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Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Brewer's Brown AleShipyard Brewer's Brown Ale

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165 Ratings

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%

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.

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Photo of Omnium


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Dark brown with a finger of fizzy off white head, a few spots of lacing.
S - Roasted malts, dark fruit, toffee, toast, some earthy and herbal hops.
T - Sweet malt up front, not so roasty, some fig and pum, herbal hop bite, toffee creamy traits on the end.
M - Good feel, not heavy, but a little chewy, goes down easy.
O - This is a decent brown ale, enough complexity and character to be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 05:55:07 | More by Omnium
Photo of fx20736

New York

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temp.

Black Tea shade of reddish brown with thin greyish head that recedes quickly.

aroma; rich coffee notes suggest presence of some roasted malt, some sweetish yeastiness and some balancing hops.

mouthfeel: is a little thin.

taste: not quite as malty as some Browns, a light burnt coffee bitterness gives way to a slight cola sweetness.

Notes:if this were a richer, maltier brew it would be outstanding in flavor. lack of lacing is a problem. despite some flaws this is still a good beer..

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:50:16 | More by fx20736
Photo of Fatehunter


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:53:09 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear ice tea color with a very impressive head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Toffee and brown bread; a little fruit and some diacetyl from the Ringwood

Taste: Buttered brown bread and toffee, with developing undertones of hazelnuts, cocoa and tobacco, in the middle, where some nutskin bitterness also becomes apparent; the malts drive through the finish, with just a hint of fig in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not being a big fan of brown ales, I found this to be a nice change of pace; Shipyard has done a nice job of packing an interesting blend of malty flavors into this brew

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 22:53:24 | More by brentk56
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got done watching my fantasy football team gets it's ass kicked by my brother, so I needed a beer. This one pours from a 12oz bottle into a Harpoon pint glass. Beer is very dark brown with a slightly off white colored head, a nice head presents itself and there is a decent amount of lacing. Nice looking.

Aroma is quite bready but filled with some chalkiness and alkalinity. Good dose of caramel with some toffee and tobacco notes as well.

Flavor mimics the aroma with toffee and crackers leading the way. More caramel with solid roastiness. Nice flavor profile

I liked this one. I am not typically a brown ale fan, but this one had nice body to and perfect carbonation. The breadiness and caramel and toffee melded well together to make an altogether well rounded beer that pleased my palate. As far as brown ales go, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:40:32 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very light brown with a thin ring of white foam atop like a lid. The nose is all caramel, but evolves into a nutty malt. Soft smooth sweet nutty taste. Very light carbonation. Very smooth, very easy little bit of sweet sticks around.

Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 13:14:27 | More by KTCamm
Photo of mactrail


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite lovely dark amber in the small chalice. Nice foam coats the glass. Toffee in the nose.

Not too thick, but malty. Pleasantly rich and flavorful, but not very sweet. Roasted malt provides the interest. A touch of hops provides some bitterness halfway through. Tastes more like a splash of coffee than hops. A hint of butter. Interesting dark flavor with some sweet highlights. Baked apples with some bitter skin flavor.

Thoroughly drinkable beer and a couple of notches above the usual in this category. From the 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 04:30:56 | More by mactrail
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:56:35 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of mschind


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12 bottle into a nonic produced a half inch head without much retention but decent lacing on hte glass. Very dark translucent brown. Almost too dark for a brown ale.

S-Nutty carmel and biscuit malt. No discernible hops in the nose.

T- Big malty flavor balanced with some bitterness that seems to come mainly ffrom the dark malt reminiscent of a stout.

M- Medium light body with medium to high carbonation.

O- This strikes me as unusual for a brown ale. The roasty finish pushes the envelope but overall it is balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:43:16 | More by mschind
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a moderate amount of carbonation seen rising with a one finger tan head that dissipated within a couple seconds, lacing was light yet slightly foamy and it left some rings

S: light roasted coffee with some caramels and nuts

T: moderately sweet through previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, sessionable, dry aftertaste and finish

O: this is a decent American Brown ale that I might have again depending upon what else was served

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 12:38:45 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Atlantic Brewing Company Bar Harbor Real Ale.

