Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale AleShipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Ratings: 322 | Reviews: 169
Reviews by GrittyMug345:
Photo of GrittyMug345
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no date, bought at RSVP in Portland, ME on 10/30/09, drank on 11/04/09. Poured into a shaker pint, tight two finger white head, dies to about half of a finger and the constant carbonation keeps it there over a bright copper hued body. A light, bright malt nose, a little herbal hopiness to it, though not too much. Again light malt in the taste, with the buttery diacetyl an almost graham cracker like taste? A little pine, a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, medium/light with good carbonation, a creamy feel to it. Overall not a bad pale, not my go to by any means but I would drink it if presented to me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers I had from Shipyard while up in Maine,pours a nice deep golden color with a big blooming head that leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is of lightly toasted malt and a little sweet,taste is malty dominat with some nice fruity estures that linger,light hop note in the finish to balance this brew out.Was told this is hard to find outside of Maine Iam glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This is a clear glowing orange in color with a moderate white head.

Smell – The hops here at the nose are slim to none. Mostly I’m getting a dull American grain smell.

Taste – The God awful rotten sugars are disgusting, and the grain is nasty as well. Where are the hops?

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and way too thin in the mouth.

Sinkability – No way I’m finishing a bomber of this crap.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. A 12oz bottle with a best before 1/08 on the label, poured into a pint glass. Gold color, medium head, a little lacing. Not much aroma, mostly grainy. A muted hops taste, nothing really stands out. A pleasant enough beer, probably a decent session beer.

Photo of twi1609372
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the whole foods market. was attracted to it by the label. I'm a big history buff and chamberlain was one of my favorite figures from the civil war. the beer overall has a good taste, smoth flavor. easy to drink, not overtly hoppy, slight grain/.cprn aftertaste but not too much. overall i would rate this a good all around beer, it's a good beer for a bud light drinker to be able to enjoy something different and appritiate that a beer does not have to be watered down to be drinkable, ie taste isnt bad.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a hoppy pale this is not it. It is a good english pale certainly worth a buy.

The beer pours nice it is honey amber in color beautiful head with great lacing

The smell is sweet full of crystal malts and beautiful classic shipyard buttery aroma

This is a nice pale full of buttery crystal malt flavor to start as the carbonation dissipates it leaves a pale malt and dry finish.

The mouth is smooth and never hash and is nice in the mouth

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle, “best enjoyed before” date clearly notched.

Appearance: Perfect clarity of copper colour, sparse tiny bubbles rise quickly to the top for hold the formation of a thin off white lace.

Smell: Suggestions of fruit similar to dates, buttery toffee is big in the nose with some creamy malt sweetness also. Touch of citrus and flowers within the hop aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that retains a smooth body and a crisp carbonation. Snappish dry malt palate with a cracker like maltiness, toffee and grain with a vague roasted bite are well blended. Slightly estery with a clean mildly fruity and subdued alcohol. Hops are on an even keel with a marked yet modest bitterness, hops play on flavour also lending some citric piney flavours as well as herbal and floral. Diacetyl flexes throughout the brew and leaves its buttery trail far into the finish.

Notes: Quite a bold pale ale for a humble bodied brew, the yeast plays a big part in the brew from its by-products from the buttery diacetyl to the aggressive dry side of the malt. You'll see this one in their Captain's Collection 12-pack.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was made to be poured from a cask. Delicious nose and great overall taste. Balance was excellent. The Shipyard knows how to do Cask beer from a long time ago. I think it was the highlight of the the Cask Featival at the Bulls Head, 13/15 April.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with a very attractive label depicting a portrait of its namesake. Picked up at a small shop in Wells, Me, and enjoyed by a crackling campfire at Dixon's Campground in Ogunquit. Pours a clear, amber body with an attractive, ivory head that hangs around for several minutes. Nice lace patches the glass all around.

Aroma features grapefruit and tangerine citrus hops, and a hint of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has an ideal carbonation level for this style pale ale.

Taste is quite smooth, with an excellent balance of hops and malts. Plenty of hops bitterness here, but a very well rounded pale ale that has a lot going on. Some tart apple notes jump into the profile midway through, and the finish is only slightly bitter.

My first Shipyard brew, and one of the better, bottled, Maine microbrews I sampled during my week in the Pine Tree State. This is an ale that I could enjoy time and time again. Very well done.

Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber without freshness indication/dating. Pours clear slightly reddish amber, with minor lacing left behind the off white head, initially this one showed alot of carbonation, but it quickly calmed down to just a few bubbles rising. Nose is just some dull malt and things dont get much better after that, a bit on the watery side, just minor feel of malt and a wimpy hop non wallop, C'mon shipyard, if you put as much effort into the brew as yoiu put into the nice label, you would produce a better product and likely sell more of em...Down the drain about 1/2 of this one went...

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stellar Secret Santa jrdegriselles for this bottle. Poured right out of my cellar at 50 degrees. Little foamy at first but settles down. Dark amber in appearance & a little bubbly. Not much smell. Tastes of floral hops which is not my preference. Easy to drink. I would not call this an amber but a pale as it is labelled. Not bad but not especially good either.

Cheers.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with an off white head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Kinda skunky, not not offensive. Pine notes, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Taste of roasted malts and hops. Some nutty characteristics.

Overall: Good beer, but not my first choice, I won't go out of my way to buy this one.

Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, clean pale ale. Pours clear copper with the advertised white head. Crisp nose of crystal and pale malt, with golding and cascaded hops. Some peppery hops and a sour malt up front, with smoother caramel malt sweetness at the end. Nearly like an ESB. Far superior to Sierra Nevada.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on tap in Portland, ME

Chamberlain quit his job as a college professor to join the Military during the civil war, now people join the Military because they can't find a job...

