Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

409 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 409
Hads: 876
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of WoodBrew
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried the Shipyard Export Ale whilst in Orlando at the Ale House. The beer poured a clear golden pale color with virtually no head and no lace. The smell was mostly grain with slight lemony/citrus hop. The taste was very clean with cereal base and lemon hints. Mouthfeel was light in body and so so carbonation. Overall wasn't bad, good for a warmer winter night in FLA. (370 characters)

Photo of kjyost
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle purchased as part of a mixed pack at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks, South. Poured into a Perfect Pint at ~5C.

A: Clear, straw golden body with a never-disappearing white head head that laces the whole way.
S: Buttery, a hint of apple juice. Some earthy hop that is pungent in a not-so-good sort of way.
T: A bit better. Hints of the apple juice with, at times, a decent malt backbone. Malt sweetness and a but of bitterness from the hops.
M: Strongly carbonated, perhaps overly so with a sticky metallic bitterness that is not good.
O: The best of a bad lot from this mixed 6 pack. Shipyard should ensure less stock put out there, as this likely was an old 12 (it included the summer ale) and they had a bunch of them stacked in the main section where it was room temperature for a long while... This is the type of "craft" beer that people would buy and not like due to age. (888 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Pours copper color with a nice beige colored head
Smell: Not very strong with a faint sweet nutty, malty smell
Taste: Smooth and malty. Not much hops. Sweet malty flavor with a hint of caramel.
Overall a prety good beer. Would recommend. Nice malt flavor (261 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a golden color with some nice white lacing down the glass and a decent head, although a bit soapy. Scents are a bit off, may have been the date of the beer. Not quite sure what an "American blonde ale is"...but to me, this is a cross between some type of a pilsner and possibly an APA. It is quite easy to drink, fairly smooth except a bit "tingly" on the back end and quite a bit yeasty. A decent beer for sure, just not a top grade micro-brewed beer but good in it's own right. (491 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
1.77/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Ah Shipyard Export! It's been too long. And I've never reviewed you! Someone left part of a sixer in my fridge, so here goes nothing!

12oz. bottle, best by May 2012.

Pours an attractive, clear gold with a nice two-finger head. Some lacing on the way down, solid retention.

The aroma is malty, with very noticeable diacetyl. Not my thing.

Butter bomb! Wow, I had forgotten how Export is such a shining example of diacetyl run amok. Sure you get a kiss of hops and some biscuity malt, but this thing is all diacetyl. It's sad actually, because there's not a whole lot else wrong with this beer. It's not too sweet, and there's no other bad flavors aside from a huge dose of that yeast-produced compound that most brewers avoid like the plague. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, very force-carbonated tasting.

Why am I drinking this? Oh yeah, it was free. Avoid this beer, unless you like drinking popcorn. (903 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight malts, grains and hops and nothing much more which is disappointing.

T - Just like smell plain malts slightly sweet with caramel and slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Somewhat disappointing and just average overall. (421 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dulled gold in color with small cap of off-white head, little lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is pale but buttery and light caramel notes with little bits of herbal hopiness. Taste follows suit, a bit bolder than any blonde i have, very English in its construction. Medium bodied, lightly creamy. A decent, drinkable beer without much character. (351 characters)

Photo of dbossman
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark golden with a huge frothy and sudsy white head; lacing is okay

S: A strange metallic and chemical aroma on top of sour grains and finally a pleasant herbal and citrus hop aroma--eventually this smells pleasant but the initial nose is odd and rather unpleasant at best

T: Like the aroma this starts off with an odd metallic and chemical flavor which eventually settles to some beer normalcy; bready grains and light citrus hops but then the odd flavors come back--this seems off

F: Fairly decent body with a pleasant stickiness--I just wish I liked the flavors that were sticking to them

O: This beer just doesn't work; I don't know what it's supposed to be but it just doesn't work as it is; something is off; I'm glad I just bought one as I don't think I will ever come back to this beer (800 characters)

Photo of pBRale
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Beautiful clear deep gold with a very creamy and tall off-white head that slowly settles and has moderate retention.

