Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.49/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2013 15:55:40 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
3.4/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: I love the look of this - it looks like liquid gold. It's a clear gold, but a very deep and hazy gold. It has a very short white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is less than moderate.
Aroma: Smells of biscuit, malt and bitter fruits. Minimal hops in the nose.
Taste: More bitter than I was expecting. The hop presence is much more noticeable on the palate than the nose. Otherwise, taste follows the nose - grapefruit, maltiness, biscuit. Tastes like what it is - a no-nonsense session ale.
Mouthfeel: The bitterness isn't a negative factor here; finishes nicely and is easy on the palate.
Overall: Solid session beer. Easy and approachable but with enough flavor complexity that it isn't immediately forgettable. It doesn't really stand out as something I need a cooler full of, but I'd certainly have it again. Strikes me as a good beer for a hot day.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 03:22:20 | More by illpass78
3.38/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Proving once more that it pays to advertise, my local friend, jchlan109, made a trip to Maine and returned with this in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). Many thanks!
From the CAN: "Excellence In Brewing"; "Award-winning Shipyard Export Ale is a full-bodied beer with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle yet distinctive hop taste, and a very clean finish. Shipyard beers are all about drinkability, [CAN]sistency and balance and every batch is brewed by hand using only the finest ingredients. Ask for Shipyard Export Ale and the full line of Shipyard brews at your favorite port of call."
The Crack! was nice and loud, the CAN brimful, and the Glug inverted. I have gotten quite practiced at doing this and I CAN intuit when to back off of the pour so as to avoid overflow. The resulting two fingers of dense, tawny head evinced good retention and produced some nice lacing as it fell. Color was a deep, golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with just the slightest hint of a haze. My old friends, Croesus, Mammon and Midas came by for a taste but as usual, they proved incapable of sharing, so I went ahead with my business. Nose had a clover honey-like sweetness and when I closed my eyes, I swore that I was smelling lager! Mouthfeel was kind of full, thick and viscous and while the taste was very much like honey, it was cloyingly sweet. Ugh! I am not a big fan of sweet, especially in beer, hence my being a self-avowed hophead. The finish remained ungodly sweet and I was not enamored of it. There was nothing intrinsically wrong with this beer and it was stylistically correct, but it just was not my cuppa tea. YMMV.
Serving type: can
01-05-2014 18:24:00 | More by woodychandler
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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