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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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1,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | 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 donkeyrunner
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a picture of the Samuel Haley house on the bottle. I'd like a picture of myself, drinking Shoal's Pale Ale with the Haley house picture on the bottle, in front the of the Haley house. Stuff like that floats my boat.

Pours a dark honey color with retention and sticky lace aplenty. Musty hop stank with sweet malt and sweaty tin.

Leafy "fresh hop" hops complemented by cracker malt. Earthy. Full bodied with a mildly crip bump at the end. Lemon citrus bitter undertones reverberate here and there.

donkeyrunner, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 17, 2008

Great hoppy nose, dark amber pour, small thin head. Strong hop presence, some malt and orange undertones. Very good! Smuttynose continues to impress. They're getting up there with Flying Dog for me at this point.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with very little head, beer is a dark brown color. Smell is malty and faint fairly appealing. Taste is warm roasted malt, not too heavy or with too much coffee flavor, fairly hefty, very drinkable. Good palate coverage. A very tasty beer and worth buying again.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance- poured an amber/orange color 1/2 inch off white head
smell- rich malts up front with some citrus hop aroma also.
taste- a nice blast of the citrus hops and balanced with a nice malt backbone.
Moutfeel- crisp and clean a good bit of carbonation and medium body
drinkability- better than average apa will enjoy again.

seanpachefddfa, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Gish
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber, good head retention and lacing. Smells spicy and herbal.

Shoals Pale Ale is a bit more clean and refreshing than similar beers. Hop bitterness is fairly muted, definitely a balanced pale ale.

The body is a bit light, it could use a little more in my opinion. A very drinkable pale ale, one of the best in its class!

Gish, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of TLove
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shoals Pale Ale is one of my favorite pale ales. It has a beautiful amber color and although a bit bitter to smell and taste, the beer settles very well in the mouth and finishes very well. The amber color is topped with a light head that clings to the walls of one's glass. The taste is very flavorful for a pale ale and is reminiscent of a sour fruit such as cranberry or a light plum.

This is particularly important for a pale ale for a critical drinker of darker, more substantive beers such as those that I usually review because it has a fantastic mouthfeel and really rounds out after the bitterness fades, though the hoppiness doesnt dissipate entirely in your mouth. The finish, thus, is incredibly well-balanced.

TLove, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazey orange/amber color with a off-white head that left lots of lacing.

S - sweet malt and grainy aroma.

T - sweet and malty upfront with a tea-like citrus bitterness on the back end.

F - medium bodied with a silky smooth feel.

D - goes down very easy and is quite tasty.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one!

Poured an impressively rich golden-amber hue with a solid two-finger pillowy head that slowly faded leaving a heavy collar with ample lacing down the glass.

Aromas of whole-grain bread, sweet caramel malt, and a healthy dose of floral hops. Some interesting and delicious vanilla and toffee aromas waft as it warms, beautifully filling out the aromatic profile.

Taste follows the aroma, with a healthy malt backbone highlighted with some nice piney hops that add some nice hop flavor without turning overly hopped. Hints of floral hops peek in at the finish, as does a bit of that caramel and vanilla malt sweetness. Mild pine and juniper hop bitterness finishes it off nicely.

mouthfeel is excellent. Good carbonation, full body with hints of some creaminess. Subtly bitter finish rounds it nicely and leaves me wanting more. I had to force myself not to drink it too fast.

Overall an impressive and well-rounded apa. There's definitely some strong hop presence, and it leans slightly on the hoppy side of things, although the malt character is strong enough and has enough depth to keep it very nicely balanced. Definitely wish I had more.

djeucalyptus, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a nice half inch of foamy head and good lacing.

S: A very malty, grainy smell, with traces of hops.

T: A nicely balanced malt flavor up front and some hops going down. Also, there was grain, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As pale ales go, this is a drinkable beer. It's well made and goes down easy.

avalon07, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. The beer pours a pleasant copper color with a 2 finger white head. The aroma is of muted pine cones, it is there with out being overwhelming. The taste is lightly piney, smooth and crisp. The beer is medium bodied and easily drinkable. Shoals is a solid APA.

bonkers, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a not-super-attractive slightly hazy amber. A bit darker than most examples of the style, and head retention is nonexistent. However, there is a spidery lacing left on the glass...

