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Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale

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205 Reviews

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 545
Avg: 3.08
pDev: 27.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light golden with fluffy white foam. Some remains malty smell. Minor citrus. Lighter taste, some lemon peel bitter. Little sour tang emerges with chewy mouthfeel. As beer warms, an odd bitter emerges.

Just ok.

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Photo of Mister_Falcon
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice little shade of gold-amber into my pint glass with just a slight 1/6 inch head that looks like it could be the head on a glass of tonic water.

Smells cheap and malty.

A little crisp, malty, certainly watery, almost to a light beer macrobrew extent. No hoppiness, just a teensy bit bitter.

Feels watery and unsatisfying as it sloshes then goes down.

Just below average overall.

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Photo of Celtics76
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass.

Yellow-gold in appearance with some fast rising carbonation. As other reviewers have noted, this smells like buttered popcorn. Not exactly a promising start..

What we have here is a run of the mill summer ale. This is not a pale ale, closer to a domestic lager in taste. I'm getting a light grainy flavor with a smooth finish but an undesirable Budweiser-like aftertaste.

I'm not a big summer ale guy, but when in the mood there are much better offerings out there (Sam Adams, Sierra, Victory, Troegs to name a few). Mediocre at best.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by November. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a half inch of white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is ring wood yeast, biscuit, lemon, and wheat. Taste what you would expect from the smell, pretty strait forward. Body is medium for the style, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and easy going down. Not my favorite style, but a easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up last week down at Total Wine in West Orange. I'm not much of a fan of Summer seasonals but I had the sleeve for this and after all of the wheat and hop offerings that I've had lately, I wanted something a bit lighter. Unfortunately, this proved why I tend to stay away from the warm-weather specials and like so many others on here, I got the impression that this was incorrectly categorized on here.

Nothing special to the pour with this as the head was fluffy and short-lived. Not a bad amount of lacing and the hue to this was clear and gold. As for the aroma, there wasn't much there but sourness and when I first tasted this, I thought it was a Kolsch. There was a lot of grape and straw to the mouthfeel and any hint of a burn or bitterness was nowhere to be found. There was a faint trace of floral and grapefruit in the aftertaste but certainly not enough to save the weak body of this beer. The mouthfeel was good and somewhat full but not enough to make up for the lack of color and flavor in this.

Sure, this could be a session beer on taste alone but in this case, I wish I could feel the alcohol in this. Lawnmower beers are a dime a dozen and this easily fell into the category of that. While it's not worth passing up, don't buy this and expect an APA. This is "beer" in the most generic sense of the word.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden colored body with a solid white two finger head that leaves some spotty lacing. Some carbonation was seen rising slowly. The head dissipates to a small bubble after about three minutes. No rings were left.

S: based around the grain, some corn adjuncts come out with a tad of citrus ever so lightly in the background.

T: bland but there were some slight hints of citrus and hops. The finish was slightly bitter.

M: light, watery with some carbonation felt, sessionable

O: well, I thought I liked this beer before, but realized this wasn't as good as I thought. It could have just been a bad brew. However, I looked at the bottle and it said it doesn't expire until November 2012. I may have to re-review this or try it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of barczar
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a solid ivory one inch head that leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is grain and perhaps corn adjuncts with a hint of citrus and herbal hop.

Flavor is fairly laden with dms, lots of canned corn, which fades to grainy malt, a hint of buttery toffee, and significant citrus, lemon tang. There's a metallic aftertaste that is offputting, along with a somewhat bitter finish.

Body is fairly light, with moderately high carbonation and a zesty finish.

Overall, some off flavors detract from what should be a fairly drinkable beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of lemons and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lemon citrus and wheat, but the flavors aren’t that strong. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good selection on a hot summer day.

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Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color a and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. No lacing to speak of.

S: A sharp, slightly unpleasant and musty aroma here. Some malt and hops, but not very enticing.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, a grainy aspect, and the aforementioned mustiness. In addition to all that, it's a very bland and watery flavor. Not very well-constructed.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat gritty finish. Light-bodied.

O: I've learned not to expect too much from APAs, but Shipyard's Summer Ale just doesn't have the basic elements needed to make a good APA.

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Photo of kjyost
2.29/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Undated bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks South. Served at 4C into a sleeve.

A: Straw yellow and clear with two fingers of white head that top quickly and leave a touch of lacing.
S: Mustiness, apple juice. Not much else.
T: Corny sweetness, apple juice, hint of diacetyl. Bleah.
M: Sweetness lingers, decently well carbonated.
O: Meh. I'd rather drink BMC lagers than this. I assume its old being a summer ale and all, but they were still selling them.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head. Clear straw yellow color body. Smells mildly of malt. Taste is a mix of mild malt, weak spice, and a faint acidity. Better than an average BMC but still only slightly. Acceptable for a summer ale on a hot summer day. Bonus points for the label with the lobster drinking beer on the beach.

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Photo of dali27
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12. oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear yellow-gold in color. Thin white head. Has the look of a pilsner.

S: Bread and butter. Diacetyl is clearly evident in aroma.

T: Combination of malts and hops, leaning heavily towards the malts. Rough edge of slight alcohol taste makes this not that appealing to me.
Tasted good out of the bottle on hot summer night. In a glass on a slightly cooler night, not so much.

M: Thin, water-like. Active carbonation.

