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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 02-27-2001

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Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 285 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macawm
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful warmer start to finish. One of the best I've ever had in this category.

Photo of jrschaef
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shabbtastic
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12pk at my local Hannaford for an unbeatable price of $12.99.

Pours a medium amber with a little cloudiness and formed a two finger head. Feels nice with a little alcohol bite. Finishes smooth, a lot smoother than the front end would suggest. You first taste dark malt with a sweet finish of brown sugar. For a minute I thought it was a Brown Ale. Overall I'm very pleased with shipyards take on this. Very good beer for a style that's sometimes overlooked. Great beer. Well done shipyard!

Photo of PorterLambic
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red with gold throughout and a smallish tan head sitting atop. Head retention is poor but leaves good lace.
Smell is weak, nearly non-existent.
Taste is a good step up in that it has flavors. Roast malt, biscuit, wheat.
Medium bodied, lightly effervesced. No warming though.

Photo of lambpasty
1.9/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

L - Pours a deep ruby/brown with a 1-finger off white head that quickly dissipated to a thin film, with no lacing.

S - Gentle spices and malt, but something is off here. Very vegetative, sharp bitter scent i can't put my finger on.

T - taste was overwhelmingly bad. The initial sip held promise showcasing some decent malt and light spice characteristics, but after about a second a stale, adjuct malt taste settled in and ruined the palate.

M - middle of the road with adequate carbonation

O - I was wildly disappointed in this brew given the ratings and despite the freshness date being quite a ways out in the future I can't help but think something happened to the batch I picked up. I will have to revisit again, next year, to hopefully revise.

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Tried last night, taste like a smithwicks, but much more flavorful

Photo of buzzarooski
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Beautiful Looking Full Bodied, Malty Masterpiece pours a Gorgeous Amber Brown and falls into the Hearty Ale Category..... It would Pair PERFECTLY with a Twice Baked Potato and a Thick Juicy Steak.....Yet Another Success Story from SHIPYARD Brewing Co.

Photo of Dur921
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knutron
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJRubes
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skaboom420
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattBreight
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not as spiced as some. Which is a good thing sometimes. Malty. Really enjoyed and would have more.

Photo of ARico77
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Markbienvenu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierleichen
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Didier
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of samibr
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.