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 Dubbercody
2.1/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle on a whim. Could not pass up a beer from the 'other' Portland.

Too bad I didn't like it. Has a strange off flavor kind of a weirdly sour sweet taste in the middle of the mouth. Kinda funny beer. I'm hoping I somehow got a weird one because, well, it's not my cup 'O.

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Photo of kinger
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice refreshing brew, I really enjoyed having a few of these during the warm spring season. Pours a light copper/dirty yellow color with a nice thick head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is malty with a strong bread scent, mild hops seem to be present. A nice full mouthfeel is pleasing on the palate. The flavor is surprisingly crisp and really seemed to quench my thirst. Strong sweet malt presence backed by some mellow hops, there is a mild buttery taste that is hit or miss with this one. Overall It is rather enjoyable once in a while.

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Photo of jar2574
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average appearance. Orange-yellow color. White head that settles quickly. Below average carbonation.

A weak, sweet, hoppy scent.

Pretty darn good taste though, and extremely easy to drink. It's less hoppy than most pale ales. Smooth and buttery going down. Nice summer beer, good for relaxing.

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Photo of Natural510
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with thick head, very lagerish in appearance.
Not much nose; some breadedness & hops come through.
Flavor is decent; there are some notes of bread, biscuit malt and a light oily hop quality. An overall buttery taste to the brew as well.
A slight hop zing at the end, but nothing to write home about. Remains nicely carbonated throughout.
An easy-drinking pale ale, but none too exciting or unique. Perhaps this was a good alternative to macro lagers in the area (upper New England) at the time it was founded, but in modern times I would consider it quite average.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From mixed 12 pack; poured orange/amber with a white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smell has a bit of a metallic edge -- copper? Plus some caramel and yeasty hints.

Breaddough (like browned pizza dough), a little caramel, butter (there's the yeast); a bit dry. Where are hops?

A little thin; some decent carbonation; finishes clean.

You can knock these back easily because here isn't one disinct flavor that jumps out at you. Just had one after painting outside for 4 hours. Refreshing, not filling, not overpowering. Decent but nothing I'd go out of my way for -- but wouldn't refuse on either.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a bronze-amber body capped with a finger of soft white head that recedes to a ring and leaves thin streamers of lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty and a little toasty with a faint earthy hop note.

Taste is sweet with toasty malts, caramel, and brown sugar laced with earthy, spicy, herbal hops. I believed I imagined a note of cinnamon, but it happened a few times. A bit grainy and huskier as it warms, the drink has a nice clean finish.

Crisp and light medium-bodied Shipyard Export is a very well-balanced beer with great drinkability. Make mine a Ship-yahd, Bub!

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Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden orange with a short lived white head. Smell is yeasty, doughy, malt. Taste is balanced sweetness and bitterness with a lager like yeasty finish. Not much hop flavor but enough bitterness to balance. Nothing too spectacular but drinkable. Very basic, simple average beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent 2 finger head with good retention and a brown color.

Diacetyl comes out on the nose. It smells like nothing but butterscotch. Some citrusy hop bitterness come through.

Butterscotch comes out on the palate. It's not bad, but the hop bitterness is totally muted. It's just totally muddled.

Somewhat creamy and somewhat crisp but sort of soapy in texture.

There are brewing flaws in this beer, but it's not horrible.

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Photo of elniko
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass

A: Average deep amber, not much head. Dissipated quickly, lots of carbonation.

S: I usually expect a pale ale to be hoppy, this did not have hops on the nose at all. Grassy notes on the nose, very interesting.

T: Taste is refreshing, carbonation is highly evident in the mouthfeel which I enjoyed. This is a different from other APAs I've recently, most have been West coast brews which are more concentrated with the hops.

D: Definitely drinkable, I will having this beer again and look forward to trying others from Shipyard.

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Photo of hooligan
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Old Chicago in Palm Harbor, Florida - their beer du jour was from Breweries from states beginning with "M" so I started with Maine's Shipyard Brewing Export.

