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RATINGS: 944   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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Bottle pours deep rich amber, large frothy light tan colored head, attractive lacing, with very light carbonation.   Pale hop aroma, slight malts, a bit of grains as well.   Slight grain sourness immediately up front.   Minor hop flavor, buiscuity.   Decent body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes very minor hop bitterness, with lightly roasted malts.   Not bad.   Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This one poured out a nice clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The head quickly dropped to a collar covering the beer and stuck around the rest of the time. The aroma was a bit weak with the smell of citrus hops rides a slightly sweet malt. The tastes of malt start this off before a citrus hoppiness follows. This is a bittersweet finish that comes in at the end that is quite pleasant. This one reminds me in part of an IPA in the same sense SNPA does. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall a good beer that is a bit different for a Pale Ale and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3040) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 On tap at the portsmouth brewing... Aroma:grapefruit hops.. Appearance:Clear orange,small head.. Flavor:Orange juice,grapefruit hops..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3381) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Pours an inviting tall head over a clear amber body that gives off a well balanced bouquet of caramel malt and hops. Dry without being overly bitter, this is a little different, an intangible complexity where no component pushes to the front, letting you explore the tastes and body at will. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Very pleasing cloudy copper color with average head. Toffee and caramel malt aromas compemented by earthy hops. Medium bodied with a mild acidic astringency that isnít so good. Bread tries to come through, but doesnít fully develop. A decent pale ale that leans toward the malt, but nothing to go crazy about.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1711) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1454) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bottle, from Julioís. 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 canít believe I took this long to rate it.

   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 itís down as an English style pale. Iím 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.

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