Shelter Pale Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Shelter Pale AleShelter Pale Ale
BA SCORE
23.9%
Liked This Beer
3.38 w/ 777 ratings
Shelter Pale AleShelter Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,881
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
777
Liked:
186
Avg:
3.38/5
pDev:
14.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
41
Trade:
1
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3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drbenderdo
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NiceTaps
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.

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Photo of AGust82
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of let8it8grow
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bluehende
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.

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2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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Shelter Pale Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 23.9% out of 100 with 777 ratings
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