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Mystic Seaport Pale Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Mystic Seaport Pale AleMystic Seaport Pale Ale

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002)
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Reviews by Roguer:
Photo of Roguer
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely no head, no liveliness, no lacing, no foam. Brew is an oily-looking golden amber, nearly transparent.

Soft floral aroma, heavy on caramel and butterscotch. Slightly yeasty. Not particularly inviting.

Taste follows the nose. Diacetyl and caramel malt bomb. Very sweet, in a cloying and almost medicinal way. Tastes nothing like an APA. Difficult to finish the beer; no balance or hops at all.

Oily and slick mouthfeel; there's a malty, back of the throat quality to the flavor that makes this a slower drink than the overall body does. No sting or liveliness.

I wonder what the aim was; a Belgian pale, or an English ale? It's certainly not an American Pale Ale; everything seems wrong for that. I also wonder as to the freshness of the keg and the quality of the tap lines. Everything about this experience was sub-par, and not what I expected, but I'm not 100% convinced that it all falls on the beer. Regardless, I don't plan to seek it out in the bottle any time soon to verify or invalidate my first impression.

Roguer, Mar 31, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BlueHammer
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft on the first really warm day of the season. The color is a strong golden color. The lacing was white and wispy, leaving minimal lacing. The beer smelled of hops and wood with a slight sweet undertone. The first sip was malty for a moment before changing over to a hoppy bite. The mouthfeel was smooth. It left a slightly bitter aftertaste that was not unpleasant. It lingered pleasantly. This beer is very drinkable; half was gone before I'd realized it! A great way to kick off the warm season!

BlueHammer, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness dating and new label art. Pours typical golden amber, light white head, leaving respectable lacing. Nose is soapy, lemony and floral. This is a fairly dull, (IMHO) pale ale, hops quite subdued, malt passable. Not much of interest here, middle of road brew. Micro with training wheels...

Billolick, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Minimum lacing.

Smell was pretty weak. Aromas of doughy malts, sweet honey and citrus hops are detectable, but just barely.

The taste follows suit, being on the weaker side. Doughy malts dominate with some sweetness.

Watery, thin mouthfeel with average carbonation.

A basic pale ale. Nothing exciting about this one, but it does stay true to the style.

ThreeDimesDown, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Samdaddy
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter pale ale than most, the beer pours a deep yellow with a refreshing head. It goes great with dinner because of its drinkability, but its not the tastiest pale ale I've ever had. A few more hops may have given this beer the bite it needed. Overall, not a bad drinking beer especially if you going to drink the whole 6'er at once.

Samdaddy, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Gmann
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a wispy white head that settles into a light ring. Appearance is a notch or two above a macro lager.

The aroma is of light cereal grains, with a hint of metal, caramel and butter. Perhaps a note of brown sugar. No hop presence.

The taste is bready with some honey and caramel sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic note and some light grassy hop bitterness. Some fruitiness.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Drinks easy and crisp. Sweet on the palate but does finish with a light hoppy bitterness.

A disappointing APA but not sure if that was what Shipyard was going with. This maybe more of an English Pale Ale. I graded as an APA; I would bump up the score a bit if it is a EPA.

Gmann, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the S&P Oyster Company restaurant in downtown Mystic CT. In a shaker pint glass.

Pours clear very ligh amber, golden tones, with touches of white foam. Smell is lightly bready, some honey sweet notes. Pretty tame.

Taste is that of a clean, drinkable pale ale. Some malty breadness, a light hop throughout, clean finish. Almost a blonde ale.

Not earth shattering, but a nice beer to drink on the deck of S&P on a sunny afternoon.

KTCamm, May 01, 2011
Photo of n2185
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Bubblegum, candy sugar, and diacetyl butter aromas dominate on the nose. No real hop aromas. It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell like APA I've ever had.

