Export Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #721
Ranked #46,987
3.33 | pDev: 15.32%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Export AleExport Ale
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before DEC 2012) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that recedes after a few minutes to a nice even dusting. The body is a perfectly clear light gold with a great amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thin but even lacing covers nearly every inch of available glass.

Sweet caramelized malts carry notes of toffee and butterscotch. A light earthy and grassy hops aroma is noticeable in the background but is hidden quite well.

Light and sweet malts start the sip with a buttery biscuit flavor. A little grassy hops bitterness can be detected at this stage. As this beer is swallowed, it changes dramatically. Suddenly it becomes rich and bold, filled with toasted malts flavors. Notes of earthy whole grain bread, oats, oak, and a pinch of salt all come forth.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a drinkable yet filling beer. The body is rather light considering the flavors. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not detract from the flavors one bit.

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3.32/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brianjay
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pub glass. An exceptionally clean look, colors of gold with amber.

Virtually no head on this beer. A thin ring of foam hung around for the first two sips then vanished completely. Left no reminders around the glass as well.

A very sweet, malt smell: Scents reminded me of sweet and sour sauce and bread dough. The maltiness continues strongly in the mouth with the tastes of bread and caramel, the latter being most notable. A slight hop-inspired bitterness finishes the taste.

Mouth feel was thin, but this added to the drinkability, which was very smoothe and easy on the mouth. A sour, alcohol taste does start to come out towards the end.

This beer is very straight to the point, no bells or whistles. Great for knocking back a few with friends on a cold evening.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 dakid618
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a light amber golden color with very little head. Smells kind of toasty but off-putting. Taste is kind of toasty malts and unlike any other apa I've ever had. Light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Drinkable but the toasty-ness doesn't do well for the style. All in all an ok beer.

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Photo of jfcaa193
1/5  rDev -70%

Photo of Midwestbrew18
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Shipyard- Export Ale

Appearance- Golden yellow orange with a small fizzy head.
Smell- Sweet malt with a slight animal feed grain and metallic hops.
Taste- Light and sweet malt with a grainy bitter hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- sweet and chewy up front with a mild bitterness in the end.

Overall- A decent beer when your options are limited.

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Photo of nicdub
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is okay for what it is. That, said I probably wouldn't go out and buy anymore of it. It starts out with a decent pour with a color similar to other american style lagers, but obviously a bit darker then your average macro. There wasn't much to smell really, faint malt but that is about it.

The taste reminded me of corona, kalic(a lager from Bahamas), and other beer of that sort. I never was a big fan of the style.

The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, an nice amount of carbonation and medium bodied.

Drinkability, I think if this style was something you enjoyed you could drink a sixer over a couple hours no problem.

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Photo of markgoodman10
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Dudon
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of masterbruewer
3.43/5  rDev +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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Photo of gciccarelli
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pale amber with small white head. Minimal head retention. Very clear.

S - Buttery malt mixed with slight floral hoppiness. Pleasant.

T - Sweet, buttery malts are dominant. Citrus and hops round out the taste, leaving a sweet yet slightly bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced, as many of the Shipyard brews are.

M - Medium body, very high amount of carbonation. Perhaps a bit too carbonated.

D - Nice balance and good taste could make it easy to have a couple.

A decent beer from Shipyard. Worth checking out.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chead, bright, dark yellow with a decent white head. Retention is good but mostly due to nucleation sites replenishing the head.
Smell is malt, biscuit, citrus and light fruits (grapes, apples). Good balance and a good amount of complexity for the style.
Taste is malt, light fruit, citrus, hops and some sourdough bread tang. Well balanced.
Medium bodied with effervescence strong up front but fades quickly. A solid brew with a drying, mostly clean finish.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From mixed 12 pack; poured orange/amber with a white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smell has a bit of a metallic edge -- copper? Plus some caramel and yeasty hints.

Breaddough (like browned pizza dough), a little caramel, butter (there's the yeast); a bit dry. Where are hops?

A little thin; some decent carbonation; finishes clean.

You can knock these back easily because here isn't one disinct flavor that jumps out at you. Just had one after painting outside for 4 hours. Refreshing, not filling, not overpowering. Decent but nothing I'd go out of my way for -- but wouldn't refuse on either.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Marigold with a minimal infusion of orange juice. The attractive cap is creamyfirm and is the color of a full moon. As it descends it leaves large splotches of lace on the glass, although they lack the gumption to stick around for long.

The nose is unimpressive and smells like weak, watered down hops and butterscotchy diacetyl. I believe APAs should be more than minimally hoppy. This one isn't. While I don't necessarily think diacetyl is all bad, it sure isn't appealing to me in this particular beer. My flavor expectations have just taken a serious hit.

American pale ale? You must be joking, Shipyard. There's plenty of maltiness and very little hoppiness. Export Ale tastes like butter-soaked biscuits drizzled with a copious quantity of butterscotch flavored pancake syrup. There's a little sour peach in there somewhere that is easily overwhelmed and then flattened by the flavors already mentioned.

The mouthfeel is medium with a nod toward full and is less pleasant than that sounds. The slight fullness adds to the impression of beer-flavored pancake syrup. A serious lack of bubbles cements that comparison in my mind.

Export Ale is way too Ringwood-intensive for me. Even though it isn't horrible, anyone who drinks this stuff better have a high diacetyl tolerance. I only bought a single bottle. If I had another, I'd put it in the cupboard next to the bottle of Mrs. Butterworth's so it'd be handy the next time I get a hankering for a tall stack.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of djtomain
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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

Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 979 ratings