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Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

509 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Ratings: 509 | Reviews: 204
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown screw top, nice label, best by 11/12.

Appearance: Into my Schlafly APA pint, this pours a dark golden hue with just a slight haze and a nice, pillowy white crown that soon fades to a 1/3 finger's worth.

Smell: This is mischaracterized here I think. Shipyard calls it a take on an American wheat ale, but that doesn't seem quite fitting either. It's brewed with 2-row English pale, Munich, and wheat malts and Hallertau hops, with an English ale strain. Almost like an English summer bitter, but the hop profile doesn't seem quite right. Cold, it smells like an American cream ale, but as it warms, you get a nice (albeit light) malt character from the pale and Munich, with just a ghost of estery character from the English yeast. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Nice blend of Noble hops, estery English ale yeast, and a hint of dry, ever-so-slightly-toasted English malt and light toast on the finish. Actually somewhat bitter; it's got a nice firm crisp bitterness on the finish. Maybe 'summer bitter' isn't so far off here.

Mouthfeel: Bigger than the 4.8% abv would suggest.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised with this one. If anything, it's almost a touch bitter for the other flavors (no idea what the IBU count is here) but this is a nice, flavorful take on the summer refresher.

83-B

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American Pale Ale huh?Anyways pours a clear golden with a thin wispy head but with good carbonation,aroams a really muted some light citrius but not much there.Taste is buttery from the yeast strain with a light hoppy note taking over as i drink more with a toasty taste lingering in the finish.An easy drinker not a bad beer but I wouldnt seek out again.

Photo of ricke
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden orange color with plenty of bubbles and a big airy and fizzy white head that settles quickly. Some lacings.

S: White bread, thin malty aromas, some faint grassy hop notes and a light smell of bubblegum. Not very interesting.

T: Mostly malts (with a light biscuity character) with a thin layer of grassy and slightly lemony hops. Some caramel and gentle herbs. The finish is short, slightly metallic and has a restrained bitterness to it. Rather restrained taste overall. It's not overly sweet, but I still think there are to much emphasis on sweetish flavors here.

M: Light body, rather aggressive carbonation.

D: Not a very interesting beer. It's drinkable, but it lacks character. Don't think I would buy it again.

NOTE: ABV is 4,8% according to the label.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shipyard Summer Ale.

Appearance is a highly filtered medium yellow fluid with barely any head no lacing.

Smell is slightly sweet with very little malty and hoppy scents just floating around.

Taste is well just a plain metallic front with small amounts of malts and very light grass-like hop bitterness. Notes of sulfer twang.
Light mouthfeel is slippery on tongue... quite refreshing.

Decent drinkablity for a summer ale but with average qualities.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just in this week at the local pub. Nothing special. A clear orange color with a small head that didn't last. A sweet/fruity, gariny odor. Very ordinary taste: not much to discern, could detect a little citrus as well as some hops. It did feel OK in the mouth, and was drinkable in the sense that it would quench your thirst on a hot day.

Photo of Todd
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. Best before Aug 05.

Slightly cloudy pale, yellowy, straw colored topped with a pure white, thick and frothy foam head with a bit of sticking lace. Respectable retention.

Big diacetyl nose – buttery, just like popcorn with butter and salt. And that’s it. Just butter.

Odd mouthfeel. Light and slightly carbonated, like a can of seltzer water that’s left open overnight – both in feel and flavor. Light twang. A bit tannic and rough around the edges. More diacetyl and a grainy husk character that clashes and creates a mess all over the palate. Quick flash of soft citric hop bitterness gets lost in the heavy butteriness. Some coarseness and hints of dry bubble-gum. Weak finish, dry and dull.

A bit more backbone than other weak summer offerings, but it still lacks and comes across as yet another lackluster summer seasonal.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.11/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was served this beer at a recent cookout.

I had low expectations for this beer and I got it.

1st smell was the signature Shityard diacetyl. Yuck. Anyway, i drank it so I didn't have to smell it any more.

More of the same butter and caramel in the taste. Seeing that this is a summer beer, it's tough to drink given the uneven hops and awkward lemon taste.

I shrugged this down to be a polite guest, but this is a terrible summer beer. Yuck.

Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Pours a crystal clear orangey yellow with quick to foam head and thin layer of lace.

Tad fruity in the aroma with buttery diacetyl and some doughy grain.

Solid crispness in a light body, thin maltiness with an add fermented grain twang. Hint of dry fruit and buttery diacetyl. Mild on the hops with a dry finish.

Not as much character compared to previous years ... seems weak when put up against many of the other summer seasonals.

