Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
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Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-1998

BEER STATS
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#18,301
Reviews:
673
Ratings:
1,494
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With all the IPAs on the market now, it's getting very hard to find a good pale ale. Shoal's Pale Ale is one of the few I can regularly go to when I want a medium-heavy brew with a nice body that doesn't taste like a packed a wad of hops between my cheek and gum. Don't get me wrong, I've been an IPA drinker for decades but it's gotten out of hand and much prefer a good Pale Ale now and Shoals Pale Ale is perhaps the best I've found.

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

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

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look - Pours a hazy light amber, fluffy light beige head, lots of lacing all over the glass.
Aroma - Grass, apple, yeast, brown sugar, earthy
Taste - Light fruitiness to start, sweet red apple, subtle citrus, herbal hops lend bitterness and give it a really nice earthy tea flavor, malts come in with slight toast, very light toffee and fresh biscuit. The finish is long with hints of sweet toasted tobacco and dry nutty yeast.
Feel - Medium bodied, not quite creamy, soft carbonation.

Overall - So balanced and so complex. It's not often that I compare beers to cigars, but like a good cigar this beer has loads of flavor, complexity and transitions but keeps the strength reasonable. World class beer for sure.

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

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really great Pale Ale. Malts are prominent here, toasty and very grainy. Love it. Hops give a very fresh and herbaceous aroma to the beer. Bitterness is light and the beer is very smooth and easy drinking. Full body yet easy drinking. Proper pale.

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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear copper bronze burnt red-orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like dark toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bread, mild smoky roast, some spice, grapefruit, orange citrus, lemon, with floral earthy grass and herbal pine. Tastes like tangy orange citrus, grapefruit pith, lemon, toasted bready malt, mild smoky roast, spice, dark toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, with floral earthy grass and herbal pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice English pale ale.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has grapefruit and resiny hops. Taste starts with grapefruit and orange, followed by an underlying malt sweetness and finishes with medium to intense piney hop bitterness. Light body but the mouthfeel is quite smooth. Really good overall. Classic, well made pale ale with high drinkability.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,494 ratings