Appearance: Clear brown with moderate carbonation. Two finger, off-white head that diminished very quickly. The lacing was virtually nonexistent.

Smell: Light roasted aroma. Not much changed as the beer warmed.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Roasted with hints of coffee and toast. The finish did not last long.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was dry and watery. The carbonation was soft, almost flat.

Overall: This is an average brown ale comparable to Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:37:44 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of ebeard2


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer by Shipyard I have tried, and oh boy does this one make a good first impression for the brewery. This beer has a dark brown color, with a hint of red in it. Any darker and you would think you were pouring a stout.

This beer has an excellent flavor. It has a nice nut brown flavor with hints of coffee thrown into the mix. If I had to pick one word to describe the taste, it would be delightful. If brown ale's are your forte, then I could certainly recommend giving this one a try. This is one of the better brown ale's out there.

Drinking this beer, it has a nice full body, not something you would really want out on the beach, but rather something when you are at home sharing a pint with friends. This beer has an excellent flavor and it should be drank slowly to savor every bit of it.

Overall I would without a doubt recommend trying this beer. It has a fantastic flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 14:30:39 | More by ebeard2
Photo of TheBigE5


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry red oak color, very nice and clear

S - Toasted malt smell, dark fruits, candy sweetness and lightly hopped in the nose.

T - Lots in the taste, brown sugar, caramel, creamy, slighty herbal, coffee beans, bitter finish

M - Nice and creamy, almost like a stout. Very smooth.

O - I love how the smell of this beer blends perfectly with the taste. Smelling as you sip gives you a glimpse of "beer harmony". Not my favorite style but a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 17:48:17 | More by TheBigE5
Photo of jadpsu


4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Portland Me. at the Shipyard brewery. Picked up a 6 pack mix of Brown Ale and the Old Thumper. Brown Ale's are a favorite of mine.
Pours a dark brown with a red hue and a tan head and decent retention and good side glass lacing.
Aroma, is of a lot of roasted, toasted malts, aroma of coffee and maybe some raisens. Some floral hops provide some nice balance.
Taste, is creamy,with al lot of maltiness. Has low carbination and finishes with some sweet raisens.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:14:51 | More by jadpsu
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale is a very clear, solid brown ale with a thin khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a sweet aroma, like caramel mostly. There may be a hint of nuttiness and a hint of coffee, but it's mostly caramel. It's medium-light bodied and lively. The finish is dry and pretty crisp. It leaves the mouth with a slightly astringent feel. It doesn't taste sweet like it smells. It's pretty malty with a touch of coffee and perhaps nuttiness. There's a fair amount of leafy green bitterness. Chocolate and alcohol are in the aftertaste. This is a solid American brown ale. I just noticed the blue star on the orange background on the label. Is that supposed to make me think of Newcastle? Because, I prefer this to Newcastle, I think.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 13:50:28 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Brenden


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 18:09:56 | More by Brenden
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was wonderful, rich brown in color with a huge tan head that stayed on top forever! Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently, no joke. Just perfect. Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish. Hints of plums pick up as I finish the glass now as well, again well placed and nicely balanced. Superb drinkable factor here as this went wonderfully with dinner and everything after.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 22:01:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Portertime


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shipyard brewery is a good well-rounded brewery with a wide range of good brews. I picked up this one as the new seasonal. Poured a tantalizing mahogany brown with a cola like head. The smell was sweet and seductive with a hint of roasted nuts and dark chocolate, candied fruits. The taste was rich and creamy with hints of fresh brewed coffee, nutty peanut butter, and dusty chocolate. Last time I checked, this was a brown ale not a porter! But, it was a pleasant surprise and a questionable summer seasonal, yet a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:03:47 | More by Portertime
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, rich mahogany-hued body with a tall, proud, though deflating light beige head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley, toasted bread, a little chocolate and caramel hiding a naughty pat of butter, and cherry nut squares from the fair amount of fruit esters.

Taste: A nice showing of dark bready barley, sweet chocolate, lightly roasted nuts, and crunchy dark caramel. Medium sweetness. Slight dark cherry fruitiness going on, though moreso as it warms. The coffee-ish roasty accent reassures itself as the herbal, earthy English hops perk up with a modest amount of overall bitterness. Mild diacetyl. Slight trace of smokiness. Predominately a dry maltiness on the finish with a final kick of ripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Notably smooth mouthfeel that rolls across the tongue in a lush manner.

