Smuttynose Star Island Single | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Star Island SingleSmuttynose Star Island Single
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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 KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, cloudy, brownish yellow with a nice creamy head of white foam.

Malty hoppy smell.

Taste starts malty with a hint of spices and then drops of the table at the finish. There's a hop in there but it doesn't hold out throughout. Can't quite place the spices.

Very drinkable - tasty, not overpowering. Recommended.

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Photo of msolar
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear, golden color with minimal head and even lacing. Slight hoppy smell with a nice sweet, malty flavor. There's a nice balance of spices, it's a great alternative to very light or hoppy summer beers. This one is very highly drinkable - I'd certainly put this on tap at home as it would make a great summer session beer.

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Photo of Risser09
1.42/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by Oct. 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow/orange with a 1" eggshell head that sticks around for a good while. Carbonation anxiously flows to the surface. A few lace tentacles reach out around the glass.

Smell: A strange, almost fishy diaper smell of malt, spice and something else. This is a really gross aroma.

Taste: More of that weird flavor of diaper, spice, malt and hops. What the hell kind of spice did they use? Very peppery and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, dry and very carbonated. Alcoholic finish. Not endearing.

Drinkability: I can only hope that this was a bad bottle. The flavor and aroma were awful. Not a good beer at all. I'd sooner reach for a Budweiser.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a hazy copper gold, lots of effervesce racing up the sides of the glass, nice dense one finger off-white head. After several minutes, not a hint of settling. Very sticky, just doesn't want to let go of the side of the glass at all. Very nice.

Nose is phenolic, hints of clove, some husky cereal grains, but of apricot underneath. Bit grassy.

Taste is similar. malt body is bit husky with some grainy cereal notes, just a bit bready from the yeast, with a lot of spices in there that are prominent but hard to pick out coming out especially towards finish. Finish is dry, grainy, hinting at golden fruit, just a bit earthy. If they can rein in the grainy aspects of it, I'd say they've got a real winner.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a dry carbonation that's almost tingly - very small bubbled.

Drinkability is good - dry and refreshing, tasty without being offensive. I happen to be a fan of this style, and while this example is no where near world class, I'd certainly pick it up again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Best before November 09 notched on label. Pours a slightly hazed orangish amber color with an off-white head

S- The aroma is fruity with citrus (lemon peel) and a lot of different spices.

T- The taste starts out with some pale malt, with the spices coming in along with some fruity esters and some Belgian yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied and has a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one like I am with most of the other Smuttynose beers. It's not horrible, but not something that I would purchase again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a multi-12pack at Shaw's in Derry. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow body with a short-lived inch of off-white head. Smells citrussy, slightly pulpy and pithy, with some lemon zest and hints of of grassy and floral hops. Tastes initially malty, with some pepper, lemon, orange, with some huskiness, hints of honey, butter, grass, and some slightly floral notes. Light and effervescent on the palate with a fair bit of carbonation, making this brew a fairly easy drinker. Not the best example of the style, the slight huskiness adds a slight astringency in my opinion, though this is still a pretty easy drinker. Not a bad summer beer.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy, bright amber orange color with a thin, fizzy head. Head leaves some foamy lacing around the glass.

I caught a whiff of this beer that smelled a little skunky. Wonder how long it was on the self and how it was stored? Date notched on bottle says drink by 9/09.

Well, beyond the slight skunkiness, I pick up on a little faint sweet malt, a little breadiness, and slight spice in the aroma.

Taste is subtle like the smell. Mild caramelly and biscuity malts, hint of lemon, a bit floral. Finishes very dry and grainy, slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is decent, nice amount of carbonation makes it very refreshing.

The taste and aroma is nothing spectacular, but certainly not offensive. It is not as aromatic and robust as most Belgian style IPAs, but it's sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Star Island pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves some very nice, thick rings of sticky lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses spice but it's rather non-distinct. Ground coriander, mainly, backed by a basic maltiness.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma, and there's a nice note of soft fruitiness (apple, soft white grape, perhaps some dull pear, and a minor snap of orange and lemon) that triangulates with the malt and spice and brings everything into balance. A dull bitterness gives it a bump from beneath, and it finishes dry with some minor, residual spiciness and a bit of crusty-bread-like maltiness left behind.

