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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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847 Ratings

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 44 | 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 salvo
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber; well-carbonated with a half inch of offwhite head.

Smell is malt; sweet but light with some yeast and herbs offering balance and complexity.

Taste is rich and sweet with a bitter end: enough hops to balance but the hops do not dominate, playing a supporting role.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Highly drinkable; good everyday beer.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear straw body, off white head.

Aromas of bread, yeast, and restrained malt.

Grassy, toasty, and bready with a crisp, lightly hoppy finish.

Mediun to light body. Above average carbonation.

Easy drinking beer that's more interesting than the average blonde ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A blonde looking blonde ale. . .the carpet matches the drapes I guess. Lots of head, almost non existant lacing. Aroma was negligible.

Taste, a nice initial grasp of carbonation and light hops, light caramel, very light. It recedes though, not into something good, it just goes away and becomes watery. Just not a fan of this, could get comparable stuff for cheaper.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce twist-off into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Poured a medium golden-yellow color with a one finger head of loose, bubbly carbonation which faded to a thin coating of bubbles. Carbonation looks good and clarity is superb.

S: Aromas of light, zesty herbal and floral fruits and grains jump forward. A bit of buttered biscuit and slight citrus fruitiness as well. Light, and a little grainy, but good.

T: Sweet and grainy malts at first lending a little floral hoppiness around mid-palate, but sorta watery overall. Finish is slightly zesty and drying, but the malts have some adjunct harshness with residual bitterness.

M: Clean, crisp, well-carbonated and light motuhfeel with a drying finish and minimal stickiness.

D: There are better, more well-rounded and smoother light ales out there, but Shipyard's Export isn't all that bad. It's very clean and looks good for the style, even pretty quenching and might pair with grilled chicken or a summer salad. However, there is a milled graininess and boring flavor that bump the drinkability down a couple notches.

Photo of Duxx
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixed 6-pack as a birthday present. I was not familiar with this brewery really couldn't tell from the label what kind of beer was in the bottle.

Poured a very light copper color. Actually more yellow/gold than copper. There was a minimal bright white head.

The taste was very mild with a hint sweet hops and a trace of hops but not very strongly flavored either way. Kind of reminded me of typical pale lagers which I really can't drink anymore. This one however probably since it was an ale and an all malt ale at that had a much fuller flavor and much improved mouthfeel over your typical BMC. I think this would be a really good "beginners" micro-brew introduction.

I think this would be a good summer beer (lawn-mower). I will check with the store the mixed 6-pack came from to see how much a 6 pack of Export costs. It might be a good summer drinker when most people would go for a BMC. Having said that if ti costs the same as most micros, I probably go with something with more flavor.

Photo of nicdub
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is okay for what it is. That, said I probably wouldn't go out and buy anymore of it. It starts out with a decent pour with a color similar to other american style lagers, but obviously a bit darker then your average macro. There wasn't much to smell really, faint malt but that is about it.

The taste reminded me of corona, kalic(a lager from Bahamas), and other beer of that sort. I never was a big fan of the style.

The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, an nice amount of carbonation and medium bodied.

Drinkability, I think if this style was something you enjoyed you could drink a sixer over a couple hours no problem.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2010.

Served in an Abita shaker pint. Medium sized off white head, quickly dissipating. Well carbonated. Clear golden amber color. Smells mineraly, lemony, slightly yeasty, some graininess. Tastes a lot like mineral water with a spritz of lemon and a hint of malt. Grainiy sweetness throughout. Finishes pretty clean with a light lingering sweet aftertaste. Light body. Light ethanol.

Not much to it.

Photo of bala747
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this when I was in Maine, and I loved this beer, especially with lobster.

A: A beautiful golden yellow pour with a 2 centimeter head that dissipates slowly leaving moderate amounts of lace on my pint glass.

S: Grainy with hints of caramel.

T: Lots of grain but different from most macros and adjuncts. Tastes of fresh bread almost. Some hoppy bitterness at the end but overall a very tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation was sufficient to excite my taste buds for the lobster but not too much. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable on both hot and cold days. I had this beer almost every day in Portland, Maine during the winter. Tasty, not too flavourful but does the job.

Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear macro like orange/yellow color. A fluffy white head rises to about two fingers, then recedes in an instant. Some lace lace is left behind.
S: Toast, grain, buttery malt, and diacetyl. Not much here, but not bad.
T: Lots of toasted grain, and buttery diacetyl dominate. Light stale hops in the finish. Kind of dirty and gritty as well.
M/D: A light body that is thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but a little boring.

Just bland, boring, and ho hum. Something I will probably bring to a Memorial Day BBQ this weekend. Not really bad, just uninteresting.

Photo of rye726
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a thin white head. Nose has dry malts and grainy hops. About aberage in the flavor department as well. Grassy malts and some stale hops. The body is light, but clean. Possibly the best aspect of the beer. Not bad, but nothing too special either.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Golden with light orange tints, very slightly hazy. Forms a one finger white head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving behind bubbling over about half of surface, no lacing to speak of.

S = Light smells of fresh grains, hay dust, caramel.

T = Crisp clean tastes up front of fresh cut grains, fresh baked seven grain bread, oats, whole wheat grains, very light bitterness leaves a relatively dry finish even though most of the tastes before that are sweet.

