Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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Reviews: 410
Hads: 890
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 22.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

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Photo of JebBeerFish
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On draft for $4.00 for 22oz. Darker straw yellow. Faintly malty sweet aroma. Starts off better than it ends. Better beers often release better flavors as they warm, inferior beers often suffer when they warm; this beer is the latter. Adjunct bitterness pervades at the end when it warms.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear honey orange with white head, smells of biscuity malts and yeast, tastes of bitter biscuit malt and slight yeast, rich mouthfeel with clean finish.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bizarre, like most Shipyard offerings. It almost seems like Shipyard intentionally does things to ruin their beers and make them unnecessarily weird. Odd and incongruous aromas and flavors abound here. Unfortunate that this is their flagship brew. Their Prelude Special Ale is much, much better, and is so far the only Shipyard brew that I've enjoyed all around. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had at Logan, where the options are always disappointing, and this did not disappoint in its disappointment. This has all the characteristics of a macro - so in that regards, if sales take off, they are ready. It has little smell or taste. I gave it a strong score for Look, as I am wearing my favorite sweater today, and I think the beer looks good next to me. Overall, this is very much a beer, so good work Shipyard.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Shipyard Export pint glass

This beer is amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

It has a skunked, Corona smell to it. There is a sweet grain smell too.

The taste isn't much better. I get a bitter metallic taste, and it tastes a little skunked.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer doesn't not taste at all how I remember it. It's been seven years, so I guess time may have warped my memory. It seems to be skunked, but I bought it at my go to store which is reputable and has fresh product. Either I remember a bad beer as good, or it got skunked along the way.

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Photo of Bestinyourgirl
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Taste a lot like Budweiser, if Budweiser had a much more beer flavor to it instead of a watered down taste. I like it, but prefer Prelude from Shipyard. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
2.62/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I did not like this beer. Funk on the nose, no head to speak of, little body and an odd taste - bitter and foul. Mouthfeel was OK. Would not revisit.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and almost completely dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma at all, in fact I don’t get anything in the way of aroma. Disappointing.

Taste: Better than the aroma. Nice, bready flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting some notes of whole wheat crackers and biscuits, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, black pepper, and finished with just the faintest hints of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth and creamy as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Nice beer, with some good malty and sweet flavors. I’d certainly drink it again if offered.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%

Standard ale with not much going for or against it. A little watery though, and the flavors aren't too pronounced. Drinkable and smooth, but not that great.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%

Singles cooler at Kesslers in Aberdeen, SD.

Appearance (3.5) : Pours a 2 finger head that quickly recedes to about 1/4". Slightly hazy golden straw color. Mostly transparent.

Aroma (4.25) : Nutty. A bit woody - with some evergreen. Heavily decadent and syrupy roasted malt. Sap. It's got a fabulous aroma to it, I'm not gonna lie. One of the better beers I've smelled. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (3.5) : Traditional yeasty blonde flavor at the beginning, then some sour malts rush in followed by a generous hop profile. The hop and malt yin-yang and arm-wrestle each other. By the end, the hop wins out with a woody, bitter finish. Character is there, but it may be a bit strong for my preference in a blonde ale.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Stinging carbonation with a slightly creamy body. Ends crisp and nippy.

Overall (3.52) : Aroma is the strong suit here. Downright impressive. The taste leaves a little to be desired for me personally, but I could see someone being absolutely crazy about this beer. It has a great profile and is pretty complex. I like how the malt and hop wrestle each other for dominance. As stated, the hop actually wins the battle by the end of the taste. It is a good beer and I'm sure it's great on tap. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

American Blond Ale? Who added this beer? This one is obviously an English Ale, quite sweet & malty, and only slightly bitter. Not exactly a hop-head's favorite style, but a reasonable approximation of the style. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of TonyC
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Enjoyed Before: Feb 2015

