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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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801 Ratings

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001)
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New York

5/5  rDev +51.5%

12-02-2011 23:58:44 | More by dwoolley1
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5/5  rDev +51.5%

03-18-2014 23:57:06 | More by Rpreskenis
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Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +45.5%

Appearance – Can’t help you here, I drank it out of the bottle. Had no chance to put it in a glass or clear cub.

Smell – Nice maltly aroma

Taste – Kind of a buttery taste, nice clean taste. Haven’t had a good beer in awhile till this.

Mouth feel – Not heavy, kind of light.

Drinkable - I never seen this and then in the past 2 days I seen it twice. I would buy this again. I enjoyed this one a lot.

02-04-2007 04:16:27 | More by auxiliary
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4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

07-26-2012 02:45:31 | More by bergdj
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4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

11-10-2012 02:36:33 | More by bgfresh
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4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

Shipyard has always been a good local choice, and for those times when I want a nice ale with a crisp and slightly hopped bite, I will pick up a Shipyard Export.

A: A wonderful orange/gold color with a nice white rocky head that leaves a decent lace.

S: Not overpowering at all, very sedate aromas. Balanced malt with a slight hops aroma.

T: This is where Export shines. A great malty flavor, that is slightly sweet, and finishes with a slightly bitter/grassy hops flavor. A very nice flavor balance that hits the spot.

M: Silky and clean, not too bitter, not too malty. Very well balanced and very enjoyable.

D: Goes down smooth, and clean. Excellent with seafood or steak, or on on its own. Not one of those beers that fills you up quick or overpowers the palate.

This is one beer that goes great at a cookout, at a casual dinner or a quiet night out. Very easy to drink, and reminds you of New England. Another good local offering for me.

08-17-2014 20:24:19 | More by TonyC
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4.68/5  rDev +41.8%

Had this on tap at a local bar. It is an English style pale ale. It is slightly bigger than what you might have at a pub, hence the "Export" heading. Shipyard also uses a Ringwood yeast strain, which provides a very distinct flavor profile.

A: Golden color, Clear and brilliant. Has a white, rockey, creamy head.

S: Distinctive floral esters provided by yeast. Caramel maltiness is present. Grassy hop aroma is also there.

T: Flavors co-allign with aroma. Hop flavor and aroma are moderate and grassy as well. Finishes on the dry side. Very clean beer. Flavors linger in aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly over-carbonated for an English beer. Finishes dry. No alcohol warming.

D: Excellent beer. Can be enjoyed with or without food, and at any time of the year.

03-04-2009 04:58:43 | More by AndyRattner
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4.65/5  rDev +40.9%

I can't believe I haven't tried this beer before now - being from Maine and all. But it is really good - just the right balance of hops and malt - I can taste the cascade hops that must be in there. If you haven't tried this in a while - try it again - it is really good. I am a home brewer and this is the taste that I have been trying to get in my homebrew. I will always have some in the fridge from now on

04-14-2012 13:37:19 | More by mainlyale
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

03-29-2012 13:54:29 | More by seanbren
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

08-12-2013 04:06:43 | More by Beermazter310
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +35.5%

I found this beer to be a very good session beer. It was not heavy at all. The color was good as was the smell. I would highly recommend this beer to any of my beer drinking friends. I got the Export Ale in what is called "The Captain's Collection." This is a 12 pack of different Shipyard beers. I am now trying to get a case of the beer since it was so good.

05-24-2006 23:03:45 | More by matracy68
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4.33/5  rDev +31.2%

Brightly copper colored, mine produced a rather fluffy, foamy white head. Nice thick sweet malty smell with some hop induced floral notes. Very appealing. First taste was dominated by a big sweet malty, yeast taste. Just like biting into a Bob Evans buttermilk biscuit (Wildman, knows what I'm talking about.) Very creamy rich taste, more malty sweetness than I have seen in a Pale Ale. Nice floral hop bite balances nicely. Only downside was a slight medicinal taste at the bottom of the glass. Very good, tasty and easy to drink. I agree, this should be their flagship brew.

07-23-2002 11:50:16 | More by StevieW
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4.33/5  rDev +31.2%

This a great ale for me. It holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first better US beers I had when I first arrived to the US. I had been supping Red Dog until some kind soul took me to the Old Amherst Alehouse and i never looked back. The Shipyard Export even made it back with me to Scotland as a gift for my uncle who loves his pint. This brew pours well and has a nice solid, safe brown look. There is the usual busyness with the aroma that is common with US ales, but it certainly is not overpowering. Not too flowery, it has a duller edge to it compared to say a Sam Adams. I like that. On tap it is sublime but in a bottle I stress getting a fresh batch as I notice this brew does not do well if close to or past it's best before date.

This is the best Shipyard has to over, IMO.

