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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why is this called an APA? Maybe my bottle is old, but I've got no hops and almost no malt. This beer is all Ringwood. It appears a clear amber with a white head and lacing. The flavor and aroma have a creamy sugar candy character with a hint of fruit. There's also a mild bready malt backbone that provides a pleasant contrast, but for the most part this is a simple, yeast-driven beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ooh. Lighter, golden color than expected, only hints of orange tossed in. The head is nice and firm with the large-bubbled lacing; the stick is pretty nice. If only it were so...clear.

The aroma is quite buttery, British in the malt and yeast departments. A hint of floral hops in there.

Fruity, floral, and unassuming quickly come to mind. Lots of more caramel and buttery diacetyl in the flavor. The malt is quite a bit ahead of the hops; this is not a very balanced example of the APA style.

A little undercarbonated to my mind, with a body that's on the full side. Thick with malt rather than my preferred "slightly thinned by hops" fo rstyle.

One reviewer brought up pancakes, and that's unfortunately what I was reminded of after I read that. Call this an English pale ale and maybe I'm a little more lenient, but for my money an APA better bring at least half a wallop of hopping.

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Photo of AndyRattner
4.7/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at a local bar. It is an English style pale ale. It is slightly bigger than what you might have at a pub, hence the "Export" heading. Shipyard also uses a Ringwood yeast strain, which provides a very distinct flavor profile.

A: Golden color, Clear and brilliant. Has a white, rockey, creamy head.

S: Distinctive floral esters provided by yeast. Caramel maltiness is present. Grassy hop aroma is also there.

T: Flavors co-allign with aroma. Hop flavor and aroma are moderate and grassy as well. Finishes on the dry side. Very clean beer. Flavors linger in aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly over-carbonated for an English beer. Finishes dry. No alcohol warming.

D: Excellent beer. Can be enjoyed with or without food, and at any time of the year.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Apr. 09. Sampled on Feb. 28, 2009. I like the way it looks with its ultra-clear copper-golden tone. I gave its appearance the highest grade. Not much head though. The aroma is mostly malty and vaguely hopped. The mouthfeel is medium and the flavor is also quite malty and a little fruity. It's a nice product.

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Photo of JayNH
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a slightly hazy straw color with a solid foamy head.

S- smells a bit dry and yeasty. A toasty malt with a barely detectable citrus hop note.

T- A yeasty funkiness.... A very earthy, slightly citrusy hop note with a toasty malt.

M- Body is on the light side and the brew is definitely over carbonated.

D- Decent. Not something I would buy again though.

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Photo of dakid618
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a light amber golden color with very little head. Smells kind of toasty but off-putting. Taste is kind of toasty malts and unlike any other apa I've ever had. Light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Drinkable but the toasty-ness doesn't do well for the style. All in all an ok beer.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is February 2009 (just in time).

The pour is a nice golden-amber colour with about a finger's worth of white head. It recedes rather quickly, but lacing is decent.

The nose is of roasted malts with a bit of floral hops. The dominant flavour in the taste is butter, but there are spices as well. Some mild bitterness is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. That carbonation lowers drinkability a tad.

This is a solid brew that I will revisit occasionally.

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Photo of joerodiii
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a light amber with minimal head. The aroma is biscuity, slightly caramel, and slight "English" hop.

The flavor seems typical of an English pale, slight sweetness immediately balanced by earthy hop flavor and mild hop bitterness. The biscuit flavor is also prevalent. Mouthfeel is ok...slightly more carbonated than I would like, but has a nice feel otherwise. There is, however, a bit of astringency making what would be a nice session beer tough to drink lots of.

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pale amber with small white head. Minimal head retention. Very clear.

S - Buttery malt mixed with slight floral hoppiness. Pleasant.

T - Sweet, buttery malts are dominant. Citrus and hops round out the taste, leaving a sweet yet slightly bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced, as many of the Shipyard brews are.

