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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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very good

661 Reviews

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Reviews: 661
Hads: 1,430
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 35
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  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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Reviews: 661 | Hads: 1,430
Reviews by tpauer:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by date of 09/02/15

Appearance - Pours mostly clear and muddled golden orange in color with a sandstone colored, near finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Patches of lace are left on the glass with good stick.

Smell - Toasty, bready malts with light floral and citrus hop notes.

Taste - More hop on the tongue than the aroma leads to believe. Mostly Floral notes with a touch of citrus and spice backed by a huge, slightly toasted, bready malt backbone. Relatively balanced, clean finish with just a hint of grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth delivery, going down with stupid ease. Nigh chuggable.

Overall - Lacks the punchy flavor profile of some of the great APA's, but more than makes up for that with its great balance and amazing drinkability. For a beer that's over 20 years old, that's impressive. I know Smutty has just recently began to distribute Finestkind and a few of their bombers to NorCal; I hope this one makes its way there.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice compelxity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balace and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-copper with a generous number of fine particulates on close inspection. The pale orangish, light caramel colored head is firmly creamy and looks to be quality made. In addition, it leaves fairly extensive moth-eaten curtains of lace as it recedes. This is a great looking pale ale.

Shoal's has a classic APA aroma, with plenty of power and plenty of hops. If I didn't know that Cascade and Chinook were in use, I might have been able to guess. The nose consists of white grapefruit zest, with an overlay of brown sugar and spice. Very nice.

This is a wonderful pale ale, in large part because it's hoppier than most. Malt keep its head down and out of the way, yet still imparts a modicum of balancing caramel sweetness. This beer is all about hops, though. It doesn't venture into IPA territory, but it's a near thing. Again, classic 4-C (or in this case, 2-C) flavor abounds. While it might not reach the zenith that hopheads crave, the flavor burst is more than adequate for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium with a lightly resiny, lightly slick, lingering finish. There's an active amount of carbonation that never becomes intrusive; a neat trick and a characteristic of well-brewed beer.

Smuttynose is one of the Northeast's finest breweries. Shoal's is further evidence of that fact; not that more evidence was needed. Ignore the Smutty website where they call this an English style pale ale. It's a true blue, dyed in the wool, All-American pale that displays its hop bill with pride. A very nice effort. Thanks to far333 for providing.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JasonA
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tim6298
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TTripp725
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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