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RATINGS: 949   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our first beer, Shoals Pale Ale debuted on July 16, 1994 on Portsmouthís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 on tap- Pours a caramel head that hangs around well. Color is copper-amber. Taste is a bit on the sweet,fruity side, a little hoppy without the bitterness, nice. rerate-12oz bottle 3.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 15, 2005
(on bottle)NICE amber-brown colour, with a small tan head. The aroma is really plesant, lots of pear/apple and warm malts - caramel. Therefor the tart and harsh taste is a bit wild for this palat; the finish almost became metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Of late I have been drinking lots of Smuttynose IPA, so I thought Iíd try this to compare- Iíve had it many times but itís been awhile. The pour: coppery-amber with frothy head and lots of lacing. The nose: nice blend of hops- no strong single hop character stands out (not screaming citrus or pine or grass) , but a nice balance. Maltiness and a subdued fruitiness from the yeast blend in as well. The flavor: hoppy and malty up front, bitter with some caramel in the middle and a reasonably dry finish. I prefer the more aggressive IPA, but then thatís a different style. A solid well made pale ale from one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Out of the bottle three months after bottled. Coppery color threw me off because it is very light tasting. Bright and refreshing, but almost too much so; I would like more of the hoppy taste to be more prevelant in this beer. After taste is that of processed or "factory" hops and requires a glass of water near by. Too bad you canít taste those hops going down since this is an overly malted Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. Light copper body with a decent white head that left some lacing. Nose:grassy hops, wheat toast, garden dirt and chocolate. Taste:citrus and grassy hops, wheat toast, caramel malt and apples. Smooth and very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2005
12 oz bottle pours amber cloudy with very little head. Aroma is caramel malt and a little citrus. Taste has much a much more earthy sense to it than American pale ales. Lighter hops grace this and give it just a touch of citrus flavor. More malty and full bodied than American Pale Ales... Medium bodied and very drinkable on the palate..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUN 7, 2005
bottled, amber color w/ small head. the aroma is mainly hops, the flavor is hoppy but balanced w/ adequate amount of maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Crystal malt offers a strong caramel aroma with some mild, citrus, floral, earthy hop notes. Very clear copper coloured body is topped by a finger of off-white, large-bubbled head that recedes to a partial cover. Fruity esters up front blend with floral and earthy hops and a fair bitterness with some caramel maltiness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (trade, May-2005) marked as brewed and bottled in February (I assume 2005). Thanks, jah noth!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Definatly can tell the difference from an APA. This has a lot of earthy tones. Mild dry hopped aroma. Light brown color with an orange tint. No real head. Nice hoppy bite. Very different taste. Grassy. Drinkable pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Bottle. Brewed and bottled: 01/05. Red-copper pour with smallish light-tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops, sweet malts and hints of spices. A serious lack of body in this one. Itís all very dry, bitter hops. Distinct absence of sweetness. The bitterness is apparent immediately and lingers forever. This isnít the good, tasty bitterness either. Iíll definitely need a glass of water after drinking this. This is very dirty-tasting. Like licking dirt or grass.

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