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Pemi Pale Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Pemi Pale AlePemi Pale Ale

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174 Ratings

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of HumuloneRed


1.93/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a nice thick white head with good lacing.
Unfortunately for me the aroma is all sweet corn butter and grass clippings as is the flavor mixed with a bitter bite in the finish. It did not make the journey well. Must try closer to the source.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 02:35:37 | More by HumuloneRed
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New York

2/5  rDev -39.8%

08-08-2013 05:11:21 | More by TheHumanTorch
Photo of StaveHooks


2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear amber with a big bubbled small head. No lacing.

S - Citrus with a kind of rotten buttery diacetyl. Some toffee malt underneath

T - Bitter orange with butter diacetyl. Some strawberry and cherry fruit. Herbal mint comes through towards the and and finishes with sweaty socks and grain like aftertaste.

M - Medium carbonation, slightly prickly.

Well this might of had potential to be a nice APA, but unfortunately the diacetyl is heavy handed and takes over most of the flavors. Pretty bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:47:17 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this in a variety 12-pack on sale for $10 at Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Best by date of Sep 2010 stamped on the label. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

Clear light copper brew, 1" of rocky head settles to a thick 1/4" layer, sticks around for quite a while, generates some lace. Nose has the same thick extract-type sweetness as the red and brown ales sampled already this evening. Smells like caramel popcorn and muddy hops, maybe a hint of lemon. Taste pretty much the same... that is to say, almost the same as the red and the brown ales. It's like the same damn beer, barely any differences. Drinking through this sampler pack has been like driving through a subdivision... same house, over and over, just different colored siding and different curtains in the windows.. but it's the same friggin' house. Same tacky mouthfeel and taste/smell over and over again. Thoroughly disappointed with the Woodstock Inn sampler pack. I could brew better beer in a toilet. At least the Wassail was a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:52:49 | More by BeerNinja007
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-fingered white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes hoppy, true to style, lingering hoppy aftertaste. Forced to buy since it is brewed in NH. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 23:48:13 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ATLbeerDog


2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange red color, very low in carbonation. Extremely light lacing. Smells nicely of heavy piney malts. First taste is all hops with some malty tones present. Mouthfeel is weak as there is a lack of carbonation. This puppy could use a stronger malt backbone. Not too bad, not to good either.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 20:59:42 | More by ATLbeerDog
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2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a nice head that recedes a bit. Aroma is somewhat hoppy/fruity with a hint of the malt. Taste is somewhat more on the hoppy/malty side with a copperish taste and a weird, dry aftertaste that doesn't sit well. Hard to describe. The bottle says it's still fresh so who knows? Not too bad but the mouthfeel isn't good.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:05:36 | More by Brad007
Photo of jwc215


2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper/amber with a thin, lasting, foamy white head.

The smell is floral with sweet notes. Resiny - almost plastic - notes come through.

It's hoppy - floral/citric/resin - but in an odd way. There is a tea-leaf bitterness mixed in with a detached caramel (slightly burnt) sweetness that overrides the hop flavor, though bitterness does linger. An out-of-place lemon zest is apparent in the finish. Odd hop profile that struggles to override the sweetness.

Medium-bodied with a decent carbonation level. But, not such a pleasant drying bitterness lingers despite the sweetness in the taste.

Drain pour? No. But, flavors are out-of-whack. Too sweet and the hops don't work quite right here. Not awful, but not good by any means - this is a strange brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 15:41:08 | More by jwc215
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

07-17-2012 01:17:04 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

03-07-2013 17:15:23 | More by Celtics76
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

03-16-2014 15:17:10 | More by Fettpopps
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

12-30-2012 03:26:02 | More by Screper
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2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy amber with thin white head and just slight lacing.

Smell: Malty, with toast, caramel and butter, with just a very light citrus component.

Taste: Buttery, toasted malts are dominant. There is a fairly strong bitterness at the end, but only very light citrus hop taste. Sharp aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a fairly light body. Dry finish, but not in a good way.

Drinkability: Pretty bitter for a Pale Ale, but they forgot the actual hop flavor. Plus, the malts simply aren't very good. Unfortunately, this is not a good Pale Ale.

Note: Why are all of the recent reviews so poor? Seems to be a lot of the BOTM people. So is this a bad (diacetyl) batch? Was it handled poorly mailing it out? Are we more discerning? No idea, but the recent reviews are notably lower.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:25:18 | More by bsp77
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New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this as part of a botmc. The beer pours a pretty, clear, orange with a rock hard white head. The aroma is fruity and grassy. The flavor is overly fruity and grassy, taste off. The off flavors continue into a lingering finish. The beer is medium in body and well carbonated. I don't know what is in this one but it did not work for me. I shared this with a friend and he had the same conclusion. Would not recomend.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:38:48 | More by bonkers
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2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is toffee and sugar, but like the Red Rack Ale I tried from this brewery, I get a lot of butter notes which are not good at all. The flavor is more of the same. The dominant flavor is a buttery sweetness. In addition to that, I get some grain, wheat and grassy notes, but the butter is so strong it completely kills the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:17:42 | More by Mora2000
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2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to NjpadreFan for this extra. Best trader ever, I really can't say enough about Alan.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a very clear copper color with plenty of streaming carbonation. A 1+ finger head forms and holds for 2-3 minutes. A bit of lacing.

