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 aminobutyricacid
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of citan133
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
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 ckollias
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a tall pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a partial lace.

S: Spicy and sort of skunky aroma.

T: Similar spicy skunky flavor – coriander and some yeast notes.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Weird spicy beer – nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of mattsdenney
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

A: Pours a hazy, pale yellow-orange color with minimal head and lacing.

S: Dried fruit, sweet malt, light hops.

T: Light hop bitterness with a touch of wheat, grape. No presence of aftertaste to speak of.

M: Light, crisp, carbonated.

D: It's drinkable but mainly due to the light body and lack of taste. Maybe that's what they were going for.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, just picked up a Smutty mix pack but it is past its prime. Best by Feb, 2011..Doh! poured this into my snifter.

I smell lemons and wet, almost musky and sweet malts. The musk is probally due it is past prime.

This is my first BPA, and as I read earlier the bitter hop aspect is not the focus. I taste the lemons and wet grassy hops, but this beers sweetness is a little to much for me.

creamy mouthfeel, undercarbed but actully pleasant. If it was fresh I'd imagine this to be quite drinkable.

Overall it seems to be a good beer and I will seek a fresh one eventually and edit this.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh, how I wanted to like this beer, but with American brewers tackling the Belgian pale/golden ale genre with incredible vigor lately, this offering from Smuttynose just seems - well - pale.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a medium white head that falls to no lacing. The aroma starts weak, with a bit of grain and some slight fruit. But as it warms, a bit of apricot or preach peeks through. The flavor is slightly fruity - again, apricot and peach, with a little allspice and clove - but ultimately it is weak and thin. The mouthfeel is terribly thin and the finish is slightly sour.

A net disappointment.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger pure white somewhat sticky head that leaves decent lacing behind. head dissipates in about 2 minutes to a decent sized ring around the glass.

Smells of a slight hop bitterness that produces some spice aromas. very, very faint aroma. Couldn't get much citrus or fruity characters, which would be nice for a light bodied session brew. Not enough of a hop profile as well imo.

Taste has the same faint hop bitterness, some hop spiciness, and is also subdued. Does have a bit of citrus here, though, which makes it better than the aroma. Still which there was more of a hop profile.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied. I know that this is supposed to be a light bodied session brew, but it just isn't appealing to me. Extremely light bodied and extremely carbonated, i've had much better belgian pales than this. Very disappointing considering it's coming from Smuttynose.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smuttynose Star Island Single ABV: 5.8%

A: The appearance is a golden, orange color that is hazy from what appears to be sediments floating in the beer.

S: The smell is musty and malty. The smell is not very appealing to me, but we will see how the other features turn out.

T: All I have to say is MALTS! It is a malty beer. Also, can taste a bit of a sweet sensation (citrus tasting??), grassy hops and other spices.

M: This beer has a below average mouthfeel because of how malty it is to me. First off, Malty beer isnt really appealing to me, but it just seems to overpowering. Therefore, if you like a malty beer, then this might be a beer for you.

D: The drinkabilitiy is smooth, other than it being malty. Would I buy again? probably, but if I had another choice then I would probably pick another beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass) best before March 10
A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a sea of big bubbles supporting a bubbly white net of head that is soon gone.
S- This beer has a nice wet stone aroma that gives way to a very light sulfury quality that is soft aswell
T- This beer has a clean flavor with a slight tart hint and a mineral water taste in the finish. There is a carbonic acid bite that gives way to a soft non-descript hop flavor and light dull dried spice hint as the beer warms a good bit. The note of orange in the finish comes through in the last few sips.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish. D- This is a very light and subtle beer with was not offensive but just didn't seem worth drinking.

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Photo of johnwarne
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Smutty? Yes, indeed:
A Belgian pale ale? Think not,
Better look elsewhere".

Sorry--for a brewer of renown, this one didn't do anything for me [other than to discourage me from having a second one]. There are far better representatives of the breed than this example, I assure you.

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Photo of ottovon
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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 RTEdmunds
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with a pure white head. Pretty good retention. Looks nice.

Some floral notes and a little fruity.

The taste is mild. A bit soapy, and hop presence is minimal. Aftertaste has a hint of spices and yeast.

Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

First time I've been disappointed by a Smuttynose product, I'm sorry to say. The soapyness killed it for me.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. i didnt catch any sort of freshness information, but this brand has been in chicagoland for less than a month so i assume its fresh.

A- the pour is a hazy golden colored body. there is about a half finger of bright white head on top that lasts the entirety of the glass. small, random, spots of lacing are left behind.

S- the first thing i notice is an off metallic twang. not that pleasant. after that i get sweet pale malts and a little bit of cereal grain. herbal smelling hops at the end.

T- the taste is also filled with the metallic twang. it reminds me of an adjunct lager. maybe its corn or rice or something? sweet pale malts and some herbal/grassy hops finish this one off.

M- light bodied and thin with an aggressive level of carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden and basically undetectable.