M = Medium body, nice light carbonation, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a really easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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

Picked this up on a whim, i've always seen this on the shelves but somehow, they just don't stand out, and after drinking it, I know why. Nothing really to want you to come back, way too tangy, to the point that it overwhelms the malts and you get a wierd tang from start to finish. It would be drinkable on a hot day, but what isn't. I think at one time these guys were handled by miller, and I think that is maybe where the taste went.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Export ale pours a clear, golden color with a small frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass. Medium sized bubbles slowly ascend to the surface like balloons floating in the sky.

The aroma is toasted malt and bread with some peach overtones.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is crisp toasted malt, some light fruit (apple? pear?) and grassy & lemon citrus hops. It finishes slightly bitter and once gone some of the bitter grassy hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a quite drinkable, fairly well balanced beer. I could see drinking a few of these at one sitting. It would go great at a BBQ or with a burger. Something for a warm summer day.

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

12 oz.

Pours a light amber gold with a honey hue when held up to light. White head holds as a film for a while.

Smells grainy and a bit sugary. Maybe a hint of hops as well.

Tastes like barley, very mild hops, and a bit of malt. Very textbook beer taste except for the hint of citrus at the end.

Feels moderate with light but consistent carbonation throughout.

Pretty good. Would be easy to session. There really isn't anything to dislike about it but it doesn't bring any game changing traits to the table either. Good in all ways, but great in none.

Photo of OldRaspi
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle into a 16oz glass:

A: Amber in color. No head or noticeable carbonation.

S: Crisp smell, dominated by bittery hops with a touch of citrus.

T: Nothing special, dominated by a tart / bitter followed by a touch of sweetness towards the end of the gulp. Carbonation gives a little bite but not too much.

M: Medium/Light bodied, fair carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth but not something I would want to drink more than a couple of.

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle.

Photo of climax
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a bubbly amber. Clarity was good, the head was large, formed quickly, and had good retention.

Nose was kind of a mixed bag. Some overly bitter lemon tones were somewhat distracting. Warming banana esters, grass, and skunky metallic lager were evident as well.

Flavor was better, different though. It was quite sweet, banana, vanilla, and grassy notes are all held in check by a bitter citrus hop profile. The flavors didn't meld together right, too much hop bitterness with the sweetness, the relationship was off.

Feel was pretty bubbly, the medium body was pretty slick. I wouldn't choose to drink any of these in the future, the flavor just didn't agree with me.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap into a 24oz glass:

A: Amber clored, clear yet kind of opaque. Thin head, that disappears quickly.

S: Malty, no hoppy smell to note.

T: Actually well balanced but thin on everything if you ask me. Toasty malts and some noticable hoppiness.

M: Medium/Light bodied, fair carbonation.

D: Goes down easy enough but nothing special.

Photo of sisuspeed
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light orange-yellow color with less than a finger of white head. Light lacing on the glass.

The aroma consists of some faint fruitiness, sweet and sour malt and not much else. Not overly appealing.

Flavor is sweet and somewhat tart. Grapefruit and light bittering hops come through. Some sourness to the malt. Dry on the finish.

Prickly carbonation all over the tongue. Body is on par with most American pale ales. Maybe just slightly heavier than average.

Drinkability is decent. Wouldn't be my go to session beer, but it goes down pretty easy. However, nothing is really pulling me back to take another sip.

Overall, an average American pale ale. Not really much else to say.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice pale color with some carbonation that lingers. Nose is pretty weak, fruity with malt detectable. Taste is somewhat bitter with more of alcohol taste and not too much of other flavors detectable. Overall, an interesting take on a pale ale but nothing that impresses me much.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly deep golden/amber color with a very thin head. Nose is fairly malty as well but almost no hops for an APA.

Taste is a bit sharp and bitter quite carbonated. Something is a bit odd with this beer though, I had it with a couple others and we all thought it was a pretty poor beer, not easy to drink and didn't sit well with any of us, skip it.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with no real head to speak of.

S: Caramel, malt and earth.

T: Slightly bitter with malt and more hops than some other ales. Has a dirty, earthy character with a clean, wet finish.

D: Easy to drink, awesome fern bar beer.

Value: I'll tell ya I paid $6.00 for a sixer of this. You couldn't do much better for a buck a beer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, almost translucent golden body with a big foamy head on top of a faint aromatic body of mild hops and malts. A little too sharp for my liking, a mild (even bland) ale that doesn't pack much in the hops or malts department and just comes across as a tad overly hopped with a dry, cutting backbite. Has a little punch to it compared to macros but not my favorite ale at all.

Photo of JalfPsu
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard export ale is amber in color with a moderate head, fading rapidly to a bare collar. It's aroma is malt and maple-y. A can't remember specifically, but the taste reminds me of one of the red beers that I've recently had (Brian Boru maybe?). It tastes of sweet toffee and lightly of maple, very little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

This is an under appreciated beer. I'm well above the curve on this one.

Photo of sevenredrabbits
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. Head crowned in a few seconds. Color is something just slightly darker than yellow.

Smell : Not much.

Taste : Whole grain bread. Wheat.

Mouthfeel : Very little carbonation. Some strange aftertaste.

Drinkability : you could session this if you wanted, but it isn't anything I'd recommend.

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.