Smuttynose Star Island Single | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 06-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 323 | Ratings: 626
Photo of Risser09
1.42/5  rDev -59%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of PoorArtist
1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy urine yellow
S: Acidic and unpleasant; not like lemon; more like lemon rind
T: Like a cheap mass-produced lager, Yuengling for example, with an unwelcome metallic finish
M: Somewhat velvety, then dry and acerbic.
O: Whenever a brewer puts "sessionable" on the label I'm skeptical. What does that mean? Watered down? Smuttynose is a good company that makes some interesting craft beers, which makes this mediocre beer seem that much more disappointing. Call me cynical, but this beer seems more for profit than pride.Tastes very similar to Yeungling, but is considerably more expensive; doesn't merit the "craft beer" pricing.
V: Bad Value: I deduct another half point.

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Photo of corby112
2.08/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange with golden yellowish tangerine hues when held to a light source and a one finger white foam head that immediately disappears into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with some toasted malt character that has a hint f biscuit. I'm picking up some faint earthy hops but not much of the spice that the label speaks of. Slightly zesty and peppery with possibly some coriander in the nose as well as some butterscotch.

Medium bodied with much more of a spicy presence than the aroma suggested. Tight carbonation with lots of zesty, peppery spice as well as some coriander and a tongue coating unpleasantness. It becomes thinned out mid-palate with some earthy hops and subtle malt. I'm also picking up some slight estery light fruit notes but overall the heavy spice presence up front dominates this beer, making it pretty tough to choke down. The flavor opens up a bit more as it warms but unfortunately the main flavor is lemon juice.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.11/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy light copper with a small white head that disappears quickly. Little lacing. Smells strongly of coriander and sugary sweet pale malt. Faintly fruity and fairly off-putting. Loads of coriander again in the taste, with some very light pepper. Quite sweet generally, and with a lingering, cloying finish. Light, yet somehow syrupy's a paradox. I generally really like Smuttynose, but this is just flat-out bad. Couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of Wamesit
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright hazy orange. Finger of white head that gives way to slight lacing.

S - Sweet honey malts, just a hint of citrus. I did not pick up any of the classic Belgian yeast aromas.

T - Malty. Very malty. Honey sweet, not caramel. Clean. The finish has the slightest touch of hops to it. Not what I expected out of a Belgian Pale Ale.

M - Light. Crisp carbonation.

D - This drinks like a Pilsner, which is was BPAs where created to rival. It is light and smooth but again, just go for a Pilsner.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.34/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - An impressive and surprising golden yellow with a light frothy head. A less than impressive lacing. The color soon settles to a dissapointing caramel brown.

Smell - Smells like your traditional Belgian ale with hints of lemongrass, banana and faint wheat.

Taste - Sort of a cleaning supply taste. Not a very good attempt on Smuttynose's part at a Belgian ale. A light yeast taste with a lemon zing. Very light bodied.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite drinkable. But not a very impressive belgian attempt. Average and easily forgettable. Hoppy and live in your mouth.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Look: golden with a lot of bubbles leading to a thin head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

Smell: I'm just getting a little maltiness and some spices.

Taste: very disappointing. Tastes like a Red Stripe with some spices added to it.

Feel: thin and sweet with some bitterness but not much. Feels like an adjunct lager.

Drink: high because that's the only redeemable quality of macro lagers, which is what this tastes like.

Overall, very disappointed. Smuttynose has made some of my favorite brews but this is incredibly disappointing. I'm surprised they put this one out, honestly. It tastes like an adjunct lager and not a Belgian pale. I would avoid at all costs.

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Photo of smcolw
2.57/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a Belgian pale ale...d'oh. Total miss guys.

Beer is light amber and hazy with nearly no head, low carbonation, no real lacing, eh.

Aroma is mildly sweet and really grainy, not making me excited to dive in I'll tell you that much.

Beer is sweet and mildly lemony, I'm annoyed at how simple and not pleasing this beer is. Am I striking out tonight? It is thin, has some grainy aftertaste. Not a repeat, for sure.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out super pale yellow, with a little white head on top the fizzles away into basically nothing. The smell is a little training but that's about all, no really good hop aroma at all. The flavor is rather mild, just a hand full of malts in the taste. Nothing a lot of complexity or anything else happening here. The mouthfeel was pretty light also. This is a decent summer brew to say the least.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cleann deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, quite pilsner like with a small note of candy sugar. In the taste, a pils like bite, a small presence of yeast and a touch of fruit. A small pils bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry and a small yeast presence in the aftertaste. More a pils with Belgian ale notes.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brass-colored with vibrant bubbles. Aromas of grain, sea air and, in the background, fruit. Light bodied with assertive fizz.

A pilsner-like malty snap kicks things off flavorwise, becoming more cereally on the midpalate. At the end, subtle spices swirl around a slight bitterness.

If your beer tastes tend towards tyranno-ales, this is a "lite" option to have on hand. Curiously for this style, I didn't enjoy it much. I need man beer!!

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Photo of babaracas
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly hazy amber with one finger white head that settles quickly leaving a few chunks of lace along the way. Smell: not much - a little pale malt, some sweet spices and a fleeting toasty note. Taste: more of the same, a light apricot like fruitiness, mildly sweet and just a little tart. Really thin with a sweet, drying finish. I know this is supposed to be an easy drinking spring/summer beer, but a very weak effort from Smutty.

