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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 mschind


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jda007


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-20-2012 01:35:41 | More by jda007
Photo of EigenBeer


3/5  rDev -16.4%

07-12-2012 18:05:46 | More by EigenBeer
Photo of rderedin


3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-26-2012 00:02:58 | More by rderedin
Photo of Heathenaxe

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-10-2012 19:12:46 | More by Heathenaxe
Photo of StoicBeast


3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-03-2012 14:57:08 | More by StoicBeast
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.23/5  rDev -10%
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 mdillon86


4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-14-2012 15:09:12 | More by mdillon86
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-30-2012 00:42:33 | More by Goldfishman
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

01-25-2012 20:21:51 | More by DMc8ride
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-14-2012 01:46:43 | More by robuess
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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

01-11-2012 05:12:14 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of MaineMike


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-18-2011 00:14:40 | More by MaineMike
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-05-2011 05:16:15 | More by rab53
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

12-02-2011 19:06:34 | More by cbyrd4088
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.23/5  rDev -10%
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 +22%
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 +7.2%
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 +15%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +18.4%
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 +12.8%
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 +1.7%
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
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