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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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1,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 28
Gots: 91 | 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:
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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Photo of GFSchwab
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was in my opinion an exceptional pale ale. Buying the sampler pack of this company continues to show me how great of an idea it was.

The pour into the glass gave off a dark orange hue with an off white/cream colored head that gradualy dissappeared with time.

The smell was of orange peel and a brilliant array of hoppy goodness that appropraitley placed this beer as a good pale ale. I got a bit on ginger in there too.

The taste and mouthfeel was excellent, with the full flavor of the hops blending nicley into a citrus inspired finish. It was a very fruity but at the same time bitter pale ale, thus steering it away from the Fat Angel of Magic Hat.

The carbonation was moderate and the flavor lasted quite long and remained full and unfettered as time passed. Definitley a very graceful exit from my pallet.

It was a very balanced beer and would go great with a lot of vegan dishes and curries. I would reccomend thai, malaysian or pan asian in general. Otherwise, it is just plain old a good beer to drink by itself!

Photo of buzzworthy
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Shoal's Pale Ale pours a hazy amber color with a finger or so of head. There is a good amount of lacing down the glass. Not much on the nose, a little bit of a clean, grassy smell. Hoppy bitterness is most of the taste with pine and herbal accents and a dry finish. It is a solid pale ale tending to the hoppy side.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this one.

Pours a dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, real nice one-finger plus creamy head, lots and lots of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, hoppy, with a good dose of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly sweet/bitter, and some caramel. The finish is dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome Pale Ale, highly recommended.

Photo of Jwale73
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer mug with a nice clear copper color and a 1/2 inch white head. Scent of hops and floral undertones. Thin lacing adhered to the side of the glass during the tasting. More flavors of hops and somewhat crisp in the mouth with a slightly bitter finish. Not an unpleasant APA. but I wouldn't drink more than one or two in a sitting.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a nice copper color, with thousands of infused carbonation bubbles and a thick off-white head that lingers thru most of the glass and leaves very good lacing. Aroma is predominantly citrus hops (grapefruit and lemon) but also a hint of malt. Flavor follows suit perfectly, begining with the hoppy citrus fruit, then slowly moving to a hint of malty dark fruit.

Finish is not very bitter, but is a nice mixture of being dry from the hops and sweet from the malt.

I had read a lot about Smutty and was excited to try one. My first was a Portsmouth Lager, which I found disappointing. However, this Shoals Pale Ale exhibits all the quality I had expected. Good job Smutty!

Photo of Bighuge
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky looking deep copper body. Thin off white head. Lace is moderate. Aroma is light and minty. A little piney as well. Flavorwise, this is a very run-of-the-mill type of APA. A little hoppy. Some caramel malts in the background. But nothing really makes me sit up and take notice. Fairly crisp in the mouth. Medium to medium-full in body. Bitterness is quite subdued. Nothing wrong with this, but really not a lot right about this either.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a medium-amber with a small white head. The aroma was mostly hops with some mild malt; generally well-balanced.
The taste was somewhat disappointing; it was lots of malt and hops, but both faded rather quick and didn't present themselves very uniquely. The feel was the most disappoiting part in my mind; very dry and almsot watery, and despite the hops and malt, not as full-bodied as I had hoped.
I love SN, but this was one of the more mediocre beers I've had from them.

Photo of viperpiper522
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 2 finger cream colored head.Amber in color and pretty clear. A little dark for style.

S- balance of biscuity malts and spicy, light citrus hos.

T- biscuit malt and a little toasty up front. Distinct piney and resinous hop bitterness. It seem a little light dark pie crust and cookies. small citrus note with slight diacytl and alcohol. A very nice biscuit finish that segways into bitter.

M- well balanced smoothness that finishes very dry with a lot of biting bitter finish.

D- not my favorite of the style but a well rounded APA. The biscuit edge was very refreshing.

Photo of jmalex
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a Smuttynose mix case (which feaured Robust Porter, mmmm) which I took on vacation to Maine. This is one of the leftovers that I get to finish off.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear bronzish amber with some slight red highlights. The off white head is impressive and hangs on for quite a long time. What's left is a full surface covering of bubbles. Lacing comes comes in thick sheets. Looks great!

SMELL: A nicely balanced aroma of citrusy and earthy hops with a deep toasty maltiness. The hops take the forefront (as can be expected), but the aroma is just well rounded and wonderful.

