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Shipyard Winter Ale (Special Brew) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Winter Ale (Special Brew)Shipyard Winter Ale (Special Brew)

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BA SCORE
83
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2000)
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Reviews by karengarys:
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karengarys

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Well well well. My this is a good brew!

Pours hazy brown, with a slight red hue. Some head, but it dissipates, and leaves a ring of foam and a tuft on the top. Looks really good.

Smells good, with notes of rich malt mostly, slightly sweet.

Tastes very good. Rich with no edgy bite. Nice and hoppy, but dry, and rich. Mostly malt, maybe licorice. I can't describe it, but it is smooth.

Mouthfeel is great. Creamy. It lasts.

Finish is very good, but there is a bit of an aftertaste.

I think this is my favorite winter brew. I wasn't going to review this, but after starting it I just couldn't help it! Try it if you can find it!

10-16-2004 03:27:32 | More by karengarys
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a nice amber with not much head to speak of though,the aroma is malty sweet but with a definant hop background that comes thru pretty well.A really appetizing brew here,a nice malty taste with a nice zippy hop flvor in the middle with a real bready malt taste in the finish that lingers well.A real nice intergrated beer I will have to get a six pack of this winner.

12-21-2003 02:16:02 | More by oberon
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Todd

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, with freshness date scored on the label. Nice Maine coast picture.

Appearance: Beautiful clear copper colour with orange hues, and an off-white creamy, sticky head that retains well.

Smell: Raw leaf hops in the nose along with caramel malt and the distinct aroma of Ringwood yeast.

Taste: Smooth, rich, full bodied. Very complex. Large dose of sweet caramel malt, with a touch of toffee. Goes a bit crisp then introduces a hoppy beer with amazing depth of flavour; citrus rind, spice notes, raw leaf, sweet orange. Nice fruitiness to boot. Finishes sweet, a bit nutty and somewhat dry/grain.

Notes: Brewed with 5 malts: malted wheat, pale, crystal, munich and caramalt. And, 5 hops: Fuggles, Goldings, Progress Tettnang and Mount Hood ... All of which makes for one interesting and highly complex winter brew for the gods. Hot damn this is one fine beer!

11-30-2000 21:24:53 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Impressive head retention that leaves a caked on sticky mess within the glass. Good clarity on a sunrise orangey reddish hue.

Comlexly inviting aroma of buttery, malty, hoppy and fruity aroma. Medium to full bodied, just as smooth as it is crisp with a lush malty mouth feel. Maltiness is expressively toasted and sweet upfront with a buttery and light juicy fruit middle … finishes with a long bitter and flavourful hoppiness.

A strong arm of malt and hops beats on the palate as the buttery diacetyl soothes, wild flavours with a straight lined chaotic balance of malt, hops and everything else in-between and easy drinking at that.

11-21-2002 18:51:23 | More by Jason
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a golden brown with a tan head. Decent retention. Smells weakly of dark malt and nuts.

Quite a decent winter beer. Very malty with lots of caramel and nut notes. Toasty without being astringent. Mildy hopped, the sign of a good winter beer to me. Mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is quite nice. I think this beer would benefit from some cask aging.

01-10-2004 02:02:11 | More by yankeeheel
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Dark bronze color and clear, 1/4 inch head is fine-bubbled and has an attractive ESB orange color. Laces in looping drips. Nice aroma, vaguely brown sugar with a bit of pear to accompany it. Dry and gravelly mouthfeel and taste, malt is decent and somwhat cider-like but there's a bit of overbearing ashy hop tone that's beyond floral in character -- and coming on mid mouth to finish. Body is just shy of medium, aided by typical Shipyard diacetyl. Gets a little better on warming but I still don't connect well to the overall profile of many Shipyard brews.

