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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Chamberlain Pale AleShipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

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252 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%

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 Yeastcakes


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp.
A - Nice medium floral hops with light malt background.
A - Billowing white head (four fingers), clear light amber.
M - medium carbonation and body. Slick mouthfeel.
T - hops come out slightly ahead of the malt in a good balance. Slight bitterness lingers in the mouth.
D - Decent pale ale, really fills the mouth. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 23:40:39 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of selecter70


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could've sworn that Concord Brewery made this, but then again, maybe it's the Union forces Civil War outfits that confused me. This special ale is a refreshing & simple pale ale that doesn't try anything funny or special. Simple & upfront. A nice golden pour to coppery brown & yelloe with thinnish head but nice lace. Nice mild florals & mild but flavorful malt up front that leads to a good clean, crisp hop bite. Easy to drink and not think about...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 21:53:45 | More by selecter70
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Froma 12 fl. oz. bottle with an Aug. '09 expiration date. Sampled on March 5, 2009. It pours a nice looking copper-orange with good carbonation and decent clarity. The aroma is a kind of caramel malt with a feint hop distinction. Taste is about the same but ends bitter like an ESB. Kind of nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 00:18:53 | More by puboflyons
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Some retention,and decnt laceing. Aroma is buttery, with fruity hop notes as well. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is bready up front, fruity as well. Piney hops in the finish. I like it a lot!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 19:27:01 | More by riversider76
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the Sea Dog Brewery this one was a bright orange color with good clarity. The one-finger of white head retained itself as a clingy ring and left scattered lacing .The aroma was smoky (?) with a lot of roasted malt character for a pale ale along with some dry hops notes. The flavors were full of yeast, biscuity malt and some herbal hops that added a rather crisp and bitter finish. Rather weird for an APA but not bad at all. The body, mouthfeel and carbonation were all average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 23:59:19 | More by thekevlarkid
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with an average white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of buttery malt, light green apple and a touch of spicy hops. The taste is of buttery malt, graham cracker like, the hops don't really play a role here except for bittering. The feel is moderate with semi soft carbonation; finishes slightly bitter. An ok APA, a bit too buttery and not enough of a hop flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:17:31 | More by Gmann
Photo of albern


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

This beer has all the defining characteristics of a Shipyard brew. It pours a clear golden amber with a smallish white head, some retention. The beer is decently carbonated. The nose is buttery malt, with a goodly dose of yeast. The taste is all Shipyard. There is plenty of diacetyl, toffee, and yeast. There is a dry saltene cracker like finish to the beer, with a slightly sweeter buttery malty middle, with a touch of dry caramel throughout. There is a nice balance to the beer, but the buttery toffee, the dry caramel, the yeast consistency, and the salty finish have Shipyard written all over it. It's a good beer, but the brewer isn't pushing the boundaries any with this fine selection. This one came in a 12 variety pack. Luckily I was able to split it open rather than having to purchase way more Shipyard than I would have preferred.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:05:29 | More by albern
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of Sept 08; oops. Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges light tan/ sweet tea in color with a one finger sized head. Some lacing and a bit of chill haze.

Aroma wasnt very hoppy at all. It really smelled almost like a brown ale. Slightly sweet and biscuity grainy as well. Not even a touch of hops in this one. Perhaps the age has really done this one in.

Nice flavor, but not APA flavor. More in the amber ale range. More of the biscuit (this beer has a lot of biscuit it seems) and graininess. Again, not much hops. I guess the hop bitterness adds some balance because this one is only slightly sweet.

Thin on the tongue and crisp. Not bad I guess. Grainy and biscuity and not at all like an APA. Easy drinker. I will pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 21:47:43 | More by SaCkErZ9
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Shipyard product, Chamberlain Pale Ale, was poured from a 22 ounce "bomber" into a clear, clean 16 ounce mixing glass. Normally a draft product for me, I was happy to have one at home. A: A thin, reddish-orange hue, with no haze or sediment. A quick bit of head, then nothing. During the drinking, there was no brewer's lace either. S: Slightly piney, or floral, but not overpowering. Actually, the smell was one of a dated beer, but only partially. T: Despite my average A & S, the taste, really the most important part of the review, was enjoyable. A slightly thin drinking pale ale, closer to a "bitter" or an ESB in my opinion. Not as hoppy as many of the newer pale ales, but very enjoyable. Really, this is closer to a session ale for me. When Shipyard started brewing, this beer was probably considered "hoppy". Now many other breweries have passed it by in the rush for hop domination. M: Again, the word thin comes to mind for the mouthfeel. D: Drinkability is very good, as I could have many of these. Again, a decent pale ale, but a highly enjoyable, very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 07:21:31 | More by PonyBar
Photo of magictrokini


