Shipyard Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of auxiliary
4.77/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Can’t help you here, I drank it out of the bottle. Had no chance to put it in a glass or clear cub.

Smell – Nice maltly aroma

Taste – Kind of a buttery taste, nice clean taste. Haven’t had a good beer in awhile till this.

Mouth feel – Not heavy, kind of light.

Drinkable - I never seen this and then in the past 2 days I seen it twice. I would buy this again. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of The_Lynd_Bandit
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

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Photo of TonyC
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Shipyard has always been a good local choice, and for those times when I want a nice ale with a crisp and slightly hopped bite, I will pick up a Shipyard Export.

A: A wonderful orange/gold color with a nice white rocky head that leaves a decent lace.

S: Not overpowering at all, very sedate aromas. Balanced malt with a slight hops aroma.

T: This is where Export shines. A great malty flavor, that is slightly sweet, and finishes with a slightly bitter/grassy hops flavor. A very nice flavor balance that hits the spot.

M: Silky and clean, not too bitter, not too malty. Very well balanced and very enjoyable.

D: Goes down smooth, and clean. Excellent with seafood or steak, or on on its own. Not one of those beers that fills you up quick or overpowers the palate.

This is one beer that goes great at a cookout, at a casual dinner or a quiet night out. Very easy to drink, and reminds you of New England. Another good local offering for me.

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Photo of AndyRattner
4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at a local bar. It is an English style pale ale. It is slightly bigger than what you might have at a pub, hence the "Export" heading. Shipyard also uses a Ringwood yeast strain, which provides a very distinct flavor profile.

A: Golden color, Clear and brilliant. Has a white, rockey, creamy head.

S: Distinctive floral esters provided by yeast. Caramel maltiness is present. Grassy hop aroma is also there.

T: Flavors co-allign with aroma. Hop flavor and aroma are moderate and grassy as well. Finishes on the dry side. Very clean beer. Flavors linger in aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly over-carbonated for an English beer. Finishes dry. No alcohol warming.

D: Excellent beer. Can be enjoyed with or without food, and at any time of the year.

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Photo of mainlyale
4.62/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't tried this beer before now - being from Maine and all. But it is really good - just the right balance of hops and malt - I can taste the cascade hops that must be in there. If you haven't tried this in a while - try it again - it is really good. I am a home brewer and this is the taste that I have been trying to get in my homebrew. I will always have some in the fridge from now on

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Photo of matracy68
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be a very good session beer. It was not heavy at all. The color was good as was the smell. I would highly recommend this beer to any of my beer drinking friends. I got the Export Ale in what is called "The Captain's Collection." This is a 12 pack of different Shipyard beers. I am now trying to get a case of the beer since it was so good.

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Photo of StevieW
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brightly copper colored, mine produced a rather fluffy, foamy white head. Nice thick sweet malty smell with some hop induced floral notes. Very appealing. First taste was dominated by a big sweet malty, yeast taste. Just like biting into a Bob Evans buttermilk biscuit (Wildman, knows what I'm talking about.) Very creamy rich taste, more malty sweetness than I have seen in a Pale Ale. Nice floral hop bite balances nicely. Only downside was a slight medicinal taste at the bottom of the glass. Very good, tasty and easy to drink. I agree, this should be their flagship brew.

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Photo of haggis
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a great ale for me. It holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first better US beers I had when I first arrived to the US. I had been supping Red Dog until some kind soul took me to the Old Amherst Alehouse and i never looked back. The Shipyard Export even made it back with me to Scotland as a gift for my uncle who loves his pint. This brew pours well and has a nice solid, safe brown look. There is the usual busyness with the aroma that is common with US ales, but it certainly is not overpowering. Not too flowery, it has a duller edge to it compared to say a Sam Adams. I like that. On tap it is sublime but in a bottle I stress getting a fresh batch as I notice this brew does not do well if close to or past it's best before date.

This is the best Shipyard has to over, IMO.

