Shipyard Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale, clear yellow with a big bubbly head. Head settles after a short time, as does the lacing.

S: Smells of lightly toasted cereal grains and straw. Hops are grassy with a light lemony citrus zest.

T: Pleasant grainy taste opens, then melds with grassy hops. Quick hit of citrus zest strikes the palate, then is overtaken by more cereal grains and bready/biscuity tastes. Light fruity esters (apple and pear?). Buttery taste throughout. Finishes with straw, more cereal grains, and more buttery tastes.

M: Light bodied and a bit slick and creamy. Carbonation is very active.

D: It is light and drinkable, but there's nothing unique or exciting here. Average.

Notes: Another safe offering from Shipyard. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser. A better alternative to the ubiquitous macro lagers, but nothing special otherwise. I didn't mind drinking it, but I wouldn't give it a second look.

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Photo of beyah
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my PBR Stemmed Glass Goblet.

A -Golden Yellow and a quickly disapearing head, some lacing hanging ijn there.

S- Slight bread and herbal hops in the background.

T- The right amount of hops, but there is a diacetyl, which is causing an unfavorable aftertaste.

M- The carbonation is too much for this beeer style.

O- Not likely to buy this again, there are other beers of this style I prefer.

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Photo of patreely12
4.17/5  rDev +26%
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 Cyberkedi
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty and crisp, more like a lager than an ale but still all right. It pours a clear, bubbly amber with a rather thick and fluffy off-white head. Flavor is crisp and malty with a fruity undertone, mainly apple and banana, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. Texture is fairly smooth and edgy, leaving behind a nice tingle. This is a good party beer, or an accompaniment for a hearty meal.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow color with a moderate-to-minimal white head.

S- Light notes of baked grains, malt, hops.

T- Light maltiness could be improved to better balance the slight bittter grassiness. Short finish.

M, D- I have had this along with traditional Maine lobster dinners since it was often the only available upgrade from the mega-macro beers at the restaurant. Drinkability was in proper balance for the heaviness of the meal.

One of those "the best available option" beers among boring beer lists.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours an orange color with shades of gold and hints of amber. Large white head that stays with the beer down the glass. Aroma is very fruity with hints of a malty sweetness. Could be from the hops but also could be a yeast characteristic.

Upon tasting you get a very strong sweetness, almost too sweet. Very malty but also goes a little bit overboard. I can understand that the attempt is a Blonde Ale but it's just too sweet and could use a little more dryness. Despite being too sweet it has a poor body. Just not enough of it for me. This sweetness also causes the drinkability to suffer as well.

Overall this is a beer with some easily fixable flaws. The fermentation schedule or temperature is most likely to blame here. Most likely both put together trying to move the beer as fast as they could. I think i would like to try this again but maybe at the brewery or at a pub who just changed the keg.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw yellow with a quickly disappating white head.

Smell: Malt liquor, biscuits and floral hops.

Taste: Bready, biscuity malt. Grain, too? Light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light. Crisp.

Drinkability: Not that great. Reminds me of Red Stripe and would probably be just as good on a hot summer day on a beach.

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

Poured a translucent amber brown with yellow highlights with a very thin head and almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was malty, sweet, various grain notes, very slight peach, and citrus. The taste was also dominated by the malts alongside citrusy, mild peach, and various grain accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, malty, and grainy finish. It drank really good and was a decent blonde beer.

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Photo of jj311
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. Has a thin, white foam-head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: A fruity, buttery, light hop Aroma. A hint of spicy herbal hops, malt, and caramel.

Taste: A musty, buttery, Bready, flavor. A hint of herbal hop. Crispy seltzer type notes.

Mouthfeel: Slick

Drinkability: Not the best I've had, but certainly far from worst.

Overall: From what I know, this one isn't widely available in my immediate area, but I certainly am not going to lose sleep over that fact. Good for a conversation piece, maybe a beer to kill the monotony between beers, and it's a good drink, but not something I'd spring for unless the options were more limited.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that fades quickly leaving small chunks of lace.

Smells of buttered bread and some light hops.

Tastes of a bready malt with light herbal hops. Malts are slightly sweet with a biscuity characteristic. Some buttery diacetyl appears as well. Hops are very light and add some herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber good head slowly dikssipates to the siide of the glass

Caremel and grains very shipyard loads of crystal malt

The tastes matches the smell with a grain taste to the finish starts with a buttery smooth and as the carbonation builds this taste slowly fades and becomes a dryer mouth with a pale malt taste lingering

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Waltvmorgan
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Incredible head. Took a while to die down. Reminded me of Hofbrau brew.

Taste was a little bitter, with a strong after taste.

Drinkability. Probably would not order another.

Great appearance!!!

Smell. Nothing offensive nor forgettable.

Give it a try, just have the right expectations.


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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After watching the Giants lose game three, I needed something lighter fare in nature...

Pours a nice amber with a couple finger of beautiful, meringue-like head that leaves excellent lacing. Well carbonated, so this looks great out of the gate. Nose is very weird. It's like there is something like a rose garden hidden in there. Very robust, floral notes waft out of this. In the background a get a hint of cinnamon, and then it strikes me as sweet and malt-liquor-ish. Very unique and teetering on the precpice of gross-weird. Like a Jolly Rancher that your super-hot girlfriend was sucking then set down on her plate, and you waited a few minutes and then ate it. Not necessarily disgusting, and it probably tasted fine, but it was just kinda gross to do it.

