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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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 323
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright dark golden color with a thinnish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of honey, tropical fruits, and a spicy Belgian-esque yeast character. Taste is a touch of sweet malt. Honey, pears, maybe some apple notes finishing with a spicy dryness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Great sessionable beer!

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Photo of vrazionale
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Burnt orange body with a modest, uneven head formation.

S - Caramel, roasted nuts, herbal notes, and a fairly pronounced skunkiness. I hope that this bottle has gone bad, because this smells like skunky macro beer. Not an impressive nose at all.

T - Nicely sweet and spicy on the finish, lots of fall flavors here (it reminds me of pumpkin beer, actually!). The finish is lackluster, but this is not the kind of beer that is meant to be savored, so I haven't marked it off too hard.

M - A bit sticky and clumsy. It could use a bit more carbonation, I think.

D - Not a terrible brew, but definitely not one that I will be seeking out. It would work just fine with standard American pub fare, but this is not the kind of beer for food pairings. This brew is simple, easygoing, and straightforward. It's a fine beer to drink if you're not trying to think about your beer, and certainly a more-than-adequate alternative to macro brews at a bar.

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

Bottle says best before Dec. '09

Pours a mice golden yellow with coppery highlight, very clear with a small frothy head which fades quickly leaving marginal oily curtains of lacing. (The small head may have been my fault as I wasn't paying attention as I poured.)

The aroma is clean and bright with a nice smell of tart fruit and an underlying easrthy yeast.

The taste is very pleasant, tartly sweet up front of apples, white grapes and a mellow fruity taste, perhaps pear. The malt is clean and sweet, somewhat biscuity. The finish is crisp and dry with a lingering taste of spice and a small hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, supported by a very tight and nice carbonation.

This ale is very drinkable and pleasant. No big flavours just a nicely balanced array of tastes and it dissapears at a fairly rapid rate! I will definitely have this one again!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up @ Nikki's.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a nice, creamy, ivory head. Settles quickly.

S- Mild tartness and sweetness. Floral esters and a coriander note come through.

T- Wow, a lot stronger than I would have thought. Full bodied, moderate malty and chalky notes. Yeast is pretty belgianesque. Finishes pretty clean with no real presence of the spices noted in the aroma. Sweetness is light and fruity, but hard to nail down.

M- slightly tart, slightly sweet, delicious. Very quaffable.

D- For the price, a really solid beer. Tastier and more full-bodied than I was expecting. Smuttynose, you surprised me.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly hazy amber with small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. The head was practically non existent. Smell was peculiar, a bit white bread, but also a touch of sourness. Taste was fairly plain, a bit of spicy aftertaste, a bit of vanilla smoothness and cloves. Tingled the tongue and the mouth, coated ok. Could be viewed as easy to drink, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of thain709
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Had a nice golden body with an unfiltered cloud to it...the head was very disappointing...under a full finger of white soap head...some lacing was left

S - When first poured it smelled like a macro...after a while a few spicy notes came through...but not very aromatic

T - Again...when it was cold it even tasted like a macro...I had to let this one warm up a bit then the flavors came out...this beer had the potential to be complex but it came up short...pale biscuit malts and spices (pepper and corriander) stand out through the beginning and middle of this beer...a peppery hop bit comes through at the end and leaves a not pleasant bitterness

M - Light bodied...again with the macro-esque to it...but pretty crisp

D - One not drink this ice cold...I experienced a big time macro presence when ice I said this beer had the potential but they just stopped short...glad I got to try...but not one of my favorites

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

Poured out a clear golden color (SRM4) with a moderate off white head that receded slowly. Minimal lace was noted. Moderate bubble gum aroma with low malty sweetness. Spicy/banana up front then sweetness from the malt in th flavor. Very full mouthfeel from carbonation that finishes with a soft sweetness. It's pitched as a session beer and is bery drinkable.

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Photo of dubbletrouble
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Has a peachy, carmely color.

S: Smells of clove and orange

T/F: A light spiced hop taste with and even lighter body. Flavor is mild, but it finishes clean.

I was un-impressed with my first taste of this beer out of the bottle. On my next glass, however I poured it into a glass and added an orange. This seemed to heighten all the sharp spicy flavors.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. there was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. So-so lacing.

S: Smelled of malt more than anything else.

T: Taste consisted of malt and some fruit, but little else. Not overly complex and flavorful, but not awful either.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A mixed bag of a beer. Drinkable, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the new beers being offered by Smuttynose... their summer seasonal I assume? Anyways.. terrible label I gotta say... some hideous mermaid with bright red hair chilling on a rock, good thing it's what's inside that counts. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with decent head to it, small amount of lacing. Has a wheat beer sort of aroma to it. Taste has a great mouthfeel and body to it. Has a bit of a fruity finish to it, hard to pinpoint the exact fruit taste though but it's just a sweet kick at the end. Highly drinkable, taste and smells like a wheat beer with some subtle fruit notes in there, reminds me a bit of MH #9 (which I think gets undeserved bashing, it's a good beer)... great session beer.

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

A- Pale gold, a little hazy.

S- Faint fruity smell.

T- Very plain, not much flavor, small sweet fruity aftertaste. No hop or malt flavors at all. There is a wheat beer taste.

M- Smooth, creamy

D- This beer goes down really easy, and could very well be considered a session beer as they claim on the label, but the taste doesn't make me go for another one.