Beer came to me a clear copper with a thin wispy head that barely clung to the side of the glass. Smell of fruit and dry bread, but very faint. Big toasted wheat bread, malted milkballs, and faint green apple in my inital sip with a mild hop bitterness to clean it up.
Fairly thick for the style and uniquely centered around a slightly bready, less sweet malt over your normal APA Hoppy dominance. I like it. Alot.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dull gold with a small off-white head that leaves some lace as it falls to a paper thin covering

S-a bit spicy with some buttery notes as well as a staleness that is faint

T-wheat bread lightly toasted and thinly layered with melted butter,some spice maybe clove very subtle at best,sweet fruit banana and green apple,a hoppy bite that tingles nicely on the tounge with some herbal flavors on the tail end

M-medium body,but on the thinner side of the spectrum,slick and tingly/dry on the tounge,nice creamy clean finish

D-a nice ale with plenty of flavor,it would be hard not to drink another if I had one

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Photo of almychristopher
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color wiht a white rocky head that recedes quickly to a light white lace...

While the appearance fades quickly the aroma carries on. While it has a distinctive, and quite pleasing, malt aroma it overshadows the hops a bit too much.

The taste is once again a bit overbalanced toward the malt side for my taste, but the carmel flavor's of the malt and the fruit esters do provide a good overall taste.

the carbonation throw's off the mouthfeel.

Not my beer of choice as far as the drinkability goes, but I'd still take anohter.

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

On-tap 5/15/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, nuts and fruit. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but it's a good solid beer to drink for while.

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Photo of dashirey
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in my beer of the month selection a few months ago.

A - Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing from the golden yellow beer that also shows some hints of orange.

S - Some hops and malt are battling for control over the smell. The malt wins out more, but they both hide a faint metallic smell in the end.

T - Fairly balanced, but leans to the malt side as the smell predicted. Some hop bitterness in the end, but nothing really jumps out as being spectacular in the taste.

M - Light-bodied with a bit too much carbonation in my opinion.

D - Easy drinking but not much more than an ordinary brew.

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, solid ale. It's tasty, with nice full flavour and yet crisp and light, and overall very drinkable.

This has a dark gold/light amber body with decent, bubbly off-white head that dissipates steadily to a ring.

The aroma is pleasant malt with a hint of hops.

The taste has a good balance of malt and hops, sweetness and bitterness. It has elements of bread, honey, a hints of earthy pine and citrus, giving a fairly crisp finish and nice lingering flavour.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pale gold in color, abundant fizzy head to about 3/4" with a careful pour. Head had good retention lasting for several minutes before it reduced to a layer of soapy bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S: Yeast and barley are the first things on the nose, and I don't mean barley malt, but rather you get a pretty good whiff of fresh ground grain. You can catch a little bit of bread aromas from this too.

T: Rather a bit malty, definitely more than I would have guessed looking at it. The hops bring the malt sweetness down several notches bringing forth a nice earthy malt flavor. Finish is relatively short and clean with a little bit more the hop bittering riding on top of some malt linger.

M&D: Heavy and full flavored, again, more so than you might think just by looking at it. The carbonation was well matched with fine abundant bubbles licking back. The brew wasn't a stunner by any means but it is a great "general purpose" beer that I would love to sample again someday soon.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
1.3/5  rDev -61%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look - Plain artwork, a bit boring, not much innovation went into this. Pours pale yellow and settles golden in the glass. Very fizzy, little to no head.

Smell - Very subtle aroma, lacks body and vigor.

Taste- Slightly malty, then carbonated, then watery as hell. Absolutely terrible.

Mouthfeel - Goes with the taste, dreadful and watery-sour.

Drinkability - Not appealing in the least, I poured out 3/4 of the frosted mug and had my friend drink the rest of them.

I would never purchase or drink this beer again, this is one of the worst beers I've ever reviewed. I don't think it had anything to do with storage or transport because I bought a variety pack and the other 2 types of beer in it were exceptional. Shipyard is usually good, but they missed the mark here, by a lot..

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Photo of Boppar
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Blue Ox in Millinocket.
A: Pours the color of honey with one finger of white head. Some lacing that remained throughout.

S: Sweet malts, very faint hops.

