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Pemi Pale Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Pemi Pale AlePemi Pale Ale

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180 Ratings

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Best Pale Ale in the Northeast and second overall in the Country at the United States Beer Tasting Championships. Pale amber in color.

56.4 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002)
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

BenGreedie, Oct 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

MattNeskie, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jermar
4.68/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful microbrew, on tap at the brewpub - overwhelming hops and enough malt to compensate. Good copper color. Also bought a growler to go, which suffered from diminished carbonation, apparently a common problem with take-out growlers. A fine-tasting brew!

jermar, Sep 22, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

brokentee, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

gwilikers6, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this one for several years, and when returning to Boston from the mountains I grab me a growler. Thought it was time to give this brew its due. There's something really unique about this one, and I can't quite place it. Hoppy, but very well-balanced. Kind of tangy aftertaste. Had it on draft at the Woodstock Inn and enjoying a growler as we speak. This is way high on my list. Just sayin'...

Update August 6, 2013: Lovin' me another growler from the Woodstock Brewery. Reading some reviews makes me realize how iffy contract brewing is. This brew is always very, very good at the brewery. Why risk damaging your reputation on a version of your product that you can't properly oversee? (I suppose the answer is obvious: $$.) But I'm not sure I would make the pilgrimage to the brewery if I tasted a pedestrian bottle.

hudsonvalleyslim, Feb 13, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pemi is one of my more favorite beers, but I really don't have a true favorite yet. There is really nothing wrong with this beer as far as I can see. IPA's have always been near and dear to my beer lovers heart. The aroma is that of hops and slight citrus/pungent tones. Very clean flavor. There is a very crisp finish which leaves your taste buds ready for more. Very good. I do not really care for the twist top on the bottles though. I won't hold this against them though.

oddfire, Dec 13, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper - maroonish clear body with a decent airy head. Nice fruity hop aroma with some malty undertones. Grapefruit like hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness to match the strong and slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is prickly but goes nicely with the bitter hops. A refreshing IPA that is balanced enough and interesting enough to drink all day.

Longstaff, Mar 19, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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, Mar 01, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown screwtop bottle from the local Hannaford. Pours a nearly translucent amber-red body with an impressive somewhat rocky inch-thick head that dissipates after not too long. Grassy, piney, somewhat citrussy hops dominate the aroma with some caramel and butterscotch in the background. Hops bombard the mouth at first, piney and grassy more than anything else, with a presence of butterscotch and biscuit to help counterbalance the hops. Moderate in both body and carbonation, this beer is a fairly easy drinker. Not the best IPA I've had but a good one and definitely a solid choice for sure, and one I may get again.

MrHurmateeowish, Oct 15, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewpub into a pint glass.

A: Clear light amber; one finger of white foam; decent retention and lacing. Pretty standard, but not bad by any stretch.

S: Nice fresh floral and pine hops, supported by some toffee-ish malt. Quite appealing and very clean.

T: Follows the nose exactly: hop forward (predominantly Cascade), with some good sweet, biscuity, toffee malt balance.

M: On the light side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable while hoppy enough to cleanse the palate. Very nice.

Notes: Very straightforward, fresh-tasting IPA. Good stuff.


woosterbill, Nov 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

wiseguywood, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as a growler. Smell is lightly floral and hoppy....nice copper color with a decent head and nice lacing. Taste is lightly malty on the front palate and lightly hoppy on the finish. Not an overly hopped ale, but decently balanced between the malt and hops. Smooth mouthfeel that is refreshing with no hint of harshness....a good warm weather choice. Easy enough to have more than one glass...so drinkability is above average.

edchicma, Jul 24, 2004
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Melomanemusher, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is clear copper with a finger of white head.

Smell: The predominate aroma is floral hops.

Taste: The flavor profile start out with floral hops, light malts and a bit of citrus fruit comes in in the mid-palate, and the floral hops come back for a crisp, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: It's on the thinner side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't call this an IPA, but it's hoppy, crisp, and quaffable.

goschool, May 14, 2007
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

ElGallo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

baccala, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

AlMarzo, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

mbs11, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

dwyerol, Jul 08, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Minimal head, medium amber brew. Nicely floral hoopy aroma. The flavor leans toward th hoppy and bitter side without really being IPA-like--a very hoppy American ale. Mothfeel is crisp and drinkable. Flavorful and easy drinking, I like it.

kenito799, Mar 26, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appears that the Woodstock now brews root beer and contracted most of their beer brewing to Shipyard.

Clear copper with a large white head. Sticky lace aplenty. Smells like fresh hops--like sticking your nose in a fresh bag of hops from the homebrew store. Mild fruit.

Tobacco leaf and spice with buttery cracker malt. Really good actually, probably the best I've had from Woodstock.

donkeyrunner, Jan 09, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pemi is in reference to the nearby Pemigewasset River.... Good copper color, with a thin fine head, but no lace at all. Has a bold, floral hop nose...nice! A touch thin in the body, but still nicely smooth! Barely any malt around, but lots o' hops... decent floral, hop bite, a touch bitter, but tasty! Good quaffin'!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jul 07, 2002
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3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in mid-May as part of the MicroBeerClub April shipment. Best before October 2007.

Beer pours an orange color with a white head that is leaving a lacing behind. Nose is of floral hops and malts. Taste has a hint of malts and finishes strongly with citrusy floral hops. Mouthfeel is meddium bodied and goes down quite smooth. Overall drinability is good. This would make a very nice tail gate beer if it was sold locally!

arizcards, Jun 17, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a clear amber with a decent frothy off-white head and good lacing. It has a "spicey cool" smell of piney hops and a touch of lime/citrus. It tastes creamy with malt and hops and has a mildly peppery finish. It is lightly but adequately carbonated and I get a sense of apple as a highlight. It is a mellow concoction that should appeal to most tastes. It's a nice pale ale with good body, not as whimpy as some, but nothing overpowering. I would drink this any day and i think it will bear some volume quite easily.

Durge, Sep 09, 2007
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Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.