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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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours amber with a large off white head - good retention and nice lacing.
In the nose is grass, citrus, and malt.
There is a nice grapefruit punch up front followed by round full malt backbone that coats the mouth and lands in the back. A very solid pale ale with a nice play of citrus hops and bread malt notes.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:56:02 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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