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 57md
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.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
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.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
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.

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Photo of jkrich
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".

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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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 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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Photo of LateToThisParty
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
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.

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Photo of ZBowden
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.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Shipyard Export pint glass

This beer is amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

It has a skunked, Corona smell to it. There is a sweet grain smell too.

The taste isn't much better. I get a bitter metallic taste, and it tastes a little skunked.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer doesn't not taste at all how I remember it. It's been seven years, so I guess time may have warped my memory. It seems to be skunked, but I bought it at my go to store which is reputable and has fresh product. Either I remember a bad beer as good, or it got skunked along the way.

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Photo of Bestinyourgirl
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Taste a lot like Budweiser, if Budweiser had a much more beer flavor to it instead of a watered down taste. I like it, but prefer Prelude from Shipyard. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of gonzo000
2.62/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I did not like this beer. Funk on the nose, no head to speak of, little body and an odd taste - bitter and foul. Mouthfeel was OK. Would not revisit.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and almost completely dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma at all, in fact I don’t get anything in the way of aroma. Disappointing.

Taste: Better than the aroma. Nice, bready flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting some notes of whole wheat crackers and biscuits, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, black pepper, and finished with just the faintest hints of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth and creamy as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Nice beer, with some good malty and sweet flavors. I’d certainly drink it again if offered.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%

Standard ale with not much going for or against it. A little watery though, and the flavors aren't too pronounced. Drinkable and smooth, but not that great.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%

Singles cooler at Kesslers in Aberdeen, SD.

Appearance (3.5) : Pours a 2 finger head that quickly recedes to about 1/4". Slightly hazy golden straw color. Mostly transparent.

Aroma (4.25) : Nutty. A bit woody - with some evergreen. Heavily decadent and syrupy roasted malt. Sap. It's got a fabulous aroma to it, I'm not gonna lie. One of the better beers I've smelled. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (3.5) : Traditional yeasty blonde flavor at the beginning, then some sour malts rush in followed by a generous hop profile. The hop and malt yin-yang and arm-wrestle each other. By the end, the hop wins out with a woody, bitter finish. Character is there, but it may be a bit strong for my preference in a blonde ale.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Stinging carbonation with a slightly creamy body. Ends crisp and nippy.

Overall (3.52) : Aroma is the strong suit here. Downright impressive. The taste leaves a little to be desired for me personally, but I could see someone being absolutely crazy about this beer. It has a great profile and is pretty complex. I like how the malt and hop wrestle each other for dominance. As stated, the hop actually wins the battle by the end of the taste. It is a good beer and I'm sure it's great on tap. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

American Blond Ale? Who added this beer? This one is obviously an English Ale, quite sweet & malty, and only slightly bitter. Not exactly a hop-head's favorite style, but a reasonable approximation of the style. Not great, but not bad.

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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 Wasatch
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Enjoyed Before: Feb 2015

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, kinda yeasty, and sweet. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some grapefruit notes. Medium body. Overall not too bad, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

DATE REVIEWED: June 29, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: prepping for P90X3--starting tomorrow...APPEARANCE: quickly dismissed off-white head; body is translucent copper with subtle, sparse effervescence... AROMA: caramel malts join with softer hops to produce a relatively pleasant promise... PALATE: sessionably sippable; slightly buttery; little or no aftertaste... TASTE: buttery caramel malts, front and center; a bit of blood iron, metallic hops; some fruity esters are involved--not so much complex as a base mixture of beer's usual elements ... OVERALLL: described as an American blond by Beer Advocate, I though this played more as an ESB--refreshing like a Kolsch, but more publike in its demeanor and flavor profile--not quite solid enough to demand seconds but not offensive...

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