11-16-2003 18:37:08 | More by ADR
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IntriqKen

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Ok..this is unusual for a Winter Warmer...more like a hoppy Red.
Poured a golden dark reddish amber with a tan 1/2 finger head that melted to thick lacing.
Aroma was primarily corriander and sweetness (malts)
First impression in taste was "where did all of those hops come from"? Intense citrus bitter hops....after a few swallows, the flavors begin to blend and I am hit initially with sweet malt...lightly toasted, corriander spices, a touch of cinnamon, followed with an orangish hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick from carbination and slightly carmel smooth.
Aftertaste of spices and light orange peel...very drying and very quenching.
I'm glad I didn't find this until spring...it is a perfect summer quenching brew...can session very easily and, yes, I want another...in fact this review is based on my second.

05-11-2006 23:02:43 | More by IntriqKen
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cokes

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

Essentially copper. Gleaming rather orange. Pale khaki foam on top.
Fruit-laden nose of apricot, rapsberries, cherries and apples. Mixed with toasty malts and gobs of diacetyl.
Enters the mouth buttery, yet well-measured. Caramel-drenched Red Delicious apples provide counterpoint. Quite fruity, with berry traits a forceful secondary. Layered on buttered english muffin backing. Hopping is herbal (tea), metallic and persuasively bitter, without being forceful.
Medium firm in a hefty, glassy texture.
Well put-together, and well-quaffed.
Quite a solid version.

02-19-2004 06:15:01 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Note: This beer should be enjoyed at cellar temperature, or just below to bring out its fullest character. It's quite English in nature, and it should be enjoyed as such.

Shipyar's Winter Ale delivers a slightly hazy, copper body with a ruby cast and glowing orange highlights. Its creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves strings of spotty lace about the glass. Caramelish malt dominates the nose, accented by yeasty character (some iron, berry-like fruitiness, diacetyl) and a touch of leafy hops. It's smooth and creamy across the palate with a medium, dextrinous body and very fine-bubbled, slightly restrained carbonation. There's no surprise in the flavor as it's already been revealed by the nose. But it is richer than might be expected. The malt is full, but not overly sweet nor caramelish; and the yeasty fruitiness and diacetyl smooths and rounds it out into a very drinkable balance. That's not to say that it's solid bitterness and low-key hop flavors aren't doing their job, but they come into play across the middle and into the finish. It's dry in the finish with some lingering butter and fruit.

02-05-2005 13:16:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours with a solid looking light tan head over clear russet/amber liquid. The nose is quite malty/fruity and fresh. Taste is biscuity maltiness, nothing too heavy though, followed by a touch of sweetness and then some hoppy bitterness. Finishes up very tasty with a sweet note that closes things up.

Thanks to Stevie W. for the bottle!

02-16-2003 08:51:53 | More by beerluvr
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Was not impressed with this offering. Tasted like an ale someone had roped some nutmeg in. Nice scolor and head, but couldn't hide the taste. The shipyard should stick with Prelude, this is just average.

12-02-2002 10:30:31 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Copper in coloring, short head left no lacing as it receded. Smells of sweet malt and bread, but very subtle. Tastes of sweet malt, well balanced. Medium in body with good carbonation. Relatively easy to drink, overall a good beer.

03-31-2008 02:08:48 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

Deep mahogany hue, thin, yet rocky off-white head. A hoppy, fruity aroma. Up front, appears to be a full bodied have a seat beer; toasted malts combined with some hop detection. Buttery, some raisins, brown sugar and light coffee beans noted. Smooth and slick throughout; a bit dangerous. A touch of bitterness on the palate that hangs; a great session winter brew.

12-24-2003 04:09:51 | More by GeoffRizzo
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Coppery appearance with quickly dissipating head. Smell was very lightly malty and taste was equally uncomplicated...bitter finish was there, body was ok, but not as rounded as I would have liked. The bitter afetretaste was fine, but there was little before it to get excited about. Easy enough to drink, but so is water and soda. Not my favorite, but I may review againas I am getting over a cold and my taste buds may not be 100%.

12-21-2003 23:18:09 | More by edchicma
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Sailracer


1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

03-24-2012 14:02:34 | More by Sailracer
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TAMU99

Guam

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%

Well, for a "special brew" I expected better.

Kinda average brown color with a medium head and thin lace.

