Smuttynose Star Island Single | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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 jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grass nose. Flavor has hints of honey and fruit but a drying finish. Replaces Portsmouth Lager. Best before Nov 2009, $8.99 for a 6-pak at Market Basket Concord, NH.

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

Fresh bottle from Premiere Gourmet. I support the Brothers call for tasty sessionable beers, and Smuttynose has heard the call. Star anise, cinammon, cardomon flavour this smooth drinkable lager. Slight spicy coloured body with white head. A little spicy, noteably cinammon spicy aroma. Medium mouthfeel, drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy tangerine-orange with a slight, creamy, ivory-bone colored head that quickly dissipated without leaving much of a lacing. There is a nice haze or turbidity suspended within the drink, giving it a murky nature.

S: soft orange peels with a faint fresh orchard like hopping. Honestly the aroma so soft and muddled it was hard to detect any individual spicing here. Overall the aroma was muted and slightly disappointing per style.

T: For flavor an initial showing of dry orange peels come through with a noticeable orchard like flowery hopping. Tart tangerines and lemon peels with a faint peppery touch are also detected. A sour fruitiness and floral like hopping closes things out with a light touch of damp citrus. Overall didn't find the spiciness as pronounced as other better interpretations with a muddled overall taste.

M: a nice carbonation tingle with damp citrus and a soft fading sourness on the finish.

D: Ok drinkability, nothing terribly exciting or worth rushing or seeking out. A mindless downer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Fruity, wheat beer aroma. Smells quite spiced. Not a whole lot of saison funkiness detected.

Light and fruity what beer taste upfront, immediately overrun by spices. Fairly bitter until the finish, ends up dry with lingeirng spice.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, not much of a saison. Not a struggle to drink by any means, but the spice is more than necessary.

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Photo of BigMike
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy orange/yellow.
Smells of malts and spice.
Spicy, Pepper, orange, lemon, light pine hops, and clove.Light spiciness. Clove and orange rind are there. Light sweet orange and lemon citrus are in the forefront. Slight touch of pinapple is also present.A piney hop bite finishes it off.

A decent drinker from smutty. Nothing special though. I wouldnt necessarily seek this one out again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bright light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt, an estery yeast and lemon zing.

The taste featured a grainy malt, earthy and estery yeast and spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style and clean.

Overall a tasty and estery pale ale.

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

Golden color, no head o speak of, clearly an unfiltered offering
Aroma is wet leaves and cardboard
Malty, biscuity taste. Slight gingery, yeast taste, Ever so llightly phenolic with light spice
Sour finish, bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, but still light bodied.
Light bodied, and thin finish. Mostly unremarkable. It is fairly drinkable. This beer sorta leaves me with a mystery as to what it's expectations are too be.

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Photo of smcolw
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light off-white head that leaves no lace The color is yellow-orange and very cloudy. There's even some yeast clumps floating. I kinda like that.

The smell is not what I was expecting. My first impression is dirty laundry, closer to an older wet diaper. No Belgian yeast, no spice. The malt is barely noteworthy. No hop.

The flavor is a huge improvement (it had to be). I do detect some orange rind and clove. Mostly malty on the tongue. The finish is lightly sour and short lived. The body is respectable.

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Photo of unionturf
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass and in the lighting appears a hazy orange color with a fast dissipating head and little lacing. Smell is ok and taste is very pleasant ...very balanced malt and hops...after having so many IIIPA's and hoppy beers this was a pleasant surprise.

I like it.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdmek9 for this fresh bottle! Poured into a tulip.

A: A finger of white bubbly head over a hazy copper. A little retention.
S: Big citrus esters at the pour. Good malty, sugary sweetness and mellow, earthy hops as well. Very balanced aromas.
T: A surprisingly grainy brew, much like a lager but with more complex citrus and earthy hops. There's only a light hop bitterness at the back of the sip. A touch of spice tickles my tongue. Biscuity notes come out, and there's more bitterness with warmth that reminds of me of fruit that hasn't quite yet had enough time to ripen. Balanced, and different from other Belgian styles I've had.
M: Higher carbonation with a pretty light body and a relatively dry finish.
D: Definite Belgian ale characteristics. Though I'd have this interesting beer again, I don't know that I'd have it more than once in a single sitting (it boasts itself as a "session ale brewed with spices").

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

Poured into a stemware glass

Head disappeared quickly
Pale orange color

Light spicy aroma
Spicy taste was better than average but unremarkable

Certainly drinkable, so if the intent was to brew a Belgian style session beer this is a success; but I would prefer something with more character most of the time.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy golden orange, with a small thin white head. Head fades quickly. Smell is very yeasty,moldy with a tiny bit of dried fruit.
Taste is very average. I expected more from Smutty. Taste a lot like a Harpoon UFO. Has that sweet, wheaty flavor but not much else. Also its a bit watery. Drinkibility is good and would be good as a hot summer day beer. But there are better choices out there.

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

Pours a hazy golden amber color with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell colored head that fades quickly leaving some spotty lacing. Smells of green apples, candied apricot, lemon, spices, honey, and pale malt. Tastes of peppery spices and coriander followed by honey, light Belgian candy notes, and pale malts. Finishes with some green apple, apricot, and dry grassy bitterness. Medium to medium light in body with decent carbonation. A little thin and watery feeling in spots and not too much Belgian character, but sweet with a dry lingering bitterness. Not one of my favorites from Smutty, but still drinkable.

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Photo of JayNH
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a small frothy head. Minimal retention and lacing.

S- Citric orange sweet, a bit peppery.

T- Mildly sweet, a bit spicy. Plenty of orange peel.