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Photo of avylover
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear orangish color with some good carbonation and a nice head. Heavy scent of sweet bready malt along with a nice floral hop aroma. Taste is fairly hoppy, yet very creamy as well, balancing things out perfectly. What starts off as a bitter dose of hops quickly turns into a sweet & creamy maltiness. Plenty of hops, yet sweet enough to balance it all out. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable, especially at 5%.

Good overall brew, and nice sitting by the fire...this one warms up nicely.

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Photo of Zeke30
4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lush, golden brown. Upon pouring, aroma begins to be noticeable, which is a heavily malted scent. This I believe is Shipyards best work. Their IPAs usually miss the mark, but they're American style beers, are on point. Very drinkable, great color, not to heavy, not to light. This is a versatile beer. Whether its 9 degrees on a Maine night or a July 4th weekend, this beer is good to go anytime of year. Arguably it's best attribute is the aftertaste, which is sweet and malty and makes you want another round. Good stuff here by Shipyard, Cheers

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Photo of JalfPsu
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium goblet. This beer pours a semi-opaque reddish-gold, with a thin, off white head that leaves a gentle lacing along the inside of the glass. It looks decent, but somewhat unassuming.

The smell is likewise very mild, and does not give a particularly strong impression of what to expect from the flavor. There is a very slight maltiness present, though no real indication of any corresponding sweetness. There is a slightly fruity aroma, coupled with some mild floral notes from the hops. Nothing truly exciting so far, but very pleasant.

The taste, however, is quite impressive. I feel that this beer has been under-valued by quite a few other reviewers, who may have been hoping for something a little more bold. While the flavors are quite mild overall, they blend together exceptionally well. Balance is clearly a key element of this beer's flavor profile.

There is a subtle maltiness in the background, which provides a slight bit of richness and corresponding sweetness, though this does not ever overwhelm. The hops are likewise clearly present, providing a crisp clean flavor that is a balance of citrus and floral notes, with a modest degree of bitterness. The aftertaste fades quickly, but is slightly sweet and bready, coupled with a mild, hoppy bitterness.

This is a light-bodied beer. It never really coats the tongue, and the relatively high degree of carbonation keeps it crisp and refreshing. Between the solid balance of flavors and aroma, clean mouthfeel, and modest ABV, I could easily see myself having several across a prolonged session.

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Photo of msolar
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite ales around.

Nothing too unusual here, so short & simple review. Pours nicely with a nice amber color and good ½” head. Smells and tastes nice & light with a bit of malt. Slight bitterness, but that’s what I like. Very drinkable, great with a burger while overlooking the Maine coast.


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Photo of mempath
4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a british pint...decent head that fades fast and didn't really rise up to the occasion. little lacing. not bad though at all...average.

nose is much more impressive...a buttery (butterscotch?) maltiness with those hops in the background. intriguing.

whoa. taste is rich (no indication in the appearance)...the butteriness continues with an assertive malty backbone/punch in the face, but tempered in tag fashion by the hops...not overly complex but rather intriguing as an APA. not a clone of anything! the buttery mouthfeel really makes it all work. quite drinkable. a session APA for sure. at least for me.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as a single bottle at Whip In while traveling through Austin.

Bright light amber colored brew with some haziness and little bubbles coming to the top. Soapwater head.

Nice aroma with some floral hoppy notes. The flavor is complex and is well representative of the style. Herby floral notes matched with a slight hop bite and a good bit of malt. I really like the fresh taste.

A very satisfying beer and definitely a good choice for a session beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before July, 2003.

