Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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BA SCORE
76
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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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Ratings: 873 | Reviews: 417
Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than the macros Canadian golden ale. Some yeast, malts, and hops are there mostly in aroma and also in taste. malty aftertaste. Bit of head, thin mouthfeel. Sweet but Ok at end of summer day. Yeast imparts some citrus fruit. Easy drink, would to try on tap.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/2013.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy light tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with some grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a pretty good smell but the taste doesn't match up in my opinion.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour has a half finger head. The color is clear with an golden color and touch of amber. Aromas are of barley. Taste is smooth with a very mild hop finish. Sweet apple malt is appreciated. Mild to moderate carbonation. The beer is average in taste. It is a "safe" brew without overwhelming nor underwhelming qualities.

Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high white head that quickly faded into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is rather fruity and has a slightly sweet aroma.
T: The taste is somewhat malty, but moderate flavors of fruits and sweetness really stand out. There are notes of apples and caramel. No flavors of hops are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful beer. Nicely copper and a touch darker than I'm used to in an APA. Smells sweetly spicy. Sweetly fruity in a perfume and refreshing way. Light hopping and subtle. Tastes moderately sweet of fruits: peaches, pears, plumbs, and pumpkin. Sweet spices, like corriander and ginger, add a summertime refreshing flavor. Sweet fruits and spices round out nicely. Body is firm but lighter than expected; makes for an easy drinker. Finishes in a sweeping way. A quick finish, but not abruptly crisp or dry, just sweet and fleeting. Very nice.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden brown color ale with a small bubbly head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Aroma of rough barley with this weird Shipyard yeast which doesn’t really fit my taste buds. Taste of rough grain and yeasty finish don’t really get me excited and leave me wondering where this is going. Average body with some adequate carbonation. I recently went through quite a few beers from those folks and I didn’t find anything that excited me.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Marigold with a minimal infusion of orange juice. The attractive cap is creamyfirm and is the color of a full moon. As it descends it leaves large splotches of lace on the glass, although they lack the gumption to stick around for long.

The nose is unimpressive and smells like weak, watered down hops and butterscotchy diacetyl. I believe APAs should be more than minimally hoppy. This one isn't. While I don't necessarily think diacetyl is all bad, it sure isn't appealing to me in this particular beer. My flavor expectations have just taken a serious hit.

American pale ale? You must be joking, Shipyard. There's plenty of maltiness and very little hoppiness. Export Ale tastes like butter-soaked biscuits drizzled with a copious quantity of butterscotch flavored pancake syrup. There's a little sour peach in there somewhere that is easily overwhelmed and then flattened by the flavors already mentioned.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nod toward full and is less pleasant than that sounds. The slight fullness adds to the impression of beer-flavored pancake syrup. A serious lack of bubbles cements that comparison in my mind.

Export Ale is way too Ringwood-intensive for me. Even though it isn't horrible, anyone who drinks this stuff better have a high diacetyl tolerance. I only bought a single bottle. If I had another, I'd put it in the cupboard next to the bottle of Mrs. Butterworth's so it'd be handy the next time I get a hankering for a tall stack.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was about what I would have expected given the style. Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue as it worked itself through.

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 zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/golden color with a 1+ finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled very sweet and floral.

T - It tasted sweet with an apple-like fruitiness. Also, a subtle grassy/hoppy quality.

M - It was crisp but maybe a little to fizzy. A light bodied beer.

D - Pretty good flavors, but it isn't your protypical APA.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep-hued yellow body with a tall, foamed, white head. Modest amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of sliced fresh biscuits rounded with a cereal sweetness and topped with pat or two of unsalted butter and a slice or two of lemon.

Taste: Upfront taste of very lightly toasted biscuits and crisped cereal grains joined with a bit of sweetness and an undertone of buttery diacetyl throughout. Spicy, leafy hops with a zip of lemony citrus. A hint more of the sweetness on the reasonably crisp, lemon-butter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a smooth, sufficiently tasty, albeit kinda buttery blonde. Which is exactly what I was expecting from Shipyard.

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a little bit of lace.

S - Light aroma of toasted malt and english yeast. A hint of sulphur and some red apples.

T - Lightly toasted malt up front with some musty hops. Some yeast notes in the middle before moderate bitterness balances more toast in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable but not very interesting. Average at best.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/15/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, nuts and fruit. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but it's a good solid beer to drink for while.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a sampler pack.

