Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
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Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured into from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass. The label has a freshness date but no ABV%.

Appearance: From the pour I got a rich amber colored beer with a tall white head on top. The head has very good retention and excellent lacing. It leaves nice lace rings on the glass at each sip level.

Smell: The aroma has an inviting mix of sweet bready and light caramel maltiness with solid citrus and herbal leafy spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a good solid hop character with nice crisp citrus and spicy notes laid over a study foundation of bready malt that matches the bitterness from the hops. There is a touch of caramel sweetness in there as well. The finish is long and slow with a good balance of hops and malt. Its palate has a good medium to full body and a firm yet yielding texture.

Notes: For me this is a well done Pale Ale.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amberish copper, and an off-white, kind of pink looking head.

S: Very floral, but also a whiff of fruit, cherries mainly. Met with sweet malt, the hops are very much present.

T: Has a clean hoppiness to it, but not too bitter, good sign in an APA by my standards. Mainly floral hops like the nose would lead on, but has a decent citrus hop taste as well. Lastly there is a nice balance of faint cherry maltiness to this Smutty offering.

M: Medium to light body, not overly carbonated, but not entirely smooth.

D: It's a decent APA, the hint of fruit can make it or break it for people, though it really is faint, kind of turned me off. Overall, enjoyable!

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shoals Pale Ale pours a brown color similar to that of the beer bottle itself with a little orangey-redness thrown into the mix for good measure. The beer supports a finger of creamy, slightly tan head that hangs around for a good while before simmering down into the beer. Leaves some pretty nice lacing hanging around the glass, too.

Pretty nice smell, but it's a little bit weak. A nice citrus fruitiness and a smidgen of caramel maltiness are noticeable. Smells good, but it just doesn't jump out at me enough.

The beer redeems itself with the flavor. Nice, juicy citrus hop up front that don't seem to have any self-confidence problems. A tasty, well-hopped front-end followed by a smooth, maltier tail-end adds up to a pretty awesome drinking experience.

Solid mouthfeel, too. Medium-bodied, with only a minor amount of carbonation that shows up if you roll the beer around in your mouth a bit... these make for a mouthfeel that isn't quite creamy but it damn sure is smooth.

Overall, this is a very good APA, probably my next favorite after Sierra Nevada's offering. Well-put-together, good-looking, and feels good going down. Now if I can just find a woman with similar qualities haha. Another solid one from Smuttynose! These dudes don't disappoint.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color that borders on brown. Head is off white in color, with great lacing and good retention.

Aroma has nice fruity yeast esters with strong English influence, some sweet malt, and herbal and woodsy tones showing a slight hop note.

Flavor follows with that wood character found in the nose, as well as some dry leaves. Malt is simple, full flavored, an the focus of the flavor of this beer with some really nice dark fruit tones. Bitterness is solid, and brings a slight fruity hop flavor to the finish. Mouthfeel is very dry with solid carbonation. This is one of my favorite English-American Pale Ales. Really the only thing that makes this American style is that is above 2.5% ABV.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled June 30, 2010.

Pours hazy burnt orange/copper/amber with a two finger light beige head that leaves some drippy rings of lacing but holds only a faint cap and ring.

Aroma is grassy, herbal, and floral hops, caramel malt and strong bready presence. Moderate strength, but gets better as it warms.

Flavor is very similar to the nose, grassy, floral hops with some added citrus balanced against bready, caramel malt, finishes with a strong bitterness to balance against moderate sweetness from the malt. Refreshing and very flavorful.

Medium bodied, medium (although occasionally prickly) carbonation. Drinks very nicely.

Mmmmm this is some tasty stuff. I generally like the less malty American-style Pale Ales, but this bad boy may sway me to the dark(er) side. This is very hoppy too which is a plus for me, but not a surprise since it is coming from the brewer of my favorite IPA.

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Photo of Sam21
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sharkey's Bar and Grill on Block Island, RI. Jotted down a few notes after dinner.

Appearance - Reddish brown with a great off-white head. Great retention and lots of active carbonation.

Smell - Bready malts and hops. Balanced and inviting.

Taste - Great balance between hops and bready malt. Citrus mingles nicely with malt before the juicy hops assault the taste buds in a moderately bitter finish. Bitterness lingers for a good while.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied. Lots of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability - Great American pale ale. Smuttynose sure knows how to make fantastic beers. The hop presence tastes similar to their IPA but that doesn't detract from this beer at all. Definitely one of my favorite pale ales.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/24/09

Best before Feb. 2010

Thanks to smutty33

Dark copper, burnt orange color. Tobacco brown highlights. Mildly hazy with a few specks of drifting sediment. One finger head holds for a while, ultimately leaving a thin layer of retention. Impressive lacing.

