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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

1,232 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 23
Gots: 40 | 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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PaulProteus

Florida

1/5  rDev -74%

05-20-2012 16:07:54 | More by PaulProteus
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:25:55 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Dulcea

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -47.9%

02-18-2013 19:40:15 | More by Dulcea
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keithwalk

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -47.9%

01-14-2012 23:55:40 | More by keithwalk
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -47.9%

02-10-2012 03:23:05 | More by rusty3335
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Brew33

Ohio

2/5  rDev -47.9%

11-18-2011 20:12:03 | More by Brew33
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MortarPestle

Indiana

2/5  rDev -47.9%

09-29-2013 14:06:52 | More by MortarPestle
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Higravity

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 15:05:26 | More by Higravity
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

01-25-2014 16:31:53 | More by Noelito76
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squilky

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 03:31:48 | More by squilky
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mctizzz

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

02-13-2012 13:54:36 | More by mctizzz
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-04-2012 04:33:06 | More by chippo33
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

07-22-2014 00:50:14 | More by JMScowcroft
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

03-16-2014 14:13:11 | More by Fettpopps
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

11-01-2013 14:40:01 | More by Anvilfarm
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 23:57:23 | More by jdhilt
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utopiajane

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:40:28 | More by utopiajane
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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 18:03:10 | More by PorterLambic
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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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FuturePilot


2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

04-28-2012 17:14:23 | More by FuturePilot
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-10-2014 20:10:32 | More by Carpentiere
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zoso1967

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 00:30:59 | More by zoso1967
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 18:15:21 | More by tone77
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/4/11

Appearance: Somewhere between a dark gold and amber, with some yellow - white head, nice lacing

Smell: Kind of strange - mild floral, herbal, and grassy hops - notably earthy, kind of smells like dirt - pale malts are pretty dull, but they are there

Taste: Also strange - very earthy, almost salty - the hop profile is very weird, grassy - malts are decent, pale with some toastiness, some sweetness - but the weird characteristics are too prominent - overly earthy, too much minerality - gets better as it warms, but not by much

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation

Overall: This just does not work for me

I tried this beer in early 2008 and it was a drain pour. In 2011, I finally tried it again. While I did finish the beer, I still taste too much grass and salt. I don't understand it, as I really have enjoyed everything else I have had from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:09:49 | More by angrybabboon
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy amber hue with golden highlights and two fingers of sudsy beige head. Beautiful.

Smell -- Toasted malt, biscuits and jam, grassy and floral hops, a bit of metallic twang. Not entirely thrilling, but at the same time inoffensive.

Taste -- Golden toast, biscuit, fruity esters, floral hops. Lingering flavors of pine resin and biscuit.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and tannic. Downgrade.

Drinkability -- Balanced, easy-drinking. I like it, moreover. There are some flaws keeping it from being better-than-average. Since Smuttynose hasn't even been around IL long enough for me to get a bottle past its prime, I'll assume it's the beer and not my specific bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:43:44 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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