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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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1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 26
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of kegerator
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

This was a nice offering.
poured a orange amber color with a nice 1 inch head that left good lacing throughout.
Smell was all hop, floral, with some citrus tones
taste was about the same with slight hint of malt in the back but not enough to say it was a good blend.
mouthfeel was crisp and medium bodied.
overall a very drinkable, pleasant brew.

kegerator, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Off white 1" head that is very frothy. Settles but doesn't completely disappear leading to lots of nice lacing. A very crisp and clear auburn color.

Good hop, floral, and citrus aromas along with a medium bodied sweetness.

Nice hop flavors that encompass the palate but don't overwhelm. The floral qualities come through at the end combined with a sweetness and bitterness.

Well hopped but not overpowering. Light and crisp mouthfeel without feeling thin or watered down.

Dead on for the style: very similar to Sierra Nevada's Pale IMO. Thirst quenching Pale that I wouldn't mind drinking all night.

NEhophead, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

A coppery color, a little too dark to call itself "pale." Smell has some fruitiness to the hops, but in a restrained way and is overshined by the big bready malt aroma. Flavor carries through with the beautiful toasted biscuit maltiness. Crisp bitterness is well balancing, and the finish is pleasurable enough to make you want another sip.

I was very surprised by this, because I don't remember the bottles being that impressive. This was very nice. Much more English than American, but neat that it has influences of both.

Edit: The owner of Smuttynose says this is an ESB, which is much more accurate to its taste than "American Pale Ale".

waughbrew, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a browned amber, topped with a two finger light-tan head, leaves rings of puffy lacing.
Malty aroma, toffee, earthy and a touch of herb.
Toffee and wood in the taste, a good amount of citrus rind - the bitterness especially feels like citrus rind. Toffee, a touch of flowers, a bit spicy, and a note of burnt caramel.
Medium bodied and dry.

mschofield, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

This beer poured a red/tan body with a thick frothy tan head.

The nose was a big malt attack. Some sharp alcohol, slight citrus and caramel as well.

The taste was a really big earthy/citrus hop accompanied by a large malt taste. A chunky almost salt-water sort of medium body. Really a firm present malt taste. The hops in this beer have a definite natural, possible dry hop, taste to them. The earthy/citrus dirty leafy hop dominant over any hop bitterness. It ends with a decent lingering bitterness.

The first time I had this beer I was really impressed, the more I drink it I’m just not sure. It’s a lot bigger than smaller micro brews, but it just doesn’t seem to balance well. I like the bigger than average malt flavor, and the hops are right there, but… I just can’t put my finger on it. A great session beer, but maybe not my first pick.

taez555, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a cloudy, dark amber. The bottle says "This ale is unfiltered". The head is minimal and quickly disappears with very little lace to line the glass. The aroma is very hoppy for a pale ale. The taste is not abundantly hoppy, but hoppy, nonetheless. There is a hint of apple spice.

Mouthfeel is very nice on the roof of the mouth with a nice bit of carbonation. This is a very good pale ale, solid and very tasty. Highly recommend.

abcsofbeer, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%

This beer has good appearance, pretty typical dark amber, crystal clear with a nice foamy head that subsides lazily. The smell is a slightly harsh and unrefined sweet hop smell. The rawness of the smell masks much of the other smells there might be present if this could mellow a bit. The taste also is really sweety, hoppy, and rather alcoholic and harsh. This beer seems to need quite a bit of aging, and mellowing of flavors, and I believe it has the potential to be a really good brew, but right now its still too raw. Chalk thisup on the list of beers to age

FranklinPCombs, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

This one poured out a nice clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The head quickly dropped to a collar covering the beer and stuck around the rest of the time. The aroma was a bit weak with the smell of citrus hops rides a slightly sweet malt. The tastes of malt start this off before a citrus hoppiness follows. This is a bittersweet finish that comes in at the end that is quite pleasant. This one reminds me in part of an IPA in the same sense SNPA does. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall a good beer that is a bit different for a Pale Ale and quite tasty.

meathookjones, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Appearance – This one came out of the tap very dark, almost brown, with a nice head that showed good retention.

