Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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873 Ratings

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

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Reviews by Chadbrew:
Photo of Chadbrew
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard Export
Appearance = Mostly clear with just a bit of cloudiness. A pretty good finger of head and substantial lacing along the edges.
Aroma = Hops and diacetyl, mostly diacetyl.
Taste = Very bitter and somewhat acidic up front. There is definitely some buttery flavor but surprisingly not as much as I had expected based on the aroma. The aftertaste is somewhat astringent.
Mouthfeel = Medium bodied and “oily”.
Drinkability = Not really that good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a decent yellow/gold color with pillowey head that dissapated quickly.Not much of an aroma I thought a little sweatness but not to much,the taste was faintly sweet from the malt with some fruity background.Nothing spectacular but quite drinkable,but not anything to seek out.

Photo of MadScientist
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with excellent clarity. The low white head slowly dissipates to a ring and a thin cap.

S: The aroma is dominated by a light graininess and low DMS. There is a low malt and hop aroma. Very mild light fruit esters in the background.

F: The flavor is a pleasing and crisp balance of malt sweetness and graininess with a moderately-low hops bitterness. The balance is slight towards the bitter side with a light citrus flavor lingering after the off-dry finish.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is some creaminess and light CO2 prickle.

O: This is an easy drinking refreshing beer with some bitterness.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold in color, abundant fizzy head to about 3/4" with a careful pour. Head had good retention lasting for several minutes before it reduced to a layer of soapy bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeast and barley are the first things on the nose, and I don't mean barley malt, but rather you get a pretty good whiff of fresh ground grain. You can catch a little bit of bread aromas from this too.

T: Rather a bit malty, definitely more than I would have guessed looking at it. The hops bring the malt sweetness down several notches bringing forth a nice earthy malt flavor. Finish is relatively short and clean with a little bit more the hop bittering riding on top of some malt linger.

M&D: Heavy and full flavored, again, more so than you might think just by looking at it. The carbonation was well matched with fine abundant bubbles licking back. The brew wasn't a stunner by any means but it is a great "general purpose" beer that I would love to sample again someday soon.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shipyard makes some decent beers; this isn't one of them. It was a nice orange color with a small head and some lacing. It had a sweet, grainy odor. The taste left a lot to be desired. It was mildly hoppy, but the bitterness was not pleasant.. Mouthfeel was very thin. Drinkable in that it will quench your thirst.

Photo of shapudding
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear and golden honey, very still. The off-white head went away quickly leaving tight bubbles in a ring with a dusting, but no real retention. Nice malty scents with a lot of caramel sweetness punching through that makes me think of cotton candy. A lot of carbonation in the feel, bit foamy, just a bit too much for me. Dark toasty flavors with some hops coming though. Bit of bitterness left on your tongue. Some gin in there, fairly astringent. Not too much screaming out at me, but this would be a damn good lawnmower beer.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber good head slowly dikssipates to the siide of the glass

Caremel and grains very shipyard loads of crystal malt

The tastes matches the smell with a grain taste to the finish starts with a buttery smooth and as the carbonation builds this taste slowly fades and becomes a dryer mouth with a pale malt taste lingering

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist off bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Sunrise golden hue with a bright clarity, big foamy head stays for most of the way.

Smell: Fruity and buttery aroma with a mild hint of caramel and spicy herbal hop and esters.

Taste: Crispness is there but feels too forced and spritzy, moderate body with a slick mouth feel. Light maltiness, buttery with a musty character from the diacetyl. Hops are more than ample with a straight up clean bitterness and lingering woody herbal flavour. Fruity with a pinch of estery alcohol. Finishes with a thin spreading of residual sweetness, diacetyl twang and left over hop.

Notes: A bit thin for my liking, this brew used to have a bit more body and oomph from what I can remember. Feels and tastes like it is filtered too much. Not bad for a lighter ale.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a "Captain's Selection" sampler box.
Appearance: Pours a clear, glowing, honey amber body with an almond hued head that stays for a few minutes at about one inch in height. Patchy lace is left on the pint glass. Inviting appearance.

Aroma: Pleasing bouquet of buttery toffee, complimented by honeysuckle floral and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: "Sparkly" on the palate, with lively carbonation and a medium body.

Taste: Well balanced, yet complex. Buttery toffee malt(there is a diactyl presence) plays nicely with a polite herbal presence that is mildly spicy and herbal. Red apple chunks add an exciting presence to the middle, and melt into the malt/hop profile. Herbal hops and mineral are noted toward the finish, and suggest a fine English Bitter.

