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Shipyard Export Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 808
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 shapudding
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
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 +16.1%
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 +7%
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 +7.6%
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 +18.2%
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 +19.7%
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 -3.6%
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 -18.8%
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 +16.1%
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 -27.9%
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 +11.5%
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 -16.7%
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 +3.9%
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 +27.3%
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 +16.1%
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 -5.2%
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
Photo of necoadam
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

necoadam, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ybnorml, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

NEhophead, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chilidog, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Waltman
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Waltman, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ppoitras, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Mitchster, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of TAMU99
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

TAMU99, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

blitheringidiot, Jun 01, 2004
Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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