M- Thin, light bodied. Well carbonated.

D- OK, nothing special here but OK on a summer day.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of spice and pale malt with only a touch of hops in the nose.

Taste is full of spice upfront and pale malt in the middle. Clean and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering pale malt and spice. Again, very clean beer with no offensive flavors.

I like this. It's drinkable for the style and simple. It won't replace the Portsmouth Lager but they could have done a lot worse.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. One finger of creamy head with poor retention and moderate lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of corriander. Citrus is the form of lemon and orange. Grassy hops and very earthy.

3.0 T: Much more bitter than I'd prefer. Could definitely use some complexity in terms of malts. Main flavors are corriander and bitterness with a touch of orange. Dry finish.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit undercarbonated and not very smooth.

3.0 D: Not impressed with this one bit.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $2. Freshest by Sept. 2009. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a hazed bright golden yellow color with tight off white head that stands about a finger tall. The foam leaves a minimal lacing on my glass. A nice looking pour, I'll give it that. The nose consists of tart green apples, sweet malts, and grassy hops. Tastes heavily of bready grains, as well as a peppery spice that starts off subtle and slowly increases in intensity. But, overall, pretty meh. Playing off the tastes this ale seems a bit watery, but with ample carbonation. Even still, I had no problem making my way to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber brew with a small head receding to a ring.

Aroma is ver nicely spicy, grains of paradise seem likely to be in use, maybe star anise.

The flavor brings lots of nicely tingly spiciness to a nicely balanced brew. Malt and mild hoppiness let the spice really take the lead. A very nice Belgian pale ale...reminds me of Ommegang's Rare Vos, with an even more pronounced spice profile. Great job.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Hazy golden under a small white head.

S: I'm getting mostly malt and maybe the slightest hint of spice. Really not a lot going on here. No lace, no retention.

T: Again, it's mostly malty, some sweetness up front with a bit of spice. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M/D: Light to medium body, slightly high carbonation. Drinkability is fine despite the beer not bringing much to the table. Could it be a session beer like the label says? Sure, you're really just getting drinkability, not much else.

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

Solid beer, but nothing spectacular by any means. Easy drinking Belgian that is saison like, without the subtle spice notes typical of a saison. Would I buy it again, probably on a hot day when I'm looking for something light after doing some sweaty work. Worth trying but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DIM
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a fairly dark golden color, pretty hazy from being in the fridge. It poured with a medium sized fizzy head that Quickly faded.

s: Hugely spicy, probably obnoxiously so, but I like it! Funky, peppery rye dominate with some grassy, lemony hops coming along as well.

t: Very dry and pretty bland overall. Nothing like the smell would suggest. Somewhat flavorless rye notes start things off leading to an herbal hop finish. Starts dry and gets drier.

m: Crisp and refreshing.

d: If it wasn't ninety degrees outside and hadn't just finished mowing a lawn, this probably would have scored lower. Not bad, but there are many better summer beers to be had. This reminded of a saison more than Belgian pale ale.

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

12oz bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thin, ecru cap that filled the glass perfectly. Head subsided quickly to form some patches along the top of the liquid and left strings of lace.

Aroma is of coriander and lemons at first. A second whiff reveals bubblegum, must, biscuits, toasted malt, tropical fruit and just an overall sweetness.

Taste is similar to the nose. Musty wheat, bubblegum, lemon and a moderate amount of spices. I must say that the flavor of this beer grew on me the more I drank it.

Dry and crisp mouthfeel with a light to medium-light body. Carbonation is high, but it fits.

Initially it was a little difficult to wrap my tastebuds around it, but this is a sessionable beer, great for doing some yardwork on a hot day.

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Photo of gameface23
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head. Not much lacing.

S: Musty, slightly spicy saw dust.

T: Light on all flavor, but it's not bad. There is some spice to it.

M: Similar to a cream ale. It is light bodied, but sort of silky.

D: You could drink this all night.

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

If you are looking for a Belgian style pale, you are going to be very disappointed in this beer. If you want an American style pale without pretentions, this isn't a bad place to stop and park. This isn't a Belgian, but if you get beyond that, you'll be okay. The beer is orangy amber in color with a foamy off white head that doesnt retain for long. This beer is loaded with carbonation and has that nice hazy appearance that makes it all the more enticing. The nose on the beer is earthy, a tad musty, and with some nice floral malts. There is no yeasty Belgianesque aromas and there isn't much clove and coriander, but I suspect the brewer added these spices to enhance the Belgian style. I might be getting a touch, a very faint touch, of allspice or something similar as the beer settles. Did I already mention that this is just not a good Belgian knockoff.

The beer is a touch on the sweet side, although it has some slight drying tendencies in the finish. It is light to medium bodied, but overall quite light, quite refreshing. The beer has some lemony notes, maybe some orange blossom and rind, some other florals maybe a touch of lavender like flowery textures. The beer has little in the way of hop, although there is a slight peppery and spicy bite in the finish that causes the mouth to pucker a touch. The beer is easy to drink and with a fairly low ABV, this isn't a bad session beer. Enjoy this beer for what it is.

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Photo of Viggo
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet.

Pours a very lightly hazy amber orange, thick white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring and drops some decent lacing on the glass, looks alright. Smell is interesting, very musty, rotten fruit, toasty malts, almost mildewy, mango, some sweet maltiness, lightly spicy, some bubblygum, almost a saison quality. Taste is similar, very weird, dry, bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, musty and dry in the finish, yeasty, some spice, hard to place exactly what is going on here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Didn't like it at first, but growing on me a bit, pretty interesting stuff.

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