I thought this was by far the best of the 4 in the pack. A nice solid beer here. Great smell, nice hoppy taste, and smooth finish. Also not too high in ABV so you can easily put a few back. I would definitely come back to this one.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged straw/gold what gives a decent white-ish head that falls rather quickly. Nose is boring. Flavor is earthy and leafy with a sweet tone. Minor citrus. Not very interesting or complex, but well rounded enough. Feel is decent. Low, soft carbonation on a average liquid body. Very easy to drink and certainly a possible session brew.

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 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 feloniousmonk
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: transparent, pale amber hue, head starts out big and fluffy creamy white, dies down quick. Aroma: Dry, clean, at first, but further investigations brings out a little citrus, and a touch of fruity, even piney hops. But that's stretching the nostrils quite a bit!
Good frontal feeling on the palate, a nice, though brief show of hops, then mellow and smooth. Light body, to the point of "watery". Tasty, but it sinks below the watery, thin mouthfeel too easily. Texture's not bad, but over too quickly. A malty sweet feeling rings through the taste, but doesn't redeem the overall emptiness.
A fine "light ale", a decent session brew for the less discerning, but I'll pass, thanks!

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange/amber with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell is of faint grassiness with a touch of floral fruitiness. Mild/inoffensive - What's there is fine - just too muted.

There is an oily rose-like floral taste with some vague fruitiness. Some caramel sweetness emerges for a while in the middle before floral fruitiness re-emerges to finish it off. Not bad - basic pale ale. A bit thin.

This beer almost falls apart in the mouthfeel. Spritzy and water, but the light body manages to hold up, as do the flavors.

An okay brew for a light pale ale. Nothing special - inoffensive. Too light in body and flavor, but not a bad choice for something that is easy to drink with some flavor.

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a white lace head. The aroma is of pale malts and a sweet yeast scent. The taste is decent, but nothing special. It has a good balance of pale malts and mild bittering hops. There is not much complexity, but it is a fine beer none the less. The mouthfeel isn't that good. It's a low bodied beer with way too much carbonation; every sip ends with a painful burp. With all things considered, this is still a good drinker.

Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/02/05- Taken from notes earlier this year. Purchased at a large beer store in Baltimore, MD while on business.

Appearance- Moderate white two fingered head, amber pour and minor lacing.

Smell- A mixture of malt and hops, but the majority is malt. Maybe a bit of spices.

Taste- Big malt base, but with so SNPA like hop flavor. Not as intense though. Some spices intermix.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonated beer with a semi-full mouthfeel. A bit of a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Drinkability- Just a run of the mill ale IMO. Nothing great, but decent. May be a nice session beer for some.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date January 2007, Sampled September 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, full copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially finger and a half thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is lightly sweet with an unmistakable, shipyard signature of diacetyl. In this case the butter / butterscotch notes are more in balance than some of their other beers and it seems to work with the rest of the aromatics. The diacetyl is still the dominant note, though I also get notes of berries, toasted biscuits, toffee. The berry note really is representative of this very distinct fruity note that is in the nose. The diacetyl seems to contribute a bit to the fruitiness as well. All in all not a bad aroma, and at times it is quite enjoyable.

Up front the carbonation combines with some hops to impart a tingling sensation to my tongue. Through the middle is a spicy, herbal hop character and the finish has a fair amount of fruitiness to it. Notes of berries are prominent in the taste and are accentuated a bit by a malt sweetness that starts in the middle and continues on in the finish. This beer is really nicely hoppy; spicy hop notes combine with a zesty herbal character and all throughout is a un-ignorable biting bitterness. The diacetyl from the aroma is much muted in the flavor, though it is here at a background level. This beer, unlike many of theirs, actually has a pleasant level of diacetyl. At low levels I can tolerate it, and even enjoy it and I can appreciate that it adds to the character of this brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson, AZ

Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Federal Jacks. Clear yellowish orange in color. One inch white head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is of spicy apples and butter. The flavor consists of mild malt, hints of caramel, sweet apples, butter, and mild bitterness.

Lighter in body. Lightly crisp at the start, with a smooth and relatively clean finish. Decently drinkable. Not a bad brew, it kind of has a unique flavor.

Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  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.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thin layer of loose, fizzy, bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose is grassy with some faint malt and a little grainy with a little metallic undertone. The flavor is a little bready and a bit sweet up front with some caramel coming through. The hop character in the finish is citrusy and pungent, and leaves a faint citrusy, herbal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a bit crisp and over carbonated.

This is a weird beer. It's a little unbalanced. The hop character isn't smooth and over powers what little malt comes through. This is probably a one and done for me.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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