Smell: Not picking up a whole lot here. Some bready malts and a sharp smell I can't identify.

Taste: Mild taste of malt and a hint of hops, nothing too bold or crazy, with a clean finish and a slight bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and smooth finish. Nice to drink.

Overall: Nice drinkable beer with a pretty mild, standard taste. Nothing crazy here. Not bad, just not impressive either. (605 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid gold. Low head with no retention.

S - Bright scent, a little buttery. Not very appealing.

T - Not much taste at all. A very generic ale. There's a slight acidity on the front end, and a little bit of a buttery note on the back end.

M - Sharp and carbonated on the front end, but dies out quickly. Flat on the back end.

O - Not much flavor, but is very drinkable being a very generic ale. (401 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pumpkin orange with a good clarity shows a strong and rapid rise of effervesce. A cream colored head is frothy and quick to collapse on top leaving no signs of lacing from its presence.

S: The aroma had instances of fresh green corn stalks, damp grains, and a finish of musky citrus, thankfully light enough in strength not to lower the rating any more.

T: Sweet dried corn, green leafy hops with a musky grain character. Sweet instances off set by wet hay. The flavor proceeds through a struggle of sweet and sour flavor, sour corn mash with buttered bread. Conflicting and not particularly good overall flavor wise. Leafy green stalks are left on the swallow.

M: light and buttery slick, the carbonation tame on the tongue.

O: A bit below average falvorwise in my book, kind of disorganized, coarse with an overall flavor that really doesn’t bind and flow well together, comes off as a mess. Cannot see a repurchase in the future. (945 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent gold with a 1 finger head. Aroma mostly grainy and malty, hint of grass, butterscotch and a slight funk. Malt forward, cereal and a little yeasty, hints of caramel and somewhat buttery in the finish. Has a slickness to it from the buttery flavor, light body, finishes a bit off to me. (304 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before DEC 2012) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that recedes after a few minutes to a nice even dusting. The body is a perfectly clear light gold with a great amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thin but even lacing covers nearly every inch of available glass.

Sweet caramelized malts carry notes of toffee and butterscotch. A light earthy and grassy hops aroma is noticeable in the background but is hidden quite well.

Light and sweet malts start the sip with a buttery biscuit flavor. A little grassy hops bitterness can be detected at this stage. As this beer is swallowed, it changes dramatically. Suddenly it becomes rich and bold, filled with toasted malts flavors. Notes of earthy whole grain bread, oats, oak, and a pinch of salt all come forth.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a drinkable yet filling beer. The body is rather light considering the flavors. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not detract from the flavors one bit. (1,056 characters)

Photo of weller1js
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, golden amber, moderately carbonated, finger-thick white bubbly foam leaving similar lacing.

smell: balanced between light hops notes and corn-malt notes.

taste: begins clean but a bit watery, lightly floral hop sensation coupled with lighter malt notes, hops finish floral and bitter with a decent lingering.

overall: a step above average across the board, attributes are a bit more developed than a typical blonde, makes for a nice casual ale. (474 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear heavy gold color. An off-white head one finger tall shows good retention and lacing is patchy and none too shy.
The aroma is light but fairly hoppy, showing some herbal and earthy character with a touch of dark fruits, but a bit of butter that seems very much to be diacetyl.
In the flavor, this one is well hopped, a touch sulfuric as though Saaz hops were used, slightly grassy and herbal. Underneath is a dry, crackery malts balance with the dark fruits lingering and a light bit of spiciness. Diacetyl is there but barely and doesn't do too much to detract from an otherwise good taste.
This beer is surprisingly smooth, though not lacking crispness. The body is on the lighter side of medium. It is a little bit slick, other than which makes for a very good mouthfeel. (794 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden color with a small foam cap and no lace. Steady flow of carbonation streams to the top.

