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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

487 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

viperfan01, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

nasastrums, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of CHickman
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.

CHickman, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of BeerMeister8
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

BeerMeister8, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Wedcat
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Wedcat, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Amgarnier
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with a one finger foamy head that sticks to the glass, but quickly dissipates. dissipates.

S: Significant butterscotch aroma

T: Strong nutty malt flavor balanced with a hop background. Hints of chocolate.

M: Full body turning into a warm but not hot feeling. Medium-High carbonation.

O: Great winter warmer.

Amgarnier, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rorjets, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Alcohol, Malts, nutty.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough, medium bodied. Taste nutty with malts and strong alcohol.

Overall: This is an ok brew. Good for warming up on a cold snowy day.

Cavanaghty, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy dark amber with two fingers of tan head, thick bubbly lacing.
S - Cinnamon, nice roasted malt, toasted caramel, a little nutty.
T - Very sweet malt, lots of spice, and some herbal bitterness.
M - Medium feel, bubly carbonation.
O - Decent beer, the aroma is very nice, but flavor does not follow up.

Omnium, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

hattrick95, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

olbubba, Dec 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

1Sundown2C, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of braedon_peluso
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

braedon_peluso, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. dated November 2013. Sampled on October 22, 2013.

The color is a vaguely hazy medium brown-amber with a full off-white head that settles back after a moment or two.

The aroma is subtle but inviting with its caramel malts, nutmeg, and peppery spices, and clean crisp hops. It smells like it would warm me up.

The body is medium.

The taste has a slightly more bitter after effect than the aroma might suggest but the caramel and holiday spices punch it up a bit. I am a fan of Shipyard brews and I look forward to this one each year. I can't believe I had not reviewed it until 2013!

puboflyons, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

hopkrid, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +20%

meehandennis, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KeyWestGator, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Ljoreilly, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Scott_McCool, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of spikechiquet
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

spikechiquet, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Soxfan45
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Soxfan45, Jul 08, 2013
Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.