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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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1,310 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 25
Gots: 70 | 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 ghostwalker
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Jan. production date. Presumably 2006, since this is from the new multi-pack with the Robust Porter.

Golden-brown body, thick fluffy white head. A very nice looking pint.

Nose is biscuity malt with nicely balanced floral hops.

Flavor is very nicely balanced as well. This is a well-crafted pale ale with a great light maltiness up-front, almost ESB-ish. At the finish you get a wonderfully balanced blast of floral hops, kind of reminiscent of DFH 60 Min or Hop Devil, (only much less so, of course, being a regular PA).

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability is really very good. I this this may be my favorite Smutty brew for sheer drinkability. It has plenty of flavor, while remaining very smooth and quenching.

Photo of jockstrappy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a classic mug, this one pours a cloudy amber color with a 1" foamy head that settles to a thin white cap leaving nice lacing. Aroma is mainly hops and malt, with a hint of bread and maybe something like an orange peel. Taste is a hoppy front, malts and yeast also present, and finished dry with a hop aftertaste that seemed to linger a while. A medium body complemented by the right carbonation make this one a nice brew. Don't think I could drink more then 2 or 3 in a sitting, but it's good enough that I may try. This is the first Smutty beer that I have tried, and it looks like I'll be trying the rest!

Photo of lpayette
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy orange amber with little head. Small particles are suspended.

Smells on the hoppy side. Slight wiffs of alcohol and malt. Smells good but very predictable.

Taste- mostly hop bitterness, a bit of lemon and lemon rind and tamed malt.

Smooth and dry. Not all that exciting, but then again it's a hard style to make exciting.

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium concentration of malts and milder levels of hops. Mild fruit mash notes. Orange/amber color with a pinky thin than head. Smoothe balanced, fruity, malts with a nice hop balance. It’s well put together, but to me lacks any oomph and suffers for it.

Photo of PeatReek
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly cloudy pale amber with a thin, rocky head dissolving to a rim right away.

Aroma: bright lemony / floral hop smell.

Taste & mouthfeel: The hops come out right away, lots of levels of citrus, from dark and grapefruity right up through fresh and lemony. Not especially bitter, which is nice. The malts are mainly present as a sustaining body rather than a distinct flavor. The sip finishes mostly clean with a bit of floral hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: nice and light; I could definitely drink at least a couple of these.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with an off-white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Mild piney hop aroma with a slight scent of caramel maltiness.

A subdued upfront hoppiness with a bit of a malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter and semi-dry.

Body seems quite thin.

Not hard to drink, just an average APA.

Photo of Higravity
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy copper-oragnish with a white head and a little yeast floating around. There was almost no smell except for the yeast breadiness. Right away I am glad I didn't get the whole six pack and only mixed it in with some other. The taste was bland and lifeless some bittering no real flavor and the malt was uninteresting. It had a decent body, but I wouldn't drink this again. Smuttty can't seem to make a good pale ale. I think they need to switch the yeast and dry hop some of their offerings as both of their Pale ales suuuucked.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an attractive copper color, with a decent head and some very nice lacing. It had a sweet odor with a hint of fruitiness (?orange). The taste was tart/hoppy and rather nondescript. It had good mouthfeel, and good drinkability. Overall, though, just an average beer.

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

Hot damn, where have I been? I love Smuttynose beers but have passed over this one too many times due to tired and erroneous thinking - not another pale ale, they're all the same...

Pours a copper you could describe four different ways so I'll leave it as copper. Amazing head well supported and leaving a Berlin Wall of lace. A truly beautiful pint.

Smells of lemon, earthy roots, thick fudgy malt, tart esters, slight hop-borne fruitiness, and a round air that fills good British bitters.

Taste is exactly what I look for in a bitter, and that's what this tastes like, a merry-go-round of big flavor in a small beer: lemon, licroice, tart esters, earthy and fruity balance of hops, sweet and full malt later, and a biscuity finish. Each sip brings a different entry point on the revolving array of flavors. Thinner mouthfeel unfortunately, but very easy to drink because of it.