MOVING ON, though...

Flavor is a mish-mash of stuff, not all of it good, either. Starts very robust and heavily malty. I'm almost getting a different grain in this, like rice?? Doesn't really evolve into anything. The floral character hits for a split-second, then disappears. Like the time that really hot girl asked you to meet her at a party and you get there and then she leaves with another guy - who has a monster truck with a No Fear sticker in the back window. Finish gets microchip thin and fritters away...Excellently priced beer, though, so for about $1.25 you can find a 12oz. bottle to, ahem, "enjoy". Not worth finding.

What I like most: the price and excellent look out of the bottle in the glass.

What I like least: The strange, fleeting flavor profile.

Verdict: Not good, but very drinkable, unique and cheap.

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Photo of jsanford
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with a thin white head.
S - Sweet malts with some earthy, floral hops.
T - Sweet toasted cracker malt with earthy hops.
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
D - It's good, I'm glad it came in the mix-pack I got. I wouldn't buy a six-pack of just this, though.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

This ale is something different but nothing to rave about. It pours a golden yellow color with not to much of a scent. It's a fairly lighty drinking beer for being an ale. It does have a slight bitter and spice taste to it. Something new to try but probably not going to be anyones new favorite.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out clear golden yellow with a nice, fluffy cap. Head retention is good. Some spots of branching lace.

S- Not too much to say here. Just some light caramel malt and adjunct hints. A slight citrus hop presence. Overall the strength is pretty good.

T- Sweet caramel malt dominates at first. Then comes a big malty bready finish with some citrus and earthy hops. Seems a tiny bit oxidized.

MF- Too much bitterness without the flavor to back it up, somewhat unpleasant. Light creamy body with moderately high carbonation.

DB- Not much to say but nothing bad to say either. I would say this one pretty much splits right down the middle. A simple ale with a decent flavor set, would probably be good for someone new to the craft.

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

A- Pours a dark orange. Kind of dark for a blond. White head that leaves little to no lacing.

S - Buttery sugar malt with slight diacetyl. Grassy hops, fruity undertone.

T - Slightly sweet malt with hints of bright fruit. Bits of hops show but are not distinct. Thin flavors mix with flower and a shallow malt. Good mouthfeel. Good for the style.

This is pretty good for a blonde. Highly drinkable for most.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was re-introduced to Shipyard beers after many years on a Maine vacation this summer. Brought back some bottles to sample and review.

American Blonde, huh? Not sure how to review that -- I was putting this in the English Bitter category based on character.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a firm white head that holds up well.

S -- Earthy, spicy hops and mild malt, even some light DMS with warming. Tart esters from the proprietary Ringwood yeast.

T -- Spicy hops up front that blend into citrus character and then finish with light, vaguely diacetyl, malt. Finish is spicy, bitter hops. The light tart character from the yeast lingers through the aftertaste with the spicy hops.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel that finishes dry.

D -- Very good drinkability with a nice balance between hop and malt. Many can go down in a sitting and not overwhelm or distract. My first recent taste of this brew brought back good memories of micro sampling many years ago -- I'm glad to find out Shipyard is going strong.

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Photo of Buebie
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er on sale for $5.

Pour produces about an inch of white head, settling quickly. a very thin collar is now left. Color is a darker golden, pale.
Aroma contains cereal grains, good malt backing, slight breadyness, coming off crisp and clean with faint hops in the background.

Taste is also light and crisp, tad thin in feel, cereal grains coming through, breadyness...basically it is as it smells. Mild hop bitters into the finish.

Its a clean ale, a bit thin, but a great lawnmower, or gateway creaft beer for the bmc crowd. Not a bad beer overall though.

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Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
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 deaconoflove
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Cloudy golden and slighty brownish color with little head...probably too cold.
Sm. Light maltiness/breadiness.
Ta. Mild w/ late blooming butterscotch sweetness. A little bitterness to balance out the finish, but still, an overall sweetness.
Dr. A easy to drink, mild, good flavored beer. A little too sweet to have more than one or two.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Copper with a small head.

S-Malty and I guess a bit of hops.

T-Mellow sweet taste. Enjpyable. Not very complex. On the sweet side. Mild bitterness. Buttery.

M-Light to medium.

D-Easy to drink. Not very bold. Won't give you taste overload.

One of the first craft beers I have had. Decided to review it recently after having one on tap to relive the beginning. Not as great as I remember but still, worth a shot.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks very clear and gold with a light bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Okay lacing.

Smells slightly Hoppy(grassy), and slightly sweet(honey).

Taste is the same, but I had a stronger beer earlier and whenever I do weaker beers always tastes like jello for some reason.

Clean and crisp but a bit dry. With an odd aftertaste.

Drinkable but not really tasty.

Meh. Its like an inferior version of sierra Nevada pale ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, gingerbread maltiness. In the taste, well, like buttery gingerbread. A small bite and small to medium bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Very English, kind of feel like part of the Sam Smith line, but not as good.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 18.3% out of 100 with 949 ratings
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