Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Shoals Pale AleSmuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #18,803
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
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Reviews: 675 | Ratings: 1,497
Photo of BeerAngel
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lightly hazed dark copper color with a nice medium off-white head. The smell reveals light fresh baked bread and buttery tones. The taste is a mild but nice blend of roasted malts with a light burned taste (but in a good way) with light hops and fades into a light bitter end. The mouthfeel is that of a light bodied brew and finishes lightly dry. It is not a overly complex brew, but it is a solid one. This could perhaps fall into my “session beer” category. Thanks to McCall for the opportunity! Cheers!

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Photo of jward
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the picture of the shack on the label.

Shoal's is a sturdy Pale Ale, with a dense mouthfeel and a bold ruby color, displaying a full off-white head. It's the kind of ale you can really sink your teeth into, chewy and thick. An initial hoppy bitterness never really subsides, though it becomes a bit more lemony mid-palate. Beneath the bitterness are elements of toasted grain, malt and a trace of something like instant coffee, though nothing that distorts the basic flavor profile of this pale ale. A good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes: brewed in October of 2002(so a bit old...). This beer poured a very dark amber colour into my pint glass. It had a nice fluffy, white head and some great aromas. The aromas were of malts, hops, and some butter. The taste was very buttery as well. This pale ale was VERY english in flavor, but the flavors were not very balanced IMO. Perhaps this sample was just not very fresh and it suffered a bit because of this. Don't get me wrong. This is a highly drinkable pale ale with a solid, full mouthfeel and a nice drinkability, but I was just looking for something with a little more umph to it.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish color and looks like it is thick. Not too much head, yet laces extremely well, to the bottom of the glass. Lightly tart smell, semi sweet. The taste is interesting, sweet, tart, malty and slightly hoppy. Thick in the mouthfeel, yet is light going down, reminds me of an English Ale. Very drinkable, smooth, yet good carbonation. Sweet yet tart. Clean easy finish, yet slightly hoppy. Nice beer.

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Photo of yen157
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fine lace clinging to the glass on top of the reddish amber brew. Smelled of very rich, sweetish toasted malt and somewhat fruity hops. Caramel, toasted grains, and sweet malt are major flavor players in this one, as well as a tiny bit of diacetyl, maybe. A great tasting brew. I am always happy to see an English Pale Ale as they are a very nice departure from the over-the-top American style pale ales. The only fault I see in this is perhaps it is a bit too sticky.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It’s been 848 days since my last sampling of a “Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale”, way over due for another sample, this one and 3 other beers courtesy of Bierman9, and I thank him from the soon to be empty bottom of my glass.

The beer as it set in my glass, a translucent mahogany color, the head modest in size, the consistency creamy and the lace a thick and clinging sheet. Sweet hits you first, then the malt, finally a touch of the hop flower, crisp, clean, and a treat to sniff. Start is malt sweet, the top middling and then ZAP, the hops start of the finish, purposeful but not overpowering, the carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and lingering.

Ah what a refreshing beer after a hard day of moving tons of boxes loaded with beer, and at least a million boxes full of glasses, well maybe not that many, but I did work up a sweat! Alternatively, is it raining in here, been a long time since I did enough manual labor to break a sweat.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I discovered the likes of Hop Devel and Alpha King (among others) I probably would have considered this to be a highly hopped ale but now I judge the hop level as pretty run of the mill. Still a nice pale overall. Beautiful copper color with a substantial head and lace. Faint citrus aroma. Good body and mouthfeel, the Shoals goes down easy. A good session ale. I think I'll have another or two.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt nose with a touch of hop in the sinus. hazy amber color with a slight touch of purple. 1/4 inch white head. Smooth big malt backbone to the taste with a hop flower finish. The tongue is left slightly sour and bitter. Fuller mouth than I am used to for a pale ale. Rich and smooth but a little thick for me. This factor hurts the brews drinkability. Its a good cup of tea.. just not my cup of tea in the long run as pale ales go.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pale with a little more to offer than most.

Deep, dark amber colour with a creamy lace and lil' fizzy cap. Grain and malt sweetness dominate the nose with a shade of hop. Pleasant graininess and strong malt foundation with a sharp, bit not overpowering hop bitterness. Very dry and clean medium body with an active carbonated fizz.

A pale with a refreshing dry, tastey graininess along with asweet malts and bitterness. A treat. Enjoy.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper color with a fine head of of white foam that leaves a good amount of lace. Haziness is probably due to yeast as the bottle states that this is unfiltered.
Floral hop aroma and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Great flavor balance goes from a citrus hop flavor to full sweet maltiness and finishes with a drying hop bitterness on the tongue.
This ranks right up with Geary's, which is one of my favorites, I don't know how I went so long without trying this one, but I will be buying more soon.

