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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | 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 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

Photo of PiratePete
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.32/5  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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of dustylong
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Phocion
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.64/5  rDev -50.3%
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.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
1.46/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

Photo of Chadbrew
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard Export
Appearance = Mostly clear with just a bit of cloudiness. A pretty good finger of head and substantial lacing along the edges.
Aroma = Hops and diacetyl, mostly diacetyl.
Taste = Very bitter and somewhat acidic up front. There is definitely some buttery flavor but surprisingly not as much as I had expected based on the aroma. The aftertaste is somewhat astringent.
Mouthfeel = Medium bodied and “oily”.
Drinkability = Not really that good.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours burnished golden with a thin white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves only slight lacing.

Smell is sweet pale malt and pear or apple. Mild hop aroma as well.

Taste is mild maltiness that ends in a splash of hops to give a dry crisp finish. Lightly fruity with a strong buttery character. Flavors are very mild, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with perhaps too much carbonation.

Overall this beer is too thin and mild. There isn't enough boldness or complexity to hold my attention. Lingering buttery flavor becomes distracting over time.

Photo of bashiba
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a clear amber orange with a very thin lingering white head.

Smell has a light bready malt quality to it.

Has a big Butterscotchy Diacytel flavor with a bit of toasted malt. A light bit of pine hops are in the finish, but not enough to compesate for the Diacytel taste that just lingers.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall just can't get past the off flavors. Would definitly avoid in the future.

Photo of mooner
1.99/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I can see the homage to British style beers Shipyard tends to make, but I've been to England and even the most dyed in the wool British pubster would have a hard time with the amount of butter in this beer. It dominates all else. Pour was a bit flat but not upsetting given the style, hop nose was non-existent, and the malt character was weak at best given its deep gold color. Also how can they call it and American Pale Ale when it taste far more like something from Yorkshire. Do they brew with the square or is their ringwood just really lazy. A bigger disappointment is that I had it at Federal Jacks "birthplace of Shipyard".

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of jslot38
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of matracy68
4.45/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

Photo of danielharper
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.