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RATINGS: 963   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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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3.6
DougShoemaker (3147) - 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 (2692) - 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 (6355) - 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 (1983) - 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.

3.2
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pour is a nice deep orange but lacks any sort of head. Aroma is basically non-existant: maybe a little hoppiness but not much else. Some bitterness and a shrug of malt balance comes through in the taste profile but it really is not exciting. Not great, but drinkable.

4.7
maf21196 (1) - New York, USA - AUG 22, 2005 does not count
brown beer smells like caramel. Very refreshing. The finish is very dry. A little bit too hoppy.

3.2
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2005
Cask (GBBF): Bronze with a beige head. Subdued hop nose. Nice sweet malty start with a long dry citric fruit finish. Medium bodied, quite refreshing, and not over the top. Nice session beer.


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