The aroma changes things, however, and the beer starts to morph more into what an APA should be. Lightly resiny, lemony, and faintly grapefruity hopping is the main event here, backed by a hint of coppery metallic and biscuit notes from the malt.

The flavor is exceptional. Muted bread and faint yeast notes give way to American hopping at its finest. Well-balanced but definitely leaning towards the hoppier side of things, a distinct grapefruit-like bitterness comes into play about halfway through and dominates towards the finish.

Well-carbonated and smooth, with a clean, lightly dry finish that makes you want another quaff.

This is an excellent beer. APAs are a hit-or-miss style, and this one definitely hits. You could drink several in a sitting, and would still want another. Certainly worth a try.

khiasmus, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pit glass.

A: It poured a hazy brown almost dark ice-tea colored body with a half finger tanish head that receded fast leaving a slight cover over the liquid and a curtain of lace around the side of the glass.

S: It had a faint aroma profile with the most dominant oder being sweet toasted malts with hints of spices and hops in the background.

T: It began with a subtly sweet malt base that was swiftly overwhelmed by a burst of piny and spicy hops. It has a zesty refreshing finish that left a slight peppery flavor on my tongue long after I had swallowed. Very well balanced...the malts and hops complement each other well.

M: It is a well balanced medium bodied brew with slight carbonation and a tasty finish that reminds you that you are drinking a APA.

D: It is a wonderful APA with great balance, wonderful flavors and a nice appearance. I could drink this one long (very long) into the night (any night).

dnichols, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of watkins
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a pint glass

A: Deep amber-brown with a tight head that dissipates and sticks to the glass well.

S: Toasty grain initially, covering a slight citrusy hop aroma. Slight caramel sweetness present as well.

T: Definite citrus hop flavor on initial taste, followed with some mild hop bitterness. Slightly empty taste compared to the smell of it.

M: Rather light bodied, could use a tad more carbonation.

D: For its price ($10 a sixer), I'd have to go with the Smutty IPA anyday.

watkins, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of JasonA
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, amber carmel with a hint or red on the edges. Solid 2 fingers of lasting and lacing head.

Smells light, maybe citris. No sticky, not inspiring.

Boom goes the hops. Fresh, sticky, piney, earthy. Refreshing. Might not be powerful enough. Would love the taste to come out in the smell some.

Sits well. Staying power. No ABV punch.

Would love to have some draft. I bet would go down well on a hot afternoon.

JasonA, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz into pint glass.

Clear copper orange color with a finger and a half of off white head. Plenty of lace.

Scent is citrus, primarily grapefruit, and a fresh biscuity bread note.

Grapefruit hop flavor, perhaps some orange rind, malty fresh bread. Lightly spicy.

Mouthfeel starts out tingly and creamy and somehow ends up seeming juicy.

At 5% a consummate session beer. This is beer I could drink all day long and never tire of.

sethmeister, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear copper-amber body with a finger of creamy off-white foam atop. The head recedes slowly to a thick sheet that leaves plenty of fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is lightly toasty and sweetly pale malty with a whiff of spice and grainy sweetness.

The taste is quite toasty, with biscuity malts and a sweet, lightly spicy breadiness. Light caramel sweetness provides a fine counterpoint to the earthy hops that bring a bit of dry bitterness that contributes to a clean finish.

Light-medium in body with fine carbonation and very good drinkability.

cvstrickland, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber, pretty clear with a nice white head leaving solid lacing. A good smell of pine hops and a good malt backbone. Some pale malts and a touch of caramel. Light toasted malt. Taste is pretty nice. A combo of piney, somewhat spicy hops and a healthy malt backbone. Solid bitterness in the end. Toasted malts become more forward. Nice crispness with a lightly drying finish, maybe a little much. Good and drinkable for sure, though not as much as some others. Another solid brew from Smuttynose, glad to have them around now.

ncvbc, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red-tinted orange, two finger white head which exhibits good retention and leaves sheets of lace. Quite attractive.