Mild, yet distinctive citric hops offer aromas of orange & lemon. Maybe a touch of grapefruit. Hints of pine with stray floral wisps. Followed by biscuit & toasted malts. It's a choice balance with a penchant for hoppiness. Though not the most potent, it's an appealing aroma nonetheless.

As foretold by the nose, this is indeed a tasty beer. Reasonable amount of piney bitterness upfront with hints of floral hops throughout. Citrus hops are less apparent than in the nose, making way for the pine - not a bad thing. Baked bread & toasted malts comprise a solid backdrop; even-keeled, yet unobtrusive.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Some resiny grit is appreciated. Bitterness with hints of toasted malts linger on the finish. Faint citrus, too.

Excellent drinkability. A well-crafted APA that tips the scale towards the hoppy side. Definitely worth a shot; seek it out.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed light copper color with a small cap of white head, moderatle blotches of lacing. Scent is rather light, touch of grassy hops with touches of citrus and pine, light carmel and bready sweetness. Taste is lighter yet balanced, a nice bitter and somewhat fresh grassy, citrus, piney bitter hop presence with a light yet solid presence of dried grain and light carmel. Lighter side of medium bodied, somewhat dry. A decent, lighter pale ale.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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

A. Poured a cloudy, amber copper color with a nice one finger white No lacing on the glass.

S. Cereal, grains, faint hops, grass citrus.

T.Nice sweet maltiness, slight citrus flavor, nice bitter hop finish.

M. Medium bodied medium carbonated.

D. A great tasting beer, perfect balance and verry refreshing.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Just the slightest bit darker than I expected for a "Pale" ale, but not overly dark. Golden/amber color with slight haze from particles inside. An off-white, trying to by orange head appears and hangs out around the edges for the entire beverage. Not a heck of a lot of lacing to this though, just around the top of the glass. Smell is very good. Cascade hops dominate the nose at first, citrus and floral aromas. You can also tell by the smell that it is well malted, pale roasted malts. The taste is outstanding, perfectly balanced malt/hop combination. There is a nice sweetness from the roasted, and I'd say caramelized malts. The distinct hop flavors follow, a slightly bitter citrusy taste that complement each other perfectly. This Pale Ale can easily be drank all year round. The mouthfeel is good. It's medium bodied with a good carbonation feel. The start of sweetness and the bitter finish feels clean. This beer is close to as drinkable as can be without being perfect. As mentioned earlier, it's a year round drinkable pale ale. A good introduction on what pale ales should be like. A home run by Smuttynose in my opinion.

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

12 oz bottle notched with the freshness, J(2)10. Nice scenic photo on the label.

Pours a slightly copper orange. Off-white, sticky head. Smell is invigorating, like an ocean breeze, but with a little bit of funk. Taste is grapefruit pulp, almost chewy, with a nice earthy backdrop. The citrus permeates the finish. Finishes fizzy and dry. Darn tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: bottle to .25L Heineken glass.

A: Reddish Brown pour with small creamy head. Color is more dark orange on the bottom of the glass and brown on the top which I haven't noticed a transition often.

S: Seems like a combination between the hoppy smell of a pale ale (of course), but with an equally apparent citrus smell like a weizen.

T: Perfect amount of hops for an American Pale Ale. Undertones of sour citrus. Good taste that doesn't dissipate quickly.

M: Good bodied, better feel than the most recent pale ales I've had or reviewed.

D: Great for a beer after work or with the guys. Not one you drink too much of, but great for any time.

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Photo of uustal
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better heads on a Pale Ale. Hoppier than most of its variety. Good amount of citrus and grapefruit hop that to start. Turns sweet caramel malt that finishes smooth, but once you think the beer is done with you, comes back with a little dryness. Great flavor overall.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky, sudsy head leaving some spotty, streaky lacing. Close to the typical British pale ale color - reddish brown. Just a bit hazy.

Nice moderately hoppy aroma - a touch floral and lightly fruity.

Definitely a British bitter quality that dominates the flavor. I feel like this falls neatly between a bitter and a hoppier American pale style - not as hoppy as many West Coast pales. Medium malt character.

Drinks smooth. Fairly refreshing. Finishes clean and slightly dry. Nice subtle hop essence left behind.

This is a good sessionable beer. Nothing particularly outstanding or unique - just a well-crafted ale.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour on this beer, major head, comes down after a bit, turns into a light lacing around the top of the glass. Dark brown, light brown beer, tastes very light, similar to most pale ales, but has the brown color and malt flavor to more of a degree than I have had in a pale ale, a welcome change in that I thought the beer had good flavor, a little something extra added to it. Still has the bitter taste, mostly at the finish, goes down smooth, tastes almost sweet at the beginning as you are drinking then finishes bitter. I like the balance, I like the different flavors that come out as you drink it, all in all, very good, definitely something you could have a fair share of and still be ok. Nice offering.

