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RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (4419) - 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 ill 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 wouldnt 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (3421) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (5876) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
This tastes like budweiser with some random hops that barely do anything. Bad beer from such creative people. Whoops.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Nothing strong or distinguishing about this beer, but thats not why I bought it. I wanted something with some decent hops and a mild overall profile that I could enjoy when its hot, and not get wrecked in 2 beers. thats what I got! Its refreshing and nice and clean...easy to drink and tastes well made. Nothing wrong with any of that.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1225) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheChampion (114) - 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. Its usually the beer I recommend to macro-drinkers when they visit the DFH Alehouse.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - 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? Theyve done just that with their Shelter Pale Ale - a beer that does indeed taste and drink like any other pale ale.

Ive 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). Theres a subtle hop bitterness in the second half, but you really have to look for it.

Despite the lack of energy theres nothing offensive or off-putting about the palate here. In fact, its 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 Id ever classify as chuggable. Its extremely smooth and very refreshing. Highly sessionable at only 5% ABV. Id love to kill a sixer of this on a spring or summer afternoon.

Overall, its 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 (doesnt last long). Aroma is small hint of hops and citrus. Good CO2 mix, taste is bit malty, little hint of hops. Its a smooth beer, one that I suggest people who are trying micro for the first time.


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