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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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grundsow (122) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Good ale, pale but nothing special. Label is even boring by Smuttynose standards. Better than average beer, but overpriced.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sevenlee (1711) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2016
Pours a clear golden amber with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, pine and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatusBeer (279) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2016
355 ml bottle. Hazy dark orange colour with stable head off. Aroma of citrus fruits. Taste is hoppy with oranges, grapefruits, malty, huge bitter aftertaste.Moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4772) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle. Lively upon opening with quite a large head. Rather fruity with citrus floating around. More complex than I expected. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (748) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2016
355 ml bottle. Hazy orange-brown capped with a sudsy off-white head. Orange, dark bread, caramel, flowers, pepper and marmalade in the nose. Smooth body delivers rich malt at first, zipped up by orange zest and pepper. Lingering finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Nice English style pale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2016
Medium head misty amber pour strong carbonation aromas citrus caramel the flavours caramel floral peach mild bitter earthy grain citrus strong tastes the finish good earthy notes hops grain notes very likeable ale

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1903) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2016
355mL bottle from Camperdown Cellars, Sydney Deep golden body, firm white head. Lovely nose of caramel, biscuity malt with spicy, slightly piney hops. Smooth body, creamy sort of carbonation, full bodied. Geared towards maltiness here - biscuity, toasty, slightly nutty with spicy hops delivering a moderate bitterness & nice finish. Rather enjoyed this!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcoDL (3693) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle. Copper color. Aroma of malt, caramel and grass. Flavor of buttery caramel, malt and some faint bitter grassy hops. It’s a bit old, but still allright.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2366) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Hazy dark orange with a medium white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium bitterness with subtle fruity tones. Citrus, pine, caramel, tropical fruits and some herbs. Very nice refreshing pale ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftbeersweden (527) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2015
Dark amber, hazy, with a one finger high head.

Nose: Nothing to write home about... Dried fruit, toffee, caramel malt, dark syrup and pine.
Taste: Dried fruit, resin, grass, malt, a bit of citrus and some bread.
Mouth: Medium body and carbonation. Prettyy easy drinking. A light bitterness.

I think this is a great "dinnerbeer" because it doesen’r run the show. It sits quiet in the back.
To just drink and fell a great beer... Choose another beer, but to a diner with friends - Great!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1425) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2015
BB 28/10/15. Poured a hazy coppery amber colour with a 5mm off-white foamy head that retained OK and laced OK. Carbonation very high and fine. Lots of yeast particles settling out. Aroma of pale malt, a hint of pine, a hint of yeast and possible grapefruit/citrus. Taste of moderately sweet malts with a moderate grapefruit bitterness. Light body. Crisp, clean, smooth, slightly dry and malty with a slightly soft bitterness on the finish. OK.


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