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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,349 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-1998

Our interpretation of a classic English beer style is copper-colored, medium-bodied and pleasantly hopped. Its flavor is delightfully complex: tangy fruit at the start, with an assertive hop crispness and a long malty palate that one well-known beer writer has compared to the flavor of freshly-baked bread.

52 IBU
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Ratings: 1,349 | Reviews: 656
Reviews by BuxMontBeerLover:
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was from a Smuttynose Variety pack.

Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a very hazy, cloudy deep amber color. Honestly, one of the most foamy heads I've ever seen on the initial pour. Huge three finger head that billowed over the lip of the glass. The head slowly faded to a one finger head. Nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A bready, caramel-like sweetness is the dominate smell. Very inviting.

T - A really tasty beer. A nice maltly, caramel sweetness mixed with just the right amount of hops. A slight tanginess at the back end. Very easy drinking. The low ABV means you could easily drink these all night.

M - Medium carbonation.

O - Although not my favorite style, this beer is one that I would seek out again. It's funny how you can tell when a beer is well crafted even if it's not necessarily your normal go-to beer. I will enjoy finishing the remaining bottles in the variety pack. Recommended.

Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly I have never tried this beer until today I have been srounded by it but never gave it a shot, a very nice pour a nice clear copper with a fluffy white 2 finger head that left globs of lacing behind as it settled.Balanced aromas biscuity caramel malt intertwined with a little citrus hop.Flavors are nice but seem to me missing something to put into a higher category somehwat dry biscuity malt base with the hops providing a grassy-like finish.This beer needs more braun its all finess the flavors are nice but could be better,it is an easy going quaffer though and good for a warmer summer day like today.

Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one came out of the tap very dark, almost brown, with a nice head that showed good retention.

Smell – The classic citrusy hops were held up by a significant, dark malt backbone.

Taste – This one is interesting. The citrus hops were out in force and very bitter. The malt backbone from the nose showed up at the tongue as well. They somehow managed to keep all signs of sweetness out of this recipe, though.

Mouthfeel – This ale was medium-bodied and had a fluffy carbonation that was unusual for the style.

Drinkability – A very unique Pale Ale and a pleasure to consume.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky deep copper color with a one finger tan head that recedes to a film. Nice spotty lacing is left on the glass. Nose is of citrusy hops with caramalized malts. Taste is fruity up front with the citrus hops adding to it, middle in finish is malts, toasted malts in the middle to balance out the hops and the finish is sweet malts caramel with a touch of toffee. Light to medium body, higher carbonation - you could see the carbonation bubbles dancing in this beer, crisp feel, slightly bitter aftertaste and goes down nice and easy. Highly sessionable beer!

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass

A-Copper with decent white head that laces glass nicely
S-Floral, pine hops, musty earth, slightly sweet
T-Slightly sweet bready malt, floral hops(reminiscent of perfume), grapefruit,
M-Medium body, good carbnonation that tingles a bit, slightly creamy in mouth
D-Not a huge fan of the flavor and probably wouldn't reach for too many

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thin head when poured. Had a very rich, dark copper color. Looked very appetizing before taking the first sip...

Smell: Very malty aroma with floral, hoppy overtones. Smells delicious...

Taste: A solid malty flavor complimented by a nice hop finish. Some hints of citrus noted from the hop content.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, slightly cloying, but crisp in the end. Nice balance & body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable & refreshing. Good after a day's work.

Comments: I enjoyed this very much. I found it to be a subdued version of the IPA (as expected) but not as bitter. The hop flavor resonates like an IPA, but is a plae ale. If I blindly tasted the IPA & Pale Ale, I would have thought the IPA was a DIPA & the Pale Ale an IPA.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a picture of the Samuel Haley House, located on Smuttynose Island. "This ale is unfiltered - yeast sediment is natural.", runs down the side of the label. Good news for homebrewers. Yeast propagation!

Appearance: Chill hazed amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Clean, malt sweetness with a grainy nose.

Taste: Chewy with a very dry grain flavour, pulled by a big tingly hop bitterness. Salty, due to hard water perhaps(?) yet this seems to complement the nice dryness of the brew.

Notes: Not your typical pale ale, boldly complex and extraordinarily unique. Perhaps truer to the original style than most pale ales of modern day. We love this beer.

Photo of JasonA
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, amber carmel with a hint or red on the edges. Solid 2 fingers of lasting and lacing head.

Smells light, maybe citris. No sticky, not inspiring.

Boom goes the hops. Fresh, sticky, piney, earthy. Refreshing. Might not be powerful enough. Would love the taste to come out in the smell some.

Sits well. Staying power. No ABV punch.

Would love to have some draft. I bet would go down well on a hot afternoon.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an attractive copper color, with a decent head and some very nice lacing. It had a sweet odor with a hint of fruitiness (?orange). The taste was tart/hoppy and rather nondescript. It had good mouthfeel, and good drinkability. Overall, though, just an average beer.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tim6298
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured into from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass. The label has a freshness date but no ABV%.

Appearance: From the pour I got a rich amber colored beer with a tall white head on top. The head has very good retention and excellent lacing. It leaves nice lace rings on the glass at each sip level.

Smell: The aroma has an inviting mix of sweet bready and light caramel maltiness with solid citrus and herbal leafy spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a good solid hop character with nice crisp citrus and spicy notes laid over a study foundation of bready malt that matches the bitterness from the hops. There is a touch of caramel sweetness in there as well. The finish is long and slow with a good balance of hops and malt. Its palate has a good medium to full body and a firm yet yielding texture.

Notes: For me this is a well done Pale Ale.

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a nice head form. A little darker then a westcoaster would expect for a pale. The head slow dissipate to lace the glasses edge.

Pale malt with a hint of grass and citrus. The crystal malt finishes the nose to explain the color and designate it as an english pale

Carbonation fills the mouth, the taste is pale with a large amount of crystal malt taste and finishes sweet and slight bitter

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of snurrig
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.24/5  rDev +11%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better pale ales in the NE, right up there with Ipswich and Cisco Whale Tale. Perfect mix of hops and malt with all of the yeasty by products a big strapping boy like me needs.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a dark shade of amber, slightly hazed. Medium offwhite head with good retention and ample patch lacing.

Aroma is mostly toasted caramel, accented by earthy and spicy hops with a hint of florals.

Medium body and carbonation.

Solid caramel malt base that is easily overpowered by the bitter hops. Hops are earthy and leafy with a vague citrusy note that seems to be orange. Finishes dry and earthy.

A decent American pale ale but only slightly above average.

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,349 ratings.