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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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1,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 25
Gots: 82 | 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 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!

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

Reminds me quite a bit of Sierra Nevada's pale ale. This is definately on the hoppier side of the pale ale spectrum. Looks like a pale ale with an orange/amber color; smells weak even after warming up... some grain and sweet malt is there.
Rye crackers.. ever had Finn Crisp? strikes a chord with me in the flavor. Maybe some black tea.
A solid pale ale. Hard to go wrong with Smuttynose brews.

Photo of scooter231
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby, golden-tinged clear color with a slightly tan poofy head and gorgeous lacing. Smell is weak- some sweet maltyness, a hint of fruit. Taste is nice and hoppingly bitter. There's a breadyness to this, a bitterness, like a good crisp dry cracker. The mouthfeel is very nice, full, sudsy, chewy. Quite drinkable- light and refreshing, crisp, and tasty enough.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright shiny copper penny body, topped by a fist full of just-off-white creamy bubbles. good lacing quickly evident.

A bakery full of bread and biscuits in the nose. Inviting.

A down deep pull of caramel flows over the tongue, laying a nice base coat. Toasty too. The carameland toast is slowly blended with some tasty earthy and herbal hop bites, that give a caramel a resounding farewell kiss at the finish, and a leave a nice earthy aftertaste.

Good light-to-medium mouthfeel Solid but not syrupy. Very good drinkability.

No surprises here, another fine beer from Smuttynose.

Photo of Ego
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

haven't had this in some time so I decided to give it a whirl this evening... also it is time to stock up on lighter stuff for the spring (whenever the goddamn nice weather is going to finally come!)

one full finger of clean white head, amber hue with brown tones, lots of active carbonation climbing up from the bottom of the glass keeping the head at attention, the lacing is great, sticky and uniform, this is a good looking glass o' beer.

kind of hard to detect and a bit non descript, a little bread, some hop florals, but again, everything is hard to sniff...

taste etc...
very bready and biscuity, then at the end is a nice little blast of hop bitterness that gets washed pleasant with some grainy sweetness. mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side as the carbonation really doesn't seem to hold this together well, not much else going on here for me... this is nice enough but somehow seems a bit underwhelming beside the nice hop bitter notes (actually it tastes more bitter than some beers with big IBUs, but only momentarily)

so so. I remembered liking this more last time. This was brewed in March of this year so I know it is fresh... well, they can't all be winners. this isn't terrible but there are so many other more dynamic APAs out there... I will revisit this as I usually trust this brewery.

Photo of ITK4ever
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better PA's out there, but Smuttynose doesn't do bad. Cloudy amber color and a thin white head. Hops in the nose and a trace of yeast and malt. Tastes as good as it smells. Balanced hops and malt on the tongue. Carbonation is also balanced. My one gripe is that I picked up a bit of a metallic taste in one bottle out of the six-pack. It could be what I was eating, but it seemed strong out of the one bottle. Not bad...I just picked up the little twinge and I think that's why I rated it lower than most.

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours copper with a white, bubbly head that lingered for most of the drink. The carbonation is light to moderate. The aroma is a bit faint, but some presence of fruits and a hint at a floral aroma were evident. The taste was quite appetizing. After tasting it, I quickly realized that this would be a good beer to accompany a meal. It has a light toffeeish, fruity flavor that is present, but not overwhelming. It is lightly hopped, though more malty than hoppy, which works well with this style. It has a refreshing, medium mouthfeel, which makes it quite quaffable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with a nice floral touch. Taste is also hoppier then expected with a great presence of citrus hops. Body is about average for the style with some low carbonation.

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thin head when poured. Had a very rich, dark copper color. Looked very appetizing before taking the first sip...

Smell: Very malty aroma with floral, hoppy overtones. Smells delicious...

Taste: A solid malty flavor complimented by a nice hop finish. Some hints of citrus noted from the hop content.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, slightly cloying, but crisp in the end. Nice balance & body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable & refreshing. Good after a day's work.

Comments: I enjoyed this very much. I found it to be a subdued version of the IPA (as expected) but not as bitter. The hop flavor resonates like an IPA, but is a plae ale. If I blindly tasted the IPA & Pale Ale, I would have thought the IPA was a DIPA & the Pale Ale an IPA.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.