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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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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 23
Gots: 40 | 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

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Photo of AllThingsNinja


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 03:21:25 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of pio


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 23:41:50 | More by pio
Photo of palma

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 06:23:36 | More by palma
Photo of jtfest


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 03:29:33 | More by jtfest
Photo of smcolw


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 21:23:06 | More by smcolw
Photo of RBorsato


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 18:31:55 | More by RBorsato
Photo of pheurton


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

hazy copper brown with a quickly retreating foamy head. clean and grainy on the nose with an earthy hop presence. crisp carbonation lends a thist-quenching quality. smooth and earthy tasting with a noticeable but not over the top hop bite. a refreshing and satisfying session ale. i'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 23:00:59 | More by pheurton
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny amber body with a very small and receding off-white head; surprisingly strong lacing from the light residual ring. The nose is light and devoid of strong hops; more malt than hopping. Nice moderate flavor with a great mild bittering, again it is very surprising in its subtlety. Great drinkability from a nice moderate body with a crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 04:34:55 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shoal's Pale Ale by Smuttynose from a holiday variety case.

Poured a very nice hazy reddish brown with a thick head.
Aroma was strong on hops, some citrus, and an outdoorsy/ woodsy smell!?
The taste was quite nice, the hops aren't too strong, a very slight citrus bitterness, and a faint roasted nut flavor.
Overall a pretty smooth pale ale with a slight bitterness in the back end.

A beer worth drinking throughout the night!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 21:41:28 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown with a thick lacy tan head. Smells of light hops, a bit spicy and sour malt.

Taste is surprisingly good. It's hoppy, not overly so but assertive. Well balanced with a strong grainy malt taste. Apple-like yeasty flavors. Medium bodied with a persistent hoppy aftertaste. Crisp and smooth. Damn drinkable. as others have said, very good session beer. A very solid offering and a nice surprise. Does Smuttynose ever miss?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:10:02 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of beerguy101


3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium orange brown color. Medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A light bodied Pale Ale. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Middle of the road Pale Ala. A touch thin and a little watery. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 03:18:57 | More by beerguy101
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United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think the guy behind the bar said this won best draft beer at the GBBF. Yeah, i guess it was pretty tasty. Aromatic hops. Nice soft palate. Sweet and hoppy, liked i'd expect any American Pale ale to be, spicey, orangey, piney, pretty tasty actually (Cask-GBBF 03')

Serving type: cask

10-02-2003 00:48:35 | More by rastaman
Photo of yankeeheel


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby with little to no head. Lacing is non-existent. Smells of a bit of fruit and yeast.

The taste is rather subtle in it's malts. Quite a bit of plum in the background. Perhaps a little too hopped up at the finish for me. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall a average, though slightly dark, pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2003 20:52:50 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of AbePhroman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack set me back $6.99, average price for a good brew around here.
I noticed at once that it pours into a dark cloudy amber color. I couldn't see through the glass like with say, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
It is a hoppy smell with some malts.
This beer tastes very nice. Slightly bitter. Hmm, when I first tasted this beer I thought...it tastes like tea!!
I enjoyed it much and think you should give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:19:50 | More by AbePhroman
Photo of ellman


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: poured an old copper color, like an 1979 penny with a short head that disappeared quickly.
Smell: hops, of coarse, maybe to much. and a slight hint of malt, i think , the hops cover everything
Taste: hops, bitterness and malt. it had more hops in the nose then in the taste.
Mouthfeel: full body. crisp
Drinkability:on a hot day i could see my self enjoying a few of this beer to cool of, but not for the pure enjoyment of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 00:54:36 | More by ellman
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty session beer. Poured deep copper color witha n off white head and plenty of lace. Smell was very floral with rose petals and sweet water and some mild hops. Taste was toasty and biscuity with a nice hop bitterness in the end with plenty of caramel sweetness as well. Mouthfeel was perfect and easily drinkable. A sixer of this is a good idea.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 20:46:03 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of vitesse


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a 12 oz. brown bottle...

