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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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837 Ratings

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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 tugdriver7
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).

tugdriver7, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of BuckSpin
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.

BuckSpin, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of lehows
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.

lehows, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
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.

jmbranum, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
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.

Dizzy, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of rokoch27
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.

rokoch27, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
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.

Padron4KM, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of JohnW
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

JohnW, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BryanCarey
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.

BryanCarey, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of arnulfooxblood
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.

arnulfooxblood, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of cerveza5150
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

cerveza5150, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

allengarvin, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of kennyo
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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

kennyo, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of msolar
4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
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.


msolar, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Gueuzedude, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of PiratePete
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely gold almost amber colour with a lace head. Smell the malt - a refreshing aroma - with a touch of fruit that seems to appear in the mouth feel. I liked this pale ale. I always prefer a pale ale over a lager and this hit the spot. Maybe it was 'cause I drank the first three while sitting on my veranda on a warm sunny afternoon. The aftertaste was just a touch into the bitter zone. Just right for a warm sunny afternoon! For those of us in the border provinces of Canada it is sometimes frustratingly difficult to try beers from neighbouring states because of the laws governing our impoting of foreign brew. So to my fellow New Brunswickers let me say that this ale is not in the top fifty but a good ale that comes recommended for those who want to experience a local brew when passing through Maine on the way home.

PiratePete, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with white sticky head. Aroma is buttery with a spicey herbal hop and malt. I for one am a fan of Diacetyl but it is one of those "you love it or hate it". Buttery malt dominate the taste with not much hops to speak of. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew that I won't mind having again.

cjgator3, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold American export ale with a 1 finger white cap laces well.

Aromas of fruit ( pear/peach and some buttery-sweetness

Mild character, smooth mouth feel, moderate malts.

Light crisp crystal malts up front... woody bittering...mild fruity tones...fast finish with pleasant light bitter after tastes.

An all malt midstream American pale ale good for quaffing and sessions.

pootz, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden with an off-white and low head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy with a woodsy character and a lightly vegetal nature. Lurking in the aroma was a caramel presence and a fruity and mineral note. Diacetyl was present at a low level.

The flavor was light with a low caramel and a crisp mineral chracter. The bittering was fairly even with the malt, and neither was at a high level. The hops were lightly earthy and a very low diacetyl lent some toffee to the mix.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of woodsy earthiness and a light caramel toffee into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. A nice English Bitter, dunno why this is called an APA.

12 ounce bottle. Best before notches at F and 06.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of dustylong
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden amber color with a small head and retention, with little or no lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). It has a very fruity, malty smell to it. This is a fairly tasty beer, but nothing too special. It has a good deal of fruity malts, with a decent balance of hoppy bitterness. In between light and moderate on the palate, with a good amount of carbonation...goes down fairly well and tastes pretty good. A very drinkable beer..tasty... but nothing too out of the ordinary.

dustylong, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Bill's Chowder House in Wells, Maine

Light Golden, thin white head. Decent retention. Nice intricate lacing, nice & active.

Smells mostly malt/wheaty.

Taste is a good balance of hop and malt, barley and wheat. Slightly bready and yiesty.

Feels nice 'n active on the palate, great for washing down a great fried-scalop dinner. Yum.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Phocion
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange with a head that quickly drops down to a thin crown over the beer. Nice retention and lots of bubbles.

Smell is of a buttery malt balanced with a fruity citrus that I can't quite place. Very weak and not too complex.

Not too far off from the smell. Buttery/toffee malts balanced with very piney and somewhat fruity hops. Mildly bitter finish. Rather bland, but not horrible.

Light-bodied and refreshing, but too watery. Good "backyard beer" if nothing else. Tastes like its trying to be a British Pale, but without the balance or complexity. Not horrible, but not really recommended either, unless you can find a single for about a buck or so.

Phocion, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (freshness dated Feb. '06) into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden amber with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: A buttery aroma, with slight hint of fruit.

Taste and mouthfeel: Buttery, then citrusy. Bitterness lasted throughout with a finish that was slightly metallic. Mouthfeel was thin, but overall pretty typical for the style:

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily, reasonably quenching.

Notes: A decent pale ale, nothing extraordinary. Wouldn't go out of my way to drink it, but it's not offensive, either.

bklynbeerbaron, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.6/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Presentation: I managed to pick up two more bottles of the rather excellent value for money Trader Joes 2005 Anniversary Ale (from Unibroue) recently, when I spied this “newbie” on the shelves. “Hmmm Shipyard” me thinks, well I’ll take a gamble; I’ll pick up a couple of bottles for less than a $1 a piece. Nice label I have to say.

Appearance: Decent enough on the eyes, middle earth amber with some residual copper tones. Slightly off-white head rises quickly and pops down to a broken covering. Good conditioning.

Nose: Odors were reminiscent of solidified fat and congealed lard, like that whiffed from a cold deep fryer in a Fish n’ Chip shop before it warms up. Light hops with a beer-fart backdrop.

Taste: Devon toffee, brown sugar, cloying Edinburgh Rock sweetness with the constitution of used Car Oil, from a Romanian Diesel tractor. Tastes like the smells from those Buses that run on vegetable oil made from rape seed. Sliding oil meniscus coats the flavor, sickly and sweet with tonnes of buttery toffee. Hard to forget, harder to enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Slicker than a well oiled slipway, with more lubrication than a Dutch Sex Shop, you could launch the Titanic on a gram of this low coefficient of friction viscous libation. Urgh.

Drinkability: REPULSIVE. Drowning in “D” it has nothing to even balance the buttery toffee slickness that becomes a sickening and cloying distraction. English Ales may very well have Diacteyl in them, but not at these levels. OK, so I’m at the Drinkability portion with half a bottle left. Sink looks good. Second bottle and I did not get past halfway with either of them.

Overall: I hope to God that they never truly Export this, England may very well have to invade the USA and retake its Colonial lands in order to destroy and demolish all Ringwood Breweries and replace them with updated Timothy Taylor clones……I can but hope.

Shockingly Awful.
Utterly Butterly.
I can’t believe it’s not Butter……but it is.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
1.4/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Well, at least it looks like a palatable beer on the pour - it's a medium golden brown with a nice white head. I didn't keep the beer around long enough to find out about retention or lacing but it looked fine going down the drain.

The smell was a big warning sign. There were some roasted grain notes and an herbal hop of some sort but the nose was primarily diacetyl. The beer had a rather pronounced greasy, oily smell like old, nearly rancid butter.

Flavor was awful, just awful. Why don't these ratings go all the way down to zero? Whatever beer characteristics may have been present in this drink were completely masked by a toffee-butter flavor that unfortunately lingers well after you've finished the sip. Even the slight amount of hop bittering isn't enough to get rid of the horrid diacetyl aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was strongly affected by the overwhelming presence of diacetyl. The oily coating on the tongue seemed more oppressive than usual because of the lingering aftertaste. Body was medium, carbonation was typically rough for a force carbonated brew, bittering was on the light side for an APA.

Total drain pour here. I'm glad I only bought a single and I'm glad Trader Joe's only charged 85 cents - even at that price it wasn't worth it. Hell, at least Bud Light will deliver a "clean crisp taste" without the diacetyl. This beer is a perfect example of why Ringwood yeast can't be trusted in the hands of any brewer other than an expert.

RedwoodGeorge, Jul 13, 2006
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.