American Pale Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ichorNet on 04-17-2014

Malt: English Pale, Whole Wheat
Hops: Challenger, Chinook, Citra, Polaris, Huell Melon, Cascade, Centennial
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Color: Golden
OG: 1.046 // ABV: 4.5% // IBUs: 55
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.16/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with almost no head. No lacing and heavy carbonation.

Smell: Malts hops and mild citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and malts, very mild citrus.

Overall: Good brew. I would have it again.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a permanent half inch head that laces moderately. Color is slightly hazy gold-yellow. Aroma is sweet and toasty malt and floral hops. Flavor is sweet, toasty and floral. Slight citrus note. Perfectly balanced and easy to quaff. Mouthfeel is light-medium for the gravity. Overall a clean, easy drinking east coast APA.

Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl oz bottle with an expiration date of November 2014. Sampled on June 21, 2014.

It has a cloudy looking medium amber pale yellow pour with a moderate off-white head. The head sticks around.

The aroma is very typical for the style with a roasted malt character and the bolder hop quality. The difference is that there is that hint of Ringwood yeast that accompanies Shipyard brews.

Medium body.

The taste begins with a little roasted malt and finishes with a bitter hop flavor. It is a fairly typical for the style.

Photo of stokebob
4.55/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at the windmill Inn

Photo of Dudon
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm trying to figure out what Shipyard was really intending on this beer to be. At 4.5%, it's on the very low and for abv as far as APA's go. It also comes across quite thin on the pallet. Others around me described it as a watered down Shipyard Export...and they were sort of right. The hop presence may be a bit higher than their standard Export Ale, but it's barely noticeable. This leads me to believe that Shipyard used very small amounts of the vast number of hops that were supposed to be in the beer.

I don't really blame them for doing so, as the beer was first intended for British consumption. In that case, the low IBU and low hop aroma played quite well into the English Bitter market, and the APA label helped sell the beer quite well (I'm assuming).

Sadly, I don't think it's going to take off in America unless they change the recipe to up the hop aroma and IBU's a bit.

Again, I'm just not sure what they were going for, as their Chamberlain Pale Ale is a much better all around beer.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The second offering from Shipyard I've had and I wasn't too impressed.

Good look, short last head but good lacing starts off this brew. Unfortunately, the smell nor the mouthfeel was anything to rav about. It was a decent taste and overall not bad, just not spectacular.

Photo of kfoss99
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I poured this into a 16 ounce shaker glass. It poured a nice orange copper color. But, I don't understand the need for this offering. It has a slightly hoppier smell and taste than Shipyard Export. It has a dry finish that is prevalent in Shipyard's ales.

It's not a good enough American Pale Ale to supersede me buying others. I also don't see it replacing any Shipyard Export tap handles, so it's going to be hard to find at bars and restaurants. I would try it on draft if I saw it.

Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serviceable, but not really that good at all. I mean I feel like I was drinking a yeast packet in water at times...ugh...

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Aroma dusty caramel malts, starch, leaves, citrus. Bitter and sour taste. Woody bitter finish, alcohol, dry. Harsh.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 1.89 L Growler (64 oz.)

Poured into a Guinness Pint Glass

A- Pours a Golden honey colour topped with a foamy white 1 1/2 finger head. Retention is not very good, dissipates to a thin film quite quickly. Quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of malt aroma and a ton of citrus. Could be described as a mild IPA without the piney notes.

T- Like the aroma, the taste is mostly citrus. Mostly grapefruit like but not over the top. Rather than a citrus bitterness coming in, there is a fairly mild hoppiness to finish.

M- Low-Medium carbonation. Pretty good body that gives this beer substance. Really dry on the finish.

O- Although this beer was pretty good, I don't think I would get a growler filled with it again. It's drinkable for sure and it tastes pretty good, but for me, it just doesn't have a wow factor. It's just an average APA.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best enjoyed before: 12/2014.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a solid set of aromas, but the slight metallic flavors get more noticeable as the beer warms up and are not very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of ENogueira
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz bottle dated 11/2014 in a wide mouth glass. Pours light orange in color. Very thin head. Smells and tastes of grapefruit. A bit sour on the palette. Not much sweetness here. Some bitter hops and a faint trace of citrus. Dry finish. Heavy carbonation, which makes it a refreshing session beer due to low ABV. Overall, a good beer. I'm not sure I would revisit, but this is definitely a better option than most macro ales.

Photo of klesniew
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Crisp finish but minimal flavor. Not a memorable example of an APA.

American Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.