Shoals Pale Ale

Hops and Malt in Harmony

Our first beer, Shoals Pale Ale debuted on July 16, 1994 on Portsmouth’s 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.


•Named “Best American Beer” at the 2003 Great British Beer Festival

•Named one of “America’s Best Beers,” Men’s Journal Magazine, October 2008

•Gold Medal at the 2011 Cleveland International Beer Festival


Availability: Year Round

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Vital Stats






Reddish Amber

Malt Bill

North American 2-Row, Carastan, C-60, Carahell, Carafa II DH


Bittering: Cascade and Galena, Flavoring: Cascade


American Ale

Starting Extract

12.5° Plato

...the closest thing to an English ale in an American bottled beer.

Boston Globe, September, 1999

Shoals Pale Ale Recommended Food Pairings

  • Thai Dishes like Massaman Curry or Pad Thai
  • Fish and Chips (you can even add Shoals to your fish batter!)
  • Loaded Burgers

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