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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #729
Ranked #47,726
3.33 | pDev: 15.32%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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arizcards from Arizona

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 20 oz serving at the Portland Maine brewpub on 9-6-19 for $8.59.

Beer was served golden with a solid white head.

Nose was cracker and lightly toasted malts.

Taste was crackers and toast balanced very well by beta hops.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and kind of refreshing.

Overall not a bad change of pace beer to go with a mediocre cheeseburger.

Sep 06, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Creamy head, moderate lacing. Light amber orange with lots of bubbles rising. Polished.

Light caramel and pale malts, not much hops, slight Canadian beer whang.

Balanced and crisp. Bitterness is soft, malt is on sweet side. More of an amber. Some diacetyl ans fusel alcohol perception. Very English.

Medium, well carbonated. No astringency.

Odd but tasty and satisfying.

Aug 15, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I guess every once in a while. I wish they provided a bit of Beer Info that might enhance my appreciation. Decent golden malt body. Just not my favorite hops profile, would probably be better in a darker ale... Decent bittering, yet nothing floral. I was expecting something reminiscent of Molson Red Export Ale, not quite. Does gets better as the hight goes on...

Feb 13, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by date on the bottle. Does not taste like a blond ale to me, but more like an english style cream ale sort of like Boddington's or Wexford Cream Ale. Not what I expected but not bad. I would rather drink this than their lousy pumpkin ales any day of the week. Cheers! B-

Apr 02, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – Clear pale amber beer with a two finger head.

Aroma – Light caramel malts.

Taste – Slight caramel malt, almost a little cidery. Somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel – Average, not too thin but not heavy.

Overall – A good solid beer, but for the odd cidery flavor.

Feb 27, 2018
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MAB from Canada

3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty average start to the Beer Advent Calendar 2017.
When you're more excited about where the beer is from (Maine!) than the actual product, that's a bad sign.
But not a "bad" beer, per se. A decent ale, with a bit of extra sweetness. Honey?
The finish is bitter, which helps make it more palatable.

Dec 02, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, day 1 of the 2017 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Kind of a boring-sounding brew to kick off this big deal, IMHO.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying streaky lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, buttered white bread, faint generic citrus rind, a hint of earthy yeastiness, and very tame leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, plain Ritz crackers, some muddled pome and citrus fruitiness, kind of estery yeast, and more well-understated leafy, herbal, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty weak in its 'took a mental health day' frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing really extant here that might cause any sort of fuss. It finishes on the sweet side, but that hardly comes as a surprise now.

Overall - yeah, this is one plain-Jane offering, with little hop offset to the essentially thorough malt onslaught. The package that this is part of claims that the contents are an 'All Star Edition' - not so far it isn't, but Shipyard has never really floated my particular boat, so maybe it's just me.

Dec 01, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thick off-white head with decent retention.
Citrusy aroma with notes of oranges, white grapes, lemon and biscuit malts.
Flavor with notes of mint, earthy and citrusy hops, slightly toasted and biscuit malts, lemon, oranges and medicinal herbs. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Beer with nice malt complexity with interesting choice of hops. Original. It reminded me of an ESB with American accent.

Sep 15, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with quickly resolving head with persistent lacing.
Smell is a sweet malt with a bit of dark fruit.
Taste is slightly sweet caramel with a hint of medicinal hop at the finish.

Sep 09, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a slightly hazy golden color, two fingers of rocky off white head, whispy lacing.
Aroma - Sugary sweet, dough, slight butter.
Taste - Smooth and malty, biscuity malt, yeasty, very light caramel sweetness. Hops have an herbal taste and are not very bitter. The finish is slightly fruity and has lingering yeast.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth.

Overall - Tastes like a blonde ale mixed with an English pale ale. A lot more complex than most blondes. Good stuff.

May 23, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty straw color with about a finger of head. The nose is sharp with a combination of citrus and malt. The flavor has a biting maltiness to it.

Mar 09, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a pint glass.

Thin soapy white head,with moderate retention.Dark gold / copper in color,with moderate clarity.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly sweet malt,and a little bit of bread and yeast notes.It has a little bit of a metallic smell to it.

On the palate I get some lemongrass and yeast up front,with some sweet malts on the back end.

The body is thin and a little bit watered down,but not enough to kill the beer.Smooth finish that goes down easy.

This is an okay beer,not something I would drink all the time,but not something I would turn down if offered to me either.

