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

Into a pint glass, poursa nice amber copper with good head that sticks around, sticking to glass as it shrinksm, lacing sticking to the glass all the way down. Aroma follows the APA mold very well, good sweet malts and as it warmed the hops came out, quite nice. Taste is again a good amount of sweet caramel malts and as it warmed the hops really came out to play, nice bittering at end. Mouth is nicely carbonated, perhaps just a little too much, and good body, slighly warming. Overall, what a lovely APA, I wish I got more than three, could have done well with a case. Mmmm....

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a big slightly off-white head and good lacing. Smell is slightly bready/malty but not very pronounced. The taste is good, very smooth malty taste. Mouthfeel is a hair thin. No unpleasant aftertaste or anything else that would take from it's drinkability. This is a beer that could be enjoyed as a session beer or with food.

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

12 oz brown bottle from a variety pack poured into a chalice. Wispy white lacing atop a cloudy copperish body.

To the nose, sweet breadlike at first, followed by a nice floral undertone in the back.

In the mouth, wonderful spectrum of malt goodness overlayed nicely with a big hop wallop. A full bang on the tongue - it is fully dry and nicely carbonated. It has a unique finish that tends to be very earthy and wet.

Musings: Fantastic, underrated pale. It's quite different that most typical pales and provides a lot of observation and thinking for a simple beer.

Photo of stegmakk
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was nice. Poured a nice brown amber with decent head that lasts and good lacing.

Aroma had a nice mix of malt and hops and nothing was too strong. I would have liked the hops to be a bit more strong.

Taste was good. Initial strong deep roasted malt and piney hop mix. The finish was nicely done with a stronger hops flavor.

Mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability was good. Would have been higher if there was a bit more hoppiness to the taste

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tall mug. The liquid is a dark brown amber, with bright orange highlights and good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers thick, tan, big fluffy foamy and sudsy. Very cool looking beer.

The smell is typical IPA, piney sweet malt, with extra bitter hops..

The taste is about the same, very nice hopy taste with a good malty base.

The mouthfeel is medium body good carbonation, that gives that nice bite in the finish.

The drinkability is good. One solid APA. MK

Photo of loren01
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a mahogany color, very very flat. Has little floaties in it, not sure what thats all about. Absolutely no head, no lacing.
S: Skunky like hoppiness, not very pleasant
T: Slightly malty, skunky hop bitterness. Alcohol aftertaste
M: Very flat, not carbonated hardly at all
D: Pretty good tasting beer, however was very very flat.

Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of the MicroBeerClub shipment received in late July.

Beer poured a nice orange color with an outstanding off white head that is long lasting. Nose is of floral hops and citrusy malts. Taste is very well balanced. It starts with caramel malts and finishes nicely with a blast of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, medium bodied. Drinkability is near perfect. If I lived where it is available this would be part of my rotating staple brews!

Photo of Xadoor
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange colour. Foamy beige head that subsided to a thin layer of foam. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma is very light, hoppy but with some sweet malt aromas as well. Sweet caramal malt flavour to start which slowly gives way to a bitter dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely balanced. A really great pale ale.

Photo of Hautacam
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber..not much of a head.
Smells of grainy malts and a bit of citrus hop.
Tastes sweet and bitter at the same time..nice balance of piney hops and malty goodness.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.
Pretty drinkable pale ale. This is not one of my favorite styles , but I'm always curious...heard good things about this one.It did not disappoint....but Smuttynose rarely does.

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

Poured a golden Amber color, decent activity, thin white head, dissipated to a small amount thin covering.

smells hoppy and slightly malty.

Taste is a bold hop, and mild malt mix that is hearty and deep.

Feels crispy and refreshing, this medium-body spreads out nicely on the palate and is complex.

highly drinkable, great summer-time brew if you've had enough of the Hefe's this year!

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to rock this stuff often in my Masshole days. Harpoon IPA was always a staple in the refrigerator due to it's easy availabilty and easy price but quite often I'd kick it to Smuttynose's Shoal's. It's weird to think that these beers were hoppy to me back then, with the West Coast hop bombs that now routinely fill my belly. Now I rarely, pick up American Pale Ales when at the shop. But for old times sake, Shoal's really did the trick.

What sets this apart from the IPA is its incredible balance. The toasted malts blend effortlessly with the cascade hops. It has bready malt that you can chew on. With the 5% ABV, it's a fine summer session ale.

Photo of xzqrut
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from the bottle, came out a nice burnt orange, copper color. Beer gave a nice head with decent retention, above average lacing all the way down. Smell was average, some hops with citrus notes. Taste had some sweetness on top, almost caramel esque, with a mild bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel was not too heavy, not too light, pretty drinkable all in all.

Photo of hanco005
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my beer of the month club membership, this 12 oz bottle has May notched on the side of it, however it doesn’t indicate a year. I will assume it is this year. It has been poured into a pint glass

A—burnt orange and hazy with a 1 inch yellowish brown cloud like head that is very thick and fluffy. The head slowly collapses down and produces thick web like lacing on the inside of the glass. This is a beautiful beer.

S—citrus is very strong, lemon, orange, grapefruit, the hops are plentiful, but there is a mild sweetness that creeps outs from underneath them

T—very good. Pine and citrus hops are here with just a bit of sweetness that provides for a great APA taste, finishes on the dry side

M—a bit chalky, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it a lot and would seek this out again.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Healthy deep brown. Solid fluffy tan head. Quality lacing.

Smell - Light hoppy nose up front followed by some sweet malty aroma.

Taste- Very malty at first, more than you might expect from an APA. The hops are there for balance.

