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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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BA SCORE
79
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.18%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002)
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Westyn

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

07-31-2014 15:46:50 | More by Westyn
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timoteo833

New York

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

07-29-2014 00:43:57 | More by timoteo833
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

07-28-2014 23:27:38 | More by Sellen
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Roguer

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 22:22:26 | More by Roguer
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Pando

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

10-08-2013 02:54:42 | More by Pando
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Soxfan45

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-08-2013 22:26:47 | More by Soxfan45
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-22-2013 05:03:58 | More by JTomczak
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rorjets

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +17.6%

02-10-2013 15:01:18 | More by rorjets
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neil2me

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +17.6%

01-03-2013 17:50:11 | More by neil2me
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-30-2012 22:21:45 | More by bostonryan
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Mcooly

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

10-08-2012 03:13:35 | More by Mcooly
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 16:17:55 | More by GarthDanielson
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n2185

North Carolina

2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 05:52:35 | More by n2185
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -41.2%

02-15-2012 01:56:32 | More by jfcaa193
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

02-01-2012 03:04:13 | More by shigg85
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-22-2011 00:53:22 | More by RoryOMoore
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Gmann

New York

2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 22:20:01 | More by Gmann
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 20:11:42 | More by KTCamm
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 19:43:17 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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mattjv

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this today after a recommendation from a family member. Poured from a screw top bottle with no freshness date.. the packaging started this off on the wrong foot but lets see how the beer is.

pours a pale amber color with moderate head retention, lots of bubbles racing to the surface. Smell is not highly pronounced but has the components to be expected from the style, mainly biscuity/bready malt and some floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. The taste is good but a little subdued much like the aroma. The high carbonation lends a crispness up front, which gives way to bready pale malt. Hops do come through in the finish, floral notes with a mild bitterness. Finish is clean and slightly drying.

Drinkability? quite high, I had one with dinner but polishing off the sixer in a sitting would be no problem. Overall this was a decent pale ale but nothing special, as most others have noted this is most at home washing down some pizza or quenching your thirst on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:19:16 | More by mattjv
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John_M

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 10:06:28 | More by John_M
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 19:57:44 | More by smcolw
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2008 16:23:18 | More by dsa7783
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Zorro

California

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:38:33 | More by Zorro
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drseamus

New York

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful crystal clear amber color with a nice white head. There is tons of visible carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass. The aroma is malty but not sweet with some hop aroma in the background. The flavor is malty as well with a bunch of caramel and some hop flavor. This is a very balanced beer. The mouthfeel is light medium. Drinkability is average.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 05:31:07 | More by drseamus
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Mystic Seaport Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.