Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Export AleExport Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-30-2001

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Photo of aubuc1
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +27.7%
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 +5.4%
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 -9.6%
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 +3.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +23.5%
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 +8.4%
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 -8.7%
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 -2.1%
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 -32.8%
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 -3.3%
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 -4.2%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of Bartrob6
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks nice and very clear. pretty head with good lacing. good lookin brewski.

smells floral and some fruitiness. not the typical american pale ale aroma. nothing special. nothing bad.

balanced taste between them malts and hops. caramel and breadiness with some bitterness. nothing stands out though. well made beer but nothing special about the taste.

good carbonation and mouthfeel. very sessionable.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden color with a decent white head. There is not a very hoppy aroma which is typical of American Pale Ales. The taste is well balanced, but seems to be more like an English Pale Ale than an American Pale Ale. I don't taste the usual citrusy hops found in APAs (Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, etc). Not a bad beer overall--quite drinkable actually, but I don't think it compares with the west coast APAs.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden yellow with a nice full off white head with decent but not superior retention.
Smell: floral hops and some coffee notes hit the nose.
A little thin in the mouth, clean and smooth, not harsh or grainy.
Taste; Hops and Malts int good balance. Starts with some sweet, toasty malts and hops provide some bitterness.
I enjoyed this ale.

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Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 3-29-09

Eye: Very pale gold, the darkest this one gets is maybe some dark yellow hues. The body of this one is very clear and looks quite lively as lots of tiny bubbles make their way to the top of the glass. Head is stable at about one finger and is puffy with hints of creaminess in texture. Looks pretty nice overall.

Nose: Diacetyl and some floral/spicy notes upfront. Also tones of maple syrup right in the front. As a matter of fact, as soon as I opened this one its aroma reached my nose, when I smelled it I instantly thought "waffles." Pretty unique aroma overall.

Tongue: Big malt sweetness comes through here, some of that floral character comes through too to give balance, though it lacks the slightly rosey character I was finding in the aroma. Big caramel tones upfront as well. Hop character lends some dryness to this one. Slight citrus notes from hops as well. Hop character is very nice in this beer, it balances the malt very nicely. Maple syrup flavor is somewhat here, though not as much as the aroma led on. Some diacetyl comes out near the finish, and perhaps some dry apple tones in the finish as well. Overall quite a nice beer.

edit: Perhaps my nose and palate are off, the more I drink this the less of any maple aroma or flavor I get, yet for the first few minutes of smelling it that aroma was so prevalent....ahh now I got some maple on the tongue, right before the finish, right before it starts to dry out.

Feel and Drinkability: Dry finish with some maple tones leading up to it and some green hop flavors sticking around after. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, nothing wrong with how this one feels. This is one that's easy to drink, though I'm not sure how readily I'd pick it up again. Its good, but it hasn't made it to my "regulars" or "fallback" lists.

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Photo of bsend
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a nice golden color with a foamy 2 finger head. Light amount of carbonation and nice lacing.

Smell: Beer provides a sweet smell of hops and honey.

Taste: Decent tasting beer. Starts out with tangy hops up front (not expecting this), and finishes with a backbone of caramel malts and hints of honey.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and definitely where this beer stands out. Smooth all the way through.

Drinkability: This beer provides a decent choice for sessions. Easy and light but definitely doesn't skimp on flavor.

Final Thoughts - Definitely a decent entry by Shipyard. Overall enjoyable, and definitley one to session.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at Miller's ale house in Langhorne PA.
Poured into a pint glass poured a golden color with very little white heading that dispates quickly.

Smell is malty with a fruity spicey smell and a also very yeasty.

Taste is almost identical except for the fact of the horrible aftertaste of a dryness funk is how I can only explain it.

Mouth is not to good for me. Very flat medium-bodied beverage.

Drink is still not to good I really couldn't drink even two of these.

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Photo of FSUBrad
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at The Ale House in Ocoee. This was the second beer I've tried from the Shipyard brand and they continue to impress.

A: Honey Golden with a light fog.

S: Distinct Citrus

T: As holds true to the smell, Citrus throughout this one.

M: Between Thin and Medium.

D: Sits heavy in the stomach. Cant have more than a few.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with 1.5 fingers foam.

Mild citrus smell with some floral hints in the background.

Rich malty taste with medium hop finish. Light citrus, fruit, and spice taste. Citrussy in the mouthfeel, with light carbonation.

Sufficiently drinakble. Tasty brew.

Good brerwery tour if you are in the Portland area.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Poured a golden amber color, almost completely clear. About a half-finger of white head; reduces to a thin layer immediately. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Toasted malts and slightly bready. Some caraml and definitely butter (diacetyl) show up very strong in the nose. Fruity malts in the background, but not overwhelming. Much more English pale to me than an American.

Taste: Very malty, mostly bready/biscuity. Decent bitterness, that has some balance with the sweetness, but not much. The malts definitely are much more powerful than any of the hops and, again, more of an English pale than an American. The taste lingers for a while in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but still pleasing. Slick on the tongue, but chewy as well. Taste lingers.

Drinkability: A very malty ale, much more of an English pale ale to me. Decent malt/hop balance, and relatively smooth. Nothing to complain about, but nothing standing out. Might be good for someone into a malty ale, but not me. Mostly average for the style.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: 0.5L German glass, cellar temp
A - Well-balanced earthy hops and sweet malt aroma.
A - Just a thin film of head, light clear amber-orange.
M - medium body and carbonation.
T - Nice spicy hops and carmel malt.
D - This is a very smooth and sessionable beer. I have bought many a six-pack of this and will buy many more.

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Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 964 ratings