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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 CherylM


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

This is a welcome change this time of year. Much more flavor than other Spring offerings. Very rich brown color and is bursting with malts and hops. Medium body and not as heavy as the Winter Ales, but has just as much flavor and appeal. Very enjoyable and will be missed when it is off the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:54:25 | More by CherylM
Photo of Ricochet


2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another beer that I drink a lot of, but I'm not a huge brown beer fan. I like them when they taste pretty decent and are cheap. This was a little more but didn't have the sweetness of most browns so I give it a plus there. It was deep, ruby, brownish, with a decent head that faded quickly. Smell was sweet and wine-like. Normally wine like scent scrares me because I had just flushed half a case of my fave cheap brown because it was sour. Mouth was thin with a candy like aftertaste. This was a quality beer in the taste department, meaning it didn't have corn or rice added, even tasted a bit vague like a brown. The winey notes and toasted malts and the dryness were welcome, but I found myself wanting a cheap brown. Not impressed.

Sure, the quality of the ingredients were decent, but not enough to say I'd drink this again. Even JWD HB seems like a better choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 03:33:23 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Drew966


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

This beer pours a nice shade of copper from a twelve ounce brown bottle. It smells a bit hoppy. Taste is quite a bit hoppier than I would expect for the style. The malt is apparent, but at times seems overwhelmed by the hops, not actually a bad thing, but also not really true to style. I could drink quite a bit of this, I do think it's pretty good and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 01:43:54 | More by Drew966
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This rich brown brew had a full five finger head, which died down to a rocky foam. It took a while to really fill the glass.

Aroma was of lightly roasted malts, with some fruitiness and a little bit of an estery quality.

Taste was of rich malt, with slightly roasted notes. There was also some caramel, a little fruitiness, and a hint of hops. Nice.

Mouthfeel was light and creamy... it went down nice and smoothly.

Definitely gets good marks for drinkability. It was truly an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 03:03:43 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a big foamy beige head. A smooth easy malt aroma with hints of carmel and coffee. A quick burst of coffee in the start of the taste followed by some carmel sweetness and a dry hop finish that gains momentum thru the glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 23:47:03 | More by ybnorml
Photo of HoorayBeer


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown translucent coloring, very slight head, that stays around the edge of the glass.

Hoppy nose with buttery aromatics. Not sure if I like the butter smell. It is definately a pungent smell.

Good flavor, sweet caramel and hops. Sweet aftertaste as the caramel follows through. Good taste, I enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel, has some carbonation in it, but easy to drink.
Overall a good year round brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 01:29:49 | More by HoorayBeer
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

On-tap at Federal Jack's. Clear dark copper in color with a short off-white head. The aroma is of caramel and butter. Mild roasted malt, caramel, butter, and mild bitterness make up the flavor. The Ringwood yeast tones are quite prevelant here.

Mouthfeel is smooth at the start and finish. Medium bodied. The aftertaste has some caramel and butter riding the tongue briefly. I found this to be drinkable despite the strong butter tones.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2005 15:38:40 | More by Gavage
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At 3.8 % ABV, a good session beer. Diacetyl flavors are hidden a bit. If you like Ringwood beers this is the one to try. Its not as dark as I would expect a brown ale to be, but it is very falvorful for a mild brown. Definatly worth a try if you're at Federal Jacks or in the Kennebunk area.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2005 04:26:26 | More by ericj551
Photo of smcolw


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a tight bubbled beige-white head (two fingers thick). Nice, but thin, lace.

Very sweet candy caramel aroma. Very rich in the body with a coyly sweet flavor that is well balanced with a hop that must be strong to cut the sugar but not overbearing. The carbonation seems low, but that could be because of the fullness of the liquid.

While this is a good beer, it's far sweeter than any other brown ale I've ever had. Now if it were considered a Scotch Ale...

Retasted on 4/25/10
I notice what I wrote five years ago still holds up except that the carbonation is very high. Now, it's almost spritzy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 00:51:40 | More by smcolw
Photo of merlin48


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 10:00:31 | More by merlin48
Photo of Hibernator


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

The most recent addition of Yankee Brew News [Volume 16/Number 1] reports that this Shipyard beer is available through March and that this beer is 5.5% ABV.

It's always cool to see a brewery introduce new beers to their line- up. This is the first annual Brewer's Choice offering. Nice looking new bottle. I like the cat hangin' out on top of the keg.

I had this out of a 12 oz brown long neck bottle and served in a Shipyard imperial pint glass.

Pours a warm brown chestnut color with some very light brown highlights. Nice sized head on top that turns into a thick lace around the glass. Some scattered sticky lacings as well.

Aroma of butterscotch with a heavy dose of malts.

