Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Smuttynose Shoal’s Pale Ale

In American Pale Ale, Reviews on October 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Gotta love New Hampshire.  Great people, great beers, great place to get away to.  Smuttynose is a pretty old (for craft beer) brewery based in New Hampshire.  They always have great labels and have developed a large following.  Again, more East coast love.  Here’s my review:

Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white, sudsy head, very pretty beer.  I expected a lighter beer from the name, but it still looks delicious, especially that sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Great smelling beer, one of those aromas that without hesitation you take that first sip, which has everything you want in a beer of this style: Great malt presence, I can even smell what it was like on brew day with all the grains in the mash tun, giving that hot cereal smell.  In addition to the great malt aromas, the floral hop notes shine and creates a nice balanced aroma that begs for the first sip.

There is a very lively carbonation on the palate and a bitter hop flavor in the front as a result of Chinook and Cascade hops (both very bitter American varietals).  The hop resins roll over the tastebuds with a sweet malt presence that balances it all out before the floral hops come back for a moderately bitter, snappy finish.

Great flavors, neither the malt nor hops are overwhelming, and this beer definitely won’t bore you and at the same time it won’t fatigue your tongue.  It’s a good sessionable beer, making it great for a warm weather BBQ or with pizza.  This is a really good go-to beer for craft beer enthusiasts and also a good full flavor beer to introduce your friends to who don’t drink much besides the big brands.

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5%

Cheers!

 

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