Shipyard Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export Ale
950 Ratings
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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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
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 -23.6%
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 +8.5%
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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Photo of weller1js
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, golden amber, moderately carbonated, finger-thick white bubbly foam leaving similar lacing.

smell: balanced between light hops notes and corn-malt notes.

taste: begins clean but a bit watery, lightly floral hop sensation coupled with lighter malt notes, hops finish floral and bitter with a decent lingering.

overall: a step above average across the board, attributes are a bit more developed than a typical blonde, makes for a nice casual ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear heavy gold color. An off-white head one finger tall shows good retention and lacing is patchy and none too shy.
The aroma is light but fairly hoppy, showing some herbal and earthy character with a touch of dark fruits, but a bit of butter that seems very much to be diacetyl.
In the flavor, this one is well hopped, a touch sulfuric as though Saaz hops were used, slightly grassy and herbal. Underneath is a dry, crackery malts balance with the dark fruits lingering and a light bit of spiciness. Diacetyl is there but barely and doesn't do too much to detract from an otherwise good taste.
This beer is surprisingly smooth, though not lacking crispness. The body is on the lighter side of medium. It is a little bit slick, other than which makes for a very good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden color with a small foam cap and no lace. Steady flow of carbonation streams to the top.

S- very malty, very little hop presence, but some pine is there.

T- malty, oaky, vanilla and a trace of pine. Very nice, but a little standard. Still it's solid, and the slightly watery mouthfeel makes this a quaffable brew.

O- Standard session brew that won't blow you away, but is still satisfying and good-tasting.

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Photo of PalatePilot
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer numerous times. Recently I was in Maine and had some fresh, fresh Draft Export Ale, and I will say, this beer is really great when it isnt oxidized in a bottle after being warm stored for 3 months.

Really great Malt Balance. I just had to comment due to my previous perception of this beer. I was really pleased with it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
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 CoalPorter
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint

A - 2 fingers of bubbly white head that burned away fairly fast. Honey golden color, not quite clear, pretty

S - Light leather and pine (balsam even) with notes of red apple sweetness

T - Gentle malt start with the hops right behind leaving a bitter finish

M - quite bubbly, perhaps even a little over carbonated

O - Smooth drinking if unremarkable otherwise. Highly session-able when eating summer food.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler.

Pours a very clear light amber color with a thin white head.

Smell is very sweet, caramelly, and fruity. Reminds me of butterscotch or toffee with a hint of citrus.

Taste is mostly sweet biscuits followed by some bitterness. Some citrus hop presence at first but not a whole lot.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy but ends with a bitter crispness.

This is pretty damn easy to drink. Havent had this one in over a year since a road trip up to Maine. Not as good as I remembered but still very enjoyable. Would like to see this more often.

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Photo of codfeast
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: gold in color, 1/2" white head, lots of raising bubbles.

S: malt, yeast, hops, slight diacetyl.

T: starts slightly sweet malt, hint of sweet cream, with a slightly bitter finish.

M: big and creamy to start, then carbination hits the tounge, finishes a little dry.

O: No big flavor profiles, but well balanced, and easy drinking. a solid effort all around.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Gorgeous golden yellow color with a light head

S - Big malty intense smell, exactly what i expected, but more intense

T - Almost a dryness to this taste. I agree with an earlier review that it has a raw grain taste. Biscuity finish.

M - Big bodied mouthfeel but still somewhat refreshing

O - An average blonde, nothing overwhelmingly impressive, but if youre in the mood for this style its a good one to try.

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.07/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I read all types of reviews and base a lot of my beer choices on this fact. This beer seemed right up my alley. Boy was I mistaken.

A - Nothing special here. Color was brackish and bland looking

S - I rate every beer as average on smell

T - Bitter and rich in nothing. Seems like they tried to do to much here

M - Left a terrible aftertaste. Almost like dry asparagus

O - Never again on my pallet

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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 mocktm
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle poured into pint glass.

Nothing impressive about the pour; light golden and translucent in color with a minimal fizzy head. Zero Retention or lacing, could be a BMC if I didn't know better.

Light fruit, mainly apple, with a slight caramel characteristic in the nose. Hops are there, but you have to search for them.

Buttery malt flavor profile with a lingering bitterness. As in the nose, slight complementary fruit rounds out the beer nicely.

Crispness is there, but a serious light body takes away from general appeal. Slick mouthfeel that is very easy drinking. Not bad, but could be much better. Nice summer beer.

