Pemi Pale Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Pemi Pale AlePemi Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by greybeardloon:
Photo of greybeardloon
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear, copper color, moderate to low carbonation, 2 finger head that dropped to a good covering with some lacing.

S - Citrus hops and caramel malt, followed by a funkiness. I am not sure how to classify the funk other than a sour/acidic smell.

T - Caramel malt sweetness, some breadiness, the not much hop flavor, but a decent bitterness. Hops are not jumping out like they should in an IPA and their is too much caramel malt. No alcohol presence which should be there in an IPA.

M - Nice feel, I think all those unfermented sugars from too much caramel malt pay some dividends here with a nice silky feel followed up with a crisp finish.

D - One is enough. There are just too many other better IPAs out there to really desire this beer.

This beer is classified as an IPA and that just isn't right. I judged it like an IPA since it is in the IPA catagory, but this is wrong. I don't know who put it in that category but it needs to be changed and the reviews removed since it has been treated a bit unfair by being categorized incorrectly. In addition is has a 5.7% abv.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

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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.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.11/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.59/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
2.59/5  rDev -21.8%
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!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
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 decide.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wiseguywood
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of RickS95
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle

It's exceptionally dark for a pale ale. It's pour is a brownish orange/burnt orange kind of color. Slight haze. The head is only around a short while before fading into a white film up top.

The smell is interesting in that your nose picks up both savory and citrus varieties of hops, against a background of breadiness.

There's no indication of citrus in the taste as it's all Earty in flavor. As it warms, the citrus tries to make an appearance, but it never happens. Tastes like Noble hops mixed in with pilsner and caramel malts.

Pretty stock for what it is. The bitterness feels stronger than 56 or whatever the IBU figure is. Being an APA, I was hoping for a citrus bomb, but got a more British or Belgian style. High bitterness, slightly sweet caramel, before the hoppy bitterness takes you deep into the finish.

It's an ok beer, nothing to write home about. Typical Beer of the Month Club offering (which is exactly how I got it). Not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Minimal head, medium amber brew. Nicely floral hoopy aroma. The flavor leans toward th hoppy and bitter side without really being IPA-like--a very hoppy American ale. Mothfeel is crisp and drinkable. Flavorful and easy drinking, I like it.

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Photo of bmoraymond
4.06/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of tc1072
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

from notes taken about 2 weeks ago.

A: Amber, nice 1 finger head that leaves a lace on top

S: pine and floral hops, malty

T: Bready, some nice bittnerness, but dominated by the malts and has a tartness that is hard to place. The hops are citrus and noticeable. It ends with an off note that has a hint of licorice and a bit of sulfur somewhere in the finish.

M: light to medium body, good carbonation and drinkable.

I used to drink this frequently when I lived not far from the brewery. It's an average pale ale.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of willabys
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip the New Hampshire this fine fall. Place is called Glen Beverage and they serve a nice sampling of regional and national labels.

Pours a clear amber with a relatively white foamy head.
Smells sweet and hoppy, I get a distinctive sweet malty, caramely aroma with this slightly more so piney overtone.

Taste is sweet with a decent dose of hops to ride out this sip, I admit to a alkward strong hopward headyness, but this one strikes a fine balance with a tilt to the evergreen goodness of the fine Hop bud in a way that is very pleasing..

Overall very drinkable and worth another purchase.

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Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 210 ratings