1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

852 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 852
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (47) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Shipyard Export Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 852 | Reviews: 408 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of srandycarter
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fish Market in San Diego.

A - Clear light amber, small head, some small sudsy lacing.

S -Light malty cracker.

T - Light sweet malt with bitter end.

M - A little light for me. Low volume malt followed by lingering bitterness. Not very balanced.

D - On the other hand, very easy to drink!

Photo of wesl56
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- pours nice looking gold, light-amber color... no head, no lacing

s- weak floral, sweet smelling, maybe a hint of honey smell

t- i think it tastes delicious... not really what i'd consider an APA but it has a very smooth balanced flavor of sweet hints of honey and light floral hops

m- nothing great, light carbonation but still smooth

d- pretty good, i haven't seen this beer around here much but i'd def pick up some again

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

From a 12 oz bottle from the Captains Collection.

A- A brilliant Golden hue with extreme clarity, an ample white fluffy head with nice lacing.

S- A very full aroma with hoppy, fruity grains even when served very cold.

T- The smell carries through to the taste, which is fairly well balanced between hops and malt with a touch of frutiness. A very refreshing mild hoppiness (could stand a bit more) with a very nice clean finish. Not a terribly exciting taste, but very refreshing.

M- Balanced for its style.

D- This is a very drinkable beer and while not a standout, is one that keeps me coming back for more.

I usually drink Export on tap, and in my opinion, I think the bottled version is a bit mellower with the tap having a wee bit more hop bite. This is one of my standard "go to" beers that I feel comfortable offering a guests who simply ask for "a beer". I enjoy most of the products that Shipyard produces...wish it had a greater distribution range. A bit hard to find here in NJ.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hated their IPA, but the export wasn't so bad. It had much more flavor and was actually hoppy in comparison. I poured this one into a Piraat tulip glass. The head was light, the body was decent and the taste was very palatable. I could see myself drinking this beer all day. I wish I had found this beer earlier in the summer. It would be a decent session beer.

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

Pours into my pint glass a slightly hazed amber with a yellowish cream one finger head which disappears quickly leaving no lace.

Nose is malty grains, a very slight grapefruit and toast.

Taste is sweet, strong caramel flavor, slight buttery diacetyl. Vaguely citric with possibly a quick flash of grapefruit. Caramel is the dominant flavor with butter being the second. There's a bit of an aftertaste that I can't identify and don't particularly like.

Mouth is a prickly and heavily carbonated medium.

Drinkability is OK.

Not a beer I'd buy again.

Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow in color and topped with a fluffy tan head. Retention is quite good. There's a rolling lacing left all around the glass. There's some hop aromas, subtle fruits and some esters. Tastes a little spicy with the hops being a bit more present to the palate than the nose. Malts are definitely present. Some fruit and honey are in the mix as well. A quick swirl results in very little carbonation. It's very light-bodied going down with a little chalky aftertaste a few drinks in. No complaints here.

Photo of Jayli
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a decent yellow/gold color with pillowey head that dissapated relatively quickly, no lacing to speak of. There was not much of an aroma. The aroma was a little sweet but not too much. The taste was faintly sweet from the malt with some fruity background. This beer isn't a beer that completely "wows" you but it is a good beer that isn't all that memorable.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was the typical orangish color that you would expect from a APA, but the head looked too thin. There was a decent hop presence in the nose, as well as a mild bite in the taste. However, it wasn't nearly as hoppy as I would have expected. This brew just didn't really seem like an APA to me. There was a very mild malty sweetness after the mild hop burst; it maybe had a toasted malt character that seemed more like an aggressive red? Not bad, but just not what I had anticipated.

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 fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sampler pack. The drink had a wicked good sized head, almost an inch thick. Clear, crisp orange-amber appearance with bubbly lacing. Aromas were pretty darn good spiced hops; very subtly aromic. Taste had a hint of honey to it, sweeting the hoppy, doughy flavoring. Mouthfeel gives it a good crispness but it does have a slight over-watered texture to it. Overall, decently refreshing pale ale.

Photo of changeup45
2.21/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled out of the bottle. I didn't like it. Golden colored topped with a decent foamy off-white head. Spotty lacing. Malts dominate the hops here with some caramel, honey and oats. Tilts too heavy on the malts for my liking. A little syrupy as well.

Photo of Dubbercody
2.1/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle on a whim. Could not pass up a beer from the 'other' Portland.

Too bad I didn't like it. Has a strange off flavor kind of a weirdly sour sweet taste in the middle of the mouth. Kinda funny beer. I'm hoping I somehow got a weird one because, well, it's not my cup 'O.

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

Nice refreshing brew, I really enjoyed having a few of these during the warm spring season. Pours a light copper/dirty yellow color with a nice thick head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is malty with a strong bread scent, mild hops seem to be present. A nice full mouthfeel is pleasing on the palate. The flavor is surprisingly crisp and really seemed to quench my thirst. Strong sweet malt presence backed by some mellow hops, there is a mild buttery taste that is hit or miss with this one. Overall It is rather enjoyable once in a while.

