Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +27.1%
Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Dang! I assumed this would be another boring pale ale. Wrong! Big rocky off-white head, deep auburn color, tons of lacing - beautiful beer.
I assumed it would be super caramelly, but the color is deceiving though. There is a bunch of caramel, but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of hop flavor to balance the sweet maltiness. Finsishes with a surprising crispness instead of a filling sweetness. Bitterness is perfect. I get way more malt & hops flavor than a bitter bite.
I love this beer. What a great balancing act. I think I'm going to move to New Hampshire.
09-11-2008 15:23:36 | More by Chugmonkey
4.85/5 rDev +26.3%
A: Pours a dark amber, more red than brown with a beefy, reddish white head that won't quit.
S: Very clean and crisp, malty but not sweet, strong but not overpowering.
T: Excellently balanced, this is maltier than it is hoppy. Biscuity, but slightly bitter. Not at all sweet, and just as clean and crisp as the smell suggests.
M: Full-bodied, slightly chewy but smooth. A great feeling.
D: Extremely drinkable, the bitterness is not overly dry so this one goes down real easy.
This is one of the best pale ales around, right up there with Whales Tale in my book, and a favorite standby of mine.
10-04-2010 21:53:25 | More by FrankLloydMike
4.83/5 rDev +25.8%
This beer pours a golden copper color, with a thick fluffy off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a thick lace.
I detect a mild sweet malt aroma. Slight biscuit and toffee aroma is present. A light floral hop presence is also noted.
This beers has tastes of toffee. Some sweet caramel is present also. A floral flavor is also noticable. It is very mild.
This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a floral aftertaste. It is high in carbonation.
This beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is mild and nice.
Overall: This is a perfect summer beer. It is good for a hot Lemoore afternoon. Thanks to inlimbo77 for this nice beer.
06-26-2011 23:21:11 | More by OStrungT
4.83/5 rDev +25.8%
i was NOT expecting much from this...i love craft brews and some are getting big and fancy...the smuttynose labels look a bit (charmingly) amateur. low tech. nice! but was quite surprised at every aspect of this brew.
pours nice and deep and cloudy and heady and lacey. ok. very nice...
smell is of cereal/malt but without sweetness...since i am expecting a lame-ish UK pale, i am not expecting hops.
taste shanghai'd me...a little more hopped up than i even though possible. not hophead bitter, but again, nice to see any sweetness receding in obesiance to the hops popping up like a swarm of nano-warriors. this simply BLOWS AWAY things like Stone Mill, Fiddlers Green...i expected this would be another weakling.
nice creamy roiling about in the mouth, carbonation is melded well and neither hides nor over-fizzles the flavors so well expressed and balanced.
quaffable by a mile. and savorable, too. i just didn't expect to be blown away by something that declares itself a simple 'pale ale'...i know IPA from smuttynose is supposed to be really nice (and better), but i am sold on THIS one. glad my local Total Wine carries this brewery's repertoire
there is something nearly perfect about this bottling. i don't know why it seems like a sam adams taken to perfection. need to revisit that one and compare...
03-14-2009 14:20:21 | More by mempath
4.8/5 rDev +25%
A: dark copper colored, unfiltered look with white head of foam
S: dough-like smell with a delicious hopped aroma
T: very smooth, drinkable, fruit like hints at first with a nice yeast and malt taste at the end.. crisp finish
M: covers your palate very smoothly tingles at the end and pleasantly lingers
O: Overall this beer is delicious! Smuttynose amazes me time and time again with their ability to brew every beer to perfection. I have yet to taste liquid brewed by Smuttynose that I do not enjoy. The overall packaging of their brews are very attractive and keep me wanting to try all of their creations.
12-02-2013 03:35:24 | More by Steff_Wantz
4.75/5 rDev +23.7%
6-pack for 8.99 from Total Wine. Poured into a regular pint glass.
A - It pours a hazy amber color. Darker than most pale ales I've seen. The carbonation is medium, no bubbles appear to be coming up to meet the head. After initial larger bubbles, the head settles back into a very creamy small-bubbled head about an finger's width. It looks really delicious! Yep, the head is hanging around. Great lazcing as well.
S - Hops...RateBeer as well as the Smuttynose website calls this an English Pale Ale, but it has much more hop aroma. Grapefruity, sprucy, piney. Really nice. There is a caramely sweetness there form the caramel malt. Perfect balance on the nose.
T - Wow! Definitely understand why people call this an American-style Pale Ale. Definitely has more of a hop character which is common with American Pales. The thick creamy English-style Pale Ale comes through, for sure. More creamy, less dry taste as you'd find with an American Pale Ale. Really good beer. I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack of this. I will enjoy every last one of these!
O - This is probably one of the best Pale Ales I've ever had. I am very impressed with everything that Smuttynose offers. Whatever they're doing, they're doing it right.
On a scale from 1-100 I give this beer a straight up 98. Won't be the last time I buy a sixer or even a 12er of this beer.
07-22-2012 02:30:01 | More by StoutishDan
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.