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

Living in Portsmouth, I consider this my local "Bud". It is the benchmark from which I compare other local beers. It is not too bitter, and goes down quite smooth. Not the best pale ale, but from my location, the freshest. If you want the best retail brew from Smuttynose, this is your baby.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color that is a little cloudy, which is a good thing. Not a sizable head maybe the way I poured it. A nice scent of aroma hops with a mixture of english pale malts that compliments the hops nicely, with a balanced blend of bittering hops. Overall a good beer but the not the best pale ale I have had.

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Photo of StevieW
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color, lots of delicious hop bubbles pop through a creamy off-white head. Noticablely thick hop smells, makes for a very inviting beer. Lots creamy rich malty undertones. Crisp highly hopped middle. Very crisp and refreshing beer. Medium bodied, perfectly balanced for a Pale Ale. Easy going down, and very smooth drinking. Count me as a new smuttynose fan.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very crisp pale with a smooth hoppy taste that didn't exceed a comfortable level. this was just a good pale. refreshing on a hot summer's day, this one interested me in other choices smuttynose has to offer.

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Photo of slurpinhops
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good color, with a strong hint of hops. Not to fruity, I like it. Picked this up from Kappy's in Medford. This beer is a standout among new england micros.

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

Pours a nice copper color with a medium body and nice fluffy sticky head. On the nose there is a aroma of tangy fruit. On the palate there is flavors of freshly-baked bread, hop crispness, dry grains, and sweet malts. In the finish it’s a bit dry. Overall this was a enjoyable pale ale…my first brew from smutty nose brewing co.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the pour you know this is not going to be your average pale ale. Amber colored body with nice fluffy head. Initially this tastes sweet and fruity but turns a little more balanced as you drink. The hops presence is perfect for this brew. Bitterness does not overpower the malts and it leaves a nice floral hop flavor on the tounge. An easy drinking session brew.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great New England beer. Darker amber than most pales but closer to original hue from back when pale ales were the alternative to pitch black stouts. Thick, long-lasting head and fragrant aroma with hints of sweet malts, flowers, and yeast. This is a big, thick chewy pale ale, balanced by hops that add clarity and singularity to the flavor. There is also a burnt woody flavor deep down that might just be the outskirts of the hop flavor but I found unique. Lingering aftertaste also has hints of this.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great brew. Somewhat darker than most Pale ales, but has a wonderful flowerey aroma and taste. Nice amount of hops makes this beer so crisp, with enough bitterness to appeal to hop lovers. Head stayed throughout. A lovely balanced beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review from 14JAN03...
Bottled Shoals pours a rich, clear copper color, topped off by a frothy head (which thins quickly into a fine layer) and A-1 lacing! Nose was more floral to start but exhibited nice malt when warmer.
Felt it a bit thinner than could be, though it was fairly smooth. Toasty malt, with a hint of caramel, lays a good foundation upon which a pleasing dose of somewhat citrussy hops is added. A pleasant offering!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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On-tap review from 30JAN02...
On tap at Portsmouth... Nice copper color with a fine head! Mild, smooth floral hop nose. Medium body and medium+ tongue. I liked it's nice smooth hop flavor...not bitter but easy-going... Good-drinking bier! Also enjoy the bottle-version. (4.5/4.0/4.5/4.5/4.0 = 4.35).


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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better pale ales in the NE, right up there with Ipswich and Cisco Whale Tale. Perfect mix of hops and malt with all of the yeasty by products a big strapping boy like me needs.

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Photo of pbrian
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heartier pale ale than most. I usually enjoy the diacytal(sp?) that Ringwood beers throw off, and it's cetainly acceptable in this style but I found it to be over the top in this brew. Perhaps the 4+ months in the bottle had gotten to the better of this. Would happily try a fresh draft of this.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing. Not an over-the-top American pale ale, but has plenty of hops to do the job, nonetheless, and balances out a substantial malt. Very drinkable - nothing fancy, just solid quality beer.

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Photo of John
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of trying this for the first time this summer in NH. I wish it were available in NY. Beautiful color, creamy smooth texture, gorgeous hop profile.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a picture of the Samuel Haley House, located on Smuttynose Island. "This ale is unfiltered - yeast sediment is natural.", runs down the side of the label. Good news for homebrewers. Yeast propagation!

Appearance: Chill hazed amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Clean, malt sweetness with a grainy nose.

Taste: Chewy with a very dry grain flavour, pulled by a big tingly hop bitterness. Salty, due to hard water perhaps(?) yet this seems to complement the nice dryness of the brew.

Notes: Not your typical pale ale, boldly complex and extraordinarily unique. Perhaps truer to the original style than most pale ales of modern day. We love this beer.

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