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 stewart124
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours copper in color with off-white head.

Hints of butter and citrus in the nose.

Nice caramel character with a pleasnt hop bitterness and an underlying diacetyl note. There is a nice citrus and lightly piney hop character that leaves a sharp bite on the back of the throat.

The focus seems to be in balance for this American Pale Ale. Nothing to write home about on this one but certainly nothing wrong with it. Fair drinkability but I am not too impressed.

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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 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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Photo of nitro0292
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from BOTM Club.

Poured a clear amber, with slightly over a finger's thickness of head from a moderate-aggressive pour.

Head dissipated fairly quickly to a ring. Aroma starts off with piney and citrus hops and then gives way to pils malt and some diacetyl.

Taste is hops up front with a light malt backbone, overall taste is bitter, but a touch too much buttery diacetyl takes away from the enjoyable hop flavor. Leaves a piney bitter aftertaste - a touch too sticky.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but slick with diacetyl and hop oils.

Not bad, but to me it seems like a subpar clone of Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of billybob
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a light copper in color a light tan one finger head and spotty lace. mild ipa aromas of pine, citrus, hint of spice and fruit. taste same but hops come through strong and bitter. mouthfeel light to medium carbonation good. got this in a twelve pack sampler so three beers was not enough to make up my mind need to try again another time.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a basic pale malt scent along with a moderate hop nose and some light yeast esters. It's citrusy with adequate malt balance. The taste is average. It has a thin pale malt flavor along with a mild citrus hop feel. It has a good amount of bitterness, but the finish reveals some sort of off-flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent APA. I'm not crazy about it, but I bet it drinks quite well fresh off the keg.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper amber color, no head, clear, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Smells grainy, evident caramel malt, grassy, pete, and mild toffee.

T - Sweet caramel and mild toffee with pine and a slight buttery flavor. Grassy and grainy. The buttery malt hits the tongue up front and mildly settles on the tongue followed by very mild pine bittering and a little bit of citrus. After the malt settles in, a small trace of grapefruit arises.

M - Watery, thin, grainy, light body.

D - Balanced but not memorable.

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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 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 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 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 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 steelerguy
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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 mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice copper amber color with about 2 inches of white foam. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fresh hops and some bready malts. A nice combo.

t - Tastes mostly of bready malts, biscuit, some hops. A little bland.

m - Very smooth and creamy... pretty easy to drink. Little carbonation and medium body.

d - Got this with Awesome Clubs Beer of the Month club for February and it's a decent pale ale. Very smooth and easy to drink, with a bready malt taste. I thought it was a little bland but not bad by any means.

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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 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 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 tigg924
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Berthold
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out clear amber (SRM9) with a thick persistent off white head supported by moderate carbonation that left minimal legs. Moderate citrusy/grapefruit hops aroma with moderate sweetness from malt. Piney/citrus flavor that is moderately bitter, moderate sweetness from malt. A clean finish with a lingering hop bitterness. Satisfactory body with a good balance between the hops and malt.

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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 Hokies
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a reddish amber color with a thin white head and a slight lace on the glass.

The aroma is filled mostly with sweet caramel, butter, toffee and a light note of hops.

Tastes more like a English Pale Ale. Their is a nice bitterness to it even though it feels a little empty or watery. The malt is not really present and the taste and the aroma are completely different. The hop bitterness dominates the taste with only a hint of malt.

Not a bad pale ale but I probably won't seek this one out again.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orangey body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted pale maltiness with a citrusy, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Toasty pale malts with a light caramel sweetness and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Citrusy hops with a taste of grapefruit and a medium bitterness clear things away and leave you with a dry, lightly bitter, lightly toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While not altogether horrendous, it's by no means a great India Pale Ale.

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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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Pemi Pale Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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