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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

1,349 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 95 | 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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Ratings: 1,349 | Reviews: 656
Photo of auxiliary
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance -Goden amber color, with a 1/2 head adn it seems to be leaving some lace on the glass.

smell - Sweet malts and hops present here.

taste - Has a mellow malt taste up front and lots of hops at the finish.

mouthfeel - Medium body and bitter.

drinkability - Too much hops here for me, seems not a bad ipa beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Shoal's Pale Ale pours a clear copper with a wispy head. The aroma is clean dry slightly toasted malt and bitter vaguely citrusy hops. The beer is loaded with flavor, there is a lot of crisp lightly toasted malt with a nice punch of bitterness and more citrusy, earthy hops. The finish is clean and dry, with a lasting bitterness.

Photo of ffejherb
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass on 12/20/07. Best by date: Dec. 2007.

A - Poured a fairly clear amber/orange body with some active carbonation and small eggshell head that diminished into a thin, whispy film.

S - Caramel sweetness is apparent right away, along with some bready maltiness. Hops are pretty faint, but I can detect some grassy and herbal notes.

T - Begins with a sweet caramel flavor paired with a very mild bitterness that gets more assertive as the liquid rolls to the back of the tongue. There's also a touch of roasted nuttiness that comes out in the finish as well as more sweet caramel goodness.

M - Medium bodied and crisp with lively carbonation. Feels just a tad watery on the palate, but slightly bitter and prickly on the tongue. Finish is bitter and actually pretty long-lasting.

D - I find pale ales highly drinkable, and this one's no exception. Always a good choice for a session beer. I'd have another.

Photo of dickieb
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with an average sized head that leaves good lacing throughout. The smell is full of grassy hops, somewhat balanced by sweet malts. The flavor comes on strong with bitter hops, going into some darker malt flavors. Very bitter, and rather dry. Over all a very good beer, different then allot of APA's but enjoyable and quite drinkable

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown color with little head; no lacing detected on the glass. The smell is rather faint; I am picking up light biscuit malt and very light grassy hops. The taste starts off with a bitter hop blast, kind of a resin like bitterness. The hops quickly subside to a mellowing bready malt backbone. The feel is moderate with moderate carbonation, finishes on the bitter side. A decent APA, though not a big fan of the hop profile, a bit harsh.

Photo of GFSchwab
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 -4.2%
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 +12.6%
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 -20.7%
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 +8.9%
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 -19.4%
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 -19.4%
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 -8.4%
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 -7.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.6%
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%
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 +7.6%
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 -18.8%
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 +0.3%
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.

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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