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 HumuloneRed
1.98/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a nice thick white head with good lacing.
Unfortunately for me the aroma is all sweet corn butter and grass clippings as is the flavor mixed with a bitter bite in the finish. It did not make the journey well. Must try closer to the source.

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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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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.12/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this in a variety 12-pack on sale for $10 at Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH. Best by date of Sep 2010 stamped on the label. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

Clear light copper brew, 1" of rocky head settles to a thick 1/4" layer, sticks around for quite a while, generates some lace. Nose has the same thick extract-type sweetness as the red and brown ales sampled already this evening. Smells like caramel popcorn and muddy hops, maybe a hint of lemon. Taste pretty much the same... that is to say, almost the same as the red and the brown ales. It's like the same damn beer, barely any differences. Drinking through this sampler pack has been like driving through a subdivision... same house, over and over, just different colored siding and different curtains in the windows.. but it's the same friggin' house. Same tacky mouthfeel and taste/smell over and over again. Thoroughly disappointed with the Woodstock Inn sampler pack. I could brew better beer in a toilet. At least the Wassail was a bit different.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.27/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange red color, very low in carbonation. Extremely light lacing. Smells nicely of heavy piney malts. First taste is all hops with some malty tones present. Mouthfeel is weak as there is a lack of carbonation. This puppy could use a stronger malt backbone. Not too bad, not to good either.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-fingered white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes hoppy, true to style, lingering hoppy aftertaste. Forced to buy since it is brewed in NH. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of Brad007
2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color with a nice head that recedes a bit. Aroma is somewhat hoppy/fruity with a hint of the malt. Taste is somewhat more on the hoppy/malty side with a copperish taste and a weird, dry aftertaste that doesn't sit well. Hard to describe. The bottle says it's still fresh so who knows? Not too bad but the mouthfeel isn't good.

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Photo of jwc215
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper/amber with a thin, lasting, foamy white head.

The smell is floral with sweet notes. Resiny - almost plastic - notes come through.

It's hoppy - floral/citric/resin - but in an odd way. There is a tea-leaf bitterness mixed in with a detached caramel (slightly burnt) sweetness that overrides the hop flavor, though bitterness does linger. An out-of-place lemon zest is apparent in the finish. Odd hop profile that struggles to override the sweetness.

Medium-bodied with a decent carbonation level. But, not such a pleasant drying bitterness lingers despite the sweetness in the taste.

Drain pour? No. But, flavors are out-of-whack. Too sweet and the hops don't work quite right here. Not awful, but not good by any means - this is a strange brew.

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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 Mora2000
2.59/5  rDev -20.3%
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 pwoods
2.59/5  rDev -20.3%
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 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 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 scottum
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep amber with a very thin off-white headskie. This is an IPA? Seems more like a pale or an amber ale. Sweetness is too much in the front with very little hop flavors coming through. Some chew to it. Feels right in body, but the taste is just off. Oh well.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy, copper color with thick tan foam. The lacing lasts throughout. The aroma is brandy, raisins, wood, and toast. It's flavor has toast, licorice, and fruit-like brandy notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium. Woodstock Pemi Pale Ale is a decent beer. Hoppy like an IPA but not overbearing. Recommended.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade from monsterzero. Thanks Steve! Best before date of October 2010 on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with two fingers of off-white colored head. There appears to be quite a bit of carbonation here as I can hear the nucleation from about two feet away. As the head slowly recedes, quite a bit of sticky lacing is left around the edges of the glass.

Smell: This beer smells a lot more malty than it does hoppy, which isn't something I typically expect from an APA. Bready malts along with some roasted notes dominate. A bit of hop freshness is there as well, along with a smidge of citrus tart. Not a whole heck of a lot going on in the nose.

Taste: Tart is the first word to jump to mind. The malted grains are definitely the feature here, and the breadiness of the flavors definitely imparts a bit as well. The tart seems to come from the hops, but it's nowhere near balanced, and it's a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel: Initially, the mouthfeel is quite light and effervescent, but the back end is all stickiness from the hops that are here.

Drinkability: This is a weird APA for me. Generally, these are the kinds of beers I love on warm summer afternoons, but the sweet, tartness is almost too much for me, and the bready grains just don't balance it out enough to be amazing to me. All in all, I'm glad to have gotten the chance to try this brew, and I look forward to sampling other stuff from WIB.

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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 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 lordofthewiens
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
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 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 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 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 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 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 bultrey
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm... Maybe it's the Ringwood thing, maybe the beer was old, maybe the lines were dirty... or maybe this just isn't that good a pale ale (it's definitely not an American IPA). But I had a few beers at Woodstock, and they all disappointed me, so I'm going with the yeast.
Had it on draft at the source on a recent visit to the White Mountains of NH. The appearance was fine, the aroma was lacking, with a musty smell along with the faintest hint of herbal hops. The taste just didn't do it for me. A buttery, musty flavor dominates, along with a slight malty sweetness and less-than-overwhelming hoppiness. This needs a good shot of American hoppiness to come to the rescue, but in the end, it's nowhere near enough.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - clear golden color with a thick, foamy, white head with excellent retention

S - light citrus and some cardboard-like oxidation detected, as it warms diacetyl is noticed

T - citrus and earthy hop flavor with some caramel malt supporting, balanced with a moderately-light hop bitterness on finish, oxidation detected in aroma not significant in flavor

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a decent enough American pale, but definitely not an outstanding example. It suffices, but not much more. The age of this bottle concerns me a bit, but the bottle does have a July 2011 'best before' date. This was probably better 3 months ago or perhaps it has been mishandled in distribution. Nonetheless the hop character and malt are modest and not particularly noteworthy. However, it is not totally devoid of quality and deserves to be at least considered average.

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