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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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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 23
Gots: 40 | 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

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Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at just a few degrees over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. Best by October of 2008, this is a fresh example.

Appearance- A fine looking American Pale Ale... a solid, medium gold beer supports three full fingers of head, which pops and hisses away for an eternity. The craggy, sticky lacing is glued to the surface of the glass... just terrific. Appetite whetted.

Smell- Lemony fresh hops (reminiscent of Lemon Pledge furniture polish at first) tease the nose right at the outset. There's an indication of malts in the form of bready, light aromas... but it's all about the citrus here. Not grapefruit, like a Sierra Nevada or DFH pale ale though... lemons baby.

Taste- The tongue is taken hostage immediately, with an all-encompassing total grip. While this will undoubtedly please those seeking a fast hop attack, it leaves something to be desired with regard to balance. I'm not getting much more at all here... it's a two-dimensional rendition of the style. The finish and ultimate aftertaste is an eternity of drying, wincing bitterness that really needs a malt profile too.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- At first, this beer definitely barks in the mouth... the carbonation borders on aggressive and begins to relax with a few swishes. The swallow is pretty good, but the hellacious hop finish takes what could be a great ending and obscures it. The resulting belches are rough and again bring the heavyhanded use of hops in this recipe into the headlights.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 02:05:39 | More by yelterdow
Photo of ralree


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep red and cloudy with a nice reddish 2-finger head, dissipates slowly with beautiful lacing. How a beer should look.

S: Brown sugar, roasted malt, smoke, with a nice hop background.

T: Sweet with a great hop flavor. Bitterness from the hops, but also from the smoke. Almost a grapefruit flavor on top. I like it.

M: Pretty astringent - hard to get off the tongue after swallowing, like grapefruit, which is a bit annoying. Carbonation perfect. Medium-light bodied, and not too syrupy.

D: Drinks well - a good summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 23:45:27 | More by ralree
Photo of joe1510


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Best by: 8/08

There is a noseful of spicy hoppiness that hits right away. A solid toasted malt presence is met with a touch of caramel and lays down a nice foundation. The hops are more prominent than I expected. A spicy hoppiness leads the way but is followed by grassy and floral notes. Every now and then I pick up hints of orange peel which adds another dimension to an already good smelling brew.

The flavor follows the nose closely. A good spiciness kicks things off and leads from beginning to end with the floral and orange qualities showing up mid palate. The grassiness comes about here and there but never in the same spot. All this over is shown over the top of a respectable toasted maltiness with a drizzling of caramel. This is a good beer from Smutty.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be with this beer. Medium bodied with a solid enough carbonation to keep things moving but does show a little stick on the swallow. Finishes a bit dry which accentuates the bitterness which is right down my alley.

This glass is going down very easily and I actually wish I had a few more in the fridge. A solid example of a pale ale on the hoppy side of the spectrum. Very nicely done!

Shoal's Pale Ale is a high quality beer. To be perfectly honest I didn't expect a whole lot from this beer and I am pleasantly surprised. I enjoy my pale ales on the hoppier side of the spectrum and this one hits the spot. Thanks again Israel!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:42:05 | More by joe1510
Photo of johnnyirishman


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

Apperance- Copper color with a decent head and sticky lacing.

Smell- Hops hit the nose first then slight malt to follow.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Hops in the front,with a mild smooth middle, and a slight bitter finish.

Drinkablity- Very good tasty beer

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 22:01:01 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a twelve ounce bottle of this into a pint glass.

A: Poured an orange-amber body with a nice, silky white head with nice retention and lacing along the sides of the glass, all the way until the finish.

S: A fairly malty smell with hints of toffee and burnt caramel. Some earthy and hoppy smells were noted, but nothing too overbearing.

T: A rather hoppy taste, but was very well balanced by the malts. The beer a little more bitter than what I was expecting, but it was fairly nice. There were some earthy and burnt caramel aftertastes as well.

M: A little on the thin side, but still pretty smooth and very nice. Surprisingly, was a little filling as well.

D: A pretty good, drinkable beer. A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes the beer definitely an excellent session beer. The well-balanced nature of the hops and the malts in the taste also made for quite an enjoyable experience. Definitely a well-rounded brew and a nice representation of the APA style!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 19:55:57 | More by maddogruss
Photo of jspruit


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz beer in a trade from johnnnniee and drank it back home in Ireland.

Pours a dark shade of orange, with some hints of amber in it-quite nice to look at actually. Off-white small finger head that turned into some nice lacing.

Yeasty and hoppy notes dominate the aroma, some of an earthly smell too which I enjoy.

Taste was spot on for what I was hoping for in a pale ale. A nice balance of maltiness and hops with some earthy tones.

Goes down relatively smooth, good balance and not too strong on the ABV either. Carbonation is minor but pleasant. I could drink a couple more of these in a session.

