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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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Photo of OtherShoe2


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
Photo of soccerman7


3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

Appearance - Nice copper with a finger of head

Smell - some hops but there is a sweetness that is hard to place

Taste - very flat in flavor. would never have guessed it to be a pale ale. more of a copper ale. little complexity but still a nice flavor. simple.

Mouthfeel - watery and very light. average.

Drinkability. Very mild and simple beer. I have liked many of their beers, but this one is lacking. Its a decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 02:41:59 | More by soccerman7
Photo of pwoods


2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
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
Photo of NJpadreFan

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
Photo of AMo


3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodstock Inn Brewery Pemi Pale Ale pours a thin copper in color with little head, and complete translucence. The smell is mildly hopped which moderately comes out in the taste. Mouthfeel is on medium to thin side, but it is smooth and rather pleasant going down with a medium carbonation. The overall drinkability is ok, its pretty good due to its smoothness, but nothing stands out in the flavor making this a huge wow factor beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:34:20 | More by AMo
Photo of jneiswender


3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A--Quick dying white head with a reddish brown body.

S--Berry aroma

T--One dimensional hop flavor. No perceptible malt flavor.

M--medium body.

D--A bit boring. Nothing really to this brew. Its not bad or off but there is just so much more out there that I could be drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 17:01:12 | More by jneiswender
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

first of all, why is this listed as an ipa? it's your basic american pale ale. anyways, got this in a trade from a non-ba friend. appearance was inviting, a nice copper/amber with good clarity and a decent off-white head and lacing. nose was of husky malt and toffee with woody and bready notes. maybe a bit of cooked corn? taste was of grainy malt with only a hint of malt sweetness and a light to medium hop bitterness. very drying finish. light in body, kinda thin and spritzy. sessionable at a presumably reasonable abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 03:27:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

appearance - Nice deep gold color, with a small head and left some lace behind.

smell - Some sweet smells here, like floral smells.

taste - Sweet taste up front and then a strong hop bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - ligh-medium body.

drinkability - Decent beer, besides the bitterness taste. I like the picture on the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 21:31:14 | More by auxiliary
Photo of tgbljb


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 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
Photo of rmessick


3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with a 1/4" head. Aroma has very sweet malty overtones, with little hops in the mix. Seems to have a bit too much carbonation - a little bit of a carbonation bite was present that dominates the mouthfeel (not sure if this was an overcarbed batch/bottle?). Tasted pretty malty/sweet, but seemed to be balanced. There was a mild citrus finish, perhaps a bit more floral - not overpowering, though. Not a bad beer, but does not seem to hit the American IPA profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 12:38:28 | More by rmessick
Photo of jwc215


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
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
Photo of arizcards


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
Photo of hunteraw


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for sending this one my way in the Little Guy BIF.

Appearance: Honey colored, smallish head, with little retention but good lacing (interesting combination, there...)

Smell: Sweet smelling, with honey and floral hops. A bit reminiscent of a bitter.

Taste: Sweet and floral, resolves to a solid hop bitterness. Finishes dry. I'm curious what hop variety was used here. Slight butteriness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an APA, not an IPA - or if it's an IPA, it's English - especially with those earthy/floral hops. Pretty tasty and drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 21:02:35 | More by hunteraw
Photo of uconnalum2


3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head that leaves a decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. The taste is a little citrusy but mainly hops with a bitter aftertaste. Not bad but not great either. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some carbonation. Fairly drinkable but I would get tired of this pretty quickly. Overall, rather bland and certainly not among my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 00:17:35 | More by uconnalum2
Photo of HumuloneRed


1.93/5  rDev -41.7%
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
Photo of goschool


4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 06:47:12 | More by goschool
Photo of Minkybut


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer was cloudy and amber in color with a big head. The taste was a little hoppy as was the smell. There was a slightly nutty sweet aftertaste I though tat first I was going to like but the bitterness worked against it. The beer had good lacing and i liked the label but I will not buy the beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 14:05:03 | More by Minkybut
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 jdhilt

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 jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a brown long neck bottle with twist off cap into a nonic glass.

Good strong complex aroma very floral and spicy,perfumy.A bit of a butterscotch smell with burnt sweet carmell. A very pleasing aroma.

Strong citrus tastes lots of bitterness.Light sweet burnt carmell,some nuttyness. A strong lemon zest at the finish. A bit unbalanced needs to be more malty.

Medium mouthfeel,very tangy. The lemon zest was a bit to much ruined the drinkability for me,otherwise it would have been a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 03:03:33 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of akahn


3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown, not quite red enough to call it amber. Some lace here and there left by the skim of head.

Soapy pine-sol aroma, but not unpleasant.

Soapy in the flavor, too, but evenly and broadly bitter. In the finish, some caramelly malt sweetness and dry grain notes. Solid.

Lighter than medium body, fairly strong carbonation refreshes the palate.

A decent beer, but nothing extraordinary; a fine companion for our pizza, veggie burger and fried onion blossom.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 17:38:30 | More by akahn
Photo of bultrey

New York

2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm... Maybe it's the Ringwood thing, maybe the beer was old, maybe the lines were dirty... or maybe this just isn't that good a pale ale (it's definitely not an American IPA). But I had a few beers at Woodstock, and they all disappointed me, so I'm going with the yeast.
Had it on draft at the source on a recent visit to the White Mountains of NH. The appearance was fine, the aroma was lacking, with a musty smell along with the faintest hint of herbal hops. The taste just didn't do it for me. A buttery, musty flavor dominates, along with a slight malty sweetness and less-than-overwhelming hoppiness. This needs a good shot of American hoppiness to come to the rescue, but in the end, it's nowhere near enough.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2005 14:56:16 | More by bultrey
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim


4.45/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2005 21:16:52 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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