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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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268 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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.

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Photo of casadebia


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2007 18:08:21 | More by casadebia
Photo of geexploitation


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 04:08:13 | More by geexploitation
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 01:54:05 | More by mshallah
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:17:18 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:50:39 | More by guinness33
Photo of Tomas77


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 21:07:17 | More by Tomas77
Photo of hunteraw


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 17:04:28 | More by hunteraw
Photo of ohoove


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light copper color with an off white head , big at first then a fade to blotch lacing that clung nicely to the glass in spots. Smell was mainly malt , with barely a hint of hops ,first nose hit was that of freshly mowed grass and bread. Taste is okay, nothing too impressive , although ,I thought the taste balance of malt and hops was very good. On the light side of most pale ales I've had lately, more like a matured lager. Quaffable, could drink these all day long. Overall , average, would not turn this down but wouldn't seek this out again with so many more to discover.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 18:36:58 | More by ohoove
Photo of cjgator3


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 02:35:06 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Night


3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber. Small to medium bubbly, off-white head; a couple of very long, bubbly arcs lace the glass. Aroma is dominated by sweet doughy malts and accented by distant herbal / spicy hops. Some yeasty notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well-carbonated. Flavor is warm, toasty, buttery malts with a few sourdough notes followed by light, distant pine hops and spice. A neutral yeast taste is surprisingly present throughout. More butter malts and some earthiness / woodiness in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and savory.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 03:05:05 | More by Night
Photo of tgbljb


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

Poured an amber-golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is very faint with a light maly character and a touch of hops in the background.
Taste is very light and refrshing with a bit a it of sweetish malt present.
Finishes very light, yet refreshing.
A very middle-of-the road beer with great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 01:31:10 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Fish113d


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, chilled, it pours a beautiful amber color with a nice, cream-colored, dense head that seems to "stick" around for a while; nice retention.

Aroma is disappointly weak to be honest. some floral hops hit my nose along with a bit of sugar or molasses, but rather basic.

Interestingly hopped; hops first make me think "cascade" in that some pine flavors come out, but that quickly fades to a more grainy, bitter flavor with just a bit of sugary sweetness. Quite nice and enjoyable flavor.

Rather average body, with great balance.

I'd have to say that out of the sampler case I bought of this, the Pale Ale is probably the MOST drinkable of the four, and the one I tend to enjoy the most.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 00:20:56 | More by Fish113d
Photo of jwc215


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before Jan. '08:

Pours amber with a thick foamy head that descends to a rocky cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citrus and bready yeast. Underlying caramel sweetness gives it balance.

The taste is of carmelized sweet malt upfront. Citric undertones struggle to stay in there and manage to do so. Yeast (I'm thinking Ringwood) becomes more apparent as the drink progresses. Buttery diacytel is a bit much, but not enough to really make a gripe about. Finishes with a rather lackluster buttery sweetness.

The body is medium and is smooth.
This one is a decent pale ale - Nothing particularly special - Has nice qualities, but is a bit too buttery and yeasty for a truly "sessionable" ale, but is worth "checking out".

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 07:42:45 | More by jwc215
Photo of Brad007


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful copper color with a brown head of foam. Aroma is nice and malty with some hops and fruitiness. Seems sweet judging by the aroma. Taste is much of the same except that there's a sort of biscuity goodness to the flavor. Smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 03:38:39 | More by Brad007
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chamberlain Pale Ale pours a clear light copper with a nice creamy head. Aroma is darker crystal malts and crisp hops. Flavor is sharp and malty, with a solid bitterness and some toasted flavor towards the end. Ringwood flavor is there, but it's light and doesn't hurt the beer. I'm not sure why this one is listed as a Amber/Red Ale, although it might straddle the border between that and Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 23:23:44 | More by ericj551
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 21:53:54 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of BuckSpin


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 1/08) in a classic conical pint

Poured with a gurgle and smooth. Sweet citrus on the nose, nicely hopped, a little sharp, soft pine, subtle grapefruit, hard rock candy. As it warms the hops fade and slightly caramelized malts take the point. Head was a finger's worth of mixed blanched almond foam that faded quickly to a sheen that covered the top. A brassy, warm, crystal clear copper tea best describes the body (what is it with Shipyard and orangish beer?) with a steady parade of slow bubbles sliding up thru it.

Very light on the tongue, a little creamy, mildly hopped and mildly bitter, malts are in the background and slightly earthy. Its a little too light up front for me. There are some things going on, but everything is subdued...too subdued. Someone needs to stand up & take charge. If a roomful of followers with no leaders had a "taste", this is it.

Finally, someone steps up on the palate as the hop bitters take charge over a semi-dry floor of flattened, stony malts. There is a slight orange rind quality as it fades away, finishing with bitters, a little leather, unfortunately a filmy, slightly chalky & slate like coating that leaves a chewiness that is not very pleasing.

This was very easy to drink, but its quite ironic that a beer named after the Union officer who held the flank at Gettysburg (or everyone would be saying "Y'all" now) is a beer without real direction. There is stuff going on, but no real plan/course of taste action. It tastes confused, again a bitter (pun intended) irony given the namesake. I do think it would benefit greatly with some simple pub fair, and it probably would be very good with such. But alone I think, unless offered one, pass on getting more for myself.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 00:56:49 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of BWMKappaSig


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers. I first tried it a couple years ago, not because I was a big beer fan, but because Chamberlain is my favorite historical figure. Overall, though, this beer is great. It has really nice hoppy flavor that's not too overpowering. Really pretty copper color and a pretty smooth drink. I'm happy it's coming to the Connecticut market, as I was making yearly trips to Maine to get a case of the 22oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 15:01:23 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of SkinnyElvis


3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 20:16:48 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a auburn copper color w/ a nice fluffy white head that lasts. Smells of caramel and maybe some honey with some hop. Tastes slightly sweet with a nice bitter kick to it. The flavor holds on to your tongue and has a slight carbonated hint to it as it goes down. Excellent beer, Shipyard has got to be getting big with the beers they are producing, they are no slouch to the beer scene. 2 thumbs up!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:02:15 | More by beeroclock
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Tiger Town. Amber-red translucent body with about a quarter inch of off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. Aroma is slightly weaker than expected, and consists of hops with hints of yeast and diacetyl. Tastes caramelly and biscuity with some yeast and hops to support. Dry finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. A pretty good pale ale. Definitely one of their better offerings, and something I could see myself drinking on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 00:25:55 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jettjon


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bomber into a pint glass, a very attractive, near-transparent amber-golden tint with numerous tiny bubbles coruscating. Smallish head that fades quickly toa solid thin cap fueled by constant carbonation. No lacing. Nose is very bready/yeasty and slightly sour. Taste is mild, with a sweet ale-like character, sweet floral taste like perhaps white grape juice. Flavor character overall is light and moderately fruity, almost like a semi-sweet fruit juice. Quite complex and mellow for a “pale” ale. Semi-viscous, mild, smooth mouth with light carbonation. Drinkability is very good, pretty mellow and smooth.

Overall: A good mellow pale ale, well balanced. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 21:10:01 | More by jettjon
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 21:22:35 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not an outstanding pale ale, just above average on a good day.

A - Fuzzy orangy/red/gold body with a little head.
S - Smells kinda grassy. Hops are apparent but not huge.
T - Hops and malt mix, but what I really taste is pine.
M - Medium
D - Yeah it goes down okay, but I'm not buying another one of these. If some else wants to buy one for me...well then I'll drink it, just to be nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 04:42:19 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of jmz62565


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 21:35:49 | More by jmz62565
Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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