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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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798 Ratings

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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 Backer2004

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%

Purchased this as a store single based on a suggestion from the owner. Not only was he biased towards the Shipyard, he even had a very similar logo tattooed on his arm. Great IPA compared to the many I've tried lately (though I'm not a big fan to this kind). No lacing or carbonation but a great taste, not bitter in the least. Would suggest to any IPA drinker.

10-04-2004 03:01:35 | More by Backer2004
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

The beer poured an orange-tinged, Harp like color. Some consistency of color I mean. there was little head and no lace to speak of. The beer itself is sour, not so much hoppy but sour like green apples or old leather. The malt does not add to the hops but rather contributes to the overall sourness. It was a wierd beer for me, usually if I don't like a beer on the first bottle it improves with the second, and ten some more with the third. But my liking for this beer decreased by the time I had my third bottle.

10-04-2004 02:28:15 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of masterbruewer


3.43/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a light golden-brown with ample white head and light but elegant carbonation that swirls to the top of the glass.

The smell is malty and very yeasty, bread-like.

The taste is subtle at first, with a caramel and malt flavor working through with the grainy flavor. A little on the sweet side. A little bit of floral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light, but muddled, not crisp.

Drinkablilty: Not bad. I'd like to try a few more of these.

09-20-2004 00:18:32 | More by masterbruewer
Photo of jvajda


4.2/5  rDev +27.3%

Appearance: Has a dull copper tone and two finger head.
Smell: Good hop character and bitterness in the nose.
Taste: Again, a good hop character and bitterness. Nothing over the top, it's a very well balanced ale.
Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue and welcome in the mouth.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable due to it's uniqueness and balance.

09-12-2004 20:44:04 | More by jvajda
Photo of Hibernator


3.83/5  rDev +16.1%

I had the Shipyard Export Ale out of a 12 oz brown bottle. Nice looking label. Best enjoy before date was notched for November 2004.

Appearance is a golden with carbination bubbles, attractive head with nice lacings.

Smell is popcorn with drawn butter and fruit.

Light malt flavor with a nice hop profile on the finish. Buttery and sweet fruit tastes. Definite diacetyl presence that I have been noticing more and more from Shipyard beers.

The Export Ale is flagship brew from this Portland, ME brewery. I like this beer from time to time. Nice session beer.

09-10-2004 00:08:05 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ElGordo


3.13/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a rich golden color with a one-inch white head that lingers for a while. Aroma of nice ale yeast, astringency, and a touch of hops. Rich, buttery mouthfeel holds a palate of light hops, fruit (apricots?), and some breadiness. Finishes with a very nice buttery texture and a taste of dry roasted malt. I like this, and it'd probably make a good session beer, but I probably don't want more than one at a time.

08-22-2004 04:55:56 | More by ElGordo
Photo of necoadam


3.4/5  rDev +3%

Seems to me that this brewery is a bit average. But at least if you can rely on this as a session brew is need be. Poured out a golden yellow with some carbonation visible. Smell consisted of grains, slight hops, butter, caramel and some breadiness. Taste was pretty much as the smell with the breadiness really showing up towards the end and mixing with some peppery flavors that lasts into the aftertaste. This one's a litlte bit above average but nothing worth shouting about here.

08-19-2004 23:57:58 | More by necoadam
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +12.1%

This ale is a clean pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Has a big malty sweet aroma with some spiceyness and something else ( Ringwood yeast mabye). A light hop bitterness followed by a quick malty sweetness that ends with a smooth spicey hop finish and again something else ( Ringwood yeast again??) This is the beer that turned me on the Micro revolution. It was nice to see that I still enjoy it.

08-17-2004 13:11:58 | More by ybnorml
Photo of NEhophead


2.78/5  rDev -15.8%

12 oz brown bottle.

1" creamy white head that takes a moment to fall. Leads to some spotty lacing. Pale straw in color; clear and a bit watery.

Very sweet, moderate maltiness. Very light hop aromas that give off a bit of spiciness. There's also an unfitting metallic/copper aroma.

Sweet yet dull honey malt flavor. A toasted biscuit accompanies a sweet bitterness. Very little hop flavors typical of an American Pale.

Medium body that's unbalanced in terms of sweetness.

Too sweet to have more than one IMO. Off the mark in terms of style. This is one to pass on.

