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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Reviews: 323 | Ratings: 626
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a yellowish-amber color with a single finger of white head that lasts for two minutes but leaves only minimal lacing behind. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells mostly of yeasty phenols and a touch of fruity esters (pear and apple). Tastes about the same, but with a touch of graininess as well which helps to provide a framework for the phenol spice. This is...a simple beer. Not that simple or clean is a bad thing per se, but I've had sessionable beers with a lot more complexity than this one before.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with a very thin head. Scent is full of wheat and citrus with sweet malt tones. Taste is very earthy and refreshing. Texture is great for an easy, light drinking summer beer. Lots of grain taste in this brew that delivers an overall sweet taste. Leaves a slight chalky after taste. I think this is a lot better than the ratings reflect.

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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 ummswimmin
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle as part of a multi-pack for a party a few months ago. They make for a very nice combination [note to Boston Beer: stop putting Boston Lager in your Sam Adams mixed pack!]. I especially appreciate the IPA and brown ale.

The Star Island single pours decently. It is a very light shade of brown with just a finger and a half of head. This head goes down quickly and leads to minimal lacing.

The smell is not very impressive. I get a wheat ale smell. It is really minimal.

The flavor is really funky. I really don't pick up much from this beer. I expected more from this one, but maybe I just got a bad bottle. I will pick up another bottle very soon to verify.

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Photo of djbst73
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass, probably served too cold, but hey, it's a hot day.

A- Deep gold color with significant haze. An inch of off-white head that leaves nice lacing the whole way.

S-Lots of citrus and a hint of wheat and clove.

T- I have to say this is really hitting the spot. I was concerned that the label said "brewed with spices", but it is well rounded with a bit of fruity sweetness and a nice bite. Coriander, maybe?

M- plenty of body, but by no means heavy.

O- Very enjoyable, and definitely seems sessionable on nice day outside.

Very disappointed I only had one bottle of this...

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Photo of obywan59
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This BPA pours a yellow-golden color with a pure white 1 1/2 finger head that looks substantial at first, but soon dissipates leaving a bit of lacing for awhile.

Spicy citrus and tropical fruit on the nose with some light sweet malt. A banana-like smell from the Belgian yeast.

The taste is less spicy than the nose. Tart citrus and more tropical fruit with light Belgian yeast and a hint of bitter hops in the follow through.

Medium bodied, but it clings to the tongue leaving a drying effect in the end.

This is a pretty decent brew. Light enough to be an easy drinker, but substantial enough to hold your attention. A good summer beer.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a yeasty overtone and subtle fruity notes. It pours a clear straw yellow - not inspiring (to me, anyway), but at least the white head is quite thick and fluffy. Flavor has a fruity core, apple and banana mostly, with malty and yeasty notes and a hint of butterscotch. Texture has firm body, if not a lot of fizz, but it does leave a fairly persistent tingle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle is labeled best before 8/29/12.

Appearance: light silvery-golden color with a light haze and a good effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. I like it.

Smell: lightly refreshing malt aroma with a light spiciness. It's kind of like a somewhat phenolic witbier. Interesting.

Taste: starts off with a refreshingly wheaty flavor (though I don't know if there is actually any wheat in here), then builds into a chalky muddled mess somewhere in the middle. There's a hint of unwelcome sourness as well. It is OK, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer has some good and bad points. I'm still a bit on the fence here; it is decent, but at first the flavor can be kind of grating.

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Photo of JWU
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- a translucent gold with orange highlights. A finger of bright white soapy head, that dissipates quickly.

S- grainy, soapy, a mild belgian funk, and some spices. Aroma just isn't overwhelming or inspiring.

T- ok, tastes a good deal better than the smell. Some slight sweetness up front gives way to a slight hop presence with a drying effect. Spicing is very light, but does add a little complexity.

M- the low spot of the brew. Fizzy, dry, and leaves a bit of a dryness on the palette.

O- Certainly not Smutty's best, but I do quite enjoy this on a hot, summer day. Quite refreshing.

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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 wafers
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mostly transparent upon the pour, light golden coloring
S: Aroma of berries, slightly soapy
T: Some sugary sweetenss, kind of fruity, hints of hoppy bitterness
M: Crisp, kind of pilsner-like
O: Decent beer, mostly enjoyable but does not really stand out in any area, the crisp flavor and mouthfeel are probably the strongest points of the brew

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Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny;s store in Plainfield, IL for $1.69. A best before date of May '11 is notched into the side label and this is now March of '12, so this beer is almost a year past its prime, so I'm not sure how well it's held up - but here goes.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with an incredible fast rising head. 90% of the glass was filled with white foam and it rose quickly, so be careful with the pour. Retention was good and so was the lacing, so no sign of over aging yet.

The smell was very lemony with other tropical fruits along with some mild spiciness in the background.

The beer starts out with a mild honey malt sweetness, but then the lemon and other fruit flavors from the Belgian yeast take over. Some coriander and white pepper make up the spice aspect and then it finishes dry.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it's kind of bland, but it's easy to drink and there's nothing in it that's offensive. No noticeable alcohol, but no hop character either.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy straw color with a small white head. Smells of sweet malt and slight spice, but not very strong at all. Tastes of wheaty malt and slight spice, more like a Belgian wheat beer, quite interesting. Carbonation seems right for this light bodied beer with no offensive aftertastes. Overall, an above average beer and something that is a nice change of pace from your regular pale ales.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden color with a foamy white head with good retention
S-lots of lemon and orange citrus with spice
T-Citrus flavored hops dominate the flavor, with the malt not contributing much flavor but curbing the bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp
M-light bodied and high carbonation
O-a very refreshing brew with great flavor. Perfect session beer for the summertime.

