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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Steve's - University, $1.49

appearance: pours a clear shiny golden colour into a 2004 Notre Dame Womens Soccer pint glass, 1/2" foam head that retains itself well...awful pale and watery for an APA

smell: buttery, toasted malt, a certain "skunk" characteristic that i associated with a lot of imported beers, light noble hop presence underneath a big buttery malt backbone

taste: buttery biscuit, big toasted malt flavours, grain, herbal hop taste, that same "skunk" characteristic, light apple fruityness...without the skunk this would be very good, but alas

mouthfeel: oily, buttery, medium body

drinkability: average-good

dirtylou, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep golden in color, very clear, with a three-fourths inch tightly-beaded snow-white head, which retains fairly well, and profuse, fast-rising carbonation. The lacing is thick, scattered, and broken.

Aroma: Deep citrus and pine hop aroma, with a distinct fresh bread aroma beneath.

Taste: Opens with a wave of intense hops, which tend to dominate the taste. The hops begin with a pine character, gradually acquiring a woody note, with hints of tannins as the taste progresses. The malt flavors are of bread and biscuit. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Crisp and light, with rather effervescent carbonation, a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: A lawnmower beer, pleasant, and competently made, but unremarkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of jslot38
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Best Before Date clearly notched on the side of the bottle.

Appearance: Hard pour produces a deeply tinted golden hue with touches of amber on the on the outer portions of the glass. A thin lace of white foam holds atop the body.

Smell: Thick grains with a touch of spice and orange rind. Really not much to it, a background of biscuit.

Taste: Very basic taste of grains, barley, and toast. Slight hint of hops quickly fades - some citrus fruits are hidden by the malt ridden base.

Mouthfeel: An almost overly abbrasive carbonation up front which quickly disappates (thankfully) and smoothes out.

Drinkability and Notes: A great session beer, wouldn't have a problem drinking a few of them. Really doesn't stand out in any respect but holds strong in its simplicity.

jslot38, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of matracy68
4.47/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be a very good session beer. It was not heavy at all. The color was good as was the smell. I would highly recommend this beer to any of my beer drinking friends. I got the Export Ale in what is called "The Captain's Collection." This is a 12 pack of different Shipyard beers. I am now trying to get a case of the beer since it was so good.

matracy68, May 25, 2006
Photo of danielharper
2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL.

My first beer from Maine? Yeah, I think so.

A: Dark orange body, thin white head. Head looks like soapscum. Decent enough.

S: Malty breadiness. Slight hop presence upon first being poured, disappears as the beer sits.

T: Buttery flavor, slight malt in the aftertaste. No hops. Drinkable.

M: Thin, watery.

D: I'll finish this one, but won't buy it again. Decent enough, I suppose.

danielharper, May 19, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a transparent gold with a white head and little sticky lacing.

Smell: Typical APA. Significant buttery aroma and a mustiness. There is also a hint of candied sugar in the nose.

Taste: Diacytel hits the palate fist and foremost; followed buy smooth sweet malts, a fruity attribute, some subtle reserved hops then oily diacytel taste along with the crisp bitter finish. The aftertaste is bittersweet and lingers.

Mouthfeel: Oily and slick but very crisp.

Drinkability: This is easily a session beer. Great for a party or a cookout. It is a drinking beer not a thinking beer in my opinion.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, May 09, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shipyard makes some decent beers; this isn't one of them. It was a nice orange color with a small head and some lacing. It had a sweet, grainy odor. The taste left a lot to be desired. It was mildly hoppy, but the bitterness was not pleasant.. Mouthfeel was very thin. Drinkable in that it will quench your thirst.

lordofthewiens, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of MMansfield
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack on a recent trip to Boston. My aim was to bring home at least one U.S. microbrew.

Appearance: It poured a lovely pale amber color, made me think of drinking many of these on a boat. (good job marketing team!) It poured a generous head, which diminished quiker than most microbrews of similar style, but maintained a very nice layer of lace throughout the entire drink.

