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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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2010.

Served in an Abita shaker pint. Medium sized off white head, quickly dissipating. Well carbonated. Clear golden amber color. Smells mineraly, lemony, slightly yeasty, some graininess. Tastes a lot like mineral water with a spritz of lemon and a hint of malt. Grainiy sweetness throughout. Finishes pretty clean with a light lingering sweet aftertaste. Light body. Light ethanol.

Not much to it.

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Photo of bala747
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this when I was in Maine, and I loved this beer, especially with lobster.

A: A beautiful golden yellow pour with a 2 centimeter head that dissipates slowly leaving moderate amounts of lace on my pint glass.

S: Grainy with hints of caramel.

T: Lots of grain but different from most macros and adjuncts. Tastes of fresh bread almost. Some hoppy bitterness at the end but overall a very tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation was sufficient to excite my taste buds for the lobster but not too much. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable on both hot and cold days. I had this beer almost every day in Portland, Maine during the winter. Tasty, not too flavourful but does the job.

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear macro like orange/yellow color. A fluffy white head rises to about two fingers, then recedes in an instant. Some lace lace is left behind.
S: Toast, grain, buttery malt, and diacetyl. Not much here, but not bad.
T: Lots of toasted grain, and buttery diacetyl dominate. Light stale hops in the finish. Kind of dirty and gritty as well.
M/D: A light body that is thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but a little boring.

Just bland, boring, and ho hum. Something I will probably bring to a Memorial Day BBQ this weekend. Not really bad, just uninteresting.

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Photo of rye726
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a thin white head. Nose has dry malts and grainy hops. About aberage in the flavor department as well. Grassy malts and some stale hops. The body is light, but clean. Possibly the best aspect of the beer. Not bad, but nothing too special either.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Golden with light orange tints, very slightly hazy. Forms a one finger white head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving behind bubbling over about half of surface, no lacing to speak of.

S = Light smells of fresh grains, hay dust, caramel.

T = Crisp clean tastes up front of fresh cut grains, fresh baked seven grain bread, oats, whole wheat grains, very light bitterness leaves a relatively dry finish even though most of the tastes before that are sweet.

M = Medium body, nice light carbonation, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a really easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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

Picked this up on a whim, i've always seen this on the shelves but somehow, they just don't stand out, and after drinking it, I know why. Nothing really to want you to come back, way too tangy, to the point that it overwhelms the malts and you get a wierd tang from start to finish. It would be drinkable on a hot day, but what isn't. I think at one time these guys were handled by miller, and I think that is maybe where the taste went.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Export ale pours a clear, golden color with a small frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass. Medium sized bubbles slowly ascend to the surface like balloons floating in the sky.

The aroma is toasted malt and bread with some peach overtones.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is crisp toasted malt, some light fruit (apple? pear?) and grassy & lemon citrus hops. It finishes slightly bitter and once gone some of the bitter grassy hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a quite drinkable, fairly well balanced beer. I could see drinking a few of these at one sitting. It would go great at a BBQ or with a burger. Something for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a light amber gold with a honey hue when held up to light. White head holds as a film for a while.

Smells grainy and a bit sugary. Maybe a hint of hops as well.

Tastes like barley, very mild hops, and a bit of malt. Very textbook beer taste except for the hint of citrus at the end.

Feels moderate with light but consistent carbonation throughout.

Pretty good. Would be easy to session. There really isn't anything to dislike about it but it doesn't bring any game changing traits to the table either. Good in all ways, but great in none.

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Photo of OldRaspi
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From bottle into a 16oz glass:

A: Amber in color. No head or noticeable carbonation.

S: Crisp smell, dominated by bittery hops with a touch of citrus.

T: Nothing special, dominated by a tart / bitter followed by a touch of sweetness towards the end of the gulp. Carbonation gives a little bite but not too much.

M: Medium/Light bodied, fair carbonation.

D: Goes down smooth but not something I would want to drink more than a couple of.

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of climax
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a bubbly amber. Clarity was good, the head was large, formed quickly, and had good retention.