This was a deep amber with a little head along with a nice amount of lacing. A very malty aroma with a slightly earthy/hoppy nose.

It was somewhat heavy and felt pretty thick but it was a great session beer, very enjoyable with dinner.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears a pale copper slightly hazed with chill, large foaming off white head with fine even lacing strung on my imperial pint with each sip. Aroma is full of pungent citric hops mild floral tones as well, really citrus zest is the dominant scent going on. Some pale biscuit malt notes going on provide enough sweetness to compete with the hops. I have to mention the Ringwood yeast note that comes out in every Shipyard brew I've ever tasted, that edge brings a tart almost sourdough note with a touch of oak barrel character and leather. Flavors collide hops and malts and than the Ringwood hammer drops, touch of toasted biscuit and citrus hops among the flood of yeast character that I already described. Mouthfeel is medium bodied oily with hops and carbonation is sturdy almost tickling the back of the throat. Drinkability is decent but the never ending Ringwood edge gets in the way of my enjoyment, solid New England style pale ale.

Photo of FleeVT
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber with no date, poured into pint glass.

A: A clear burnt yellow brew with a nice size head. Mild carbonation action after the initial pour.

S: Floral sweetness on the nose with a faint hint of hops. Something else there that I can't place my finger on.

T: The flavors are quick to the palate and leave a nice dry finish. Bitters from hops the dominate. I was surprised that this was only 4.9 ABV as it was almost like the bitterness was trying to hide the alcohol.

M: Medium to light bodied ale with moderate carbonation. Nothing wrong here.

D: A bit bitter for my liking, otherwise I'd call it a session. Definitely worth a try. I'd pair with with anything grilled on a summer day.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden, amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked biscuits and wheat bread. I also get aromas of caramel, brown sugar, black pepper and a touch of grassy, clover and piney hops.

Taste: Very nice. Strong notes of toasted malt up front, imparting bready notes of whole-wheat crackers, pretzels and biscuits, followed by some nice caramel-like sweetness, some black pepper and coriander spices, and finished with some nicely balanced, piney, slightly bitter hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Very good beer, with good toasty, malty, slightly sweet, slightly bitter flavors. I’m very glad to see that a beer named for one of my favorite historical American heroes also tastes good. I’ll certainly get it again!

Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A moderately dark orange to red amber with a nice slightly off white craggy head that melts to sticky large bubbles.
Aromas are slightly toasted, slightly sweet, slightly floral, with a definate buttery smoothness finishing it off. A reminder of butterscotch in the scents.
Taste is toasted malt with a very assertive hops....floral then sharply citrus. Diacetyl flavors of butter sort of make themselves known very early and linger but it's not necessarily a bad thing in this brew. Again, a slight reminder of butterscotch.
Moderate mouthfeel. Clean and drying aftertaste. The Diacetyl disappears and leaves the mouth clean wanting another sip.

Photo of jmz62565
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium foamy head. The smell is light with only a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is sweet malt,floral flavors,and abit of hops. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing OK, but there is a mettalic and medicinal aftertaste. This really is an average beer at best. Sorry Shipyard.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard's Chamberlain Pale Ale is a beautifully done English pale ale that can only be fully enjoyed at cellar temperature. It needs a rough pour to raise its head and release some CO2; and a bit of warming from the fridge. Otherwise, it's almost another beer entirely. It's clear golden-amber body is capped by a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice splashes of lace behind. The nose is rich with yeast character (buttery diacetyl and some apricot/dried dates/figs). It just reeks of Ringwood! It's medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, and somewhat creamy due to its moderate carbonation level. The malt is grainy and rich with a bright caramel edge, and some grassy and leafy hops add a tea-like note that nestles in nicely with the butteriness to leave it kind of nutty. Well-rounded, full flavored, beautifully balanced. Very drinkable! Kind of a very special bitter in my opinion. Well worth seeking out for fans of English ales.

Photo of Roguer
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear transparent copper with a solid finger of white foam; short retention, mild lacing.

Caramel malt aroma, biscuit and bread forward. Slight sweetness to the scent.

Definite caramel malts, slightly dry hops. Sweetness about balanced with the nose - neither much more nor less.

Light feel, although there is a slight hop oiliness. Very balanced.

English pales aren't my favorite, but this is a balanced, easy-going beer. It actually reminds me of a slightly drier, slightly less sweet Boston Lager. Not a bad beer, and I wouldn't mind grabbing it again, but I'm not going to seek it out, either.

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is rather disappointing with some faint malt and a sweet soap-like fragrance. The taste is a decent balance between the malt and hops but lacks in flavor compared to some of the better pale ale's out there. Overall, this is a rather average pale ale that doesn't really stand out in any way among the rest.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a variety case picked up at Shangy's. Poured into a pint glass is amber with a short white head, no lacing.

American pale ale? There's nothing very American about it. The Ringwood yeast gives off a lot of creamy fruit in the aroma and taste while the hops are incredibly grassy. This beer also only leans to the bitter side of thing slightly, for a crisp and dry finish, but the IBU's here aren't too big. However, for what this beer is, and whatever it is, it's pretty decent and a nice session ale.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the arch opponent of the temperance movement in Maine while he was governor, has a great pale ale named in his honor. Pours a nice brown color with a good head. Taste is perfect for the style. Almost like when you first drank sasperilla soda, you know what a pale ale is with this. Good carbonation, the dry, but not sweet taste. This is a winner.

Photo of mtvolkens
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tapered pint glass. Poured about an inch head with a pretty Amber color. It has a super sweet smell with burnt sugar and malty caramel notes. It has a strong malty bread notes upfront with a piney hoppy aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. Nothing special, not a lot going on, but solid.

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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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