08-16-2004 22:32:15 | More by NEhophead
Photo of chilidog


3.93/5  rDev +19.1%

I picked up the Shipyard's Captain Collection case and I must say all four brews are very nice.
My goal was the Export Ale. It poured a very good looking, clean golden cooper. The head started out a fizz but settled down nice to a smooth, one inch white pillow. Lace amounted to just foam the side and fade. The aroma had a musky, grass & grain to it. The taste had a light maltiness about it,balanced well by a buttery smooth crisp hop. Like I say, balanced and smooth, not to strong but you feel the crispness. A clean bitterness is left on the mouth.
Like said, I was looking for thisone & glad I found it.

08-07-2004 12:21:33 | More by chilidog
Photo of Waltman


3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Shipyard's Export Ale exceeded my expectations and proved to be a very enjoyable pale ale. I was impressed with the mild malty sweetness and how well it balanced with a hoppy nose. It has a very clean finish and stays on the palate just long enough to know you've had a well produced brew.

07-20-2004 18:51:13 | More by Waltman
Photo of ppoitras


3.78/5  rDev +14.5%

12ozer bottle from a Captain's Collection 12-pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 2" off-white head above the clear golden brew. Laces excellently. Aroma is malty, with a tinge of hops. Taste is of slightly buttery pale malts, ending with a hops bite. Smooth mouthfeel, and the drinkability is excellent, escepially for these warm summer days. I imagine this on cask would be exemplary, but haven't seen it.

07-11-2004 18:04:08 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Mitchster


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours out to a brilliantly clear copper with orange accents, forming a modest very light beige rocky head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Looks like a well-crafted English Pale or bitter served on-tap in England. Aroma is pleasant with the aroma of residual complex sugars, honey, and caramel, reminding me of Dead Guy Ale. Butter and grass, like the twine on a kitty scratching post. Normally, I hate diacetyl because it's attached to fusels during a warm ferment, but this is cleanly fermented and appealing. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a buttery/oaky complexity in the aftertaste, a touch of astringency, and a medium body. Taste begins with a touch of spicy and earthy English Noble hops, probably E.K.Goldings, followed by a pale-malt body, however, the residual complex sugars I was hoping for aren't really here...there is a touch of isopropyl and grainy astringency in the middle with a peppery afterthought. Finish is lightly dry with a lightly earthy and oaky aftertaste.

This is a very good example of a traditional English Pale Ale, although it's not vastly appealing to my taste buds, not being a lover of the style. Throw this towards your English Pale friends and they will love you for it. As authentic as I've had out of the bottle in the US.

07-02-2004 23:39:09 | More by Mitchster
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2.78/5  rDev -15.8%

For a "flagship brew" I'm not that impressed.

appearance - golden, but there's something a bit ochre in it that muddies the hue to a less than attractive, modest head, little lace

smell - some fruity hops, light on the malt, nothing really impressive

taste - a bit sour with a bland malt base. Stong bitter acids are all too prominent, bitter aftertaste

mf - ok, balanced carbonation and fullness. average

drinkability - too bitter

06-03-2004 04:42:59 | More by TAMU99
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.2/5  rDev -3%

Just in a nick of time! Best before April 2004 notches on the label of this 12 oz. browner pours a zesty crystal clear amber hued soldier with a bubble here and a bubble there rising up. There is a ½” ivory colored head that deflates to a scant cover.

Fairly balanced nose of malts and hops, with the malts slightly stronger.

First tastes are sweet malts, not a lot of malty caramel, just a fairly balanced blend that finishes with a slight hops refreshing and slightly oily finish.

Creamy smooth feel, with standard built in brewski carbonation. Losses all fizz at the end. Drink it quick!

Last swigs: Well balanced tongue between malts and hops. Easy body. Great session brew if the balanced thing is for you. Not sure on the price. This was a gift from my friend JBDubs from Millis, MA. BA brownie points for a classy tall ship label.

Beer is good. Happy free gift beering.

06-01-2004 05:01:15 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -0.6%

A nice product but not exceptional.
A nice deep amber in colour, limited crown...minor ring and no cling or lace in short order.
Carbonation is extremly limited as is the nose.
The body is a medium.
The taste is very well balanced starting with the malty sweetness and ending to the hops....no clear winner here.
Mouthfeel & drinkability as well as taste just above average.

05-21-2004 03:13:39 | More by Shiloh
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.48/5  rDev +5.5%

On-tap at Pebbles in Orlando.
One of the few beers on-tap that was actually worth drinking at the restaurant.
Came to the table in a nice looking iced pilsner glass (double fault on the part of the wait staff but who can really fault them).
A nice orangy hue with a very nice, thick white head.
Smells of citrus, some butter, and a little malt.
The first thing that strikes you about this beer is that for a pale ale it is decidely weak in hop flavor. While there is some to be had, the flavor is so far back behind the malt and the buttery flavor that all it is suited to do is mask the smoothness of the brew. This is by no means a terrible thing.
This is an exceptionally smooth Pale ale, very drinkable and also very refreshing.
Note: Had this with a grilled talapia fillet and went very nicely with it.