Nose was kind of a mixed bag. Some overly bitter lemon tones were somewhat distracting. Warming banana esters, grass, and skunky metallic lager were evident as well.

Flavor was better, different though. It was quite sweet, banana, vanilla, and grassy notes are all held in check by a bitter citrus hop profile. The flavors didn't meld together right, too much hop bitterness with the sweetness, the relationship was off.

Feel was pretty bubbly, the medium body was pretty slick. I wouldn't choose to drink any of these in the future, the flavor just didn't agree with me.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap into a 24oz glass:

A: Amber clored, clear yet kind of opaque. Thin head, that disappears quickly.

S: Malty, no hoppy smell to note.

T: Actually well balanced but thin on everything if you ask me. Toasty malts and some noticable hoppiness.

M: Medium/Light bodied, fair carbonation.

D: Goes down easy enough but nothing special.

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Photo of sisuspeed
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light orange-yellow color with less than a finger of white head. Light lacing on the glass.

The aroma consists of some faint fruitiness, sweet and sour malt and not much else. Not overly appealing.

Flavor is sweet and somewhat tart. Grapefruit and light bittering hops come through. Some sourness to the malt. Dry on the finish.

Prickly carbonation all over the tongue. Body is on par with most American pale ales. Maybe just slightly heavier than average.

Drinkability is decent. Wouldn't be my go to session beer, but it goes down pretty easy. However, nothing is really pulling me back to take another sip.

Overall, an average American pale ale. Not really much else to say.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice pale color with some carbonation that lingers. Nose is pretty weak, fruity with malt detectable. Taste is somewhat bitter with more of alcohol taste and not too much of other flavors detectable. Overall, an interesting take on a pale ale but nothing that impresses me much.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly deep golden/amber color with a very thin head. Nose is fairly malty as well but almost no hops for an APA.

Taste is a bit sharp and bitter quite carbonated. Something is a bit odd with this beer though, I had it with a couple others and we all thought it was a pretty poor beer, not easy to drink and didn't sit well with any of us, skip it.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with no real head to speak of.

S: Caramel, malt and earth.

T: Slightly bitter with malt and more hops than some other ales. Has a dirty, earthy character with a clean, wet finish.

D: Easy to drink, awesome fern bar beer.

Value: I'll tell ya I paid $6.00 for a sixer of this. You couldn't do much better for a buck a beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, almost translucent golden body with a big foamy head on top of a faint aromatic body of mild hops and malts. A little too sharp for my liking, a mild (even bland) ale that doesn't pack much in the hops or malts department and just comes across as a tad overly hopped with a dry, cutting backbite. Has a little punch to it compared to macros but not my favorite ale at all.

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Photo of JalfPsu
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium goblet. This beer pours a semi-opaque reddish-gold, with a thin, off white head that leaves a gentle lacing along the inside of the glass. It looks decent, but somewhat unassuming.

The smell is likewise very mild, and does not give a particularly strong impression of what to expect from the flavor. There is a very slight maltiness present, though no real indication of any corresponding sweetness. There is a slightly fruity aroma, coupled with some mild floral notes from the hops. Nothing truly exciting so far, but very pleasant.

The taste, however, is quite impressive. I feel that this beer has been under-valued by quite a few other reviewers, who may have been hoping for something a little more bold. While the flavors are quite mild overall, they blend together exceptionally well. Balance is clearly a key element of this beer's flavor profile.

There is a subtle maltiness in the background, which provides a slight bit of richness and corresponding sweetness, though this does not ever overwhelm. The hops are likewise clearly present, providing a crisp clean flavor that is a balance of citrus and floral notes, with a modest degree of bitterness. The aftertaste fades quickly, but is slightly sweet and bready, coupled with a mild, hoppy bitterness.

This is a light-bodied beer. It never really coats the tongue, and the relatively high degree of carbonation keeps it crisp and refreshing. Between the solid balance of flavors and aroma, clean mouthfeel, and modest ABV, I could easily see myself having several across a prolonged session.

