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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Prelude Special AleShipyard Prelude Special Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

515 Ratings

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a copper-orange color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Caramel malt, chickory and dry coffee.

T: Spicy caramel up front, dry and slightly bitter tea on the finish, with sweet caramel returning on the aftertaste. As the beer warms, some dark fruits emerge, then a little later on, some mint.

M: Quite creamy and a bit astringent on the finish.

O: I liked this quite a bit. It's a cold rain outside tonight, and this beer is living up to the style of winter warmer. I will probably buy this again. It's good.

Photo of jlmorgan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish hue, but head disappears almost immediately with no lacing. Aroma is not overwhelming--some malt. Taste likewise, very malty with little hop flavor to cut through; metallic taste that lingers past the sweet malts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, strongly carbonated, which improved after I let it sit for about an hour--much better warmer and flatter, when the beer coats the mouth and the sweetness feels rounder and more balanced.

Overall, not a bad brew, but I wouldn't rush back.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark brown, reddish. Off white head with good retention.

S: Very complex. Buttery with brown sugar, bready. Coffee/chocolate as well.  Have not experience this kind of nose in a beer. Without an overpowering cliche aroma of pumpkin spice it is quite seasonal-smelling

T: Palate is malty sweat, with rye bread, and a bitter aftertaste. Minimal hops.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, min alcohol taste. Appropriate carbonation.

O. Very good, heavy. Great seasonal. Maybe my favorite Shipyard. Seems very English--if that makes any sense.

Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freshness notch on the bottle indicates a "best by" of November 2012. Consumed in early December of 2011, so I'm guessing this one is fresh.

A: Poured from the bottle (twist-off cap) into a pint glass. Body is mahogany-amber with a small off-white head that's gone quickly. Leaves some "legs" of lacing behind with each sip.

S: Not much going on in the nose at all. Toasted bread and husky grain comes to mind.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste - and that's not a good thing (see infra). Tastes English, if that makes sense. I get some toasted bread, toffee sweetness and then the hops add a grassy, minerally bitterness. Also some peppery spice. I feel a bit of diacetyl slickness on the roof of the mouth lingering after each sip.

M: Carbonation is way too sharp - it adds a harshness that detracts from drinkability in a big way. Call it the lighter side of medium in heft.

O: This needs improvement. Tone down the carbonation and you're halfway there.

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored ale with a weak thin head. Quite clear in which to see the weak carbonation.
Aroma is sweet sweet way to sweet malts some fruit and toffee.
Taste is very malt forward and quite sweet but not as sweet as in the nose. Some spice and hops in finish with an odd sort of funky church pew finish.
Smooth and sticky sweet finish but also with a grittiness too.
Not good, not bad.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a transparent copper/brown color. Light tan head which is small. Leaves light rings of lace.

S-Spicy and sweet. Lighter nose. A bit of yeast. Caramel/toffee combination as well. Pretty pleasant.

T-Taste matches the flavor well but is a bit more attractive. Has some nice kick in the finish. Light grassy hoppiness end the flavor. Tastes like pound cake in the beginning. Sweet, but the hops add some depth.

M-Medium bodied. Lightly prickly carbonation. The feel sits on the palate for a bit. Sessionable body. A bit bitter aftertaste.

O/D-Don't love the style, but this one is pretty legit. Probably my favorite so far. I enjoy the hops. Its a bit paler than others I have tried and I also enjoy that. Probably one of Shipyard's best beers.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.