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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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Reviews: 324 | Ratings: 627
Photo of dudelove7485
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Very blond to light gold in color. Heavy small-bubbled white cloudy head, though the head fades quickly and leaves virtually no lacing. Slightly unpleasant vegetal, crackery aroma with a hint of coriander. Medium-medium light body. The taste is very celery-like and citrusy initially. The finish is full, yet much more watery than expected with an almost spicy backbone. Very meh.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Star Island Single from Smuttynose is good. This beer has was a pale clean yellow in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has nothing. This beer was light and crisp in taste! The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. the head has decent retention, and it leaves behind just a bit of lace.

S - It smells of wheat, coriander, and orange zest. There is an earthy gassiness to it, and just a little bit of hops peak through.

T - The taste is lemony and grainy up front. There are flavors of wheat, coriander, and citrus. Also I am getting some green apple, belgian yeast, and some honey sweetness. There is a touch of hop flavor as well.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. It is crisp and a bit refreshing.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down pretty easy, and I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought it was an alright beer. It would be pretty good to have on a hot day, but it really just wasn't that impressive.

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Photo of beergod1
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a damn Mason jar.... to a carbonated golden orange with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Nose was citrus hops (oranges and lemons mostly), some hint of various spices-damn coriander?. Mouth feel was light to medium bodied and carbonated, and the taste picked up the spices of the nose nicely, and to a lesser degree, the hoppy citrus, with just a hint of malty sweetness. Finish was full, long lasting, unfortunately. This was a confused brew.

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Photo of iadler
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into pint glass. Light gold color with a two inch foam head that dissipates almost immediately. Lot's of rising carbonation with no retention.

S- Light bread malts followed with white grape, peach, pear and melon. There is a hint of some pepper spice as well as some funk.

T- Similar to the nose with bready malt, pepper spice, white grape, peach and some mild floral hops.

M- High carbonation with a thin body and fishes dry.

O- Unfortunately, this was a pretty disappointing brew, especially since it was from a one of my new favorite breweries that distributed in Chicago. Too thin and watered down for my taste. I'm going to stick with their IPA and Porter.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
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 rel
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of the bottle, with a hazy golden color, but little head. The nose is a little metallic, but lots of citrus, wheaty yeast, and some sweet bready malt. Herbs and Spices in the background, but I can't place them. Overall appealing. The taste reflects the metallic smell as well, but unfortunately it comes through like a normal white beer, with little to be tasted of the spice and malt. It's refreshing, and definitely not a bad beer.

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Photo of soze47
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 oz. single today, date best before 12/10, so it is two months away from expiration.

Appearance: Very thing looking, clear and bubbly. Pale orange in color with very fast dissipating head.

Aroma: Tangy breadiness in the nose. Almost like the tang of a buttermilk biscuit batter. There is also a slight herbal tone to the smell.

Taste: A very loose tasting brew. It is fruity and somewhat spicy, mostly coming from the malt/hop combo. Flavors fade fast and it finishes a little cloyingly.

Mouthfeel: This is a bubble light beer, but I couldn't help but think it stuck to my palette a little too long. In a way, this one begged for another drink, just because your last drink begged for it.

Drinkability: At once high, but also low. At 5.8 ABV, this one goes down very quickly, but it also has an almost accumulating heaviness that would probably eventually rule this one out after a couple pints.

Overall: This one really grew on me as I drank it. When I was forced to critically think, this beer brought an OK game to the table. However, this isn't going to be one that I grasp for the next time I hit the store.

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Photo of mwa423
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head that quickly dies off, no lacing, nothing particularly noteworthy.

S - Slight Belgian yeast aroma, a hint of dried fruit and sweet malt.

T - There an odd mixture of sour tart flavors and belgian yeast and classic belgian malt flavors. Not a particularly good combination.

M/D - Mouthfeel is crisp and has a slight zest/bite. Not particularly drinkable, I'll be just washing dinner down with it.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours just a bit darker than BMC with a loosely knit white head that goes away in no time; average look at best. Smell is sweet malts and fruit and a little bread dough, too. Mildly yeasty with a touch of fruitiness in the flavour. Mouthfeel was very thin and lifeless. There is nothing offensive about this beer and it is certainly *not* poorly crafted; however, there isn't really anything memorable about it, either. Pretty average all the way around, this one.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale coloring, tiny head.

S: A little bit of "spices", but tough to tell which ones. Nothing special

T: Plain, a bit uneventful, would even go so far as say bland.

M: Fine

D: Very drinkable, but only because it is completely uninspring.

This is the first Smuttynose beer that I have tried that I thought was lacking.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a recent trade. I've enjoyed the offerings I've had previously from this brewery, so I was excited to try this one. Pours a cloudy, hazy medium orange color, with a huge fluffy white head. Aromas lemon and grains of paradise. On the palate, sweet and spicy, with honey and citrus. Easy and drinkable.

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Photo of deereless
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden copper, thin whirl of head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Smells distinctly lagerish rather than Belgian, very sweet grains - 3.50, T: Some dry husks and grains, a touch tart, quite dry - 3.00, M: A tad on the thin side - 3.00, D: I'm always on the lookout for a good session beer, and though definitately drinkable this one just edges above average - 3.00

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinks much more like a summer wheat sort of beer than a Belgian pale ale. A bit of citrus, some coriander, some oily slickness on the palate. Not a super rendition of that style, either but a refreshing enough hot weather brew.
Reminds me of Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus, maybe? Light and sweet, lightly sweet. Scents of lemon candy.
The beer is nowhere near as sexy as the image on the bottle but it's worth a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a thick haze in a toasted banan peel yellow and a little bronze highlighting. The bubbles are small and rolling towards the top. Nice head and a good residual foam with some lacing clinging to the glass.