Photo of tigg924
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, golden yellow

Smell: mostly malts, faint wheat, and a touch of lemon

Taste: mostly malts, faint wheat, and a touch of lemon

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, slightly sweet, I can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing really jumps out about this beer. For an APA, the hops are not really there. I could drink this again after cutting the grass--or I could just as easily reach for water. It is a step above macro, is not bad, but moreso just blah

Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle. Best by Oct. 2009 (probably should have drank it a little sooner).

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat and grain, along with some flowers, perfume and hairspray. The flavor is more of the same with grain, corn and some floral hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with basically no head at all. Nose is very faint and light with a bit of sweet malt.

Taste is ok, but the fruitiness from their house yeast is just too much for me, I'm really not a fan of it at all. I can't say it's too bad, there's a light honey sweetness.

Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden summer ale that has a little more malt to it than most. The citrus kind of kills it for me. I'm more of a darker ale kind of guy anyway FWIW. Not bad for a summer beer, but it's still a summer ale. Better than some other local summer ales but nothing to run out and get.

Photo of ADR
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Packed in a Shipyard sampler 12 pack...

Clearly transparent gold color with a decent 1/4 inch spritzy head. Tight and thin laces. Aroma is light lemon with some sense of peach and a lack of obvious banana esters. Initial flavor follows aroma closely. Light-bodied from the outstart, hops are masked at best, and the finish is a little watery but relatively crisp and citrusy. Drinkable enough, no off notes, I still prefer a little more taste in the warm weather.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a gold-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light citrus fruit - oranges and lemon - with hints of herbal hops and good amounts of wheat.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tangy wheat flavors up front are followed by nondescript fruit flavors and a hint of butter. The ending is a bit muddled and leaves a multitude of unpleasant aftertastes lingering.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit too syrupy for a summer beer with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is not so good. I didn't have an easy time finishing the bottle and won't seek this one out again.

Overall I was a bit suspect buying a summer beer in late September, however the bottle had a date saying it was best before Oct. I would not enjoy running across this beer after the best-by date.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.88/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It looks good, golden bubbles, light, fluffy head, not crazy active and then seems to mellow a bit too much.

The aroma is basically a funky, buttery, yeastie aroma that smells more like sour-sweet malt. a metallic tangy, wheat aroma seems interesting with honey and butter maltiness in the nose. Strange to say the least.

The flavor is all about the infamous, interesting and bazaar house yeast, it's too dominating in this style, sometimes it works, the Wormwwood yeast is fine in the bluefin stout and some others but in this delicate style, it just doesn't work. It seemd way too malty, with buttered bread and honey that is too cloying and relaxed. The yeast does not provide a criapy snap and also a rather funky, aftertaste. It's just not clean enough for a simple Summer brew, and there are so very nice summer brews out there! Sorry, guys i just cannot finish this one.

Photo of jmz62565
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow straw with a large white head. The smell is very light, with only a hint of lemon. The taste is very sweet with malt,floral, and lemon flavors that make this very drinkable beer. The m/f is light with the aftertaste alittle watery. A nice summer beer, not the best, but a beer that goes down good on a hot day.

Photo of ElGordo
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice solid golden hue with a very light, stark white head. Not much in the way of aroma, just a crisp, clean scent of a little bit of malt. Slightly foamy, creamy mouthfeel yields a palate of light hops, a bit of malt, and a light citrus flavor. Nothing really special, but great for a summer night drinking session.

Photo of cjgator3
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features some malt and butterscotch. Not much else to note in the aroma.

T- The taste follows the aroma with some malt, buttery diacety and some citric hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation prickling the tongue.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this one. It is not something that I would purchase again.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was not impressed with this offering. Tasted like an ale someone had roped some nutmeg in. Nice scolor and head, but couldn't hide the taste. The shipyard should stick with Prelude, this is just average.

Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head that dissipated fairly quick leaving no lacing. Not much smell, maybe a bit grassy. The taste is more pronounced. I can detect a hint of hops, lemon, and some buttery notes. The feel is light and crisp, finishes a little sour. Not a bad summer ale but not one the impresses. I can't say that many summers do. Not enough hop flavor for a respectable APA, maybe masked by the lemon.

Photo of drcarver
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, golden colored body with a small white head that fades quickly leaving a bit of lace.

S - Bit of grain, but other than that pretty nondescript

T - Metallic taste towards the back. The after taste hangs around for quite a bit. No sign of yeast and hop.

M - very watery and a bit of bitterness

D - Goes down easy.

Photo of KTCamm
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light golden with fluffy white foam. Some remains malty smell. Minor citrus. Lighter taste, some lemon peel bitter. Little sour tang emerges with chewy mouthfeel. As beer warms, an odd bitter emerges.

Just ok.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is amber with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and left some lace.

The Smell bready with a slight pungent yeasty smell.

The taste follows the wheat bread theme, but includes some citrus notes and some pepper.

The mouthfeel is good. Medium body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, a great pick me up on a warm day. Prosit. MK

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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.