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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale AleShipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001)
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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask @ the General Sutter in Cask ale night in Lititz. Served chilled in an imperial pint glass.

A -Medium light amber w/ a fast descending head of beige w/ a very fine bead

S -nutty w/ a caramel and subtle pine hop note that is slightly floral, the malt has a gently buttery sweet nose

M - A fine twiggy hop w/ soft malt and bit of fruit and honey

T - Mild pear and golden delicious w/ fresh green hops that have a familiar casked ale herbal tea note and light grainy malt

D - A nice pale in more of the English style and very good drinkability on cask for sure. I have not had this in bottles, but I can almost bet it doesn't stand up to the smooth feel and sweet aroma this has. Very mild, made for sessioning, an easy to quaff pale

Slatetank, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA.

A: The ale has a robust copper color with a thick, dense white head that clings to the glass as I consume it.

S: The nose is full of fresh biscuity malt, bready with sweet side that supports a grassy earthen hop aroma.

T: The ale continues the hearty malt base from the nose, caramel with some toffee thrown in for good measure. The cask as softened up the malts significantly, reducing the carbonation (despite the decent head) to the point that the malt and hops linger without scrubbing away the flavors. The hops are the most pleasing aspect of the ale, showing off a strong grassy, herbal flavor late in the sip. The hops leave a long bitterness in the back of the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel has the smoothness of the cask, warmer without a great deal of carbonation. The toffee/caramel and hops go nicely together.

D: This is a good session brew with an alcohol below 5% (and there is no hint of the alcohol when you are drinking it). Cask tends to make everything taste just a bit better.

akorsak, May 31, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-cask 5/29/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus up front. There's a mild hops presence and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's a decent beer and if you want to have cask beer for the sake of having cask beer, then it will suit you. However, I found it just be an ordinary beer overall.

TheManiacalOne, May 31, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon revisiting this after some years, I have changed my opinion and find that this is a very good, solid ale.

Amber-gold, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and a few weak hints of lace.

Aroma is caramelised toast, butterscotch, bread, leaves hints of fruit.

Taste is dryish, well-balanced with light sweetness and bitterness, leafy, toasty, with light caramel-butterscotch yeatiness and hint of toasted buttered bread. Hop character is light but noiticeable, a bit leafy and faintly citrusy. It is very nice, characterful, easy to drink, and with a well-rounded, firm body.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear, clean light amber color with a nice white head that stays put. Holding this glass up to the light shows off a great clarity and lots of perfect little bubbles bouncing around. Smell is yeasty, a little buttery, cinnamon rolls and faint hints of hops.

The taste is quite rich. More than I was expecting based on the clarity of the beer. This is definitely akin to a nice British pale ale. Its not really a hoppy pale ale, but more of a balanced one with a nice smooth taste. The aftertaste has that familiar Ringwood flavor that I am trying to grow accustomed to and look past when I drink Shipyard's beers. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer.

indiapaleale, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4.68/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is going to be quite biased because this was the first brew I've ever had from the cask. Under normal circumstances I probably would never order this beer, but it was being offered at Oldsmar Tap House, a delightful new bar that just opened here. My friend Sean, the guru of beer geekdom, wisely suggested that we should always order any beer that is available from a cask.

I'm so glad I did because this was literally one of the best beers I've ever tasted. The appearance constituted a solid gold color, with a tiny bit of a creamy head. The scent didn't leave much of an impression, it was malty with a slight phenol hint. However, the mouthfeel and flavor were astonishing smooth and refreshing. It was very lightly carbonated with a creamy wheat finish. I detected no bitterness in the flavor at all - which really raised the drinkability.

Although my friends and I were blown away by the tastiness of this beer, I have a feeling my impression of a bottle would be very different. I 'm excited about trying other varieties on cask at Oldsmar Tap House - which I highly recommend if you live in the Tampa Bay Area.

jenbys2001, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

FleeVT, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured onto my pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of head on top of a clear copper body

Aromas of yeast (yes Ringwood) light hops and mats

Flavors of hops and sweet malt, I like this one wish they had it at the shipyard brewpub (lol) down the street

Nice light mouthfeel crisp carbonation

Very drinkable good session beer

joepais, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of spiffysamurai
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:When first poured into the cup it had a medium gold color with an off white head and overall clear.

