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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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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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.

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Photo of scruffwhor


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm greeted with a very loud pop when I pry off the cap. The some foam then almost makes it out of the bottle before I can even pour it into my glass. Great, thock beige head that leaves a thick foam that stays throughout all 12oz. Good deep, yet clear brown, shoepolish hue. Great bubbling and lacing. Just an awesome looking brown ale. The aroma is filled with very rich toasted and medium rosted mlats. Mixed with some English and American smelling hops. The great great blending of hops and malt give this beer a roasted nut flavor with some toffee notes as well. More like bitter toffee. Smooth, clean palate. This is a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 07:45:51 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this ale pours a dark brown/mahogany, thin muddy colored head with moderate swift carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate, with nutty notes as well, with a strong alcohol kick, and faint toffee highlights

T - sharp up front at first, then it melts into a splendidly mellow sweet toffee/roasted malt flavor, a very nice and highly impressive shift with a great flavorful finish

M&D - supersmooth, what a great beer, so smooth at the end, this beer would make an amazing session beer, nicely layered and complex, well done Shipyard

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 04:04:27 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Suds


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep brown color that’s notably clear. There’s almost no head on this one at all, and the carbonation is very low. This gives the beer an unappealing stillness. The aroma is pretty nice…a soft maltiness with some caramel and chocolate. There’s a slight nut and grain character as well. The flavor is moderately sweet with just a faint hop bitterness. Not much hop flavor to go along with the bitterness. Medium to light in body, with some smoothness. I generally like brews with low carbonation, but it doesn’t serve this beer well at all. This is a simple beer. It’s okay, but that’s about as far as it goes.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 01:50:10 | More by Suds
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light brown color; a bit lighter than I would have expected. It has a thin off white head. The smell is pretty powerful. It smells of sweet caramelly maltiness. The taste matches the smell. It is very malty with heavy caramel overtones. There are only detectable hops on the back end of the taste, and they are mild. This is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. In general I like malty caramel flavors and this beer does it nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 22:27:13 | More by drseamus
Photo of BryanCarey


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shipyard Brown Ale is a good beer product that starts of nicely with a solid head of foam and an aroma that offers earthy notes along with toffee. The foam doesn’t last very long- it fizzles out rather quickly leaving glass of light brown liquid behind.

This beer has some nice flavor attributes like nuts, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and diacetyl. The diacetyl taste isn’t too bad even though many will likely be turned off by this characteristic. There is some short- lived bitterness in the finish but the overall taste is sweet and the beer is easy to drink.

Shipyard Brown is many nautical miles from being a great brown ale but it is still good enough to try. It’s a little lighter than I prefer but there is enough good taste to make it worth an occasional sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 02:28:37 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 01:27:58 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of dustylong


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a distinct brown color with a small amount of head, but good retention, and lacing (Poured from a bottle into a pint glass). Has a sweet malty smell with a hint of nut. Has a hoppy taste to it, which is almost balanced by the malt. Has a sweet, nutty, fruity taste to it. Has a medium body to it, and just the right amount of carbonation to make me happy, a nice balance to it. Overall, a good tasting beer. I would suggest other try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 23:21:22 | More by dustylong
Photo of Nipitato


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville

A: Rich mahogany color. Poured with a two finger cream colored head. Nearly opaque.

S: Not a whole lot in terms of smell. I'm picking up some sweet toasty malt notes and some fruity esters.

T: Delicious. Fruity esters very prominent. Nice malty caramel presence with a nice hoppy finish that balances out malt.

MF: Chunky. Medium to full body. Almost resiny. Moderate carbonation fitting with its style.

D: A nice beer. Its bigger body might not make it an ideal session beer. Quite drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 22:51:33 | More by Nipitato
Photo of dirtylou


4.13/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 22:40:29 | More by dirtylou
Photo of blackie


4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer pours a creamy looking 0.75" khaki colored head, and is a deep, rich brown in color. The head gradually recedes to a thin coating on the surface and a ring around the glass.

smell: Aromas of chocolate malts first greet the nose, followed by lighter notes of toffee and a nice English type hop aroma. Smells rich and delicious.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a higher medium, and the body around the lighter side of the medium range.

taste: Great flavors of toasted and slightly roasted malts fill my mouth and bring with them a light to moderate sweet, toffeelike character and notes of bittersweet chocolate. The hop flavor is light, as is the bitterness...blending perfectly with the nutty, toasty character of the beer.

drinkability: very easy...chocolatey and rich, a great brown

single bottle purchased at Woodman's and consumed in Madison...the label is notched as best by July '06

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 22:39:05 | More by blackie
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark redish brown in color with an average head and vrry little lacing. Smelled sweet malts, some roasted notes, with coca and light fruitiness. The taste is a more astringent brown ale than i am used to, but it balances with some citrus and nuttiness, a weird combo i know, that gives this beer a certaun strange quality. The beer is medium bodied and as i said is astringent on the palate which hinders the little flavors and makes the stronger ones more pronounced in my eyes. Though easy to drink this beer is not really ideal for sessions. Fun and a more summer style brown ale, this beer lacks some depth that makes this a great brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 07:07:13 | More by mattpetti
Photo of Chadbrew


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Brown Ale
I’m sort of a fan of Brown Ales and other than the diacetyl, this is a tasty one. Light to moderate carbonation on a light brown beer. The flavor is crisp with a touch of caramel. Medium bodied and creamy feeling mouthfeel with a very clean finish.
Very tasty overall but begs the question… What WOULD Alan Pugsley do?

