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Shelter Pale Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Shelter Pale AleShelter Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

734 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 26
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with a premium barley and northwestern Williamette and Columbus hops, Shelter Pale Ale has a fine malt backbone and a slightly nutty flavor. It's a versatile and quaffable beer.

We named this beer Shelter Pale Ale because we think of a shelter as being a place you come home to. It just made sense for this Dogfish original.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001)
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umustdrink

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -22.2%

A - Dark orange color, opaque. Head fades to a film.

S - Very sweet earthy maltiness, sort of musty (diacetyl). Kind of funky when agitated, smells a little bit like garbage...

T/M - Starts out with a hard carbonation burn Creamy, buttery and sweet, with some light apple-like fruity tastes. Very faintly bitter. Leaves a buttery sort of feeling afterwards.

D - Probably want to avoid this, unless you like the whole diacetyl business, I think its gross (buttery beer??).

10-11-2007 03:37:59 | More by umustdrink
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sirpsycho

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small, thick off white head. The aroma has some sweetness, honey, with floral hops. An average beer from an above average Brewery. My least favorite from DFH so far, but that does not make it a bad beer by any means. This beer was easy to drink, not heavy. Many big, mainstream brewers wish they could make a beer this tasty.

10-06-2007 19:43:06 | More by sirpsycho
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +35.5%

I had this both on tap and in bottle. The bottle does the tap justice. Unfortunately I can't normally get this, and I have consumed the supply I brought back from Delaware (to Ohio).

It's a very nice IPA/APA. A bit on the tame side (balanced), and thus extremely drinkable. One could consume a mess of these and not loose one's mind or palate (you could eat too!).

I need to find an excuse to go back to Delaware to get more.

09-09-2007 19:02:25 | More by schoolboy
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +28.7%

Served cold in a Nonic at the brewpub in Rehobeth.
A - A light amber w/ a small white head. Practically no lace is formed from this ale.

S - Sweet odors of malt and hops. Very herbal smells bordering on, but not getting into perfumy territory. Slightly citric scents w/ nutty malt and a slight tinge of spice if I sniff hard.

M - Mellow feel from hop bitterness. Light carbonation and fruitiness. Sweet with a subtle spiciness in the finish.

T - Floral hop tastes overwhelms the palate w/ light malty flavors adding substance. Mellow bitterness w/ a dry flavor in the finish. Very delicate, yet flavorful w/ hops from start to finish. Not overly bitter and a taste that made me want to take large gulps. Very smooth quaffing.

D - A good Pale ale w/ high drinkablility for me. Highly quaffable, pleasant bitterness and a lower abv add to the overall experience. I enjoy that you can taste the hops instead of just feel the bitterness. The english style is hinted at a the blend of hops is heavenly. I could drink this in sessions, I really love this ale.

09-04-2007 22:38:48 | More by Slatetank
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a clean copper color with an off white head. Aromas of hops and a sweet malt. In the taste, a bitter malt and a nice hop presence. The mouthfeel is very clean with a small malty aftertaste. A very nice pale, a nice hop and a great deal of malty presence.

09-04-2007 20:44:32 | More by OWSLEY069
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Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev +8%

Pours a clear amber color with a smallish dense off-white head. The smell is of light buddy/grassy hops, caramel malt. The taste is buttery with a light grassy hop, caramel malt, light honey, light rubbing alcohol flavor. All of the flavors are pretty mellow. The brew has a moderate body that has some tight carbonation, finishes very balanced. A respectable APA, probably not something I would expect out of DFH. It could use a touch more hops but other than that I think this is a good beer.

09-01-2007 03:04:25 | More by Gmann
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a bottle a clear copper-orange with a light off-white head and some sticky lacing on the sides.

Aroma has a real sweet and sourness to it. Also noting a bready biscuit maltiness to it.

The taste follows the smell with a taste that is both sweet and sour. Interesting, but not too impressive. The malts lend a doughiness to the beer.

Light to medium bodied, flat with little carbonation.

Easy to drink but not really a beer I'd like to have in the fridge. Not one of DFH's better brews.

08-23-2007 22:34:24 | More by Monkeyknife
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -39.3%

A- Crystal clear rusty amber colored body with thick white head that fades slowly to 1/2 finger. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Nice-looking beer.

S- whoa. very musty and biscuity with an added macro-hop potency. Not very appealing at all.

T- Lots of crass biscuity malt and barley upfront with a bitterness from hops but no taste of hops. Burnt Biscuit taste. The finish is clean with a burnt bitterness that lingers on and on.

M- High carbonation and a light body. My overall impression was the crassness.

D- It looks good, but the smell and taste are quite the opposite. When I grab an APA I'm not looking for something that tastes like a burnt biscut. I was rather disappointed with this offering from Dogfish Head since they are such a great brewery. I won't have this again.

08-15-2007 04:28:57 | More by PittBeerGirl
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -3%

Golden orange, almost redish body, not much head, but decent lace.

Nothing special in the nose... just a bit of hops noticeable, kind of weak.