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

Ba Review #132
Served On: 02/29/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 07/04/2012

This was in the current mixed 12 pack I found at Self Serve Beverage in York, PA.

Look: Poured a clear golden color with very active carbonation - typical of a Belgian Pale Ale. The head was a thin cap of white foam.

Smell: There were strong notes of cracker and biscuit. Also a slight hint of Belgian funk. Some grassy hops were also present.

Taste: The cracker really seemed to dominate the palate. First was a high level of carbonation that ripped up the middle. Then the biscuit notes were picked up. The finish was a slight grassy funk followed by a dry finish.

This was a solid beer from Smuttynose. I'm not a real fan of the Belgian styles, but this seemed like a very palatable offering for anyone who can’t stand clove and banana like me.

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Photo of lstokes
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack at the local store. I'm not sure what to make of this beer--I want to support the concept of a sessionable Belgian, but it's grainy in the aroma and the spice--anise, coriander--is present in the taste but mostly just kind of floral and forgettable. I can hardly taste the yeast. Pleasantly carbonated, but I can say I forgot this beer shortly after drinking it and probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till March so off we go.

A very large and soapy but also very uniform shocking white head is made off the pour. Deep 18 karat gold color, crystal clear, fast rising carbonation, shiny lemon brass edges. Very nice looking.

Nose is very fruity. Small crisp green apple, Asian pears, some hot sense of yeast very nice.

Pale almost pilsner like taste. Wonderfuly crisp and carbonated in the palate but unfortunately not bring the sweetness sense, and fruit forward feel of the nose out into flavor. Some faint candy sweetness, carbonation and palate seems quite gaseous tasting and hot feeling. But it's kind of a fun feel.

Overall this is a real interesting Belgian style pale ale, it's very different and not what I expected, almost a cross between Pilsner and Belgian Ale or something. It's very refreshing.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle a while back:

This is a very drinkable beer and one that i'll get again. At this reasonable abv, it's an extremely drinkable beer. Good belgian light color with high carbonation. Great esthery aroma, and decent drinkability. I will get this beer again.

Would recommend.


I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not exactly sure of the distinction between a Belgian Pale Ale and a a Single but I assume a single is a little sweeter. This was a little sweeter than I'd assume a belgian pale to be but not bad.

Gold in color. Sweet aroma and flavor (almost like a Leffe). Very drinkable.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter; best by June 2012. Hazy straw-yellow body with a one-finger white head that leaves a smattering of lacing.

Smells like a hefeweizen with strong lemon and sweet malt notes prominent in the aroma. Light banana aroma follows.

The taste is not far from the aroma. Citrus flavors, primarily lemon come through strongly, backed by sweet and grainy malt notes. The Belgian yeast yields a light spiciness that helps the overall flavor balance.

Light texture and a slightly dry finish. I could see this being a decent summer session brew. Not overwhelming but solid.

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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 Kendo
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy, straw-yellow/light golden in color with a small white head. No real lace save for the occasional splotch.

S: Grainy - think cereal grains - with noted spice. Also a vinuous, champagne-like scent. Yeastiness also pretty strong.

T: Grains again, with some grassy bitterness playing second fiddle to the sweet stuff: fruit (grape skins, pears) and yeast. Label says there's spice in there, coriander seems to be the logical culprit. A bit too much graininess for my preferences.

M: Good feel to this one, with active but soft carbonation. Body is a tad bit lighter than medium in heft.

O: Decent stuff. It came as part of a mixed case, and I won't lament drinking this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes; consumed last summer in North Carolina

Pours an effervescent honey color with pearl colored head, Average head retention & lacing

S: Very grassy, some lemon notes, pears & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, some coriander also up front, along with pear sweetness. Some light phenols show as this warms, plus pears & grassy notes. Finishes dry with lemon grass notes

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

A fruitty/drinkable example of the style

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Sam Adams Perfect Pint, best by either June or July 2011. Big thank you to Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

The color is flaxen, straw blonde like hair. Its head is reserved, not attempting to escape the glass; it is of purest white and moderately sticky. While bottle conditioned, haze is minimal.

At this point banana and typical light Belgian phenols are at the fore, set against fresh baked wheat bread. Lemon.

Softly sweet now, the wheat bread turns more crusty or cracker-like. The yeast takes more of a backseat and there are traces of citric hops as well as moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite full with a balancing, bracing carbonation. There is the typical Belgian yeast matte feeling.

I do imagine with hops in place this is an exceptionally drinkable and more-ish beer. My small sampling of Smuttynose shows them to be a top notch brewery.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my favorite year-round beers, and a good reason to give Smuttynose some love. This ber is so crisp and has no disagreeable flavors in it. there is banana, some begian yeast, and a bit of citrus that make this a pleasure to drink. I could sit and drink these al day and when my cache of money dries up and I cannot afford those barrel-aged and limited release beers, I will come back to that pretty mermaid on the bottle.


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