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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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807 Ratings

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%
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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Clear gold ale with an average white head.

Smell is herbal and spicy with sweet malt and roasted malt scents. Very pleasant aroma here the dry hops give this a perfume of herbs and flowers. Caramelized sugars are in the scent here too.

Taste is sweet with a good hop balance. Mild sweetness and a fair spiciness in the flavor. Hops are herbal and spicy with a little grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A pleasant not too complex ale here. I wouldn't pick this over a SNPA though.

Zorro, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%

Glimmering gold with a slight coppery interior. Small, compact whitish cap keeps its place for a good while. Lacing sticks in a moderate glazing of ink blob sheeting.

Aroma is a bit stale of leafy hops and a cardboard underwaft. It tends to sweeten up a bit as it warms to grab a few hints of dull citrus and a light biscuit malt backing.

Taste is off by a good margin for a pale. Unwavering mineral-like hints make for an unwelcome addtiton to a flat malt and brief citric hop noting. Metalic notes and cardboard notes don't help add to the mix as it drys off with alkiline and partial leafy tidbits. Empty on the palate throughout much of its adventure.

Clean, crisp upfront, close to medium bodied, but takes a turn towards off dryness and mineral-like chalkyness the rest of the way as well as empty areas. Very plain and poor attempt at an APA. Far too dry and unbalanced with hardly a taste factor to it.

tavernjef, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%

A golden orange color. A firm, lace-producing white head. Great herbal aroma. At first glance, this is a solid brew. Slight malt aroma, and decent caramel and toasted malt foretaste. Then there’s a huge astringent quality that kicks in. I wasn’t expecting the beer to dry out as much as it did, and to present a chalky, metallic characteristic. Bitterness follows. It’s highly carbonated, and ends abruptly. It’s an above average brew…but, at least in my book, it’s not a stand-out.

Suds, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%

Serving type is a brown bottle with freshness date.This beer pours a classic golden color, with about a 1/2 inch white head. Smell is mostly malty with buried hops.A biy cirtrusy also has some hints of oak. This is a light- to-medium bodied beer, also has very minimal lacing. A bit sticky in the mouth but goes down easy enough. All around about average.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -3%

Poured a nice amber hue with a nice head that stayed for the entire beer, leaving a nice lace around the glass.
Nice hop bitterness and malt balance. Very drinkable with an average mouthfeel. Seems there could have been more fruitiness from the hop aroma.A tasty beverage from the beaver (?) state. Definitely give it another go round.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%

poured into a pounder glass , slightly amber but mostly straw color, medium carbonation and good head retention.

Malts anchored this brew, some metallic. No bitterness that I could detect although it had enough hops to finish clean. There was actually some warming which surprised me as its 5% but it comes through and helps this beer along. I liked the backend sweetness that is cemented by a crispness to cleanse the palate. I think this beer could grow on me.

DogFood11, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%

This beer pours a crisp golden yellow. The head is white. It appears quite fluffy and fades very slowly, leaving thick laces. It has a citrusy aroma. It smells slightly piney. It has an aroma that I can not define, but it is not all that appealing. It might be Murphys Wood Conditioner. It has a cirtusy flavor. It is slightly bitter, but not as much as I expcted. It has a very slight biscuty taste. It also is slightly malty. Ultimately, I am unimpressed with the flavor of this beer. It is too mild. I think it needs to be about doubled in bitterness. That would help. This beer is carbonated well. It goes down smooth, leaving almost no aftertaste. This beer might not be a good session beer because it doesnt taste good. I doubt that I would want to drink any more of this beer ever. It is not awful, but just not worth your money or time.

OStrungT, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer pours a very clear straw color with a small white head that fizzles out pretty quick. The smell is corn-like and lacking. The flavor or also corn-like with some sweetness. A little bit medicinal. It is not very complex. The mouthfeel is alright. Light/Medium body with medium carbonation. Average drinkability. It's an O.K. beer. Good for a night of heavier drinking and you don't care about diminishing your supply of these.

