Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #18,795
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals 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
Reviews: 675 | Ratings: 1,497
Photo of myelo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap

Appearance: Deep hazy copper color with thing off-white head and very substantial lacing.

Nose: Sweet bread malt and flowery, citrus hop aroma.

Tase: initial bready malt followed by moderate spicy and citrus bitterness with a flowery yeast background.

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: More malty than a typical american pale ale but more American hop flavor/aroma than a British pale ale. So the overall impression is a cross between an English and American pale ale. Nicely done.

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Photo of Gperson
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle. I remember one session when I was captivated; now it seems a little too heavily malted, the carbonation at the end distracting, and the aftertaste is metallic.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Copper Orange in Color with 1/2 inch Foamy Beige Head, Moderate Lacing

SMELL: Fruity Scents Combined with Bready Grains, Mild Hops, and Spices

TASTE: Smooth Medium Bodied Flavor, Creamy Malt mixed with Orange Zest, Barley, and a Mild Hoppy Bitterness.

FEEL: Smooth and Creamy but it is lacking Adequate Carbonation, Mild Bitterness After the Swallow

OVERALL: Great Look, Great Flavor, if it had even the slightest bit more Carbonation in would have ranked higher for me. All in All...a Quality Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hendry
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Honey colored pour, one finger of khaki head,solid lacing.A bit darker than I was expecting from a "pale" ale. Aroma is of sweet malt and a touch of floral hops. Malty introduction and the hops take over in a drying way. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, but never reaches the level of wow at any point.I prefer a brighter and hoppier APA,this one uses the heavy hand on the malt for my taste.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a mixed twelve pack. Yellow color, clear, good head. Aroma of mild cracker, malt, subtle. Flavor was a pretty standard pale ale, well balanced but also kind of boring flavor wise.

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Photo of scotorum
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/19/15. Probably a month old. Bought last week in NH in a twelvepack sampler that was on sale for an irresistible $10., especially considering the other titles in the pack were Finestkind and Bouncy House IPAs and Old Brown Dog. This was the only one in the pack I had not already tried before.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear deep amber to copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thin uneven surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose along with some hop bite for balance. Dry to slightly bitter finish.

m: Light to medium with ok body and plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A good pale, seems more English at first but the bitterness from hops becomes more prominent later. A good dinner and session brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%

Best by 10/15/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that starts out really earthy from the fridge and seems to become hoppier as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of DuaneL
2/5  rDev -47.9%

OK, I guess, if there's nothing else around to drink. This is not my idea of a pale ale. First of all - it's FIZZY. If I want fizzy, I will drink a Coke, thank you. Fizzy really is a turn-off in craft brews. This ale is grossly over-rated by this site, so far.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a deep amber color with light head.
Smells very malty but the aromas are muted.
Tastes very malty, touch a hop bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel was a touch sticky.
Overall, a good beer, not something that wowed me.

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Tight, beige and settles slowly. Sticking lacing on the drink down. Slightly hazy, bronze to amber in color.
S) Not very aromatic.
T) Roasty, buttery notes. Hints of caramel mixed with subtle citrus. Clean finish, not much in terms of lingering hops.
M) Medium body. Smooth. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) Overall a good brew. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some amber + apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with notes of both caramel and toffee as well as a moderate amount of hops - pine/resin and herbal.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts with just a touch of toffee sweetness in there as well. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of herbal and pine hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops while still be a touch more flavorful than other APAs, certainly this one was well ahead of it's time. Easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/11/14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a frothy 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Bready, somewhat sweet aroma. Slightly toasty with a faint smell of hops.

T- Biscuit-like malt balances well against the light bitterness that doesn't set in until multiple sips are taken. More sweetness but it's still mild compared to other pales.

M- Trailing hop bite comes with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A drinkable pale ale that has a decent amount of character.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a large off white head - good retention and nice lacing.

In the nose is grass, citrus, and malt.

There is a nice grapefruit punch up front followed by round full malt backbone that coats the mouth and lands in the back. A very solid pale ale with a nice play of citrus hops and bread malt notes.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This bottled foamed all over when I opened it, but luckily I was able to clean up and put that behind me.

It is slightly dark for a pale ale, which I don't mind. Nice head.

Smells like ... Cascade hops? Love it. Some fruitiness.

Taste has plenty of malt backbone. That being said, great hop profile. Not much bitterness, but I don't like bitterness! This is great. Caramel backbone. Fruity hops. Strong orange, grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Maybe too thick for a pale ale, but I like it.

Best Pale Ale I've had yet?? Quite possibly.