D- meh, this one isnt for me. maybe its a poor example of the style, or maybe the style just isnt what im into. either way, i probably wont be buying this one again. im still glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head. Hazy sienna yellow color with a little glow. Smells of spice, and strangely enough a wee little bit like a hair permanent. Taste is medium spicy with a fairly long acidic zing. It's an unusual beer yet maybe an acquired taste and smell.

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Photo of alexhammond
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden yellow color, with very small head. leaves decent lacing.
very faint fruit, wheat, and yeast scents, but nothing really stands out.
tastes very bready at first, lightly creamy, and eventually some subtle fruit flavors come through (apple?) with faint spices. there's nothing here that really grabs me and makes me want more. not a bad beer, just something about the bland bread and wheat flavors that doesn't quite do it for me.
on the plus side, it's light bodied and easy to drink, probably a good summertime beverage.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Really has this burnt orange color to it that is hazy nad has a tiny head. Little retention and no lacing evident. Smell is very muted, has a lemony bitter aroma if anything. Taste is ok, not a belgian ipa by any means. probably infected as its tart as all hell and has a bitter lemon/raspberry flavor to it. Refreshing in this hot weather, but not a belgian ipa to me by any standards. carbonation is nice though there is no head retention. Drinkability for me is high on a day like this becuase its so refreshing but not worth seeking out to great lengths at all.

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Photo of movingtrain
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a very small head.

Smells of ginger, light malts, cinnamon, some sugar, wheat and bread crust.

Taste is very ordinary...plain...malty. This is a session beer, for sure. This tastes like a spice pilsner. Some leathery notes, and ginger in the balance...

This is a decent beer...drinkable for sure...but nothing special about this one. Which, I suppose, is part of the appeal of this one.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had several of these in the previous weeks and a few of the top examples of this style.

I love Orval, possibly my top Trappist. And unfortunately this session beer is in another class. So different it seems more like a season beer than pale ale.

Dropped a stellar looking foam that completely vanished.

Lemony smell. Coriander I think.

Watery. Session beer that has a sad. No real body. Fizzy.

Tart, crisp, refreshing. Great summer barbecue beer.

I would want a 30 pack of these and some pork.

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Photo of Dope
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear golden straw pour. Very bubbly. Small white head that fades fast. Little lacing or retention.

S: Wheaty. Maybe a little malt and a little citrus.

T: Very plain, bland flavor up front. Aftertaste is better. Wheaty with a bit of belgian yeast and some spice. Maybe a little apple and pear. But up front it's just....bleh.

M: High carbonation but has an odd coating mouthfeel to it. Not unlike a slick hop oil coating but there is very little in the way of hops in this.

O: I tried to find some good in this beer but honestly it's a middle-of-the-road BPA at best.

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Photo of vrazionale
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Burnt orange body with a modest, uneven head formation.

S - Caramel, roasted nuts, herbal notes, and a fairly pronounced skunkiness. I hope that this bottle has gone bad, because this smells like skunky macro beer. Not an impressive nose at all.

T - Nicely sweet and spicy on the finish, lots of fall flavors here (it reminds me of pumpkin beer, actually!). The finish is lackluster, but this is not the kind of beer that is meant to be savored, so I haven't marked it off too hard.

M - A bit sticky and clumsy. It could use a bit more carbonation, I think.

D - Not a terrible brew, but definitely not one that I will be seeking out. It would work just fine with standard American pub fare, but this is not the kind of beer for food pairings. This brew is simple, easygoing, and straightforward. It's a fine beer to drink if you're not trying to think about your beer, and certainly a more-than-adequate alternative to macro brews at a bar.

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Photo of jampics2
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

About 8oz from a bottle @ Heinen's Smuttynose VS Sierra Nevada smackdown.

Had this once before and didn't love it. Let's see how it scores with the second visit.

Filtered gold with a small head. Looks OK, wish it wasn't filtered though!

Smells of spices and Belgian yeast. Honey and biscuit/bread malt and a touch of orange and coriander.

Taste is OK. Coriander, sweet malt, some citrus hints, yeasty esters hardly even qualify this as a Belgian. Spices distract from what should be the main focus. Touch of bitterness in the finish but average in every way.

Mouthfeel on this beer sucks. OK, so it could be worse if it was flat, but it's WAY too carbonated. Past the point of being distracting. Body is seriously light, which is alright for the style but not for my tastes.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden very transparent, no cloudyness and head forms white and thick but quickly dissipates.

The aroma is full of pale malts, slight biscuit malts with a hint of earthyness. not a hint of any yeast.

The taste is well not what i expected. This is a not for me kind of beer. It almost tastes like a regular pale, Shoals perhaps with a Belgium yeast. That said the taste starts with a mouth full of carbonation, the base malt comes through but perhaps munic and biscuit malts create a slight buttery middle taste. The finish is dry with a grain aftertaste on the tongue.

Overall not my kind of beer an average pale all around for me

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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