04-10-2004 03:59:58 | More by LuckySevens82
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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Sampled on tap in Orlando, FL.

This pale ale poured a clear, amber color with white, sudsy foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was minimal but improved as the beer warmed: light malt with a bit of fruitiness and a touch of hops, and finally a light touch of butter. The taste was malty with a light touch of butter (diacetyl), some floral hops, and a decent touch of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, crisp, and dry with decent tangy hoppiness. The body was medium and the carbonation was modest. The lingering aftertaste was floral and bitter hops with a touch of butter. This was a good, lighter bodied pale ale. Dry and easy to drink.

03-29-2004 06:43:57 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.2/5  rDev -3%

Pours a very pale, very clear gold with a thin, lacy, ivory head. Smell is grassy and lightly hoppy. Light fruitiness and pale malt.

A bit fizzy and biting up front. Lightly sweet malt and quite hoppy, especially given the light malt profile in this beer. Long hops aftertaste and unpleasant thin malt aftertaste too. Not well balanced or tasty. Pretty thin and non-descript. Basically a heavier hopped golden ale.

03-24-2004 16:27:38 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%

The brew has nice presentation, in a brown 12 oz. Bottle with a nice looking art. Best Enjoyed Before markings clear on the bottle.

The brew pours to a copper color, seems close to the same color of the Chamberlain that they also put out. Smallish off white head that breaks down quickly and does not have much lacing.

The aromas of the brew seem to be of light fruit and hints of butterscotch/caramel. Not a bad smelling brew, just not overly exciting.

The taste is crisp and seems to have a medium body to it. Light in the malt arena with a bit of a hop flavor to go along with the over all flavor. Over all not a bad tasting brew, just not overly inspiring!

Not a bad brew, one that I could see myself enjoying on a nice summer vacation up north on the Maine coast.

03-07-2004 05:18:50 | More by Stimack
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2.95/5  rDev -10.6%

Well this is interesting. This beer looks and tastes like a pale ale, but it's got that crisp lager bite. I don't know how that got in there. It poured with a nice head that vanished immediately. There's still a fair amount of carbonation in there. The glass disappeared without much fanfare. That is to say, it's got a decent flavor and it's drinkable, but it isn't very exciting.

Overall it's a bit subdued. It's not bad, but I prefer my ales with a little more character.

03-05-2004 03:37:49 | More by watermelonman
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%

Pale amber color w/ a soapy, big bubble head. Head collapses and leaves little lace.
Aroma is sweet and fruity - melon and "tang". Interesting aroma but only faintly beer like.
Flavor is slightly sweet up front, some frut notes and spritzy carbonation. Watered down flavors with a decent hop bite.
Watery mouth feel and dry, metalic bitter finish.
A real disappointment after a Thumper.

02-24-2004 04:15:33 | More by Shiredave
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +10.6%

The beer pours a nice golden color with a white lace head. The aroma is of pale malts and a sweet yeast scent. The taste is decent, but nothing special. It has a good balance of pale malts and mild bittering hops. There is not much complexity, but it is a fine beer none the less. The mouthfeel isn't that good. It's a low bodied beer with way too much carbonation; every sip ends with a painful burp. With all things considered, this is still a good drinker.

01-07-2004 02:04:51 | More by WesWes
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3.83/5  rDev +16.1%

Golden with a red touch, no head just a white film (probably an issue with the bars glasses), laced in well separated thin rings.
Malty aroma, with some lemony hop.
A good malty base taste, with fruit overtones. Citrus - lemon and grapefruit. Caramel and roasted malt.
Bitter, smooth with a feel on the light side of medium. Good hop strength for a Pale Ale, approaching an IPA.

01-05-2004 18:55:16 | More by mschofield
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

The light amber was good looking, but the head didn't amount to much, being less than a single finger in height, quickly diminishing, and virtually non-lacing.

The nose is very light and portrays some hops, but mostly the malt base. Very small hints of spice as well.

The flavor is mostly lager-like with a little more hopping than most typical lagers, but less hoppy than some European Pilseners. Some subtle buttery malt sensed along with a bit of bitter aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, being medium bodied with a clean, crisp finish. Easily a most drinakble ale.

01-03-2004 04:01:39 | More by AtLagerHeads
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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