Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.5/5 rDev +14%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2012 02:18:43 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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