Smuttynose Star Island Single | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 323
Photo of fishkab
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint. Best before July 2011 notched on the label. These bottles came from their variety pack.

This beer poured a nice golden body with a good amount of clarity. Very thin white head on top.

Aroma is on the sweeter side with some faint grains. A bit of floral hops in there as well.

Sweet grains, white grapes, and a bit of honey in the taste. Nice and refreshing, nothing to complicated. Picking up a bit of that coriander as well.

Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable brew from Smuttynose, there might be some more interesting beers out there than this but I wouldn't hesitate to have this one again.

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Photo of msolar
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine Belgian Pale. The flavors are very nicely balanced, although they are neither very big nor outstanding. They bounce between very nice malts and Belgian yeasts which are at the forefront of the beer. After that note however, the rest of the brew trails off with a bit of lemon zest and a very small hop profile, but their really is not all that much too it. The beer was fine, given its accessibility I will probably have it again, but it is not my first choice

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-review from a few weeks ago, not sure I did this justice, left original below, but tastes like a better version of Sam Summer to me, but there is not a whole lot of flavor there. I think if you like the idea of Sam Summer but are getting tired of it....try this, still a good summer beer.

Overall, an excellent summer beer, I like this better than the summer offerings I have had. I had this after 2 intense IPAs, so I was expecting no taste since my tastebuds were torched, but, this came through, I will give it a re-review alone, but if you can stand up to 2 quality IPAs, as a pale ale, that is solid.

Good pour, nice foam, big carbonation, as it should be. Smells of lemon and citrus, nice golden brown color.

Taste is strong, hoppy and dry, but not overboard, with a nice lemon/citrus twist, and it is all very well balanced, and very refreshing. Not too dry, and taste a hint of the malt as well.

All in all a very solid offering from Smutty, I was not disappointed, and I would look to this beer to have in the future, I am a fan. The best part is the drinkability. This is very easy drinking, and I could drink this all night and be happy about it.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours from a bottle with almost no head. Surprising considering all the carbonation in the body. Pours a semi-transparent deep brown yellow with plenty of bubbling throughout. No lacing to speak of either.

S - Nose is of faint hops and banana yeastiness. Smell is inviting and very similar to the taste.

T - The taste has all the banana of the smell, with some added bitterness from the hops. Not terribly bitter, but the added spices make this beer a bit more interesting. Faint alcohol taste that kind of spoils the experience however.

MF - Solid mouthfeel that's a bit on the thick side.

D - Good drinkability from the taste and complexity, but the alcohol taste kind of gets in the way.

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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy, visible carbonation, dark yellow color. Small white head which fades to a cap. Minimal lacing

S - Faint green grape aroma, somewhat like a white wine, and a bit of peppery spice

T - Subdued and inoffensive taste. A little bit of lemon is noticeable as is the green grape with a malty sweetness.

M - Very dry mouthfeel, tingly carbonation

O - Easy drinker, harmless, nice find in a mixed 12 pack. Nothing more, nothing less

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Photo of jhammel01
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy light amber with a white head. Lacing keeps on through out..

Smells of yeast and fruit. Possibly dark fruits.

This beer is pretty good. A bit of spice, possibly banana and other fruits. Finishes with a slight breadiness (not much) and yeast.

The mouthfeel came across as pretty watery. Not nessisarily a bad thing (I always feel bad saying "watery") but it was pretty thin.

Not bad at all. I always like to see an American Brewery pull off a nice Belgian ale.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ABOWMan
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ale poured a slightly hazy beautiful golden tan with a thin head and no lacing. The lack of head and lacing was only marginally disappointing.

The aroma was of spice and apple.

The flavor was pleasant with notes of corrander, sweet apple, bitter hops and yeast.

The mouthfeel was crisp, and slightly thin but still very palatable.

Drinkability was very good. A truely refreshing summer pale ale that left me wanting more.

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Photo of madtrixter787
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle at the local Total Wine store to try because I had not seen this Smuttynose in VA before, and being from Maine I have a soft spot for anything brewed above NY. Poured into glass to reveal 1 finger head that disappeared within the first few minutes. Appears a nice light orange with some haze. Smell was nice, but nothing too overwhelming about. I can understand the claim of a hint of banana, but a bit of a stuffy nose was not helping. Taste was good, with hints of spice and orange coming through in time. The beer has a good mouthfeel with a clean crisp bite. Drinkability was good, I can definitely see coming to this beer for a nice summer afternoon on the porch. Is not too overwhelming, but allows enough flavor to rise above other summery ales. Overall a good experience.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange from the bottle with one finger of head that laces nicely till done.
smells of spices and Lemon.
Taste is of Lemon and sweet breads, spices with hints of foral hops and grass. Very complex as you sip it and most refreshing.

Feels very nice in your mouth refreshing a bit tart also.
Overall I have to give this Ale a thumbs up 4.0 it is very drinkable smooth and different in its own special way!

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Photo of wchesak
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starting back into beer reviews as well as beers I noramlly would not purchase. Trying to stray from the extreme for awhile. Poured into a Great Divide Yeti snifter.

A - hazy golden straw, 1/3 of fingers worth of white small, very small bubbles compose the head, thick lace to start with

S - bready and lemon nose start, like a lemon poppy seed cake, aromatic white wine grape juice - gewurztraminer or viognier; very similar to Stone 10 10 10

T - taste is much less pronounced, some DME, bready malt, very lame lemon accent, slight tart/bitter after taste

M - light bodied, good bubbles to it - enjoy it for the beer style

O - if this came in a can, i could see myself buying sixers of this for the summer, nice aroma really helps it and the flavor is just enough to make you feel like you got something and want more of it

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jfmorey
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Kallessin
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a smallish white head. At first, I didn't pour the whole bottle and the beer was extremely clear. After pouring the rest the beer clouded right up - likely from some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma has a light fruity spiciness with some doughy bread. I picked up a slight astringency, but not unpleasant. A very light subtle aroma.

A lot of similar flavors as the aroma. Light fruitiness - mostly pear, white grape and tart apples. I get a little peppery spice and doughy bread. Very little bitterness. It leans more towards the sweet side.

It's a very light bodied beer with some prickly carbonation. A little warming sensation. Crisp and dry on the finish with a lingering dryness.

A very drinkable beer. I enjoyed the light subtle flavors. I think it lacked a little depth, but otherwise a nice beer.

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Photo of Tidesox28
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10/13/13 printed on bottle

12oz bottle poured into a Moat Mountain pint glass.

A: Hazy, golden color. Less and a finger of white fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Tropical notes. A wheat characteristic Hints of honey. Possible coriander. Black pepper.

T: Thin body. The coriander that was in the nose. Slight lemon and grapefruit. Pleasant in the back with with the spices that linger.

M: Fizzy. Slight bitterness.

O: It is what it is. Calls itself a Session ale brewed with spice. I would think a great beer to drink multiple ones on a summer day. Possibly a good beer to use in order to introduce your macro lager drinking friends into craft beer.

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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: straw yellow with a nice finger of soapy head dissipating into an extremely almost non-existent lace.

S: sweet grains, citrus come through

T: malty up front, floral hops a note of citrus and a sweet finish. There is almost a fruit taste somewhere in there, banana? Spice is present as well, perhaps coriander.

M: medium bodied,light carbonation

D: a nice easy drinker, but also brings enough flavor to keep things interesting.

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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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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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