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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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731 Ratings

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%

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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Photo of ADR


3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 08:36:21 | More by ADR
Photo of Bighuge


4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 21:02:35 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mzwolinski


3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light gold in color, with a tight white head. The aroma is quite light, mostly grainy with a bit of floral hops. Nice thing about this beer is a really smooth transition from a light pale malty body to a mildly woody, herbal hop finish. A good body to the beer too -- filling in the mouth while staying fairly crisp. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 21:05:16 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Rocko


3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark golden color with a small soon fading head that leaves a thin lace. It's smell is malty sweet w/ a fruity addition, quite pleasant. The taste is also sweet, bready and complex. I like this ale, it's has nice features and is easy to drink. Somtimes it reminds of me some dark lagers, maybe it's the bitterness in the end which hints in that direction.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 06:16:26 | More by Rocko
Photo of kelticblood


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color with a mild head and small amounts of lace.A very crisp and well carbonated Ale that leaves a bitter finish in the mouth.A light body with a slight malt texture.A hop aroma and taste thats not too strong,but there.Leaves a refreshing feeling on the pallate with a touch of lemon on the finish.An overall fair Ale thats very drinkable,but could use some more hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 14:41:31 | More by kelticblood
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours golden with a little foam that will die after a short while, but it will leave you lace on the glass. the aroma is really weak, but you can pick up sweet malts and a little metallic smell.

smooth with a nice crisp carbonation and a thinner body (not real thin, but i wouldn't say medium), this is an easy one to drink. it has good malts in the taste, but i didn't get more than a hint of hops. there is also a taste of grains and oats from start to finish. i like my pales with a little more hops to them, so this one is lacking. it is a decent beer, a little better than average, but not a great example of a pale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 10:00:05 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of purplehops


3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a light honey yellow with a white head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is lightly malty with hints of alcohol. No spiciness from the hops or fruitinss from the yeast. The taste is light and crisp with some malt sweetness up front. The finish is refreshing with notes of citrus and a little hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. This is an easy drinking ale that is probably better in the summer than in the winter. A nice product but nothing really special.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2002 02:37:25 | More by purplehops
Photo of budgood1


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear light gold. medium carbonation produces a thin white head. buttery/fruity aroma with some pale malt notes. crisp and sharp with a bit of toasty malts and spicy hops. Medium to light body. the crispness and hop bitterness really gets in the way of any malt body, making for a thin mouthfeel. not a good rendition of an english pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 22:26:01 | More by budgood1
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a nice white head. Well balanced with the right about of hops and malt in the smell and taste. A touch of fruit in the smell but nothing over powering. A little light for my liking but still a good beer. English style pale ales have never been my favorite, unless they are on cask!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 03:53:41 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The "best" beer on the Downeaster (the Portland, Maine train). I drink it right from the bottle. Peeking through the top I detect a nice copper color. It has a good blend of hops, and not overly carbonated. This last fact is crucial on the train, because the movement of the train can cause gastic disturbances. I always offer it to fellow passangers, enlightening them to what they are missing.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 12:00:10 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of kunzbrew


3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a nice head, that leaves a sexy lace. light tone on malt that has some bittering hops that are placed nicely. The aroma of pale malt if profound. The carbination leaves a sting in the mouth and palate. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 12:01:13 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of Jason


3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 18:18:27 | More by Jason
Photo of cokes


2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not particularly impressed with this one. Pours a solid golden body. Thin white head settles quickly to just and edging.
Smell is dominated by musty raw hops. There is some bready malts way in the background. There are also definate traces of that euro-lager skunkiness. I am suspecting this beer is somewhat stale.
Fainty leafy hops prevail in the mouth. Nondescript maltiness attempts to provide support. Not a good english-style pale ale. Not that good of a beer, period.
To make things worse, the mouth is numbed upon taking a sip by the extreme level of carbonation. Serves to mask the flavors. Decently creamy otherwise, but the damage is already done.
I'll pass on this one. I don't think a fresher offering would do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 20:55:40 | More by cokes
Photo of StevieW


4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 11:50:16 | More by StevieW
Photo of BillyBrew


3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Shipyard flagship? Beautiful pale-copper colour with no head (I blame the server, but no head nonetheless). Dry hop-floral nose. Smooth, creamy, slighty sweet malt and strong hop complexity. Slight medium body with hop bite.

An english pale only in its malting. A great Shipyard that should be enjoyed. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2002 15:31:33 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of Murph


3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep golden color with a decent white head that fades a bit too quickly. Smell has a little bit of maltiness in it but seems to be mostly hops, and a little more aggressively hopped than most english pales. The smooth creaminess of the malt in this beer gets you started but for some subtle and then some not so subtle hops kick in to make it a nicely bitter pale ale. A bit to bitter for the english style but I'm not really complaining about that. The flavor rests somewhere betweeen an EPA and an APA but leaning more towards english. As with all Shipyard brews that I have tried so far the mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy yet the flavor leaves the mouth when the beer does. another exceedingly drinkable ale from Shipyard, theses brews would all make absolutely excellent session brews. A big thanks to the Bierman and JohhnyP for getting these lovely Maine brews my way.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 23:18:05 | More by Murph
Photo of Viking


3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber, crystal clear body. Pours to a thick, bubbly head that just doesn't last. Leaves a bit of clinging lace, but not much. Malt noticeable in the smell, with spicy hops and a hint of fresh-baked biscuits. Hops obvious in the taste - herbal and slightly citrusy. Malt and yeast become more prominent as the brew warms. Good beer, but not an especially good Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 15:37:03 | More by Viking
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive golden color, small fine head, but hardly any lacing going on... Some malt sweetness in the nose, with underlying hoppiness. Good body, and easy-going on the tongue. Had a biscuity, malty flavor, balanced with a citrusy (grapefruit) hop presence, which lingers on the palate. Pleasant bier!!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

05-22-2002 16:55:07 | More by Bierman9
Photo of xXTequila


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no opinion

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2001 09:46:22 | More by xXTequila
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