an excellent session brew. goes well with a variety of foods, too.
pours a nice brown color. not real pale, actually. could use better head retention. mine went flat pretty quickly.
smell is hoppy. very hoppy.
taste is pretty solid. slightly bready malt flavor. touch of spiciness, then the hops hit you. not overpowering, but it is a hoppy beer.
mouthfeel is pretty good, too. i actually prefer this one in bottle. on tap it seemed a bit overcarbonated.
drinkability is good. very much a dependable session beer. not extreme, but i recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 15:04:31 | More by vitesse
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing amber body, not a ton of carbonation hence hardly a trace of a head atop. Nose is filled with sweet malts and has strong traces of nuts and pine. Nothing outstanding in the flavor, but it is quite well balanced. Contains a sweet malty middle with touches of nuts and caramel. Subtle hop finish...I'd like more, but I'll take what I can get. A nice mellow flavor and a smooth mouthfeel make this an easy drinker and one that should please just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 00:47:13 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of xgrigorix


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, presented in a shaker pint glass.

Dark copper color, tiniest bit cloudy. One finger of almond coloured, creamy looking foam. The head hangs out for a while before receding to a 1/4" halo, leaving behind an amazing amount of sticky lace.

Sweet malt & an aromatic hop festival fill the nose.

Great biscuity English malt flavor with hints of toffe. This is followed up by a rainbow of hop flavors - spicy, orange, floral, & even some pine.

Medium bodied, a little bit chewy (in a good way) with moderate carbonation.

Well hopped, well hopped indeed! A well done, straight forward pale ale, bordering on IPA territory.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2003 17:03:44 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a fine white head that stays, leaving a some lace. Very light carbonation. Clear amber colored light bodied, starts malty/hoppy, finishes hoppy. Nose is indistinguishable no floral hops, no malt nada. This a lawn mower beer, maybe it is better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 23:57:23 | More by jdhilt
Photo of WanderingFool


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear dark amber color with a thick off white head that slowly fades to a collar around the beer. A flowery hoppy aroma with a hint of caramel malt hovers over the surface. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and leaves a slight tingle towards the back of the tongue. The flavor begins hoppy then caramel and toasted malts move in to complement the slightly bitter taste. A slight bitterness is left behind.

I found this beer to be very drinkable and well balanced. It would be good any time of the year for when you just want to kick back with a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 18:15:21 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of marc77


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy ruddy bronze hue. Thin, but steadfast cream white head leaves sparse lace. Incipient waft of browned caramel and butterscotch is quickly contrasted by softly citrusy, mildly herbal hops. Subtle hints of carob and dried fig esters surface as the beer warms. Medium toffee sweetness initially in flavor is promptly offset by sharp, catty hop bitterness accompanied by notes of singed, overbaked biscuit. Mellows somewhat mid palate, with mild, well integrated diacetyl burnishing the rough hop presence. Becomes progressively more woody, leafy and earthy as it oxidizes, and approaches a fresh best bitter in character late. Nearly creamy, aptly viscous mouthfeel and judicious carbonation complements the mellow malt profile. Finishes softly savory, with a fading suggestion of salted grainy cracker. A unique pale that begins harshly in flavor, but redeems itself as it breathes. All around it's well balanced, but perhaps overly tame. Quite tasty, nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 01:48:08 | More by marc77
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out orange in color with very little head that leave a tiny trace of lacing around the glass. Very little carbonation noticed here giving this beer a light and smooth mouthfeel. Taste of caramel malts with a slight hoppy bite in there. Aroma was pretty much just malt. This was a pretty good tasting beer, glad I bought a sixer...

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 01:01:50 | More by Running4beer
Photo of Stopper


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an amber honey color, with nearly no head, and what head there was left quickly. The aroma is a nice blend of sharp hoppiness over a sweet, round, caramel maltiness. Has a sweet, full, inital mouthfeel, with a quickly-ariving bright bitterness becoming, for an instant, fruity, then slowly fading to a very spicy dryness.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 23:55:18 | More by Stopper
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a frothy white head that fades for some nice lacing. The aroma is bitter hops and pale malts. The taste is decent. Bitterness hits hard with the first sip then is taken over by a fair balance of pale and light crystal malts. The body is low to medium. This is a good drinking beer, but not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 11:48:52 | More by WesWes
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