Shelter Pale Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Shelter Pale AleShelter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 777 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting American pale, with grapefuit from Chinook hops aroma. Very fresh and crisp at Smokeless Joe's, out-of-box styling, a bit like a pils. Pale appearance. Higher than average carbonation, typical for a pale. Floral herbal probably a turn-off for some, better for others.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: thin head on a clear golden with amber hues
Body. Some lacing.

S: aroma is very very light with mostly orange citrus and caramel malts.

T: sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, candied citrus and light herbal hop notes.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not very aromatous or flavorful. Very simple and drinkable but I wouldn't have this one again.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5% abv. This is 1 of 21 DFH beers tasted 6/13/09 in Los Angeles.

Pours a clear medium honey color with a nice white head; yeasty/biscuit nose.

Pleasant yeast/white bread flavors with a nice balance of malt and hops. A bit thin in body but all around drinks nicely.

A beer that would "go with anything" and is a pleasant "regular" drink. This is clearly the "white bread" of the Dogfish Head line.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours out as a golden yellow color with a pretty nice white head. The smell of the beer has a good balance of malt and hops. The aroma of the beer is pretty standard for a pale ale. The flavor is also pretty typical with a tasty malt flavor upfront and a pretty good bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium, good carbonation. Overall its a good common brew for the every day drinker.

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden amber in color and has a thin head. Judging from the amount of bubbles rising to the surface, there appears to be a light to moderate level of carbonation.
S: There are gentle aromas of pale malts with some hints of floral hops.
T: There are a lot of malty and nutty flavors and the finish is somewhat dry. Overall, there's a good balance between the malt and hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: This is very easy to drink and is easily sessionable. I would definitely drink this again and particularly have it with food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a nice beer. Its sweetness is not the spicy floral typle this is found in most APAs. Instead, the fruitiness is of ripe or fresh fruits--not so acidic or lactic. It has some spiciness, but without the sharpness or peppery like from most APA hopping. It's profile is smoother, more rifined, but less crisp or carbonated. It's a little more herbally, earthy, and with a small yeast bite in the finish. There may be some alternate sugar sources with the barley, like honey or camamile. It's a different type of APA. If I expect nothing else from Dogfish Head, I expect them to challenge my senses; even with their small beers.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a nice big foamy head with average retention. Aroma of light hops and weak caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with a light bitter finish. Body is a bit watery with medium carbonation. I never thought I would end up saying this about a Dogfish beer but this one is seriously lacking character.

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden-amber in color with a thin, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is of a lightly fruity malt with very little to no hop aroma. The body is medium/light with a restrained carbonation that's fairly smooth in the mouth. The flavor combines a grainy & lightly caramel malt with grassy & piney hop flavors backed by a resonating bitterness. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness and some gently nutty maltiness.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Clear amber gold. Nice off-white head.

S – Wheat crackers and a touch of lemon, followed by an interesting herbal note that carries some tarragon, but more distinctly dandelion and fresh cut grass. You can pick up some allspice and Chinese five-spice as well.

T – Light grass and faintly floral. Nice, restrained, bready malt center. Soft lemon pith and pink peppercorn highlights.

M – Light, almost Champaign-like carbonation. Dry finish. Light body.

O – Nice flavor and drinkability.

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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 oberon
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep orange with a soapy like top not much head to speak of but I liked the rich full color,aroma was very grainy and some toastedness maybe a little buttery note but faint.The beer was served to me ice cold (litteraly)so I had to wait a few minutes to get anything from this brew but when I did it was mainly malt some fruit and an astrigent taste I couldnt pin down like sour bad fruit?Not much of a beer from DFH at least compared to others in there line.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus, and some of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus, followed by a decent burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it's pretty well-balanced overall. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better APA's out there, but this is still a decent beer that is worth sessionning with for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Shelter Pale Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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