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RATINGS: 944   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.


3.1
   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..

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1285) - 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.

3.2
   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!

3.3
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1532) - 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. It’s all very dry, bitter hops. Distinct absence of sweetness. The bitterness is apparent immediately and lingers forever. This isn’t the good, tasty bitterness either. I’ll definitely need a glass of water after drinking this. This is very dirty-tasting. Like licking dirt or grass.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours a hazy light brown with a thick lacy tan head. Smells of light hops, a bit spicy and sour malt. Taste is surprisingly good. It’s hoppy, not overly so but assertive. Well balanced with a strong grainy malt taste. Apple-like yeasty flavors. Medium bodied with a persistent hoppy aftertaste. Crisp and smooth. Damn drinkable. as others have said, very good session beer. A very solid offering and a nice surprise. Does Smuttynose ever miss?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Mildly hazy amber/rosewood pour supporting a small dusky white head (which needed some urging to generate). Fruity aroma with a toasty background. Well balanced flavors of dried apricot, vanilla, a little toffee, malt and even a porter-like milk chocolate all backed up by a solid hop bitterness. Flinty, clean and bitter finish. This is a nice Pale which shares some of the flavor profiles with other Smuttynose ales (probably due to their house yeast).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2005
bottle. tarnished copper in color with a head that disappeared so quick I almost missed it. a tangey, carbonated bite on the front end that fades to some malt and a bit of hops on the finish. not quite as thirst quenching as I had hoped.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Most pale ales seem to come across too sweet for my palate, not this one. Poured a deep amber with a beautiful dirty white head that refused to quit that thickly laced the glass. The aroma was hoppy and the taste was Gr Apple sweet to citrus pine hops quickly transitioning to dry and bitter. The finish was definitely dry with just enough hop bitters. Well done Smuttynose.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - MAY 2, 2005
(bottle) Pours light golden-brown. Mahagony colored and cloudy in glass with small off-white head. Small is strongly malty, rich, sweet like caramel, and reminiscent of roasted coffee. Flavor is sweet and ends with nice medium bitterness that doesn’t knock your wind out. Body is medium to full, fairly smooth, and just a little watery. Another good one from Smuttynose.


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