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 q33jeff
2.59/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5


AROMA: Hops, slight orange
LOOK: Golden Brown COlor. Small, white, lasting head
TASTE: Mostly Ash.
FEEL: A little Creamy.Mediocre Not bad.

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Photo of FFreak
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My wife picked up a single at Price Chopper. Poured into a willy glass. Pours a reddish dark-copper color with a huge head that leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Aroma is hard to describe, as it almost seems to be leaning towards a Band-Aid plastic flavor, but not quite that bad. Just hard to describe in terms of edible flavors. Maybe sort of like a salt-water taffy or something. Taste is good, with ample bitterness balanced out by caramel malts. Mouth is good, medium-bodied, not thin at all. Overall, not a bad brew, but not something I'd seek out or buy again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from beer of the month club. Pours ruby with small head. Aroma is interesting. Strong citrus and floral hops mixed with buttery caramel malt. Very buttery smell. Flavor follows the smell closely. Very floral hop flavor here, similar profile to Celebration, but with a buttery caramel addition. Strange finish of malt though. Lightish mouthfeel with adequate prickle from the carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of RickS95
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 johnnnniee
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that shows great retention and a fair amount of lace. The aroma is caramel bready biscuit and a fair amount of earthy citrus hops with enough butterscotch to remind me who makes it. The flavor is bready toffee and butterscotch with an aggressive hop bitterness but little flavor. There's an off putting mineral mixed with wet cardboard oxidation going on here as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bitter mouthfeel. Welcome to yesterday's APA. There's an aggressive use of hops here for the style, but they are all bittering hops so you get that bite mixed with the signature flavor from the yard with the ships. Honestly with so many better beers out there why bother with this one?

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle dated July 2012. Sampled on March 9, 2012. Ooh, it is a handsome looking copper-amber with lively carbonation that builds up to a moderate head. Those bubbles keep flowing up though. The aroma is high on hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops are heightened compared to similar pales I have had. The body is smooth and medium. The taste has an odd yeasty, toffee-like flavor with a hop bite topping it all off. Bitter finish.

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Photo of KMcG
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
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 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 greybeardloon
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
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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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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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with decent cap of white froth. Scent quite earthy and grainy with touches of leafy hops and musty dried grains. Taste lacks clean and bright character that others in style exhibit and leans towards the english style with full grainy malts and leafy and earthy hop notes. Lighter side of medium bodied, a splash more carbonation than required. A malty and earthy pale ale that has some full flavor notes but not one that i would consider refreshing.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here is another bottle that I randomly picked up in NH as a single. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Darker than I expected complexion, as it has a dark orange colored body. Large white head forms and remains intact for a while. Lacing on the glass too shows me this is a nice looking beer. Smell was hoppy and peppery. The flavor was a slight disappointment. The hops are there, but the yeast leaves a really buttery taste. Plus, on another bad note, the cloying flavor leaves a stickiness on the back of my throat. This beer sorta went downhill the more I drank it - started off strong, then ended weakly. Not my favorite APA for sure.

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Photo of papat444
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed pack that my wife brought back from her camping trip in NH.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before Jan. 2012.

Appearance: 3-4 fingers worth of foam covers a light copper body. The head lasts quite a while and leaves lasting traces. Well done.

Smell: Nice hop aroma but a much more stronger malt nose wins out.

Taste: Very earthy, small dose of hops with some bitterness that seems vegetal. Not much depth here.

Mouthfeel: Kind of weak a bit and its presence in the palate is very short. Not bad but not great.

Overall: A forgettable pale ale. Nicer looking but nothing to back it up.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
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 PokerGod
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Golden reddish color that had a nice head, that stuck around awhile. Left great lacing.

Smell- Hoppy, herbal. nice.

Taste- Malty, even butter and spicy. Decent Pale Ale

Overall- A very average/decent pale ale. I had no trouble drinking a couple in a row, so I guess drinkability was there.

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Photo of pbecsu2008
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Best enjoyed before Oct 2011 notched on side. Contract brewed in Maine for Woodstock Inn.

Hop Bitterness and malts in odor, taste is average, mouth feel well carbonated, hop bitterness. A solid APA. However, I would not go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of vapodge
2.87/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - super clear amber, nice moderate head from ample carbonation

S - um, maybe some malt? I feel like I have a cold -- can't smell a thing here

T - slightly malty angel food cake, but not nearly as sweet; some hops present; butter?

M - highly carbonated and slick mouthfeel

D - OK, but taste is... off; wouldn't choose this again, but would drink again to compare if it was set down in front of me; not horrible, and does go down pretty easily

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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 bsp77
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
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 TAMU99
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber-yellow. There was a brief head - I think. It went away quickly, but left a thin lace behind. The nose is really non-existent. I can barely make out anything. The hops grab you first. They taste pretty good. I won't pretend to know which ones, but I can taste one - three hop varieties. Nicely assertive with just a hint of bland malt to balance the sharpness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall a pretty drinkable beer. Probably won't buy it again, but not a bad try.

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Photo of waltersrj
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours: a clear orange/yellow hue with slight white head (one finger) that sticks around awhile.

Nose: Wheat, aloft hops, butter, strange alcoholic notes, and grass.

Taste: Sweat, cardboard, diacetyl alcohol (buttery taste), grass, and dirt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly cloying.

Overall: the diacetyl alcohol was too much for me. This was similar in their Red Rack Amber. I got both in a beer club my aunt bought for me for Christmas. This brewery sucks...stuck with Shipyard up there or DDH obviously.

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Photo of bonkers
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this as part of a botmc. The beer pours a pretty, clear, orange with a rock hard white head. The aroma is fruity and grassy. The flavor is overly fruity and grassy, taste off. The off flavors continue into a lingering finish. The beer is medium in body and well carbonated. I don't know what is in this one but it did not work for me. I shared this with a friend and he had the same conclusion. Would not recomend.

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Photo of philbertk
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Woodstock Inn Brewery--Pemi Pale Ale--2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.70% ABV--50 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Beer of the Month Club Selection April, 2007. Foamy rocky lacy off white head. Clear pretty bright rich amber color. Aged sediment dusting. Floral mild hop fruit ester front. Aged stanky notes. Effervescent fizzy CO2 mild sweet toffee bisquit aged fruit ester thin caramel body. Dry mild hop citrus spice end. Aged too Long. Not a Fair rating due to age. Would like to retaste this fresh since it has hints of being a rich Pale Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010.

Woodstock Inn Brewery--Pemi Pale Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 56 IBU's. (2.75 / 5.0) Off white mild lace head. Pretty clear bright pale amber color. Grassy fruity floral hop front. Thin dry odd sweet flavor fizzy mild caramel malt biscuit hint citrusy fruity body. Sweet hop mild dry citrus crisp clean lingering odd fruit end. Sampled 1/13/2011. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection received 12/21/2010.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.04/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear amber with a big bubbled small head. No lacing.

S - Citrus with a kind of rotten buttery diacetyl. Some toffee malt underneath

T - Bitter orange with butter diacetyl. Some strawberry and cherry fruit. Herbal mint comes through towards the and and finishes with sweaty socks and grain like aftertaste.

M - Medium carbonation, slightly prickly.

Well this might of had potential to be a nice APA, but unfortunately the diacetyl is heavy handed and takes over most of the flavors. Pretty bad.

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