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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 meadhead
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Photo of Doctuh
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -

Photo of stephendr
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
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

Photo of rkuhnel
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
4.77/5  rDev +44.5%
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.

Photo of beeroclock
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Homebrew63
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  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.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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).

Photo of BuckSpin
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of lehows
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of Dizzy
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of rokoch27
2.23/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of JohnW
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
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

Photo of BryanCarey
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of cerveza5150
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice golden amber color with large bubbles of carbonation. The head disappated somewhat quickly.

S:Smells of subtle hops and a little burnt sugar. A slight astringent aspect is there also.

T: Tastes like Heineken with a little sweeter malt. Not bad, but not that good either.

M: Clean and dry.

D: OK. Not a bad purchase, but theres tons of better beers out there.

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

12-oz bottle, served into a standard mug glass. Pours a pale amber with a frothy white head. Not much lacing. Aroma is quite faint, just some light crackery malt. Flavor is a mix of malt and woody bitterness, somewhat harsh. Clean yeast character, dry finish. Neutral texture with average carbonation.

I can't quite put a finger on why I don't like this, but the flavors mix together in a somewhat harsh way. My least favorite of the Shipyard line.

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

this beer is poured a light copper color with a white head that disaspates very quickly. I kind of enjoy this beer because it is drinkable, has a nice sweet, slightly hop aroma. The taste is a little malt, very little hops, nice carbonation.

I remember, when I was in some bar in Georgetown, CT and actually seeing it on tap, happt happy joy joy. An all around good drinking beer

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

One of my favorite ales around.

Nothing too unusual here, so short & simple review. Pours nicely with a nice amber color and good ½” head. Smells and tastes nice & light with a bit of malt. Slight bitterness, but that’s what I like. Very drinkable, great with a burger while overlooking the Maine coast.


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

Best By Date January 2007, Sampled September 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, full copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially finger and a half thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is lightly sweet with an unmistakable, shipyard signature of diacetyl. In this case the butter / butterscotch notes are more in balance than some of their other beers and it seems to work with the rest of the aromatics. The diacetyl is still the dominant note, though I also get notes of berries, toasted biscuits, toffee. The berry note really is representative of this very distinct fruity note that is in the nose. The diacetyl seems to contribute a bit to the fruitiness as well. All in all not a bad aroma, and at times it is quite enjoyable.

Up front the carbonation combines with some hops to impart a tingling sensation to my tongue. Through the middle is a spicy, herbal hop character and the finish has a fair amount of fruitiness to it. Notes of berries are prominent in the taste and are accentuated a bit by a malt sweetness that starts in the middle and continues on in the finish. This beer is really nicely hoppy; spicy hop notes combine with a zesty herbal character and all throughout is a un-ignorable biting bitterness. The diacetyl from the aroma is much muted in the flavor, though it is here at a background level. This beer, unlike many of theirs, actually has a pleasant level of diacetyl. At low levels I can tolerate it, and even enjoy it and I can appreciate that it adds to the character of this brew.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson, AZ

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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