S: The toasty malts are what stood out to me with a secondary
slight hint of hops

T: It hard to describe this taste because I really did not taste too much. It was not a bad taste but mostly the malts and slight hint of hops are what made the taste.

M: Very clean and to the point. The abv in this made it very smooth in the mouth.

D: Its a nice chill beer. Easy to drink and sit by, watching the day or night pass on by.

spiffysamurai, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)

A: Dark gold color with creamy white head, crystal clear
S: Muted nose, mostly malts on the toasty side, slight hint of hops
T: Rounded, grainy taste. No real hops, comes across as an Amber ale
M: Crisp, dry, well attenuated, not very carbed, no alcohol present
D: Very nice, good summer beer. This is a malty pale vs a hoppy pale ale, hop heads may be disappointed.

wspscott, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with minimal head.

Smell is fairly malty, caramel and buttery, along with some hops.

Hops mostly dominate the beer than one would expect, could have been slightly more sweet to balance it out, but the buttery aspect of the beer helps with that a little.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of PorterLover83
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Had a very slight head and a little lacing. Looked a hazy copper. The smell was very piney to me in the hop form along with the taste. The taste also had a "trub" resembalence to me. Lighter to a medium mouthfeel it was not that bad of a brew. Drinkability seems OK.

PorterLover83, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of roller
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden amber color with a thick, pillowy head that reduced into a half inch white cap with little lacing. Smells faintly fruity. The taste is full of bready malt flavor; buttery in the finish. Subtle hop presence. Despite the difference in styles, I thought this beer had a distinctly Heineken-like flavor. Medium bodied and viscous, it stays on the tongue. Overall, a fine session beer. I'd have it again.

roller, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with little head, almost no tracing. Carbonation is non-existant when looking at this beer. Color is beautiful though, a medium brown with a slightly hazy quality.

Smell- Slightly hoppy with a subliminal sweet note, hints of bread dough.

Taste- Decent hop flavor without any spiciness, interesting, very unique. Not sweet at all, but not too tart either. Hints of dark molasses and other heavy flavors without being too heavy.

Mouthfeel- Fills out mouth fairly well, leaves good flavors on tongue.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers Ive had in a long time.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle label displays a Union soldier in uniform and website where to follow the artwork of the illustrator. But first, let's do the beer. Tonight, my Sierra Nevada pint glass gets the honor of holding this brew inside it. On to the beer:

Filtered light orange in color, the head on this one rises very well, but gives back some. Smell has lemon zest, dry grain, and a dusty hop aroma. This brew has a biscuity flavor to it, a little bready too. A touch of buttery flavor creeps in, so this must mean those named flavors are its bread and butter. Haha! It's all good. This one tastes English inspired, not a hoppy brew at all.

DoubleJ, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light, clear brown body with a small, fizzy ivory-colored head.

Smell: Ringwood aroma with light, buttery notes. Faint caramel. Herbal hop character.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness with a hint of butter. The hops impart flavors of citrus and herbs. Mild, lingering bitterness emphasized by the prickly carbonation on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a badass. This beer, not so much.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of kevman527
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer out of a Shipyard Variety pack. A great pale ale. Had a nice light amber color. Loved the portrait of Joshua Chamberlain on the bottle label. Smelled light and fruity, with just a hint of a hoppy smell. Tasted like it smelled with the right kick of hops, to where it was not overly bitter. Would be very easy to drink several of these in a sitting.

kevman527, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of twi1609372
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

twi1609372, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of casadebia
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer that starts with a hoppy bite but balances just at the end with a touch of malt. It is definitly a beer that could be enjoyed no matter the season with a body thats not too much for warm days. The taste has many elements of citrus and metallic touches. The smell is typical of this type of beer with nothing standing out to me.