This is my favorite style of ale and it definitely lived up to what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 09:25:51 | More by jspruit
Photo of scottg


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Smuttynose Variety Sampler.
Best before August 08 on the bottle.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin tan creamy head that dissipates quickly, the lacing coats the glass. Citrus and pine hop aromas are complimented by malt. Up front taste of pine hops lead to sweet malt and grapefruit flavored hops, grassy and earthy. There is a dry, bitter finish. Silky mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. The flavors of the hops are highlighted while the bitterness is well balanced leading to an exceptionally drinkable American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 16:27:41 | More by scottg
Photo of indiapaleale


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light auburn color with a big fluffy head that hugs the rim of the glass very tightly. The clarity of this beer is very nice and the bubbles that float to the head make it a really good looking pour.

Smell is fresh malty, hop crispness, grass, hay and some earthy tones. Its smells a bit like bread dough that is rising in a bakery.

Taste is actually quite hoppy with some astringency from the malt. This one does have some wheat in it so maybe that is where that comes from? Not a lot of aftertaste or bitter notes like in the IPA, the finish is more malty sweetness than hoppy bitterness. Pretty tasty stuff!

A great candidate for a cask...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 01:05:53 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Flashy


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now if this doesn't beat most American Pale Ales and IPA's. Prefer this Smuttynose IPA as well. Just a good drinking beer.

Appearance: Amber, darker than I would think. Beautiful white head that stayed the whole 5 minutes it took me drink this.

Smell: Malt up front, with a bit of hops in the background.

Taste: Earthy hops, which tastes stronger after you drink it and lingers.

Mouthfeel: Full body, with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my desert island beers. Full bodied, great tasting, good looking.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 22:42:33 | More by Flashy
Photo of cameraman


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium to light amber color, with a half inch white colored head, that dissolves away quickly. A grassy, citrus fragrance followed by a mild malty, biscuity scent. A bready, nutty flavor at the front of the palate. Then a grapefruit, citrus flavor, followed by a grassy, earthy flavor. A thin feel at the start, getting mildly heavier as it crosses the palate. It finishes dry on the back part of the palate. A solid pale ale, it has the balance of malt and hops for this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:26:57 | More by cameraman
Photo of missginsu

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The frothy, creamy head dissipates after just a minute to suds that cling to the side of the glass. The brew itself is a pretty light brown with a hint of red. Smells a bit molasses-y, but honestly, I have a bit of a cold, so there might be more there that I'm missing.

A sip is crisp with a nicely bitter, dark grain bite at the midsection and back of the tongue.

It's dry and it seems to have a nice roundness as it rolls across the mouth. Since it feels light-bodied and not terribly sweet, I think I could enjoy a few of these without feeling weighed down.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:48:12 | More by missginsu
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a small white head that leads to actually a fair amount of lacing.
Smells of grainy, medium malts with a true hoppiness present.
Kind of reminded me of an almost smell of something very clean. Weird, I know.
Taste is sweet, with a light malt tang at first but quickly overtaken by a big hit of bitterness that just will not quit. Minutes later I am still enjoying the bitterness as is numbed my palate.
Very solid beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 19:33:00 | More by dmamiano
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light hop and caramel smell.

Palate - Smooth, light carbonation.

Flavor - Sweet burnt sugar taste followed by a nice acidic hop that fades to a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Very good ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 16:49:11 | More by praufs01
Photo of animal69


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got me some smutty's up in hea' ; this one pours a slightly cloudy light copper color w/ a fluffy white head which lasts a bit leaving a decent lacing all the way down my nonic ; a strong pine and catpiss-like citrusy hop aroma, some toasty malts present under the hops ; a full, well balanced flavor more accentuated by the hops, but a crisp, nutty malt taste about midway keeps it in check with a good, dry finish ; a light-med body made creamier by the co2 makes this lil' 5.0 seem pretty rich ; overall a very good brew, so good, i'm gonna put this one on my top ten session list...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 04:47:34 | More by animal69
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a two-finger, creamy, pillowy light tan head, leaving lots of sticky lacing as it slowly fades. Pretty good retention.

Nose is a little faint, but I'm picking up some floral hops with some light citrus notes, and some pale, doughy malts.

Taste is pale, bready malts up front, followed by some floral and citrus hops and a slightly bitter, semi-dry finish. Very well balanced.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very crisp and clean.

Great drinkability, great session beer. I'm glad this is one of my local offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 22:09:26 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of MiScusi


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by March, 2008. Just barely getting this in before it's best by date.

A- Pours a really clear yet dark shade of orange. There was some fine sediment into the bottle which made its way into beer. The offwhite head pours frothy and settles into a nice frothy little cap, great lacing.

S- Smell hits mainly bready with a distinct hop smell that I can't pinpoint. I want to say "old" hops but I don't know if that's accurate... it's a somewhat earthy/spicy/peppery hop smell I guess.

