Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bubrewer:
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
This 22oz bomber came straight from a shelf at the store and was quick chilled in the freezer at home for 20min before serving. There is no date on the bottle that I can find.
I dispensed the whole bottle into one large glass. Beer is brilliantly clear from top to bottom - not bottle conditioned. Color is light copper - probably a little light for an American Amber. Head is impressively fluffy and stands above the rim of the glass like a weizen head. The beer is laying down nice lingering lace as the level in the glass drops.
Halfway though the glass the temp is 55F.
Aroma is strong and fruity-sweet. Smells like a mix of hops and esters in the aroma, mostly PNW hops.
Bitterness is up front and a little harsh. Sort of soapy taste lingers on the finish. For an amber, he hops and malt are a little out of balance. I expected more caramel and slightly less hops.
Body is light, lingering bitterness detracts from an otherwise clean finish.
Although this won't go on my short list of beers to seek, I will order it again if I run across it. Fits nicely between APA and IPA.
07-29-2005 01:00:23 | More by bubrewer
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3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-30-2003 23:19:56 | More by oberon
2.15/5 rDev -39.4%
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 Im 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 Im finishing a bomber of this crap.
08-16-2006 02:36:55 | More by RoyalT
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
05-25-2007 21:53:54 | More by lordofthewiens
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
10-05-2007 06:26:17 | More by twi1609372
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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
11-22-2010 01:34:35 | More by bishopdc0
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
03-13-2002 14:45:54 | More by Jason
4.38/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
04-14-2012 01:13:24 | More by BeerIsland
4/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
07-26-2004 16:28:04 | More by merlin48
3.3/5 rDev -7%
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...
07-21-2006 03:27:21 | More by Billolick
3.3/5 rDev -7%
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.
02-04-2007 20:16:48 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
11-04-2012 16:22:30 | More by Cavanaghty
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-16-2008 17:34:54 | More by magictrokini
3.55/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-05-2009 13:09:27 | More by kingcrowing
2.95/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
07-05-2008 17:35:44 | More by WVbeergeek
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-11-2008 04:12:22 | More by FleeVT
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-09-2006 19:12:53 | More by IntriqKen
2.98/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
09-30-2006 21:35:49 | More by jmz62565
Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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