Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale

Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale

Rated 3.329 by BeerPals

Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

30 International Bittering Units

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This is our original brew (we began it all making this very beer on the original teeny, tiny brewery at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub back in 1995) and our most approachable beer. Shelter Pale Ale is brewed with a premium barley and northwestern Willamette & Columbus hops. The beer has a fine malt backbone and a slightly nutty flavor. Shelter Pale Ale is a versatile, quaffable beer. We named this beer 'Shelter Pale Ale' because we liked the concept of a shelter as being a place you come home to. It made sense for this beer, our original beer.

ID: 308 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank8617
Overall Percentile83.9
Style Rank266 of 2215
Style Percentile88
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.350
Weighted Score3.329
Standard Deviation0.482

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  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Well, I dunno what to say, I must be having a bad day. Pours orange copper, low low low lilty ring head but decent lacing, aroma is hoppy. Mouthfeel is tingy dirty instead of a nice bite, flavor is leaving me wanting for..flavor. It's "OK", but dang, what's going on?

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A very nice, very drinkable and well-balanced pale ale. Pours an amber/copper with a medium white head. Medium bodied with a well-balanced hop-to-malt ratio.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    had on tap at Rehoboth beach...a very well balanced, aromatic pale ale. easy drinking, but still somewhat complex for the style. not a west coast, but has a nice hop profile atop a malty sweet backbone. good stuff.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Thanks again to Mdsmith for this one. Given Dogfish Head's reputation for IPAs I was surprised to find that this "Shelter Ale" tasted more like a true IPA than either the 90 or 60 minute IPA. I thought this was a nice beer.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Yeastly, Bready and Malty. I thought I there was a hint of corrinader but I could be wrong. Very Mild pale ale with amazing nose that brings out the flavor well. All in All a very tame APA.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Very mild compared to other DFH beers. Translucent amber gold, almost no head. Sweet wheat & yeast aroma, something I'd expect from a lager, with a mild hint of dust and spice. Bitter in the foremouth with an underlying sweetness at the back. A little dusty flavor too, like Irish lagers. A great match for spicy and salty food.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer pours an orangeish/copper body. Plentiful in various aromas- floral, woodsy and grapefruit. Caramel, wood, earth, and peaches in the flavor. A pretty mild APA but tastey.

  • BEERHUNTER 667 reviews
    rated 3.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This poured a light amber color with a nice frothy head. It had a nice malty aroma with a sublte hops presence. It had a slightly dry flavor with a good balance.

  • HANTRAN 550 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The nose is mild but very appealing. Cinamon, pepper, violets and rosemary. A slightly fogged light coppr body is topped with a moderate head that leaves a long-lasting skim coat and laces nicely. Mouth is a touch light with a real nice back of the tongue tickle. I like the flavor a lot! Hopheads are probably going to find it slightly lacking for an American Pale but it is quite hoppy. Starts ever so slightly sweet, goes very nicely bitter and ends exceptionally clean and dry. The malt backbone is really well done with just a hint of a toasted/caramel flavor. I find the balance exceptional. This is a great session beer!

  • CHEDDERROB 286 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    nice coppery color & thick white head. Very flavorful - hoppy and malty - and great aroma. Despite strong flavors, easy to drink both room temperature and chilled.

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