Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 25
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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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 Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an unusual pale ale in all senses, certainly an unexpected blend.

Pour is, for starters, much darker than i'd expect for an APA. brown-amber deep looking with a short lasting tan head. some lacing and a peculiar arrangement for the creamy film left atop (odd looking rings).

Smell is hoppy by all means. very unsweet, dry grassy smell. straightforward, smokey at a certain point.

Taste is also very different from the usual. THe malt is there, very strong and prevalent, just simply by no means sweet, much leaning towards the hoppier trends of the americans. The very oily body is topped off by a hoppy wooden, oak-like feel which makes it a special kind of bitter i enjoyed very much.

for a dry beer, this is certainly a great pick.

Photo of kurp001
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle bought at Beltway Fine Wine

A moderate pour yields about two fingers of creamy ivory head that holds up pretty well. Body is a very deep amber, darker than I'd expect for a pale ale but very nice.

Smell is mostly citrusy hops and a mild malt aroma in the background.

Hop bitterness is apparent upfront, followed by a biscuity malt presence midway and a touch of grapefruity citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel medium-bodied; crisp but not overly-carbonated.

A fairly drinkable pale ale, this is a solid but not exceedingly interesting beer. Good to have around, but there are others I'd probably be more inclined to go for.

Photo of mirish72
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby amber/chestnut brown with a one finger head with slight lacing. The first thing that strikes me is this is the darkest pale ale I think I have ever seen.

The aroma is malty with a decent hop profile. There is definitely a toasted maltiness and less hoppiness than I would have expected from drinking several of their other offerings, not complaining, just not what I expected.

Probably wouldn't pick it as my favorite pale ale, but it is very drinkable and a good session beer.

Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed 10/2/09
This beer pours a murky deep copper color with a one finger tan head that recedes to a film. Nice spotty lacing is left on the glass. Nose is of citrusy hops with caramalized malts. Taste is fruity up front with the citrus hops adding to it, middle in finish is malts, toasted malts in the middle to balance out the hops and the finish is sweet malts caramel with a touch of toffee. Light to medium body, higher carbonation - you could see the carbonation bubbles dancing in this beer, crisp feel, slightly bitter aftertaste and goes down nice and easy. Highly sessionable beer!

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Red Rock Pizzeria in Washington D.C. Served in a pint glass. Beer is orange, white head, covers the beer completely, some lacing on glass, carbonation steady and moderate sized bubbles. Malty, citrus smell, some pine, nice balanced aroma. Beer tastes great. Bitterness high, definetly malt character, a slight aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, high drinkability.

Photo of adamette
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. Purchased at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY 8 29 09 as a part of a Smuttynose mix pack.

A Dark caramel opaque body under a creamy head. Nice look. 4.0

S Faint smell but what I do get is some muted barley and malt. Hops are limited to just a whisper. Despite the weak smell, enough interest to provide an above average rating. 3.5

T This is difficult for me to assess. There is a big barley and hops presence but not much sweetness. It is nothing if not an interesting beer but my difficulty is in trying to describe it. It is kind of a Pale Ale/Amber/Vienna Lager. Anyway, it is interesting. 3.5

M Moderate with those barley and hops tastes. None of them are too strong. 3.5

D Fair to good. 3.5

Notes: My second Smuttynose is a rather unique beer.

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

got one of these as a bonus in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 20/09.

pours crystal clear deep amber with a nice thick tan head. the head drops fairly quick but leaves a solid layer of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. bit of grapefruit. floral. bit earthy. light alcohol. nutty too.

taste is nice. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. grapefruit. earthy. nice light floral character too.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. just under medium body.

drinkability is great. great balance. tasty and enjoyable. it'd be easy to sit down on the patio and breeze through a sixer of this one. good stuff.

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a clear dark amber red, thick white head forms, settles down to a big bubbled ring around the glass, nice layer, nice chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is nice, lots of citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, nice biscuity malt and some caramel sweetness, nice malt backbone, good hopping, smell is quite nice. Taste is similar, light and malty, a little bit watery up front, some biscuit in the middle, caramel sweetness, grapefruit and oranges, light floral, rich finish, almost toffee like, not a lot of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty solid pale ale, aroma is quite nice but the flavour is a little weak up front. Thanks Russ!

Photo of thesyko56
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark hazy amber color. One inch thick white head.

S: Sweet malt smell with minimal hop bitterness.

T: Very different from the smell. Hop bitterness dominates but still has a malt finish.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

D: A little to strong for a full session beer but easy enough to drink.

Photo of berley31
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head... diminished after a couple of minutes to a thin film. Body is a dark golden color, and hazy.

S: Mmmm... APA goodness. Smells quite hoppy, with a little sweetness in there as well. I think I may detect some lemon/lime also.

T: Oh yeah, that's some good APA. Starts off lightly sweet and citrusy, and finishes slightly bitter. Not as bitter as I would have expected from the aroma... an excellent balance as it isn't overwhelming, yet provides a bit of everything, with a good duration.

M: Awesome on the palate as well. Medium-bodied and creamy, it rolls across the tongue perfectly. Average carbonation... just right.

D: A great APA; very easy to drink... this is a beer I could drink at the beginning or end of the night, and several of them. Quite floral, and very satisfying. My first Smuttynose beer, and I'm looking forward to more in the near future (hopefully).

Photo of Amalak
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a deep reddish orange color to it, very nice. Great head and lacing. Off to a good start.
S- No scent, which is strange for such a high quality looking brew.
T- Very bitter but with limited other flavor by comparison. The only other taste I got was a burnt smokey flavor.

