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Pemi Pale Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Pemi Pale AlePemi Pale Ale

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177 Ratings

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-26-2011 03:35:54 | More by Burt
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-25-2011 17:47:01 | More by nmann08
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-22-2011 00:55:36 | More by jski
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +20.5%

11-20-2011 04:17:28 | More by ElGallo
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3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Bright and clear orangey amber / copper. Lazy bubbles rise randomly from all over to join the cream colored medium size head. Keeps a ring and leaves some okay lace.

S: Buttery diacetyl (far more than a hint), toffee, caramel, fruity, estery, soft grassy & woody hops. Well, I’d say they are going for an English style pale. Fair strength and rather pleasant.

T: Very English. Opens sweet with butter (diacetyl) toffee / caramel and estery light fruits (apples, pears). Toasty / grainy malt throughout the open and middle with a touch of biscuit and ghost hints of roasty notes. Middle to end (and especially in to the finish) is more hop focused and quite bitter. Woody, herbal, grassy, & a soft touch of citrus. Increasingly woody & earthy into the reasonably lingering finish.

M: Just on the upper end of average / medium for both body and carbonation. Starts mildly sweet, but plenty enough hops to take it drying. More U.S. pub than U.K. pub in mouthfeel.

D: The amount of diacetyl in this pale is initially surprising, but turns out reasonably pleasant. (Would be better in something darker.) Nice, if a tad stereotypical and hoppy, English style pale. A fair change from clean, west coast, hop forward pales.

11-08-2011 01:17:01 | More by SickGnar
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Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%

Best before March 2012

A: Dark pale ale with nice head.

S: Butter with some non-tropical fruitiness as it warms.

T: More butteriness and fruit, neither of which is very pleasant. There is a nice hop bitterness at the finish, though, and I want more. But then I take another sip and regret it until the finish...

M: Good.

O: So far the best Woodstock Inn I've had, but not a beer I will buy more of.

11-04-2011 00:48:05 | More by greybeardloon
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

10-18-2011 00:33:58 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

10-09-2011 20:45:42 | More by rfgetz
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3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

Here is another bottle that I randomly picked up in NH as a single. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Darker than I expected complexion, as it has a dark orange colored body. Large white head forms and remains intact for a while. Lacing on the glass too shows me this is a nice looking beer. Smell was hoppy and peppery. The flavor was a slight disappointment. The hops are there, but the yeast leaves a really buttery taste. Plus, on another bad note, the cloying flavor leaves a stickiness on the back of my throat. This beer sorta went downhill the more I drank it - started off strong, then ended weakly. Not my favorite APA for sure.

10-01-2011 04:03:04 | More by morebeergood
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Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Part of a mixed pack that my wife brought back from her camping trip in NH.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before Jan. 2012.

Appearance: 3-4 fingers worth of foam covers a light copper body. The head lasts quite a while and leaves lasting traces. Well done.

Smell: Nice hop aroma but a much more stronger malt nose wins out.

Taste: Very earthy, small dose of hops with some bitterness that seems vegetal. Not much depth here.

Mouthfeel: Kind of weak a bit and its presence in the palate is very short. Not bad but not great.

Overall: A forgettable pale ale. Nicer looking but nothing to back it up.

07-30-2011 00:36:53 | More by papat444
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New Hampshire

2.73/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

05-29-2011 19:52:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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2.83/5  rDev -14.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Golden reddish color that had a nice head, that stuck around awhile. Left great lacing.

Smell- Hoppy, herbal. nice.

Taste- Malty, even butter and spicy. Decent Pale Ale

Overall- A very average/decent pale ale. I had no trouble drinking a couple in a row, so I guess drinkability was there.

05-27-2011 05:22:08 | More by PokerGod
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3.03/5  rDev -8.7%

Bottle Best enjoyed before Oct 2011 notched on side. Contract brewed in Maine for Woodstock Inn.

Hop Bitterness and malts in odor, taste is average, mouth feel well carbonated, hop bitterness. A solid APA. However, I would not go out of my way to buy it.

04-04-2011 02:16:57 | More by pbecsu2008
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2.9/5  rDev -12.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - super clear amber, nice moderate head from ample carbonation

S - um, maybe some malt? I feel like I have a cold -- can't smell a thing here

T - slightly malty angel food cake, but not nearly as sweet; some hops present; butter?

