Shipyard Prelude Special Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by undeadozzy:
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off-white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass, but the head and the lacing disappear after a few moments.
S - Picking up on some fig, maybe some prune or dark fruit. Maybe a little bit of bran muffin and pumpernickel bread. Very dark scented, but it is to be expected with the style, so it excels in that category.
T - Dark bread on the first taste, followed up by some sweet sticky dark fruit. Prune, raisin, fig in a huge wallop on the end, kind of unexpected based on the first taste but a good start. Would've liked it to have a little more bitter element in it, but it's not bad for what it is.
M - I've had a few other winter warmers and I've noticed that they were very thick and syrupy, almost like a beer gravy. This on the other hand is kinda not, it feels fine for just an average beer, but it doesn't have that aggressive thickness that most beers of this style have.
O - Not a bad beer by any means, it is actually a very tasty beer, but not one of the best representations of the style. I've had better winter warmers, but I am by no means bashing Shipyard, as they produce many high quality beers. I do enjoy a winter warmer every now and again, but as much as I enjoy Shipyard's beers, I believe I'll stay clear of this one unless no other viable option is available.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2012 05:08:46 | More by undeadozzy
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3.61/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had it on tap at Crossroads in East Northport, NY; pours clear red with a small tannish head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.
Smells and tastes of malt, brown sugar, allspice, coriander, roasted grains, caramel and light yeast; overall spicy and malty with a hint of floral hops.
Mouthfeel is average with a medium body, average carbonation and an almost dry finish that is spicy and malty sweet like a blast of caramel.
Overall it was a nice winter beer that did not have the excessive spices that ruin some winter ales; good, but not one I'd seek out or have more than one in a session as this style is one I seem to only have because it’s winter and it’s there.
Serving type: on-tap
12-28-2013 00:01:47 | More by CHickman
Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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