T- The taste starts our with a pale malt and earthy taste that reminds me of DFH 60 Minute IPA. It then ends in a peppery hop finish. The malt imparts almost an oktoberfest-like toastiness and sweetness but not totally. I just realized what this reminds me of a lot is Firestone's Double Barrel Ale. The 60 minute holds a lot more hops than Shoal's but Shoal's has a more light and earthy flavor similar to Double Barrel.

M- Pretty light, nothing to complain about here, the carbonation level seems fine if not just slightly high.

D- This beer really reminds me of Firestone Double Barrel Ale and while I wouldn't go back to it that often it's a nice beer at the appropriate time.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 05:59:02 | More by MiScusi
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Smutty winter sampler...off-white single-finger head on an Octoberfest-type hue; lacing is of cirrus clouds...crunchy hops aroma-- not unlike their powerful IPA--welcoming and yeasty...medium-to-full body with slight effervescene; formidable mouthfeel...bright, punchy hops that splash the throat with an intense flourish early and vibrant tongue action; clean and crisp, malty and mellow late--complex...approaches the wonder and awe of Sierra Nevada's offering... I will seek this out in the barbecue season, as I can see this complimenting the grill fare well...

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:13:16 | More by dacrza1
Photo of BeerSox


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber hue with a light tan one finger head that leaves stringy lacing as it descends down the glass. Herbal hops and a bit of grain. The flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma. Both the aroma and flavor are pretty light. Light bodied with some fizzy carbonation.

This is an okay pale ale, nothing special. Great for a local choice, but I wouldn't seek it out anywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:07:59 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Riggsy


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Sam Admams glass.

A: Pours a nice bronze color, not crystal clear, but with decent clarity. Frothy white head which receded to a nice lace topping.

S: Piney/citrusy, like grapefruit hops at the front, subtle caramel malt notes accompany.

T: More pine/citrus hop bitterness dominating in the taste. Maybe bordering on IPA bitterness, but nothing wrong with that. Not a lot of malt backing it up.

M: Medium-light bodied, hop bitterness leaves it dry in the finish, medium carbonation.

D: A pale ale for the hop-centric, I'd like a little more balance, but otherwise solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 23:15:40 | More by Riggsy
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a decent head, some patchy lacing.

Smell is mostly controlled by the hops, slight citrus aroma, decent malt backing to balance it out.

Taste is very similar to the smell, good balance, but an otherwise slightly above average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 22:15:11 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of hyland24

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

The beer poured a cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head.

The smell was hoppy right off the bat withfloral/citrus scent in the back.

The taste was a strong hop flavor with a faint citrus sweetness that finishes very dry.

This beer is light to medium bodied with a crisp dry feel although it did leave a slightly oily feeling in the mouth after it was swallowed.

This is a good beer and definitely worth trying especially if you are a fan of that spicy hop taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 16:12:55 | More by hyland24
Photo of Moxley

New York

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time beer reviewer. Purchased a six pack of this beer from our local Whole Foods here in the Bronx.

The first thing I did was smell the beer after I poured it into a tall tom collins glass. It had a very pleasant, sweet smell with hints of citrus, especially grapefruit.

It looked like sparkling apple cider, a little cloudy, with a nice off-white head that settled quickly, lacing the glass as I drank.

The mouthfeel, I don't know if I'm getting this right, but I thought it was crisp and clean feeling with enough body to let you know you're drinking a quality beer, but not overpowering, with hints of sweet-then-sour citrus.

This is definitely a summer beer that I think would be perfect at a bbq and could definitely be considered a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 00:41:20 | More by Moxley
Photo of msolar


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice head that dissipated quickly and evenly with very little lacing. Poured a nice deep amber color. Smells very similar to their Old Brown Dog Ale but more floral and citric. Good tasting beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good mouthfeel - just full enough to make it a great sessions beer.

This beer is what I expect a pale ale to be. This would be a great summer BBQ beer.

Noteable; I just purchased it last week and it's "Best Before" date is Jan '08 - just over a month prior.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 23:39:57 | More by msolar
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-orange, somewhat murky, with a finger or two of fluffy off-white head. The head settles quickly, but leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma is malty with earthy hops over top.

Taste is slightly sweet, bready malts underneath a slightly bitter piney/citrusy hops.

Decently carbonated, light/medium bodied, a little slick in the mouth.

Overall, a fairly drinkable brew. Not the greatest APA around, but certainly above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:25:01 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Nice, hazy, cloudy, murky, caramel-colored appearance with a rather impressive head that soon receded leaving a nice lacing...
Smell was replete with fresh florals, slight hops and citrus with some slight grapefruit...
Semi-sweet, light, clean, refreshing taste with a subtle flavor that is very satisfying without being overbearing or too much to handle... For an American Pale Ale, this was a good representation, although not the best I've come across...
Slightly watered-down mouthfeel with a decent-level of drinkability due to the fact that there were no cloying or interfering flavors present...
Overall, this would make for a good session brew on a hot Summer day... Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 00:49:43 | More by dsa7783
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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