S: Not much hop aroma. A biscuity and maybe rye(?) malt blend. Some winter warmer-esque spices in the back.

T/M: Bitterness is a bit on the weak side. Hops taste English than American... floral, grassy, earhty, even a bit musty. Malts are grainy and definitely has a bit of rye in there. Very spicy toward the end of the drink and into a surprisingly dry finish. Body is about medium and carbonation is average.

D: Definitely not an American IPA, though it's probably not an APA either. Not a terrible brew and easy to drink, just not really interesting enough to make me want to come back. Thanks for the chance to try this, Alan!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 00:25:52 | More by pwoods
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2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep amber with a very thin off-white headskie. This is an IPA? Seems more like a pale or an amber ale. Sweetness is too much in the front with very little hop flavors coming through. Some chew to it. Feels right in body, but the taste is just off. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 18:37:15 | More by scottum
Photo of COBeerBuff


2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade from monsterzero. Thanks Steve! Best before date of October 2010 on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with two fingers of off-white colored head. There appears to be quite a bit of carbonation here as I can hear the nucleation from about two feet away. As the head slowly recedes, quite a bit of sticky lacing is left around the edges of the glass.

Smell: This beer smells a lot more malty than it does hoppy, which isn't something I typically expect from an APA. Bready malts along with some roasted notes dominate. A bit of hop freshness is there as well, along with a smidge of citrus tart. Not a whole heck of a lot going on in the nose.

Taste: Tart is the first word to jump to mind. The malted grains are definitely the feature here, and the breadiness of the flavors definitely imparts a bit as well. The tart seems to come from the hops, but it's nowhere near balanced, and it's a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Initially, the mouthfeel is quite light and effervescent, but the back end is all stickiness from the hops that are here.

Drinkability: This is a weird APA for me. Generally, these are the kinds of beers I love on warm summer afternoons, but the sweet, tartness is almost too much for me, and the bready grains just don't balance it out enough to be amazing to me. All in all, I'm glad to have gotten the chance to try this brew, and I look forward to sampling other stuff from WIB.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 22:17:13 | More by COBeerBuff
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2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy, copper color with thick tan foam. The lacing lasts throughout. The aroma is brandy, raisins, wood, and toast. It's flavor has toast, licorice, and fruit-like brandy notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium. Woodstock Pemi Pale Ale is a decent beer. Hoppy like an IPA but not overbearing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:07:34 | More by B967ierhunter177
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2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours: a clear orange/yellow hue with slight white head (one finger) that sticks around awhile.

Nose: Wheat, aloft hops, butter, strange alcoholic notes, and grass.

Taste: Sweat, cardboard, diacetyl alcohol (buttery taste), grass, and dirt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly cloying.

Overall: the diacetyl alcohol was too much for me. This was similar in their Red Rack Amber. I got both in a beer club my aunt bought for me for Christmas. This brewery sucks...stuck with Shipyard up there or DDH obviously.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 09:29:47 | More by waltersrj
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New Hampshire

2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden hued amber color with a beefy, off-white sticky foam head...nice healthy look.

Sweet caramel maltiness and the tell-tale Buttery, slick and sweet smelling house yeast, wormwood made famous by Shipyard it obviously in here. didn't realize until i gave this brew a whiff that it is infact contract brewed by Shipyard! so with it's yeast this really becomes a Shipyard brew leaving the "Woodstock inn brewery" without a true identity, which is a real shame.

The flavor takes after the aroma with some sweet caramel-like malt sweetness, rounded out by juicy-sweet fruity flavor from the hops and a very mellow vibe overall. The Shipyard house yeast known as wormwood takes the lion's share of the flavor with a buttery-sweet effect that just doesn't do it for me in this beer.

"Woodstock inn Brewery" or Shipyard...you decide.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:52:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

10-02-2013 00:40:39 | More by ROGUE16
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

02-03-2013 02:03:27 | More by pma7779
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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

05-02-2014 00:04:22 | More by Brendog9
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12oz bottle with a best by June 2007 date. This was a golden colored beer with a medium white head. It had a sweet, mildly floral aroma. Harsh, bitter hops flavor. I thought the bitterness was a little too much, even for an American IPA. I don't want to drink any more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 19:08:24 | More by lordofthewiens
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Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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