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 jb413
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of berliner07
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this beer. Some of my friends say they wish there was more character here, but I like it for what it is, an easy sipper. Enough engaging spice and yeast character, but not over the top. The color is nice here. I maybe wish there was a bit more complexity on the mouthfeel though.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours dirty blonde with an off-white cap of foam.

S: Smells like blueberry pancakes! Seriously, there is a bit of graininess to it and a nice tart dose of blueberries.

T: A little bit of a letdown after the nice aroma. The taste of the blueberries becomes a little sweeter and the "beery" aspects fall down.

D: Its pretty drinkable, I'll give it that. Its not really my thing, however, and I can't imagine drinking a whole lot of these. Mouthfeel is a bit thin too.

Overall: As far as fruit beers go, this is not bad. Its not as sweet as some of the atrocities out there and its flavours are fresh, not artificial tasting. I think they could tweak this recipe and really make it something solid. The blueberry taste is good, it just needs to blend better with the malt bill.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Poured a nice golden color with a white head. It also had a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Slight sweet smell with orange and citrus tones. Not a strong smell.

Taste: Initial taste is good with slight citrus and floral flavors. The after taste goes to a syrupy sweetness. I also taste a hint of the spices it says on the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Initially smooth, with a mild carbonation. Goes down easy and with a slight bite in the after taste.

Overall: Good beer. The initial smoothness and mild flavor appeals to me. I am not a huge fan of the syrupy after taste. I would like to try it again sometime and see how I feel about it then.

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Photo of rel
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of the bottle, with a hazy golden color, but little head. The nose is a little metallic, but lots of citrus, wheaty yeast, and some sweet bready malt. Herbs and Spices in the background, but I can't place them. Overall appealing. The taste reflects the metallic smell as well, but unfortunately it comes through like a normal white beer, with little to be tasted of the spice and malt. It's refreshing, and definitely not a bad beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery, the beer was served in a pint glass. Bright, hazy, yellow-gold with a thin film of white. Aromas of honey, coriander, and a bit of oregano, with a strong citrus highlight throughout. Flavor is bold, with an initial roasted honey character on the palate, balanced with a dry hop profile. Honey sweet and tangy flavors follow closely, with the citrus and yeast flavors blossoming at the end of the palate. Roasty and spiced aftertaste, with a slight musty feel to it, the beer has a tart and slightly dry finish. Interesting beer...good warm weather drinker.

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Photo of PoorArtist
1.9/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy urine yellow
S: Acidic and unpleasant; not like lemon; more like lemon rind
T: Like a cheap mass-produced lager, Yuengling for example, with an unwelcome metallic finish
M: Somewhat velvety, then dry and acerbic.
O: Whenever a brewer puts "sessionable" on the label I'm skeptical. What does that mean? Watered down? Smuttynose is a good company that makes some interesting craft beers, which makes this mediocre beer seem that much more disappointing. Call me cynical, but this beer seems more for profit than pride.Tastes very similar to Yeungling, but is considerably more expensive; doesn't merit the "craft beer" pricing.
V: Bad Value: I deduct another half point.

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow. Head of about an inch leaves a frothy coating and clingy full coverage lace rings as the beer recedes.
Aroma of spicey shampoo, earthy hops amd cereal grains.
Taste is much of the same, but a bit more of the spices carry through into taste. Terrific grain flavors, sweet and mild earthy hops linger through the finish with a dryness.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.
Overal a good sessionable brew.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle From a mix pack.

A: Straw Yellow, Rather clear a tad of haziness. Minimal head and retention.

S: Has a Musky/musty smell (wet laundry maybe?) faint hints of belgian yeast.

T: Not a ton of flavor, some light spiciness, tastes more or less like a good budweiser. (I know its not a lager but it drinks like one)

M: Easy to drink, lotta carbonation, pretty light, sessionable for sure.

O: For a session beer its ok, nothing special. Decent brew to pair with some food on a heavy bbq or big meal, maybe a good beach beer, good beer for BMC drinkers. Probably my least favorite smuttynose beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very cloudy orange, one finger head. A lot less than you'd expect from a BPA

S-Some lemon, wheat, yeast and spice. But it seems a little too artificial to me.

T-Some lemon and spices, not much bitterness at all. Nothing much in the way of flavor here.

M-Light with some carbonation. Like the appearance I was looking for more carbonation here.

O-Possibly Smuttynose's worst brew, but still not that bad. Try it once, maybe include it in a tasting of BPAs for a lower bound. but no need to return to it.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Star Island Single is a lighter gold colored brew, pretty hazy, with a small white head topping it off. A bit of lacing is left behind on the glass.

The nose isn't overwhelming, but it consists of pale, grainy malts, with a bit of spice and some yeast notes as well.

