Pemi Pale Ale | Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pemi Pale AlePemi Pale Ale
209 Ratings
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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5/5  rDev +51.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

Photo of jermar
4.69/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful microbrew, on tap at the brewpub - overwhelming hops and enough malt to compensate. Good copper color. Also bought a growler to go, which suffered from diminished carbonation, apparently a common problem with take-out growlers. A fine-tasting brew!

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.43/5  rDev +33.8%
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.

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Photo of oddfire
4.37/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pemi is one of my more favorite beers, but I really don't have a true favorite yet. There is really nothing wrong with this beer as far as I can see. IPA's have always been near and dear to my beer lovers heart. The aroma is that of hops and slight citrus/pungent tones. Very clean flavor. There is a very crisp finish which leaves your taste buds ready for more. Very good. I do not really care for the twist top on the bottles though. I won't hold this against them though.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper - maroonish clear body with a decent airy head. Nice fruity hop aroma with some malty undertones. Grapefruit like hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness to match the strong and slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Alcohol is prickly but goes nicely with the bitter hops. A refreshing IPA that is balanced enough and interesting enough to drink all day.

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4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown screwtop bottle from the local Hannaford. Pours a nearly translucent amber-red body with an impressive somewhat rocky inch-thick head that dissipates after not too long. Grassy, piney, somewhat citrussy hops dominate the aroma with some caramel and butterscotch in the background. Hops bombard the mouth at first, piney and grassy more than anything else, with a presence of butterscotch and biscuit to help counterbalance the hops. Moderate in both body and carbonation, this beer is a fairly easy drinker. Not the best IPA I've had but a good one and definitely a solid choice for sure, and one I may get again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
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.


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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as a growler. Smell is lightly floral and hoppy....nice copper color with a decent head and nice lacing. Taste is lightly malty on the front palate and lightly hoppy on the finish. Not an overly hopped ale, but decently balanced between the malt and hops. Smooth mouthfeel that is refreshing with no hint of harshness....a good warm weather choice. Easy enough to have more than one drinkability is above average.

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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 Bierman9
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
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


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3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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