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 NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose- Star Island Single

A- Hazy/ cloudy orange with a big thick soft white head. Decent ringed lacing around the head.
S- Spicy. Pepper, orange, lemon, light pine hops, and clove.
T- Light spiciness. Orange rind and clove are present. Light sweet orange and lemon citrus dominate. Slight touch of pinapple pokes through. Finishes of with a pine hop bite.
M- Light dry and spicy. fruity tart in the back end and finishing off with a creamy buttery pine hops.

Overall- A decent enjoyable fruity beer. Good for a summer BBQ.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy amber with foamy white head.

The smell is a little grainy with some hop presence.

The taste is bit malty with some citrus flavors, orange, lemon, mild grapefruit. Not bitter but slightly sour.

The feel of this beer a nice crip light feel. Balanced quite well and would do quite well as a summer beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tough beer to review. If this was review was based on style guidlines the score would be much lower. This pours out looking zippy, with a moderate white head that fizzes out slow but sure. stays fresh looking for a long time too! It's a dark goldne color, not bright but dense.

The aroma is mostly musty garden herbs, slightly spicey with a crisp-pale malt underneath.

The flavor is very clean, crisp and ligfht malty effect. It's got a classic American Pale ale herbalness, not that much hop though, it's subtle but very herbal and spicey. The yeast is much too mellow for a Belgian-style brew, too relaxed and not enough complexity. This is a simple, tastey beer but it's not much of a "Belgian".

I really liked this beer and had no problem treating it like a session beer. Too bad it's suposed to fall under the catogory of Belgian.

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

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. A wispy head breaks to a spotty surface foam immediately.

Smell: orange, coriander, and some sugary sweetness is pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: bready malt base with orange, lemon zest, yeast, and coriander. Bitterness is mild and there is a hint of sourness very late after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Some dryness arrives late. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is a little longer than expected.

Drinkability: this beer goes down in a mildly refreshing manner and is easy to drink. Worth a try.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Best before: Sept. 09

A: Pours a deep-golden color with some orange highlights. A small and very creamy bright-white head forms and sticks around for a short time, leaving some artful splotches of lace as it recedes. Carbonation is pretty active.

S: Aromas of vaguely musty citrus, toasty malt, and some barely there spice. This smells not quite done, or something.

T: Tangy/slightly sour citrus, toasted malt, and a musty/moldy taste that seems like it doesn't belong.

M: Toasty with a sticky but bone dry finish that won't leave my poor tongue alone.

D: Something just didn't seem right with this. Next!

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Photo of citan133
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Starts off with a thin white head, very thin, which dissipates pretty quickly. Nice orange-amber color. Nothing too crazy.

Gets lots of orange and banana smells, maybe a little spice. Kind of smells like banana bread.

Some nice fruit in the front, maybe a little orange, and some spice, probably coriander. All of a sudden this awful yeast/bread flavor jumps in on the finish, just a really obvious, very bitter and completely unpleasant taste, almost like its unfinished or something. It comes on about 5 seconds after I swallow and it's just really obnoxious. It made me shiver.

Clean and crisp like a session brew should be but that aftertaste....

That finish is just killing me. If it weren't for that you could definitely drink a bunch of these, which was their plan but that pungent yeast taste in the end makes me not even want to finish this. I love smuttynose but I won't be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained as part of a six pack. Had this at a bar before it was brewed on a large scale and enjoyed the light, fruity flavor. Poured from the bottle into a glass with a one and a half finger head and good retention. Brew was golden with a slight haze. The aroma hits with coriander and some fruitiness. Taste comes strong upfront with orange and some spices, most notably coriander. Leaves the palate extremely clean. Flavor is similiar to a Sam Adams White Ale, except the finish was cleaner. The mouthfeel is crisp with only a small amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high because of the clean finish and low ABV.

A good beer, although I enjoyed it better when I had in on tap, that could work well as a session brew. A solid offering that I think has mass appeal.

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Photo of ottovon
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

included as an extra from Ineedabeerhere.

A: pours a golden straw color, with a nice white head that falls quickly.

S: bready smell with a smell of citrus and coriander. there is also a slightly sweet fruity smell.

T: the smell comes through a bit in the taste. it is a little bready, and has the taste of some spices. it is a little bitter and peppery in the finish.

M: it has a nice mouthfeel. a medium body with light carbonation.

