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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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1,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 47 | 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 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.

06-10-2004 01:58:38 | More by RoyalT
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.

06-03-2004 22:17:56 | More by longpondbeerman
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.

06-01-2004 16:46:30 | More by drugsbunny
Photo of BadBadger

New York

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.

05-31-2004 19:51:30 | More by BadBadger
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.

04-29-2004 19:05:25 | More by tar
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.

04-15-2004 14:54:39 | More by ADR
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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.

04-14-2004 03:07:08 | More by MuddyFeet
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.

04-09-2004 01:06:58 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of Stimack

New York

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!

03-16-2004 03:12:15 | More by Stimack
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

03-12-2004 23:17:52 | More by Gavage
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.

03-12-2004 04:19:51 | More by ngandhi
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.

03-10-2004 03:21:25 | More by AllThingsNinja
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.

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

New York

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.

03-03-2004 06:23:36 | More by palma
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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.

02-27-2004 03:29:33 | More by jtfest
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.

02-15-2004 21:23:06 | More by smcolw
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

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


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

12-19-2003 04:34:55 | More by AtLagerHeads
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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!

12-18-2003 21:41:28 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

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?

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


3/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

10-13-2003 03:18:57 | More by beerguy101
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

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')

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


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

09-25-2003 02:19:50 | More by AbePhroman
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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