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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

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817 Ratings

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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 Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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
Photo of trancefishy
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out with a nice giant puffy white head that didn't last long. smells good with a fruity kind of goodness to it.

taste is a big buncha hops. bitterish at first, but, then a kind of refreshing citrus flavour develops and lingers for a bit.

good mouthfeel and carbonation. good drinkability, for sure.

i like this beer. nothing terribly exciting, but it's good, and it really strikes me as different. it's quite unique tasting.

trancefishy, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden slighty hazy color. Smells like buttery malts and spicy English hops. The taste is fairly balanced. Buttery malts with some hop fruitiness. Very clean taste. Kind of light bodied for my liking. All around this is a decent pale ale. It kind of reminds me of Bass Ale because of the buttery malts. It is worth a try!

Luigi, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a couple of these while on a trip to Auburn, ME.

The beer was a bright gold with a decent white head. No real lacing.

The beer smelled of flowers & some pepper from the hops. It also had a fresh grain smell as well.

The beer had a nice but not overly assertive hopping. It added a nice counterpoint to the sweeter aspects of this beer. Some apple & plum taste emerged about ½ glass. Lurking in the background was a bit of yeasty sourness.

The mouthfeel was solid with nice carbonation. Easy enough drinking beer, would be a perfect session beer for some folks. Its also a nice intro beer for advocating. It also went well with the food.

Redrover, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark gold in color, with a moderate creamy white head. Smell is of slight floral hops, and slightly stale bready malt. Taste is bitter and acidic, grassy and slightly bready malt is also present. Nothing too special, but not a bad beer. Good drinkability, this is a beer that I could sit down with a 6 pack of, and not get up until I plowed through the lot.

TastyTaste, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has a clear gold body, with a slight haze to it. Small off-white head topping it off. The nose is light malt. The taste has a light-weet malt fron, buttery tones, followed by a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty highly carbonated. Med mouth. This is quite refreshing.

Tballz420, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/02/05- Taken from notes earlier this year. Purchased at a large beer store in Baltimore, MD while on business.

Appearance- Moderate white two fingered head, amber pour and minor lacing.

Smell- A mixture of malt and hops, but the majority is malt. Maybe a bit of spices.

Taste- Big malt base, but with so SNPA like hop flavor. Not as intense though. Some spices intermix.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonated beer with a semi-full mouthfeel. A bit of a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Drinkability- Just a run of the mill ale IMO. Nothing great, but decent. May be a nice session beer for some.

GClarkage, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a three-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation. Light almost clear amber color. Nose is somewhat hoppy. Starts and finishes hoppy with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied. 83¢ for a 12oz bottle from Cumberland Farms Convenience Greenland, NH.

jdhilt, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of oelergud
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber body, off-white head with decent retention and lace, low carbonation.
Pleasant smell of fresh bread, musty hay/grain and a citric slightly fruity scent makes up the nose.
Licorice strong up front followed by malty sweetness, some pepper and faint tobacco leaves. Aftertaste is hoppy with a little astringency.
Little coating but decent fullness, a nice beer.


oelergud, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of maxpower
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a small white frothy head that doesn't last long. Bready, buttery aromas, has bready, grainy and butterscotch flavors, it is light to medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour, not all that great, glad I only bought a single bottle.

maxpower, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Backer2004, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

MuddyFeet, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

masterbruewer, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of jvajda
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jvajda, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

ElGordo, Aug 22, 2004
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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