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Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
71
okay

467 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001)
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Reviews by deltatauhobbit:
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

2.53/5  rDev -17.9%

Pours golden with a decent head.

Taste and smell have hints of spiciness but not enough for a good summer ale. Diacetyl is also very evident in this beer, a little too evident. Could use more hops, or malt, or both, to add more flavor.

Not the best summer seasonal out there, in fact, seems a bit weak compared to the competition as well as other Shipyard brews.

12-20-2007 22:51:31 | More by deltatauhobbit
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

07-08-2004 23:51:30 | More by oberon
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ricke

Sweden

2.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

05-04-2009 17:34:41 | More by ricke
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

08-08-2009 22:21:04 | More by wesbrownyeah
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.18/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-22-2006 13:40:24 | More by lordofthewiens
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Todd

Colorado

2.48/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

07-28-2005 22:08:58 | More by Todd
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -31.8%

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.

07-16-2011 01:11:21 | More by SunDevilBeer
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -2.6%

11-25-2011 08:14:36 | More by TimoP
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

06-11-2005 00:58:06 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -12.3%

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

05-06-2009 17:15:33 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

11-03-2010 03:41:12 | More by Mora2000
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

04-26-2012 22:49:15 | More by Cavanaghty
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

06-18-2010 20:44:21 | More by kingcrowing
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-17-2014 17:52:05 | More by ccurrid
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-26-2013 22:32:27 | More by Janeinma
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PressFastF0rward

Maine

4/5  rDev +29.9%

06-27-2014 20:25:55 | More by PressFastF0rward
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yankeeheel

Maine

3/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

08-03-2003 18:19:09 | More by yankeeheel
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briandaube

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-20-2012 23:34:51 | More by briandaube
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-30-2012 00:35:37 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

05-20-2003 07:10:25 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

05-17-2013 23:38:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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j_hollings13

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +54.2%

06-19-2014 14:40:57 | More by j_hollings13
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.6%

09-23-2013 00:13:37 | More by stereosforgeeks
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glid02

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-01-2009 05:23:31 | More by glid02
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -2.6%

12-27-2011 02:56:06 | More by OBIrish24
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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.