Shoals Pale Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Shoals Pale AleShoals Pale Ale
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From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
English Pale Ale
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Reviews:
677
Ratings:
823
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
May 05, 1998
Wants:
  47
Gots:
  160
SCORE
86
Very Good
Shoals Pale AleShoals Pale Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into pint glass in Nov 2019. There is a drink before date of 12/2019 on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber color with huge tan head. Cloudy IPA, more than others. Head is very thick and there is alot of lacing.

Smell: Strong earthy aroma woth some hops. Some citrus as well. Overall the earthy aroma dominates the other aromas.

Taste: Sweet taste. There is some hops and citrus flavor but with some sweetness like a brown ale as well. This is not as bitter as most other IPAs. Has a nice after taste. Overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Medium alcohol which matches the 5.6% listed.

This is a good IPA. It has some hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. I prefer their Finest Kind IPA which has more hop bite, but this is very drinkable and I would buy this again.
Nov 28, 2019
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Rated by CharliePerkins from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One of my favorites for decades -- but it's gone.
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Jul 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by smb71481 from Vermont

Apr 22, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From notes 11/10/13: Pours an opaque amber but clears as the brew warms producing 2+ fingers of frothy, off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves sheets and streaks of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, honey/graham cracker, hints of citrus, grass, apple and onion. Taste is toast and caramel fronted backed by a hoppy bitterness that provides hints of citrus (particularly lemon), pine, grass and pineapple. It finishes finishes with some pepper, a prominent earthy floral hop note and a mineral hint that become the dominate characters of the lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, dry and lightly astringent in the aftertaste.
Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Jun 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.95 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by pantz9 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2018
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Reviewed by l2t from Massachusetts

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.
Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Sep 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by jebrew from Maine

Apr 22, 2017
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Reviewed by EmeraldMist from Maryland

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.
Apr 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by downquark from Germany

Feb 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.88 by Mwt from New Hampshire

Feb 04, 2017
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Reviewed by edward_boumil from New York

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.
Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.2 by AAG from New York

Dec 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by powdersoldier from Washington

Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by csurowiec from Maryland

Dec 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 23, 2016
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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.
Nov 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by gbw5009 from Massachusetts

Nov 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts

Nov 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Epicfail97081 from Oregon

Aug 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.
Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by williahd from Maine

Aug 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 06, 2016
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Reviewed by DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a Smuttynose mixed 12-pack at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The bottling code suggests this one is good for another three months. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a slightly hazy deep copper amber with about a half-inch of off-white head that falls pretty quickly to a thin film and ring and leaves mild lacing on the glass. Modest lazy visible carbonation present.

S: Bready and caramel malt notes play against somewhat subtle citrus and earthy hop notes. There's a touch of pine and floral hop notes present, as well. Not a very assertive nose on this one.

T: Tart citrus hop flavor greets you right out of the gates, with muted grapefruit and--more prominently--earthy notes mingling with the bready and caramel malt flavors--the hops are certainly more insistent. The middle continues the citrus and earthy hop astringency and adds to it some delicate floral hop flavor. Just a bit of cracked pepper in the mix, as well. The back end sees the hop flavors taking on more bitterness--the grapefruit, floral, and earthy notes move to something like grapefruit rind. The malt flavors are present throughout and continue to play into the mix at the close.

F: Rides the border of light and medium body. Quite effervescent throughout the life on the palate, this one is astringent, slightly fizzy, and quite bitter in turns. There is some stick to the end, with the bitter lingering into the aftertaste.

O: This is a solid English pale ale from Smuttynose. It's a very nice change of pace for those of us who, like me, tend to stick to APAs and IPAs--those earthy and subtle floral hop flavors are understated, yet very effectively so. Pretty nice balance, though the front end is pretty well dominated by the hop flavor and astringency. If you're looking for a change-of-pace from your normal pale ale routine, give this one a try.
Jun 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by JavierGC from Spain

Jun 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by broadway848 from New York

Jun 19, 2016
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Rated by YoungMtn52 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
darker, copperish color that brings out a crisp clean taste with pleasant hoppy and fruit flavors...I like this beer very much
Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by Matthowland from New Hampshire

Jun 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by dfavreau from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I enjoyed this Pale Ale during the Caps vs Pens game 5, Stanley Cup Playoffs. Caps win big and are still in the race. This was a good solid pale ale. The more I have from Smutty the more I like them. The beer had a warm amber color with a nice 1/2 " head-poured a little hard. It had a smokey smell with hints of grapefruit. The taste was deeper and smokier then some other pales I've had which I enjoyed a lot. A nice medium mouthfeel with a creamy head finish. This was a good, solid, easy drinking pale ale with more character and hoppy notes then most pale ales.
May 10, 2016
Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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