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Shipyard Summer Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Cask at Cask and Vine dry hopped with Citra. Slightly hazy deep yellow color with a decent off white head. Earthy spicy light tropical fruity with bits of citrus. Still quite buttery and that ruins it for me.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and a slight bitter astringency lingering after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready/chalky mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a solid English pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of pale male, earthy hops, and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow gold color with white head. Wheat, cereal grains, and yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with wheat and a little sweetness.

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Photo of Willvoll
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had it on draft at a bar. It is light and sessionable, which is nice during the summer. Overall though, it is boring. Mouthfeel is watery, taste is unspectacular, smell is average. I would say it's worth trying, but other summer beers are better (Sam adams, brooklyn).

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Photo of zinklesmesh
3.59/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a lot different from any other summer beers I've had. Creamy malt, with flavors of biscuit and cracker, finished with just a little hop bitterness. There's a little bit of the characteristic wheat malt, but it's not immediately noticeable as a wheat beer. It tastes more like a traditional English pale ale, like Bass or similar. It's nice. Drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of delta490
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep clear gold with a thin smear of white head. Voluminous carbonation is visible as well. The aroma Is strongly malt with some bubble gum. Taste wise it is mostly malt and kind of corn syrup sweet. The body is not bad, not too heavy or watery, but very carbonated.

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Photo of bluehende
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was told this was a german wheat but it tasted and smelled more like it had a very neutral yeast in it. I downgraded the beer due to a metallic taste I get. I also know I have a very low threshold for this flavor and get it in a lot of beers.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of floral and grassy hops, bready malt and some citrus. Body is medium and crisp. Floral hops, pale malt and citrus fruit fill the mouth. Finish is light. Good session brew

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, very effervescent, pale golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer. Looks like a MBC beer, unfortunately.

Aroma: Ok aroma. Some notes of toasted malt, imparting some notes of English muffins, followed by some notes of corn and/or rice adjuncts. Smells like a BMC beer, unfortunately.

Taste: Doesn’t taste like a BMC beer, however. There’s some good, bready, toasted malt flavors followed by some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, some lemony citrus, a touch of clover, cilantro and honeysuckle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Decent beer, with some nice flavors. I wouldn’t turn it down if offered, but as there are many, many better summer beers out there, I’m not getting it again on my own.

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Photo of Carolvs
3/5  rDev -2.6%

I'm generally a fan of the Shipyard line, and while I'm not as down on this one as the Bros, I have to say this is one of the less inspired offerings from Shipyard. Just 'blah' and a bit harsh and metallic on the palate. Picked up a 12-pack on sale (about a buck a bottle) and still can't say I'd buy more even at that price.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -2.6%

an extremely plain and almost flavorless summer beer, which is odd because it has more body than it needs to with this little flavor. brassy color, a little dull looking from the bottle but holding a decent white head and leaving some patchy froth lacing as I drink it down (very quickly). the best feature is the feel, great carbonation and a clean finish, but that's expected because there isnt much flavor to clean up. a really mild two row malt base is basically irrelevant, and the hops are for balance only, no real flavor to them. the thing I taste the most is the yeast, which is a clean and very basic ale yeast. I think more grain profile (not body) on this beer would make it a little better, but its good for mindless summer drinking. I much prefer it with spicy food, can cleanse the palate pretty will without getting too filling. nothing special though overall from shipyard. they save their magic for the signature series.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a Sam's pint glass.

A- Clean and light golden color. About a 1/2f head, super white. Nice lacing.

S- Light grain and malt aroma.

T- Lots of pasty grain.

M-Bone dry, bitter, pasty. Oddly easy drinking.

O- More "crafty" than craft.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light bready malts, some vanilla, Ringwood yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, a little chewy, and medium carbonation. Nothing exciting.

Overall: Decent summer beer. Very simple. Not too crazy about the Ringwood yeast too.

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Photo of scotorum
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best Before Sept. 2014, suggesting it was bottled a few months ago. Just recently purchased in a sixpack, I was gifted half of that by the buyer, who did not care for it.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing

s: Bready malt, perhaps a little light fruit

t: At first a sharp tartness over bready malt, Smooths out late.

m; Light to medium, good body.

o: Not a bad summer brew, very similar to the Saranac Kolsch I had recently, and some of the same observations apply. More body than many lagers, but not a whole lot of distinctive flavor. Except for initial tartness, I did not get the lemon flavor others have reported.

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Photo of illpass78
4.05/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wheat glass.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear gold with a two-finger white head and heavy carbonation. I expected this to be hazier because it's a wheat beer. Lacing was about moderate for the style.

Aroma: Smells of lemons and wheat. Some citrus notes, some faint toast and some hops round out the nose. I like the aromas of this beer.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, and I dig it. It's what I want out of a summer beer - easy, refreshing, citrusy, wheaty and mild. Sessionable. Not complex but doesn't need to be and isn't trying to be. It's a nice, wheaty, bready, lemony summer ale.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate, as it should be.

Overall: It's not a sipper. If you didn't know that when you bought it, you're a bit of a stooge. It's a really good summer session ale for pool parties, cookouts, watching ballgames, beaching, etc. There's a reason the label has a picture of a lounging lobster on it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a two finger head of pure white foam and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the clear body. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a heavy level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a caramel smell along with a bready and wheaty smell. Along with these aromas are some lighter notes of a light fruit aroma of some orange and a bit of pear and apple.

Taste – The taste begins a wheat bready flavor mixed with lots of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances the breadiness dwindles ever so slightly being replaced by a lighter cracker taste. Along with the change in the bready flavors, the caramel changes as well with it losing ground and being replaced by some orange and a hint of grapefruit hop. With a light flavor of an herbal hop nature joining in at the end of the taste, one is left with a very lightly hopped, moderately sweeter bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side for a summer style ale with a carbonation level that is average to just below average. While it looked like it would have had tons of carbonation it didn’t feel like it, with a more effervescent feel likely being better for creating a more refreshing summer style ale.