S- very malty, very little hop presence, but some pine is there.

T- malty, oaky, vanilla and a trace of pine. Very nice, but a little standard. Still it's solid, and the slightly watery mouthfeel makes this a quaffable brew.

O- Standard session brew that won't blow you away, but is still satisfying and good-tasting. (418 characters)

Photo of PalatePilot
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer numerous times. Recently I was in Maine and had some fresh, fresh Draft Export Ale, and I will say, this beer is really great when it isnt oxidized in a bottle after being warm stored for 3 months.

Really great Malt Balance. I just had to comment due to my previous perception of this beer. I was really pleased with it. (342 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into pint glass.

A- Good 1-finger head on a pale golden body. Very nice color.

S- Light sweet notes, hard to pin down.

T- Bright light fruity grains, bready, husky and toasty, all in small doses. Mild snap of floral hops, a bit of fresh cut grass and tonic water.

M- Crisp, light, flavorful. Refreshing. Really well put-together, this beer hits all the right spots on the tongue.

O- A really tasty sessionable ale. Can't beat it in the summer heat. (463 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint

A - 2 fingers of bubbly white head that burned away fairly fast. Honey golden color, not quite clear, pretty

S - Light leather and pine (balsam even) with notes of red apple sweetness

T - Gentle malt start with the hops right behind leaving a bitter finish

M - quite bubbly, perhaps even a little over carbonated

O - Smooth drinking if unremarkable otherwise. Highly session-able when eating summer food. (463 characters)

Photo of VMWhelan
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a very clear light amber color with a thin white head.

Smell is very sweet, caramelly, and fruity. Reminds me of butterscotch or toffee with a hint of citrus.

Taste is mostly sweet biscuits followed by some bitterness. Some citrus hop presence at first but not a whole lot.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy but ends with a bitter crispness.

This is pretty damn easy to drink. Havent had this one in over a year since a road trip up to Maine. Not as good as I remembered but still very enjoyable. Would like to see this more often. (589 characters)

Photo of codfeast
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: gold in color, 1/2" white head, lots of raising bubbles.

S: malt, yeast, hops, slight diacetyl.

T: starts slightly sweet malt, hint of sweet cream, with a slightly bitter finish.

M: big and creamy to start, then carbination hits the tounge, finishes a little dry.

O: No big flavor profiles, but well balanced, and easy drinking. a solid effort all around. (379 characters)

Photo of TheBigE5
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Gorgeous golden yellow color with a light head

S - Big malty intense smell, exactly what i expected, but more intense

T - Almost a dryness to this taste. I agree with an earlier review that it has a raw grain taste. Biscuity finish.

M - Big bodied mouthfeel but still somewhat refreshing

O - An average blonde, nothing overwhelmingly impressive, but if youre in the mood for this style its a good one to try. (416 characters)

Photo of tjsmith910
2.07/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I read all types of reviews and base a lot of my beer choices on this fact. This beer seemed right up my alley. Boy was I mistaken.

A - Nothing special here. Color was brackish and bland looking

S - I rate every beer as average on smell

T - Bitter and rich in nothing. Seems like they tried to do to much here

M - Left a terrible aftertaste. Almost like dry asparagus

O - Never again on my pallet (401 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of mocktm
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass.

Nothing impressive about the pour; light golden and translucent in color with a minimal fizzy head. Zero Retention or lacing, could be a BMC if I didn't know better.

Light fruit, mainly apple, with a slight caramel characteristic in the nose. Hops are there, but you have to search for them.

Buttery malt flavor profile with a lingering bitterness. As in the nose, slight complementary fruit rounds out the beer nicely.

Crispness is there, but a serious light body takes away from general appeal. Slick mouthfeel that is very easy drinking. Not bad, but could be much better. Nice summer beer.

Overall, better than what my first impression would have had me believe upon the initial pour. Nothing great, but worth trying. (769 characters)

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.