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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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a small head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is mostly of malts, some spices and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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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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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's of Hampden.

A: The BPA is a radiant golden sun, a proverbial orb in my glass. Clear as day, the ale shows off no imperfections. Its white head, small and thin, is a sharp contrast to the ale.

S: The aroma is sweet, lightly so, but sweet nonetheless. As compared to Isid'or, I'd call this one dryer. The pale malts and yeast lend a tree fruit aroma.

T: The ale is refreshing and light, delivering sweetness from sugars and fruit and dryness (also fruity). The malts are light and bready, just a bit of toast amongst the grains. APple flavors stand out, offering just a bit of tartness. Coriander lingers around near the end of each sip. The dryness isn't overly sharp, just enough to make me want another sip. Some pear sweetness appears in larger sips.

M: The mouthfeel zings with the sweetness and the drying aspects recharge the tastebuds. The flavor profile is varied enough to stay interesting.

D: The ale weighs in a little high for a single. Despite that, there is no booziness lingering around.

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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 rosmhuire
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale coloring, tiny head.

S: A little bit of "spices", but tough to tell which ones. Nothing special

T: Plain, a bit uneventful, would even go so far as say bland.

M: Fine

D: Very drinkable, but only because it is completely uninspring.

This is the first Smuttynose beer that I have tried that I thought was lacking.

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Photo of taez555
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden yellow, highly carbonated, body with a nice white head.

Nose was a very nice inviting clean fruity light caramel malt with touches of citrus and even some mild wheat. It's a very summery weis or golden ale smell but with a very fresh cut grain smell to it as well.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a very strong cut grain and buttery caramel flavor. Not soft at all in it's bitterness or earthy hop flavors. They're all right there, but never overpowering. Touches of wheat, some yeast, very bready with lots of fresh grain flavors. Not a lot of strong spice flavors in this beer, although it can have some of that very subtle anise, or chalky cinnamon touches, but honestly you really have to stretch to find them. It's just a nice earthy hop/spice mix that gives some backbone but never really overshadows the very fresh malt.

As a belgian style Single, it's not really all there, however as a strict golden ale type beer this beer is a simply fantastic session beer. I normally avoid getting the Smutty mixed 12 pack unless it has the Porter (I love the Porter), but this is a nice alternative and although still not my first choice to replace the Porter I would have this again any time. Anyway, thumbs up on this as a great session ale. Awesome job Smutty.

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Photo of movingtrain
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a very small head.

Smells of ginger, light malts, cinnamon, some sugar, wheat and bread crust.

Taste is very ordinary...plain...malty. This is a session beer, for sure. This tastes like a spice pilsner. Some leathery notes, and ginger in the balance...

This is a decent beer...drinkable for sure...but nothing special about this one. Which, I suppose, is part of the appeal of this one.

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Photo of jiggahertz
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 BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine beer but it suffers a similar fate as other American brewed Belgian-style ales- they're too clean and not characterful enough.

The beer begins with a brigh golden color, quite clear, and with streaming carbonation. A short half-froathy, half-fizzy head shows good staying power and leaves only moderate lace behind. An ok look.

Aromas of biscuity and honey malts set the stage with light caramels, fruity esters, and spicy phenols. Rounded and complex, the aroma hits home.

Flavors of malts come across with a lot of unresolved honey sweetness. Tasty, but too much sweetness. Fruit of berries, apples, appricots, pineapple, papayas, and passion fruit have modest tones- they help to add complexity to the sweetness but they also amplify the sugary tone. Spices of white pepper, orange peel, and corriander help a bit but not enough. This beer tilts way too much toward the sweetness.

The body sings the same song. Sweetness up front never turns the corner into dryness. The beer shows too much caramel malts and never attains the well-attenuated character that classic Belgian Pales do. Maybe a more pronounced yeast could tear into that sugary mix and give more balance to the spice and ester contributions.

This is a good beer that sits more on the Saison side of things because of the sweetness... but there needs to be much more Belgian character in here. Thanks again Stiggs!

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a golden- yellow color with a bubbly white head that is a bit lacking. Clarity is good on this one.

S: Roasted grains, straw, light honey and ginger smell. Hops add a bit of peppery spice aroma.

T: Light roasted grain, bread, light toffee and honey and a bit of creamed corn. Hops are on the peppery side. Balance is to the malt in the finish.

M: Body is light to medium and creamy feeling. Carbonation is light and crisp.