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty, and sweet. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some grapefruit notes. Medium body. Overall not too bad, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE REVIEWED: June 29, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: prepping for P90X3--starting tomorrow...APPEARANCE: quickly dismissed off-white head; body is translucent copper with subtle, sparse effervescence... AROMA: caramel malts join with softer hops to produce a relatively pleasant promise... PALATE: sessionably sippable; slightly buttery; little or no aftertaste... TASTE: buttery caramel malts, front and center; a bit of blood iron, metallic hops; some fruity esters are involved--not so much complex as a base mixture of beer's usual elements ... OVERALLL: described as an American blond by Beer Advocate, I though this played more as an ESB--refreshing like a Kolsch, but more publike in its demeanor and flavor profile--not quite solid enough to demand seconds but not offensive...

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Photo of PressFastF0rward
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only the second Shipyard I've had, and probably the better of the two. I was impressed with it's appearance - a very nice dark amber color, almost honey-like. The odor was a weird mix of malty sweetness with you regular beer smell. I wasn't entirely sure I liked it, but it was altogether that bad. Mouthfeel was just a bit better than okay. I was very impressed with the taste - a nice roasty, sweet, malt and hops flavor that was crisp going down. Overall, a decent beer. I'm glad I still have plenty to go through.

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Photo of dennarb
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer looks better than it tastes. Nice big head but light aroma are combined with an over-carbonated texture that makes this ale taste watered down.
Not unpleasant as a quick thirst quencher, but not something I want to go back to you with any frequency.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Pint glass.

1 finger head, creamy.

Smells almost like a lager at first then you notice the honey, biscuity.

First taste sweet honey, not very bitter, very mild hop.

Mild hop aftertaste.

All in all a good session brew.
Drink cold.

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Photo of illpass78
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of RockyCoast
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a consumer of beer brewed here in my home state of Maine, I'm often biased toward anything that's local. Shipyard's Export Ale is an exception. While Shipyard does brew several beers worth bragging about (the Pugsley's Series!), Export Ale is not one of them.

Beer drinkers in Maine leave Shipyard's Export Ale for the tourists.

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Photo of Zeke30
4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Omnium
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A- Odd enough, pours more of a darker gold instead of a nice yellow, a little haze goin on, no head except a little fizz ring, and no lacing.
S - Some dried flowers, a little wheat, thats about it.
T - Tastes like dried flowers a little tart sweetness, almost like an orange peel, and some mild bitterness.
M Simple and refreshing.
O - Typical blonde, nothing too special here.

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Photo of stella77artois
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served on-tap at a DiMillo's in Portland.

A - A medium golden-orange color with a 1/2 finger head. Small amounts of carbonation rising to top. A good looking beer.

S - Malt, a general fruity aroma, and a cheap sourness. Almost offensive.

T - A general cheap sourness was the most prominent flavor. Was almost like olive juice. A slight dark fruit taste in parts, about the only good thing about the taste.

F - Was easy on the throat and stomach, not too dry, and quenched the thirst a bit.

O - Don't recommend. Not much better than an AAL, and would in fact drink many AAL's over this, as I've has several that are actually better tasting, and even ones that are similar in taste quality would be much cheaper. This is supposed to be a decent beer, but it just tasted off. Cheap sourness is the best way to describe it. Maybe the lines were dirty at the bar, who knows. Still though, I won't purchase this again.

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Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Beautiful deep translucent orange, 3/4 inch white head hangs on for a bit before slippping into a thin surface foam film with a heavy ring and little lacing.

s: Slightly floral.

t: Good modestly fruity-hops beer, refreshing on this hot summer evening. Liking it a lot more than the first one I had a week or two ago, perhaps because the beer is nice and cold, and it's 83 degrees warm in this office. Perhaps also because I've been drinking some strong IPA's lately and my palate is thankful for the lack of hopbites here.

m: Pleasant, clean and fresh with light-to-medium tongue heft.

o: Perhaps some proof that enjoyment is all in the presentation and the environmental conditions. Did not particularly appreciate the first one I had, but this one rocks. Very satisfying. That it only cost me a dollar warms my Scottish soul even as the beer cools my physical innards.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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