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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Photo of sleazo
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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 IMincedTheKing
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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 JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CooperEllis threw in this in as part of a great trade and tons of fantastic extras. Very cool John!!

Boxing up some beer tonight and figured I had better have a beer while working. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... Nice 1/2" foamy white head... good lacing... okay retention... the brew is hazed golden.

Nose is more neutral Belgian bready pale malts than anything else.. hints of pear and apple in the esters and only minor clove phenols.

Flavor is again very bready.. sorta cookie dough pale malts.. very clean malt profile.. there is a descent yeasty ester that reminds me of pear essence... hints of lemon come in late yet lingering.. not getting "spice", but if I had to guess there may be some coriander.... a bit floral on the finish.

Body is great for a 6% brew... very smooth... sessionable... interesting without being questionable..

For this brew... think session.. seriously.. it is not Duvel, but instead something that is quenching and incredibly balanced.


EDIT: Really surprised with the low ratings on this one... Many of the Western bigger microbreweries try to do lite Belgians and fail for the most part. This is very much a Belgian Lawnmower beer that if I had more than a few, I would be mowing circles and yelling at the neighbors and enjoying every minute.

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Photo of goblet
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so,i pick up a sixer of smutty nose star island single and poured one out into a glass and gave it a good look over.

it looks to be a clear golden orange with a thin fragile paper white foam head ,there is a good amount of carbonation.

a mild sweet spicing aroma like cinnamon and nutmeg. a malt sugar back bone ,also lite hops and fruits like white grapes.

the malt and spices are both sweet and delicious .the subtle cinnamon and nutmeg are balanced perfectly together and taste very nice

a medium to lite body feel, the spices linger around for a bit after your done drinking it.

a pretty good winter season ale very easy to drink, light in some ways although its got some power to it .


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Photo of Schmidts
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange from the bottle with one finger of head that laces nicely till done.
smells of spices and Lemon.
Taste is of Lemon and sweet breads, spices with hints of foral hops and grass. Very complex as you sip it and most refreshing.

Feels very nice in your mouth refreshing a bit tart also.
Overall I have to give this Ale a thumbs up 4.0 it is very drinkable smooth and different in its own special way!

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours from a bottle with almost no head. Surprising considering all the carbonation in the body. Pours a semi-transparent deep brown yellow with plenty of bubbling throughout. No lacing to speak of either.

S - Nose is of faint hops and banana yeastiness. Smell is inviting and very similar to the taste.

T - The taste has all the banana of the smell, with some added bitterness from the hops. Not terribly bitter, but the added spices make this beer a bit more interesting. Faint alcohol taste that kind of spoils the experience however.

MF - Solid mouthfeel that's a bit on the thick side.

D - Good drinkability from the taste and complexity, but the alcohol taste kind of gets in the way.

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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 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 berliner07
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this beer. Some of my friends say they wish there was more character here, but I like it for what it is, an easy sipper. Enough engaging spice and yeast character, but not over the top. The color is nice here. I maybe wish there was a bit more complexity on the mouthfeel though.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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 WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
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 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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Photo of cincodm
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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 droomyster
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange with an attractive white head with excellent retention. Big aromas of yeastiness and orange juice, a dull maltiness and some spices. Tastes like it smells except perhaps a bit sweeter than the nose suggests. Round flavors in a medium body that has wheat beer texture that I find very appealing. In the case of this beer the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - it is eminently drinkable in such a way that describing any single characteristic cannot quite capture it.

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Photo of kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
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 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 djbst73
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass, probably served too cold, but hey, it's a hot day.

A- Deep gold color with significant haze. An inch of off-white head that leaves nice lacing the whole way.

S-Lots of citrus and a hint of wheat and clove.

T- I have to say this is really hitting the spot. I was concerned that the label said "brewed with spices", but it is well rounded with a bit of fruity sweetness and a nice bite. Coriander, maybe?

M- plenty of body, but by no means heavy.

O- Very enjoyable, and definitely seems sessionable on nice day outside.

Very disappointed I only had one bottle of this...

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fell in love with Smuttynose after having their Pumpkin Ale on draught.

I've sought out several of their beers since and haven't found a beer I don't like.

Star Island Single is a nice, crisp, refreshing pale ale which goes down smooth. It's a medium yellow color with a typical Belgian beer smell.

It's very drinkable and although it rings in it almost 6% alcohol, it doesn't seem heavy.

Perfect for anytime of the season. Try and find this one.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
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 msolar
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
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 seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

08/07/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is one of those beers that is so smooth on the tongue you don't get the benefit of the cold temperature. The glass was cold...there was condensation & all...but the creaminess hushed it all. As for flavor it's just fine. Great finish & actually leaves a hint of the crisp as it fads away. Well done.

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Photo of adamette
4.53/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Ommegang Hennepin silver rimmed glass. Purchased at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY 8 29 09 as a part of a Smuttynose mix pack. "Best before" date of November 2009.

A Mature saison look with a brief but creamy looking head. Good lacing too. Very nice. 4.5

S Nice, lightly sweet saison smell with maybe some spices. 4.0

T Wow, very good saison with a nice citrusy taste and light spices. This may be my favorite saison made in the U.S. It has a great Belgian yeast taste as well. Pleasant, interesting, somewhat sweet and delicious. I cannot see how the taste can be improved. 5.0

M Appropriate feel beefed up by spices, citrus sweetness and some alcohol. 4.0

D Very high. I finished this glass very quickly. 4.5

Note: A great beer from Smuttynose. I am now understanding why there is so much attention given to this brewery.

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