D: Good flavor balance and easy to drink light body. Light enough and not strong but brings some solid taste characteristics.

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

A- slightly hazed orange amber with a nice expansive somewhT loose just off white head. It has a baby Swiss type bubbly surface and deposits equally bubbly lace onto the glass. Foam doesn't stick around very long however and within writing this paragraph it's become a thick ring with a mere sheen of white floating over the brew.

S- very nice fruity yeast aroma, seems like a good Belgian strain was selected. Some doughy and biscuit aromas stand firm behind the yeast providing a sturdy, although bland malt backbone. Sweet candied fruits, clove and banana, pineapple and canteloupe mostly, with some mild Orange, apple , pear, honey and peach. Some coriander and cinnamon spicy notes are in there but I can't tell yet which spices the beer is actually brewed with.

T- overall mildly flavored with yeast coming out first with melon and banana and white pepper spice flavors. There's a honey malt sweetness throughout as well as a soft noble hop type bitterness. Still not sure of the spices used, but if anything I can percieve some hints of cardamom, coriander, and bitter orange peel. Malt sweetness fades in the finish for a nice hop edge and biscuit finish.

MF- medium bodied and a little slick on the tongue, tight carbonation could perhaps be a bit more lively. A bit of alcohol dryness.

D- not a bad session beer but could be troublesome at just under 6%. The flavor and aroma of whatever spices this has been brewed with seem to get lost in the yeast somewhere, and nothing really stands out. Great fruity yeast aroma, but the flavor is a little muddled and boring for an ale of this type.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up because it was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. Didn't know what to expect or what category this beer fell into and after nearly finishing off the contents of my pint glass, I can honestly say that this is an easygoing, summertime beer and that it doesn't really fit in with what's popular this time of the year. It's not a bad brew as much as it's light and not that spicy as I was led to believe.

Decent pour to this - a bright amber color, little head, and no lacing as well. The taste to this was pretty light - not a lot of spice and notes of apple, pear, honey, and dough. Just a bit of spice in the aftertaste but the malt dominates here and this is about as easygoing as a beer gets. The mouthfeel is neither too light nor heavy, which does keep this enjoyable since the flavor isn't too terribly complex.

This is a great session beer even though it's about 5.80% ABV. I wouldn't drink it when it's too hot out since I could see this drying me out on a summer day but for other times during the warmer months, this wouldn't be a bad choice. The slight peppery aftertaste is all I can feel now that I've gotten through my glass and although this isn't Smuttynose's best offering, it's a decent take on a Belgian style.

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

Got a growler of this from a bar in portsmouth NH. Color was light with a hint of orange and a small but sustained head which left a great lacing.

The taste starts off mild gets slightly acidic and finishes with a faint hint of bitter orange flavor.

I try to get this whenever I am in the area its an all around great beer. Super easy and mild to drink but with some very complex rolling flavors.

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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 alexhammond
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden yellow color, with very small head. leaves decent lacing.
very faint fruit, wheat, and yeast scents, but nothing really stands out.
tastes very bready at first, lightly creamy, and eventually some subtle fruit flavors come through (apple?) with faint spices. there's nothing here that really grabs me and makes me want more. not a bad beer, just something about the bland bread and wheat flavors that doesn't quite do it for me.
on the plus side, it's light bodied and easy to drink, probably a good summertime beverage.

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Photo of Walken
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose: Star Island Single (Best by 05/10) (Tasted 01/10/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden, just about orange with a short, bubbly head that does an alright job of sticking around, minimal lacing.
Odor: Coriander dominates, thin blanket of fruity yeast and tangy wheat in the background.
Consistency: Hefty carbonation lifts the tangy wheat sensation up a bit, nagging at the tongue. Very crisp, almost too much so.
Taste: Yeast expresses red fruit and pineapple, combined with tangy, lemony/doughy wheat flavors. Either it's the yeast, or I'm detecting some citric hop flavor in the mix as well, slightly bitter. Slight honey sweetness is there, but the crisp feel keeps it from coming out too much.
Finish is dry with a long citrus aftertaste from the trifecta of yeast/wheat/hop.

This is a delightful beer, but the carbonation seems to block a lot of the subtler flavors from making much of an impact on the palate.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy cloudy orange, amber color. Small head that goes away, but beer remains to have okay lacing.

S: Not much here, wheat and faint spice.

T: Wheat taste up front that is okay, but a good spice aftertaste that makes up for it.

M: Light, a little creamy feel to it, moderate carbonation.

