hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pore a light amber color with an off white head. aroma is not strong, but some hops and sweeter malts are noted. Flavor is pretty lacking, with no real hop bite. Mostly sweeter malts, but even those are faint. Overall, an average beer.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing strong or distinguishing about this beer, but thatís not why I bought it. I wanted something with some decent hops and a mild overall profile that I could enjoy when itís hot, and not get wrecked in 2 beers. thatís what I got! Itís refreshing and nice and clean...easy to drink and tastes well made. Nothing wrong with any of that.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, served in a tulip. Pours hazy copper-amber with a small, off-white head. The head fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose has aromas of pine, citrus and biscuit. The flavour is moderately bitter with caramel sweetness and fresh malts. It is also fairly nutty throughout. The finish is long, with delicate hops carried over from the body. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent pale ale; well constructed, but somewhat simple. 2011-05-10
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Mildly hoppy aroma with a bit a of caramel. Well-balanced but otherwise unremarkable. Itís usually the beer I recommend to macro-drinkers when they visit the DFH Alehouse.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.