Very smooth and creamy brown ale. Juicy caramel malts with a creamy mouthfeel. The buttery tastes are nice in this brew from Shipyard. With some of their beers the Ringwood can be out of control. In this case it appears the diacetyl is controlled. Well balanced with a nice hop snap bite on the finish. Very good drinkability that could work as a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 21:57:07 | More by Hibernator
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white, three-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, rich amber color. Malty nose. Starts malty with the underlying sweetness, has a rich finish. Nice brown. 83¢ for a 12oz bottle from Cumberland Farms Convenience Greenland, NH.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 23:37:36 | More by jdhilt
Photo of twelvsies


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

This brown ale isn't really brown. Dark amber, maybe brownish tints, but that's it. Smells sweet and a little malty, but mostly just sugary and sweet. Taste is not what I expect from a solid brown ale. Tastes a little fruity and I guess a little malty, but not roasty or toasty like I was hoping. Hops don't really play a big role in this beer. As for mouthfeel, this beer is too light bodied to be a brown ale, even an English brown ale. Very watery. Smooth yes, but not very substantial. As a side note, I bought a Shipyard mixed 12 pack and the brown ale, IPA, and Export Ale all tasted very similar, and equally uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 20:44:19 | More by twelvsies
Photo of masterbruewer


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber with a thick off-white head. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet. A bit of piney hops.

The taste is a little nutty and sweet. A good balance with a light hop kick.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle kick of hops and carbonation.

A very drinkable beer. One I'll look for again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 23:50:07 | More by masterbruewer
Photo of FranklinPCombs


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

Poured a red tinted brown (as the name might suggest to those sound of mind). Head was limited but there was a bit of lace that draped itself out as the beer level in the glass was depleated. The smell was of wheats and malts and I found a distinct woodsy nutty flavor to it. There was also a distinct buttery sharp smell, and a small hop bitterness lingered in the back. A very interesting smell overall. The taste was a dry burnt woody taste, with some small citruisy flavors, and a bit of bitterness which tastes more like a tart chalky apple than hops, but very subdued. I like the flavor although I find it hard to pinpoint. Mouthfeel is dry and smoky (without the actual "smoked" flavor) and pleasantly carbonated. When I see the alcohol content I can see that this beer lets you know its slightly less alcoholic that a "regular" beer, but its certainly not dramatically evident. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 23:02:05 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of NEhophead


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

'Best Enjoyed By Date' clearly marked.

Appearance: Off-white head that disappeared almost immediately. Some lacing at the start that mostly stuck together, but by mid glass was gone. Very nice auburn, red coloring; almost like a raspberry iced-tea.

Smell: Hints of malty sweetness. A sugary caramel nose, but nothing overpowering.

Taste: Caramel flavoring at the forefront that is quite strong. Big malty punch in the first few sips. Very slight almond hints in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet, which on my palate is a bit much. Nice finishing bitterness at the end of the sip.

Drinkability: Decent version of the style with the caramel flavoring setting it aside from other Brown Ales. Too sweet to have more than a pint or two though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 18:26:27 | More by NEhophead
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an actual brown color. This has to be one of the few really "brown" ales. The head is thin, but laces nicely. The aroma is great. There is a strong roasted malt presence here. The taste is also malty; really malty. It tastes sweet, but not in a bad way. There are a number of caramel malts in this one; a real treat. The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body on it. I find it to be quite enjoyable and in turn very drinkable. Some may find this to be too malty, but I feel that this is a true brown ale, not only in color , but also in aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 01:08:21 | More by WesWes
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2003 23:23:22 | More by oberon
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2003 15:04:15 | More by Loki
Photo of purplehops


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale poured a medium light brown with a very thin off-white head that didn't last from the bar to the table. The aroma was of sweet malts with a faint floral hop note to it. The taste started off very malty with noticeable flavors of crystal malt with hints of bitter grain flavors (black malt or roasted barley?). The finish was pleasantly dry with hop bitterness present. Tha aftertaste was a lingering blend of caramel malts and hops. Mouthfeel for this ale was medium full with a bit of a chew to it.
Overall a nice Brown ale. Not being a fan of the style I was surprised by the hoppiness of this beer. I would venture to guess this is why I like this one so much.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2003 02:16:31 | More by purplehops
Photo of StevieW


2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Federal Jack's in Kennebunkport. Decent dark brown color, thin tan head. Smell was sweet enough, and malty, but had a slighly sour off nose to finish.Taste was a little dissapointing. Syrupy like, sweetness, but a wierd slippery, finish lingers. Unbalanced sweet, and thin. I think I expected more out of this, maybe it was the bottom of the keg. I bought a couple bottles to bring home, and try out as well, but the first one I had tasted the same. Call in Mr. Puggsley, this one needs a little work.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2002 08:49:58 | More by StevieW
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Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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