Overall – An OK summer ale. It’s pretty easy drinking and non-offensive, a brew that most anyone would drink making it good for large summer style gatherings.

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Photo of getmeabeer
2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Cloudy, light gold pour with a slim centimeter head that dissipated into a white ring.

Smell - wheat aroma with slight citrus and a bit of skunk cabbage.

Taste - wheat taste with a touch of yeast. Some lingering aftertaste at the end. Not a lot of flavor in this one.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and crisp. Probably best served on a hot summer day.

It didn't stink but not exactly memorable. It was a gift. Who I am not to drink a gifted six pack?

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately, the best thing this guy had going for it was its label, definitely did the wrong kind of judging a book by its cover on this one. In my opinion, it's still a touch underrated. Crisp light flavor without much fruit or anything else going on. It's not bland, and the flavor is fine.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured with a tiny half finger of head (much less than I would have anticipated for a wheat beer) and is a light, clear copper color.

The smell is ever so slightly bitter (hoppy) and perhaps just a little bit skunky.

The taste is a little bit malty with slight hints of citrus. Its fairly smooth in flavor and taste, and slightly increasing hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Its really nothing like any wheat beer I have ever had before.

This is a decent beer, its not particularly flavorful but its an ok summer beer.

Best when bought cheaply at an end of season sale at Bootleggers.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped January 2014. Sampled on July 2, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow to light copper with a decent white head that eventually settles down to a ring.

The aroma has a touch of wheat, more of a touch of pale grainy malts, and a touch of clean hops.

The body is light to medium and good for the style.

The wheat does add a slight bit of character to this pale ale which might otherwise taste like a standard pale or pilsener. A low to moderate hop bite at the end. I think it is pretty refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Kendo
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, orangey-yellow with a 1-finger white head on top. Some bits of lace on the glass.

S: Like a pilsner with some spice, if that makes sense. Also a tad bit lemony fighting a little bit of musty, spent cereal grains.

T: More pale than wheat on the palate - some lemony flavor at the finish stands out, providing some decent bitterness at the back end of the sip. As for the front end. . . well, I get lighter malt flavors (some biscuity or crackery malt), some fruity sweetness, a faint hint of wheat twang and . . . actually, that's about it. Modest lingering lemony bitterness lightens the overall impression, but after a few sips, even that gets lost behind a fruity sweetness lingering on the palate.

M: Decent creamy-type feel; carbonation is modest and not at all harsh or prickly. It's fairly active though. Heft is light.

O: OK. Nothing to write home about, but nothing really offensive about this beer, either.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard Summer Ale

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled.

A) A decent looking amber with a thick foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) The aroma is biscuits and lemon zest. A light refreshing scent.

T) Light malt, grass, twist of lemon , and a hint of apricot sweetness.

M) Not as light as I expected. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Finishes dry and zesty. Lingering aftertaste.

O) Not a bad summer option at all, but not a must have summer option either.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I plucked this from the cooler at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Altoona a couple of weeks ago (a real no-no, BTW) and set it aside for the right time. Yesterday, I drank both a Winter and a Spring seasonal so it simply makes sense to continue today with a Summer seasonal. Sorry about the use of all of the sibilants for my lisping readers out there.

From the bottle: "Handcrafted" and "C-H-E-E-R-S" spelled out in nautical alphabet flags.

I spent the best Summer of my life in Portland, ME in 1990 and I ate my share of lobster, drank my share of beer and had a rollicking good time. The label seems to invoke all of that, including wearing a sailor's crackerjack uniform and sporting an anchor tattoo.

My pour garnered a finger of dense, rocky eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a distinct wheat tang and a lemon-citrus bite. No, I did not squeeze a slice of lemon. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was very tangy from the wheat. I can understand why the uninitiated might want to cut the flavor, but it also speaks to the refreshing nature of the beer. Finish was quite dry, not gasping like some AIPAs, but more like applying alum to the tongue. Literally drying. Not bad at all.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sure this American Pale Wheat goes way better with a lobster roll eating in Portland, ME but here it goes. Crystal clear golden straw color with a slightly off white head formed thick with fine bubbles carbonation levels seem kicked up a bit by the amount of head I'm getting in this glass but the fine speckled lacing is patterned around my wheat beer glass evenly. Aromatics I'm getting a light sharp wheat character a hint of lemon citrus peel, and some grain maybe even a light biscuit malt expression pretty muted so far. Flavor has a whirl wind of yeast characteristics I'm guessing this is their house yeast fermentation set up with one of the Alan Pugsley systems, I'm getting earthiness a bit of oak with a mild light bodied summer ale as the backbone base beer. A touch of citrus, and bitterness that comes of as grassy but overall a really lackluster beer experience on flavor, and if you don't care for their house yeast watch out it has a bite. Mouthfeel is light bodied even lively carbonation flow with a lingering bitterness mainly from the yeast pitch here. Overall not my cup of tea but it's quite refreshing, and like I stated before I'm sure I would be guzzling a couple of these on tap when in Rome, aka chowing one some fresh seafood in Maine.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard Summer Ale is a very sparkling, clear, golden ale topped with a thin, dense, off white head that has super retention and lacing. Light wheat and lemon are in the nose with a hint of banana. It smells grainy and perhaps corny. It has a smooth, light body with a dry, crunchy finish. It makes my teeth feel dirty. Along with the lemony twang of wheat, there is a rumbling, green bitterness. It gets herbal and a little minty toward the finish. It leaves a phenolic taste in the mouth. It's a little ragged, but not that hard to drink.

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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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