After trying Dogfish Head Festina Peche it took me a while to get up the nerve to try another Dogfish Head. Just kidding. I just happen to forget about Dogfish when I usually grab new beer to try. This week, I made it a point to grab something from Dogfish and the pale ale was it. I am just sorry I waited so long to try a traditional beer from them but it was worth the wait.
This pale ale poured a rich gold with a slight amber tone. The head was loose with about average retention.
The aroma was bitter and fruity with some light floral hoppy notes. I found the nose of the beer bright and fresh.
The flavor was a nice mix of hops and caramel malts. Without a doubt the flavor was driven by the fruity hops. I could almost taste strawberry in the flavor without any accompaning sweetness. Shelter Pale Ale had a nice contrast of buttery malts and bittery hops as I would expect from a pale ale.
I also really like the high amount of carbonation as it woke up the hops when I drank the beer giving the nose of the beer added significance to the experience.
This is a straight forward pale ale and fairly one dimensional. However as typical as it may be, I found it very enjoyable. This certainly made up for the Festina Peche experience and I most certainly want to head over to Dogfish Head’s new brew-pub restaurant by me.