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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Prelude Special AleShipyard Prelude Special Ale

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very good

481 Ratings

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Photo of vtisme
4.95/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle poured into a snifter
A - Amber, brown, moderate lacing, the head remains forever!
S - Dark cherry, sweet chocolate
T - Toffee, caramel, hidden chocolate hops come through on the back end
M - perfect! this baby is smooth!
Simply fantastic! One of the, if not the, best winter style beers I can get in the area!

vtisme, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of horshack7
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A very dark red with a little brown hue simply incredible. Head was very frothy a nice attribute.

Aromas: Hints of chocolate yet strong notes of cinnamon and allspice similar to their pumpkin ale but sweeter aromas.

Taste: Very full bodied nicely hoppy. Notes of chocolate and spices cinannmon and all spice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth a little bubbly but great.

Notes: I am something glad I picked up this one wow what a brew. Lace lines the glass from start to finish. Simply one of the best winter brews out there Shipyard produced a well crafted beer. Cheers.

horshack7, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep mahogany body with soft ruby highlights is capped by a firm light tan head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. When served only lightly chilled, it will maintain a solid head as it warms. The aroma is of a sweet caramel & light chocolate malt, some mild spice, and butterscotch-like diacetyl that actually adds greatly to the character! Reminiscent of a rich holiday cake! Very nice. The body is full with a very fine and restrained carbonation that leaves it exceptionally creamy and smooth - almost syrupy as the carbonation breakout foams up under the warmth of the mouth. The flavor is rich with some limited ripe fruit upfront, coat-tailed by a biscuity maltiness that's slathered at first in caramel - and later in soft milk chocolate, a mild spiciness as it crosses that palate and then a firm butterscotch, some mineral-like & leafy hoppiness and an underlying bitterness in the finish. Long, lingering and almost as rich as the flavor itself - the aftertaste is massively impressive with swirling notes of caramel, butterscotch, drying bitterness and leafy hoppiness! Do yourself a favor and enjoy this at cellar temperature as a dessert beer. Fantastic! Absolutely worth seeking out as a special treat to be enjoyed with a good book in front of the hearth.

NeroFiddled, Nov 19, 2002
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of may favorite local seasonals, bought the big 22 oz. the day it hit the store. I may be a little biased, but her goes the review.
Beer pours a dark coppery brown with a full head of off white foam that left quit a bit of lace.
Aroma is all flowery hops and sweet caramel malt, very big aroma on this one.
Flavor hits with loads of creamy smooth sweet malt, not a lot of hop flavor in here. Light notes of chocolate and something that made me think of coffee ice cream.
Very drinkable but watch out for the high ABV, this is a great beer.

MaineBeerMan, Oct 11, 2002
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4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This suprised me. Has beginnings of a malty, nut brown but shows some hops in the finish. Color is dark amber. Smell raisins, some earthiness. Taste, slight sweet malty, with some floral hints when the hops hit. Smooth mouthfeel, lingers in a good way. Very well put together. Great winter brew.

Fernans, Dec 29, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

gnuguy, Nov 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

JmBrkr, Jan 23, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really showcases the Ringwood yeast characteristics. Butterscotch aroma(along with hints of molassas), and buttery malty flavor have been mentioned more than once and blend beautifully with the bitter finsh. Great beer. I think a few months aging will do it some justice.

pbrian, Dec 19, 2001
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4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cellared a case of the stuff from last winter and glad that I did...

A-pours a deep brown with a creamy 2-finger head that settles but doesn't dissapear.

S-malty, a little caramel

T-from my take, the cellaring has heightened caramel/malty flavor that masks the taste of the Ringwood yeast used in Shipyard's brews (this sometimes strong aftertaste has made me dislike a few of their offerings in the past)

M-Silky & smooth, with slight carbonation & a hop/sprice combo coming in at the end which complements the taste nicely.

D- incredibly well-balanced & smooth brew for carrying an ABV of almost 7%. I'll be interested to see if the taste matures more when I crack the case open again later in the year.

DMcPhee33, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of StevieW
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Traditional shipyard label with the clipper ship in the harbor. The ship on this one is cleverly covered in snow, with a festive green border. Best before Oct. '03 notched on the label.

A robust dark brown color, when held to the light a slightly ruby glow shows. Head was bubbly, full and beige. It ringed the glass nearly perfectly. Smell is a rich full combination of sweet malty goodness, butterscotch toffee, and a whisper of hop bitterness.

Taste was rich with malt, right up front. The butterscotch is much less pronounced is this one. Just a faint hint. The finish is silky smooth, with a very noticable but balanced bitter chocolate malt. Very very good. The chocolate malt is just right. As the beer warms a little the flavors erupt. Moderatly carbonated. Maybe it needs to sit for a few months. More full bodied than the Shipyard Winter Ale. A suspected higher abv, makes this an end of the evening beer or just the thing to chase the chill away. I almost wish I lived in New England to fully enjoy this one. Perfect for a snowy winter night, I am lucky to get this one down here. I think I may go back to the store tomorrow for more of these.

Happy Holidays,

StevieW, Nov 17, 2002
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4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack for the holiday. Beautiful amber color with patchy lacing on the sides and medium sized head that dissipates after a bit. The aromas were fantastic: malt, ginger, roasted spices, sugar, molasses, and so much more. Definitely a top aroma winner for me. The taste represented the sweet tastes with a heavy malt flavor. Really nice and dry aftertaste. The drink definitely had a clean and crisp mouthfeel to it. Overall, a fantastic seasonal.

fitzy84, Dec 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

mtbski75, Oct 20, 2012
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Larrydoherty, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After Hampshire Ale, my favorite seasonal. I only drink it in the 22oz bottle, I think the six pack loses some of the taste. Nice deep amber color, sweet taste, the perfect "fire side" beer. Each sip puts me in the Christmas mood, as I almost feel the snowdrops melting on my face. Maybe it's the ABV, but this is just a great winter beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Nov 11, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.