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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

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-1998)
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airheadmtrcycle

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me started in my love affair with Smuttynose Beer. I'd like to quit my job, move to New Hampshire and work for Smuttynose.

A beautiful pour with a nice foamy head that left some nice lacing. The ale itself is auburn/orange-ish and very opaque (not filtered I assume).

The aroma is citrus hops and malty sweetness. The hops are more in the sweet tangerine and orange aroma like Bell's Two Hearted Ale category rather than the pure bitter hops of others like Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA.

The flavor is a balanced mixture of sweet malts and (now in taste) bitter hops. Don't get me wrong there's plenty of bitterness for a pale ale; it actually comes across somewhat like an IPA, but then the malts are so well done it doesn't turn you off at all. The best way I can describe the taste is that there are a whole bunch of stuff in this beer. They certainly didn't skimp on ingredients. Thus, the mouth feel is quite full for an APA. But again that is balanced by a higher than average carbonation which keeps it in the refreshing category.

Drinkability is exceptional. I want another, but alas I'm out and everything's closed.

I have to put Shoals Pale Ale in an elite group with the very best pale ales. I am so happy we get a great selection of Smuttynose beers here in Atlanta.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 06:06:24 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.