

A: light hazy golden orange colored body yielding a one finger white head that lasted for about fifteen seconds, lots of bubbly carbonation is seen rising the same color body with tons of bubbly carbonation surfacing quickly, very little lacing was left and no rings appeared.

S: spices and malts combined pretty well. There wasn't much else to note.

T: wheat up front with the spices and malts taking more of a subdued second place. A bit of sourness came in close to the finish that ended up making the taste slightly bland.

M: light with a decent amount of carbonation felt, sessionable

O: its lightness makes this a good brew to have this time of year, I would like to have other Belgian pales before I make the statement of having this again or not. I'm just wondering if this needs to be fresher to have a better quality (not sure)?

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Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served with a fine off white head and a lilttle lace. Color was a cloudy medium amber. Aroma was lemon, bitter yeast, and malt. Reminds me more of a weiss than a Belgian. Also a bit roasty. Body was good and so was carbonation. Finish was like flavor and of medium length.

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Photo of dubbletrouble
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Has a peachy, carmely color.

S: Smells of clove and orange

T/F: A light spiced hop taste with and even lighter body. Flavor is mild, but it finishes clean.

I was un-impressed with my first taste of this beer out of the bottle. On my next glass, however I poured it into a glass and added an orange. This seemed to heighten all the sharp spicy flavors.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/4" lacing of head. Yeast and spice come through nicely in the nose. Taste is malt, yeast, and spice; fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and clean; well carbonated. Not unhappy I tried it.

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Photo of Ambiorix
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled. Poured into a Sam Adams beer glass.

A: Cloudy, medium gold pour, with a desne, foamy white head.

S: Bready, sweet corn.

T: Bready yeast, coriander, lemongrass, lemon meringue pie. A dry finish with little hop character.

M: Refreshing, light bodied.

It's certainly sessionable, but outside of its refreshing character, I don't think I'll try this one again.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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!

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.