O: Overall, I'm not sure exactly what this beer is. Off the shelf and out of the bottle, I thought a summer wheat beer. From the pour, and in taste, I thought a pilsner. From the description here, I find out it's an APA.

My opinion, it's a beer that's been placed in bottle with a kitschy label that represents everything that Maine is to a tourist. Lobster, ships, ocean, nautical flags, etc... So, I think it's a beer to be enjoyed from the bottle while on vacation in Maine and not much else.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.16/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw, clear with golden hues.. One finger frothy head.

S: Breads, light malts. No real citrus.

T: Lighter on the citrus than many summer ales, otherwise pretty standard.

M: Crisp, smooth, standard for a summer ale.

Overall: Shipyard has many choices but most of these are mediocre however I think the grading of this one has taken a hit by their reputation as it is actually a standard summer ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.64/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a small plastic cup at Lobster Pound and Pit in Trenton Maine.

A nice foamy good off white head of about a single finger size, sits on a cloudy pale amber almost orange body. Lots of fizzy carbonation coming up from the bottom.

Bouquet is a watery weak orange, but more so a very adjunct lager like smelling. Not impressed by this at all, it feels like spiked lager or something.

Taste is once again, like a weak adjunct. Tang like orange juice, wet bodied, with perhaps a slight mild hop bitterness.

I have to call not really good on this, if it's summer in Maine I think I am going for VacationLand beer from Gritty's instead.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled floral with some citrus notes. Mild caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted a little spicy with an odd mustiness. There was some caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This wasn't really a great pale ale. There was an odd mustiness that didn't work for me.

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Photo of shand
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Was building a mixed sixer at a grocery store near me, wound up with five brews I wanted. This is the sixth beer. This beer pours a fairly clear, highly carbonated pale yellow color with a finger of head that quickly goes away. The aroma is highly sweet and buttery, probably partially owing to the Ringwood yeast. The taste is pretty good, it's sweet and grainy, with that little hint of butter in the background, which actually works quite well with a slight hop bitterness that comes in for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nice, it's very crisp and thirst-quenching, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall, an enjoyable brew, if unexceptional. I found it fairly interesting to drink a beer where the buttery taste was actually intentional and worked well with the flavor profile, but YMMV.

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Photo of matty
2.49/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are similar to a German Pilsner with the skunky odor and taste.There is not much to say about it except that if you like German pilsners you will like this if not you won't.For me personally I woudln't recommend or purchase again.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.11/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a pale golden-yellow coloring with a decent one and a half inch fluffy, off-white colored head at first. The head quickly settles to a thin layer of off-white head that is filmy. Tons of bubbles throughout this brew. Looks very watery. Aromas are smokey and roasted, with a banana fruit sweetness and buttery character to it. Reminds me of banana bread a bit, but lighter. Flavors are slightly sour and bitter on the edges, but overly sweet and cloying throughout. The roasted cereal flavor is underlying on the midtongue, but the fruity and sweet backbone is muddled, making the beer poorly balanced throughout. Aftertaste is mostly roast and semisweet caramel, with a lingering, slightly bitter and tangy finish. There are worse things you could drink out there this summer, but not many.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-white, almost grayish-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - smells a lot more like pilsener. I could tell that just pouring it into the bottle. Upon further examination, there seems to be something sweeter about it, probably from the malts.

Taste and Mouthfeel - It has a little bit of the bite of a Pilsener, but that gets subdued during an aggressive fight with the sweeter malts. A little bit of a musky flavor at the end. Texture is pretty well-balanced. Oddly enough, it tastes a little bit like a bavarian lager.

Overall - not a bad brew, and interesting to taste.

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some what refreshing but not what I was hoping for. Combination of average and just average with a bit of average on the side. I do not say this in this way to make a joke but here is my explination.

A - Very yellow, almost as if it way straight water and light yellow food coloring. About a 1 inch head that dissipated quickly.

S - I rate all beers as average due to my in ability to smell.

T - Expected more but got less. Not bitter but not tasty either.

M - Easy to drink with no after taste to speak of. Bad in this case because I was hoping for a wheatish one.

O - " Hey buddy, Ive had one of them before, tell me your opinion ".

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Photo of BobZ
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 Oz. Draft served in a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow, with a quickly receding 1” head. Left a fair amount of lacing though.

Smell: Nothing remarkable, mild, maybe some floral hops, I get little to no citrus which I expected for the style.

Taste: Much like the smell, an odd bitterness that persist throughout the beer; however, it doesn’t possess any real hoppy character. No real citrus to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, not great but not horrible.

Overall: Saw this on tap at a local pub and thought I'd give it shot. Not a great example of the style it lacks both character and flavor. There are much better examples both regionally (Harpoon) and nationally (Sam Adams) readily available.

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Photo of jgurley
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold. Decent head that goes away quickly. No lacing. Smell is extremely mild. Not much. Taste is also very mild. A bit of white grape and citrus. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Slightly sweet with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. A pretty good summer ale. Very refreshing and light.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured a yellow-orange colour with no head. None. It smells sort of like citrus and peach. With a little bit of an herbal undertone. The taste is pretty typical of a summer ale. It's very citrusy and tastes kind of like cloves or coriander. I'm not sure which. But that's pretty much what comprises the spicy notes. Nothing special, really. It's very light in flavour and body as a summer ale should be. So, that's right on. It's refreshing, I'll give it that. I'm not a big fan of that coriander/clove taste, though. Never have been.

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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.