TASTE: The taste hits initially with a blast of citrusy, earthy, and piny hops. The full flavor drops out a bit on the swallow as the toasty malt makes itself fleetingly known. The finish is empty with just a leftover bitterness. Disappointing given the aroma.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is fairly thin and nearly watery. The carbonation is slightly low, but good enough.

DRINKABILITY: I suppose it goes down quite easy, but it's just a bit watery for me. It could make a very serviceable session beer though.

What a crazy beer! It looked and smelled fantastic. Too bad it didn't come through. I'll stick to some other Smuttynose offerings in the future.

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass

A: Lovely hazy copper with thick off white head with ample lace retention

S: Syrupy sweet fruity smell with caramel malt as well. Minimal hops scent. Smells like a strong ale.

T: Immediately sweet but not as fruity as the smell. Strong malt presence with bitter hops finish which is quite enjoyable.

M: Best feature of this beer. Smooth and creamy with medium body, light but crisp carbonation, dry finish, and pleasurable lingering aftertaste.

D: Extremely smooth but pretty malty for an APA.

Photo of Redwood21
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a nice brown golden red hue...lots of colors but when you look at it you will understand. the head is lack luster however...its unfortunate that it disappears way too fast
S: it does not have a very strong aroma, somewhat earthy, not alot of hops
T: very subtle, not complex a little bitter with a faint trace of sweetness, maybe citrus in nature
M?D biting and a tad dry, but very pleasant. i enjoyed this beer alot especially as an uncomplicated straightforward drink. very enjoyable

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber, clear caramel color. heady and lacy

smells of pine and freshly cut leafy greens, hint of toasted grain

hops are complex and sophisticated. pretty high bitterness for a (non-india) pale ale. some roasted malt, but slightly sour acidic note creeps in.

mouthfeel is almost substantial, as it's not too thin and the carbonation has bite.

lingering pleasant bitterness

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy medium caramel color with plentiful off white head, great tracing as well. Deep malt forward aroma with quite a bit of complex bready, slightly roasty notes. Good spruce and citrus notes as well hinting to its hop character. On the palate it's a very balanced, very drinkable beer. More of those complex malty notes come through, the hops are certainly noticeable but not to the extent I was hoping. Still, a thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber color. Large head. Thin retention but nice lacing.

Smell - Flowery hops, caramel malts, and grapefruits.

Taste - Smooth flowery hops, grapefruit and caramel. Some nuts and toffee that I didnt detect in the smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Little oily in the mouth.

Drinkability - Refreshing and easy to drink. Session able.

Photo of Atlas1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Number two (after the Portsmouth Lager) from the summertime Smuttynose Variety Sampler that I purchased today. I had the Shoal's on tap in my kegerator a while back, but it's been quite some time since I had a bottle of it.

Pours a hazy brown/amber color with a decent, fullbodied head that dissipates too quickly, but does leave some sticky-looking lace. The nose is both floral and fruity (dates, dried banana, maybe some raisins), with some sweet caramel notes in there, and candied sugar as well. The taste is clean and refreshing, with sweet malts up front, fruity esthers in the middle, and a cool, dull bitterness in the finish. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with an excellent dry hop finish. This is the way American pale ales should be. And at 5% ABV, a quality session beer to boot!

Photo of Admiraldinty
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber in appearance with a 2 inch white head.

Smell: Clean, malty nose.

Taste: Some malt, but mostly grainy dryness. Hops are a little subdued for my liking.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, but soft at the same time.

Drinkability: Not bad, but a little disappointing. I don't think I'd get another sixer.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- really nice looking, darker amber color, with big creamy head, that almost completly fades to some good lacing.

s- mostly hops and slightly fruity, maybe dark fruits but I can't pin it. The rosted malts are present to.

t- like the nose but more so. Great bitterness, piney but kind of floral too. The rosted malts is what makes this beer even though I feel the hopd dominate. In the middle of the taste is this great burnt flavor folowed by a bitter finish.

m- thin, but coats the mouth just enought o not be watery, gooe carbonation.

d- very drinkable

Photo of sleazo
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a rich clear brown with a one finger head. The head is fluffy and settles down to a nice 1/2 finger. Wispy lacing along with the small head stop this from looking great.

S-Dominant smell is a slightly grapefruit hop. However it is very light on the nose with a twinge of seawater(?)

T_Rather subdued roasted malt competes with the piney hops for dominance but neither really wins. This is rather tame on both sides of the ball.

M-Very thin bodied with a med/low level of carbonation. Needs more body.

