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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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours slightly hazy pale gold under a 1” white foam collar that slowly recedes. S: Light fruit and citrus, palte malt. T: Citrus, slightly sweet start with a dry finish, some light biscuit. F: Medium to medium light body, soft palate. O: This is brewed with spice but there is not a lot of spice character in this beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of candcholt
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

This is a mild one, for those who enjoy saisons and summery wheats.

I got it on a great sale which made it a bargain. Totally drinkable. Wouldn't seek it out, but I'm glad I grabbed it from the fridge tonight to pair with slightly spicy barbequed shrimp (cooked in butter, Old Bay, Worchestershire sauce, and lemon juice). They played very nicely together.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

08/07/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is one of those beers that is so smooth on the tongue you don't get the benefit of the cold temperature. The glass was cold...there was condensation & all...but the creaminess hushed it all. As for flavor it's just fine. Great finish & actually leaves a hint of the crisp as it fads away. Well done.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured a pretty hazed golden yellow with a fat head of creamy foam that lasted well enough and left a layer on top. Some lace. Nose is earthy, funky beligian, with a touch fruit rind from orange and lemon, a bit of coriander spice and a cracker malt that sports a bit of dry biscuit. Taste follows the nose all the way. Except it offers a touch of tartness and as the beer warms the fruity scent of white grape to sweeten and enliven it so that the second half of the glass is even better than the first half. The mouthfeel is medium light and a amply carbonated.

This beer is an unexpected delight. A nice sweet honey kissed malt presence with belgian and fruity drink that surprises you as it continues to change in the glass form earthy to fruity as it warms. I got this in the singles and I am going to get one fresh just to see how it is.

Animated and lively =)

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love session ales (Boat Beer, Bitter American), and I love Smutty Nose. So I am pleased to review this beer on the high side. Wish it came in cans. Could be a regular for me.

A: Great apricot color and energetic pin point carbonation as it should, with a head ring that laces with plenty of stick.
S: Plenty of aroma that blends Belgian yeast with malt, and is fairly simple, inviting, appetizing.
Floral and spicy finish.
T: Again, plenty of flavor for a low ABV beer, follows the smell. Yeast, malt, grain, and a little pineapple. Sweet but balanced. Good clean finish, despite it being sweet, with faint flowers and coriander.
MF: Good sweet-bitter balance. Again, much simpler than a belgian, but who cares that it match the style: it's a session ale with spice - exactly right. Plenty of body.

Smuttynose offers a low ABV beer that I could make a repeatable go-to in my fridge. (If it came in cans). Bravo.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellowish green with a white head = little retention.

Smells of fresh citrus and sour yeast.

Taste is lemon zest and sour fruit backed by biscuity malt flavor. The finish is dry and clean. A very nice tasty belgian with a punch of hops and malt.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass: color is gold, head is off white, presents 1/4 inch thick, dissipates to a ring, some bubbles on the glass.

Smell is pleasant, definitely noticeable honey malt, as its sweet but not caramely, subtle yeast spice and grassy hop flavor.

Taste is crisp, flavor is milder than the smell would lead to believe, but still flavorful at this size: malt is lightly sweet, hint of toast, lighter flavor from the hops, mostly earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good carbonation, good lingering flavor.

Overall, a very good ale for this strength, nice honey malt flavor and good, crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of illpass78
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear but dense gold with a three-quarter-inch white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is moderate. Looks tasty.

Aroma: The nose is full of citrus, lemon and grassiness. Also some clove in there. It's a very full, inviting smell.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the citrus notes standing out the most. It also has a faint herbal quality to it. The grassiness in the nose is pleasant on the palate; it's not like drinking yard clippings or anything, there's just this "fresh cut grass" note going on. Some hop bitterness is also present. Alcohol is faint at best. It's a tasty session ale.

Mouthfeel: Decent body for a golden ale. Not watery, but certainly not heavy.

Overall: Pretty great sessionable ale. As American golden and pale ales go, this definitely has more complexity and flavor than most. Perfect spring or summer beer that can also work in the colder months. I had this while watching the Oscars; McConaughey might not drink this, but I'll have another.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Cranston, RI. Best by 11/29/13.. a few months past it's prime.