casadebia, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, reddish amber with gold highlights and no head. Aromas are predominantly hoppy, with lemony metals showing, and some biscuity malts backing things up. On the palate, bitterness is substantial first-off, with lots of metallic flavors from the hops coming through at the mid-palate. The bitterness of the hops is expertly balanced by the malt, though, in spite of the fact that the malt doesn't contribute much aside from a clover honey in tea kind of sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but otherwise typical. Overall, this is a decent, drinkable amber ale. Nothing special, but certainly something that I could order a few times.

geexploitation, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with new yellow packaging. Pours a light orange amber. Very clear liquid. Lots of foam that recedes to an 1/8 inch cap. Aroma of ringwood yeast which includes buttery caramel and a banana fruitiness. Flavor is not aggressive but mellow and delicious. Hops are also mellow and a bitterness builds on the palate that increases the dryness. Well made with nothing out of balance. Marmalade flavors emerge as beer warms. This brew is mostly sweet and fruity with hops playing the role of taming with bitterness.

mshallah, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop lightly hazy, light amber tinged, copper colored beer. Aromas of toasty malt, caramel, green apples, green herbs and a slight lemon zest aromatic are all noticeable.

Sharp with an herbaceous bitterness that, while somewhat light, lingers from beginning to end. The hop notes here are sort of green, almost menthol like and have a grassy / hay like edge to them. Touches of green apple and perhaps some pear-like notes make up the fruit notes found in this beer. This beer is quite strange, it seems a bit too unbalanced as the hop notes are really sharp and green. Not a bad beer, it just seems a bit out of whack.

Purchased: Bevmo, Palmdale CA

Gueuzedude, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper to amber colour with a mid-range sized head that has minimal retention time and leaves small traces of itself on the glass.

The aroma is sweet from caramel and a touch hoppy at the same time. There's a juicy characteristic to this one for sure as well as some bread like notes.

Flavour continues with what is presented in the aroma. Caramel is toned down a touch and hoppy flavour steps it up a bit here. I did not pick up any of the Ringwood butter notes that are so often associated with Shipyard beers. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch chewy.

I found this one to be more of a Pale Ale overall than an Amber. Regardless, it was still nicely balanced and had a good amount of flavour to it. For whatever reason, I was a bit surprised at how enjoyable this one was.

SixpointJMH, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Tomas77
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was up in Maine recently and of course the trip isn't complete without partaking in some fine Shipyard ales.

Captain Jack Chamberlain and I visit several times a year at his brewpub Federal Jacks up in Kennebunkport,ME. An enjoyable place to go with family and friends. Great food, great beer. Anyways...onto the review.

Chamberlain ale gleams like a shiny new copper penny. Brilliant clarity. Tight off-white head that leaves little lace behind but it's there nonetheless.

Aroma is more malty than hoppy. A bready,buiscuty smell to it. Slight caramel. Not much hop.

Flavor is the same as well with the hop coming through a little more. A slight dry, bitter finish that doesn't stick around too long.

My first impression wasn't that good but my second was better. I like this beer but I'm not lusting for it like I do with other amber ales.

Light to moderate body and mouthfeel with good drinkability.

I definately would wash down some of Jack's whole belly clams with a couple of these any day.

Tomas77, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Admittedly suckered in by the Civil War-inspired packaging. Poured into my new favorite glass, the SA Boston Lager pint glass sent to BA founding subscribers.

Appearance: A rich amber in color, smallish head with mediocre retention. Clear. No lacing.

Smell: Weak hop aroma, not what I was expecting in a "pale ale" - I see now that it's classified on BA as an American Amber. Slightly soapy, Ringwood aroma, but not in an unpleasant way.

Taste: Malt profile says American Amber, yeast says English Pale Ale. Neither fits the APA I was expecting. Ringwood butteriness is apparent, decently bitter but lacking hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, slightly slick. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate.

hunteraw, Aug 22, 2007
Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.