Smell – The classic citrusy hops were held up by a significant, dark malt backbone.

Taste – This one is interesting. The citrus hops were out in force and very bitter. The malt backbone from the nose showed up at the tongue as well. They somehow managed to keep all signs of sweetness out of this recipe, though.

Mouthfeel – This ale was medium-bodied and had a fluffy carbonation that was unusual for the style.

Drinkability – A very unique Pale Ale and a pleasure to consume.

RoyalT, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

The Shoal's pours a nice dark and clear amber with a light caramel head. The aroma is not terribly distinct: light citrus hops and lightly smoked nuttiness. The taste is initially very peaty, much earthier than I expected, and the tangy notes play only towards the finish, which itself ends up pretty dry and resinous. The mouthfeel is moderate, with commensurately active carbonation. A reasonable, but not a noteworthy, brew.

longpondbeerman, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of drugsbunny
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Great color and a hardy head that lasted longer than my last few beers. But the taste is a wonderful mix of the sweet malt and bite of hops. The perfect hop character is replaced by a sweet malty aftertaste. Such an assortment of flavors in a well crafted beer, much like all the Smuttynose products.

drugsbunny, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

This "Pale Ale" pours a nice amber color. There is a nice foamy head which lasts for the duration. The smell is nothing spectacular. The tase however is rather pleasant, nice malts and hops. This beer is worth giving a try if the opportunity presents.

BadBadger, May 31, 2004
Photo of tar
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a semi-opaque, medium amber, with a nice half inch thick white head. The head doesn't persist for very long, leaving only the amber liquid in the glass and virtually no lacing. The aroma is a bit carmelly--it has some sweetness along with hints of citrusy hop aroma. Initially tastes bready and sweet--good malt flavors, and then ends with some nice hop flavors in a somewhat dry/bitter finish. A medium-bodied beer, with a smooth and "thick" feeling.

tar, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

Hazy brown, a little dull in color. Frothy head with very nice lacing properties. Hops simmer under the lightly musty aroma. Body is somewhat heavy for style, carbonation is lower. Hops show through early, but there's a sandy chalkiness up front that's slightly off-putting for me. Malts are sufficient but ordinary. Winds out with a good amount of bittering, not juicy but more resinous in quality. There's a lot of Pales that come and go, this one gets points for being more stolid and different than many. Didn't strike me that well, though. Thanks to Liza P. for bringing a bottle back from a short Easter break in Rhode Island.

ADR, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Deep amber in color. It pours and formed a nice head which went away quickly with a small collection around the edges of the glass. No lace to speak of. The smell is of overrip oranges and bananas. It is sweetly bitter, almost like an IPA, rather than a pale ale. The aftertaste is also of citrus fruit. Pleasantly bitter, wish it was warmer out because this would be a great summer beer.

MuddyFeet, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.38/5  rDev -12%

on tap at Redbones

A beautiful, red gold amber, very clear. With the table candle shining through it, I can watch the bubbles rise. The white head, about a finger's width, falls quickly.

Served cold. Piercing scent. Crisp malt with a strong old sock funk, but it bites hard enough that I kinda like it. Bit of metal in the finish.

gentlebubbles, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of Stimack
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Nice brew from Smuttynose, as it poured to a cloudy orange amber color. Nice 1 inch off-white head that broke down quickly and lead to some lacing. The aromas where of malt, hop and a slight fruit/citrus ester, a very pleasant smell. The taste is very nice, you can notice the malt at the beginning and sense a citrus hop end that goes nice. In between you are able to sense flavors of caramel and some earthy tones. Over all a very nice brew, one that I am sure that I could kick back on a nice summer day and enjoy for an extended period!

Stimack, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a copper color with orange tones. A nice 1" head produced some very light lacing through the drink. The aroma is of malt, light citrus and some hops. The flavor is of caramel, honey, light fruit, and decent bitterness. A very simple pale ale. The body is somewhat heavier for this style. Decent carbonation.