11-05-2005 04:28:24 | More by haggis
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4.31/5  rDev +30.6%

Pours a lush, golden brown. Upon pouring, aroma begins to be noticeable, which is a heavily malted scent. This I believe is Shipyards best work. Their IPAs usually miss the mark, but they're American style beers, are on point. Very drinkable, great color, not to heavy, not to light. This is a versatile beer. Whether its 9 degrees on a Maine night or a July 4th weekend, this beer is good to go anytime of year. Arguably it's best attribute is the aftertaste, which is sweet and malty and makes you want another round. Good stuff here by Shipyard, Cheers

09-21-2013 01:42:08 | More by Zeke30
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4.3/5  rDev +30.3%

Pours a nice clear orangish color with some good carbonation and a nice head. Heavy scent of sweet bready malt along with a nice floral hop aroma. Taste is fairly hoppy, yet very creamy as well, balancing things out perfectly. What starts off as a bitter dose of hops quickly turns into a sweet & creamy maltiness. Plenty of hops, yet sweet enough to balance it all out. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable, especially at 5%.

Good overall brew, and nice sitting by the fire...this one warms up nicely.

11-16-2003 00:37:01 | More by avylover
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4.3/5  rDev +30.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium goblet. This beer pours a semi-opaque reddish-gold, with a thin, off white head that leaves a gentle lacing along the inside of the glass. It looks decent, but somewhat unassuming.

The smell is likewise very mild, and does not give a particularly strong impression of what to expect from the flavor. There is a very slight maltiness present, though no real indication of any corresponding sweetness. There is a slightly fruity aroma, coupled with some mild floral notes from the hops. Nothing truly exciting so far, but very pleasant.

The taste, however, is quite impressive. I feel that this beer has been under-valued by quite a few other reviewers, who may have been hoping for something a little more bold. While the flavors are quite mild overall, they blend together exceptionally well. Balance is clearly a key element of this beer's flavor profile.

There is a subtle maltiness in the background, which provides a slight bit of richness and corresponding sweetness, though this does not ever overwhelm. The hops are likewise clearly present, providing a crisp clean flavor that is a balance of citrus and floral notes, with a modest degree of bitterness. The aftertaste fades quickly, but is slightly sweet and bready, coupled with a mild, hoppy bitterness.

This is a light-bodied beer. It never really coats the tongue, and the relatively high degree of carbonation keeps it crisp and refreshing. Between the solid balance of flavors and aroma, clean mouthfeel, and modest ABV, I could easily see myself having several across a prolonged session.

12-14-2009 21:34:34 | More by JalfPsu
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4.28/5  rDev +29.7%

poured into a british pint...decent head that fades fast and didn't really rise up to the occasion. little lacing. not bad though at all...average.

nose is much more impressive...a buttery (butterscotch?) maltiness with those hops in the background. intriguing.

whoa. taste is rich (no indication in the appearance)...the butteriness continues with an assertive malty backbone/punch in the face, but tempered in tag fashion by the hops...not overly complex but rather intriguing as an APA. not a clone of anything! the buttery mouthfeel really makes it all work. quite drinkable. a session APA for sure. at least for me.

09-18-2009 23:24:51 | More by mempath
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4.28/5  rDev +29.7%

One of my favorite ales around.

Nothing too unusual here, so short & simple review. Pours nicely with a nice amber color and good ½” head. Smells and tastes nice & light with a bit of malt. Slight bitterness, but that’s what I like. Very drinkable, great with a burger while overlooking the Maine coast.


09-21-2006 18:14:19 | More by msolar
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

08-15-2013 05:08:57 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

06-25-2013 22:28:25 | More by iBodhisattva
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

07-21-2014 10:49:33 | More by John_Beeryman
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4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Bought as a single bottle at Whip In while traveling through Austin.

Bright light amber colored brew with some haziness and little bubbles coming to the top. Soapwater head.

Nice aroma with some floral hoppy notes. The flavor is complex and is well representative of the style. Herby floral notes matched with a slight hop bite and a good bit of malt. I really like the fresh taste.

A very satisfying beer and definitely a good choice for a session beer.

11-07-2006 19:36:00 | More by jmbranum
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4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Pale golden in color with a sparse white head. Aroma is floral and deceptively hoppy. Taste is bready and malty without alot of excess sweetness. Hop bitterness jumps in at the end tying things op nicely. Great drinkin beer. Not too strong, sweet, or bitter. I'm bringing a bunch to the next party I hit. Drinkable and approcheable for converting folks.

12-10-2003 09:03:34 | More by Sixpack595
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4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Best Before July, 2003.

Perfectly clear beer. Deeper in color than golden, but not quite amber. Just a wispy little bone colored head. Nothing but an edging is left in seconds. Lacing is slight, but nice to look at nonetheless. The aroma is complex. Sweet. Toffee-like. Buttery. A bit like carmel corn. And some dry hop tones come into play as well. The first thing I notice of all things upon tasting is the dryness of this beer. Leaves one longing for more. There's also a nice caramel presence and slight butterscotch. I'm not sure if Ringwood is the yeast of choice for this brewery, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that out. A little bit of the same fruitiness and buttery qualities that I remember from some of the Middle Ages brews are here as well. It's nicely carbonated in the mouth and has a body of about medium. Very quaffable and enjoyable.

03-22-2003 21:02:35 | More by Bighuge
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4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Appearance: Has a dull copper tone and two finger head.
Smell: Good hop character and bitterness in the nose.
Taste: Again, a good hop character and bitterness. Nothing over the top, it's a very well balanced ale.
Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue and welcome in the mouth.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable due to it's uniqueness and balance.

09-12-2004 20:44:04 | More by jvajda
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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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