Acidic almost non existent smell.

Taste - flavorful malt but these are overpowered by the hops, too many bitter/acid flavors -This is supposed to be a RED ale and it's WAY too bitter...its just too much. (But I'm not a bitters fan.) Nonetheless, these aren't good bitters.

Mouthfeel - eh, it's beer

Drinkability - If you like sucking on that white stuff inside a grapefruit, then drink more of this. Otherwise, it's just too much to be called drinkable

Want a good red while in Maine have a CASCO BAY RIPTIDE RED!!!

06-01-2004 03:19:53 | More by TAMU99
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TheJudge

New York

4.22/5  rDev +15%

Poured a nice dark amber, with a good white head that held for the entire glass. The smell was very hoppy, which surprised me for a winter ale. Then the taste. Um, Um, good. That hop smell translated to the taste, both at the front of the mouth and the back. This lingered in your mouth enough to make you want more. The malt in this beer wants to come through, you can almost feel some definate sweetness, but the hops balance it very nicely.

There is a lot going on here, that almost forces you to have another sip, to see if that is really what you were tasting. More a bitter than a winter ale, in my opinion, but I would absolutely have this again.

03-11-2004 18:51:53 | More by TheJudge
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Jredner

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Very bready malt aroma with a hint of some sweet spiciness. Clear copper/amber in color with a beautiful, mostly lasting, two finger thick head. Fore has a good wallop of medium bitterness hops, but the middle quickly becomes a plesant sweet malt affair with caramel, butterscotch and dark fruits playing across the tongue. Finish is mildly sweet and biscuity. A very nice amber ale.

01-25-2006 16:50:18 | More by Jredner
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

At first, I couldn't put my finger on this one. I detected treacley notes with a warming finish so was leaning towards old ale. Now I read that it's made with wheat. Hmm. Anyway, who cares? This is a great winter brew that I will definately be getting more of.

11-13-2001 08:54:50 | More by pbrian
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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

12 oz bottle, best before April 07.
Clear copper, with a small 1 finger tan head.

Aroma is light, caramel and cookie dough, a little banana tries to sneak in.

Thin oily mouthfeel.
Flavor has a touch of resin, a touch of lemon a little burnt sugar.

Flavors were a little ADHD. All over the place and never realy concentrating on the whole. Unable to decide what it really wants to be. Amber? APA? Wheat? WInter?
I think I settled on average

12-02-2006 05:40:52 | More by Padron4KM
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a medium amber color with a small ring of white foam with minor spots of lace.
Aroma of caramel, cinnamon and mineral water.
Flavor of caramel, toffee and a hint of green apple.
Mouthfeel is a little bit of sweetness that moves to a little bit of tartness and finishes with a dry spicy warming finish.
Drinkability is pretty good, transitions are a little clumsy but decent beer overall.

03-25-2004 03:45:06 | More by CRJMellor
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-26-2014 00:27:36 | More by buzzy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

the pour was a wonderful shade of amber with a good level of carbonation that was easily visible through the glass. nice head of white that comes up to around two inches and settles own with a moderate amount of lacing.

aroma of nicely rounded hops, light citrus mixed with a caramel sweetness that is simply sublime. near perfection here with every whiff. taking the first sip only reinforces this as each sip is better then the next. really just clean, crisp notes of citrus hops, caramel, bready malts, and a touch of apple like tartness cross the palate and leave a clean, sparkling finish that begs you to drink more.

05-23-2011 01:35:48 | More by mikesgroove
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

12-17-2011 05:16:53 | More by tclapper
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nairb80

Florida

5/5  rDev +36.2%

Yes thats right all 5's! This is without a doubt my favorite beer ever. This beer has a color only Picasso could recreate and a flavor only SHIPYARD can recreate. It is truly a masterpiece. After one taste of this brew; when you here the world winter you wont think of snowball fights or snowmen you will think of Shipyard's Winter Ale.

Find it and drink it.

01-26-2007 18:07:38 | More by nairb80
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Shipyard Winter Ale (Special Brew) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.