T: Similar to the aroma, bubblegum and candy sugar dominate with strong diacetyl flavors as well. The finish is sweet and bready.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: Perhaps this was an old bottle--I could not find any sort of dating system. While it's not terrible, it is far from good and has too much diacetyl for my liking. I'd really like some hop presence.

n2185, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Westyn
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Strong head formation with this one, no really need to encourage it. Slightly hazy gold to golden amber colored beer.

Smells malty and herbal, more like an English style Pale Ale. Sweet and malty with a fairly strong biscuit scent. Hops are definitely English, herbal pipe tobacco and tanned leather scents.

The taste starts out very sweet and malty, sweeter than I expected, toffee and herbal English hops. Fair amount of wood and vanilla in this one plus fruity English yeast flavors, this ale is actually a British Pale Ale taste wise. Good mellow ale, just a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad BPA, just a little on the sweeter side. Still not a favorite of mine.

Zorro, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mystic Pizza in Connecticut...
Appearance: Pours a tawny, ruddy, dark-copper color with a decent-sized head that quickly receded and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma with hints of mild malts, caramel, and a touch of vanilla...
Taste: Biscuit-laden, with strong nuances of bread, butter, and crackers...
Good mouthfeel with an easy level of drinkability that went very well with the delicious pizza...
Worth a try if you're in the area...

dsa7783, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

bostonryan, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice deep yellow pale ale, but the head was rather low and almost nonexistent. There was maybe one spot of lace on the glass after a few moments.

The smell was of nice aromatic hops, with some pine and citrus (but very light).

The taste was mostly of bitter hops, all right, with a slightly unusual banana-like aftertaste.

Rather drinkable, went down easily, but there are better pale ales out there. Having been to Mystic Seaport, however, I look forward to going back and finding this on tap somewhere. It'll go good with a burger and fries.

connecticutpoet, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Villa Spirit Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear, shimmering amber brew. Head is frothy and lasts well, with nice lacing. Aroma is buttery sweet malts with light hops character. Taste follows the nose, and is pleasantly balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good, smooth and goes down like a two dollar, well, nevermind. Let's just leave it as worth checking out.

ppoitras, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JTomczak, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale with good flavor, slightly sweet. Good carbonation. Contract brewed for Mystic Seaport.

jdhilt, Apr 07, 2002
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Soxfan45, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear liquor with a gold/straw color. Good head that leaves a decent lace.

Floral hop, attractive mild spice.

The flavor is dry, but slightly sour. Kinda a traditional ale--notable hope with a solid malt base. Neutral overall taste. Moderate body with an above average carbonation.

smcolw, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Shawnspl
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Shawnspl, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, steadily carbonated, orange-copper coloring with a sparse, filmy coat on the surface. Aromas of tropical fruit and biscuits, both mild and smooth. Flavors of butter and biscuit, both sweet and rich, with a toffee twist at the end. The palate is cleaned by a slightly spiced, hoppy end character. The fruit sweetness is present again in the aftertaste, with berries and pineapple amongst the bunch. Slick, sweet, and slightly filmy finish. Very decent brew.

GarthDanielson, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange / amber in color with a thin 1/2" head that sported some large bubbles. No lacing developed. Has a mild caramel malt aroma. Mellow malt, caramel, orange, and very light bitterness make up the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel with a quick finishing caramel flavor and mild bitterness after swallowing. Lighter side of medium bodied. Could be a better drinking beer if flavor levels were kicked up a few notches, but it is not terrible.

Gavage, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What else to drink with some Mystic Pizza? Regretfully consumed at the pizzeria last night.

The beer pours a light gold color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get much on the nose, just some light honey, celery salt and pepper. Flavors are very light in this watery pale ale, mostly consisting of light honey, light dough and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light with a watery finish. I assume the alcohol is fairly low, but even so I wouldn't call this beer drinkable. There is very little flavor and so it's a chore just chugging it down.

Perfect for thoughtless liquid consumption on a warm day, or to cut the grease in a mediocre pizza... not good for much else though...

John_M, Mar 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +18%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Pando
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Pando, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Mcooly
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Mcooly, Oct 08, 2012
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Mystic Seaport Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.