Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Beertron:
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Time for another "import." This is my first Smuttynose. I've heard good things about the brewery but nothing about this beer in particular. I've a sucker for a good PA, so here's hoping. Poured from bottle to pint glass.
A - Woah! A standard pour gave me 3 inches of dirty white head (I swear, sometimes the urge to make a wisecrack is just too much to bear) and I almost poured this over the top. Head dissipated very slowly, leaving tight lacing on the sides and retaining a thin head until the very last sip. Two interesting notes: 1- This gave off a few huge bubbles and made for one of the rockiest heads I've ever seen, with the bubbles closest to the glass going away first and leaving that funny looking dimpled foam cyclinder. This has a much elevation change as the state of Colorado. 2- When halfway done with this bugger, I was noticed that the leftover lacing at the top of the glass was actually darker, more dirty-looking, than the pure white towards the bottom. I wonder what causes this...
S - Strong scent of pink grapefruit -- I can smell it three feet away. It's not overpowering -- its actually quite soft and pleasant -- its just unmistakable. There is a bit of piny scent here from the hops as well. The yeast comes across as dark and bready and there's a prominent foggy, musty smell that is fascinating. Again, it's actually very pleasing, kind of like the smell of an old blanket/quilt. Hmmm. I kind of get the impression that this beer smells quite similar to the inside of the cabin pictured on the label.
T - There's some good balance going on here. The hops are balanced amongst each other so that it doesn't taste overly citrusy, floral or pine-like, and the malts do a good job of standing up to the hops so that they are focused and not trying to do an IPA impression (think Alpha King). Again, there's an intriguing mustiness that I can't quite pin, kind of foggy or mossy. Also, this has a faint saltiness to it that's making me jump up and down with the food possibilities.
M - The hops provide for the expected bitter dryness, but not nearly as much as expected. Here, however, the mustiness finally presents itself in a negative manner, almost giving the feeling of hard/stale/bad water. It's certainly not enough to break the deal though.
D - Yep. The hops leave just enough dryness to make you want another drink but not so much that you'll soon have to go maltward. That slightly off-putting mouthfeel aside, I could easily drink 4 or 5 of these without tiring of it. I would probably start out with it for a meal and then just keep going.
F - The salty aspect of this brew lets it set up shop next to a host of salty and/or briny foods. Long-aged cheddar (like Hook's 10-yr here in WI or Grafton Village's Stone House 6-yr closer to this beer's homeland) will be the match made in heaven, but there's a lot more options than just that. A host of good European olives (like kalamatas or nicoises) would make for a nice snack with this, as would nearly any pickled food, fish included. Mustard, deli meats, [non-citrus] cream sauces...I could go on and on. I won't. Here's what I'd do: Grilled turkey breast and aged-cheddar sandwich with good yellow mustard and olive tapenade.
O - This is an great example of this style and unique at the same time. It doesn't get too hoppy, it has that intriguing musty quality, it's balanced enough to make for a nice session beer and it loves food. I'm impressed.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2007 21:43:39 | More by Beertron
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3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Tight, beige and settles slowly. Sticking lacing on the drink down. Slightly hazy, bronze to amber in color.
S) Not very aromatic.
T) Roasty, buttery notes. Hints of caramel mixed with subtle citrus. Clean finish, not much in terms of lingering hops.
M) Medium body. Smooth. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) Overall a good brew. I'd definitely have another one.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 01:49:12 | More by u2carew
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Pours a clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some amber + apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with notes of both caramel and toffee as well as a moderate amount of hops - pine/resin and herbal.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts with just a touch of toffee sweetness in there as well. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of herbal and pine hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish.
O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops while still be a touch more flavorful than other APAs, certainly this one was well ahead of it's time. Easy to drink and sessionable.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 01:15:56 | More by dbrauneis
3.88/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/11/14.
A- Pours a dark amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.
S- Bready, somewhat sweet aroma. Slightly toasty with a faint smell of hops.
T- Biscuit-like malt balances well against the light bitterness that doesn't set in until multiple sips are taken. More sweetness but it's still mild compared to other pales.
M- Trailing hop bite comes with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.
O- A drinkable pale ale that has a decent amount of character.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 23:56:20 | More by Immortale25
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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