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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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mickeykaline (8) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Fine Pale ale specimen. Poured in a beer glass it has cloudy copper appearance with pretty 1" thick head. Not a strong aroma but invites you to take a sip. Smooth, mild hoppiness and no adverse aftertaste.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1767) - 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 (3385) - 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 (2076) - 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 (454) - 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 (1262) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle: Hazy, light amber coloured, stable and lacy off-white head; distinctive herbal-hoppy nose plus some x-mas spices(?), supported by a little bit of caramel and a tinge of vanilla in the background; dry bitter flavour with a very faint sweetness, astonishingly light bodied; lingering dry bitter-herbal finish, traces of cough-syrup included. Surely good, but IMHO a bit uniforme…

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nijstrom (272) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Tap at Cosmic Comic Cafe. Caramel, bread, grass and fruits. Mild citrus. Mild to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Bitter and somewhat dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (4664) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle from Archive Beer boutique 211015. This is an IPA that reminds me why I started drinking craft beer way back when - an old school IPA - no fuss, no bother, just straight up full flavour and aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drmet (615) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2015
L: -pours a slightly hazy amber-red with a medium to big, frothy, beige head -lots of particles visible -low to medium carbonation visible S: -earthy,caramel,toffee,grapefruit,pin bitterniss for the style F: -medium carbonation -light to medium body O: -Probably to hoppy for a true-to-style English PA, but still very good

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopmaestro (970) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2015
Aroma is malty with a pretty apparent bread character. Slightly floral. Sweet and caramelly taste with toffee at first, but then the hops grows on you from underneath with a low and earthy aura with an almost spicey bitterness. Solid.


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