Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
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3.83/5
Very Good
1,493 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#14,591
Reviews:
673
Ratings:
1,493
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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Photo of Genx
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as [part of a mixed 12 pack. Brewed with North American 2-Row, Carastan, C-60, Carahell, Carafa II Dehusked. Bittered with Cascade and Galena, flavor hopped with cascade.
OG=12.5° Plato, 5.3% ABV, 62 IBU's.
Pours out to a slightly hazy medium copper, forming a modest yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is about 2.5 carbs or so. The nose has a English ESB hoppy fruitiness, but most interesting, reminds me of the dusty/mildewy smell of the old library of my hometown. There is a nice huskiness to the malt with the suggestion of biscuit malt, slightly fruity ferment and fruity hops. Very mild, but very nice. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, satisfying feel and finish. The taste opens with the fruity floral hops, much more nuanced that Cascade would suggest. I would have guessed English hops and english yeast, but I am wrong. Quite interesting. Very light toffee, medium firm herbal bitterness and suggestion of toast into the finish. No off flavors. I think this would be killer with a touch of biscuit malt and 10 less IBU's.

This is a very nicely done beer with a touch more hops than you would expect for a english pale, or even an ESB, but it's a nicely rounded and balanced pale. Pleasantly surprised. I would probably buy this again.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MKrauss
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zuter
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber, hazy, with a one finger high head.

Nose: Nothing to write home about... Dried fruit, toffee, caramel malt, dark syrup and pine.
Taste: Dried fruit, resin, grass, malt, a bit of citrus and some bread.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Prettyy easy drinking. A light bitterness.

I think this is a great "dinnerbeer" because it doesen'r run the show. It sits quiet in the back.
To just drink and fell a great beer... Choose another beer, but to a diner with friends - Great!

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Photo of chris657
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Songminx2
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Veejuh
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This rating is for a fresh one

I have never had zombie dust or any of the ultra rare 'legendary' pale ales, but of all of the fine craft pale ales I have had this one is my favorite (above MO and Peeper).

I consider this (fresh) to be the king, it has everything in perfect proportions for a pale ale.

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

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hop_junkie
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Mojo
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nuebs
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer21
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatGreer
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oidmoe
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gardner254
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of edmiglia
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a slightly hazy amber-red with a medium to big, frothy, beige head
-lots of particles visible
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-earthy,caramel,toffee,grapefruit,pine,peach
T:
-resin,caramel,toffee,grassy,grapefruit,pine,peach,toasty
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
-Probably to hoppy for a true-to-style English PA, but still very good

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Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,493 ratings