Aroma: Had a slight grainy aroma, overall pleasant.

Taste: A little rough around the edges, which suits it quite well. Sweet up front with a nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Standard crafted APA, nothing surprising.

Final Statement: I'd drink this again. If it were readily availble at the NSLC, I'd pick it up here and there. Tastes like a crafted Oland Export. Nothing to write home about, but still worth a try.

EDIT: Available in Halifax at Premier Wine & Spirits. Dissappointed that the only American micro I bring home is available here.

MMansfield, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a one finger head that melted quickly to a fine ring of lacing.
Aroma was non-descript for me. A faint touch of earthiness and sweet malt.
Taste is sweetness an buttery, then sharp hops that fades quickly from your palette leaving a slight grapefuit hop dryness.
Mouthfeel is tingly carbonation but a little watery.
Sessionable, but only average for a craft brew.

IntriqKen, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this shipyard offering pours a pale amber with a frothy white head that is very sturdy. it has an uncomplex aroma, slightly hoppy with a mild barley sweetness. had a slight bitter taste, something i didn't expect from the aroma. a decent offering, worth a shot.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold and little white head that disappears fast. Smells of sweet buttery yeast and crisp malts. Clean taste, toasty butter and spice. Diacetyl, grass, and grains. Bitter hops through the finish and high carbonation balence with the bread and butter. Slick mouth and pretty drinkable.

Not bad but not my favorite.

tastybeer, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Vancer
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A lot of carbonation greeted me on this one – lots in bubbles in the glass. A very clear amber orange with a frothy white head – which died just a tad too quick. Lite florals in both the aroma and the taste. Hops kicked just a bit on the finish. Plain tasting brew, not strong by any account.

Very crisp in the mouth, almost no aftertaste – which would be nice with the PA. For an afternoon drinker, this is OK.

Vancer, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of wedge
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden yellow with a large rocky head of white froth leaving nice sheets of lacing. Very slight hop spice - buttery yeast with toasted malts coming last and strongest. Taste is clean, sweet malts in the middle, with some grain in the finish. Light body and very dry.

This pale ale is nothing fancy at all. Very light and simple...nearly no hops and not too exciting.

wedge, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of akahn
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very pale golden color with lasting, sticky off-white head. Streaming carbonation.

An oddly "beery" aroma. Green, grassy hops. Aroma reminds me a bit of Otter Creek Copper Ale. German hops? It's not working.

The flavor does not do it for me. Very tart, with more grassy hops. A pleasant hop tingle mingles with some slight carbonation. Medium body. Some sugary sweetness comes out as it warms. Sticky finish, with tannin notes. Something about the hop flavor is off here, and the beer lacks cohesion. I don't want another one of these.

akahn, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the Captain's Collection mix pack poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a light near yellos golden color with a one finger fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - A bit of a hoppy grainy mix smell with a small bit of a sweet malt smell.

T - A bit of a caramel type sweetness on the initial sip which quickly gives way to a bit of a citrusy hop flavor. After that a lot of grain definitely takes over the taste. Finishes dry with no real aftertaste to speak of.

M - Thin and light bodied, lots of tiny bubbles on the tongue.

D - Definitely a suitable session beer but nothing really striking as far as flavor.

Notes: Nothing really bad or "faulty" with this beer, however it doesn;t really appeal to me as it's not very flavorful. Reminds me more of the golden ales offered as a choice at brewpubs than an APA.

EStreet20, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Drew966
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light amber color from a brown twelve ounce bottle, with a head that dissipated quickly. I don't detect any off flavors in the aroma, but I find the taste to be disappointing. Definitely some butterscotch in there. I wouldn't say there is anything really wrong with this beer, but in my opinion there really isn't much to recommend it either. I don't care much for it, I won't be purchasing this again.

