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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 406
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 Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a variety case from the Beer Zoo.

Poured into a pint glass. Less than a one finger head and the color looks to be like that of a light red to copper tan.

The fruity ester aroma of grapefruit and orange fill my nose. It actually reminds me of an orange peel though. Quite nice but could be better.

A lil bitter in taste but thats just the hops hitting. Once in my mouth i can taste the orange fruitiness. It flushes the roof of my mouth and it kind of reminds me of when we used to put vodka into fruit. A little to strong and bitter.

The best thing about this beer is that it goes down very smooth and doesntleave you parched. It quenches your thirst and leaves not fruity/hoppy aftertaste in your mouth that you dont want. Overall a decent beer but i have to say it isnt worth a purchase of a six pack.

Photo of hwwty4
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow #100 and I'm drinking Shipyard Export Ale. No offense to this beer but with a decent cellar, I think I should have celebrated with a different beer. But, onto the review. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack Goblet. Aroma is nondescript. Nothing special but nothing outstanding either. Though I was expecting a bit of hops in the aroma. Taste is about the same. Faint hint of smoke (maybe just roasted malts), wheat and just a bit of hops (I'm stretching when I say bit). Mouthfeel is about average. Its drinkable. Nothing special.

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

hazy light amber color with a white head that didn't last very long at all. minimal lacing

mostly hops in the aroma: floral, grassy, blackcurrant. some malt dextrins make their way through, as well

the flavor has two undynamic facets: herbal, zesty hops and light pilsy malts. flimsy

american pale ale? i say nay. the fact that it is hoppy and on the dry side do suggest it but it's tough for me to call anything an APA without north american hop character


Photo of mnj21655
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a perfectly clear yellow-gold in color with a full 2 fingers of soapy, long-lasting head. Aroma is quite faint but pleasant; dominated by a slightly caramel maltiness with only mere hints of hops. Taste is, at first, much like the aroma. Very malty and somewhat sweet. Towards the finish however, hops suddenly appear, mostly citrusy and spicy, not overwhelming but they contrast rather starkly against the overwhelming maltiness. Into the finish there is a good amount of bitterness. In the late finish and into the after taste I can detect some honey notes. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good as well. This is a solid APA but more malty than hoppy.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged straw/gold what gives a decent white-ish head that falls rather quickly. Nose is boring. Flavor is earthy and leafy with a sweet tone. Minor citrus. Not very interesting or complex, but well rounded enough. Feel is decent. Low, soft carbonation on a average liquid body. Very easy to drink and certainly a possible session brew.

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

This beer is an old reliable standby. It pours a clear yellowish orange, with some white head that retains a bit. No lacing to speak of. The beer is moderately carbonated, on the lighter side, and its body is a bit thin. The smell is cracked wheat, corn, straw, some yeast, and dry malts. The smell is not the most enticing, but drink on.

The beer is definitely dry, thin, refreshing. There is some grapefruity astringency and bitterness, some bready malts, some spicey bite, but mostly a cracked barley taste. This is a nice beer. The mouthfeel is light, and there is some aftertaste. L'Chaim.

Re-review July 2008: The beer definitely has a buttery diacetyl taste to it. Actually the buttery malt lingers a bit too much and leaves a slightly oily mouthfeel in its wake. I still like the cracked barley taste to the beer, but the diacetyl is a bit more than I care for. I'm knocking this down a peg.

Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle copped singly from Total Wine and more in West Orange...Was a huge fan of shipyards pumpkin ale as this is considered their flagship beer it is a overall good sample that goes down smooth and is very easy to drink...Nice amber/copper appearance with slight carbonation present...Smell is very bready with hints of caramel and butter...Taste compliments the aroma with a slightly malty bread and butter finish and slight bitterness that lingers on the palate...Good mouthfeel and easy drinkability make this a good sociable session beer...A classic American brew...Recommended.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour golden but with some hints of amber, pretty good head and lacing.

Smells primarily of malt with some spiciness, some hops.

The sweetness hits first when tasting but takes a backseat quickly when the hops kick in and leave a bitterness. Fairly smooth but nothing noteworthy.

For Shipyard's flagship beer, I'm sure they could do better or at least improve it to make it stand out, as is though it's a bit bland in the taste department.

Photo of williamherbert
4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has the look of a B/M/C golden yellow exxcept for a puffy white head. Some big carbonation bubbles and a slight haze. Minor lace.

The smell is a nice sweet English tavern ale aroma. Sweet, biscuity malt. Bready ringwood yeast adds a nice dry touch.

Has the dry quasi-sweet taste of a bitter ale. Has notice of apricot and orange, but in the background. Slight lagery hop bitterness, but not much. Very very pleasant.

Wet and thirst-quenching, but with a dry bready finish. Highly "quaffable." A very good session bitter. Sweeter than normal, but well-balanced and smooth.

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

A: The beer was a light amber, almost mid gold color. The head was a plain old white.