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Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard export ale is amber in color with a moderate head, fading rapidly to a bare collar. It's aroma is malt and maple-y. A can't remember specifically, but the taste reminds me of one of the red beers that I've recently had (Brian Boru maybe?). It tastes of sweet toffee and lightly of maple, very little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

This is an under appreciated beer. I'm well above the curve on this one.

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Photo of sevenredrabbits
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. Head crowned in a few seconds. Color is something just slightly darker than yellow.

Smell : Not much.

Taste : Whole grain bread. Wheat.

Mouthfeel : Very little carbonation. Some strange aftertaste.

Drinkability : you could session this if you wanted, but it isn't anything I'd recommend.

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Photo of jnezda
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I wonder if the taps condition at the local establishment did not affect this pour/beer since I can not imagine many folks enjoy this beer in this condition. Poured a dark gold with no head or lacing but just a small collar that stayed with the beeer throughout. Beer was almost totally flat. Smell was not much of a presence either with very light notes of toasted malt and yeast. No fruit or sweetness in the smell which aligned closely with the taste of this beer. Not much in the line of flavor or mouthfeel with little no no carbonation. Not a beer I will be trying again.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color was a pale orange, clear as water save for the color and some small lines of bubbles climbing to the surface. The foam didn't really rertain for me, don't know if the bottle is old or not since it didn't have a date marked on the bottle.

Scents of grapefruit, sweet and somewhat funked. Dry hop notes.

Initially the taste is a little funk with a decent hop presence. hops are grapefruit bitter and dry. Not quite sure if I like hop and malt balance here, it is vaguely skunked and a little funky. Shipyard has a somewhat aggressive hop, but it seems to be the wrong blend. The sweet scent noted above seems to be limited only to the nose and does not quite make it to the tongue. Once the beer began to warm, however, the sweet notes returned and the flavor became quite pleasant.

Bitterness clings to the mouth and leaves it dry. I don't know, not really a fan of the mouthfeel cold, but at about 50-55 degrees it goes down smooth enough.

If you drink this one cold you will not be able to appreciate the beer. It really comes together once you allow it to settle and cool.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no best by/bottled on date, purchased at RSVP in Portland, ME on 10/30/09 consumed on 11/1/09. Poured into a shaker pint. Nice white, tight, two finger head over a golden body with good carbonation, head dies down to leave a nice thick veil. The nose is...lacking, some bready malt, nothing too distinct, no hop presence that I can detect. The taste is of some sweet malt, a little piney hops, buttery/diacetyl, decent bitter finish. Medium/light bodied, a little creamy, maybe a little over carbonated. I am remembering why I don't ever pick this up, just a very uniteresting brew.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear orange, light gold with a foamy two fingers of white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit hoppy with a defined malt flavor in the background. Some slight orange or lemon feel.

The taste is a bit sweet with some slight malt flavor. Lightly bitter some hop flavor. Not a very flavorful beer a decent average beer.

Th feel of this beer is a nice crisp easy drinking beer. It's pretty light with some really good carbonation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured a light copper to golden body. Clear with a rather lackluster head. But the foam seemed to match the pour.
Light, sweet malt in the nose, and bit stale. Not getting many, if any, hops. Not sure about the APA thing. This seems more like a german pilsener or something.
Not a bad taste. Malt sweet, some straw and biscuit. Didn't have that zing at all. A bit boring, but could be good on a warmer day. Easy drinking.

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Photo of EddieTheTrooper
1.46/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I would not go so far as to say this is the worst beer I've ever had, that title is reserved for Natty Ice, but it ranks close. The Export tastes like vinegar mixed with Becks. After my first sip I immediately asked the bartender if the keg had gotten skunked or if the lines hadn't been cleaned since new years. He assured me that this was how the beer was supposed to taste and so I, not being one to waste beer, choked it down. Somewhere amidst the sickly sour taste and urea-yellow coloring I found a redeeming quality to this monstrosity; it goes great with pretzels. Something about the salty tang of a pretzel counterbalances the overly dry feel and bitter morningbreath taste of the Export ale. It will be a while before I try one of these again.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 941 ratings.
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