The taste starts with a bready, sweet grain front, with some nice fruit notes in the middle and a lot of spiciness lingering in the background. A bit of floral hop and some tartiness as well. The mouth is thin to medium.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was grabbing singles today and I'm not sure what I thought I was grabbing here. I saw spice and my brain said "pumpkin." My brain has had too much beer over the years.

This is a nice, subtle brew, obviously designed for the simple pleasure of having a few. It is well balanced on the light side without being wimpy.

It has a nice, complex flavor without hitting you over the head. Recommended for repeat drinking when high quality lightness is needed.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: pale orange, slightly cloudy; great carbonation; very little head
S: light lemon, orange; malty aroma
T: pale ale, apricot; very much like a magic hat no. 9; nicely spiced; I don't see much Belgian influence in the flavor profile

Overall, decent.

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Photo of Paincane
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale hazy yellow-gold poured into pint glass producing a thin white head leaving little lacing.
S: Subtle nose with bread, wheat, citrus and faint coriander aroma.
T: Citrus and wheat in lightly flavored beer. Slight hop presence noted.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean, refreshing and crisp.
O: Average beer without much complexity. Cool summer beer that did not weigh me down.

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Photo of nickthetick
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear light gold into a Duvel tulip with an extremely bubbly that thins out to nothing.

S: coriander, a healthy dose of caramel and wheat, some orange and light lemon.

T: spicy and sweetness from the malt mingle well. Orange and lemon zest linger on the tongue.

MF: medium to heavy body, light carbonation and a tad dry.

O: not a great BPA, not that great of a beer.

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Photo of dudelove7485
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Very blond to light gold in color. Heavy small-bubbled white cloudy head, though the head fades quickly and leaves virtually no lacing. Slightly unpleasant vegetal, crackery aroma with a hint of coriander. Medium-medium light body. The taste is very celery-like and citrusy initially. The finish is full, yet much more watery than expected with an almost spicy backbone. Very meh.

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Photo of beergod1
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a damn Mason jar.... to a 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 hint of various spices-damn coriander?. Mouth feel was light to medium bodied and carbonated, and the taste picked up the spices of the nose nicely, and to a lesser degree, the hoppy citrus, with just a hint of malty sweetness. Finish was full, long lasting, unfortunately. This was a confused brew.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head. Hazy sienna yellow color with a little glow. Smells of spice, and strangely enough a wee little bit like a hair permanent. Taste is medium spicy with a fairly long acidic zing. It's an unusual beer yet maybe an acquired taste and smell.

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Photo of Dope
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear golden straw pour. Very bubbly. Small white head that fades fast. Little lacing or retention.

S: Wheaty. Maybe a little malt and a little citrus.

T: Very plain, bland flavor up front. Aftertaste is better. Wheaty with a bit of belgian yeast and some spice. Maybe a little apple and pear. But up front it's just....bleh.

M: High carbonation but has an odd coating mouthfeel to it. Not unlike a slick hop oil coating but there is very little in the way of hops in this.

O: I tried to find some good in this beer but honestly it's a middle-of-the-road BPA at best.

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

Poured into a pint glass. This is a medium-gold beer, a touch hazy, with a smallish head--more a layer of film across the top. The nose is bland: very lightly toasted malt. I don't get any spices, nor any yeast characteristics from the aroma. The taste: a saison? The yeast is very neutral. It's a generic pale ale with light hops. I'm not sure where the spice comes in... perhaps some very delicate coriander? I adore saisons, and this probably has the weakest claim to the style of any beer I've tasted. Cute label, though.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pleasant clear melted margarine yellow. Low low head. Almost no lacing.

S - low minty sweet almost cider like notes pretty mild and unobtrusive malty but not that much.

T - initial bland maltiness that goes to mildly floral syrup aftertaste. All pleasant but all hard to taste. Not sweet not bitter not anything.

M - slightly effervescent but very smooth goes down so easy. Perfect on a hot day.

D - very middle of the road. Good for anyone anytime. Not special but nice.

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Photo of Kromes
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy light orange color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: I'm getting lots of wheat and citrus.

T: Tastes almost like a wheat ale with a little bit of a sweeter citrus tang.

M: Light and good carbonation. The tang in the finish leaves the mouth dry.

O: I would say this beer is above average. I'm not too into the overly citrus beers. It does have flavor though, and none are really that off.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. the head has decent retention, and it leaves behind just a bit of lace.

S - It smells of wheat, coriander, and orange zest. There is an earthy gassiness to it, and just a little bit of hops peak through.

T - The taste is lemony and grainy up front. There are flavors of wheat, coriander, and citrus. Also I am getting some green apple, belgian yeast, and some honey sweetness. There is a touch of hop flavor as well.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. It is crisp and a bit refreshing.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down pretty easy, and I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought it was an alright beer. It would be pretty good to have on a hot day, but it really just wasn't that impressive.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/4" lacing of head. Yeast and spice come through nicely in the nose. Taste is malt, yeast, and spice; fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is light and clean; well carbonated. Not unhappy I tried it.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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