Smell: grapefruit, soap, hints of biscuit malt.

Taste: quite a balanced pale ale. Grapefruity, but not as intense as the IPA, but with a somewhat soapy finish.

Mouthfeel: light-med body, moderately carbonated with fairly fine bubbles.

Drinkability: decent APA

hunteraw, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had this with Moxley when I was told about the BA website. So this is technically my first review, although I had the same beer a second time to write this review. Poured from bottle to Pint glass a chesnut brown color. It had a citrusy hoppy nose. The taste was like a dusty hoppy taste with a bitter aftertaste. Light close to watery mouthfeel and good drinkabilty here since APV is only 5.0.

Pleepleus, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of smanders
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale 5.0 % ABV
Best before Jan '09 - consumed Sep '08.

Appearance - dark, reddish amber. Clear (no sediment), with a thin, lacy head.

Smell - hoppier than expected with a little sweetness.

Taste - big hops up front but mellowed by the sweetness of the malt. Lingering spice in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - BOLD. 'Nuff said.

Drinkability - High. After just returning from a trip to the UK (and sampling many English ales) I was very interested in trying Smutty's Shoals. Long story short - the Brits wish they could brew ale this well.

smanders, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange copper in color with a thin, dense off-white head. Head sticks around for a while and keeps a surface film for the duration.

Some slightly sweet malts couple with earthy hops on the nose. Floral/citrus notes are present as well but are light and well muddled into the stronger earthy scents.

Touch of fruit initiates the taste and then yields to a lightly toasted malt flavors. Malts don't overwhelm and allow for a bit of a bitter hop bite on the close. Feel is good and offers moderate carbonation that remains consistent through the glass. I picked up a bit of a chewy malt structure on the close after the bitterness which I didn't care for, thus limiting the drink, but it wasn't significant.

HalfFull, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright rust color; transparent. Head is 1/4", composed of loose bubbles, and lacing is mediocre.

S- Light honey, some biscuit, caramel, and herbal/floral hop aroma.

T- Light malt backing mingling well with the bitter hop. The hops are earthy and dirt-y. The same biscuit is there along with a dry cracker taste.

M- Light in the mouth and high carbonation. Just a little bit on the watery side, though.

D- One of the more drinkable offerings I have had from Smuttynose. I like the refreshing factor relating to the high carbonation, and I also like the dry finish. I could session this without a doubt.

MMAJYK, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Dang! I assumed this would be another boring pale ale. Wrong! Big rocky off-white head, deep auburn color, tons of lacing - beautiful beer.

I assumed it would be super caramelly, but the color is deceiving though. There is a bunch of caramel, but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of hop flavor to balance the sweet maltiness. Finsishes with a surprising crispness instead of a filling sweetness. Bitterness is perfect. I get way more malt & hops flavor than a bitter bite.

I love this beer. What a great balancing act. I think I'm going to move to New Hampshire.

Chugmonkey, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer alot for two reasons. It is not over the top in aroma and flavor. Very solid in those aspects. It has the malt backbone to balance the good hopping qualities it has.

Pours a hazy amber with two finger of head. A little bit of lacing as the suds subside to just a film. Smell is pine and citrus. Taste is hops. Grapefruit right there with fresh mown grass. Slight honey malt flavor to balance it all out. The body is medium to just a hair on the light side of medium. Just about right. The balance and mouthfeel make this very drinkable. I will definitely buy again.

hops4me, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of mangledorf
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good beer I've found from Smuttynose. Not quite as tasty or full as the IPA.
Pouring this one into a glass, a rich amber, light brown mass rolled beneath a lengthy white froth.
Not necessarily the strongest or most pleasing smell, but the the slight hoppy taste wins back anything lost.
This is a pleasing, accessible beer.

mangledorf, Sep 05, 2008
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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