Flavor is not exceptional in my opinion. Not a bad APA to be sure, though there are many better examples. Hops are not as flavorable as I would like and seem to simply add bitterness, not all around flavor. Again, not bad, but I expect more from Dogfish Head.

08-07-2007 23:14:12 | More by HugoGrim
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argock

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Very clear light copper body with thin, foamy head that leaves little to no lace

S: Musty and doughy smelling, not particularly appealing

T: Buttery and earthy with some sweet and roasted malts and minimal hops finish.

M: Smooth and not overly carbonated but a bit drier than I expected or liked.

D: The dryness of the finish and the butteriness tone down the desire to have many more of these.

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with “Packaged In” date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Crystal clear tarnish gold colour with medium sized bubble floating to the top, good head retention and froth during the pour.

Smell: Big buttery diacetyl aromas, buttery and musty with a dough like maltiness and herbal hop.

Taste: Medium body, smooth and crisp. Buttery from the start and far into the finish from the yeasty byproduct diacetyl. Musty flavour with a dough malt flavour and big herbal hop that throws around an odd bitterness. Diacetyl is ever so dominant and gets annoying to a point. Herbal hop finish with little else.

Notes: A pale ale that has too much going on, this beer brandishes a diacetyl character that is relentless to bother the taste buds and the hops double the effect unfortunately. If the yeast was kept in check this brew would be a bit cleaner to have a more balance. Not a bad brew just off kilter.

08-05-2007 01:25:10 | More by argock
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.03/5  rDev -39.9%

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear gold with a good head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer by the end of my session.

The smell is rather delicate. I get a bit of floral hops but that's about it.

The taste has some good malty graininess up front with a touch of bitterness that moves in about midway through and that's, pretty much, the highlight of this APA. I won't mention the "D" word but yeah, it gets overpowering for my taste buds and I'm having a rather tough time drinking this brew. In fact, I can't finish my glass.
Dogfish Head makes some great brews so my not liking this one is neither here or there, if you catch my drift. ;^)

08-04-2007 18:50:46 | More by Bitterbill
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umandd

New York

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Definitely Dogfish Head's most drinkable PA for a beginner which makes sense given that it is the first beer they brewed (didn't want to get to extreme on the first try). Beer is lightly carbonated, not producing much head at all. Disappointing in comparison with 60 and 90 minute, but still a very good PA, coming from a person who drank Sierra Nevada for years.

08-02-2007 01:46:48 | More by umandd
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enfield249

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%

A - Light copper-brown. Two fingers of head, about 1 stays around after the pour.

S - This is weird, but I got a scent of cigarettes on my first sniff! That can't be right. Other than that, slight hop smells, maybe a light malt smell.

T - Pretty good here. Biscuity, slight hops. Not a bad flavor all told.

M - I get slightly creamy in consistency, not flavor. At least heading in that direction.

D - Not my favorite from DFH, but not aweful. Worth a shot, you may like it more then I did.

07-11-2007 02:04:45 | More by enfield249
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured a brilliantly clear amber hued ale. A one finger off white head formed on the pour of this mildly carbonated brew. Head quickly fell to leave a thin collar which managed to surprisingly produce thin yet full sheets of lacings.

Bready and biscuity malts and a pleasant earthy and leafy, almost tea like bitterness. Mild hints of fruity esters of apple, pear present, along with a hint of honey.

No real surprises here. Toasted bread and biscuit from the malts, along with a touch of honey sweetness. Very mild fruity esteres as in the nose. Nice bitterness, earthy, leafy, and slightly woody in character. A tea like astringency revealed itself more towards the finish.

Nicely balanced as far as the malt and hopping goes. Perhaps under attenuated, however, with its maltose and almost honey like sweetness. Prevents a refreshing, dry finish, and the level of astringency is also out of place.

A decent brew, although both the sweetness and astringency present detract from the overall drinkability of this brew, and the tasty malt and hops. Less unfermented sugars would have made for a more refreshing and sessionable, dry finishing pale ale. Almost but not quite a solid APA.

07-03-2007 18:46:22 | More by demcorhip
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev +3%

I haven't seen this DFH offering before on the West Coast - thanks to Wasatch for sending it as an extra in a recent trade (perhaps an extra of his, maybe I'm thanking MuenchenerKindl also?). This 12 oz bottle poured to a pint glass and kept me company on a Saturday afternoon.

A: Pale amber-orange & very clear. Only a little carbonation rising to a thin whitish head, which faded rapidly to a faint film. Looks pretty mundane actually, with no lace, no head and little action in the glass.

S: Mostly bready aroma, very malty and with limited sweetness. Hops are floral and bitter and don't compete much with an overtly malty aroma.

T: Pale malts taste doughy and lightly sweet/sour, good hop profile is a little citrus zest and a little herbal/grassy. Spicy sweetness is pleasant and overall balance is good; for the most part this is a balanced yet unremarkable Pale Ale.