The mouthfeel is a balance of smoothness and crispness, with a slightly dry aftertaste. The malt lasts on the tongue for a bit.

Gavage, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Roasty cascades with a good citric bite and dry finish. The mid-palette is boring, mostly reminiscent of very clean water. The bittering is delicate and downright perfect for an American pale ale. Not much to garner criticism here, nor much to garner any praise. Light hop resin and toffee poke through at the end, adding a much needed touch of satisfaction to this brew. Very good, lingering hop character.

Thanks to yankeeheel for this one.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a pint glass, this radiant beer had a crisp, clear orange body and a thick white head. It demanded attention. The aroma was a mild blend of citrusy hops and hints of spices. Upon the tongue there's contrasting hop flavors dancing over a solid malt base. This pale draws on the British tradition, and might disappoint Northwest Hopheads. It's a rather mild, malt balanced ale showcasing a few different hop flavors. It's quite drinkable, and will likely seem even more attractive as the weather warms.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of pio
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

orange cream colored head with big active bubbles that pop off leaving a foamier eigth of an inch, a stubborn eigth. it's a ruddy orange active body appearance with a bit of a haze. nice example of lace.
a somewhat strong scent. earthier orange type citrus in the hop. a touch of lemon and grapefruit are also here. something very reminicent of wintergreen and spearimint is here keeping it light and only a slight amount of malt is bottoming it out.
a soil earthiness with a slightly sweet citric flavor is a strange start and then a dumptruck of bitter dries things up quite a bit. an orange oil note along with lemon and grapefruit zest finish off the palate. this is not as tart a finish as it is sour. these lingering make my mouth water and this seems to save the beer for me.
the body is a touch oily and the carbonation is greater than medium, quite effervescant.

pio, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of palma
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Foggy brown amber body with a thick light brown head that faded rather quickly. A malty aroma overall with a pungent floral/herbal smell to it.
Complex tasting with fruity esters, sweet malts, and a strong hop bitterness. Some caramel and toffee flavors, and an earthy/leafy backbone taste. A good solid malt sweetness shows up in the end. Also found some chocolate and coffee notes as the beer warmed up a bit. Lightly carbonated and a smooth mouthfeel with a creamy/buttery-like texture. Easy to drink one or two, but that’s about it for me due to the robust complex flavor.

palma, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of jtfest
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours more like an amber than a pale -- hazy darkish amber-red with a thin off-white, tannish head. The aroma is sweet and malty with grassy undertones. It has a nice mouthfeel -- full but not syrupy -- with a slight carbonation that lingers on the tongue. The taste is dry, somewhat bitter, and a bit 'green'. It’s an unusual pale, but overall pretty drinkable and pretty good.

jtfest, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Coudy, dark copper color with a slightly yellow-white head that has excellent retention and lace.

The aroma is an excellent blend of malt and hop. The hop is floral and inviting. The malt is sweet and "round". Very inviting!

Darker malt (crystal) in flavor is the initial taste. This is followed by a strong bitterness that intensifies after the swallow. The beer is thick; coats the palate. I'm only a tad bit let down after the aroma, but that may be because it held awesome promise. This is a very good, delicious pale ale. I'd love to smell the brewery.

smcolw, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Dark copper with a low beige head, lots of tiny suspended particles, low carbonation, and slight lace. Earthy, grassy English hop aromas. Earthy hop flavors are assertive but balanced enough that it's only slightly bitter. Medium bodied with a dull bitter finish.

A decent English/American hybrid Pale Ale but nothing stands out...

2006 tasting: Less suspended particles than in last tasting (raised A from 3.5 to 4)

Per label: "Unfiltered"

Per Smuttynose website:
OG: 1050
Grain Bill: Pale Brewers, Crystal 60°L, Carastan, Wheat
Hop Selections: Cascade, Chinook
IBU's: 30

2003 GBBF - Gold - Best American Beer

Bottled In: 09/03
Tasted: 1/31/04

Best Before: 10/06 (notched)
Tasted: 09/05/06

RBorsato, Feb 03, 2004
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.