This is fantastic session ale, full and varied in flavor, an easy pair with food and a glory on its own, too.

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

Their labeling system could use a little work. Did they use arial for the font? Jeeze.

Anyways this poured a gorgeous hazy orange amber with cool whisps of yeasts as it settles. The head is short lived but nice and white/creamy. Very nice malty smell w/citric hops in the back. Mmm. Awesome hop bitterness in the taste, awesome floralness that balances beautifully with the roasted caramel malt flavors. Paler tasting than amber though, but the malt is there enough to be appreciated. medium to full mouthfeel. Very complex and weird pale ale but very fun. I need to get my hand on soem of their other beers now. Moderately drinkable.

Photo of scriabin
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It has been quite a while since I have enjoyed this fine ale, but this is one of my all time favorites. I have a special affection for this one because I got it frequently in my younger days and it introduced me the pleasures of quality brews. I haven't looked back since. The beer itself has a lovely brown color, with a slight hint of copper. The flavor is very smooth and hoppy, with some floral undertones and other subtle flavorss that keep one curious with each taste.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Cambridge Common:

For me, it's just average. I love the Smutty IPA, but felt that this lacked that beer's complexity. Pours a dark amber and smells fairly basic. Little bit of hops, no real fruit or anything. I love hops, but in my opinion, this beer was too hoppy without enough counterbalancing from other flavors. This, I felt, decreased its drinkability.

All in all, a fine beer, but I'd take Alpha King any day.

Photo of LPorter33
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Crisp looking light amber. Good 1/2'' head which fades down to a thin line. Respectable lacing.

Smell = Nice hops presence with some sweet, honey like malt in the background. Smells nicely balanced.

Taste = Great tasting APA. Strong, deep flavor. Well balanced, clean and fresh tasting. Hops are storng presence but there's just the right amount of sweetness from the malt which blends perfectly together to create an extremely drinkable APA.

Overall = A solid APA all the way around. Definitely recommend this oen.

Photo of akahn
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark in color for a pale ale; sort of an amber, with some red showing when held up to light. On that note, not that much light shows through; this beer is quite cloudy, but no suspended particles or anything like that. Pours a foamy, rocky cream-colored head. Forms rings of lace around glass.

Smell: Hops dominate definitely the nose, but not a very strong smell overall. I started to notice a bit of maple as I drank.

Taste: Slightly bitter and acidic. Very dry. Piney hop flavor rather than citrusy flavors found in others. A relatively subtle hop profile. Hops are complemented by smooth, slightly sweet malt flavors. Leaves a bit of a puckering after-taste in the back of my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very round, smooth. A bit slick.

Overall, I find this to be a very pleasant beer. Unlike some of this style, I don't find hops and malt jumping out at me separately and competing or trying to balance out, in this beer they simply compliment each other, as does the moderate carbonation

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

12 mixpack of bottles

Poured into a cold mug (Boston Bruins Mug!)

Pours an intriguing dark copper color with an impressive off-white, creamy head that lasts for almost the entire majority of the beer and leaves its footprints down the whole glass as it is drank.

Smells of nice piney hops. A hint of malt is also noticeable but mostly a hopy smell.

Has a sweet delectable tast at first, then the hops make themsleves pleasantly evident. It finishes off with a nice sweetness and minor lingering hops.

This beer is quite pleasant when in the mouth. Nice and smooth and goes down even smoother.

Smuttynose has made a very drinkable beer with their Shoals Pale Ale. At the moment I would be hard pressed to think of another 5.00 ABV beer that can compete with this one.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., best by 2/2006 - served chilled in a nonic. Pours a copper color with a 1 finger yellowish/tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine from the hops and perhaps tobacco and metal. Grapefruit/pine hops with a nice bitterness on the palate, joined soon by biscuits/toastiness. Hop oils linger nicely. A solid pale ale and one that reminds me of their IPA.