Brian700, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

This is a very flavorful beer. Nicely copper and a touch darker than I'm used to in an APA. Smells sweetly spicy. Sweetly fruity in a perfume and refreshing way. Light hopping and subtle. Tastes moderately sweet of fruits: peaches, pears, plumbs, and pumpkin. Sweet spices, like corriander and ginger, add a summertime refreshing flavor. Sweet fruits and spices round out nicely. Body is firm but lighter than expected; makes for an easy drinker. Finishes in a sweeping way. A quick finish, but not abruptly crisp or dry, just sweet and fleeting. Very nice.

BEERchitect, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.3/5  rDev 0%

I'm surprised that I have not reviewed the Export Ale yet since Shipyard is a summer staple for our family. Nonetheless, I picked up a "Captain's Collection" recently, ostensibly to get my hand on the Chamberlain Pale Ale, but I get two reviews now. The Export pours a light amber topped off with a foamy thick off-white head. The aroma is of pine and is slightly citrusy, but the taste is rather different: fairly bland, some rose hips with a yeasty aftertaste. The carbonation quotient is high, and the mouthfeel is thin. This is a light brew, good for summer, I'd say.

longpondbeerman, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of HoorayBeer
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Nice golden hue to it. Slow carbination creeps up the glass as it sits. Very thin head, it remained around the sides of the glass throughout.
Hoppy aromas, not very strong, maybe a hint of hops.
Bitter right off, first things the buds pick up on. Malts follow, the malts seem a little sweet, maybe some caramels in there.
Smoothe mouthfeel though, very light. The carbination makes it a little tougher to drink, enjoy slowly.

HoorayBeer, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%

Pale clear orange gold pour. Thin white head that doesn't hold particularly well.

Scent is very subdued, faint traces of hops and a little bit of malt. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste is slightly bitter from the light hopping, and there's a bit of biscuity malt in there. The overall effect, though, is a pretty watery, lightly hopped flavor. There's a light dry toastiness in the finish, but it's not much.

Overall: Decent enough session brew, I guess, but not one I'd like to try again. Pretty run of the mill, bland APA.

whartontallboy, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%

Marigold with a minimal infusion of orange juice. The attractive cap is creamyfirm and is the color of a full moon. As it descends it leaves large splotches of lace on the glass, although they lack the gumption to stick around for long.

The nose is unimpressive and smells like weak, watered down hops and butterscotchy diacetyl. I believe APAs should be more than minimally hoppy. This one isn't. While I don't necessarily think diacetyl is all bad, it sure isn't appealing to me in this particular beer. My flavor expectations have just taken a serious hit.

American pale ale? You must be joking, Shipyard. There's plenty of maltiness and very little hoppiness. Export Ale tastes like butter-soaked biscuits drizzled with a copious quantity of butterscotch flavored pancake syrup. There's a little sour peach in there somewhere that is easily overwhelmed and then flattened by the flavors already mentioned.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nod toward full and is less pleasant than that sounds. The slight fullness adds to the impression of beer-flavored pancake syrup. A serious lack of bubbles cements that comparison in my mind.

Export Ale is way too Ringwood-intensive for me. Even though it isn't horrible, anyone who drinks this stuff better have a high diacetyl tolerance. I only bought a single bottle. If I had another, I'd put it in the cupboard next to the bottle of Mrs. Butterworth's so it'd be handy the next time I get a hankering for a tall stack.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +7%

On tap at Federal Jacks. Clear yellowish orange in color. One inch white head. Some spotty lacing develops. The aroma is of spicy apples and butter. The flavor consists of mild malt, hints of caramel, sweet apples, butter, and mild bitterness.

Lighter in body. Lightly crisp at the start, with a smooth and relatively clean finish. Decently drinkable. Not a bad brew, it kind of has a unique flavor.

Gavage, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%

poured from 12 oz. bottle
yellow-amber color, filtered to transparency. thin head that fades quickly; some lace cling but nothing amazing. rich malt smell, butter maybe and light dough with floral notes. taste is balanced with malt - sweet and buttery at first, then hops slowly take over and slowly diminsh to leave a citrusy finish. the thin mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this brew, needs more body. otherwise it qualifies as a decent anglo-style american beer you can down in quantitity. get a couple six packs and some friends and session it up. or get a better maine beer... : )

villainchiwwin, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%

Better than the macros Canadian golden ale. Some yeast, malts, and hops are there mostly in aroma and also in taste. malty aftertaste. Bit of head, thin mouthfeel. Sweet but Ok at end of summer day. Yeast imparts some citrus fruit. Easy drink, would to try on tap.