Soft banana aromas along with very dry pilsner malt. There's a tiny garin aroma, with a little toast, but all in all there's not a whole lot to smell. Not bad, just bland.

The taste has some off, wheat flavors. A little banana from the yeast it seems. The malts are lightly toasted. While the hops seem to add an odd musk to the finish. Not what I expected or hoped for.

The palate is a little dry, and somewhat flat. This seems very odd since this beer seemed to have good carbonation going into each sip.

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Photo of jifigz
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into this weird chalice glass that I found buried in the dirt in my yard. It is a pretty badass glass.

The appearance is very, very effervescent and bubbly and a golden hue. The head built up quickly and died almost instantly. The aroma of the beer is malty sweet and candy like with just hints of spice. The beer is a little colder than I would like. It was in my trunk overnight and the temperature got down to about 39 F so it is pretty chilled. The taste is very, very light and pretty much nonexistent. It is certainly a session ale as it is light in flavor and in alcohol. The lingering flavors after the swallow are just pure candy sweetness. The MF is very thin and watery with a touch too much carbonation.

This beer is okay but it is certainly very forgettable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Star Island Single, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed orange in appearance.

Aroma of bready malts and some faint spices.

Light malt character, bubblegum, banana. Just a touch of hops. Abundant spices (clove, orange peel, coriander) are in the forefront with little else.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lingering spicey finish.

Overall a drinkable beer, but lacks qualities of a belgian and pale ale.

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Photo of thain709
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Had a nice golden body with an unfiltered cloud to it...the head was very disappointing...under a full finger of white soap head...some lacing was left

S - When first poured it smelled like a macro...after a while a few spicy notes came through...but not very aromatic

T - Again...when it was cold it even tasted like a macro...I had to let this one warm up a bit then the flavors came out...this beer had the potential to be complex but it came up short...pale biscuit malts and spices (pepper and corriander) stand out through the beginning and middle of this beer...a peppery hop bit comes through at the end and leaves a not pleasant bitterness

M - Light bodied...again with the macro-esque to it...but pretty crisp

D - One warning...do not drink this ice cold...I experienced a big time macro presence when ice cold...like I said this beer had the potential but they just stopped short...glad I got to try...but not one of my favorites

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle notched with the freshness. A mermaid toasts us on the front label.

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered straw color. Not much head on the pour, and a slick ring thereafter. Smell is a bit of lemon grass, what smells like honey, and wheaty malt. Taste is pretty one-dimensional. Some bitter creepness and spice, on top of some plainly mild malt. A bit of mineral, earthy backing. Carbonated ok, mouthfeel average, maybe a bit thick. Finishes dry. Not much going on here for a Belgian Pale Ale, but it is sessionable like the label says.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at George Street Ale House in New Brunswick, NJ. Reviewed from notes.

Arrives in a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow in color, minimal foam when it gets to the table. There is a stale malt aroma in the nose.

Flavor is a stale, grainy, husky, maltiness. Not particularly sweet, nor does any hop flavor shine through. This one is not doing it for me. Was unsure of beer style when drinking, and I really couldn't pick out what style it was afterward either. Not a sign of a great beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle as part of a multi-pack for a party a few months ago. They make for a very nice combination [note to Boston Beer: stop putting Boston Lager in your Sam Adams mixed pack!]. I especially appreciate the IPA and brown ale.

The Star Island single pours decently. It is a very light shade of brown with just a finger and a half of head. This head goes down quickly and leads to minimal lacing.

The smell is not very impressive. I get a wheat ale smell. It is really minimal.

The flavor is really funky. I really don't pick up much from this beer. I expected more from this one, but maybe I just got a bad bottle. I will pick up another bottle very soon to verify.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, spices, some fruit and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and spices followed quickly by Belgian yeast breadiness. There's a decent hops presence and a little bit of smokiness in the background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, I found this beer to be better than I thought it would be but I would still choose several other beers in the style first.

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Photo of nelnutter
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden/light copper color, pretty clear overall but a slight haze, with a soapy 1.5-finger head that stuck around for a bit, but didn't leave much lacing.

S: The smell is malty and sweet...black cherries?

T: Malty, very malty, and the black cherry fruitiness is what I'm tasting mostly, with some tart, granny smith apple.

M: Decent mouthfeel considering how malty it is. Definitely tries to dry up a bit, which is good, because it's pretty much all sweet and malty.

D: I can see this being very sessionable for some people. If I had a choice, I'd rather something else as it's too malty for me, but it's definitely not bad.

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Photo of VTaler
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy honey color. Decent white head that goes away after awhile and leaves a nice lacing. You can she some of the particles in it from the fermentation process.
S- Nice Belgian yeast smell with some spicy hops. Also kind of a sweet floral smell
T - tastes spicy. A little like bananas. It actually kind of tastes like a rotten banana. Definentally one of the spicier beers I've had. The combination of the hops and the yeast really add a lot of spiciness to the flavor
M - medium carbonation
D - not very drinkable.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by 1/10/14 printed on bottle

A: Clear golden color with 1 finger of white fizzy head. Head faints to a thin covering of bubbles that rests on the beer leaving very minute lacing.

S: First whiff produces aromas of grapefruit and grass. Hints of some tropical fruit sweetness as well.

T: Lemon and grapefruit sweetness hits you at first and then blends into a slightly spicy finish. Coriander spice and hints of sweet honey dew melon in the finish.

M: Light fizzy mouthfeel that softens the bitterness and spice.

O: Not bad. Good hop and malt sweetness mixed with a little spice in the finish. Refreshing combination, good summer beer.

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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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