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

503 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-27-2001)
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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%

Photo of ROGUE16
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%

Photo of RockinRob925
5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Scourge07
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, very rich amber color - almost red. Pours with a nice looking finger of cream-colored head.

S: Sweet malts, a bit of Belgian yeastiness, candy/mild butterscotch scent.

T: Again, the subtle Belgian flavor shows itself right away. Very sweet caramel, sweet malts, and bready. There is a mild hop flavor that sits in the background and becomes much more apparent in the aftertaste.

M: Thin to Medium body with moderate carbonation. It has a nice, refreshing quality to it.

O: A very nice beer, and something that I might buy again. I really enjoyed the sweet flavors, as well as the fact that there was a pleasant hoppy bitterness to balance it all out

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass:

A: dark reddish brown body, slightly creamy colored one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, small amount of light bubbles slowly rising near the edge of the glass

S: light spices such as cinnamon, clove, and toasted malt, some really super light dark fruits that come out as it warms a little

T: sweet yet spicey yet soft all around through previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, soft carbonation on the tongue, sessionable, quick slightly spicey aftertaste and watery finish

O: so Shipyard makes a decent winter warmer, check, I'll come back to this

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark amber with a two-finger, tan, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt and dark fruit. Caramel and toast.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Roasted, bready, and bitter. Dark fruit takes a bit of back seat in the taste.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Descent winter warmer. I had higher hopes for the taste and mouthfeel, but it wasn't bad.

Photo of kristiekatk
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light amber with a 2 finger tan head. Good lacing and clumping on the glass.

S- Sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, spices.

T- Sweet malts, dark fruits, slight smoke or peated malt flavor in there. Slightly bitter finish but not a lot of hops going on.

M- Medium body. Little thin but drinks well. Slightly dry finish.

O- Tasty beer. Not a style that I have a lot of experience with, but sure I will have more over the next few months.

Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber brown in color. Fairly weak head with some lacing.

Toasty aroma of roasted nuts, toffee and caramel.

Malt flavor is pretty bold with wheat toast, caramel sweetness and almonds. Herbal hop. Spicy mid-drink into aftertaste. Ginger vs. nutmeg. Odd oak finish that tastes old and musty.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Dry in the end.

Descent. A little rough around the edges but a good starting point for a winter brew.

Photo of theo871
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Cadebro
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep red with a white head.

S - Smells of biscuit, spice and brown sugar.

T - Tastes of molasses, brown sugar and cloves. Has a young, over-sweetened flavor. Finishes with a hint of bitter hops.

M - Mild carbonation, sticky and a bit heavy in body.

D - The first craft beer that I fell in love with. Too heavy and sweet to drink more than one or two.

Photo of fdkayti
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A frothy white head sits atop a nice amber red beer. Very lovely head retention and lacing cheers a girl right up.

S- Sweet, nutty bread, like something you'd eat on Christmas morning. Cinnamon and other spice notes linger and stick to the nose.

T- Malty sweet. Vanilla, banana, and a plethora of spices really do it for me. A little hoppiness towards the end of the swallow. Booziness is minimal but still present.

MF- A sticky feel on the tongue is accentuated by bursts of carbonation bubbles. I really enjoy drinking this, and the mouthfeel is a big part of it.

O/D- Not knowing what to expect from this style, I must say I am pleasantly surprised. The dwindling supply in my fridge prompted me to say mmm, that sounds good, I think I'll have that, and I'm glad I finally did. Nicely suited to a chilly day, this style makes the knowledge of the inevitable winter freeze almost tolerable. A thank you to duff27.

Photo of Duff27
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Inch tall off white head on a clear red beer. Excellent lacing and head retention. A wonderful looking beer!

S- Caramel malts, cinnamon, bread.

T- Sweet, touch of spice, toasted malts. "Raisins." Leaves a lingering taste in the mouth, unique. Drinks it's weight in booze.

M- Well carbonated, bubbles expand filling the mouth.

D/O- I can understand why this would be a polarizing beer. Drank out of season but I'm sure it's held up none-the-less, nothing gone wrong about it. Would have again in the future but probably not more than one in a single sitting.

Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.