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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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777 Ratings

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001)
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard- Export Ale

Appearance- Golden yellow orange with a small fizzy head.
Smell- Sweet malt with a slight animal feed grain and metallic hops.
Taste- Light and sweet malt with a grainy bitter hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- sweet and chewy up front with a mild bitterness in the end.

Overall- A decent beer when your options are limited.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 21:17:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Clear gold in color. Generous, off-white head. Lively. Not much lacing or legs.

Scent is herbal. Something almost soapy in there, not unpleasant. Could be better described as floral. Not much else I could pick up.

Bitter more than sweet. Sweetness very faint, and seems to appear more in the aftertaste. Almost saccharine-like. Grassy and floral at the finish.

Medium to light body, would improve if a bit heftier. Medium carbonation. Not dry at all.

Overall, not to my taste. Fairly easy to drink, but just nothing there to really hook me. I will take some of the blame in assuming a beer called Export Ale was going to be on the heavier side. I drank it, review accordingly, then log on and find out it's a pale ale. Oh well, bland even for a pale in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 15:49:32 | More by
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3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a nice pale color with some carbonation that lingers. Mild, fruity aroma with malt detectable. Taste is somewhat bitterish with more of an alcohol taste and not too much of other flavors detectable. Malt backbone shows through. Overall, an interesting take on a pale ale but nothing that impresses me much.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 19:46:23 | More by Brad007
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3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice bright gold with an ample off-white head and good retention. Smell is characteristically Shipyard, a bit buttery and yeasty with a little bit of honey sweetnes and floral, grassy hops. Taste is semi-sweet, a little nutty and buttery - a lot of Shipyard brews seem to be heavy on the diacetyl, which is present here but not overbearinng. Hops are bitter toward the end but don't offer much in the way of additional flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and the body is medium.

Eh...pretty bland offering and not something I'd turn to again. Shipyard brews are very hit or miss with me.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 20:07:23 | More by number1bum
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Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 19:55:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a solid pale ale of nut malt
and slight citrus
with a little yeast spice
and hint of mild tartness

pours a clear tan yellow
with a small shrinking head

mouthfeel is balanced
drinks easy
would session
makes a very nice offering and
does not offend

quality ingredients
well made stuff

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 02:15:53 | More by meadhead
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3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium pale head, dissapates quickly and leaves top lightly covered with thin layer of foam.

Smell- Strong overtones of hops and wheat, more subtle hints of earthy elements.

Taste- Very smooth, hints of wheat followed by a strong, but not overwhelming bitterness that blends pleasantly to a mild, earthy finale. Smoothness is noteworthy and subtle blending of earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the palate, bitterness lingers for just a few seconds, helps smooth out the flavor but leaves no unpleasant coating.

Drinkability- For as bitter beer as it is, still suprisingly drinkable, pleasant for more than one!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 03:11:38 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean clear light gold in the glass. Strong malt aroma, sharp not unlike that fourth step into a musty basement. Light mouthfeel, butterscotch residue after the moment. Fades to dry finish. A unique beer and a good example of the entire experience of the Shipyard line.

- Bomber pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 21:27:36 | More by Doctuh
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2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of clear honey , with a thin stark white head - nose of sweat socks , chocolate malt , sweet orange , and mild floral hops – taste of malt , sour milk , acidic , and mild hops - body is sharp , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of spearmint , milk , and sour

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 04:56:17 | More by stephendr
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold from a 12 oz bottle with a medium whtie head and minimal lacing. Nose of light malts and hops, and not much else. Mouthfeel moderate, and flavors of sweet malts, light hops, and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet finish. Simply ordinary but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 05:03:07 | More by rkuhnel
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3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 17:09:02 | More by zeff80
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Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +45%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Can’t help you here, I drank it out of the bottle. Had no chance to put it in a glass or clear cub.

Smell – Nice maltly aroma

Taste – Kind of a buttery taste, nice clean taste. Haven’t had a good beer in awhile till this.

Mouth feel – Not heavy, kind of light.

Drinkable - I never seen this and then in the past 2 days I seen it twice. I would buy this again. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 04:16:27 | More by auxiliary
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United Arab Emirates

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass. Light rust color with a foamy head that didn't last long and had little lacing. Smelled of grains and a slight alcohol scent. Tasted slightly sweet, some grains and a subtle taste of corn?? A good brew overall, not extraordinary, but something that goes down smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 04:02:04 | More by beeroclock
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New York

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

A: Deep clear golden color leaning towards amber.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Thick with front of the mouth kick with smooth finish.

M: Very solid feel and did not offend the palate

D: Very smooth and a great introduction into the Shipyard beer family.

A very strong Maine brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:15:11 | More by Homebrew63
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3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 19:02:51 | More by jwc215
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3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe this is the same beer I sampled a year or more ago. Loved the packaging (I know, I know) and bought the whole six pack then. In fact I bought some pub glasses with the logo on them. Great logo.

