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

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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
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny;s store in Plainfield, IL for $1.69. A best before date of May '11 is notched into the side label and this is now March of '12, so this beer is almost a year past its prime, so I'm not sure how well it's held up - but here goes.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with an incredible fast rising head. 90% of the glass was filled with white foam and it rose quickly, so be careful with the pour. Retention was good and so was the lacing, so no sign of over aging yet.

The smell was very lemony with other tropical fruits along with some mild spiciness in the background.

The beer starts out with a mild honey malt sweetness, but then the lemon and other fruit flavors from the Belgian yeast take over. Some coriander and white pepper make up the spice aspect and then it finishes dry.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall it's kind of bland, but it's easy to drink and there's nothing in it that's offensive. No noticeable alcohol, but no hop character either.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was decent, a deep amber color coming through right out of the bottle. Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. Still very drinkable and quite enjoyable with dinner.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose along with some hints of honey and spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness from the honey along with hints of lemon citrus.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, especially given its low alcohol content, but the flavor isn't interesting enough to make this sessionable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This BPA pours a yellow-golden color with a pure white 1 1/2 finger head that looks substantial at first, but soon dissipates leaving a bit of lacing for awhile.

Spicy citrus and tropical fruit on the nose with some light sweet malt. A banana-like smell from the Belgian yeast.

The taste is less spicy than the nose. Tart citrus and more tropical fruit with light Belgian yeast and a hint of bitter hops in the follow through.

Medium bodied, but it clings to the tongue leaving a drying effect in the end.

This is a pretty decent brew. Light enough to be an easy drinker, but substantial enough to hold your attention. A good summer beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle a while back:

This is a very drinkable beer and one that i'll get again. At this reasonable abv, it's an extremely drinkable beer. Good belgian light color with high carbonation. Great esthery aroma, and decent drinkability. I will get this beer again.

Would recommend.


I had a draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not exactly sure of the distinction between a Belgian Pale Ale and a a Single but I assume a single is a little sweeter. This was a little sweeter than I'd assume a belgian pale to be but not bad.

Gold in color. Sweet aroma and flavor (almost like a Leffe). Very drinkable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Standings, NYC, NY

Poured into a pint glass, a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that leaves just a bit of lacing. Bready, yeasty aroma, floral, notes of citrus and peach, and mild spice. Grains and yeast in the taste, bready, sweet malts, floral, with citrus notes, mild spicy notes. Light-medium body, a little too sweet and not quite balanced, but still pretty drinkable.

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This is a mild one, for those who enjoy saisons and summery wheats.

I got it on a great sale which made it a bargain. Totally drinkable. Wouldn't seek it out, but I'm glad I grabbed it from the fridge tonight to pair with slightly spicy barbequed shrimp (cooked in butter, Old Bay, Worchestershire sauce, and lemon juice). They played very nicely together.

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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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