Smuttynose Star Island Single | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single
625 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.02/5  rDev -12%
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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
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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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear goldenish hue with constantly active bubbles. Over two fingers of white head when poured in a pint. Great head retention, shrunk down to a thick ring which lasted throughout. Lacing was among the best I've seen.

S - Some hops in the nose, perhaps a bit floral in nature. Definite citrus in the nose. The light spiciness was there, but I was unable to identify, perhaps coriander. Also something a tad off-putting that I can't identify, almost adjunct-ish.

T - Good balanced taste, some light bready malt flavor gives way to moderate hop character and a clean, slightly bitter finish. Spiciness is there and lightly complimentary. Refreshing.

MF - Nice smooth character, on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Perfect carbonation and a good finish. Certainly drinkable.

O - A session indeed. Looked fantastic, tasted good. Nice balance. Smutty doesn't try to knock your socks off here, just craft a nice ale.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 625 ratings
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