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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Shelter Pale Ale is brewed with premium barley and whole-leaf Willamette & Columbus Hops. Our pale ale has a strong malt backbone and a slightly nutty flavor.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Dogfish Head is known for making big, bold beers with strange ingredients and ancient recipes. But what if they brewed just a regular old sessionable ale? Theyíve done just that with their Shelter Pale Ale - a beer that does indeed taste and drink like any other pale ale.

Iíve had this beer twice: once on tap and once from a 12oz bottle. The experiences were nearly identical.

Appearance: Looks like a typical APA. Burnt umber/orange/light brown color. Mostly clear with slight haziness. Small head but nice lacing.

Aroma: Light floral scent with noticeable earthiness.

Taste: The best way to describe this beer would be iced tea win a slightly hoppy finish. Reminds me of a traditional English bitter or any other generic pub-style ale. Slight malty texture and bready/biscuity flavor, but not very robust as a whole (especially for a DFH beer). Thereís a subtle hop bitterness in the second half, but you really have to look for it.

Despite the lack of energy thereís nothing offensive or off-putting about the palate here. In fact, itís very drinker-friendly since lower echelon drinkers will warm up to the mildness easily, and upper echelon drinkers will enjoy picking up the subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel: On the lower end of medium-bodied with a soft, tepid, almost watery texture.

Drinkability: Probably the only DFH beer Iíd ever classify as chuggable. Itís extremely smooth and very refreshing. Highly sessionable at only 5% ABV. Iíd love to kill a sixer of this on a spring or summer afternoon.

Overall, itís surprising to get such a pedestrian beer from Sam, but I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
For Dogfish Head this beer is rather plain, but none the less, a good product. Pours clear with a golden color; small white head (doesnít last long). Aroma is small hint of hops and citrus. Good CO2 mix, taste is bit malty, little hint of hops. Itís a smooth beer, one that I suggest people who are trying micro for the first time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1444) - Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Appearance: clear copper, with a solid two-finger white head and a ton of rich lacing everywhere. Aroma: solid whiff of slightly toasty, bready malts, with notes of earthy, garden fresh hops. Taste: malty and slightly metallic, with juicy citrus hops balancing with resinous pine against the sweet and toasty side . Finish: smooth, not very long, with floral and citrussy hops lingering, but not overly bitter. Notes: On tap at teh DFH Alehouse in Gaithersburg. In the vein of an English ESB. Iím not much of a pale ale fan, but this was extremely drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
Pours a light amber. Aroma is of hops, floral and honey. Nice hop notes. Known as their more accessible beer but still has a Dogfish taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
Pours a hazy amber. Aroma is mildly floral, with some caramel and honey. Flavor is sweet and crisp, with notes of malt and caramel. Finishes with a touch of nuttiness and mild hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - APR 16, 2011
This was my first beer from back from lent. Iím finding my palate is much more sensitive to hops, so this seemed hoppy to me. But it had a goot fruity aroma and a good mouth feel. Good beer to usher back the beer drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwissm1 (22) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Very good beer! I am surprised people gave it such a low rating. Itís a relaxed, good beer. Not too strong in any way or another, light enough but has plenty of flavor and sweetness. Give it a try if you gave friends that like nice beer but arenít to Snobbish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3650) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Pretty pedestrian for dogfish head. Not a ton of aroma but the taste is nicely balanced. Not a bad session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap at DFH Alehouse Falls Church. Pours a clear gold. Moderate foamy white head with good lacing. Aroma is grass and floral hops. Flavor is similar. Not hoppy like youíd expect from a pale ale. Drinks almost more like a kolsch. Not great as an APA, but a nice session beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2011
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head. Flavor is light malt with a hint of diacetyl. Diacetyl? Flavor is also light toasted malt. Hardly any hop presences in this beer. Older keg? Maybe. Light to medium body. A boring beer.


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