A- Pours a super hazy, light dull orange body with a small white head that reduces to a thin layer.

S- I definitely get the belgian spices in there .. cloves and some cinnamon, bananas, citrus peel.

T- Pretty light on the tongue with subtle flavors of oranges, citrus peel, banana, allspice, belgian yeast. Wheaty aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, sessionable. Pretty carbonated.

A decent beer.. I could definitely throw a few back on a hot summer day.

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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 mhaugo
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 4.7% ABV. There is a “best before” date inked on the glass, but it has been nearly worn off. The only number I can see is the year, which is “13”. I sure hope the rest of them call for out something in December.
Appearance: Brilliant, light amber. Only a thin ring of foam around the edges (3/5).
Aroma: Apples, cinnamon, and floral hops. Very simple bouquet (3/5).
Taste: This beer definitely features the characteristic cider quality of a Belgian Pale Ale in its base, but it’s very dialed back. I also pick up a bit of papaya and a whisper of hop flavor on the back-end (3.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium/light body, light carbonation (3.25/5).
Overall: Smuttynose claims that this beer is made as a “gateway beer” for people who are not into craft beer. Of all the Belgian Pales Ales that I’ve had that were dumbed down to cater to the the lowest common denominator, this is probably the best. I’m not crazy about the practice of neutering a style just to make it more approachable, but I’m also not in the business of selling beer. Ultimately it’s a nice, easy-drinking beer that I am absolutely passionless about (3.25/5).

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Photo of jifigz
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into this weird chalice glass that I found buried in the dirt in my yard. It is a pretty badass glass.

The appearance is very, very effervescent and bubbly and a golden hue. The head built up quickly and died almost instantly. The aroma of the beer is malty sweet and candy like with just hints of spice. The beer is a little colder than I would like. It was in my trunk overnight and the temperature got down to about 39 F so it is pretty chilled. The taste is very, very light and pretty much nonexistent. It is certainly a session ale as it is light in flavor and in alcohol. The lingering flavors after the swallow are just pure candy sweetness. The MF is very thin and watery with a touch too much carbonation.

This beer is okay but it is certainly very forgettable.

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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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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 1/10/14 printed on bottle

A: Clear golden color with 1 finger of white fizzy head. Head faints to a thin covering of bubbles that rests on the beer leaving very minute lacing.

S: First whiff produces aromas of grapefruit and grass. Hints of some tropical fruit sweetness as well.

T: Lemon and grapefruit sweetness hits you at first and then blends into a slightly spicy finish. Coriander spice and hints of sweet honey dew melon in the finish.

M: Light fizzy mouthfeel that softens the bitterness and spice.

O: Not bad. Good hop and malt sweetness mixed with a little spice in the finish. Refreshing combination, good summer beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light amber in the big glass. Modest aroma. It has a decent foam that renews itself with each sip. Body is light. Seems like a refreshing sort of summery beer.

Flavor is rather tart. Slight biscuity malt with a lemony edge. This seems a lot like the Victory Summer Saison. A crisp quaff that is a good thirst quencher, but not much for flavorful expectations. On tap at Burger, Tap & Shake in Washington, DC.

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Photo of champ103
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Cereal grains, peppery yeast, cloves. Bread and biscuit. That is it, pretty mild, but still enjoyable in the nose.
T: Again very simple. Maybe to simple. Cereal grains, a light clove like spice, and bread. Nothing lingers.
M/D: A light body with high carbonation. Effervescent and dry, though just to watery for me. Easy enough to drink. I finished a six pack on the beach, so it was good for something.

Very mild, to the point this is almost macro like. Though it worked for an easy drinking summer beach beer that you don't have to think much about.

