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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

1,253 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 26
Gots: 50 | 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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1/5  rDev -74%

PaulProteus, May 20, 2012
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1.65/5  rDev -57%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear, shiny amber color with no foam or lace. The aroma is of caramel and citrus with a hint of dough. The flavor has caramel, grapefruit, and roasted malt notes. It beging with malt sweetness and is followed by a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light. Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale is an ok beer, not recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jul 03, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Plissken, Aug 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Dulcea, Feb 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

OK, I guess, if there's nothing else around to drink. This is not my idea of a pale ale. First of all - it's FIZZY. If I want fizzy, I will drink a Coke, thank you. Fizzy really is a turn-off in craft brews. This ale is grossly over-rated by this site, so far.

DuaneL, Aug 31, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

keithwalk, Jan 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

rusty3335, Feb 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Brew33, Nov 18, 2011
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

MortarPestle, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Higravity
2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy copper-oragnish with a white head and a little yeast floating around. There was almost no smell except for the yeast breadiness. Right away I am glad I didn't get the whole six pack and only mixed it in with some other. The taste was bland and lifeless some bittering no real flavor and the malt was uninteresting. It had a decent body, but I wouldn't drink this again. Smuttty can't seem to make a good pale ale. I think they need to switch the yeast and dry hop some of their offerings as both of their Pale ales suuuucked.

Higravity, Feb 01, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of squilky
2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- This one poured a light amber color. Small head that disappeared quickly.

S- A very citrusy smell, but not in a good way.

T- I found the hops to be overpowering. I didn't detect much malty sweetness to balance out the hops. There was a bitter, lingering, unpleasant aftertaste.

M- A nice amount of carbonation. Felt good in my mouth. The only positive I could find.

D- To me this tasted more like an IPA. It was very strong and bitter. Not to my liking. If you love hops, you will probably like this beer. If you are looking for a nice balance between hops and malt like I do, this isn't the beer for you.

squilky, Jan 12, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

mctizzz, Feb 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

JMScowcroft, Jul 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Anvilfarm, Nov 01, 2013
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2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a fine white head that stays, leaving a some lace. Very light carbonation. Clear amber colored light bodied, starts malty/hoppy, finishes hoppy. Nose is indistinguishable no floral hops, no malt nada. This a lawn mower beer, maybe it is better on tap.

jdhilt, Aug 15, 2003
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2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours deep copper, not quite clear with one finger of creamy head that faded to a thin skin on top. Average lace. Darker than most pale ales the nose is clean and simple. Some hay, grass, earthy with an undertone of citrus. Malt is strong and rich, carmel sweet, cracker and toasted bread. Taste is big malt and hop bitter. Malt is toasty, bready biscuit and robust leaving the sugary sweetness behind in the nose. Hops stand up slick and resiny. There’s a kind of salty taste as well. Lingers dry with a metallic aftertaste and a bitter mouth coating. This is a heavy and full bodied pale ale whose bitterness is not for the weak. Drinks more and more bitter. I actually gave up.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy due to a good of sediment being left in the bottle. Dark orange/amber color. Small head drops fairly fast leaves little lace.
Smell is hops, slight malt, floral with a mustiness and wet cardboard note. Not off-putting but....
Taste is strongly hoppy with adecent malt backing. Nothing else at all.
Medium bodied, fairly strong effervescence up front, dry finish with a strong hop aftertaste. Knock on taste due to lack of any complexity. Knock on smell due to musty/cardboard notes though the balance was good overall. A decent beer but a little too IPA for me.

PorterLambic, Feb 08, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

FuturePilot, Apr 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Carpentiere, Jul 10, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redish amber with light carbonation and a decent white head. Smells of grass and some citrus hops, as well as a slight whiff of malt. Taste is very malty with lots of grassy hops and a caramel toastyness that reminds me more of an ESB than a pale ale. Definitely an English style al. Firmly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is between light and medium. It goes down easy, but I can think of a lot of beers that I would rather be quaffing right now.

zoso1967, May 19, 2009
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2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. Smell is strong with hops. Taste is also dominated by hops, more than most pale ales, no real malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall a good pale ale for serious hop heads, otherwise very mediocre.

tone77, Nov 13, 2010
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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.