pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Clear, deep amber color with noticeable carbonation and thick creamy off-white head that cakes the glass. Aromatic with nuts, floral hops, light fruit, and caramel. Light bodied and tickle of carbonation. Dry and malty with just a touch of bitterness. Nicely balanced. Well done! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2011
12 oz bottle from a six pack purchased at Total Wine in McLean, VA. pours a deep orange with a 1+ finger white head - which settles into a creamy quarter inch. light citrus hop nose blended with rich caramel malt flavors. medium body with layers of bread, toffee, citrus hops and light fruit. very well rounded pale ale with the malt shining alongside a more subtle bitterness. smooth finish with a crisp citrus bitterness and sweet malts. Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
2 July 2011, bottle. found this bottle in a box of stuff i had stored. It is almost 3 years old so might not be the best sample to rate. guess i’ll have to try it again for comparison. med yellow/light orange, steady bubbles, slightly cloudy, foamy white head. nose is a tart nutty malt, some roasted hints and lots of malt. med body, faintly fizzy. decent ale but i wouldn’t call it a pale ale. it tastes very malty and that is more of a lightly roasted coffee or lightly browned toast malt. had it at room temp and perhaps it would be better suited to slightly more chilled. Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Dissapointing pale ale. Aroma is light corn, metallic, light hops. Taste is much of the same. Maybe triple the hop bill and you might be able to disguise the macro taste. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
This tastes like budweiser with some random hops that barely do anything. Bad beer from such creative people. Whoops.
hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
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
Nothing strong or distinguishing about this beer, but that’s not why I bought it. I wanted something with some decent hops and a mild overall profile that I could enjoy when it’s hot, and not get wrecked in 2 beers. that’s what I got! It’s refreshing and nice and clean...easy to drink and tastes well made. Nothing wrong with any of that. neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
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 (119) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Mildly hoppy aroma with a bit a of caramel. Well-balanced but otherwise unremarkable. It’s usually the beer I recommend to macro-drinkers when they visit the DFH Alehouse. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, 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? They’ve done just that with their Shelter Pale Ale - a beer that does indeed taste and drink like any other pale ale.
I’ve 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). There’s a subtle hop bitterness in the second half, but you really have to look for it.
Despite the lack of energy there’s nothing offensive or off-putting about the palate here. In fact, it’s 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 I’d ever classify as chuggable. It’s extremely smooth and very refreshing. Highly sessionable at only 5% ABV. I’d love to kill a sixer of this on a spring or summer afternoon.
Overall, it’s surprising to get such a pedestrian beer from Sam, but I like it.