Overall it's a decent, drinkable beer, but there's really nothing except for a bit of somewhat clumsily done spicing to single it out from any other decent, drinkable beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is bready, and fruity with hints od spice. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of pale malts with a dry fruit and spice in the finish. A bit of hops through out. Very nice.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by the Portsmouth Brewery today with The Scheister to have a little lunch in honor of her graduation in 2 days.... Opted to try this "new" Smutty offering today, along with some nachos...

Got an imperial pint glass filled with a clear, medium-golden liquid. Had scant carbo, and the head was white, thin and fine, leaving a little lace here and there. Nose was restrained, with some crackery malt and a touch of candy sugar coming forth. Body? Medium all the way, with only a slight bit of prickliness on the tongue.

Flavor has light, bready maltiness too, with a hint of sweetness. More prevalent are the fruity notes, with suggestions of pear, mango and green apple. A smidge of candy sugar appears here, too, with a hint of bubblegum. A decent "single" overall, though I'd likely have 1, but no more than 2 of these in a sitting.


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and Munich malt scent along with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. It has a tart fruit scent with a bit of mustiness to it. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some fruity yeast esters. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It love the yeast character and the low abv. . It's a great session beer.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eh. Smutty is a brewery that can be all over the place. Some issues are superb, brews you want to keep on your short list at all times(Big A IPA). The Star Island isn't one of them. Yeah, a little spice, a little sweetness, but if you want that, go for any Unibroue ale. This is OK, but nothing special.

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Photo of JMD
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light auburn color, with one inch head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, lemon and citrus, some peppery spices

T: Bread, honey, some grass. Hoppy finish with lemon zest and citrus tones.

M: Active carbonation, almost tingly.

D: This is a great session beer. Light enough to drink more than one, but flavorful enough to keep you interested. I was sad to see Portsmouth Lager go, but this is a solid replacement.

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Photo of necoadam
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly lighter shade of orange with a thin head that goes away after awhile.

Nice nose. Tropical fruit with bubblegum, toasted malts and a light twang of spicy. Seems to to blend in nicely.

Taste was dry, wheaty, with a light amount of spice lingering in the background. Some light amount of tropical fruit blends in with the spice.

Mouthfeel was medium to light with little in carbonation. Finished dry. I could use a tad more carbonation in here.

Overall it's not bad. Lots of aromas and flavors. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of beergirlblog
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brownish orange color, with a decent off-white head that didn't stick around very long. The aroma was sweet and spicy but really light- I practically had to stick my face in the glass to get it.

The taste was of similar flavors, but they all came at one time, and there wasn't much complexity.

The mouthfeel was a little thick, but not in a thirst-inducing way, and combined with a medium carbonation level it was perfect to carry the flavors of the beer.

Drinkability was good, in the sense that I could easily keep taking swigs while hosting a party, but it wasn't really a "wow, you have to try this!" type of beer.

I'd buy it again, but probably only for the cool label.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded orange-ish brown. Basically no head. Nose is earthy, funky, slightly banana peel in tone. Flavor is bringing much of the same. Consistent delivery. Only slightly sweet (and not overpoweringly so.) Feel is lower on carbonation. Liquid is smooth and thicker. This is very easy to drink and very accesible. Isn't worried about bringing a mass of complexities, but is more concerned with bringing an easy drinking ale. (Which it does accomplish.)

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Photo of thespaceman
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden color, 2 finger head with decent head retention, lacing was minimal but followed the glass down nicely.

Smell: Nice light fruit notes, bits of peach, honey and some spicy malt notes. Very light aroma in the nose, actually really satisfying. Some mango like sweetness is here hits the nose as well making this a very fresh smelling brew.

Taste: Wow, light and refreshing, grassy notes first hit the palete, followed by some sweet spiciness, bits of coriander, citrus, honey, and tea. Almost like a glass of Lipton tea brewed into a beer. Very interesting to say the least. Slight breadiness in the finish is the perfect complement to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is small, holds up well on the tongue, slight bitterness is small but here. Actually interesting in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very good for a Belgian Pale, overy sessionale considering the ABV, and light enough even for my girlfriend to enjoy this. Didn't expect anything less from Smuttynose, but this brew hits the spot. A perfect summer time beer for the beach!

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Photo of CavePainter
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper. Thin white head fades in an instant. Fair amount of carbonation.

S: Sweet and spicy.

