Last night, The Wookie and I gathered at Limpd’s house for a long overdue post-Christmas drinking session (The ROK was MIA). I walked over with a backpack which contained a big bottle of Christmas Ale, a bottle of Rye whiskey, a bottle of Single Malt Scotch, and a zip-lock bag full of Mrs. Wookie’s homemade toffee/chocolate/walnut bars (they are devilishly delicious!).
My first beer of the night would be a Shoals Pale Ale, which was part of Limpd’s Smuttynose Variety 12-pack. Shoals Pale Ale is one of Smuttynose’s year round beers and has an ABV of 5.4%.
- Appearance: Reddish brown color. Cloudy. Very little head which dissipates rapidly and leaves some lacing as you drink it down.
- Aroma: Sweet malt. Hints of caramel. Mild hoppiness.
- Taste: Moderate carbonation. Malt sweetness at first, followed by very mild hop bitterness.
The Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale is a well balanced beer. Unlike other Pale Ales (i.e. Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues which I enjoy very much), the hops have been toned down, which makes this a very session worthy ale. Having two or three of these in a row would not be a problem. I give it a B+. Once again, well done Smuttynose!