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Pemi Pale Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pemi Pale AlePemi Pale Ale

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163 Ratings

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.31%

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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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orangey body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted pale maltiness with a citrusy, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Toasty pale malts with a light caramel sweetness and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Citrusy hops with a taste of grapefruit and a medium bitterness clear things away and leave you with a dry, lightly bitter, lightly toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While not altogether horrendous, it's by no means a great India Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 22:52:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/9/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of citrus along with caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and sweet up front with flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a good hops presence that comes in next and a hearty malt character creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a solid beer but there are certainly better ones out there within the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 15:02:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic pale malt scent along with a moderate hop nose and some light yeast esters. It's citrusy with adequate malt balance. The taste is average. It has a thin pale malt flavor along with a mild citrus hop feel. It has a good amount of bitterness, but the finish reveals some sort of off-flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent APA. I'm not crazy about it, but I bet it drinks quite well fresh off the keg.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:44:04 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
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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2.42/5  rDev -26.9%
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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New York

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice copper amber color with about 2 inches of white foam. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fresh hops and some bready malts. A nice combo.

t - Tastes mostly of bready malts, biscuit, some hops. A little bland.

m - Very smooth and creamy... pretty easy to drink. Little carbonation and medium body.

d - Got this with Awesome Clubs Beer of the Month club for February and it's a decent pale ale. Very smooth and easy to drink, with a bready malt taste. I thought it was a little bland but not bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:49:00 | More by mdfb79
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -32%
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 Jason


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear orangey amber

SMELL: Buttery, toffee, bready, ripe fruit, spice, woody hops, apple skin, faint esters

TASTE: Fruity, herbal, malty, buttery, toffee, dried hay, toasted bread, kiss of alcohol, taffy, hop bitterness

A stand up pale ale, the Fuggle hops really work here. A good example fo the style even if it is contract brewed by Shipyard ... yes, there is a Shipyard flare going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:33:58 | More by Jason
Photo of Brad007


2.35/5  rDev -29%
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
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North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a mug, the beer is a bright, hazed, copper brown coloring with a frothy, filmy, clingy white head. Aromas of caramel sweet and biscuit in the backbone, with a hint of citrus. Flavors are rich and very bitter, with a dark, roasty caramel backbone and a resiny, peppery, and bitter dry hopping overtone. Some citrus highlights give a tartness at the end. Tangy sweet and bitter aftertaste on a thin body, with a smooth, slightly drying finish. Not bad.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2013 19:24:24 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and a fair amount of lace. The aroma is caramel bready biscuit and a fair amount of earthy citrus hops with enough butterscotch to remind me who makes it. The flavor is bready toffee and butterscotch with an aggressive hop bitterness but little flavor. There's an off putting mineral mixed with wet cardboard oxidation going on here as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bitter mouthfeel. Welcome to yesterday's APA. There's an aggressive use of hops here for the style, but they are all bittering hops so you get that bite mixed with the signature flavor from the yard with the ships. Honestly with so many better beers out there why bother with this one?

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:09:54 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of woosterbill


4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 23:31:33 | More by woosterbill
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle dated July 2012. Sampled on March 9, 2012. Ooh, it is a handsome looking copper-amber with lively carbonation that builds up to a moderate head. Those bubbles keep flowing up though. The aroma is high on hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops are heightened compared to similar pales I have had. The body is smooth and medium. The taste has an odd yeasty, toffee-like flavor with a hop bite topping it all off. Bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:00:37 | More by puboflyons
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.78/5  rDev -16%
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
Photo of Durge


3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 06:55:52 | More by Durge
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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


Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2002 17:02:01 | More by Bierman9
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3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper-amber color with initial large white puffy head, but little rententive properties.
Smell is very restrained with some light malt and hop present.
Taste is also very subdued. This a modest sweet malt noted, and the hop is very much in the background.
Finish is a bit thin, and thought while enjoyable, it quickly fades.
An average beer. An IPA. ???

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 22:19:41 | More by tgbljb
Photo of tigg924


2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: huge head, amber, clear, high carbonation

Smell: citrus, pine --very hoppy smelling

Taste: some malts, hops, pine and a touch of caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth with a sweet start bitter body and finish, medium bodied, and high carbonation

Drinkability: This is a really average IPA. The hops are present and they overbear the malt backbone. It is really not distinguishable from others in the style and I will pass over it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 14:21:20 | More by tigg924
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodstock Inn- Pemi Pale Ale

A- Golden copper with a good frothy and moderate lacing head.
S- Sweet caramel malt and a light citrus hops aroma.
T- Good sweet caramel malt, slightly grainy with a light grapefruit hop touch.
M- Sweet and malty although a touch watery. A bit dry and carbonated in the end.

Overall- I liked this 1. Very good session beer. Next trip to NH I'll get more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 20:55:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with decent cap of white froth. Scent quite earthy and grainy with touches of leafy hops and musty dried grains. Taste lacks clean and bright character that others in style exhibit and leans towards the english style with full grainy malts and leafy and earthy hop notes. Lighter side of medium bodied, a splash more carbonation than required. A malty and earthy pale ale that has some full flavor notes but not one that i would consider refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 20:45:42 | More by rfgetz
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 23:45:33 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a good dense head with decent lacing.

Smells of Malt, baked bread, some hop leaf notes.

Lots going on here. Malty-sweetness, with toasted whole grain bread flavors. Hops are there, with some of that rind bitterness, but it is in the background.

Has some decent carbonation and decent body to it. Finishes rather clean, mainly because many of the flavors are on the milder side.

Drinkability: Tough one, as this was from a well stocked, diverse fridge during a rather diverse session. Compared to some of the others (which isn't fair), it is a bit weak. Compared to others from the brewery (or, beer cut from the same cloth), it is better than most. These go down easy, but if you are looking for something special, look elsewhere. Fair to good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 14:35:58 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 00:32:11 | More by arizcards
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3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad APA but definitely not one that I'm running to refill. The beer looks pretty good with a clear amber color with a nice slightly creamy, slightly frothy head with a bit of billowing lace. There is pretty good retention on the beer and a bit of carbonation. The nose has English pale malts written all over the place. There is an earthy quality to the nose, maybe a touch of caramel, a touch of diacetyl, and maybe a dextriny nose too.

The taste is definitely grainy malts, a touch coarse, not at all sweet, very British in character. There is some toffee notes in the malts. There are crystal pale malts and English malts as the backbone to this beer. There is quite a bit of leafy hop in the beer with a type of lime and saltene finish. The hop is a bit more biting than bittering, but more drying and salty than anything else. There is no sweetness in the beer and the British pale malts and leafy lime and salty hop pretty much define this beer. The aftertaste is a bit dying, sucking even more moisture off the palate. This is a decent APA but not brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 21:38:45 | More by albern
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3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from beer of the month club. Pours ruby with small head. Aroma is interesting. Strong citrus and floral hops mixed with buttery caramel malt. Very buttery smell. Flavor follows the smell closely. Very floral hop flavor here, similar profile to Celebration, but with a buttery caramel addition. Strange finish of malt though. Lightish mouthfeel with adequate prickle from the carbonation. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:18:59 | More by BMMillsy
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Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.