Overall, better than what my first impression would have had me believe upon the initial pour. Nothing great, but worth trying.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was gold with a centimeter white head that left some beautiful lacing.
The smell was malty, with scents of both good malts and cheap cereal malts. It had a bit of a sour smell from the hops.
The taste was very well balanced. It wasn't bitter or sweet, but I could taste lots of malt character and hop character nonetheless. The taste was heavier on the hop character than I'd like. It was oddly lacking in bitterness considering that it still managed to taste like grass. I've mentioned in many reviews that I don't like my beer to taste like grass. However, other than that it was great. I loved the balance and I loved that the flavours were not masked by bitterness from the hops or from burnt malt, nor was any of the flavour masked by sweetness. Aside from the grassy flavour, it was a fantastic beer.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden body, a white film of a head that quickly dies, spotty lacing

S: light grains, cereal, pale malts

T: sweet with previously mentioned flavors combined decently

M: medium, sweet aftertaste, dry finish

O: standard ABA, sometimes come back to depending upon what else is served

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was about what I would have expected given the style. Light golden in color with a medium level of haze and cloudiness to it that obscured a bit of the sunlight poking through. Nice head of white capped the top and settled down smoothly and evenly, creating a decent broken crown that ringed the side of the glass and kept some nice lacing. Aroma was light, and this would be a trend throughout the day. Light notes of peach and light grain are really all that is coming through right now. Warming brought a smidge of citrus to it, but nothing really standing out here for me at all. Crisp, clean flavor though with light hints of clove and heather that sat on top of a base that resembled mostly light fruits and hints of grain. Smooth, light body was not overly carbonated but rather a bit silky and left just the right amount of dryness on the tongue as it worked itself through.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend gave me one out of a mix pack this weekend.
A deep golden color with about a two finger head that sits around for a while. The nose has sweet pale malt and a lot of peppery floral hops. The body is light tangy/sweet biscuit. Hops are light as well over the malt but still very earthy but more fruit flavors are pronounced a lot of peach and bitter, sourness. Finishes dry and tangy light fruit. It's a little hoppy for a Blonde.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden. A good eggshell colored head that sticks to the glass all the way down.

Sweet and grainy. Sweet pale malt, raw grain, white pepper.

Medium bodied. The flavor is light fruits, pear, white grape. Followed by a bit of floral hops, sweet bread, a dry finish and a raw grain aftertaste. Very enjoyable and worth having another.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Miller's Ale House. Served in a pint glass.

A - Very light golden pour with just a finger of white head. Some retention and lacing.

S - Fruity witha touch of hops. Fairly tame smell.

T - Bit more hops taste then I was expecting on this. Fruity flavor as well giving its just a bit of sweetness. Honey flavor as well. Finsihes with a bit of a lemon twang.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves a slick taste.

O - Ok. Its certainly not a bad beer but its lacks depth to be a truly good one. Very average.

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Photo of rabsten
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange pour into a pint glass. Short head, goes away quickly. Light caramel malt over buttered toast nose. Mild butter over sweet malt flavor, mildly bittered - very Burton Union-esque. Middle of the road English ale flavor: Boddington's without the softness of the nitro. Hard, crisp mouthfeel, making it more refreshing than I expect from a bitter/blonde.

Pretty solid, better than I recall from a few years back. Either it's better or I'm less a snob. Either way, I'm happy it's around again.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A clear golden color with a bright white somewhat soapy head with decent size and retention. Some ok lacing left behind also. The head settled to a little film on top.

Smell - A decent amount of bready or biscuit malt in the nose. Some grain, but not over the top. Balanced pretty well, but a little bit tame. Smells clean. The breadiness really starts to come through as it warms.

Taste - I get the grain at first followed by a crisp cracker flavor. Taste a little like white bread. The taste is clean with a moderate amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Crisp, smooth and dry. Rather refreshing. The palate is left with flavor after each sip. Not an over abundance, but enough to last a minute or two.

Drinkability - This is a pretty solid brew. Reminds me of a German Pilsner. Easy drinking and sessionable. Very nice for Spring and Summer. Nothing complicated, no frills. Well crafted.

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Photo of Kpach
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: ok, light golden brown..

Smells alright.. nothing special, but not bad... bit of sweet & sour smell to it

Taste: This is the redeeming quality of this beer, but also certainly the most important IMO. Very sweet malty taste but not overly done. Some hints of sourness as well, but pair very well in the beer.

Mouthfeel- ok. again, nothing special and perhaps a bit lacking

Drinkability- Pretty good but not great

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden translucent color with a one finger white head on top. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Vanilla, malts and sour aroma. I bought an old bottle so this might explain the sourness.

T- Vanilla tastes right away with a touch of alcohol. I'm not getting any hop bitterness on this particular one. Hints of malts in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth with minimal carbonation. Light tasting with no flavors lingering on the pallet.

D- Good drinkability. This is a very easy drinking beer. Nothing to interesting.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 950 ratings
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