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Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale

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441 Ratings

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | 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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1/5  rDev -67.5%

07-20-2012 23:56:54 | More by NHegstad
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1/5  rDev -67.5%

08-21-2012 03:57:26 | More by tmars13
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New York

1.25/5  rDev -59.4%

03-20-2013 23:48:58 | More by BGsWo22
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South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

12-08-2012 15:25:13 | More by Damian74Shensky
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1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

08-13-2013 17:17:44 | More by JTomczak
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New Hampshire

1.83/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 22:54:14 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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1.93/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Body is a crystal clear golden yellow that pours with a 1 finger white head that fades pretty quickly leaving a thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles can be seen rising to the top also.

S-Nose is really hard to pick up in this brew. Citrus comes through first with a sweet pale malt background.

T- There is almost nothing upfront in the flavor. I can pick up some faint pale malt. The finish is where it gets nasty. Out of nowhere a big seltzer water bitterness comes forward overshadowing anything present before. This bitterness lingers on and on.

M- Cloying carbonation and somewhat thin body. Not done very well.

D- I really hope that this beer doesn't always taste like this but form reading other reviews it still doesn't seem very impressive. I'm not a fan of seltzer water.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 17:32:15 | More by PittBeerGirl
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1.93/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale amber color, brief head, virtually no aroma.
"Special Ale", they say, but I'm scratching my head to find out what's so special about it...not a damn thing, I'm sorry to say. Summer ales are normally weizens or kolschs, but this bears earmarks of neither.
There's a touch of texture, a tiny hint of body...but this ale is practically nothing incarnate. Maybe I'm supposed to be playing poker with the buds, smoking cigars, and saying "Damn, this is great" because it's not Bud Light, but I'm not, so that doesn't matter.
Am I supposed to be mowing the lawn? Would that help?
At any rate, there's absolutely nothing to be enjoyed here.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 00:37:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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1.95/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not impressed with the summer ale from Shipyard. It sounded like opening a Pepsi when I popped the top. Poured a sickly brown color with a smell to match. It left a bitter/sour taste in my mouth and I struggled to get malt down. Wasn't smooth going down, either. I'll stick to Old Thumper.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 13:18:14 | More by JohnnyM2002
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1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This guy is a weak pale orange color in the body, with a fizzy white head that falls down instantly and sits like a thin film.

A musty wheat based aroma, like an adjunct type beer full of grain--little to no hop character in the smell. Very wet dog-ish.

Immediately sour flavor. The problem is, the beer just cannot kick that sourness and the finish is a kick in the teeth of skunky corn and wheat. No true malt character at all, while there is a bite from the hops. Out of balance, unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is the strongest aspect of the beer, with a crisp, fizzy but not too fizzy feel.

Did I just get a skunk here? The bitterness is almost cleaning solution-esque, it is weird. I would not recommend this to anyone as long as this bottle isn't an anomaly.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:22:35 | More by cnally
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

12-25-2011 20:26:02 | More by phishinNYC
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2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy deep golden color with no head or lacing.

Smells of a wheaty beer with a touch of lemon finishing with an odd skunky smell.

A buttery harsh grainy taste attack the rear sides of your tongue. A hint of oily mettalic aftertaste lingers.

Heavier than your typical summer beer and much more harsh. Not terribly drinkable with the heaviness and harsh grain taste.

Overall, the worst "summer" beer I've ever had due to the oddly heavy body, buttery stale taste and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 23:54:43 | More by Mardukk
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

02-23-2013 18:30:53 | More by ToastySteve
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

11-28-2011 12:27:18 | More by LostHighway
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2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Summer beers have a weird way of being just too light on all levels. This Pale ale could have probably used just a little bit more in the mash or just less water. I say this because I that most people who are willing to try this beer want something better than average. This brew falls under par for me because it's too much like a generic run of the mill Ale from a major brewery. Yellow, Clear, and light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 04:15:39 | More by Knapp85
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

03-16-2014 14:01:53 | More by Fettpopps
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

02-04-2013 16:51:29 | More by BeerLover99
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2/5  rDev -35.1%

12-07-2011 02:13:55 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -35.1%

06-25-2013 16:23:05 | More by petermethot
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2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you want a summer beer, try a good wheat - this was very disappointing

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2001 11:39:12 | More by gwfrankpsu
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2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Typical summer ale. Pleasant but not especially stand-outish.

S: Not great. Slightly sweet, metallic smell.

T: Poor taste. Has a bite and a metallic aftertaste that resembles the smell.

M: Typical summer body, not bad.

D: Lighter than some comparable wheat beers.

Bottom line: Not really worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 21:09:12 | More by badenglishihave
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2.1/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:11:21 | More by SunDevilBeer
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2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden straw color with a fizzy white head that disappears almost as soon as it shows up.

Ugh, nothing here except that damn ringwood yeast Shipyard seems to love. It's just sweet. It's like syrupy berries. Nothing in the aroma give any indications that this would be a tasty pale ale. Again on the pallet the yeast is to much of a big player. It adds a sweetness that doesn't seem to fit in. Finishes a little bitter but this seriously just seems like a mess.

Well, the worst thing about the mouthfeel is that the taste is on your tongue. Otherwise it's a relatively light body with ample carbonation. Overall this isn't good. Grab a Narragansette or at least a Sam over this guy. Lots of better summer offerings out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 03:48:37 | More by Bendurgin
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Quebec (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small bubbly white head with limited retention. Aroma of weak malt with some yeast. Taste of weak wheat malt is overall quite boring with again a weird and off taste of yeast coming through. Light hops at the end provide a dry aftertaste. Definitely boring for a style that doesn’t produce much in term of great beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 17:11:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer nearly sucks. In fact I'm not even going to finish it. Clear light gold with thin creamy white head. Almost no retention at all. Sour Wheat aroma with little hop presence. Slightly sweet and sourwith dry bitter flavors. Big dissapointment in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 02:34:06 | More by BierReise
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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.