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

We pour a brew of muddled honey coloring. It holds an initial two finger head of crisp, creamy, white bubbles, showing lower end retention. This, however, is nicely reproducible, in part, by a strong swirl. Bits of lacing are left around the glass as the head recedes. There is a moderate haze to the beer, no sediment, and light carbonation. The nose shows clean pale malts, with like chalkiness, fresh lemon zest, Belgian yeast, white sugar sweetness, and far off Band-Aid phenols. Our first impression is that the flavoring is pretty even throughout. As we sip, the taste opens with clean orange and lemon flesh sweetness, Belgian yeast, and pale, also Belgian-seeming malts. There is a flash of sweetness of apple cider vinegar, bringing us to the middle where plastic phenols, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla hit as the advertised spice. The finish is with a bit more bite of alcohol, more of that spice, coiny yeast, apple sweetness, and more Belgian, pale malts. The aftertaste shows nice fruitiness, with red cherries, apple, and pear, along with more yeast, pale malts, drying booze, and chalky, caramel sweetness. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is surprisingly nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with an initially thick coating to the mouth. The beer cools and satiates, but eventually dries the mouth with a more serious astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the cleanliness of flavoring, and cooling slurp. The flavor, as in the nose, was as spicy as advertised, which helped to greatly complement the paleness and the Belgian-ness of the yeast and grain profile. Things remained on the sweeter side, but fresh throughout the tasting. Admittedly, this was the first Smuttynose beer we bought back in the day, and it was because of the amazing pseudo-tranny mermaid on the label. Simply awesome!! Since then we’ve had this guy numerous times, and believe this to be a truly underrated offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By 03/26/12 (or 02/26/12, can't tell because the ink is slightly smudged on the single bottle I have)

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a finger and a half's worth of fizzy white head that fades to a thin layer of bubbles within a minute or 2

S: Starts out with spice and light fruits from the Belgian yeast, along with light malts and some sweetness. As it warms, it gets quite the lemon/lime note that takes over

T: Follows the nose, starts out with the spices and fruitiness, and then goes into a nice bready maltiness with some sweetness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A little too spritzy for the style

O: A solid Belgian-style pale ale with plenty of flavor while still being very easy to drink at 4.7%. Not really even close to the best for the style, but certainly a good American version

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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 JEdmund
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber color; very little head formation and it quickly disappears.

Smell is light but there’s enough to tantalize and invite, with its fruity/spicy notes.

Body is light and carbonation is fairly high, really helping keeping this sessionable. Flavor is also light, but it’s very pleasant and drinkable. Yeast fruity notes intermingle with light spices (coriander?) and there’s also a good, slightly sweet doughy malt finish. Bitterness is low.

I think the brewers accomplished what they set out to do. It’s nice drinking a 4.2% beer with plenty of flavor for being light. Also nice to have a lighter beer with Belgian influence (not sure I’ve had one before). This would be a great beer when you’re in the mood to put back a few, especially with food.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Mudville 9, NYC.

Pours pale gold, nearly clear, with a finger of slowly settling white head. Decent lacing clings to the glass in patches here and there. Aroma is pretty mild; some fruity yeast esters and honey sweetness; crackery pale malt; subtle floral and herbal hop notes.

The taste mirrors the aroma pretty closely; there’s a moderate sweetness with honey and fruit notes that dries out pretty well in the finish. Pale malt intermingles with light yeast flavors; the latter are quite muted for a Belgian-style ale and left me wanting more. Additionally the hops are restrained and only lend a slight bitterness and not much in the way of flavorsome hop character to the beer. In the end it feels like the volume has simply been dialed down a bit too much for my liking and the beer seems a little bland and uninteresting.

Moderately light in body; crisp carbonation; clean and dry mouthfeel.

Maybe I’m just not a Smuttynose kind of guy. While I haven’t found any of their beers to be distasteful or simply bad, I haven’t really been impressed with any of them either. To each their own, I suppose. This one just failed to make much of an impression on me.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow in color with a thin white head and no lacing.

Smell: Smells similar to a hefenweizen, wheat, hops, banana maybe.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied, with a lot of carbonation that you can feel. Taste is wheat, hops and citrus.

Overall: Decent beer, nothing really special about it. It was refreshing.

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

I poured this beer and it has a nice golden color body with a nice small white head that holds it own for a while. The smell is of wheat and some citrus. The taste is has a nice light citrus flavor with some graineness to it. The mouth feel is very nice and overall a good beer for summer and could use it as a session beer.

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