Drew966, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of mooseisloose
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber at my newly found brew source. Glad to see they are restocking. Bottle smell is sweet and fruity. Pours to a light yellowish copperwith a moderate to firm head. Nice lacing. Taste has well distinguished sweet hops flavor but light and not overly sweet for an ale. Nice smooth finish with a blending of flavor and a slight bitter bite that fades away nicely. Carbonation is good not too much nor too little. Mouthfeel has the ale sparkle. A tasty beer by any standard. A good sessioner without a doubt.

mooseisloose, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium light amber with a 1 finger head and OK lace. Smells of sweet caramel malt with some spicy and slight citrus hops. Hints of apple as well. Again sweet malt up front and some OK hop flavor and a bit of bitterness. A bit buttery. Slight honey and apple flavors. A bit weak as APA's go but this one is easy to drink. Not much to think about with this one. A good session beer and one just to relax and enjoy.

sabrills70, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of deciding39
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very bright and attractive clear bronze color. A stable, one-finger white head forms and hangs out for a bit. Some lace to speak of.

S: Lots of fruity esters, along with toasted malts/grain, and light, floral hops.

T: Sweet caramel malts, followed by a crisp hop bitterness. Pleasant fruity esters (especially apples) and light yeast notes linger on the palate.

M & D: Medium-bodied, perhaps a little thin. Overall though, very drinkable and well-balanced.

An exceptionally easy-to-drink, fruity East Coast pale ale. Not terribly exciting, but tasty just the same.

deciding39, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straightforward clear golden appearance, with a bit of foam. Rather unpleasent aroma though, somewhat malty with a but of skunkiness. Suspect my sample may not have been treated well, as it seems well within the freshness date. Doesn't taste half bad though. A dash of sweetness backing up a rather malty brew. Hops could be a bit more pronounced, leaving this one Perhaps a bit flat and underwhelming.

A good mouthfeel, however, makes this one rather quaffable. An inexpensive alternative to the macros at least.

SetarconeX, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey with a small ring of white bubbles sticking to my glass.

Very big malty aroma, sweet with a nice tea-like hop smell.

Big buscuity malt taste, balanced fruit sweetness with a mild bitter hop finish.

Very crisp, clean and very balanced, Very malty and smooth almost lager-like. A very nice session beer.


SteveO1231, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, crystal clear gold color with little head. This brew has a buttery smell with floral hints. Pretty good taste with the buttery malts detected in the aroma making a return in the flavor with spicy hop bitterness in the showing up in the end. Tastey brew, could more than a few down in one sitting.

rebel1771, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of haggis
4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a great ale for me. It holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first better US beers I had when I first arrived to the US. I had been supping Red Dog until some kind soul took me to the Old Amherst Alehouse and i never looked back. The Shipyard Export even made it back with me to Scotland as a gift for my uncle who loves his pint. This brew pours well and has a nice solid, safe brown look. There is the usual busyness with the aroma that is common with US ales, but it certainly is not overpowering. Not too flowery, it has a duller edge to it compared to say a Sam Adams. I like that. On tap it is sublime but in a bottle I stress getting a fresh batch as I notice this brew does not do well if close to or past it's best before date.

This is the best Shipyard has to over, IMO.

haggis, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of jettjon
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highs: Appearance
Lows: Nothing stands out

Pours golden amber clear with a copious white head that fades away nice and slow. Nose primarily of hops with some yeast, with perhaps some malt. First flavor is a mild hops with some yeasty wheat. There’s something sweet there, too, a bit cloying and in my opinion unneeded/distracting. Mouthfeel is about average, watery but a bit substantial with a small amount of carbonation adding some sparkle. Finish is lightly hopped with some mild bitterness.

Overall: A fair ale but nothing to rush out and try.

jettjon, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of bobbyc881
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head, slightly off-white. Active carbonation in a light copper body. Smell in OK-- fruity hops.

Malty/slightly fruity flavor when I was expecting more hop presence. It seems a bit odd for the style, but it's a good taste overall. It's more of a British style pale ale, which isn't bad. Thin, sticky mouthfeel.

A very drinkable beer. It's nothing exciting, but we need nice, unabrasive beers around, too. Well done.

bobbyc881, Oct 11, 2005
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.