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RATINGS: 946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Our first beer, Shoals Pale Ale debuted on July 16, 1994 on Portsmouth’s historic waterfront. Our interpretation of a classic English ale is copper-colored, medium-bodied and pleasantly hopped. Its flavor is delightfully complex yet balanced: tangy fruit at the start, with an assertive hop crispness and a long malty finish that one well-known beer writer has compared to the flavor of freshly-baked bread.
The Samuel Haley House, which is featured on the label still stands on Smuttynose Island, one of nine Isles of Shoals, just off the New Hampshire coast. The rich lore of the islands holds that Samuel Haley paid for this house with four bars of pirate silver he found exploring the island. And yes, there are hordes of seagulls on Smuttynose Island.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (4689) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle from Damian Beer and Ale. Aroma mostly hoppy, resiny, zesty citrusy, grapefruit, orange. Biscuity. Hazy amber colour, rather small head. Very nicely balanced in taste. Rather high carbonation lends it a crisp refreshing quality, assertive hops with citrusy resiny flavours is complemented sufficiently by biscuity malty background. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quick3Beers (804) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Pours a brown from a bottle. Smells of brown sugar, flavor has none of that, floral hoppiness is up front with a nice malty roundness. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (540) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle from Harvest Market, Bedford NH. Aroma is bready roasted malts, some yeasty dough and basement. Appearance is hazy amber brown with thin foamy white head with fair retention, nice lacing, nice sparkle. Taste is moderately sweet malt balanced with light bitter and hint of fruit. Palate is medium bodied with slightly slick texture, average carbonation to support the beer and an abrupt, dry finish. Overall, a rich but highly drinkable beer, without huge complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drcboehm (104) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2015
12 oz. Bottle poured into round glass from craft 12 pack. Quite nice and drinkable. Great hop note.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smithld1 (160) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015
Very nice beer, very refreshing taste, full flavour. Very good and sustained head.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3760) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Brassy amber with nice head. Smells like iced tea. Again, the hop flavor is of iced tea, which is complemented by an easy malting and a slight tannic bitterness. Very ESB-like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidtjm (1072) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle. Pour is amber with a frothyhead, aroma is fruity. Taste is light fruity, resin, gentle bitterness. Good

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tselloufc88 (318) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle from Beer Gonzo, Coventry. Spicy earthy aroma, some caramel and citrus in there. Taste is malty, with a touch of apricot and citrus. Slightly spicy finish. Tasty

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4385) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of piney/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, apricot, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice compelxity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balace and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsandman (968) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Pours a clear amber, med off white head. Aroma is tangerine, grain, wheat, light Belgian yeast hint, grassy hop. Flavor is earthy bitter hops and malt, light sweet.


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