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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,166 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1166
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%


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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2002 00:39:26 | More by Jason
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
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
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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

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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

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.