Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Export AleExport Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 973 |  Reviews: 430
Reviews by masterbruewer:
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3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden-brown with ample white head and light but elegant carbonation that swirls to the top of the glass.

The smell is malty and very yeasty, bread-like.

The taste is subtle at first, with a caramel and malt flavor working through with the grainy flavor. A little on the sweet side. A little bit of floral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light, but muddled, not crisp.

Drinkablilty: Not bad. I'd like to try a few more of these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a decent yellow/gold color with pillowey head that dissapated quickly.Not much of an aroma I thought a little sweatness but not to much,the taste was faintly sweet from the malt with some fruity background.Nothing spectacular but quite drinkable,but not anything to seek out.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of MadScientist
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with excellent clarity. The low white head slowly dissipates to a ring and a thin cap.

S: The aroma is dominated by a light graininess and low DMS. There is a low malt and hop aroma. Very mild light fruit esters in the background.

F: The flavor is a pleasing and crisp balance of malt sweetness and graininess with a moderately-low hops bitterness. The balance is slight towards the bitter side with a light citrus flavor lingering after the off-dry finish.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is some creaminess and light CO2 prickle.

O: This is an easy drinking refreshing beer with some bitterness.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pale gold in color, abundant fizzy head to about 3/4" with a careful pour. Head had good retention lasting for several minutes before it reduced to a layer of soapy bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeast and barley are the first things on the nose, and I don't mean barley malt, but rather you get a pretty good whiff of fresh ground grain. You can catch a little bit of bread aromas from this too.

T: Rather a bit malty, definitely more than I would have guessed looking at it. The hops bring the malt sweetness down several notches bringing forth a nice earthy malt flavor. Finish is relatively short and clean with a little bit more the hop bittering riding on top of some malt linger.

M&D: Heavy and full flavored, again, more so than you might think just by looking at it. The carbonation was well matched with fine abundant bubbles licking back. The brew wasn't a stunner by any means but it is a great "general purpose" beer that I would love to sample again someday soon.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shipyard makes some decent beers; this isn't one of them. It was a nice orange color with a small head and some lacing. It had a sweet, grainy odor. The taste left a lot to be desired. It was mildly hoppy, but the bitterness was not pleasant.. Mouthfeel was very thin. Drinkable in that it will quench your thirst.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of shapudding
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear and golden honey, very still. The off-white head went away quickly leaving tight bubbles in a ring with a dusting, but no real retention. Nice malty scents with a lot of caramel sweetness punching through that makes me think of cotton candy. A lot of carbonation in the feel, bit foamy, just a bit too much for me. Dark toasty flavors with some hops coming though. Bit of bitterness left on your tongue. Some gin in there, fairly astringent. Not too much screaming out at me, but this would be a damn good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

So mediocre

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber good head slowly dikssipates to the siide of the glass

Caremel and grains very shipyard loads of crystal malt

The tastes matches the smell with a grain taste to the finish starts with a buttery smooth and as the carbonation builds this taste slowly fades and becomes a dryer mouth with a pale malt taste lingering

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist off bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Sunrise golden hue with a bright clarity, big foamy head stays for most of the way.

Smell: Fruity and buttery aroma with a mild hint of caramel and spicy herbal hop and esters.

Taste: Crispness is there but feels too forced and spritzy, moderate body with a slick mouth feel. Light maltiness, buttery with a musty character from the diacetyl. Hops are more than ample with a straight up clean bitterness and lingering woody herbal flavour. Fruity with a pinch of estery alcohol. Finishes with a thin spreading of residual sweetness, diacetyl twang and left over hop.

Notes: A bit thin for my liking, this brew used to have a bit more body and oomph from what I can remember. Feels and tastes like it is filtered too much. Not bad for a lighter ale.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a "Captain's Selection" sampler box.
Appearance: Pours a clear, glowing, honey amber body with an almond hued head that stays for a few minutes at about one inch in height. Patchy lace is left on the pint glass. Inviting appearance.

Aroma: Pleasing bouquet of buttery toffee, complimented by honeysuckle floral and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: "Sparkly" on the palate, with lively carbonation and a medium body.

Taste: Well balanced, yet complex. Buttery toffee malt(there is a diactyl presence) plays nicely with a polite herbal presence that is mildly spicy and herbal. Red apple chunks add an exciting presence to the middle, and melt into the malt/hop profile. Herbal hops and mineral are noted toward the finish, and suggest a fine English Bitter.

Drinkability: This one surprised me with its depth of character. Last summer, in Maine, I had some bad experiences with a couple of New England breweries that used ringwood yeast. Shipyard and Magic Hat were notable exceptions, and Export Ale has convinced me that ringwood yeast can be extraordinary when used properly. Export Ale is delicious, feels wonderful, and is highly drinkable. Geeez, I'm ready to go back to Maine, even if it is a 20 hour drive.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of chudson1992
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap from a cask conditioned offering into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin white head, almost no carbonation.

Smell: Sweeter smell of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste was warm, malty and hoppy flavor, more sweet like honey than anything.

Overall: Not bad, but not my first choice for a beer, never been a huge fan of the Export anyway, cask conditioned was a little better than the regular brew.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Non cask conditioned review.

Appearance: Amber with about one finger of off-white head.

Smell: Strong malts and some mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong malts and hops. Some caramel flavor maybe.

Overall: Good brew, not my first choice though.

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Photo of standardcherry
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly deep golden/amber color with a very thin head. Nose is fairly malty as well but almost no hops for an APA.

Taste is a bit sharp and bitter quite carbonated. Something is a bit odd with this beer though, I had it with a couple others and we all thought it was a pretty poor beer, not easy to drink and didn't sit well with any of us, skip it.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Export Ale opens to a grainy nose, full of wet wheat, Grape Nuts cereal, whole wheat bread dough, biscuit, hay, and cracker. Toasted nuts and toast crust add light layers of baked complexity. A good measure of sugar helps offset the breads, most of it brown, but there are some nice fruit esters as well, including apricot, orange, and berry. Shades of grapefruit and pine from the hops add touches of citrusy bitterness, further offsetting the grains. As a whole, the nose is nice, being decently balanced, aromatic, and featuring a pleasant set of fruits and sugars to offset the breads, the nose suffering mainly from being light, but more importantly, somewhat plain, offering little in terms of a “wow factor,” and relying instead on simply presenting decent aromas in decent quantities.

On the tongue, the beer has a noticeably grainy flavor profile, with hay, Grape Nuts cereal, toasted bread, wet wheat, biscuit, toasted nut, and wheat bread making up the majority of the flavors. The brown sugars and fruit esters – again: apricot, orange, berry – do help offset this somewhat, as do grapefruit and pine from the hops. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, the flavors simply too weak to stand up to repetition, and the beer becomes even more heavily dominated by wet wheat, toast crust, and hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, lingering for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly good summer fare, being light and crisp, but largely suffering from a lack of sugars to help counter the heavy grain flavors.

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Photo of Sinnian
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
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