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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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1,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

A floral hops aroma, a nice amber colour. Otherwise, a metalic taste and very dry not bitter not very flavourful at all. Bubbles, head fizzed out quickly. Could not finish. Harsh carbonation. Some malts, but didn't work for me. Missing a lot. Maybe works on tap.

03-27-2005 01:55:52 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-28-2013 02:36:31 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-24-2011 01:56:54 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


3.88/5  rDev +1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with a bit of a light head and not too much in the way of lacing. The nose brings out some pale malts as well as some light citrus and floral hops. The taste really combines the citrus hop flavors and pale malt quite well. Really befitting of a good APA. Good bitterness and a nice body. Drinkability is high and on par with some of the better East Coast APAs.

10-26-2010 00:25:12 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2011 18:03:32 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is rather hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of toffee and hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste seems to have more hop flavors compared to other pale ales and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness but is well balanced and also has flavors of caramel malts and hints of malty sweetness. The bitterness particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is packed with lots of malty and hoppy flavors but is extremely well balanced and also very sessionable.

03-03-2012 01:37:37 | More by metter98
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

02-02-2005 16:02:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice, long-lasting white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like an amber, with lots of rich malt body and a touch of piney hops presence in the background

Taste: The initial caramel-flavored malt gives way, by mid-palate, to a blast of pithy and piney hops; the finish is crisp, bitter and slightly salty; underneath, there is a characteristically English fruity malt flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: This is one excellent, if different, pale ale; a bit like a hoppy amber

08-07-2005 21:44:01 | More by brentk56
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-01-2012 01:25:00 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-31-2014 08:01:27 | More by zestar
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Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with a nice floral touch. Taste is also hoppier then expected with a great presence of citrus hops. Body is about average for the style with some low carbonation.

04-10-2006 17:23:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A classic Pale Ale that tilts into Amber Ale territory with the malts.

Shoals begins with a medium amber color, mild haze (dry-hopped?), and a firm white head that lasts the session while leaving convincing lace behind.

Aromas seem to be a balance blend of earthy hop resins, American citrus hops, and English floral and spicy hops. Hops certainly take precidence with the nose but does allow a bready, caramelly, maltiness to peak through from time to time.

Flavors of malts take the initial step with graham cracker and toffee taste. Hop flavor follows closely behind with resiny, piney, fresh cut grasses. Citrus rinds gain intensity at mid-palate and increase in bitterness deep into the finish.

Malty and moderately full up front but the beer fades quickly into a dry, bitter, and evaporative feel. A skeleton of hops and malt flavor leave no residual sweetness on the tongue.

A very solid Pale Ale that holds more malt flavor (think Amber Ales) than expected and with an aggressive, and sometimes bitey, bitterness that seems slightly out of proportion to the rest of the beer. Still deserving of high marks. Thanks Stiggs!

01-31-2010 04:36:01 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

the pour was a nice medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation all lead to a solid pale.

05-02-2011 00:09:02 | More by mikesgroove
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-09-2013 23:37:46 | More by spycow
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

12 ounce single - $2.00 at Venus Wine in Buford, Georgia. Best Before: July 2009.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber-brown body with a full finger of frothy, faintly beige-hued head. Bits of splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Spiced, leafy citrus fruits go head-to-head with some sweetish, toasty malt scents.

Taste: Pale malts with touches of toasted bread, lightly sweet caramel, and a meager dusting of brown sugar. Hint of spice. Touch of fruitiness. Citrusy, leafy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pink grapefruit emerges in the latter half now that the hops have sent the sweet malt a-running. Finishes dry and slightly crisp with some lingering hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Recommended as a quality, quaffable pale ale.

05-28-2009 04:16:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-02-2012 17:56:13 | More by JAHMUR
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3.88/5  rDev +1%

Shoal's pale ale is copper-amber in color with a short head of creamy white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar and whispy surface covering. It leaves a ring or two of thin lace at the outset and then the occassional whisp and splash.

It has a limited aroma for a pale ale, showing only a bit of malt and nary a hop.

The flavor is clean with a little bit of yeast character (mild fruitiness), caramelish malt, and grassy and leafy hops. It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with some lingering caramel malt and leafy hops.

A basic, "go to" pale.

07-08-2006 03:24:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a foggy golden brown with no head. Nose is mild hops. Strong, but nowhere near being overdone. Just plain ol' orange-like hop scent. Smooth, hoppy flavor. Just nice and even and it doesn't drop off or leave. It stays constant and leaves a nice reminder in your mouth. Feel is good. Low bubble on the tongue, but a nice hearty liquid feel. Very drinkable, indeed.

12-31-2007 01:06:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of smoky which is bit uncharacteristic of the style, with caramelized malt, a little hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste is on the malty side but not overly sweet, with a decent burst of hops bitterness, along with some citrus. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style while still being a little different. This is a very good beer to stick with for a whole evening.

04-20-2007 14:32:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

A - One and a half fingers of off white foam, settles quickly but leaves a nice layer of lace as it does. The body is a clear, amber-brown color.

S - Spicy, pine and citrus hops and a brown malty note to back it all up.

T - Both malt and strong hop bitterness up front, notes of rosemary and grapefruit. Malty flavors in the middle with toasted notes. The finish dominated by soapy bitterness and some vegetal hop flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry, astringent finish.

D - A bit disappointing. The hop aroma is ok, but the flavor is bland and the bitterness is quite soapy. There is enough malt present to help keep it balanced, but it is too dark for an APA, and despite its darkness it is not complex. I wouldn't recommend this one.

03-08-2009 04:02:43 | More by nickfl
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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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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Had this on tap at Ciao 2 in Robinson a small Italian Cafe'...known for a nice small beer selection and a 3 dollar draft happy hora. This place has a beer on draft called 412 ale the local area code brewed by Smuttynose. I've had Shoals in the past and this is definitely a reissue of that same beer with a new label. Which is fine by me I don't see the Shoals Pale ale locally very often so that's fine. Plus it's really drinking great on tap, a pale copper hue with an off white cream head forms fine even lacing. Mild fruity nose with herbal mild citric hops, a very nice baked breadiness going on with each sip. Solid sipper for any occasion, Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slight trace of hop oils finishes with a mild welcoming bitterness. Overall quality beverage that I will try every time I'm there and if I can get it in sixers better yet.

07-07-2011 20:37:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed copper with 3+ fingers of rocky pearl white head. Very good head retention & above average head retention

S: Biscuitty malt & citrussy hops in abundance

T: Grapefruit & lemon hops, a touch of grassyness up front. Herbal hops, dryness, a bit of biscuitty malt show up as this warms. Finishes with grapefruits, leafy hops, a bit of apricot & honey

MF: Medium body with minimal carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks easy, not a great APA, but worthy of sixer during a BBQ or football game

08-07-2008 03:56:30 | More by russpowell
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: lightly hazed, amber/copper color, creamy, stable head. Lookin' good...

Aroma: malty, sharply fruity, sweet, hops get louder over time, but play it cool at the front. Nice enough.

Taste: Full bodied, bold entry on the palate, flush with fruity flavor. Bright, brash taste, quickly drying on the tongue. This feels like a meatier ESB, and doesn't taste like any pale ale, American, British, or otherwise...more of an amber ale, actually, especially with the lopsided malt-to-hop quotient.

Drinks down smooth, with plenty of flavor all the way through. Another meeting with a Smuttynose ends far from disappointment.

(thanks to Dave, for this one)

07-20-2005 08:16:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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