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Copper-colored ale is medium-bodied and highly hopped. Its flavor is delightfully complex: tangy fruit at the start, with an assertive hop crispness and a long malty palate that one well-known beer writer has compared to the flavor of freshly-baked bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
zanfiricoe (9) - Scottsville, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2003 does not count
An odd beer experience. This is the 2nd of 3 Shoals Pale ales in my smuttynose samplerpack. Pours with a nice red orange hue. Puny head almost immediately disappeared. (First bottle had zero head) Aroma has nice hint of hops to come. First sip - pretty good hop bite. Second and so on, hops fade. Body is very thin and watery. Very low malt flavor. Flavor seems to degrade as quickly as the head vanished. Find myself not really caring if I drink it or not. Just seems like a beautiful batch of hopwater. I give it high marks for looks, but average to low for most every other category. Would not buy again. Generally disappointed with the smuttynose beers so far except for the robust porter which was quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2003 Pours a nice ruby dark brown color with medium white head. Hoppy aroma and bite. Light-medium body, soft, some malt chewyness, bit of citrus also. Finish is a little too bitter for my taste. Rerate: after finishing the six pack, I've come to like this more, not quite as bitter as I thought before, nice brown bread flavors, moerately complex. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Decent beer, good overall taste, small head, light ale, brownish amber like ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4819) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Nice dark amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. An odd colour for an EPA but definately welcome. The aroma is a bit hoppy but more overpoweringly malty, just as any English Pale Ale should be. Lighter bodied and a bit watery in taste, but some residual malt and hops in the palate but other than that, a mediocre English style Pale. I bought this at Chevy Chase Wine & Liqour in Washington, in a standard twelve ounce bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2003 Not your ordinary pale! Filtered. Deep, rich color, floral nose, zesty hop flavor with a strong lemony bitterness. Very full bodied. Reminiscent of Liberty Ale - it's richer, but not as carbonated. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 2003 bottleReddish amber hue. Pleasant citrus aroma with some malt. Cascade hops initially moderately strong, but evens out quickly and a mild malt flavor, that reminded me of graham crackers rounds out the palate. This beer was from the bottle and was exceptionally well balanced. No problem with carbonation. Hops do not last as long, and the malt flavor is a nice change. Beer presents a very warm, drinkable texture and though the beer is not strikingly unique in any way, it is simply an impressively made beer. I did not find the bitterness that was spoken of by several people, though the body was a little less full than I would like in a pale ale. A great rendition of the EPA, could even handle more malt. 7/3/7/3/14
2005 draught There’s a good rustic, minerally and hay-like hops and malt interplay here, grainy, lightly fruity and very crusty-baked bread-like, but I can’t say much about the malt sweetness. I guess they arent aiming for much of it. Just too dry and attenuated feeling for me. Lightly acidic/astringent almost. 7/3/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Amber pour with a medium white head, mostly diminishes and leaves little lacing. Aroma is mildly malty (caramel, biscuit), mildly floral hops. Flavor starts with the mild caramel and biscuit, middle is clean, ends lightly hoppy. Body is medium, light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Poured with barely any head and a brownish/amber color. There was a slight malty nose (although my sniffer isn't 100%) and a nice malty taste with a nice hoppy / sweet malty finish. Nice beer although it could have used more carbonation!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Definitely not an APA, but rather an English Pale Ale whose hops caress you gently. Nose is quite faint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
Boston Beer Summit 2003: Colored a murky brown with a soft and hoppy aroma, this one has a hoppy assault and a bitter leave. Not bad, but not outstanding.

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