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:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a golden color with some nice white lacing down the glass and a decent head, although a bit soapy. Scents are a bit off, may have been the date of the beer. Not quite sure what an "American blonde ale is"...but to me, this is a cross between some type of a pilsner and possibly an APA. It is quite easy to drink, fairly smooth except a bit "tingly" on the back end and quite a bit yeasty. A decent beer for sure, just not a top grade micro-brewed beer but good in it's own right.

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Photo of its65andsunny
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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5/5  rDev +50.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tpauer
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of dasenebler
1.77/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Ah Shipyard Export! It's been too long. And I've never reviewed you! Someone left part of a sixer in my fridge, so here goes nothing!

12oz. bottle, best by May 2012.

Pours an attractive, clear gold with a nice two-finger head. Some lacing on the way down, solid retention.

The aroma is malty, with very noticeable diacetyl. Not my thing.

Butter bomb! Wow, I had forgotten how Export is such a shining example of diacetyl run amok. Sure you get a kiss of hops and some biscuity malt, but this thing is all diacetyl. It's sad actually, because there's not a whole lot else wrong with this beer. It's not too sweet, and there's no other bad flavors aside from a huge dose of that yeast-produced compound that most brewers avoid like the plague. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, very force-carbonated tasting.

Why am I drinking this? Oh yeah, it was free. Avoid this beer, unless you like drinking popcorn.

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Photo of Jspriest
1/5  rDev -70%

Photo of taigor
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight malts, grains and hops and nothing much more which is disappointing.

T - Just like smell plain malts slightly sweet with caramel and slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Somewhat disappointing and just average overall.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dulled gold in color with small cap of off-white head, little lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is pale but buttery and light caramel notes with little bits of herbal hopiness. Taste follows suit, a bit bolder than any blonde i have, very English in its construction. Medium bodied, lightly creamy. A decent, drinkable beer without much character.

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Photo of dbossman
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark golden with a huge frothy and sudsy white head; lacing is okay

S: A strange metallic and chemical aroma on top of sour grains and finally a pleasant herbal and citrus hop aroma--eventually this smells pleasant but the initial nose is odd and rather unpleasant at best

T: Like the aroma this starts off with an odd metallic and chemical flavor which eventually settles to some beer normalcy; bready grains and light citrus hops but then the odd flavors come back--this seems off

F: Fairly decent body with a pleasant stickiness--I just wish I liked the flavors that were sticking to them

O: This beer just doesn't work; I don't know what it's supposed to be but it just doesn't work as it is; something is off; I'm glad I just bought one as I don't think I will ever come back to this beer

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Photo of pBRale
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Beautiful clear deep gold with a very creamy and tall off-white head that slowly settles and has moderate retention.

Smell: Not picking up a whole lot here. Some bready malts and a sharp smell I can't identify.

Taste: Mild taste of malt and a hint of hops, nothing too bold or crazy, with a clean finish and a slight bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and smooth finish. Nice to drink.

Overall: Nice drinkable beer with a pretty mild, standard taste. Nothing crazy here. Not bad, just not impressive either.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid gold. Low head with no retention.

S - Bright scent, a little buttery. Not very appealing.

T - Not much taste at all. A very generic ale. There's a slight acidity on the front end, and a little bit of a buttery note on the back end.

M - Sharp and carbonated on the front end, but dies out quickly. Flat on the back end.

O - Not much flavor, but is very drinkable being a very generic ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pumpkin orange with a good clarity shows a strong and rapid rise of effervesce. A cream colored head is frothy and quick to collapse on top leaving no signs of lacing from its presence.

S: The aroma had instances of fresh green corn stalks, damp grains, and a finish of musky citrus, thankfully light enough in strength not to lower the rating any more.

T: Sweet dried corn, green leafy hops with a musky grain character. Sweet instances off set by wet hay. The flavor proceeds through a struggle of sweet and sour flavor, sour corn mash with buttered bread. Conflicting and not particularly good overall flavor wise. Leafy green stalks are left on the swallow.

M: light and buttery slick, the carbonation tame on the tongue.

O: A bit below average falvorwise in my book, kind of disorganized, coarse with an overall flavor that really doesn’t bind and flow well together, comes off as a mess. Cannot see a repurchase in the future.

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Photo of manitouman84
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent gold with a 1 finger head. Aroma mostly grainy and malty, hint of grass, butterscotch and a slight funk. Malt forward, cereal and a little yeasty, hints of caramel and somewhat buttery in the finish. Has a slickness to it from the buttery flavor, light body, finishes a bit off to me.

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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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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 947 ratings.
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