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Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale

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477 Ratings

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | 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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5/5  rDev +62.3%

Gametym39, Feb 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +62.3%

Bdrake28, Jul 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +54.2%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

BanrionMAB, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

iMilky, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

vegasmac99, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of beernut7
4.47/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a light gold color and an almost estery fruity aroma that also comes through nicely in the flavor of the brew. Cold and light bodied, this is a very easy drinking and richly flavored libation.

beernut7, Jul 25, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +38%

Mvacco, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +38%

Marty91, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +38%

KyleYahn, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber featuring a map on the label, marked 2003.
The beer pours a light golden amber, topped with a thick, frothy white head. Great head retention, lasting through the pint, with some blobby lace.
The aroma features a pleasant pale maltiness, light, with noticable wheat presence. Rather crisp, with a floral estery quality. Light hops, balancing the malt well, with an herbal noble hops feel.
The flavor starts with some crisp, sweet pale malt, along with a bit of dryish wheat. Light esters come through the middle, mainly pear and a vague floral flavor. A bit buttery, although it seems to jive with the rest of the flavors, and offers a nice transition into the hops. A pleasant herbal hoppy finish, with moderate bitterness. Great balance. Some wheat malt comes through in the end, finishing the beer dry and snappy. A dryish wheaty aftertaste, with a suggestion of dried apricot. Lightish body, with moderate, fluffy carbonation.
This is a really great summer ale, probably one of the best out there, and certainly one of the best from New England. It tasted like a kolsch to me. Easily one of Shipyard's best brews.

UnionMade, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of illpass78
4.04/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

illpass78, Jun 03, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looked like a Pale Ale, with a nice golden hue, almost an orange color. Served with a lemon, though I took that right out. It had little to no head and had a cloudy presence to it. Could not get the aroma of this beer, although I had the Carrabassett Pale Ale before it. But the only thing that I was even close to was a fruity aroma. This seems to be a wheat based ale with a hint of citrus, maybe lemon or grapefruit, kind of a sour feel when first trying it. Smooth and easy after taste. I have always liked this beer during the summer when it is released.

HoorayBeer, Jul 08, 2005
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

Bkeating5, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one tasty summer brew. Shipyard bills it as a wheat beer, but it's not tart, citrusy and bland like most others. It has more of a sweet, fruity start and drying, butterscothy finish. Overall a delicately balanced lighter beer.

pbrian, Jun 18, 2002
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

DMEsquire, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry guys, Being a Brewer who is not a hop head, my opinion is tainted towards malty brews. I liked it, it was clean , crisp , lightly hopped, Bought only one in a sample pack, I will be heading back to the ABC store to buy more, before it vanishes along with summer.

dukekrueger, Aug 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

You can't get a better summer ale then this

Fitzy01, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fruity aroma of bananas, apricots, pineapples, all kinds of summery fruits. Moderately thick, foamy, bright white colored head. Completely transparent apricot-copper colored beer with dozens of stream of fine bubbles rising briskly to the surface. Interesing mix of butterscotch and apricot in the flavor. The finish is just barely bitter and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is light and fairly soft. This beer wasn't that cold when I pulled it from the fridge, and barely cool by the time I drank. I think the temperature brought out a lot of flavor and aroma that I hadn't noticed in previous colder bottles. Light and fruity when cold, but becomes more interesting as it warms.

HappyHourHero, Jul 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

Barton, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

thampel09, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

InkedinRi, Wednesday at 08:03 PM
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

Thedon8900, Jun 27, 2014
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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.