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Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: copper, golden red with foamy white head a good lacing.
S: balance of hop and malt aroma. Spicy herbal hop mixed with a sweet caramel malt
T: sweet malt start with a finely balanced hop finish. This is a well balanced pale ale presenting both a strong malt character of caramel and malty grain and a pleasant hop flavor, earthy and herbal. Very nice.
M: smooth full and round moving to a dry lightly bitter finish.
O: this is a very well crafted beer, with a near perfect balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of Steff_Wantz
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark copper colored, unfiltered look with white head of foam

S: dough-like smell with a delicious hopped aroma

T: very smooth, drinkable, fruit like hints at first with a nice yeast and malt taste at the end.. crisp finish

M: covers your palate very smoothly tingles at the end and pleasantly lingers

O: Overall this beer is delicious! Smuttynose amazes me time and time again with their ability to brew every beer to perfection. I have yet to taste liquid brewed by Smuttynose that I do not enjoy. The overall packaging of their brews are very attractive and keep me wanting to try all of their creations.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Amber body with decent white head. Aroma of malt , fruits with herbal and citrus hoppy notes.
Malt dominates in taste but closer to end hops take over. Moderate , hoppy bitterness

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Photo of delta490
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a cloudy amber, with a thick foamy taupe head. Big lacing and a hint of carbonation.

S-herbal and earthy. Interesting and not as off-putting as that might sound and it slowly warms into a pleasing malt aroma.

T- nothing dirty in here. Delicious balance of the malt backbone and the hops. I didn't pull any specific flavors but what I tasted was good.

M-just right. Not too thick or thin.

O- a tasty and well-made pale ale that hits all the points you want.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 10/04/2013 printed on the bottle. My first beer in a while from Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark burnt sienna orange color with mahogany highlights. Pretty dark for an APA. One finger of doughy khaki foam. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty nonexistent, if you ask me. Faint whiff of earthy hop presence, and maybe some malt. Citric hop crispness begins to creep out more once the beer begins warming.

T - Taste is pretty bland, but well constructed. Bready malts steal the show here, with some crisp carbonation, corn, graininess, hint of orange rind, and a kiss of earthy hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Crisp and bitter with a dry finish. Some hop bitterness & citrus juice lingering on the palate. A fitting end.

Overall, not the most memorable of all beers, but I can appreciate the well-crafted classic simplicity of this beer. Crisp, light, and refreshing; definitely an easy drinking session beer, and not an overpowering hop bomb like many of today's "pale ales".

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp and clear copper color with a two finger head of foam.

Biscuits, fresh baked bread, slight citrus notes.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness and citrus fruitiness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, a rather crushable brew.

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

Pours a clean amber, with a thick head of sudsy, off-white foam. Delicate, lovely lace.

Nose is piney hops. Very enticing.

Taste is well-hopped with more of the pine tone and a sour grapefruit citrus finish. A superb pale ale that's certainly well-hopped (and better than many IPAs out there). I'd easily pick this up again.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P- McNeilly 6 pack shop in Pittsburgh

A- gorgeous amber tones that is clear with a quick dissipating one finger head.

S- aromatic with sweet malts, citrus and pine hops and some bready yeast on the back end of the nose.

F- bready malts with pine hops come out first and then the citrus/grapefruit hits the back of the tongue.

M- a medium-full bodied beer that is filling. Usually a pale ale would on the light-medium bodied side. This is good though.

O- another good brew from smuttynose. I think they are climbing up my list. A def top 5 brewery that I will try any beer from.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1.5 finger-width, off-white/light khaki colored head. Slowly dissipates and leaves lacing around the glass. The beer is dark orange and raising bubbles are visible.

Aroma - A nice balance of hop and malt aromas. The hops are little stronger on the nose.

Taste - Similar to the smell; toasted bread and earthiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, decent carbonation in the front, bitterness and stickiness on the finish.

Overall - A refreshing pale ale that is a solid go-to on a summer day.

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Photo of zac16125
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shoal's Pale Ale
12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best by: 8/11/13

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with 2 fingers width of tan head. Good retention before dissipating down to a thin film. Leaves lots of dense lacing.

S: Citrus, sweet malts, a bit of pine, doughy/bready malts, hop spice. Nice aroma, pretty mild though.

T: Spicey hops, a bit of pine, caramel malts, an almost smokey character, bready/doughy yeast, citrus.

M/D: Fuller bodied, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, an enjoyable beer. Nothing crazy, but well above average. Id drink this again.

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Photo of becktone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Pours a nice clear copper color with an off white creamy head which has excellent retention and lacing. To start with however, I had a bunch of foam in my glass, half the glass was foam and half was beer. It has receded now to a reasonable size and as it has it leaves decent lacing. It was prolly just a bad pour on my part, as I pour the rest of it in the size of the head doesn't increase, ergo nothing is wrong with the beer as far as carbonation goes.

Nose: Classic American Pale Ale aroma. Nice balance between malt and hops. I would like the hops to stand out a bit more. The aroma is nice, but I feel that something a little more pungent would help. Overall its just kinda nondescript and weak(potency wise). The hop aroma that I do get is lightly floral.

Tongue: Nutty malt flavor with a light body and a good amount of bitterness that sits on the back of the tongue for a good minute. Hops are lightly floral and aren't in your face ripping it off. This is a nice beer. Body is medium-light and carbonation is on par for the style. Bitterness lingers as aforementioned. No complaints.

Drinkaility: This is one that I'll enjoy drinking, but I just have had too many others that I'd prefer over this one. Founder's for one, Sierra Nevada, or Oskar Blues are all APAs that I'd do again before I come back to this beer. To me, this beer is like Stone Pale Ale, Its good, and I'll come back to it, but I'd really have to be in the mood for this beer.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1497 ratings