Mouthfeel- quite bitter with a full body. a hearty APA.

Drinkability/Notes- a substantial beer but not exactly what I am looking for in the style. Lacked some of the hoppy freshness I would like. Drinkable definitly, but not my favorite.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: truly an awesome bottle label, which i have come to expect from smutty...pours a nice copper-amber body, creamy beige-tan head with great lacing. tremendous looking apa

smell: sweet citrus hops, light bitterness, toasted malt, grassy, caramel apple...very nice

taste: super balanced APA, strong toasted malt/grain with a sweet caramel body mixed with a very bitter grapefruit-citrus hop bite to balance it out...I admire the great equity of flavor. Also roasted peanut, red apple, cherry

mouthfeel: strong bitterness, medium body, great balance

drinkability: nice

I love this APA

Photo of arguemaniac
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-tinged amber color with a creamy, light tan head that eventually reduces to a generous lace. Sweet malt and hop spice in the aroma. The flavor features a nice bready maltiness with a slight fruity sweetness to it and a tasty caramel note. All of that is nicely balanced by a citrusy hop bite, which is particularly noticeable in the bitter finish. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a brief but firm carbonation tang.

Not mind blowing, but certainly one of the better American Pale Ales I’ve had the pleasure of trying. Balanced, drinkable and complex for such an easy-drinking beer. Recommended.

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy copper and amber color depending on which version of light I'm having go through it. Nice shreds of lacing in bird figures you used to draw on art class, those lofty M-shapes. Head stays above the glass after it starts to dissipate and leave the lacing.

Smell: Pretty awesome balance between fruity aromas, citrus-edged hops, and toasted husk, grain, and malt characteristics. All of them come together very harmoniously.

Taste: The hops and citrus are there at first, then the fruity and citrus characteristics with some lemon, slight grapefruit, a bit of apple skin and cherries. The fruit mixes nicely with the husk-like and toasted malt. And still, by the end, the hops end up lingering, with a slight saltiness and sourness. This is a bold pale ale with tons of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, or so it seems, though nothing gets in the way as far as astringency or slickness or anything as such, which I imagine ends up catering toward the flavor even more.

Drinkability: An extremely solid version of the style that I could end up easily making into a session brew. An insane amount of flavor, which, as it should, gets better as it warms, with an ABV that almost anyone can deal with. Impressive stuff.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bignick
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack purchased from Trader Joe's in Brookline. Poured into a pint-glass.

This is a good, hoppy pale ale. While there is nothing exciting about this beer, it is a pleasant, flavorful session beer. There is a nice hop-bite, but the hops are not overbearing. It is very smooth going down, as there are very few flaws.

Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - Pours out a golden amber with a nice off white head that fills the rest of the nonic due to an aggresive pour. The head fades a little but does not disappear. Laces the glass nicely.

S - A hoppy aroma with some nice fruits in there. Smell is quite like an English pale but with less caramelly sweet malts and more hop presence. Pretty nice.

T - A well balanced, clean tasting pale ale. A nice amount of hop bitterness backing up a mix of malty flavors. Finishes clean with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - No complaints here. A nice medium to light body on an easy drinking pale.

D - Def ranks up as a very nice session pale ale, both with the clean yet interesting flavor and the ABV down at 5%.

Photo of clabaugh
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a soft copper crested with an off-white head of fluffy froth. The head, speckled with dots of orange, retains admirably. Persistent lace clings to the glass in sheets of white.

Smell: Rather simple medley of floral hops and toasty, wheat-smelling malts. Ginger, honeydew, and a definite breadiness characterize the aroma.

Taste: Flowery hop character with a mild bitterness. Some grapefruit, along with a touch of tangerine. Toasty, baked breadiness fills out the malt profile. Good balance, with a mild taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth and gentle on the palate, with a clean finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: Makes a decent session beer. Lacks a distinctiveness of flavor, however. Tastes fine, but certainly not exceptional. Goes down easy, and is readily consumable.

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear amber color. There was very little off-white head to it. Somewhat weaker aroma, yet still pleasant. Some floral notes, as well as a hint of caramel malts. The taste has a bit of a grapefruit hoppiness to it, without being overly bitter. Decent malt body, with a slight dryness to the finish. A good beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle poured into a Celtic Fury glass. The ale is cool (and warming).

Appearance: The ale is a deep amber color with orange tinges that emerge in the light. There is a nice head that leaves a good lace through the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light piney hop aroma, so light that I really had to search for it. There is also a nice caramel-like malt aroma.

Taste: As I sip the ale, a biscuit-like bread flavor emerges from the malts. That flavor does not overpower, nor is it too sweet. It slowly melds into a medicinal hop flavor (let the ale sit on your tongue and warm up and you'll find it). That hop flavor lingers for a while after the ale is swallowed.

Mouthfeel: The ale is well-balanced although I find the hop choice to be a little too astringent and mediciney.

Drinkability: Except as noted above with the hops, this beer is very drinkable.

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

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Comes out a very red color with a half finger of white head. It's a large-bubbled head like a cask pour, but has very poor head retention and unimpressive show of lacing.

Nose: Smells very sweet, of blueberries, with a strong hop presence that goes deep into the nose and carries a lot of fruity tones with it.

Mouth: Enters with strong carbonation that numbs out the front effects of the beer a bit and shoots the flavor straight to the back with an extremely dry and bitter hop finish. Hints of green kitchen herbs, very good hop flavor with balance of sweetness (light malt flavor) to keep it from being completely one sided. It has a long lasting bitterness that combines with the alcoholic exhale to make the back of the mouth feel really dry. Excellent!

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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