T: Definitely identifiable Belgian yeast strain. Sweet. Noticeably spiced similar to a whit but with just a bit of bitter in the finish.

M: Dry - crisp - light

D: Very drinkable. Light and refreshing. Not overly sweet. Interesting mix of tastes that seem to defy categorization.

The symbol on the front of the bottle is a mermaid and this seems appropriate. Star Island single seems like a mix of two things - A pale ale and a whit. But if you want a pale ale or a whit, you don't want this. This brew even seems to defy the Belgian Pale Ale style...

Smuttynose calls this a sessionable beer, but at nearly 6% ABV I think that is a bit of a stretch.

While I wouldn't go out of my way to get this, it is certainly unique. It would make a great segue into Belgian beers for the uninitiated and is certainly a conversation starter.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with a big, sticky head.

Mild yet very pleasurable aroma. It reminds me of a good wheat beer. Banana and citrus are present, with a good amount of spiciness.

Big, well-blended flavors. Wheaty and spiced. Yeast is noticeable, along with banana and citrus. I like it, overall, but there's something about it that turn me off I can't identify. Almost seems like the taste of alcohol, but I can't fathom that to be it. Even given this, it's still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and wheaty, bigger than expected and pleasantly so.

Honestly, I don't think I'd take more than one, but I'd never be disappointed if this was handed to me. It's good, interesting, and different, but I don't like it enough to go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer w/ best before dating etched onto the side of the label. Pours quite cloudy apricot amber, minor head and non exciting lacing left on the glass. I get snifs of orange, clove, yeast and coriander. These flavors carry through into the flavor profile, with heaps of more clove, tangarine, corinader, and some spicy bubble gum hints. Pretty good, but nothing amazing, Belgian lovers will get everyday/sessioner enjoyment form this new one from Smutty

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Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a foamy head with good retention. Drops to a layer of foam over the top

Aroma: Mild, but what aroma is there is predominantly spiced

Taste: Some fruit, and the spices. I'm getting coriander from it.

Mouthfeel: Good body, creamy, goes down well

Drinkability: Tastes good with good mouthfeel. Recommended

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Photo of deereless
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden copper, thin whirl of head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Smells distinctly lagerish rather than Belgian, very sweet grains - 3.50, T: Some dry husks and grains, a touch tart, quite dry - 3.00, M: A tad on the thin side - 3.00, D: I'm always on the lookout for a good session beer, and though definitately drinkable this one just edges above average - 3.00

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Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Clear, only slight lazy, golden hue with a half-finger white head that settles to a thin rim.

Light fruit flavors on top of some bready grain. A little bit of phenolic spices are in there.

Both smooth and creamy, along with a little bit of spice. Some light and sweet fruit is in there, like green grape. Full bodied.

A good Belgian Pale Ale, very close to what's brewed in Belgium. Recommended.

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Photo of cincodm
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

a: Pours very cloudy with a tiny head

s: Smells good, kind of like a better Sam Adams White Ale. Maybe a little more subdued than Sammy.

t: Taste is actually quite good, definitely qualifies as a session beer, I feel parched after every sip. I swear I taste coriander, but not much else. Taste is a little flowery but not overwheliming.

m: Mouthfeel is average, a little numbing.

d: I could have a few of these, but don't think I would. I am more of a hophead and this is a more of an in between beer for me.

Overall, I would recommend this beer. It kind of brings me back to when Sam White Ale came out. For some reason that beer has soured on me but this one reminds me of the good ole times having White Ale on draft at the Daytona Beach Ale House.

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Photo of farrago
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Miniscule head upon the pour, barely covers the surface before retreating to the glass sides, does leave some thin lacing behind. Watery yellow to bronze color, fully transparent, hue trails off towards the rims. Really bready, doughy nose with pumpernickel, pretzel, raw yeast and lemongrass aspects, orange peels, some floral water, nothing suggesting sweet spices nor fruit scents of any depth. Medium-bodied, the carbonation provides a dense foaminess which impedes movement. The rye, pumpernickel, sourdough dominates throughout, closely followed on by lemon, orange citrus. Nothing has a keen edge, not that it's flat more like it's wound up some. Here you get an allusion to clove and coriander. Banana and apricot fruit most noticeable, yet does not soften the overly sour finish. Not unenjoyable, however, comes across as half-executed rather than fully planned.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 27.2% out of 100 with 625 ratings
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