RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our first beer, Shoals Pale Ale debuted on July 16, 1994 on Portsmouths 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (11484) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
A floral hops aroma, a nice amber colour. Otherwise, a metalic taste and very dry not bitter not very flavourful at all. Bubbles, head fizzed out quickly. Could not finish. Harsh carbonation. Some malts, but didnt work

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Amber body, small white head. Aroma is faint, some slight hoppiness. Flavor is nice but nothing spectacular, some citrusy hops and a bit of maltiness. I thought this was rather average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Polar Beer Tour 2005

Also a Draft. A decent PA, one I had a couple of on this trip. The body was a golden orange. The senses brought forth some crisply tart and bready characters, with a mild American and English hop edge in the finish. Grassy, lightly citric, subdued and mild for todays Pale Ales spectrum. Good but forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Terrific brew which pours out a nice coppery color with a good-sized tan head which didnt completely leave. The taste is awesome with an overall hops and malts dominance with an undercurrent of sweet fruitiness. Finish is slightly bitter but pleasant. Looking forward to drinking more!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle: Pours a clear copper with smallish white head. Light aroma of fruit, hops. A little bit of orange in the flavor, light malt and hops. Touch of caramel. Good clean beer that goes down smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Pours amber, smells malty, bready, sweet with hints of hops. Taste is more hoppy, you can kind of taste some fruit in there. Very clean, smooth aftertaste.

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