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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Copper colored, medium white head, with nice lacing. Very hoppy, soap aroma, and slightly malty. FLavor is extremely hoppy, with a diverse flavor of hops--citrus, pine, soap, and a grassy aftertaste. Would like a little more body, but this is a good beer.

3.6
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Copper clear pour witjh small head. Citrus grassy hop aroma with some amount of caramel malt. Light toasty caramel malt flavors, balanced decently with citrus hops. Moderate bitter finish. Smooth beer. Well done.

3.4
JoeMcPhee (9577) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep golden beer, thick off-white/yellow head. Sweet citrusy hop aroma, very cascadey. Flavour is well-balanced, grapefruit and a bit of pine but it is backed by a solid toasty sweet malt flavour. A hint of caramel and toffee. Even some very faint chocolate going on. Low to moderate bitterness but decent hop flavour.

3.5
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Cloudy copper color with a very thin and lasting white head. Bitter aroma with a hint of malt underneath it all. Mostly bitter hops though. Taste begins with a light malty flavor that gives way to a nice and crisp hop bitterness and a nice and smooth bitter finish. The aftertaste is slightly malty with a touch of hops. A little watery, but that’s the only negative thing about this one. Very good.

3.5
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Medium concentration of malts and milder levels of hops. Mild fruit mash notes. Orange/amber color with a pinky thin than head. Smoothe balanced, fruity, malts with a nice hop balance. It’s well put together, but to me lacks any oomph and suffers for it.

3.3
Quevillon (3184) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la Bière 04. Un goût assé légé, pas trop complexé, un peu fruité. Pas mauvais.

2.9
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2006
(Bottle, brewed in 10/05) Pours amber with a soft biscuit head. Aroma has faint notes of vanilla and pine, with faint malt and hops. Pretty good lacing. Mouthfeel dryish, watery. Taste: mostly just medium bitter with nothing behind it. Bitterish aftertaste. Disappointingly bland flavor. Nice looking but bland.

3.7
can8ianben (1583) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Nicely hopped, just a really nice tasty pale ale. Smuttynose has a nose for creating good beer. This one is no exception. If the label says one thing, believe it.

3.2
radagast83 (8507) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle. Alright pale ale. Slight caramel, hoppy flavor. Amber color, small white head.

3.1
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle: Aroma of light chocolate and caramel with some flowery hops. Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Light caramel up front with a moderate flowery hopped and slight roasted nut finish.


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