Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice honey color,but a weak small head that disappears quickly.A nice hoppy smell with a hint of spices.A real hoppy taste,very dry.This is a light good summer beer,good for BBQ.Not a bad offering from Shipyard,I won't mind having more than one at a ballgame.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tavernjef
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of OStrungT
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brian700
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HoorayBeer
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of whartontallboy
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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