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RATINGS: 939   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Bottle - thanks to slob! Pours rich copper color and slightly hazy with a moderate white head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is predominantly malty, with a floral hop nose and some hnts of spice. Flavor is spicy and hoppy up front, malty/hoppy in the middle with nice sweet maltiness coming on in the finish. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Nice pale ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1620) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
This IPA head poured with a frothy head that slowly diappeared with lacing down the glass. The aroma was enticing and the color a dark copper. The taste was complex with hops and maltiness. The aftertaste was bitter and lingered.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Solid, well made pale with all that I want and a whole helluva lot more of the good and much less of the half ass than many if not most of the middle of the road pale ales out there. A job well done.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3058) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s. Bottled in August. Good nose, nutty, carmel, lttle earthy,cocoa maybe?. Clean orangy brown color. Ok head that faded quickly. Bitter sweet flavors, Carmel, little hint of a baking chocolate, Whole wheat bread,little lemon or grapefruit. Thin body, lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Tasty brew, a long time favorite, I can’t believe I took this long to rate it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2004
This has a typical sweetish hop aroma but, otherwise, is quite soft and moderately bitter for a US pale. Now I see it’s down as an English style pale. I’m not sure the style is that English, but it does have a well balanced, understated and rather classy appeal. Not nearly as upfront as some other US offerings, but rather nice. Cask, GBBF 2004.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Orange-copper body with significant carbonation and a soft, silky off-white head. Fresh citrus and floral hops. Fruity malts plus an interesting musty quality. Hoppy, dry flavor. A solid pale ale that strikes me as more American than English in style, but that’s academic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Golden amber in color with a thin off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma....maybe along the lines of apricots? Well-balanced....maltier than most pale ales. Medium-bodied. Overall, yummy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Smuttynose has always been reliable for me. Hops are somewhat light, but enough to keep it interesting. It balances well with the malt sweetness. A quite enjoyable session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Dark amber with a taller off white head. Earthy/woody malt aromas along with some mild fruit. Flavors of cocoa, light oak and peat. Mild herbal bitterness. A nice change of pace from the resent onslaught of IPAs, APAs and general over hopped brews. Thanks to Falconeye8 for this brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2004
on tap at big city in boston. looked nice and amber with a creamy head. curious aroma of autumn leaves and pickled onions. drinkable with a light dry finish. simple but well-made


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