D: it is an ok beer. i dont think i would buy one though.

drank on: 04.13.09

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

Picked up a six pack for $9.99. Poured into a standard pint glass. Hazy orange color, with a slight shade of yellow peeking through. Fizzy white head. Minimal carbonation. Good amount of lacing. Smelled was a bit grassy and some coriander was noticed. Taste was quite pleasing. Hint of sugar, and a tiny bit of hops. Slightly earthy, but fruity at the same time. Reminds me of a nice Belgian golden ale, but with a bit more hops to bring it into the pale ale category. While the flavor didn't knock my socks off, the drinkability is a strong suite for this beer. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. Low abv. Easy to get through a few of these. There are not a lot of brewers that make a single nowadays, and Smuttynose did the genre right by crafting a fine example.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 5.2% sessionable Belgian Style Pale Ale... you've got my attention. $8.99 for this fresh sixer at Bottle King in Dumont, NJ... I love the label too.

Served in a Belgian tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature. Best before September '09.

Appearance- Pours a hazy medium gold with a white soapy head that crests at three fingers briefly, before settling to a solid 1/2 inch. Each sip (read: gulp) leaves behind Saturn's rings in the form of thick, clingy lacing.

Smell- A nice mustiness is offset by a bready, spicy nose that also delivers a floral, perfumy aroma... delicate and very fragrant. It's clean and distinctive, with good balance of what seems to be orange peel, malt, and hops.

Taste- Spices, all of which are quite elegantly presented, unravel their properties while complementing a subtle bitterness from the hops. The finish is dry but not bone dry... all in all it's just really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Consistent and delicate, but at the same time active and rolling with plenty of interest. This is really great, it goes down so easily without the bellyfill of most BPAs out there... it has some of the same characteristics of a hoppier Belgian wit. I will certainly buy more of these for this coming Summer's festivities... hopefully in keg form for July 4. Great job Smutty!

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

This beer pours a hazy amber color. There is a huge fluffy two finger white head with very good retention. Sticky lacing coated the glass the entire way down. Nose is very bready with a slight hint of citrusy hops. I pick up a touch of lemon in the nose. The taste is bread at first with citrus hops bite moving in and a more fruity taste to it - some orange here. The taste could have a bit more flavor. However, it has relatively smooth, crisp mouthfeel, slight carbonation and is a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is clear and golden yellow. One finger of pure white head. Icy lace. Looks bright and inviting.

The smell is very funky and spicy, giving way to a sweeter, more fruity/citrus side.

The taste is a fruity start with orange and some sourish lemon. The flavor has a spicy Belgian funk, but also a sweet, fruity respite.

Thicker and more still than I expected. Tiny dancing fizz. Spicy but not overwhelming. Sweet at the end. Hella nice.

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Photo of shirfan
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber with a quickly vanishing head.

Aroma isn't as good as the taste... cereal grain and a hint of coriander.

Taste: Light and easy to drink yet flavorful enough to be moreish. Bready malts with some nutty almond tones are backed by hints of coriander, orange rind, and pepper. Finishes on the sweet side, but not cloying. Clean mouthfeel, low on esters and hops.

Doesn't push any envelopes, but a solid, drinkable choice for warm weather.

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

A 12oz bottle with Best By Sep09 on the label. Hazy orange color, tiny white head. Pleasant enough aroma, sweet malt, spice, fruit. The aroma doesn't come through as well in the taste. A little fruit, some clove, rather peppery. A dry finish, but also a harsh bitterness to the mouthfeel. An OK beer, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of damienblack
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, minimal head and lacing. Visually mediocre. Smells almost like a saison - yeasty and musty/flowery, like a stuffed up earthiness. Just doesn't smell quite that dry, a little bit of sweetness there instead. A bit of spiciness.

Taste is pretty straightforward - mild sweetness, a little nutty, a little floral. Finishes off-dry with a bit of spiciness. Light hopping adds a nice little twist to the end. Very light in body, well carbonated, clean and easy to drink. Smooth and creamy. A decent session Belgian-lite, nothing to go out of the way for, and while Smutty's done better, it could be worse.

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

Bah, a replacement for the Portsmouth Lager? Why? Best by Sept 2009

A: A mildly hazy orange with bright orange highlights. Thin white head with good retention, there's a disk even 40 minutes later

S: Mildly spicy, with some floral notes, mild jasmine and rose. Spice character is mildly peppery with some herbal character.

T: Opens up mildly spicy with some nutty character - chestnuts? Mild floral character. There's some sweetness and some honey-like character. Finishes dry with a little spice

M: Light with decent carbonation and a good finish

D: While this goes down easy, I don't necessarily feel like this is something I'll go back to.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Willimantic Brewing Co. in a Willibrew pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a slight chilled haze from yeast particles left suspended in the brew. A thin head of fizzy white foam leaves little lace.

S: Smells like ground white pepper, citrus fruits, a bit of mint and clove.

T: Taste is thin and more malty than bitter. The flavor throws off a bi of citrus fruit as well as banana and toasted biscuit flavors. The light hopping adds a dimension of spice in the form of clove, pepper and zesty lemon peel.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a tad astringent.