D: Average, definitely a "summer" beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of burnstar
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light gold with a medium sized white head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smelly is yeasty and spicy. Taste has low sweetness. Earthy yeastiness. Light spicy and phenolic notes. Medium bodied. Dry. Very easily drinkable. Definitely a sessionable belgian style ale. Nice.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Star Island Single is a cloudy golden ale with a small white head that fades to a splotch. The aroma is bready, wheaty and fruity with notes of lemon, banana and allspice. It's medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish. It has a lemony twang that made me think this was made with wheat. There are notes of figs, prunes, cherries, cloves and coriander. It's hard to decide if it's actually sweet or not. There's lots of flavor. It's fruity at first and then it gets spicy. Not bad.

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Photo of goblet
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so,i pick up a sixer of smutty nose star island single and poured one out into a glass and gave it a good look over.

it looks to be a clear golden orange with a thin fragile paper white foam head ,there is a good amount of carbonation.

a mild sweet spicing aroma like cinnamon and nutmeg. a malt sugar back bone ,also lite hops and fruits like white grapes.

the malt and spices are both sweet and delicious .the subtle cinnamon and nutmeg are balanced perfectly together and taste very nice

a medium to lite body feel, the spices linger around for a bit after your done drinking it.

a pretty good winter season ale very easy to drink, light in some ways although its got some power to it .


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

12oz bottle

App: true gold with a slight haze. A small foamy head.

Smell: Sweet malt with a strong fruity essence. SLight alcoholic esters which are essential to the belgian style for me. No hops, however, and I always like a nice bit of hoppy aroma.

Taste: A slight, nondescript sweetness that get swallowed in the carbonation. Fades to a crisp end with a firm but balanced bitterness. Perhaps some crispness from wheat malt?

Medium-full body with lots of tight carbonation.

A decent brew that I remember liking better the last time I had it.

It's a nice beer, but as far as belgian pale ales go, this one is not up to par.

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Photo of whahoppened
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brass-colored with vibrant bubbles. Clean aromas of grain, sea air and, in the background, fresh fruit. Light to medium-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 crisp bitterness.

If your beer tastes tend towards tyranno-ales, this is a solid "lite" option to have on hand. Curiously for this style, I enjoyed it more on its own than with food.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to an carbonated golden orange with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Nose was citrus hops (oranges and lemons mostly), some apple and a hint of various spices. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and tingly, and the taste picked up the spices of the nose nicely, and to a lesser degere, the hoppy citrus, with just a hint of malty sweetness. insih was full, long lasting and pleasant. A decent offering from Smutty.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into oversized white wine glass.

A - Darkish golden in color, mostly transparent with a smidge of haze. About a half inch of white foam rises but dissipates quickly into a thin collar, no lace. So far this doesn't look much like a Belgian at all.

S - Fruity and spicy. At the core are overripe stone fruits; strong notes of soft, juicy apples and pears. There's certainly a spiciness on top but it's difficult to pinpoint. Something citrus and slightly herbal, along with a fairly strong nutty/chalky yeast aroma. It's tough to pull individual spices out of the smell, and I'm also picking up some grassy like hop aromas as well. Overall not too bad; interesting at the least.

T - For such a layered aroma, I'm a little surprised at how little flavor really pulls through. The fruit flavor is pushed far into the background, morphing into something more like rotten fruit or vegetables. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that this flavor was pushed out of the focus. The main thing going on here is the spice/hops/yeast combo from the nose. Grass, herbs, pepper, lemon and orange peel, orange juice, and a sharp phenolic note dominate mid palate. Late palate definitely has some yeasty Belgian character, much like authenic witbiers with a sort of chalky, citrus flavor. Star Island Single wraps up with a moderate earthy bitterness.

M - Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Seems sort of flat and watery at times, but not entirely in a bad way. Spritzing this up with a little more carbonation would've probably changed this beer (for the better) vastly.

D - Easy drinking, if nothing else due to it's somewhat bland character. The yeasty notes are recognizable but there's not much other Belgianesque stuff going on. The hops (or spice? But I swear it's hops!) seem to get in the way and override some delicateness that this brew might posess. Not hard to get through a bottle of this at all, but likely to be a forgettable experience.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices, some fruit and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and spices followed quickly by Belgian yeast breadiness. There's a decent hops presence and a little bit of smokiness in the background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, I found this beer to be better than I thought it would be but I would still choose several other beers in the style first.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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