Sammy, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%

poured a crystal-cleardark amber color with moderate off-white head that quickly fell to a ring. Smell is hoppy with a background texture that I can't quite place (sweet, burnt sugar??) Taste is extremely dry with an even drier finish. Not a bad beer, but not real good either.

tgbljb, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

The beer came bright golden and clear with a fine white head that did not last long nor did it leave much lace.

The aroma was all malt with no hops.

The taste was mild but mostly it was malt with a little hops sneaking in at the finish.

The mouthfeel was effervecent and medium light.

This was a good session beer. I enjoyed sipping it waiting for the plane.

LarryKemp, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
3.53/5  rDev +7%

No complaints for this beer, but nothing that stands out. Pours a clear yellow gold color, head is good initially but short lived. Taste is alright, lightly hopped, sweet and clean. Slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable, a good outdoors summer beer if you can find a bargain price.

RocketWidget, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of John1985
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%

Deep gold color with a fairly decent head that slowly sizzles down. Malty nose and a buttery rich malty flavor that is adequately balanced with hops. Aftertaste is slightly bittersweet. Overall effect is that this a fairly quaffable session beer but is unremarkable. There is better ales out there.

John1985, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
3.53/5  rDev +7%

Wow, if I didn't know what diacetyl was before, I sure as hell know what it is now. This beer is full of it. From the first smell I thought of baked goods slathered in butter. Upon tasting, it had the sweet, sugary butterscotch flavor that a lot of people don't like. I don't mind it, however. It shouldn't be in this beer though. As a pale ale, I don't think there should be this much buttery flavor.

Anyway, there are also some hops in the tail end of it. Very strong diacetyl though. Nice aroma, slightly worse taste. A decent brew, but not the best example of a pale ale.

Litterbean, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +21.2%

12 oz bottle from a "Captain's Selection" sampler box.
Appearance: Pours a clear, glowing, honey amber body with an almond hued head that stays for a few minutes at about one inch in height. Patchy lace is left on the pint glass. Inviting appearance.

Aroma: Pleasing bouquet of buttery toffee, complimented by honeysuckle floral and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: "Sparkly" on the palate, with lively carbonation and a medium body.

Taste: Well balanced, yet complex. Buttery toffee malt(there is a diactyl presence) plays nicely with a polite herbal presence that is mildly spicy and herbal. Red apple chunks add an exciting presence to the middle, and melt into the malt/hop profile. Herbal hops and mineral are noted toward the finish, and suggest a fine English Bitter.

Drinkability: This one surprised me with its depth of character. Last summer, in Maine, I had some bad experiences with a couple of New England breweries that used ringwood yeast. Shipyard and Magic Hat were notable exceptions, and Export Ale has convinced me that ringwood yeast can be extraordinary when used properly. Export Ale is delicious, feels wonderful, and is highly drinkable. Geeez, I'm ready to go back to Maine, even if it is a 20 hour drive.

merlin48, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of SaunaKing
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%

A nice little pale ale.
Pours a clear but darkish gold with a small head. No real head retention or lacing.
Nice aroma of citrusy hops, a tangy and spicy taste. The mouthfeel has a little too much or too sharp hop bite. The hops come through nicer in the taste than the mouthfeel.
A good drinkable beer that would work great a a bbq or football game.

SaunaKing, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

On-tap at Brian Borus. A nice golden colour with an eggshell colourd head of frothy foam. Aromas of sweet malts, and light green hops. The taste is nice, but very subdued. some biscuity malts and light hopping are evident. The mouthfeel is medium light and the drinkability is slightly above average. A good session drinker and a good burger beer. Nice.

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of shapudding
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%

Clear and golden honey, very still. The off-white head went away quickly leaving tight bubbles in a ring with a dusting, but no real retention. Nice malty scents with a lot of caramel sweetness punching through that makes me think of cotton candy. A lot of carbonation in the feel, bit foamy, just a bit too much for me. Dark toasty flavors with some hops coming though. Bit of bitterness left on your tongue. Some gin in there, fairly astringent. Not too much screaming out at me, but this would be a damn good lawnmower beer.

shapudding, Mar 10, 2005
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.