24 July 2007

Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale (NH)

This is a better pale ale, IMO. I drink this fairly often (never had it on tap, though). It's a bit more copper-colored than the Ellicottville, and seems to have more going on in taste -- maybe oranges. It still has a grapefruit juice aftertaste. I don't homebrew, but I understand that's a sign of Cascade hops.

According to their website, this was originally thought to be a pretty hoppy beer, but the hopheads ascended and demanded more. Shoals Pale Ale is listed at 30 IBUs, their IPA at 65, and Big A IPA at 120. That sounds overbearing to me, but those numbers can be misleading. I've got a Stone Ruination IPA in my cellar, and that's over 100. We'll see how that goes.

beer smuttynose ellicottville pale ale

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