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

This beer poured a yellowish copper with a small head. The smell is some candy malt with a bit of citrus character. The taste has a solid malt backbone with a bit of wheat beer characteristic citrus and spicyness. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with fine carbonation. This is a pretty decent American attempt at the style, and worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice yellow color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that laces the glass slightly on the way down.
S: Good sweet lightly toasted malt aroma with a citrusy and spicy aroma that ends the nose.
T: Very nice lightly toasted malt base with layers of citrus flavors and spicy yeast flavors back to a nice citrus finish. I thought it was going to have a stronger yeast presence but it turned out really nice.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is one of my new favorites of the category.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold with a decent white head. Solid retention. Bottle has freshness dating and a mermaid. Yup.

Smells like spicey grain. Coinciding with the aroma, the taste is crisp and dry with a spicey finish. In terms of a traditional Belgian pale it's pretty lacking but in terms of a solid anytime beer it's not too shabby.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a deep yellow on the pour, very hazy, with a half finger head that was quite fizzy and dissipated quickly. It left a thin ring around the glass, but that was it.

Aroma was slightly sweet, with a good slug of peppery spiciness. Not quite biscuity breadiness... more like shortcake, fresh from the oven while it is still warm. Slightly floral notes tied it all together.

Taste was slightly spicy and a bit yeasty. Overall, it was somewhat weak.

Mouthfeel was nice and light, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability is quite good. Although it wasn't highly flavored, it went down easily. They call it a session ale... it would be a very good session beer, if you wanted something light.

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Photo of Drew966
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Star Island Single pours an amber color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The nose isn't very strong, mostly citrus perhaps a bit of spice. The flavor is a bit fruity with a touch of spice that really doesn't amount to much. Not bad, easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnnyWong
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although much better in the bottle....
Nice interpretation of a Belgian single. Hazy honey-like color. sweet aromas on the nose with a little herbalness. Tastes like it should malty sweetness gives way to an herbal dryness in the finish; coriander I think. Esters are in balance. Finishes suprisingly dry. Overall, I like this version. Drinkable and complex for the style. I was worried about the "brewed with spices", but in the end it was a supporting character not a main attraction.


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Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear golden peach with a small head and no lacing.

S-A bit light but some biscuit malt and lemon come through.

T-Biscuit malt with a yeasty tang in the finish and a hint of sweetness at the very end.

M-Light bodied with zesty carbonation.

D-Very nice easy drinker, especially for the style. A good summer beer.


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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a mix pack at the local Hannaford it mentioned that it included this in it along with the IPA, Pale Ale and 1 other beer. I Poured from bottle in chalice light golden color smelled slight spice. Beer had light flavorfull taste the mouthfeel was light and crisp and has a good dinkability as this would be easy to drink a bunch of these.

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

Pours golden amber with one finger of thin head which soon dissipates to a thin ring. Very little lacing.

Smells grainy and slightly fruity.

Slight sweet bread like taste. A little fruitiness with just a hint of pepper.

Fairly light, almost watery. Fairly drinkable but not too complex.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best Before 10/09 notched on the bottle.

Pours with a fizzy white head that's about 2 fingers thick. Slowly settles to a ¼ inch cap that remains. The beer is a perfectly clear bright gold color. Two single strands of carbonation rising to the surface. Some spotty clinging lacing.

Aroma at first smelled a bit like plastic. Then got a bit sweet and fruity.

Wow, the flavor is really light. Lighter than I expected.. (and want) Some initial fruit and sweetness followed by lots of bread tones. Not much in the way of spice or complexity.

Body is very light and just shy of watery. Slight carbonation.

Extremely drinkable, but not extremely exciting.

Later I agitated the sediment and the beer became cloudy. Mouth feel became smoother and a bit richer. I liked it better this way. Still wish there was a touch more spice.

I'm a rather big Smuttynose fan, but this is among their least exciting beers..

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Star Island Single
12 oz brown bottle
Best before November 09
Served in a pilsner glass

Picked up a six pack on a whim for the 4th of July and I'm mighty glad I did.

Pours a golden bronze with mini bubbles that race to the top up the great looking pilsner glass. A nice head starts, but eventually fades to a mini ring.

The nose is rather neutral and clean. Maybe some grains and light fruit?

Toasted grain and cereal quality with a really smooth start and finish. Very subtle clove or spice character too.

A real easy drinkin' kinda brew that has some nice complexity and flavor. Easily one of the better session beers I've had in a long time. The 5.8% ABV is very well hidden as well.

Make Mine A Smutty!!!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed up a six-pack for $9.49 at the Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia. Who can say "no" to six bottles featuring Kate Pierson from the B-52's on the label?

Appearance: Pours a clear, bubbly, amber body with a tall, though thinning, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, floral, vaguely bready nose with notes of clover honey, supplemental spices, and a generous splash of Essensia dessert wine.

Taste: Faintly bready, grainy maltiness with a fair amount of honey sweetness imparted. Fairly floral character throughout, as well as some white grape and orange fruitiness. A sprinkling of coriander spice. Light bitterness. Smooth, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one. SIS deftly straddles the fine line between plenty of taste and ease of drinkability.

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Photo of mutd8710
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a slightly sweet scent to it consisting of roasted malts, other toasted grains, and ginger. The taste is pretty well balanced and is a little sweet as the scent indicated. It finishes with a tangy flavor on the tongue, coming from some sort of citrus or fruit and some spices are noticeable as well.

Not too bad, but I did not find it exceptionally pleasant to drink.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed golden color with a white head that remains as a layer leaving here & there spotty lacing.
The aroma is earthy and also has a bit of yeasty funk.
The taste is sweet and spiced, it finishes sticky sweet on the lips.
Light to medium bodied with a very crisp feel.
It goes down very easy and is quite refreshing.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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