Shelter Pale Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Shelter Pale AleShelter Pale Ale
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
American Pale Ale
3.38 | pDev: 14.2%
Jul 04, 2020
Nov 16, 2001
Shelter Pale AleShelter Pale Ale
Notes: Brewed with a premium barley and northwestern Williamette and Columbus hops, Shelter Pale Ale has a fine malt backbone and a slightly nutty flavor. It's a versatile and quaffable beer.

We named this beer Shelter Pale Ale because we think of a shelter as being a place you come home to. It just made sense for this Dogfish original.

30 IBU
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Chesapeake & Maine, Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Pours a clear dark straw, nearly copper color; a bit dark for a pale ale. A moderate head shows decent retention.

The nose displays notes of lightly toasty, bready and grainy malts. Furthermore, there are lightly hoppy aromas that evoke notes of grass, citrus and floral/fruity spices.

Surprisingly clean flavor profile, dry palate amidst a medium to slightly watery body. Dry bready and lightly toasted malt flavors balanced by grassy, floral and earthy hops spices, and citrusy zest. Moderate and clean bitterness counteracts a very mild touch of caramel sweetness. Crisp mouthfeel, lively carbonated and dry finish.

I was a bit surprised by how seemingly “bland” this was considering how I’m used to complex and often over the top flavors from DFH. I didn’t think it was particularly great, but it was refreshing and drinkable.
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 3.47 by isaac_barrow from Indiana

May 19, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 3 by jmmochowski from Texas

Aug 01, 2017
Rated: 3.24 by ledouge from Virginia

Apr 22, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 3.57 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by logicalparadox from New York

Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Sep 16, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Much like the Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster, this is the ever rare, 'normal' DFH beer, elusive, but how is it?

Pours the standard amber and yellow appearance with a 1/2" white head. Mild grassy grain aroma.

Mild taste, not much hoppiness or bitterness, those Willamette hops make for a more mainstream kind of pale ale, quaffable as they say. The grain bill is standard two row with maybe some toasted honey malt. Hopped more like a mass produced lager than anything, I don't know if this had any dry hopping. There are no off flavors, its simply a very pedestrian thing, which I guess is challenging to DFH most of the time. Herbalistic at times.

This could easily be called an English pale ale just as easily.
Sep 09, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by Ctb6582 from Maryland

Sep 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On-tap @ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Lots of "off-centered" offerings at the brewpub, but I decided to go with the original pale ale, first released in 1995, that is currently only available on draft in Delaware.

Served in a pint glass, it arrives medium amber with a slight haziness and a firm white head. Light, fresh biscuit and caramel malt in the nose combined with bright, floral hops. Really well-balanced flavor with a bittersweet finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, clean, and very smooth.

Overall, this was a winner for me. Maybe having it fresh at the source helped, but kudos to Dogfish Head if that's the case. Made for a great accompaniment to the wings, pretzel bites, and fried pickles we shared at the table.
Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by VABA from Virginia

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jul 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by drbenderdo from Michigan

Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at their joint in Rehobeth Beach, DE.

Hazy copper color with a 1f white head. Mega lacing and good retention.

Caramel malt and modest hop aromas. Some citrus and tropical hops. Earth and some pine.

More malt flavor. The "nutty" comes from pine hop flavor.
Chewy. Other than that, it's nothing special.

Decent enough but likely a one-off for me.
Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 3 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by jrob21 from Georgia

Dec 22, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

Aug 01, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jun 01, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: gold with slight haze, 1.5” head dissipates but leaves good lacing.
S: bready malt with slight hop aromas
T: Moderate malt flavors with a mild hop background. A little sweet in the background, very pleasant – the finish is dry with nice lingering hop flavors.
M: Medium body and carboation.
O: An easy to drink American pale ale.
Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 3 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Apr 02, 2015
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Rated by bluehende from Delaware

3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is a nice pale. The hop flavor tends a little more to the dank flavorings. All in a solid drinkable beer.
Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 2.96 by BidYouABrew from Washington

Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2015
Rated: 3 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2015
Rated: 3.17 by miguelre06 from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 4.01 by Teafirst

Feb 21, 2015
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Rated by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Nothing special about this ale. DFH makes so many great beers but this is not one of them.
Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 3.4 by greyghost86 from Delaware

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by -Rick from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 3.04 by Loveyourbeer from Virginia

Jan 17, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by PsilohsaiBiN from New York

Jan 08, 2015
Rated: 3 by Joecaddie from Delaware

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by JesseKilgannon from Delaware

Dec 11, 2014
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