Shipyard Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
942
Reviews:
422
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
108
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than the macros Canadian golden ale. Some yeast, malts, and hops are there mostly in aroma and also in taste. malty aftertaste. Bit of head, thin mouthfeel. Sweet but Ok at end of summer day. Yeast imparts some citrus fruit. Easy drink, would to try on tap.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour has a half finger head. The color is clear with an golden color and touch of amber. Aromas are of barley. Taste is smooth with a very mild hop finish. Sweet apple malt is appreciated. Mild to moderate carbonation. The beer is average in taste. It is a "safe" brew without overwhelming nor underwhelming qualities.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/2013.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy light tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with some grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a pretty good smell but the taste doesn't match up in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger high white head that quickly faded into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is rather fruity and has a slightly sweet aroma.
T: The taste is somewhat malty, but moderate flavors of fruits and sweetness really stand out. There are notes of apples and caramel. No flavors of hops are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a sampler pack.

I thought this was by far the best of the 4 in the pack. A nice solid beer here. Great smell, nice hoppy taste, and smooth finish. Also not too high in ABV so you can easily put a few back. I would definitely come back to this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful beer. Nicely copper and a touch darker than I'm used to in an APA. Smells sweetly spicy. Sweetly fruity in a perfume and refreshing way. Light hopping and subtle. Tastes moderately sweet of fruits: peaches, pears, plumbs, and pumpkin. Sweet spices, like corriander and ginger, add a summertime refreshing flavor. Sweet fruits and spices round out nicely. Body is firm but lighter than expected; makes for an easy drinker. Finishes in a sweeping way. A quick finish, but not abruptly crisp or dry, just sweet and fleeting. Very nice.

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Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden brown color ale with a small bubbly head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Aroma of rough barley with this weird Shipyard yeast which doesn’t really fit my taste buds. Taste of rough grain and yeasty finish don’t really get me excited and leave me wondering where this is going. Average body with some adequate carbonation. I recently went through quite a few beers from those folks and I didn’t find anything that excited me.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/golden color with a 1+ finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled very sweet and floral.

T - It tasted sweet with an apple-like fruitiness. Also, a subtle grassy/hoppy quality.

M - It was crisp but maybe a little to fizzy. A light bodied beer.

D - Pretty good flavors, but it isn't your protypical APA.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Boone757
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white head on a golden body with excellent clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves a little bit of lace.

S - Light aroma of toasted malt and english yeast. A hint of sulphur and some red apples.

T - Lightly toasted malt up front with some musty hops. Some yeast notes in the middle before moderate bitterness balances more toast in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable but not very interesting. Average at best.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/15/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, nuts and fruit. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but it's a good solid beer to drink for while.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep-hued yellow body with a tall, foamed, white head. Modest amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of sliced fresh biscuits rounded with a cereal sweetness and topped with pat or two of unsalted butter and a slice or two of lemon.

Taste: Upfront taste of very lightly toasted biscuits and crisped cereal grains joined with a bit of sweetness and an undertone of buttery diacetyl throughout. Spicy, leafy hops with a zip of lemony citrus. A hint more of the sweetness on the reasonably crisp, lemon-butter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a smooth, sufficiently tasty, albeit kinda buttery blonde. Which is exactly what I was expecting from Shipyard.

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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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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
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