S: Smell was standard beer. In that, I mean it was standard old beer, not standing out flavors.

T: A little off, not much taste in the hops. The taste was average, not bad, not excellent.

M: In the mouth, it felt fine.

D: Goes down easy and quick.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a golden amber color with a modest off white creamy head that fades leaving the lace to conceal the glass. Nose has pleasant malt sweetness with a bit of earthiness and oranges, crisp almost acidic, touch of hops. Start is light to moderately sweet, slight hop spicy bite, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has an understated hop presence, acidity stinging, dry as they come.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.27/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Individually bought yesterday for $1.33, on to the beer:

It starts off promising with its appearance; bright pale blonde with a big crackling head. Odd aroma of sour grains and a touch of grapefruit. The flavor is alright, but hints of ink spoil part of it. A touch of herbal and kissed with citrus, all tied to a mild astringency. I tried to like it, but I didn't. It's light enough to drink easy, but that damn ink-tasting off-flavor takes a lot of will to consume.

Photo of Durge
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland, Maine. This was a bright and clear, deep golden color brew with just a whisp of a white cover and very fine lacing that held nicely. The aroma is a pleasant but subtle lemon cookie dough deal. The flavor is also clean and easy enough to drink multiple sample. It has a bready citrus/wheat flavor. Clean, a bit acqueous with kind flimsy carbonation. This might appeal to any beer drinker, fairly mild and refreshing but generally unspectacular and forgettable.

Photo of ianrca19
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

Billed as a "Canadian Style Ale". Pours a light yellow. Very dry and lightly malty. Crisp, clean finish. Tastes like many Canadian beers I've had; that is to say, it's good, but not great.

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

Tully's Beer and Wine, Wells, ME
12 oz. Bottle
Pint Glass

A: Golden color with a bubbly head.

S: Not much of a smell.

T: Sweet, smooth, somewhat malty - even got a little honey on the aftertaste.

M: Great carbonation; smooth and refreshing.

D: Simple and good; definitely sessionable and worthy of another tasting or two.

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

Pale golden body with a wispy and frail head that laces moderately. Smells of pale malt and some buttery bread with suggestions of fruit and a tasteful nose of hops. A very refreshing and sparkling pale ale that may not do the style justice but this beer's strong suit is definitely its drinkability. Mouthfeel is pretty remarkably tingling. A perfect 6 pack for one of those dog days of summer. I'd go as far to claim this brew as an upscale lawn mowing beer.

Solid contribution to the lighter side of the pale ale.

Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Service Glassware 12 ounce globe.

Appearance, is a slight light rust color & clear with a white foamy head. Lace observed appears subdued against the glass.

A waft from the swirling of the glass, and the detection of some hoppy sourness, along with citrus and malt honey.
Sipping across the lips and a cloying finish is evident, after sensing some honey, sweet citrus, and a slight bit of spicy hops.
Mouthfeel, is a little light for my taste. Overall, its drinkable but not something I would drive out of my way for.


Photo of biggmike
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draught at the Emerald Coast Brew Fest in Pensacola, FL. Poured an attractive golden color with a decent head that didnt last too long. Somewhat of a fruit aroma, though not real distinctive. Taste was a bit fruity with a bit of a hoppy finish. This was nothing special, but was decent and inoffensive. Drinkability was pretty good

Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear straw color with three fingers of very white suds.
No lacing.
Smell is a faint mix of weak hops and mellow yeast.
Taste is, well not much. not much at all. Some bitterness and some dark sweetness in the aftertaste but it is so weak I can't tell that much.
Mouthfeel is a little oily and there is a slight hopiness that sticks with you.
A very average beer. Nothing special at all here.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick head. There was a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The aroma was initially hoppy, but became more sweet and malty as it sat. The taste is malty and sweet with a slight bitter hops finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full. Overall, I like this brew and consider it worthy of another.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear light bronze brew with a very slight haze, topped by a big rocky three finger head that leaves a small amount of lace on the glass. The head does show some very nice retention although it eventually does recede to a thin cap.

S - Sweet caramel taffy candy (the kind that can pull your fillings out) malt aroma...maybe Bit-O-Honey candy. Some pilsneresque floral and spicy hops are a unique characteristic in a style that tends to focus on citus and pine hop flavors. There are some sweet orange hop notes too.

T - Sweet candy sugar and toffee at first, followed by some light mineral flavors and some bitter grassy hops that seem very German (Noble) to me. Mellow and smooth, but nothing really stands out. As I work through the glass, the bitter mineral flavors become a bit too much for me.

M - Soft carbonation and a medium-light body combined with the mellow and sweet flavors make this one seem more like an English pale ale instead of what I'm used to in an APA.

D - An ok, if somewhat boring session brew that exhibits a very British restraint and mellow character. That metallic mineral well water flavor can get on my nerves a bit. I won't be having this again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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