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Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Brewer's Brown AleShipyard Brewer's Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2001)
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Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught at The Florida Tap Room in Orlando.

Served a brown color with an off-white head that faded to a thin covering quickly. Had nice spider-web lacing.

Aromas of overly sweet malt and caramel. Not to many scents other than sweet.

Tastes of sweet malt with medium body. A little overly sweet. Not too many flavors. Kind of like a sweeter Newcastle. Needs less sweet and many more nut flavor.

Loki, Aug 24, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brown/amber color with a light to medium head that dissapates quickly,aroma is sweet and a little chocolaty with light earthy tones.Taste is pretty sweet and chocolaty maybe a little to sweet not enough earthy tones for me in this beer.Could only have one thought it was a little to sweet for me.

oberon, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Dark tawny brew still light enough to show some clarity, the initial rise of head nearly crests over the top of the glass. Big toffee aroma weighs heavy on the nostrils; a little buttery and malty sweet, with some figs in the back. Nice crispness on this ale. Malt, malt and malt. Yeah, there is a quick bite of hops and some herbal flavor within, but it is a mere coating rather than cutting through the malt character. Toffee throughout, a hint of light-roasted coffee on the edge of the palate, toasted bread and a little cake batter as well. Somewhat fruity with ripe pears, figs and mealy apples. Alcohol is way in the back, but its mild warmth makes it apparent. Malty finish is no surprise, with a light herbal hop tagging along.

It would be nearly impossible to pick this one out of a blind tasting if it was side by side with its English counterparts. A real treat for malt lovers, or anyone who leans toward the English flavors of beer.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It seems a cut above the average Shipyard product. It was a dark red/brown color with a medium coffee-colored head and some nice lacing. It had a rosted grain odor, not too toasty. It tasted sweet, caramel/chocolate, with a little hoppiness. A fairly robust brew, very drinkable.

lordofthewiens, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.25/5  rDev -37%

SunDevilBeer, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Captain's Collection sampler box. Pours a vibrant, coppery brown body with a minimal beige head that quickly drops to lasting collar and film. Decnt sheet and patch lace on the glass.
Aroma is subdued, with hints of toffee and spicy hop.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with aggressively high carbonation.
Taste reveals a fierce carbonation that is distracting. Malt sweetness, with buttery toffee and a hint of chocolate, run the show but have difficulty poking through the overcarbonation. Buttery notes of diacetyl and ringwood yeast are prevalent. Just a hint of nuttiness and spicy hop try for balance. No offnotes, other than the diacetyl, but seems unbalanced and a bit thin for a brown ale.
Drinkability is slightly above average, but the overcarbonation is a major distraction. Seems out of kilter for style, but not a bad beer. Very little hops presence.

merlin48, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, w/ "best enjoyed before" dating notched onto the label, 2006 edition. Pours dark dar brown mahogony with slight ruby hues, quickly leaving tan head, active carbonation, calming down to no head at all and leaving no lacing to speak about, so I wont...nose is of cola, smoke and a general sweetness, tasting notes here of more cola, vanilla, burnt sugars and more smooth sweetness, with a hint of woody smoke.Limited hop qualities picked up in the drinkable English style (at least IMHO) Brown This would to the job with some smoky BBQ...Pleasant unuf quafer, respectable sessioner...decent brew to try "craft" beer beer with some newbies, or non "dark beer" drinkers.

Billolick, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: leather brown, clear, small head

Smell: chocolate, big malt, small nutty odor

Taste: Not as complex as the browns I have been drinking--some burnt malt, toffee, light nuts--on the finish, and small hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, small bitter finish

Drinkability: This is not a favorite. Compared to the browns I have been drinking lately, this is not overly complex. I will pass on this in the future.

tigg924, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +19%

briandaube, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter 1 month before BB date.

Pours clear dark reddish-brown with a weak head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and medium roasted malts; faint hint of English hops.

Flavor: moderately strong; limited complexity; slightly sweet balance. A touch of spicy hops in the finish and hints of smoke and coffee in the lingering aftertaste.

Feel: smooth, medium-full body with medium-light carbonation.

O: near average for style.

chinchill, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer is a dark hazy brown body with a spongy light tan head. It is too dense to see much carbonation.

S- The smell of brown malt has a slight sweet note to it.

T- The slight tart brown malt has a faint chocolate malt note in the background. This is finished with a faint hop bitterness. As it warms there is more of a coffee roasted malt flavor but it is still in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz texture in the finish.

D- There is a good malt flavor but it is very thin and could use more depth and character. It just needs more of what it already has and it would be tasty.

rhoadsrage, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer I picked up during a weekend in BG, so notes are very recent.

This beer is a medium brown in color. A consistent brown head doesn't appear as sturdy as it actually is, remaining for a while a steady one finger high. When it does fade, though, all that remains is a very little foam around the edges. Lacing is nonethless left in thin legs spreading well down the glass.

