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Shipyard Summer Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale

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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of Celtics76
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

Celtics76, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of LCannon4
3/5  rDev -2.6%

LCannon4, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of pagardner
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

pagardner, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of FuturePilot
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

FuturePilot, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of FunkyFibes
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

FunkyFibes, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

briandaube, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

braican, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

SawDog505, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3/5  rDev -2.6%

SFC21, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -2.6%

THECPJ, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

JerzDevl2000, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of jbowes
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

jbowes, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -2.6%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Maximusmaximus
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Maximusmaximus, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Mikecap
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Mikecap, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of HEADYdb
4/5  rDev +29.9%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Gregwa, May 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

HamGlade10, May 20, 2012
Photo of jcampe
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jcampe, May 15, 2012
Photo of vpoxon
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

vpoxon, May 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Franticc, May 09, 2012
Photo of odbjs735
3/5  rDev -2.6%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

BeerKangaroo, May 02, 2012
Photo of barczar
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

barczar, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Cavanaghty, Apr 26, 2012
Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.