Photo of jmz62565
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This starts out with a nice amber color,a little lighter than most,and the head was a little small but lacey.This has a decent flavor,but for it's type it's not too hoppy for my taste.This is a little lighter than other pale ales,but it's not bad and I could see myself having more than one.This is an "OK" beer,but not the best from Smuttynose.

Photo of bjohnson
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white head that holds nicely and leaves lacing down the glass. Aromas of bready and biscuit malts coupled with a slight twang of hops in the background. Good carbonation and is very drinkable. One of the better sessions beers out there. This review is for bottles, but grab one on tap if you can and play shuffleboard at the brewery!

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy amber with a short head and leaves a bit a lacing on the way down.

Full hops aroma with a hint of malt. Almost floral, but can't be described any way other than hoppy. This beer's smell alone should get any hophead's mouth watering.

Like the smell, the taste is a solid hops kick followed by a mellow grain finish that's just a touch bitter. Very straightforward on the palate, you want hops? Here they are.

Has good carbonation and goes down easy.

Considering the price and availability, I'd go to this if I ever needed a sure-fire APA. It's not terribly complex, no fruit and maybe only a tiny bit of diacetyl. It's good hops in a bottle. Even the burps are pleasant.

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

With the Haley House on the label, its a good way to show it to be a nice house beer. If it were available around me, a house beer it would be. Its that good of a beer.
It pours a nice, clear amber with a fair one inch head. Carbonation is good. The aroma starts out with hop on the nose with a grain malt background.
The taste also, with a nice crisp hop start, leaves a tangy hop bitterness within the mouth. There is also a malty grain, salt & pine in the the taste. An outstanding drinkable beer.
Got via trade.

Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear brown color with hints of amber. Head is off-white and dissipates quickly. Aroma is subtle and clean - a light hop spice, nuts, dark malts. Taste is initially sweet, rich in the middle, with a pleasant hoppy finish. Super-well balanced. Medium body, suitably carbonated with a dry finish. Quite drinkable.

I always enjoy this brew, very flavorful - and that smooth balance...mmmm. A fine pale ale, nothing crazy or complex, just a damn good "anytime" beer.

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

poured a clear amber color with moderate slightly off-white head. Smell is a pleasant mixture of hops and dark malt. Taste is fruity combined with loads of malt. Finish is full-bodied with a touch of dryness that is a pleasant ending. Good , but not exceptional beer.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is golden-brown in color with a small but nice coating of head at the top. The head remains as a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Malty, bitter and slightly hoppy. Smooth and a well balanced beer. Very basic though, with few other interesting flavors. Even so, a nice beer that I will happily enjoy....especially during "Smuttynose month" at Harrington's in Chelmsford, MA.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A light auburn with a medium head and rings of lacing that cling to the side of the glass indefinitely . The high carbonation maintains the head. Rings of lacing coat the entire glass as the beer goes down.

Smell - Strong of piney hops and nothing else. Closer to room temperature a bit of a malty scent is apparent, but it is subdued by the hops.

Taste - A coffee and hop flavor mesh for a very pleasant bitterness. Not a potent flavor, but very very good. As it warms a bit of malty tones sneak though.

Mouthfeel - Medium viscosity, slightly smooth. The hops make it a bit drying, but all and all resfreshing.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable. It is easy to finish, and I wouldn't mind another. Would go beautifully with almost any (not spicy) meat dish.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice, long-lasting white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like an amber, with lots of rich malt body and a touch of piney hops presence in the background

Taste: The initial caramel-flavored malt gives way, by mid-palate, to a blast of pithy and piney hops; the finish is crisp, bitter and slightly salty; underneath, there is a characteristically English fruity malt flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: This is one excellent, if different, pale ale; a bit like a hoppy amber

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.