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Photo of joepais
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Portsmouth brewery. It was served in a pint glass a finger worth of white head that went to a thin lace the body was a pale yellow.

Aromas of light yeast and grain came from the glass. The flavor was like a blond ale with some spice thrown it. It was light and watery in the mouthfeel department.

As you can tell I am not digging this brew. This is a pour example of a Belgian pale or an abbey style single at that. I heard someone at the bar said it reminded them of a light beer. I am really sorry I wanted to like it but I couldn't, average at best. I may be spoiled because I have had the tops in this style. This one comes way short of the mark in aroma, where is the Belgian yeast? As for the flavor, where is the typical spice and carbonation for my tongue? I know some people may think I am hard on it because it replaced the Larger but really I'm not. Smutty you can do better
Oh ya it drinks like a lite beer so I guess its drinkable

Edit I saw this poured into a tulip glass today with a rough pour and it looked better so i upped the score

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Photo of nickthetick
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear light gold into a Duvel tulip with an extremely bubbly that thins out to nothing.

S: coriander, a healthy dose of caramel and wheat, some orange and light lemon.

T: spicy and sweetness from the malt mingle well. Orange and lemon zest linger on the tongue.

MF: medium to heavy body, light carbonation and a tad dry.

O: not a great BPA, not that great of a beer.

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Photo of citan133
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a partial lace.

S: Spicy and sort of skunky aroma.

T: Similar spicy skunky flavor – coriander and some yeast notes.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Weird spicy beer – nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of mattsdenney
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours a hazy, pale yellow-orange color with minimal head and lacing.

S: Dried fruit, sweet malt, light hops.

T: Light hop bitterness with a touch of wheat, grape. No presence of aftertaste to speak of.

M: Light, crisp, carbonated.

D: It's drinkable but mainly due to the light body and lack of taste. Maybe that's what they were going for.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, just picked up a Smutty mix pack but it is past its prime. Best by Feb, 2011..Doh! poured this into my snifter.

I smell lemons and wet, almost musky and sweet malts. The musk is probally due it is past prime.

This is my first BPA, and as I read earlier the bitter hop aspect is not the focus. I taste the lemons and wet grassy hops, but this beers sweetness is a little to much for me.

creamy mouthfeel, undercarbed but actully pleasant. If it was fresh I'd imagine this to be quite drinkable.

Overall it seems to be a good beer and I will seek a fresh one eventually and edit this.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh, how I wanted to like this beer, but with American brewers tackling the Belgian pale/golden ale genre with incredible vigor lately, this offering from Smuttynose just seems - well - pale.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a medium white head that falls to no lacing. The aroma starts weak, with a bit of grain and some slight fruit. But as it warms, a bit of apricot or preach peeks through. The flavor is slightly fruity - again, apricot and peach, with a little allspice and clove - but ultimately it is weak and thin. The mouthfeel is terribly thin and the finish is slightly sour.

A net disappointment.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger pure white somewhat sticky head that leaves decent lacing behind. head dissipates in about 2 minutes to a decent sized ring around the glass.

Smells of a slight hop bitterness that produces some spice aromas. very, very faint aroma. Couldn't get much citrus or fruity characters, which would be nice for a light bodied session brew. Not enough of a hop profile as well imo.

Taste has the same faint hop bitterness, some hop spiciness, and is also subdued. Does have a bit of citrus here, though, which makes it better than the aroma. Still which there was more of a hop profile.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied. I know that this is supposed to be a light bodied session brew, but it just isn't appealing to me. Extremely light bodied and extremely carbonated, i've had much better belgian pales than this. Very disappointing considering it's coming from Smuttynose.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smuttynose Star Island Single ABV: 5.8%

A: The appearance is a golden, orange color that is hazy from what appears to be sediments floating in the beer.

S: The smell is musty and malty. The smell is not very appealing to me, but we will see how the other features turn out.

T: All I have to say is MALTS! It is a malty beer. Also, can taste a bit of a sweet sensation (citrus tasting??), grassy hops and other spices.

M: This beer has a below average mouthfeel because of how malty it is to me. First off, Malty beer isnt really appealing to me, but it just seems to overpowering. Therefore, if you like a malty beer, then this might be a beer for you.

D: The drinkabilitiy is smooth, other than it being malty. Would I buy again? probably, but if I had another choice then I would probably pick another beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass) best before March 10
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a sea of big bubbles supporting a bubbly white net of head that is soon gone.
S- This beer has a nice wet stone aroma that gives way to a very light sulfury quality that is soft aswell
T- This beer has a clean flavor with a slight tart hint and a mineral water taste in the finish. There is a carbonic acid bite that gives way to a soft non-descript hop flavor and light dull dried spice hint as the beer warms a good bit. The note of orange in the finish comes through in the last few sips.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish. D- This is a very light and subtle beer with was not offensive but just didn't seem worth drinking.

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Photo of johnwarne
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Smutty? Yes, indeed:
A Belgian pale ale? Think not,
Better look elsewhere".

Sorry--for a brewer of renown, this one didn't do anything for me [other than to discourage me from having a second one]. There are far better representatives of the breed than this example, I assure you.

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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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