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:34:54 | More by magictrokini
Photo of mooseisloose


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Shipyard Variety Pack picked up for a bargain at the local supermercado. Twist off cap, smell is an earthy hoppy smell with a little bit of barleywine smell. Pours to a metallic orange color with a fizzy head. Taste is the earthy but dull bitterness followed by a citrusy sweetness. The finish stays sweet but the aftertaste is slightly bitter. This as my previous taste appears to be a definite east coast (more English) pale ale v. a West Coast Pale ale. A refreshing change from the cascades, yet tasty and highly imbibeable. This so far appears to be the best of the Shipyard's selection. This brew would go great with fish and chips, preferably beer-battered walleye or fresh codfish..

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 00:41:06 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of tempest


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 03:43:10 | More by tempest
Photo of changeup45


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/8/2008. Just bought this one and a few other singles at a local store with quite a few craft beers. I generally haven't been a big fan of Shipyard but this one was a somewhat pleasant surprise. Pours a dark golden color with a moderate head. Not much in the way of aroma. Taste consists of a little malt, floral sweetness and a nice dry hoppy bite. Not bad and actually probably one of the better beers I've sampled from this company.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 19:18:43 | More by changeup45
Photo of PorterLambic


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish-golden color with a small, almost creamy looking head. Decent lace.
Smell is musty, hops, malt, maye some caramel, all very light.
Taste is more pronounced but only malt, caramel & hops show up.
Medium effervescence & medium bodied, this is a middle of the road pale ale although it is darker than most. Nothing bad really, though nothing for the nose to enjoy, there's nothing to make this stand out, either.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 15:13:47 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 17:35:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice amber color with a small head that didn't stick around. It leave some lace on the glass though.

smell - Smells of malts, and hops here.

taste - Nice balanced beer, some malt taste up front that ends off with some bitterness but is not overwelming.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice tasting beer from a cask. Would buy it again, abover average beer I would say.

Serving type: cask

06-22-2008 00:48:45 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Getinthevan


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time last night at the Leon Pub from a recommendation from the bartender and it was a nice surprise.

Appearance was strongly amber, much darker than a lot of other micro ales I've tried.

Smell was fairly strong with a good amount of hops and what not.

Taste was very good. The ale had a nice, silky smooth feel to it and possessed a nice biting kick towards the end. A very good beer from Maine and certainly a good unsung pale ale. This stuff was very smooth!

Mouthfeel was nice to savor, as it was smooth, yet satisfying. As it had just the right amount of watery feel to it, it also had a thickness to compliment the ale. It was good stuff.

Drinkability was good. This stuff goes down quickly and surely enough, quicker than you'd expect from an ale. Shipyard has always made good beers, and this one joins the ranks. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 18:12:58 | More by Getinthevan
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of English dry hops with a nice medium sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a well balance mix between some English style hops with some notes of delicious caramel malt. Very well balance overall with loads of character but still easily drinkable. Full body with good carbonation. Really well made and possibly helps that I got a really fresh bottle directly from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 16:53:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours translucent golden yellow with fine-bubbled white head that retains fairly well.

Nose is subtle, with some light orange and slight herbal component.

Palate is very mild in flavors across the board - toasty malt with balancing hops, not too much, and rather thin bodied. Easy to drink, but not very exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 02:56:27 | More by yemenmocha
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another review from Friday's GEN Sutter Cask Night in Lititz, PA. It is a good thing that Paul is beer savvy or a bunch of guys all sitting around, pen in hand scribbling away, well, that might be disconcerting to a publican.

The pull produced a finger of deep-tan head with decent retention. The nose was mildly sweet with a slight graham cracker-like edge (biscuity). The color was a bright medium- amber. Seeing that kind of clarity in a cask ale was simply amazing to me. The mouthfeel was very creamy. The taste was slightly bitter, but in a most pleasant way that would appeal to even the most casual beer drinker. The finish was dry, bitter, and quenching. It reminded me of the scent released when rubbing fresh hops between one's hands. It's low ABV makes it an excellent candidate for a session beer.

I really miss being up in PORME.

Serving type: cask

06-02-2008 00:31:07 | More by woodychandler
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: cask

06-01-2008 17:06:42 | More by Slatetank
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2008 01:11:45 | More by akorsak
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2008 00:38:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 23:34:01 | More by Offa
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 03:54:23 | More by indiapaleale
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