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RATINGS: 955   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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3.7
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Most pale ales seem to come across too sweet for my palate, not this one. Poured a deep amber with a beautiful dirty white head that refused to quit that thickly laced the glass. The aroma was hoppy and the taste was Gr Apple sweet to citrus pine hops quickly transitioning to dry and bitter. The finish was definitely dry with just enough hop bitters. Well done Smuttynose.

3.4
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - MAY 2, 2005
(bottle) Pours light golden-brown. Mahagony colored and cloudy in glass with small off-white head. Small is strongly malty, rich, sweet like caramel, and reminiscent of roasted coffee. Flavor is sweet and ends with nice medium bitterness that doesn’t knock your wind out. Body is medium to full, fairly smooth, and just a little watery. Another good one from Smuttynose.

3.1
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle. Poured a nice clear deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma was weak with the smell of citrus hops and some sweet malts. The flavor of mild malts balanced fairly well with some citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin to maybe medium bodied..lightly bitter and dry in the end. I liked this better after about 2/3 of the way through. My first Smuttynose ale...I need to try more.

4
MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 April 26, 2005; 12 oz. bottle. Clear, dark amber -- almost burnt orange pour. Rapidly dissipating head leaves just a bit of lacing. Initially fruity "hit" (as expected from Smuttynose), but I really like the malty undertones balancing this one, as the hops fly over the top into a bitter finish. Re-rate on Feb. 14, 2008: Going to bump up the "flavor" score a point . . . this is a truly-excellent Pale Ale.

3.9
Ungstrup (37905) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
[Cask at GBBF 2004] An orange beer with no head. The aroma is sweet and very hoppy, but also with notes of oranges. The flavor is very hoppy and grassy and it has a very bitter end.

3
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2005
Amber beer, very thin....classic pale.....hoppy then bitter.....no head....too boring to write anything more.....

3.6
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2005
Dark copper, musty aroma, some hops, caramel, woody, earthy notes, pleasant hop finish, some citrus, notes of caramel as well. Pretty good

3.2
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2005
Poured an amber color, with ligh lacing. Smells of malts and hops. Body is thin like the rest in the smuttynose variety. Sweet yet hoppy on the palate.

2.9
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottle aged about a year, courtesy of goldtwins: Pours a clear copper with a lightly lacing off-white head. Light green hoppy aroma with some dry caramel malt. Body has a little sweetness but is thin and mostly bitter without much malty balance. Sample is probably too old, but the beer still shows signs of weakness apart from aging.

3
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Poured an amber color with a medium off white head. Aromas of peach, caramel, and a lightly hopped. The flavors were thin, as was the body. Not much going on up front then middle and finish had some bitterness.


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