Waterfront Blonde Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Waterfront Blonde AleWaterfront Blonde Ale

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 29
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: puboflyons on 08-09-2013

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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2.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma-Has a nice smell of hops & malt.
Appearance- Has a clear amber color with a small white head.
Taste- The first flavor I noticed was butter, not bad but wasn't expecting it. The malt and hops came right after.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation with a buttery texture.
Overall- A pretty good beer overall. (379 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of Jan 2014. Sampled on August 8, 2013. I believe this beer is brewed by Shipyard exclusively for the Hannaford grocery store chain of New England (USA).

The pour is golden yellow with a short-lived fizzy white head and so-so clarity. It may be a chill haze as opposed to an unfiltered haze.

The aroma has your basic pale malts, mild sweetness, biscuit, and butter with clean crisp hops faintly in the background.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is not terribly bold but it has a refreshing mixture of pale malts, biscuits, and a dry low hop finish. This may be a knock-off version of Shipyard's Export Ale for a dollar less per six pack. It is not bad but nothing extraordinary. (742 characters)

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3.37/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

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3/5  rDev n/a

Photo of morrowd3
3.54/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Straw flavored blonde, just OK (30 characters)

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4/5  rDev n/a

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2.75/5  rDev n/a

Ok I guess. Tasted kind of buttery and had very flat after taste (64 characters)

Photo of TheMadJack
3.7/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from 12oz screw cap bottle into pint glass. Beer pours a light amber. Clear with a central column of carbonation. A ring of off-white foam clings to the edge of the glass, a thin island of head covers about 80% of the surface.

Scent: Aroma is grassy with undertones of flowers and a hint of berry.

Flavor: Light biscuit and hay base. Gentle, indistinct bitterness follows quickly, and the finish is clean and dry. The ale drinks like a lager.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a smooth and light-to-medium bodied. (536 characters)

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.74/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.64/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. bottle N 13
Has huge pleasant aroma of pale malts and slightly floral hops evolving to a gallantry presence
Mild malt almost lager feel to a taste that resounds and refreshes so nicely
Bright crystal dark blond color adequate carbonation
Nice head formation fizzles slowly to lace glass
Finishes clean and not detecting any diacetyl here that I find in Shipyard
Is it me or Waterfront using new or their own yeast
I like this beer and find it a great drinking brew and at 4.8% ABV can do many in a
Blond Ale like we make here Bro
Up North Baby We Go
Best Regards
Capt Mike (599 characters)

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3.12/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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3/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle from this six-pack; best by date is clearly marked as January 12, 2016.

On the darker end of gold color-wise, pretty nice and shiny look to it, and pretty clear -- I can easily read my phone's screen through it. There's a lot of little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Layer of foam on top is pretty thin but present, and after it shrinks away a ring around the edge and a good-sized "island" in the middle remain. Overall pretty nice, though the foam on top could be better.

Smells of "standard beer smell" through the neck of the bottle, but once poured in a glass it's much nicer, with a bready sort of thing going on and also just a bit of a faint caramel-like thing. Around the halfway point of the glass, a definite buttery sort of smell starts to come in as well, which is interesting -- don't think I've had a beer I picked up that in before this one.

The first thing I notice, even before the taste comes in, is just how fizzy this is on the first sip. This fizziness does calm down a bit afterward, but both times I've had one of these it's just incredibly bubbly on the first sip -- I'm not sure whether this is a good or a bad thing, but the "bubbliness has calmed down" later version is more pleasant to me so I'm going to count the initial super-bubbly feel as a negative. After the initial sip the fizziness starts to calm down a bit, and this continues the more I drink. Overall the feel is fairly light but not bad; quite drinkable once that initial burst of over-fizziness has faded.

Taste is focused primarily on malt -- biscuits all the way, plus a bit of hay/dry grass coming in after a couple sips and growing stronger over time. I'm finding that I really like that hay-like flavor in beer, interestingly enough. There is a bit of a different flavor in there that I can't quite identify, something bordering on bitter which isn't entirely pleasant, but it seems like whatever this is (some kind of hops that my taste buds don't appreciate? yeast weirdness?) is most present on the initial super-fizzy sip and fades away pretty quick afterward. There's just a hint of a leafy sort of bitterness in here as well, coming in after the malt flavors and hanging around a bit in the aftertaste. Around the time the buttery smell starts to appear, a similar thing starts to come in just a bit in the taste as well -- I wonder if this is something that pops up more as the beer warms, as I didn't notice it at all in the first few sips but around the halfway point of the glass it is definitely present. In some beers maybe this would be an unpleasant addition, but here it works pretty well -- butter and biscuits go together well, after all, so why not a buttery biscuity beer?

Overall -- maybe not a spectacular beer, but certainly worth trying, especially if you're on a budget but don't want to resort to the cheap adjunct lagers. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was considering that it's priced well below everything else in the grocery store's craft/import section -- .$6.99 a six-pack at my local Food Lion, the same price as stuff like Bud Light Platinum and only 50 cents more than a six-pack of Yuengling Lager. I think Yuengling may have just been dethroned from its previous position as my go-to cheap beer. (3,280 characters)

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Waterfront Blonde Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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