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 kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
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 -4.2%
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 -24.5%
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 -2.1%
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 -12.7%
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 -14.8%
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 -10.9%
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 -55.9%
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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Photo of TexIndy
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Side of front label had notches for 'best enjoyed before' 10/09. It was a clear honey color with good carb streams and quick sliding lace. It had an average sized fizzy white head that settled into a collar and some foam.

The aroma was butterscotch, fruit and grains. Was weak and lacking in hop presence. Not one of the better smelling APA's out there. The taste was a little worse. Very grainy with heavy dose of diacetyl. Needs some hops to counter the sweet. Guess just not buying these as an APA - seems to be in wrong category. Just not very appetizing but not a drain pour either.

Overall, a mess and not very good. Put it in a different category and maybe it would jump a little but this fails as an APA for me. Can't recommend. Rotation: avail here but one and done for me.

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Photo of ancientelixir
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a good straightforward ale. Light golden yellow color, a little fizzy but nothing a little harder pour into the glass didn't take care of. Lighter flavor but has a nice balance for whats there. Nice little hop background that comes through the nose.It's drinkable also.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a shaker pint glass.

pours a deep golden with a somewhat thin white head

very weak smell. i can't get anything.

decent pop in the taste. not fruity hoppy but some nice hop presence with some biscuit backbone.

mouthfeel is ok and drinkability is pretty solid.

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Photo of mempath
4.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a british pint...decent head that fades fast and didn't really rise up to the occasion. little lacing. not bad though at all...average.

nose is much more impressive...a buttery (butterscotch?) maltiness with those hops in the background. intriguing.

whoa. taste is rich (no indication in the appearance)...the butteriness continues with an assertive malty backbone/punch in the face, but tempered in tag fashion by the hops...not overly complex but rather intriguing as an APA. not a clone of anything! the buttery mouthfeel really makes it all work. quite drinkable. a session APA for sure. at least for me.

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Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Body is clear and sparkling, with a slight amount of haziness, and a dark-golden color.

S: Do I detect some malt in there? The hops are what mainly come through, but I could swear there's some sweetness as well...

T: Pretty good flavor... lightly sweet at the beginning, and then ends lightly bitter. It's really not very hoppy for an APA, but still pretty tasty. Duration of the flavor is average.

M: Medium bodied, oily texture, with average carbonation. Finish is, again, slightly bitter and even a little astringent.

D: By the time this beer was warming near the middle or so, it was starting to taste almost as malty as it was hoppy. Weird. Either way, it would be easy to drink a couple of these, but there's many better APAs out there.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle- Pours a deep rusty gold with a frothy white cap. Nose of sugary grains and fruity malts, some white bread crust and grassy hops. Tastes of slightly biter hops and sweet grains, and some sweet malts. There's a hint of vanilla and rye too. Finishes sweet, with a slightly metallic and bitter finish. Ok. Thanks mom!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Copperish orange in color with a small soapy white head.

S. Smells of fresh cut hay and some grassy hop elements.

T. Toasted caramel malt upfront with an herbal, grassy hop. Lingering malty body takes center stage.

M.Medium bodied and rather smooth finishes with just a flash of clean alcohal.

D. Overall, a clean, not so hoppy beer that does neither disappoint, nor stick out.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the brewery this beer was a light amber color with no head to speak of. The off-white skim did not retain well and the lacing was also thin and scattered. The aroma was of sweet malt, pale malt and a little caramel malt. The flavors were light and crisp, dry graininess, hoppy bitterness and a drab, macro-like finish. Though I would describe it as a session beer the finish really took a lot away from this beverage. The mouthfeel was a little watery, the body light and the carbonation medium.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into an ale glass
A- good inch and a half white head, beer pale amber color
S- slight hops and malt overtones
T- balanced with nice finish, maybe chocolate
M- feels full in the mouth, good for 5% ABV
D- very nice, enjoyed with meat off the grill
Have enjoyed this beer since a trip to Portland.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on label. Single purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $1.85.

A: Honey-gold with 1-2 finger ivory head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Heavy Ringwood yeast aroma with a plethora of fruity aromas of cherry, apple, and pear with very light herbal hops note

T: Also high Ringwood impact in the flavor, which more or less reflects the aroma with a fruit-dominated profile. Plenty malty although more toasting would have rounded the flavor more. Fruit flavors of apple and pear are countered with light herbal hopping.

M: Clean and light-medium body with moderate carbonation and fruity and Rongwood yeast aftertaste.

D: A great APA if you enjoy Ringwood, merely good otherwise but plenty sessionable.

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

It's ok, nice beer really. Some flavor and nice dryness at the end. Worth having around if you have a big selection. Really good for giving to some newbies that you are trying to convert.

A - Gold, medum head faded out after a minute.

S - slight malt caramel, toasty. hint of slight fruit, like apple. A little bread. Overall light in the smell.

T - grainy bitterness, dry. Some sweetness.

M - very dry.

D - pretty easy to drink at first. Dryness is a large part of it.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light amber color with a thick med of small to medium sized white bubbles. There is lots of visible carbonation rising in the glass. Some hops in the aroma, along with malt and grain. The Export tastes buttery, with some hop bitterness. It finishes dry, but due to the butteriness, the beer leaves a good amount of coating in your mouth that lingers well after you've swallowed. If you weren't partial to this feeling, you'd want a sip of water after each sip of beer. The amount of carbonation also borders on the upper end. All in all, there are some good things and bad things about Shipyard Export. It's a beer you can find almost everywhere in my area, so if I don't see something I like, I can always order one. It still carries a premium price though, so usually I can find something a little more interesting for the same cost.

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Photo of taylocd
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was very disappointed with this beer. The label advertises a "handcrafted ale"; that is not quite the description I would have applied. It seemed much closer to macro pilsner to me. I debated donating this one to my sink, but I gave it a fair shake.

A - It poured a pale golden color with no head and it left no lacing.

S - There was no aroma worth noting. Again, it reminded me of a macro brew.

T - The beer had some taste, though it was closer to a mass-produced pilsner than any sort of ale with which I am familiar.

M/D - The beer had a light texture, but far too much 'zing' from the carbonation for my tastes.

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Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -3%
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 yemenmocha
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy golden with off-white head. Nose is rather weak with some buttery grain elements and faint citrus. Palate is more citrusy-sharp, though still thin bodied, and has that buttery flavor coming through again. Finish is short and has more buttery flavors.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max and Dylan's near Park Street. Served in a standard pint glass. Yellow color, well carbonated, no lacing. Watery appearance. Smell was a tad musty. Taste was pretty average. For a pale ale, it was more malty than hoppy. Also, I did not prefer the slightly sticky mouthfeel. While I did not find the taste overly appealing, it was a fairly easy beer to drink due to its blandness. This was more of a beer to order and drink, instead of ordering to enjoy. Washed my appetizers down, so it served its purpose.

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Photo of brianjay
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pub glass. An exceptionally clean look, colors of gold with amber.

Virtually no head on this beer. A thin ring of foam hung around for the first two sips then vanished completely. Left no reminders around the glass as well.

A very sweet, malt smell: Scents reminded me of sweet and sour sauce and bread dough. The maltiness continues strongly in the mouth with the tastes of bread and caramel, the latter being most notable. A slight hop-inspired bitterness finishes the taste.

Mouth feel was thin, but this added to the drinkability, which was very smoothe and easy on the mouth. A sour, alcohol taste does start to come out towards the end.

This beer is very straight to the point, no bells or whistles. Great for knocking back a few with friends on a cold evening.

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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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