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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2007
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2007, London. Clear medium amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration and a nice dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2011
12 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is spiced and caramelish malty. Fruity, sweet and slight floral hoppy flavoured. Sweet and fruity finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (32942) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
[Cask at GBBF 2004] An orange beer with no head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy, but also with notes of oranges. The flavor is very hoppy and grassy and it has a very bitter end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar. Clear orange red coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2011
Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours amber with a slight haze and a rough off-white head. Spicy hoppy nose. Rather light body, dry fruitiness with a dry hopping. The hops are not distinctly American, no citrus or peach. Dunno, but I’d call this an English Pale Ale. The finish is bitter though. 160111 6/3/7/3/13

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24346) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Cask@GBBF2007.Deep golden colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, hops, some alcohol and honey. Also quite wooden notes. Flavour is very much the same.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2007
Cask @ GBBF 2007. Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head. FRuity malty and hoppy aroma with hints of caramel and citrus. Malty caramel flavor with hoppy citrus hints. Dry finish and very bitter aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (20823) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
6th October 2010
Hazy dark amber beer. Residual white head. Light malt nose. Light crisp palate. Bitterish tea malt, turning a little creamy. A little fresh grapefruit hop. Semi dry bitterish finish. Not bad!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (19761) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2007
Cask at GBBF 2007 ... Hazy amber ... Sweet little vinegar and that high hop ... Clawing hop at back of throat ... very bitter ... lots of hops ... some tart citrus spicy linger ... but clawing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Tap at Murphy’s in Brookline, MA. Deep, dark chestnut color, thin white head, medium lacing. Aroma of subtle licorice and malt. Taste has caramel, hops. Simple, clean, refreshing.


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