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Review by everetends on 06/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 6 15 3 6 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle I got out of a mixed twelve pack from Cheers Wine and Spirits in Carrollton, GA. Served up in a basic pint glass.

A: Pours a nice and deep brown/yellow color. Held to the light and a more rich yellowish copper comes out. The really crazy part of this beer is the head. Really poured a nice finger of white head that seems like it would have amazing retention if it wasn't so damned sticky. The head just sits on the glass and doesn't move once it has found a bare piece of glass. The beer is pretty clear as well. Damned good looking beer.

S: The smell is a bit weak for my liking. Mostly just getting some light sugary and biscuity malt. There is a touch of an earthy, grassy hops presence. Other than that, I'm not getting too much, and that is a bit disappointing since I have had such a love affair with Smuttynose so far.

T: Taste makes up for the smell though. There is a really nice malty goodness going here. The malt is sweet and bready, making this very nice and tasty. The hops come in nicely and overpower the malts just a touch, taking it that direction just slightly. There is a nice grapefruit rind going here along with some nice grassy goodness. There is a touch of resin like quality here as well. Tastes very nice.

M: Mouthfeel falls into the medium area, but the carbonation seems a bit off. This makes this just a bit heavier than most PAs in my opinion. ABV of course doesn't show up or play a factor. Aftertaste is mostly just a touch of resin that sits in the mouth, otherwise pretty clean.

D: This beer is pretty nice but its not what I expect from Smutty. The nose and feel could definitely be built up a bit. The look and taste are spot on and make this a nice drinker. Easy to crush a sixer of this, but I see it sitting a bit heavy without the bubbly carbonation though. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-27-2009 05:54:49

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle

Best by: 8/08

There is a noseful of spicy hoppiness that hits right away. A solid toasted malt presence is met with a touch of caramel and lays down a nice foundation. The hops are more prominent than I expected. A spicy hoppiness leads the way but is followed by grassy and floral notes. Every now and then I pick up hints of orange peel which adds another dimension to an already good smelling brew.

The flavor follows the nose closely. A good spiciness kicks things off and leads from beginning to end with the floral and orange qualities showing up mid palate. The grassiness comes about here and there but never in the same spot. All this over is shown over the top of a respectable toasted maltiness with a drizzling of caramel. This is a good beer from Smutty.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be with this beer. Medium bodied with a solid enough carbonation to keep things moving but does show a little stick on the swallow. Finishes a bit dry which accentuates the bitterness which is right down my alley.

This glass is going down very easily and I actually wish I had a few more in the fridge. A solid example of a pale ale on the hoppy side of the spectrum. Very nicely done!

Shoal's Pale Ale is a high quality beer. To be perfectly honest I didn't expect a whole lot from this beer and I am pleasantly surprised. I enjoy my pale ales on the hoppier side of the spectrum and this one hits the spot. Thanks again Israel!

Reviewed: 6/18/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 08/14/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
54 2 6 10 3 6 2008
Pours a clear orange with lots of lil bubbles slowly rising to the top. Nice fairly thick head of a couple fingers and an off-white color. The foam settles fairly slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the walls of the glass. A layer of foam continues to blanket the top of the brew.

Smells of rich caramel malt with a hint of roasted malt in there too. Nice touch of fruity hops wrapped up in a carmel twist. Good rich and smooth toffee mingles in well.

Fairly thick malt body for a pale ale. Rich carmel and toffee are most prominent. Bit of roasted flavor at the end along with a nice fruity hop note. Touch of citrus and lemon on the aftertaste. Bit of creaminess.

Decently drinkable pale ale even if it is a bit heavier then your standard pale and lacks a bit in the hop department.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 16 3 7 0
Pours an ok color. But this is just an ale. THe smell is above average in my opinion for an ale. The taste has a nice bite to for an ale. The mouth feel is really good foe an ale. The drinkability is good for an ale. I could really sit back and just crack these open and down them.

Served In: Pint Glass

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