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 10:29:43 | More by Chadbrew
Photo of bashiba


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light brown with no almost no head.

Some light sweet malt odor with a bit of nuttiness.

A light bit of sweet malts that quickly turns into a buttery diacetyl flavor. Not quite as prevelent as the Shipyard Export or IPA, but still very strong.

Mouthfeel is light and slick.

Not terrible, but as with their other beers the strong diacetyl seems a bit stronger than it should.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:46:54 | More by bashiba
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 02:28:44 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Blakaeris


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-amber with a massive head that dissipates quickly to a soapy sheen. Nice lacing.

Smell is an unusual musty roasted malt aroma. Caramel and toffee.

Taste is roasted malt with a tangy mineral edge. Underlying nutty woody flavor. Finish is moderately dry and spicy but it is the malty sweetness that lingers with hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium full, and lightly buttery. Not bad.

This beer is a little off the beaten path in my opinion. The odd musty metalic sweetness thing isn't bad... Just different. A worthwhile effort. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 23:12:46 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 19:01:34 | More by Billolick
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peanut skin brown with orange highlights on the coaster, red-orange-bronze when backlit with weak morning sunlight. The cap is the color of malted milk and looks to be as thick as a coffee milkshake (but probably isn't). Arcing strands of sea foam lace decorate the glass just above the descending surface of the foam and look like they'll be washed away with the first wave of beer.

I want the nose to be much stronger than it is because I like what I'm smelling. The aroma is of sugar-crusted pecans sauted in butter (which go great with butterscotch-drizzled vanilla bean ice cream, by the way). Anyone with an aversion to diacetyl is likely to turn away in horror, but I love what it's done for BCSA's nose.

The flavor is different and interesting. Again, as with most all Shipyard offerings, Ringwood yeast is the determining factor in how one feels about the beer. Warning: it's front and center here. I like the personality that it provides to an often lackluster style, but I'm not sure that I'll feel the same once my d-tank has been filled. Which should take one beer, two at most.

On the palate, I get the same basic combination that was evident in the nose. The beer benefits, in my opinion, by being sweet with a trace of bitterness rather than by being bitter with a trace of sweetness. It makes the butterscotchiness more butterscotchy and more appealing as a result. If I know Shipyard, some sort of Brit hops were used, although it's tough to determine the hop bill for certain given the strength of the other flavors.

As alluded to above, I like the way that this beer tastes while having very little desire to drink more than the one that I bought. I couldn't see myself buying it in sixers for instance. I'm sure that Shipyard has their loyalists, but have to wonder if their use of such a polarizing yeast strain hasn't hurt their bottom line more than it has helped it.

The body is brown ale medium, perhaps a shade more full than that. If I don't notice a beer's mouthfeel prior to turning my attention to it, I usually consider that to be a net positive. Such is the case here. I consider the restrained amount of carbonation to be a positive as well.

I'm not quite sure that I'd use the word 'special' to describe what I believe to be Shipyard's inaugural Brewer's Choice Special Ale. By the same token, it is a tasty brown ale that kept me interested all the way to the bottom of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 14:13:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 23:12:34 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jmz62565


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:57:39 | More by jmz62565
Photo of villainchiwwin


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass from 2006 'Brewer's Choice' 12 oz.
nice deep brown color with little head and even less retention.
smells good, caramel and sweet maple toffee. flavor starts out sweet with roasty and toasty malts but sharp bitterness comes thru strong from the hops overwhelming sweetness--not over-hopped but somehow unbalanced, maybe too acrid. mouthfeel goes from smoothness to astringency with an oily coating in the mouth through which some of the malt comes back in the finish.
hm, not bad - it would make a great session beer if it took one's fancy. hoppy and ornery for a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 22:28:20 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Vancer


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, foamy, foamy! Damnest foamy brew I have ever seen. Even a lite pour would result in foam filling the glass. Once it settled a tad, the head turned into a respectable rocky tan dollop of suds on top of a clear oak brew. Malty and earthy in the aroma, hoppy and nutty in the taste. Not enough malt for a balanced character.

Dry and light bodied, just way too over carbonated. I’m not excited about having this one again – but I would not turn one down, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 20:08:42 | More by Vancer
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2006 15:18:00 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Captain's Collection, a real nice brown ale. Pours a nice dark golden brown color. Smells malty, not too strong. Taste? A real nice malt flavor, a little earthy flavor too. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Finishes up nice, a great session beer. I'm quite surprised by this one. Shipyard's product seem to be a bit bland as of late but this one is a really great beer. A nice addition to their list.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 22:18:44 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of jaluria


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew from Shipyard; quite excited to try it and I was not disappointed.

Appeared dark brown in my pint glass with an off-white colored head that left a touch of lacing. Seemed rather viscous in texture and opaque in color. Aromas of toffee, roasted malt, nuts, and hard candy; very appealing. The taste was dominated by roasted malt flavors, but other subtle flavors came out as well such as nuts and hard candy. Slightly bready in texture and coated my mouth nicely. Excellent drinkability; smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 16:06:54 | More by jaluria
Photo of maxpower


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a deep, clear brown color with a small foamy tan head that leaves a some lacing in my glass, roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty, caramel and buttery flavors, finishes on the sweet side. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel, an average brown at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 20:59:57 | More by maxpower
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