Photo of jar2574
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average appearance. Orange-yellow color. White head that settles quickly. Below average carbonation.

A weak, sweet, hoppy scent.

Pretty darn good taste though, and extremely easy to drink. It's less hoppy than most pale ales. Smooth and buttery going down. Nice summer beer, good for relaxing.

Photo of Natural510
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with thick head, very lagerish in appearance.
Not much nose; some breadedness & hops come through.
Flavor is decent; there are some notes of bread, biscuit malt and a light oily hop quality. An overall buttery taste to the brew as well.
A slight hop zing at the end, but nothing to write home about. Remains nicely carbonated throughout.
An easy-drinking pale ale, but none too exciting or unique. Perhaps this was a good alternative to macro lagers in the area (upper New England) at the time it was founded, but in modern times I would consider it quite average.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From mixed 12 pack; poured orange/amber with a white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smell has a bit of a metallic edge -- copper? Plus some caramel and yeasty hints.

Breaddough (like browned pizza dough), a little caramel, butter (there's the yeast); a bit dry. Where are hops?

A little thin; some decent carbonation; finishes clean.

You can knock these back easily because here isn't one disinct flavor that jumps out at you. Just had one after painting outside for 4 hours. Refreshing, not filling, not overpowering. Decent but nothing I'd go out of my way for -- but wouldn't refuse on either.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a bronze-amber body capped with a finger of soft white head that recedes to a ring and leaves thin streamers of lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty and a little toasty with a faint earthy hop note.

Taste is sweet with toasty malts, caramel, and brown sugar laced with earthy, spicy, herbal hops. I believed I imagined a note of cinnamon, but it happened a few times. A bit grainy and huskier as it warms, the drink has a nice clean finish.

Crisp and light medium-bodied Shipyard Export is a very well-balanced beer with great drinkability. Make mine a Ship-yahd, Bub!

Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden orange with a short lived white head. Smell is yeasty, doughy, malt. Taste is balanced sweetness and bitterness with a lager like yeasty finish. Not much hop flavor but enough bitterness to balance. Nothing too spectacular but drinkable. Very basic, simple average beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent 2 finger head with good retention and a brown color.

Diacetyl comes out on the nose. It smells like nothing but butterscotch. Some citrusy hop bitterness come through.

Butterscotch comes out on the palate. It's not bad, but the hop bitterness is totally muted. It's just totally muddled.

Somewhat creamy and somewhat crisp but sort of soapy in texture.

There are brewing flaws in this beer, but it's not horrible.

Photo of elniko
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass

A: Average deep amber, not much head. Dissipated quickly, lots of carbonation.

S: I usually expect a pale ale to be hoppy, this did not have hops on the nose at all. Grassy notes on the nose, very interesting.

T: Taste is refreshing, carbonation is highly evident in the mouthfeel which I enjoyed. This is a different from other APAs I've recently, most have been West coast brews which are more concentrated with the hops.

D: Definitely drinkable, I will having this beer again and look forward to trying others from Shipyard.

Photo of hooligan
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Old Chicago in Palm Harbor, Florida - their beer du jour was from Breweries from states beginning with "M" so I started with Maine's Shipyard Brewing Export.

Beer came to me a clear copper with a thin wispy head that barely clung to the side of the glass. Smell of fruit and dry bread, but very faint. Big toasted wheat bread, malted milkballs, and faint green apple in my inital sip with a mild hop bitterness to clean it up.
Fairly thick for the style and uniquely centered around a slightly bready, less sweet malt over your normal APA Hoppy dominance. I like it. Alot.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dull gold with a small off-white head that leaves some lace as it falls to a paper thin covering

S-a bit spicy with some buttery notes as well as a staleness that is faint

T-wheat bread lightly toasted and thinly layered with melted butter,some spice maybe clove very subtle at best,sweet fruit banana and green apple,a hoppy bite that tingles nicely on the tounge with some herbal flavors on the tail end

M-medium body,but on the thinner side of the spectrum,slick and tingly/dry on the tounge,nice creamy clean finish

D-a nice ale with plenty of flavor,it would be hard not to drink another if I had one

Photo of almychristopher
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color wiht a white rocky head that recedes quickly to a light white lace...

While the appearance fades quickly the aroma carries on. While it has a distinctive, and quite pleasing, malt aroma it overshadows the hops a bit too much.

The taste is once again a bit overbalanced toward the malt side for my taste, but the carmel flavor's of the malt and the fruit esters do provide a good overall taste.

the carbonation throw's off the mouthfeel.

Not my beer of choice as far as the drinkability goes, but I'd still take anohter.

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 dashirey
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in my beer of the month selection a few months ago.

A - Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing from the golden yellow beer that also shows some hints of orange.

S - Some hops and malt are battling for control over the smell. The malt wins out more, but they both hide a faint metallic smell in the end.

T - Fairly balanced, but leans to the malt side as the smell predicted. Some hop bitterness in the end, but nothing really jumps out as being spectacular in the taste.

M - Light-bodied with a bit too much carbonation in my opinion.

D - Easy drinking but not much more than an ordinary brew.

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.