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

a - 1/2 finger off white head sits atop a very clear, orange body.

s - Nice piney nose, with a little bit otherwise not much. A little catty".

t - Again piney and catty, pretty mellow. This sample might be a little past it's prime, I can't tell as the notches haven't been done very well. Well balanced.

m/d - Mouthfeel is right for style, nice and thin but not watery. Easy to drink, good solid beer.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass,deep clear amber.nice head and lacing.

restrained hop bitterness and caramel malt in the nose.taste is upfront hop bitterness with a bit of sweet caramel malt.a bit of citrus in the finish.pretty clean.

easy drinkability at 5%,pretty clean and not overpowering.i'd love to try this fresh.a pretty solid apa.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Smuttynose mixer. 12oz into standard pint.

A- My comments were as followed- 'That's the darkest pale ale I've ever seen'. The beer is caramel golden honey amber... hard to describe but of significant depth. Minimal head, good lacing.

S- Mild hop bitterness, pale malt.

T- Follows the nose, a pretty decent hop bite and a strong enough malt backbone to have me scratching my head on this. A supremely flavorful pale ale.

M- Crisp, refreshing, moderately havy considering the style, this beer works well with a meal. Spicy food for sure.

D- Moderately high, sessionable although the flavors might get to you after a while. Or not... another notch on the Smuttynose belt.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into pint

Appearance: Pours with a 1 and a half finger width head that dissipates slowly into a soapy lacing; sticking all over the glass.
Color is a slightly hazy medium amber.

Smell: Big whiff of floral and citrus hops, which is taken over by a big malty background of english pale malt and a little bit of wheat.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hop crispness right up front, followed by a big malty flavor. A grainy cereal malt but in the way of whole grain bread. This is interlaced nicely with the cascade and chinook hops. The hops provide a nice dry bitterness without drying out the mouth.

Drinkability: Supposedly more English then over-hopped American APAs. Shoals Pale Ale is a malty Pale ale thats not completely shy of hops. A better choice for those who like malty beers rather then hop heads. A great staple of the APA bill.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a pint glass. Appearance is deep gold/light copper in color. Nice lace documents every sip/gulp I take.

The nose has just a whiff of hop.

Shoals Pale Ale has a very assertive earthy hop flavor. Malt does little to stand in its way, leafy bitterness reigns supreme.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a drying finish.

This is a very drinkable brew to anyone who likes a hopped up pale ale. Solid stuff here.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep bright copper with two fingers of rich, creamy off-white head.

Caramel and nut aroma along with floral hops notes.

Tastes of sweet caramel malts, nuts, and floral hops. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Medium bodied, drying, and moderately carbonated.

I really enjoyed this pale ale from the folks at Smuttynose. More malty than hoppy but well-balanced.

Photo of thecarster1
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one inch cream colored head that was creamy with some rocky bubbles, little to no carbonation, hazy caramel color, terrific lacing, leaves head on glass, very attractive, bonus points for the badass 'make mine a smutty!' bottle cap and simplistic photo on label.

s- floral hop smack, caramel malt, nice citrus as well.

t- floral fruity hops hit in back, creamy caramelly malt comes up front, nice bit of tartness, nicely balanced, more flavor than many of the apas that i've had, very good.

m- great feel, medium body.

d- wonderful, alot of flavor but not too much that you couldn't session this, i could drink aton of these, went down super easily, i will be buying again.

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight brown sugar, slight earthy malt, and slight citrus (plum?). Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops up front, slight dry hops, slight, roasted malt, earthy malt comes through next, and sweet malt. Overall, a decent pale ale, but more in the style of an English than an American.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep golden copper with an off white head leaving loads of thick lacing behind.

The aroma is of grapefruit and caramel, quite noticeable.

Bitter grapefruit with a touch of pine resin is up front in the taste backed by a very strong malt backbone. Caramel in the malt with a bit of toast as well. Very flavorful and very balanced!

Mouthfeel is close to medium, a bit creamy and perhaps the nicest amount of fine carbonation tingling across the tongue I've come across. Finishes smooth.

This is very drinkable even though it has as much hop bitterness as a number of IPAs I've tried. Perhaps a bit more than I prefer in a Pale Ale but very good nonetheless as it is an artfully made beer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of the Smuttynose variety pack.. not a loser in that bunch, one of my favorite mixed 12's I have access to! This pours a nice orange/amber color, nice fluffy head to it.. moderate lacing. Nice subtle hop aroma, with some bready smells as well. This beer has an amazing mouthfeel and perfect body to it.. just smacks you right on on the tongue and is well balanced. Nice malt backbone and a kiss of hops as it goes down smooth. Super drinkable and a great session beer.. highly recommended, along with other Smutty offerings.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a red-tinted amber with a single-finger head. The smell is mostly some piney hops, I'd guess cascade with a bit of malt and grassy hops. The taste starts off with some good malt that balances the piney hops very well. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is a great version of the style and one of the better Smuttynose beers that I've tried.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

every bit as good as SNPA

appearance: nice red amberish color

smell: good hop pine aroma

taste: solid hop flavor for a pale ale, well done

mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the top PAs on the market

Photo of JMD
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich copper color with large pillowy head that lasted through the whole beer. Leaves heavy lacing down the glass. Great looking beer.

S: Citrusy hops and toasted malt. A bit of carmel as well. This aroma is not as strong as I would have liked.

T: Great hop flavor. Grapefruit and citrus just explode in your mouth on the first sip. Nice balance with malt and bread on the backend, but the hops are the star here.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable and packed with flavor. Another great offering from Smuttynose.

Photo of TommyW
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gold/amber body with thin white head

S- Semi-sweet malts with a medium level of hops.

T- Caramel malts with some hops notes on the finish. Follows the nose pretty well.

M- Full feel and very smooth.

D- Not overly complex and well balanced. Quite enjoyable.

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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