Perfectly clear beer. Deeper in color than golden, but not quite amber. Just a wispy little bone colored head. Nothing but an edging is left in seconds. Lacing is slight, but nice to look at nonetheless. The aroma is complex. Sweet. Toffee-like. Buttery. A bit like carmel corn. And some dry hop tones come into play as well. The first thing I notice of all things upon tasting is the dryness of this beer. Leaves one longing for more. There's also a nice caramel presence and slight butterscotch. I'm not sure if Ringwood is the yeast of choice for this brewery, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that out. A little bit of the same fruitiness and buttery qualities that I remember from some of the Middle Ages brews are here as well. It's nicely carbonated in the mouth and has a body of about medium. Very quaffable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jvajda
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a dull copper tone and two finger head.
Smell: Good hop character and bitterness in the nose.
Taste: Again, a good hop character and bitterness. Nothing over the top, it's a very well balanced ale.
Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue and welcome in the mouth.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable due to it's uniqueness and balance.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale golden in color with a sparse white head. Aroma is floral and deceptively hoppy. Taste is bready and malty without alot of excess sweetness. Hop bitterness jumps in at the end tying things op nicely. Great drinkin beer. Not too strong, sweet, or bitter. I'm bringing a bunch to the next party I hit. Drinkable and approcheable for converting folks.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has the look of a B/M/C golden yellow exxcept for a puffy white head. Some big carbonation bubbles and a slight haze. Minor lace.

The smell is a nice sweet English tavern ale aroma. Sweet, biscuity malt. Bready ringwood yeast adds a nice dry touch.

Has the dry quasi-sweet taste of a bitter ale. Has notice of apricot and orange, but in the background. Slight lagery hop bitterness, but not much. Very very pleasant.

Wet and thirst-quenching, but with a dry bready finish. Highly "quaffable." A very good session bitter. Sweeter than normal, but well-balanced and smooth.

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Photo of patreely12
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

freshness date: june 2011.

A - clean, clear blonde. tall, fluffy head after an aggressive pour. head has an off white/yellow tint to it.

S - unique nose. earthy/grassy hops which give the nose some bitterness, but also there is a sweet (buttery? honey?) note. I like it.

T/M - the presence of the buttery, honey sweetness is there and I'm happy about it. this gives it a really unique flavor on top of the creamy malts and slightly bitter hops. very clean and refreshing. light bodied, watery even but very good.

D - 5% ABV and light body make this a good session beer.
pleasantly surprised with this, I'll be picking up a six pack of this next time.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive golden color, small fine head, but hardly any lacing going on... Some malt sweetness in the nose, with underlying hoppiness. Good body, and easy-going on the tongue. Had a biscuity, malty flavor, balanced with a citrusy (grapefruit) hop presence, which lingers on the palate. Pleasant bier!!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into pint glass.

A- Good 1-finger head on a pale golden body. Very nice color.

S- Light sweet notes, hard to pin down.

T- Bright light fruity grains, bready, husky and toasty, all in small doses. Mild snap of floral hops, a bit of fresh cut grass and tonic water.

M- Crisp, light, flavorful. Refreshing. Really well put-together, this beer hits all the right spots on the tongue.

O- A really tasty sessionable ale. Can't beat it in the summer heat.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into an ale glass
A- good inch and a half white head, beer pale amber color
S- slight hops and malt overtones
T- balanced with nice finish, maybe chocolate
M- feels full in the mouth, good for 5% ABV
D- very nice, enjoyed with meat off the grill
Have enjoyed this beer since a trip to Portland.

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Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard export ale is amber in color with a moderate head, fading rapidly to a bare collar. It's aroma is malt and maple-y. A can't remember specifically, but the taste reminds me of one of the red beers that I've recently had (Brian Boru maybe?). It tastes of sweet toffee and lightly of maple, very little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

This is an under appreciated beer. I'm well above the curve on this one.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden coppery color with a retentive head. Shipyard brews have generally been very favorable taste-wise to me and their flagship product meets that standard. The malt characteristic is immediately noticeable but it doesn't necessarily dominate the hops. In fact, the finish is both dry and hoppy. Overall, I thought the brew had very good balance. While my favorite Shipyard product is their IPA, I'd also be happy with this one any time. One of our favorite local restaurants in SW NH recently added Shipyard Export to their tap menu and my comments on the draught product would be similar.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
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.

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