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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

1,243 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 1,243 | Reviews: 640 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by greybeardloon:
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

best before June 21, 2012

A: Dark for a pale ale, slightly cloudy, nice head, some lacing.

S: Floral hops, with the malt coming through more than one expects.

T: Some floral hops, but until the long finish, it's more about the full, sweet (but not caramel) nuttiness from the malt and, presumably, yeast. Maybe the chinook comes through in a faint saltiness (or maybe I'm making that up), but I don't get the typical cascade flavors.

M: Modestly carbonated, which is nice.

O: This is a very solid pale ale and should be a staple in my fridge.

03-09-2012 02:05:39 | More by greybeardloon
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1%

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.

07-09-2006 20:29:18 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

06-10-2004 01:58:38 | More by RoyalT
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

07-16-2010 22:36:03 | More by ExtraStout
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hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

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

07-02-2008 03:59:52 | More by hopsleeroy
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-21-2013 20:05:37 | More by woodchipper
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

03-15-2006 15:50:18 | More by JMD71
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-05-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1%

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.

10-24-2008 00:51:00 | More by JasonA
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-15-2012 03:30:36 | More by danthehopslamman
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-06-2014 13:43:13 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

01-25-2006 20:17:35 | More by lordofthewiens
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tim6298

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-04-2013 23:17:32 | More by tim6298
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-02-2014 19:37:32 | More by SunDevilBeer
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-08-2013 20:54:58 | More by TTripp725
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generallee

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

09-05-2010 18:09:59 | More by generallee
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-25-2013 02:43:28 | More by nstroup
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

03-01-2011 00:47:19 | More by bishopdc0
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2011 22:28:19 | More by TimoP
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snurrig

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-28-2012 10:44:47 | More by snurrig
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-30-2014 00:07:53 | More by Doomcifer
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-05-2014 21:19:35 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

01-29-2002 00:39:26 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

04-09-2011 01:49:23 | More by merlin48
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours an off white 2 finger head. Fairly clear dark golden color, darker than i expected for a "Pale" ale. Smells faintly of some grassy hops, a touch of caramel. Tastes some malt sweetness up front, with a transition to a strong earthiness, grassy and some graininess. The finish has some lingering bitterness which is a bit of a turnoff. Medium carbing, medium body with a good bit of creaminess in each sip. $1.80 a single.

01-02-2011 03:01:27 | More by Homebrew35
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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.