Jan 30, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Shipyard's Export Ale at Boyne Country Provisions. I was in the mood for something on the lighter and since I've never seen this beer before I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice golden amber color that takes on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy,fluffy and slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some doughy yeast being the first to show up and that goes into the goes into the malts which impart a bready, grainy, pale malt and sweet malt like aromas with the sweet malts seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end comes some cracker malts along with a little bit of an herbal hop aroma. This beer has a decent aroma, it's pretty standard for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the doughy yeast still being the first to show up and it goes right into the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the cracker and grainy malts seeming to stick out the most. Towards the ends comes just a light generic hop and herbal hop flavor with pretty much no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it has a very malty aftertaste. This is an ok tasting beer, but it's pretty average for the style.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, a little clean, crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with it.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, not much stood out about and there were more than a couple aspects that were rough around the edges. This beer didn't have this best drinkability, one is more than enough for me, the flavor doesn't keep me coming back for more. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it just wasn't that good and it was on the bland for the style. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say i would recommend. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this one, overall it was just pretty plain and I didn't find it to be memorable. It's one of my least favorite beers from shipyard and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little more work.

Nov 07, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty standard blond ale, that pours amber with a copper tinge, good head (1" pour for me) that retains well with lacing. Smells of malt which is the overwhelming taste. The balance sings heavy on the malt side so the taste is all bread and little room for hop flavor. Finishes medium with a little bit of bitterness and hangs in the palate for awhile. It's alright.

Aug 31, 2016
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jkrich from Florida

3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness stamped bottle: bright and clear, deep golden to orange with a very thin, quickly dissipating head.

Surprisingly fresh hop aroma upon opening the bottle.

Very tangy flavors with more than a hint of butterscotch - the English yeast perhaps? There are some nice fruity flavors, and the ale remains crisp sip after sip.

Rather thin bodied with a clean, refreshing mouthfeel.

I tried this ale back in the mid '90s when I first starting drinking more craft beer. I don't recall it leaving an impression on me as I never sought it out again; but I think it is better than just "okay".

Jun 19, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This American blonde ale pours a copper color with a thin white foamy head. The smell is very mild, but there are faint scents of grains and yeast. The taste is very mild as well. There are some initial slightly roasted grain flavors with a little hoppy bite in the finish. The body is on the low end of medium. I don’t really know what to say about this one. It’s a nice drinkable beer, but it’s pretty one note, really not exciting in any way.

Jun 12, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blonde ale is blonde in color. Brings down a full inch of white head that doesn't translate to lace on the glass. Aroma was like, not there.

Taste, light floral hops, super light body. You know the story, super cracker like malt body, a little bit of bitterness, easy to drink. Middle of the road stuff.

May 27, 2016
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The_Lynd_Bandit from Canada

4.76/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So good. So creamy, you could pour it on your cereal. Luke Tippins would disagree but you can never have too much of a good thing. Best served at The Lynd Cross

May 19, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful orangish-gold color into a typical pint glass with plenty of light cream color head. Light carbonation and plenty of lacing. The smell has light hints caramel and citrus. The initial taste is quite pleasant with light citrus, more caramel flavor and lightly roasted malt, crisp flavor. The aftertaste is nill. Overall, I could see myself enjoying several of these during the summer months. Would definitely buy more.

Feb 02, 2016
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LateToThisParty from Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Craft Beer Cellar in Ft Collins CO, poured into a pint glass. Best by Jan 2016.
Pours clear, orange amber with very little head. Lacing is minimal and foamy. Aroma is dark fruit, with maybe a hint of orange or lemon. Comes on with a sweet, fruity taste leading to a bare hint of sourness in the finish. Sweet, smooth, and slightly warm mouthfeel. Overall, a simple nicely flavored brew-enjoyable bit not noteworthy.

Oct 19, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/8/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light fruitiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, light fruitiness, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very good English pale ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Oct 10, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On draft for $4.00 for 22oz. Darker straw yellow. Faintly malty sweet aroma. Starts off better than it ends. Better beers often release better flavors as they warm, inferior beers often suffer when they warm; this beer is the latter. Adjunct bitterness pervades at the end when it warms.

Aug 09, 2015
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ZBowden from Florida

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear honey orange with white head, smells of biscuity malts and yeast, tastes of bitter biscuit malt and slight yeast, rich mouthfeel with clean finish.

May 15, 2015
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Burnthedevice from Maine

2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bizarre, like most Shipyard offerings. It almost seems like Shipyard intentionally does things to ruin their beers and make them unnecessarily weird. Odd and incongruous aromas and flavors abound here. Unfortunate that this is their flagship brew. Their Prelude Special Ale is much, much better, and is so far the only Shipyard brew that I've enjoyed all around. Unfortunately, it's a seasonal.

May 13, 2015
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had at Logan, where the options are always disappointing, and this did not disappoint in its disappointment. This has all the characteristics of a macro - so in that regards, if sales take off, they are ready. It has little smell or taste. I gave it a strong score for Look, as I am wearing my favorite sweater today, and I think the beer looks good next to me. Overall, this is very much a beer, so good work Shipyard.

Mar 24, 2015
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