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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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RichardGretton (4755) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2005
[email protected] 2005. Brown beer with a malty and caramel aroma and a slightly nutty and caramel flavour with a dry finish. Overall a reasonable beer.

3.5
Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Pours deep red/gold with a short tan head. Slight barnyard above a toasted cereal, leafy hop, and light sweet caramel. Flavours are clean and earthy. Very soft carbonation. Woody and medicinal bitters. Faint tart berries at the end. Good.

3.2
madsberg (11762) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
Draught @ GBBF 2005: Golden coloured. Hazy. Light brown head. Is a bit hoppy in the nose. Some vague sweetness. Flavour is herbal, light floral and has some chocolate notes. Fruity bitter in the end with a light nutty touch. A bit ordinary

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maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense GBBF 2005. This won best American cask ale at GBBF again - at the least the second time in three years, but for me it was very disappointing in its plainness. Amber coloured with a pleasant hop aroma but a bit of a compost heap rotting smell. The taste had some nice hop notes and a little caramel. All very unspectacular sadly.

3.3
harrisoni (18413) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
Cask at GBBF Dark amber, typical American IPA hop nose, sweetish fruit but a really good long lasting satisfying hop finish

3.4
ABUSEDGOAT (2729) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours a brownish orange body, slightly hazy. Aroma is a little bit fruity and spicy, but also slightly hoppy. That doesn’t really describe it very well though. Earthy or doughy might be better. Finishes fairly sweet with some hop bitterness that lingers. Flavor is much better than the relatively weak aroma. I can’t believe this is one of the best pale ales out there.

3.3
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
clear copper, off white head. aroma of leafy, earthy hops with mild resin and a whiff of barnyard. toasty malt and caramel flavours with mild orange and leafy pithy hop finish. nice

3.6
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Hazy brown body with off whiye head when poured from my 12oz. bottle. The nose was balanced malts and hops, with yeast. Spices come out in the taste. Well done.

3.4
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Semi-hazy bronze with a tiny, swirling, bubbly head. Aroma leads with fresh hops along with elements of cotton, dryer sheets and whole wheat bread playing a supporting role. Hops hit up front for flavor, then gently recede to a honeycomb sweetening. Very much in line with a scaled back version of Smuttynose’s IPA. Some accents of gingerale and bran flakes, wrapping up with a dash of salt or citric oranges. Dry and lively on the palate. A decent pale ale. Thanks to tpkenned for the Smuttynose connection!

3.1
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with little white head. Mostly hoppy flavors with some malts, but flavor doesn’t last too long, probably because of way too much carbonation - a harsh and distracting on the tongue.


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