M - highly carbonated and slick mouthfeel

D - OK, but taste is... off; wouldn't choose this again, but would drink again to compare if it was set down in front of me; not horrible, and does go down pretty easily

03-09-2011 20:28:20 | More by vapodge
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3.65/5  rDev +9.9%

This is a current BOTMC selection that rolled up to my door. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top, which I see could have been twisted off, yields a citrus hop smell with some earthy hops mixed in. Pours to a bright bronze with a creamy yellow-white head with a pillow top. Taste starts with a good hop bite, high in hop flavor but mot real bitter, followed by a sweet malty backbone, then finishing with a slightly bitter yet still malty finish. A very basic APA but flavorful nonetheless. Definitely a late hop add. Mouthfeel is good and smooth, carbonation is spot on. This is a very easy drinker when you want a brew with a moderate hop bite but don't have the hankering for a hop bomb.

02-27-2011 20:08:27 | More by mooseisloose
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2.55/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

02-05-2011 21:25:18 | More by bsp77
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3.03/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a slightly hazy amber-yellow. There was a brief head - I think. It went away quickly, but left a thin lace behind. The nose is really non-existent. I can barely make out anything. The hops grab you first. They taste pretty good. I won't pretend to know which ones, but I can taste one - three hop varieties. Nicely assertive with just a hint of bland malt to balance the sharpness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall a pretty drinkable beer. Probably won't buy it again, but not a bad try.

02-04-2011 02:36:09 | More by TAMU99
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2.7/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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

2.55/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

01-17-2011 22:38:48 | More by bonkers
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2.83/5  rDev -14.8%

Woodstock Inn Brewery--Pemi Pale Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.70% ABV--50 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Beer of the Month Club Selection April, 2007. Foamy rocky lacy off white head. Clear pretty bright rich amber color. Aged sediment dusting. Floral mild hop fruit ester front. Aged stanky notes. Effervescent fizzy CO2 mild sweet toffee bisquit aged fruit ester thin caramel body. Dry mild hop citrus spice end. Aged too Long. Not a Fair rating due to age. Would like to retaste this fresh since it has hints of being a rich Pale Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010.

Woodstock Inn Brewery--Pemi Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 56 IBU's. (2.75 / 5.0) Off white mild lace head. Pretty clear bright pale amber color. Grassy fruity floral hop front. Thin dry odd sweet flavor fizzy mild caramel malt biscuit hint citrusy fruity body. Sweet hop mild dry citrus crisp clean lingering odd fruit end. Sampled 1/13/2011. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection received 12/21/2010.

01-15-2011 04:35:24 | More by philbertk
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2.05/5  rDev -38.3%

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.

01-14-2011 22:47:17 | More by StaveHooks
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3.03/5  rDev -8.7%

pours copper in color with off-white head.

Hints of butter and citrus in the nose.

Nice caramel character with a pleasnt hop bitterness and an underlying diacetyl note. There is a nice citrus and lightly piney hop character that leaves a sharp bite on the back of the throat.

The focus seems to be in balance for this American Pale Ale. Nothing to write home about on this one but certainly nothing wrong with it. Fair drinkability but I am not too impressed.

01-13-2011 01:53:41 | More by stewart124
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2.58/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

12-31-2010 21:17:42 | More by Mora2000
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2.98/5  rDev -10.2%

A - clear golden color with a thick, foamy, white head with excellent retention

S - light citrus and some cardboard-like oxidation detected, as it warms diacetyl is noticed

T - citrus and earthy hop flavor with some caramel malt supporting, balanced with a moderately-light hop bitterness on finish, oxidation detected in aroma not significant in flavor

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a decent enough American pale, but definitely not an outstanding example. It suffices, but not much more. The age of this bottle concerns me a bit, but the bottle does have a July 2011 'best before' date. This was probably better 3 months ago or perhaps it has been mishandled in distribution. Nonetheless the hop character and malt are modest and not particularly noteworthy. However, it is not totally devoid of quality and deserves to be at least considered average.

12-28-2010 00:17:52 | More by scoobybrew
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle from BOTM Club.

Poured a clear amber, with slightly over a finger's thickness of head from a moderate-aggressive pour.

Head dissipated fairly quickly to a ring. Aroma starts off with piney and citrus hops and then gives way to pils malt and some diacetyl.

Taste is hops up front with a light malt backbone, overall taste is bitter, but a touch too much buttery diacetyl takes away from the enjoyable hop flavor. Leaves a piney bitter aftertaste - a touch too sticky.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but slick with diacetyl and hop oils.

Not bad, but to me it seems like a subpar clone of Sierra Nevada.

12-27-2010 01:54:58 | More by nitro0292
Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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