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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Prelude Special AleShipyard Prelude Special Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

455 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-27-2001)
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty substantial, holidng true at brown/deep ruby red, with snowcaps of off-white head marking the top.

Raisins, rum, spices, vanilla - it's like a pint glass of holiday home.

Malty sweetness is decorated with hints of gingerbread, sugars, and boughs of evergreen, with just a hint of alcohol hiding behind the tree. The hoppiness is understated, but seems to come on towards the end.

Sticky and sugary - pretty sure if I stuck my tongue out, sugary crystals would form. A good exhale follows this beer.

Great for winter - warming and satisfying, without being over-bearing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:33:49 | More by mdcrouser
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S: Significant butterscotch aroma

T: Strong nutty malt flavor balanced with a hop background. Hints of chocolate.

M: Full body turning into a warm but not hot feeling. Medium-High carbonation.

O: Great winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.