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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

203 Reviews
THE BROS
64
poor

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 539
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 82 | 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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Reviews: 203 | Hads: 539
Reviews by Mustard:
Photo of Mustard
3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; "best enjoyed before" warning -- in this case Aug 03 -- notched on the bottom label's left periphery; purchased as part of a ten beer "Summer Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $7.99.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, orange-tinged gold; sudsy, one-fingered, snow-white head; not much in the way of head retention but a good c-cup's worth of lace.

Aroma: Lightly sweet, wheat malt and spciy cloves with just a hint of banana.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose; faintly sweet upfront with a wheat malt backbone; hints of cloves and bananas; mild bitterness in the finish; hints of grain, lemon and butter pervade; earthy hop flavor; slightly spicy; faint, sour twang; perkily carbonated with a slightly watery mouthfeel.

Notes: A bit disconcerted that this is classified as a pale ale; at the very least it's closer to an American style wheat ale... (896 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bluehende
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (246 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of ricke
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
3.47/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.11/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.71/5  rDev -11.7%
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 (483 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of ccurrid
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of PressFastF0rward
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ADR
3.17/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of j_hollings13
4.75/5  rDev +54.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -2.3%

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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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