Overall: Enjoyed this one. BBA does a very good job at just being a simple brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 03:49:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of gdrydenc


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #100!

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a finger of cream-white head. Held into the light, the beer reviews dark auburn highlights.

S - Caramel malts are what stand out the most to me. The caramel smells sweet, but I can't find any of the coffee/chocolate qualities of many malt fronted beers.

T - Lots of caramel, much like in the smell. The malts are still present, and there's a little bit of bitter coffee that wasn't in the smell. Tastes much like several brown ales I've have.

M - A bit more carbonated than I'd expect. Also a bit thinner than I'd like. I would like a bit more syurpy qualities such a caramel based beer.

Overall, this is a fairly stock brown ale. Nothing outstanding, but certainly nothing wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:00:50 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of Nerudamann


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - brown in color, clearly and distinctly brown and not black. About maybe a quarter of a finger's worth of light tan colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Malty, a bit of a roasted quality, as well as notes of caramel and maybe molasses.

Taste and Mouthfeel - definitely malty, but with an odd tanginess/bitterness from apparent hops. Dry in general and sharp on the middle of the palate, there's a bit of a roasted quality at the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - very different taste than I was expecting, even after the smell. Interesting in general, and not too bad for the style I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 03:47:18 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date on label. Served in a Shipyard Pint glass.
The brown shoe polish color is true to the style. A foamy beige head rises fast and holds over the top. Fairly good retaining lace throughout.
Sweet malt and fruit bread smells, blend with a bit of citrusy and tea-like aromas. A faint whiff of peaty whiskey is perceived.
The earthy, peaty malt taste is upfront. A doughy wheat bread taste is followed with tea-like and fruit cup flavors. A little limey citrus and distant whiskey taste are ever present.
It's a fairly deceptively dry body, with just enough smoothness to make it gulpable.
Tell anyone in the UK that they are drinking an original brown ale and they won't bat an eye lash. Except for the slightly elevated alcoholic kick, there is no discernible difference.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:43:12 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Bouleboubier


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked like I could be in for a treat with its stunning deep garnet color, extremely gemstone clean, topped with airy tan foam - quite a few fairly big sudsy bubbles, long lasting thick collar and soft blanket, excellent retention and replenishment.

Very estery aroma. Leathery. Maltiness giving some chocolate and hard-baked cookie almost like a ginger snap. Dare I say the smell has depth, maybe even complexity.

Interesting taste altogether, certainly resembles a brown ale of the English variety. Up front some tough yet dull ashy/embery smokiness, rounded on the edges & vague raisin/dried-cherry fruit. Slow developing wave-break carb sizzle atop the palate, clean and smooth underneath, with medium-bodied, nearly robust malt rising up in the middle, following through the end while finishing assertively yeast funky with a long lingering roasted-bitter/hop bite in the back (run-on). Much more aggressive taste and feel than I was expecting.

This...wasn't...all..that..bad. Really, it's clean and very easy to drink. It's got some attitude for what it is. Yes sir I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:08:49 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of abrand


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before August 2011 notched on label.

Pours a deep amber almost brown color with good clarity on the edges. A 2 finger off white to tan head fades but leaves a small head that lingers. Smells of fresh nuts, roasted malts, some toffee candy, and bready yeast. No sweetness on the taste. Some nuts and malts come through but really not much going on with the taste. This is missing the sweet brown sugar that is in some brown ales. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Overall this is mediocre. Quite sessionable with the taste being decent and middle of the road ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:32:04 | More by abrand
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Unsurprisingly, it pours a medium brown hue capped with a smallish off-white head.

S - There are a lot of floral notes in the aroma; the nose is very sugar cookie-like with hint of tea.

T - On the plus side, a light bitterness saves the softly fruity flavor from being cloying and boring. On the minus side, it is only barely above boring and/or cloying fruity-floral sweetness.

M - Soft feel, much attuned to the rest of this brew's character.

D - It is very okay. Extremely okay, even.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 17:40:14 | More by ktrillionaire
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