I recall it was syrupy and malty and a darker color. This time it's bright yellow in the glass, with a decent head that disappears quickly. A bit more carbonated than I remember, and a bunch more hops in the nose and on the taste buds. In fact, the two things I remember from this bottle are the two things I didn't taste in the last: hops and alcohol. Definitely either a bit of fine tuning going on with the recipe or (and this is always a possibility) my taster has changed. I agree with some other reviewers who say it's probably been filtered too well.

Regardless, thin mouthfeel and astringent alcohol taste aside, it went down well and was great with food. I'll still use my Shipyard glasses. And I'll still love the logo. But Shipyard Export is one of those things I'll only try once-in-a-while (just to see how the formula changes over time).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 04:31:06 | More by tugdriver7
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3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great, golden honey hue. Bubbling very nicely, a thin 2 fingers of the palest, almost white, yet a glimpse of pale yellow in the mixed foam.

Nose was esters, flowery, sweetness, some hops, perhaps a wisp of ornage, springtime air....nice.

Its crisp, nicely sharp with hops initially. The body is there but in a supporting role. Traces of a citrus (orange) are there, maybe straw. The bitters continue on the tongue as it evens out. The mals are more noticable, then it finishes with a pleasing (not puckered) hop blast that leaves an enjoyable hop finish as an aftertaste.

I'm not a big PA fan, but I do enjoy them with food...particularly stereotypical bar food. This was paired with a 8oz "loaded" burger & fries and was excellent with it. I did find this Shipyard offering to be enjoyable and I would certainly enjoy it again, especially if paired with a good sandwich & fries.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 13:42:01 | More by BuckSpin
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a big bubbly head that settles down rather quickly. Aromas of mild hops, grain, and some butterscotch. The mouthfeel is watery and almost what you'd expect from some macros. I used to really like this beer, but my opinion of it has gone down over the years. It's a little better on tap. This is probably the only beer I can think of where the cask version had the same or less flavor than the original. That was dissapointing. Overall, this is a good session beer for me but there are much better beers to be had from Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 16:32:28 | More by lehows
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4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as a single bottle at Whip In while traveling through Austin.

Bright light amber colored brew with some haziness and little bubbles coming to the top. Soapwater head.

Nice aroma with some floral hoppy notes. The flavor is complex and is well representative of the style. Herby floral notes matched with a slight hop bite and a good bit of malt. I really like the fresh taste.

A very satisfying beer and definitely a good choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 19:36:00 | More by jmbranum
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3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with white head with really small bubbles. It leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is grainy with hop aroma. Aroma is malty with some fruit and hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Bitterness lingers in the finish. Drinkability is ok, this is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 00:51:45 | More by Dizzy
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2.2/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ugh, I gotta admit, not impressed. Transparent straw color with simple disappearing head. Pine hop aroma with similar tase, but has a spoiled sweet/bitter flavor. Perhaps this bottle was not taken care of properly, but I would rather have water than this again. Has this stale aftertaste and seems improperly carbonated. Just kinda "off" in general. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 23:26:16 | More by rokoch27
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2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Clear light copper. Soapy white head. Good retention, lively carbonation.

Aroma is light apple and grass.

Flavor is slightly sweet and fruity, with some light bitterness.
finish is short.

Decent beer, nothing to write home about. Spend that $7 somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 06:07:09 | More by Padron4KM
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United Kingdom (England)

2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL in October 2006. I was dissapointed in this, the aroma was not at all pleasant, very earthy and hinted at maybe being a bit sour, not at all what I would have expected from the style. Colour was pale as anticipated, but the taste was not to my liking at all I am afraid to say. Very "dry'' texture but with hints of artificial sweetner, and a strange spicy aftertaste which I could not identify. Whether this was something to do with the way it had been kept at the bar, or if this was normal for this beer I cannot say! Would be interested to try it from bottle for comparison purposes, as I normally enjoy "Export" style beers

Regret did not enjoy this, though the sample I had might not be fully representative of what it might really be like, so view my remarks with caution.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 14:08:04 | More by JohnW
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3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Shipyard Export Ale is a golden- colored brew that offers a good deal of foam that fades slowly and leaves no lace along the way. The aroma of this beer is one of fruit, hops, and cooking oil with a little bit of grain, wood, and butter noted in the background.

One taste of this beer shows that it is a little more complex than others. Shipyard Export Ale includes flavors like bread, yeast, a little bit of butter, and toffee. The taste of the hops comes next, quickly switching the taste to a bitter, pine- like, grassy flavor with some fruit notes, mostly apple.

Shipyard Export Ale is crisp and clean with a flavor profile that is balanced overall. It is a raw, no frills type of ale with no one dominant flavor. It’s not perfect, but I still like the overall taste. It seems like a good, basic, all around ale for consumption with food, on the back porch, or during a football game.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 18:52:35 | More by BryanCarey
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3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a cool four masted ship anchored in a harbor.

Appearance--Nice deep amber color. One finger worth of head that stayed with the beer throughout.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Good solid body for this ale. Good carbonation. Quite hoppy with an almost piney taste.

Drinkability--I could down a few with no problem.

Overall, a nice solid ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 01:38:45 | More by arnulfooxblood
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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