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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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3.3
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Clear dark amber body, nice offwhite head. Modest malt aroma with just a little floral hops presence. Hops element is more apparent in the taste accompaning roasted malt. Lightly metallic and bitter aftertaste.

3.3
mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
bottle. copper body with a small, creamy, off-white head. mellow citrus hop aroma with some biscuit/crystal malt in the background. Quite a bit of orange hops in this one which kind of strikes me more as an APA rather than an EPA. there is also a generous bready malt component and a hint of chocolate towards the end. finish is long and bitter. pretty good

3.2
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Pours amber orange with white creamy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is floral with some caramels. Flavor is a good mix of hops and malt, not too strong either way. Finishes with a bit more hops. Texture is smooth, slightly watery. Finish short.

3.6
DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Aroma of orange hops and chocolate, some good malts too, opaque orange, a long lasting finger of custard head, some pretty lace also. Rich malt flavour, combined with a good helping of citrusy hops, with nutty and woody notes. Very well balanced, beautiful mouthfeel. Terrific!

3.5
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Pours orangish-amber with a half-finger off-white head. Slow effervescence. Aroma of soapy hops and bready malts. Very nice malt flavor up front, with a good amount of hop bitterness at the end. Not over the top with either flavor.

3.6
jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Cloudy copper with minimal off-white head. Aroma leans toward malts, so the hop flavor is a nice surprise. The balance between the malts and hops provides sweet citrus flavor, earthy grains and a bitter aftertaste that is not overpowering. Clean and crisp with a medium body that expanded slightly toward full as the beer warmed. Enjoyable.

3.5
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Pours copper with a straw like white head. Smells of grapefruit and grass. Tastes of dandelions, daisies and other wildflowers.

3.5
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bottle. Orange amber color with little head. Subtle hoppy nose with distinct toaste malt aroma. Flavor follows: subtle grapefruit hop sweetness and tang, with a balanced bitterness and smooth toasted malt finish. A subtle beer all around; well blended and a real delight.

3.1
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Cloudy copper with some foamy white head. Nose is floral hops and not much else. Flavor is more of the same. Needed more balance and more malt.

3.3
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours copper color w/ large white bubbly head. nose is light hopps. Taste features light hopps, malt, and a grassy/earthy finish.


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