Fruits seem to prevail in the aroma with a light tang, followed by a touch of molasses. There's also a toasted note and some roast to it. I would like a bit more strength here.
A little fig and dark fruits with barley-like malt undertones come out up front in the flavor. Alcohol also seems to come out not so much as heat but purely as flavor. It adds to the overall effect and falls out just before the finish. Yeast, butter and nuts are all flavor notes lingering in the background as well.
This beer has a spritzy mouthfeel. It's somewhat light in body, medium but barely. Crispness and smoothness are adequate, but a bit of depth would be welcome.
This is a solid brown ale.

Brenden, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed once again in 2009, with a best of date as 11/09.

This brown has wonderful red, ruby hues within it's amber-brown body. good carbonation keeps this brew lively with a fine-foamy covering at all times.

The nose is pretty aromatic for this style, with roastie baker's chocolate, mildly sweet, mossy, hrbal balance on the nose. Spot-on for the style and you can easily detect the buttery, sweet English house yeast.

This is a crispy, zippy medium bodied malt body. mild chocolate and oats with a really nice, earthy, herbal hop balance. The house yeast is not at all intrusive. There's a slight fruity edge that pps out later on coupled with a peppery and bitter chocolate, smooth finish.

This is a very nice Brown.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of jmz62565
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark mahogony with a small dirty white head. The smell is full of yeast and has a strong nutty quality to it. The taste is nutty as would be expected and also malty with some dark fruit flavors. The m/f is light with a flavorful first sip,but the aftertaste is watery and mettalic. This is an Ok Brown Ale, but I think I'm being kind in this review.

jmz62565, May 20, 2006
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark ruby brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Decent retention, results in a thin but consistent lacing.

Smell - Notes of English toffee jump out with some mildly roasted malts.

Taste - Starts with a nice English toffee flavor, then a subtle roasted nuttiness joins the fray. Hints of powdered cocoa around the edges. A bit of Euro hops on the back end help to give this a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, finishing with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good brew from Shipyard here. Nice twist on a classic English brown. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one.

TheSixthRing, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pour: deep mahogany/amber, cystal clarity, inch of khaki foam that fades to a solid coating with good retention.

Nose: sweet caramel/toffee, roasted/dusty/biscuit malts, toasty nuttiness, fruity cherry finish.

Taste: chewy molasses and sweet caramel malts up front, dusty mid-palate transitions into a sweet/tart cherry and appleskin finish. Fairly complex for a brown ale.

Feel: light, thin and crisp, as per the style.

Drinkability/Overall: A fairly robust American Brown, good malt and fruit developments and easy drinking mouthfeel. A nice session brown.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shipyard's Brewer's Choice pours a dark chestnut brown body beneath a tall head of foamy yellowed-white. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose welcomes you with some yeasty fruitiness, toasty malt, and a touch of dark cocoa.

The flavor is richer than the nose suggests with a very nice combination of yeasty fruit and malt. As it warms it becomes more cocoaish, and distinct notes of bittersweet chocolate become apparent at the swallow. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and although some nutty malt sweetness lingers stickily in the finish, there's enough bitterness and acidic "edge" from the toasty dark malts to keep it from becoming cloying.

It's medium/medium-light bodied in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that's enough to tingle the palate but still leave it smooth.

Overall, it's a decent, enjoyable brew that's more American than English in style, but with some clearly English components.

NeroFiddled, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with Blackie, obtained from Woodman's West, best by july 06

appearance: poured into a snifter for some reason...this is actually a very attractive beer...very nice garnet-mahogany, very deep body, very nice foamy head...great retention/lacing

smell: great aromas...light roasty tone, milk chocolate, sweet malty aromas, red apple

taste: again, pretty impressive...kind of took me by surprise. sweet malt, light woody nature, nice cocoa...very smooth and pleasant to drink

mouthfeel: pretty creamy, smooth, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Aug 18, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

This beer has been brewed again and should be out of retirement. Best before date of Aug 09 notched on the label.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head that possesses great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is very nice that features some sweet malt and caramel with hint of chocolate, not much in terms of hops in the nose.

T- The taste starts of very smooth with a lot of sweet malt and caramel. A good amount of hops make their presence felt in the finish. Very tasty!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very enjoyable Brown Ale that I wouldn't mind drinking again. Recommended!

cjgator3, Mar 22, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured two fingers of head on a brown colored body.
The aroma is wonderful. It's a maltiness mixed with earth and forest.
The taste is somewhat watery with a roasted malt note and the mildest bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste didn't measure up to the great look and smell of the beer.

Fatehunter, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of blknikon
3/5  rDev -16%

blknikon, May 07, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured on tap into a pint glass, showing a nice clear brown with some reddish highlights. Thin cap of foam doesn't linger too well and soon glasses off.

Nose is a but nutty and of roasted grain and a bit of cocoa. While the taste follows suit it becomes a bit too arid and dry. Roasted notes are dry and smoky in an ashen sense like the morning after coals of a bonfire. Average feel and body but the charred smoke notes return on the finish and keep the drinkability in check. A bit of a burden to drink and could use a bit more residuals to carry through the palate better.

HalfFull, May 19, 2010
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Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.