D: A decent ale, but not really a great representation of the Belgian Pale Style. It's missing that distinct European hop essence, but it's not a bad drinking brew. Good for lighter beer drinkers who want to session in the Belgian tradition while staying attached to American roots.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty yellow/light orange with a fair head and little lacing. Slight haze overall.

Yeasty and chemical alcohol aroma. Some bitter citric scents here.

Spice, like light clove and even white pepper, with alcohol, yeast, and bitter orange rind notes. Sounds a bit rough? Not really, it is actually really smooth.

Decent body and carbonation.

Overall, I was surprised by he drinkability, as I downed the pint pretty quick. But not a favorite. Some woody alcohol element to this that I'm not digging, and the overall flavors are a little mild. This might a be a real short run for a year-rounder for Smutty.

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Photo of joepais
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Portsmouth brewery. It was served in a pint glass a finger worth of white head that went to a thin lace the body was a pale yellow.

Aromas of light yeast and grain came from the glass. The flavor was like a blond ale with some spice thrown it. It was light and watery in the mouthfeel department.

As you can tell I am not digging this brew. This is a pour example of a Belgian pale or an abbey style single at that. I heard someone at the bar said it reminded them of a light beer. I am really sorry I wanted to like it but I couldn't, average at best. I may be spoiled because I have had the tops in this style. This one comes way short of the mark in aroma, where is the Belgian yeast? As for the flavor, where is the typical spice and carbonation for my tongue? I know some people may think I am hard on it because it replaced the Larger but really I'm not. Smutty you can do better
Oh ya it drinks like a lite beer so I guess its drinkable

Edit I saw this poured into a tulip glass today with a rough pour and it looked better so i upped the score

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Novare Res this past weekend.

Pours a hazy golden orange-ish color, decent sized fluffy looking head and leaves some lacing.

Smell is rather tame for a Belgian style beer, light citrusy/yeasty aroma and sweet malt, but the aroma is barely present for something that is pound you over the head like most Belgian styles.

Taste is rather light and not very flavorful, mostly a yeasty presence accompanied with some citrus and a dash of orange, the good thing is that it's feels rather creamy and soft and tends to be easily drinkable, I think I went through a pint in under 5 minutes, although it's not a very adventurous beer which might be the case.

I have to say I'm a bit underwhelmed with this beer though, especially since it's replacing the Portsmouth Lager, one of the better year round lagers available.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had not seen this before I had it on tap last night at the Dirty Truth.

Presented in a stemmed glass.

Poured a golden straw color with about a half inch of foam.

Smell is very sweet malt, faint hop earthiness, not much else.

Taste is that of a light dubbel, that is the best way I can describe it. Its sweet but not too sweet with some grassy notes.

Very easy drinking beer, as close to a "Belgian Session" as I've had. If this is the beer they end up bottling and replacing Portsmouth Lager with, it will be a nice addition to the Smutty family.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/4/08. Growler from Big Z, Huntington, NY. Pours a light clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of light fruit, tart raspberries, raspberry jam, and light flowery hops. Initial flavor of spices, anise star, light fruit, crisp apple, wheat/bready malt. So light and crisp, a little hot with all the spices. Absolutely delicious and easy to drink.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of sleazo
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped at The Diamond.

A_Amber coloured and quite hazy. A huge fluffy head corwned the beer and really didn't want to leave. Concentric rings of lace clung to the glass to the very end.

S_Very bready. Slight generic hops

T_The first sip is bread like and has a generic hop bitterness. There is also a bit of charcoal The finish is fruity esters, bananas and tropical fruit. There is also a bit of bubblegum from the yeast. While not particularly yeasty, those little biggers do make their presence known.

M_ Smooth mouthfeel with light but tight carbonation.

D_A very good interpretation of the style and highly quaffable. I definitely hope to see this one again.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a dark, murky, orange-gold appearance with a couple centimeter thick head with some creamy lacing. The aromas were strong in the citrus category, wrapped in bready textures. The taste was overall sweet, mainly in the drinks mix of doughy starches and orange sweetness. Medium body was not too crisp but allowed the flavors to be the main show of the drink. Overall, particularly sweet but good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC:

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of citrus (lemon) peel, floral notes, some bubblegum.

The taste is sweet - candy sugar, sweetened lemon - a bit tart with bready yeast in the back. Thinnish finish.

Light-bodied. Mild carbonation makes it a bit watery.

A sweeet attmept at a BPA. Not a bad stab, but, a bit too thinnish and sweetish compared to the classic representation, IMO. Still, it has a refreshing quality to it.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 625 ratings