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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Photo of jermar
4.69/5  rDev +44.3%
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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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.43/5  rDev +36.3%
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 +34.5%
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 +32.3%
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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev +24%
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 +23.7%
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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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of goschool
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of kenito799
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
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 +20.6%
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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of willabys
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of Reiksguard
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I have to admit that I am only slowly becoming an IPA fan - in prior days, I would scoff at the high hop ales. However, I am starting to see the light with "certain" beers that use those citrus-style aroma hops.

Overall, the Pemi Pale Ale has a nice golden/amber color with a residual head that stayed around for a bit. The aroma was that of spicy citrus with a malty backbone. The flavor was dominated by the initial burst of grapefruit, followed by the male character (english malts?). It finished very clean and left me pursuing another bottle in the fridge.

Not the best, but certainly worth a look if you spy it in the bottleshop.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad APA but definitely not one that I'm running to refill. The beer looks pretty good with a clear amber color with a nice slightly creamy, slightly frothy head with a bit of billowing lace. There is pretty good retention on the beer and a bit of carbonation. The nose has English pale malts written all over the place. There is an earthy quality to the nose, maybe a touch of caramel, a touch of diacetyl, and maybe a dextriny nose too.

The taste is definitely grainy malts, a touch coarse, not at all sweet, very British in character. There is some toffee notes in the malts. There are crystal pale malts and English malts as the backbone to this beer. There is quite a bit of leafy hop in the beer with a type of lime and saltene finish. The hop is a bit more biting than bittering, but more drying and salty than anything else. There is no sweetness in the beer and the British pale malts and leafy lime and salty hop pretty much define this beer. The aftertaste is a bit dying, sucking even more moisture off the palate. This is a decent APA but not brilliant.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
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. ???

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Photo of hunteraw
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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 auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a mug, the beer is a bright, hazed, copper brown coloring with a frothy, filmy, clingy white head. Aromas of caramel sweet and biscuit in the backbone, with a hint of citrus. Flavors are rich and very bitter, with a dark, roasty caramel backbone and a resiny, peppery, and bitter dry hopping overtone. Some citrus highlights give a tartness at the end. Tangy sweet and bitter aftertaste on a thin body, with a smooth, slightly drying finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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