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Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best-by Sept '10

Pours a lovely amber-copper with creamy, off-white head.

Scent is a bit muted; malty with notes of caramel & tart fruit. Hops present themselves well.

Initially bitter, eventually sweet and finshes dry. In other words, the hops, malt and yeast work well together, leaving a finely balanced English-style pale ale.

Body & drinkability fully in-line with the style, leaving very tasty pale which can be drunken in abundance. Looking forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of Zekezilla
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I keep trying this brewery but I'm disappointed every time. I've mostly tried various pale ales and I just find them very bitter with an unpleasant (aspiriny) aftertaste. Maybe it's just me and something with my palate because I'm clearly in the minority here. Lots of people seem to love their beer; I'm just not one of them. Need to move on and try something new now.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Pint Glass (Best before date on bottle)

Appearance- Pours a honey dew copper with a creamy one fingered head. An appearance of light caramel, viewed from the bottom or up-close shows a lovely sea of sediment. Like a tree stump the glass shows its age in drinks taken.

Smell- Hops, what a wonderful smell, they jump out of the glass at me with a wonderful floral and citrus odour. Hints of spice and malt present themselves on an after thought.

Taste- The flavour from the hops that are used in this beer, Cascade and Chinook, are absolutey lovely. A fruity hop presences followed by a tart grapefruit flavour is accent by the sheer cripness of this beer. The malt provides this pale ale an excellent backbone on which to present and carry the hop flavour.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, medium bodies almost chewy ale, I feel like I am eating a freshly baked loaf of ciabatta. A very aesthtically pleasing and well-rounded ale.

Drinkability- Scrumptious, the hop presences of this ale hearkens memories of an IPA. Certainly a wonderful take on a fantastic style by one of my favorite breweries.


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Photo of jampics2
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About 6oz from a bottle @ Heinen's Smuttynose VS Sierra Nevada smackdown.

A brown/amber with a touch of head. Looks nice enough.

Malty (caramel and sweet bread crust) with a nice floral and even a touch of citrus hops in the smell. Touch of brown sugar. Just subdued, I'd like a bit more expression.

The taste makes up for the lack of smell though. Really nice caramel and hop presence. Some grapefruit and zesty orange, of course it's nowhere near being overwhelming, but perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel was medium-low and nicely carbed.

Nice beer. Really well crafted, flavorful, and classic.

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Photo of tchenery
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to a glass.

Beer pours a deep orange, almost auburn color. Nice head that dissipates to thin film of off-white.

There is somewhat of an earthy flower aroma on the nose. The beer tastes exceptionally well balanced. There is just enough bitter to equal out the malt. It's not too full either, and leaves you with a slightly dry aftertaste.

One of my favorite pale ales so far. It's not crazy hoppy smelling like some and it's not super bitter like some pale ales that border IPA's. I'm about to have this with a cheeseburger and fries and I'm pumped.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich copper color with about one finger of slightly tan head. Decent amount of active carbonation. Very nice lacing as I drink which sticks around for quite a long time.

S: Very nice crisp hop character, slightly piney. Some caramel malts and citrus as well.

T: Great combination of citrus, hops, and toasty malt. Flavor is not what I expected from the nose. Slightly bitter but not unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied beer. A tad bit too much carbonation for me but not a deal breaker by any means.

D: Pretty drinkable beer. Low abv along with a nice hop profile and great taste make this an easily sessionable beer. Very good APA. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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

This is a very IPA-like pale ale in almost every way. The appearance is darker than the normal pale ale, as it is honey amber-colored with a thick lingering head. The smell is undeniable hoppy with musty and malty undertones. I was surprised at how present the hops are throughout the taste. It starts out with a piney hoppiness and finishes more bitter.

The mouthfeel is pleasant with moderate carbonation and the beer is overall refreshing and drinkable. There are many other things I'd rather get from NH, especially from Smuttynose, but no major complaints here.

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Photo of rmolledo
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful Sunset Copper with a beige head.

S: Fruity, Citrus, Nice Hop Aroma

T: Great hop flavor. nice sharp bitterness but not overwhelming. Somewhat sweet. But overall good balance. Citrus, Caramel, Toasted Malts.

MF: Moderate Carbonation. Not too light, good body.

D: A nice refreshing Pale Ale. On the more hoppy end of things.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/gold in color, with a big, generous head of foam
Aroma-Subtle citrus and hop notes
Taste-A bit fruity, with a citrus-rind bitterness throughout. Tasty and snappy with a nice hoppy backbone. Well-balanced and very drinkable. Would make a nice "go-to" pale ale to keep in the fridge.

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 67.3% out of 100 with 1,487 ratings
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