D-Very plain Jane style APA. I drink a lot of APAs and this one really isnt doing mich for me. There just isnt enough flavour going on. It is not bad and there is nothing off with it but I like a little more malt and/or hops for the style.

Photo of BBM
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish copper color into the pint glass. A nice, foamy white head lay atop the beer. Aroma was fruity, flowery, and just a bit sweet. Overall pleasant.

The taste is hoppy, as you'd expect from an APA. Floral, pine, and citrus hops all expose themselves, but a healthy malt profile rounds out the flavor nicely. Mouthfeel is medium, and a bit carbonated. This is a highly drinkable ale, even if it is a bit bitter. Overall this is a great summer sessioner and perfect for the 4th of July. A very fine example of an APA from Smuttynose.

Photo of dragonglen
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

I got this beer at a recent swap with some friends. I typically like to try a beer twice before making judgment, but I was only able to walk away with one.

A - It poured a little darker than I expected with a thin head that quickly dissipated. There was some carbonation and overall it looked inviting.

S - The first thing I noticed was fruit. My wife said it smelled like peaches, I thought more like apricots. This is an improvement since my wife usually says "it smells like beer". We also noted the malty smell as well. We were both eager to try it.

T - Wow. My first sip was decent. Tasted the hops, a hint of fruit. I then took a swig. This is where everything went wrong. The aftertaste stuck to the back of my tongue and wouldn't let go. Perhaps I'm not used to APAs (I've only had a couple, ever) and I will admit I'm a novice and I'm still getting my feet wet, but this is definitely a taste I didn't like. My wife agreed. I went back to sipping and was able to enjoy it much more.

M - I felt the carbonation, but again didn't like the way it stuck to the back of my tongue for so long.

D - This is not the beer for me. Aside from my personal taste, it wasn't too heavy or light, and had a nice balance of flavors (with that sole exception). I'll have to try more APAs to see if this is a common theme or not. I would try it again, but I wouldn't want more than 1 a night.

Photo of mshallah
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is available to me in New Hampshire in 6-packs, 12-packs, on tap and in growlers. 12oz bottle for review. Beautiful amber beer with a perfect foam of head. Tiny bubbles cascade with the pour. Smell of sweet malt and citrus. Essence of caramel. Sweetness is there at the very start and gets bombarded with citrusy hops in flavor and aroma. Expert use of dry-hopping. Malt continues on in an undercurrent of flavor. This pale ale is bigger than many IPA's. Lip smackin' hop juice. Smutty's flagship brew is cheap by the 12-pack in many NH grocery stores, so this is a fridge staple. Support local brews, you will be rewarded.

Photo of fank2788
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
This beer pours a hazy brown tinged copper with a very small white head which doesn't do much of anything in the glass. The smell is surprisingly hoppy, this is just a pale ale, not an IPA right? To be fair the hop aroma is nicely balanced by malt. The taste is very nice. Again the flavor is led by citrus hops but quickly gives way to nice rounded maltyness. There is also a strong salty presence, maybe a bit off but I kind of like it. The mouthfeel is nice the right level of carbonation and very dry finish invite another sip. Drinkability too is good definitely different from your typical west coast pale ale but the change is welcomed.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark gold with a big white head, tons of lacing on the glass

S- hops hops and more hops some fruit in the background

T- not your typical APA a bit sharper in the hop profile and more bitter in the finish

M- perfectly balanced with some nice carbination

D- a good beer but a bit bitter for the style. So I had to knock it down a few. A good beer but not my favorite for the syle.

Photo of williamherbert
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny light orange. Looks quite hazy. Head goes away but leaves a foamy top layer. Big-time carbonation. Thick lace

Nice, sweet pale malt smell with a nice first wave of sweet citrus hops. Also a bit flowery. Malt has a little bite in the nose; gets sharper.

Nice pale malt. The hops are an accent only. Has a combination of flowery and nutty. Has a roasted quality I didn't expect. Yeast shows up as it warms. Sweet/flowery at the end.

Drya nd medium-bodied, and a tad ashy. It's a good pale. Malty, a little sharp. Dry, but also light and drinkable.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a wheaten brown, great head retention and lacing. smells of sweet hops and slight citrus. the taste is awesome, great hop bite. more hops than some ipa's some breweries put out. very very nice. smooth finish. there are some hints of citrus and a slight honey sweetness. good balance, very smooth, awesome offering from smuttynose.

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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