Drinkability: This one surprised me with its depth of character. Last summer, in Maine, I had some bad experiences with a couple of New England breweries that used ringwood yeast. Shipyard and Magic Hat were notable exceptions, and Export Ale has convinced me that ringwood yeast can be extraordinary when used properly. Export Ale is delicious, feels wonderful, and is highly drinkable. Geeez, I'm ready to go back to Maine, even if it is a 20 hour drive.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap from a cask conditioned offering into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin white head, almost no carbonation.

Smell: Sweeter smell of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste was warm, malty and hoppy flavor, more sweet like honey than anything.

Overall: Not bad, but not my first choice for a beer, never been a huge fan of the Export anyway, cask conditioned was a little better than the regular brew.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Non cask conditioned review.

Appearance: Amber with about one finger of off-white head.

Smell: Strong malts and some mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong malts and hops. Some caramel flavor maybe.

Overall: Good brew, not my first choice though.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly deep golden/amber color with a very thin head. Nose is fairly malty as well but almost no hops for an APA.

Taste is a bit sharp and bitter quite carbonated. Something is a bit odd with this beer though, I had it with a couple others and we all thought it was a pretty poor beer, not easy to drink and didn't sit well with any of us, skip it.

Photo of jondeelee
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Export Ale opens to a grainy nose, full of wet wheat, Grape Nuts cereal, whole wheat bread dough, biscuit, hay, and cracker. Toasted nuts and toast crust add light layers of baked complexity. A good measure of sugar helps offset the breads, most of it brown, but there are some nice fruit esters as well, including apricot, orange, and berry. Shades of grapefruit and pine from the hops add touches of citrusy bitterness, further offsetting the grains. As a whole, the nose is nice, being decently balanced, aromatic, and featuring a pleasant set of fruits and sugars to offset the breads, the nose suffering mainly from being light, but more importantly, somewhat plain, offering little in terms of a “wow factor,” and relying instead on simply presenting decent aromas in decent quantities.

On the tongue, the beer has a noticeably grainy flavor profile, with hay, Grape Nuts cereal, toasted bread, wet wheat, biscuit, toasted nut, and wheat bread making up the majority of the flavors. The brown sugars and fruit esters – again: apricot, orange, berry – do help offset this somewhat, as do grapefruit and pine from the hops. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, the flavors simply too weak to stand up to repetition, and the beer becomes even more heavily dominated by wet wheat, toast crust, and hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, lingering for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly good summer fare, being light and crisp, but largely suffering from a lack of sugars to help counter the heavy grain flavors.

Photo of PressFastF0rward
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Export is my go to beer when the only other options is Miller and Budweiser; perfectly drinkable beer that you could have one too many of. I always like to support local and Shipyard produces a lot of other good beers. It has better taste and presence on the pallet than a macro, but does no favors either.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up recently from Booths.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber hue with faint translucence and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of earthy yeast and stewed hops. A faint sweetness in the background. Meh.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, subtle grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, though there is a faint malty sweetness in the background along with a hint of cardboard. A very mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves, earthy yeast and weak malt.

Pretty dull. Nothing technically wrong - it seems well crafted but boring. Like a US version of John Smiths. Looks good, but the aroma and flavour don't hold your interest. Decent body though rather too dry. With so many great beers out there, this isn't really worth the trouble. Give it a miss.

Photo of far333
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark yellow colored with a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Little to no aroma. Mild flavor of floral hops, with citrus highlights. A light hop bitter finish comes through. Smooth mouthfeel, but a little watery. Pretty light and average beer all around.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden amber with a nice thick white head. Smells of mild malts, bread, and a hint sweet citrus. Taste is well balanced with the caramel malt coming through at the end for a nice finish. Solid mothfeel. Highly drinkable. A very fine offering from good brewery.

Photo of Dizzy
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with white head with really small bubbles. It leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is grainy with hop aroma. Aroma is malty with some fruit and hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Drinkability is ok, this is a nice beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A blonde looking blonde ale. . .the carpet matches the drapes I guess. Lots of head, almost non existant lacing. Aroma was negligible.

Taste, a nice initial grasp of carbonation and light hops, light caramel, very light. It recedes though, not into something good, it just goes away and becomes watery. Just not a fan of this, could get comparable stuff for cheaper.

Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark yellow gold color, clear as a bell...fugitive head that's down to spider tracks in ten seconds but which do lace slightly vertically and horizontally on the glass. Sweet malt aromas, notes of buttery pancakes with real maple syrup. Malt carries forth subtly into the primary flavor impression, discreet but faint, toffee and pale diacetyl with a distant lime and white pepper hop to balance. I like a bit more fruit and chewiness in a Pale, but this could certainly be seen as a good-natured session brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears a golden orange crystal clear hue with a pearl white two finger sized head of foam that leaves behind trickled rings of lace in my glass. Aroma some nice fruit (notes of cherry) aromas arise at first, blended with a mild hop aroma and buttery malt finish overall pretty pleasant not mindblowing but pleasant. Taste is crisp sweetness at first then a slightly woody tone creeps in on the scene with some earthy mild hop bitterness alright not bad, and I must note that the flavor seems a bit unbalanced toward the woody hop bitterness side of things. Mouthfeel is a bit thin lighter bodied ale not much texture here kind of boring in fact. However it's a beer meant to be drank as a session brew but I will continue my search for extraordinary brews.

Photo of OStrungT
2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a crisp golden yellow. The head is white. It appears quite fluffy and fades very slowly, leaving thick laces. It has a citrusy aroma. It smells slightly piney. It has an aroma that I can not define, but it is not all that appealing. It might be Murphys Wood Conditioner. It has a cirtusy flavor. It is slightly bitter, but not as much as I expcted. It has a very slight biscuty taste. It also is slightly malty. Ultimately, I am unimpressed with the flavor of this beer. It is too mild. I think it needs to be about doubled in bitterness. That would help. This beer is carbonated well. It goes down smooth, leaving almost no aftertaste. This beer might not be a good session beer because it doesnt taste good. I doubt that I would want to drink any more of this beer ever. It is not awful, but just not worth your money or time.

Photo of mocktm
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass.

Nothing impressive about the pour; light golden and translucent in color with a minimal fizzy head. Zero Retention or lacing, could be a BMC if I didn't know better.

Light fruit, mainly apple, with a slight caramel characteristic in the nose. Hops are there, but you have to search for them.

Buttery malt flavor profile with a lingering bitterness. As in the nose, slight complementary fruit rounds out the beer nicely.

Crispness is there, but a serious light body takes away from general appeal. Slick mouthfeel that is very easy drinking. Not bad, but could be much better. Nice summer beer.

Overall, better than what my first impression would have had me believe upon the initial pour. Nothing great, but worth trying.

Photo of JohnW
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL in October 2006. I was dissapointed in this, the aroma was not at all pleasant, very earthy and hinted at maybe being a bit sour, not at all what I would have expected from the style. Colour was pale as anticipated, but the taste was not to my liking at all I am afraid to say. Very "dry'' texture but with hints of artificial sweetner, and a strange spicy aftertaste which I could not identify. Whether this was something to do with the way it had been kept at the bar, or if this was normal for this beer I cannot say! Would be interested to try it from bottle for comparison purposes, as I normally enjoy "Export" style beers

Regret did not enjoy this, though the sample I had might not be fully representative of what it might really be like, so view my remarks with caution.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear heavy gold color. An off-white head one finger tall shows good retention and lacing is patchy and none too shy.
The aroma is light but fairly hoppy, showing some herbal and earthy character with a touch of dark fruits, but a bit of butter that seems very much to be diacetyl.
In the flavor, this one is well hopped, a touch sulfuric as though Saaz hops were used, slightly grassy and herbal. Underneath is a dry, crackery malts balance with the dark fruits lingering and a light bit of spiciness. Diacetyl is there but barely and doesn't do too much to detract from an otherwise good taste.
This beer is surprisingly smooth, though not lacking crispness. The body is on the lighter side of medium. It is a little bit slick, other than which makes for a very good mouthfeel.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straightforward clear golden appearance, with a bit of foam. Rather unpleasent aroma though, somewhat malty with a but of skunkiness. Suspect my sample may not have been treated well, as it seems well within the freshness date. Doesn't taste half bad though. A dash of sweetness backing up a rather malty brew. Hops could be a bit more pronounced, leaving this one Perhaps a bit flat and underwhelming.

A good mouthfeel, however, makes this one rather quaffable. An inexpensive alternative to the macros at least.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.