M: Clean and crisp mouthfeel, adequate carbonation and refreshingly bitter bite on the tongue. Medium-light body.

D: An easy drinker, session-able at just 5% ABV. Nothing really bad about this nor outstanding - just a solid middle-of-the road APA from a respectable brewer. Worth a try.

Thanks, John, for beering forward this one...

06-23-2007 23:29:50 | More by msubulldog25
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mdm46410

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a golden orange color with visible carbonation in the glass. A thin beige head quickly faded away. The aroma of this beer consisted of mostly caramel with a hint of some citrus notes. The flavor was surprisingly roasty and malty. Very faint notes of caramel and orange linger behind the malts. The mouthfeel was slightly watery and light-bodied. Brisk carbonation. Definately not the most interesting beer from Dogfish Head, but quite sessionable.

06-19-2007 03:11:12 | More by mdm46410
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Zorro

California

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Sampled through MrBURTON55 and the Summer Sipper 2007 BIF.

In the glass this is a clear amber colored ale with a good tan head.

The smell is a little sweet and herbal with a good caramel malt aroma. Lesser aromas are toasted wheat and some citrus type hops.

The taste begins neutral and quite bitter for the style with a good caramel aftertaste. The taste doesn't develop that much it is mostly woody and herbal with caramel in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Pale Ale but I know many better.

06-10-2007 03:55:19 | More by Zorro
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +24.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked "bottled on 01/10/07". Leaves a one finger tan head that has very good retention, and some good lacing. Body is a clear amber. Looks good.

Smell - grassy herbal hops. Toasty malt biscuits, apples, and some butterscotch.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Grassy herbal hops washing over toasty malt biscuits, apples, and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth. Semi-dry from the hop bitterness.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and very sessionable.

05-31-2007 19:18:36 | More by ultralarry2006
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Wasatch

Utah

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is mostly malts, some hops, and caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, with a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA, better than what the reviews indicate, recommended.

05-31-2007 00:46:11 | More by Wasatch
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%

A somewhat light copper color that poured to a decent head that stayed well. The smell was mild citrus, not too intense. The first taste was a bit peppery but a few tastes later there was more of a sweet but dry quality. Maybe a caramel edge there. Not too thick a brew, easy drinking and fairly refreshing. Not particularly intense but enjoyable.

05-28-2007 02:58:02 | More by Durge
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -11.2%

This poured a hazy golden color with a nice head. The aroma was a bit sour and very faint. The taste is malty with a touch of hops. It has a somewhat sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. This is an interesting beer that has some nice flavors, but they do not seem to match up entirely, therefore I wouldn’t consider this a highly drinkable brew.

04-27-2007 01:33:57 | More by barefootbrewer
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plaid75

New York

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a medium copper hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet and husky caramel malt. There was a light smattering of peppery hop as well.

The taste was upfront sweet with a drying hop toward the end. A pretty decent doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness.

Overall an easy drinking pale ale. Not the protypical APA, but a decent and balanced ale nonetheless.

04-27-2007 00:58:29 | More by plaid75
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BBM

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer pours a nice clear amber hue with not too much head. Aroma is fruity, raisin-y, and a bit earth-like.

While it's not going to barrage your taste buds like most DFH beers, this pale ale does a nice job of balancing citrus and grass hops with a slight touch of caramel malts. It's not too complex and it's not overly interesting, but overall it's a solid beer. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. And this beer is drinkable, but does have a powerful aftertaste. It's rare to see DFH make a beer that doesn't try to be mega-super-powerful, but this one is pretty good in its own right.

04-20-2007 20:06:22 | More by BBM
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Redwood21

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +22.2%

I have read a few poor reviews of this beer, maybe its just opinion but i thought it was a pretty good pale ale. The head was dissapointing, barely showing up for the party, but the beer color is a nice amber hue. the smell ws faint, with a bit of hop to it. Taste wise, if you were expecting a strong pale ale i could understand the dissapointment, it more smooth and clean tasting than hoppy or bitter, not that those are needed imho. There is a hoppy flavor, it hits you most if you swirl the beer in our mouth, its just not super prominent. Looking at this beer just as a beer its enjoyable clean smooth and tasty. It may not be the best example of a pale ale, but it is good and im enjoying it.

03-30-2007 21:02:26 | More by Redwood21
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -19.2%

Pours amber with a thin head that becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of toffee, dough, slight fruitiness.. Smells candyish - not bad in itself, though not quite expected from a pale ale.

The taste is of toffee and dough. Slight metallic tinge. Buttery. Seems like too much yeast, and not enough to balance it out. Abrupt finish leaves the mouth dry, but where did the flavor go?

Thin feel, though it doesn't fall apart. But, an annoying astringency from the rather harsh carbonation brings it down.

The hops seem lost in the shuffle. The initial malr loses its potential early on. Too doughy and buttery. There is something that keeps it from being terrible, but, for me there is too small annoyances and not enough full flavor for me to be interested in this one.

03-29-2007 02:39:17 | More by jwc215
Shelter Pale Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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