Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, 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 (1444) - 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.
dwissm1 (22) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3650) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty pedestrian for dogfish head. Not a ton of aroma but the taste is nicely balanced. Not a bad session beer.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.