T: Tastes good. Sweet on the opening, rich malts and biscuits mid-palate, slightly bitter on the finish, with a hint of floral hops.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it works well for this style. There is also a sort of creamy texture that was a nice little surprise.

D: Highly drinkable. This is a fine session beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a variety case from the Beer Zoo.

Poured into a pint glass. Less than a one finger head and the color looks to be like that of a light red to copper tan.

The fruity ester aroma of grapefruit and orange fill my nose. It actually reminds me of an orange peel though. Quite nice but could be better.

A lil bitter in taste but thats just the hops hitting. Once in my mouth i can taste the orange fruitiness. It flushes the roof of my mouth and it kind of reminds me of when we used to put vodka into fruit. A little to strong and bitter.

The best thing about this beer is that it goes down very smooth and doesntleave you parched. It quenches your thirst and leaves not fruity/hoppy aftertaste in your mouth that you dont want. Overall a decent beer but i have to say it isnt worth a purchase of a six pack.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow #100 and I'm drinking Shipyard Export Ale. No offense to this beer but with a decent cellar, I think I should have celebrated with a different beer. But, onto the review. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack Goblet. Aroma is nondescript. Nothing special but nothing outstanding either. Though I was expecting a bit of hops in the aroma. Taste is about the same. Faint hint of smoke (maybe just roasted malts), wheat and just a bit of hops (I'm stretching when I say bit). Mouthfeel is about average. Its drinkable. Nothing special.

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

hazy light amber color with a white head that didn't last very long at all. minimal lacing

mostly hops in the aroma: floral, grassy, blackcurrant. some malt dextrins make their way through, as well

the flavor has two undynamic facets: herbal, zesty hops and light pilsy malts. flimsy

american pale ale? i say nay. the fact that it is hoppy and on the dry side do suggest it but it's tough for me to call anything an APA without north american hop character


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Photo of mnj21655
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a perfectly clear yellow-gold in color with a full 2 fingers of soapy, long-lasting head. Aroma is quite faint but pleasant; dominated by a slightly caramel maltiness with only mere hints of hops. Taste is, at first, much like the aroma. Very malty and somewhat sweet. Towards the finish however, hops suddenly appear, mostly citrusy and spicy, not overwhelming but they contrast rather starkly against the overwhelming maltiness. Into the finish there is a good amount of bitterness. In the late finish and into the after taste I can detect some honey notes. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good as well. This is a solid APA but more malty than hoppy.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged straw/gold what gives a decent white-ish head that falls rather quickly. Nose is boring. Flavor is earthy and leafy with a sweet tone. Minor citrus. Not very interesting or complex, but well rounded enough. Feel is decent. Low, soft carbonation on a average liquid body. Very easy to drink and certainly a possible session brew.

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

This beer is an old reliable standby. It pours a clear yellowish orange, with some white head that retains a bit. No lacing to speak of. The beer is moderately carbonated, on the lighter side, and its body is a bit thin. The smell is cracked wheat, corn, straw, some yeast, and dry malts. The smell is not the most enticing, but drink on.

The beer is definitely dry, thin, refreshing. There is some grapefruity astringency and bitterness, some bready malts, some spicey bite, but mostly a cracked barley taste. This is a nice beer. The mouthfeel is light, and there is some aftertaste. L'Chaim.

Re-review July 2008: The beer definitely has a buttery diacetyl taste to it. Actually the buttery malt lingers a bit too much and leaves a slightly oily mouthfeel in its wake. I still like the cracked barley taste to the beer, but the diacetyl is a bit more than I care for. I'm knocking this down a peg.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle copped singly from Total Wine and more in West Orange...Was a huge fan of shipyards pumpkin ale as this is considered their flagship beer it is a overall good sample that goes down smooth and is very easy to drink...Nice amber/copper appearance with slight carbonation present...Smell is very bready with hints of caramel and butter...Taste compliments the aroma with a slightly malty bread and butter finish and slight bitterness that lingers on the palate...Good mouthfeel and easy drinkability make this a good sociable session beer...A classic American brew...Recommended.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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