M - Medium body, very high amount of carbonation. Perhaps a bit too carbonated.

D - Nice balance and good taste could make it easy to have a couple.

A decent beer from Shipyard. Worth checking out.

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Photo of colts9016
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A Golden amber yellow color with hues of orange. There was a foamy one finger head but it dissipated quickly and just left a small thin line. There is some effervescent but only a small amount. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear but there seems to be some cloudiness.

Nose: A light toasted malt nose with a soapy/buttery, and musty earth. There seems to be hints of butterscotch, esters and apricots.

Taste: A light toasted malt with esters, citrus, and thin grass note. There are also a butterscotch, soapy, and apricots.

Overall: I as a bit surprise by the nose. it seem every time I went to nose the beer it change forms on me. There is a slight chalky, powdery mouth feel. The finish is bitter and it lingers for a bit on the palate. It is not a great beer but it is better than most.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Shipyard Brewing Co. makes a variety of different beers, but once you've tried one, you've more or less had them all. The taste is similar across the board. The Export Ale was the first that I tried growing up in Maine and it pours a typical light brownish color with a bubbly head. It is definitely possible to smell the hops immediately after pouring and that is the predominant taste as well. I would recommend Shipyard to those looking to enjoy a nice easy Ale, especially when visiting Maine and looking to pair your beverage with seafood. This brew is by no means offensive and they use fine malts from the Weyermann Factory in Bamberg, Germany.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fish Market in San Diego.

A - Clear light amber, small head, some small sudsy lacing.

S -Light malty cracker.

T - Light sweet malt with bitter end.

M - A little light for me. Low volume malt followed by lingering bitterness. Not very balanced.

D - On the other hand, very easy to drink!

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Photo of wesl56
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- pours nice looking gold, light-amber color... no head, no lacing

s- weak floral, sweet smelling, maybe a hint of honey smell

t- i think it tastes delicious... not really what i'd consider an APA but it has a very smooth balanced flavor of sweet hints of honey and light floral hops

m- nothing great, light carbonation but still smooth

d- pretty good, i haven't seen this beer around here much but i'd def pick up some again

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle from the Captains Collection.

A- A brilliant Golden hue with extreme clarity, an ample white fluffy head with nice lacing.

S- A very full aroma with hoppy, fruity grains even when served very cold.

T- The smell carries through to the taste, which is fairly well balanced between hops and malt with a touch of frutiness. A very refreshing mild hoppiness (could stand a bit more) with a very nice clean finish. Not a terribly exciting taste, but very refreshing.

M- Balanced for its style.

D- This is a very drinkable beer and while not a standout, is one that keeps me coming back for more.

I usually drink Export on tap, and in my opinion, I think the bottled version is a bit mellower with the tap having a wee bit more hop bite. This is one of my standard "go to" beers that I feel comfortable offering a guests who simply ask for "a beer". I enjoy most of the products that Shipyard produces...wish it had a greater distribution range. A bit hard to find here in NJ.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hated their IPA, but the export wasn't so bad. It had much more flavor and was actually hoppy in comparison. I poured this one into a Piraat tulip glass. The head was light, the body was decent and the taste was very palatable. I could see myself drinking this beer all day. I wish I had found this beer earlier in the summer. It would be a decent session beer.

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

Pours into my pint glass a slightly hazed amber with a yellowish cream one finger head which disappears quickly leaving no lace.

Nose is malty grains, a very slight grapefruit and toast.

Taste is sweet, strong caramel flavor, slight buttery diacetyl. Vaguely citric with possibly a quick flash of grapefruit. Caramel is the dominant flavor with butter being the second. There's a bit of an aftertaste that I can't identify and don't particularly like.

Mouth is a prickly and heavily carbonated medium.

Drinkability is OK.

Not a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow in color and topped with a fluffy tan head. Retention is quite good. There's a rolling lacing left all around the glass. There's some hop aromas, subtle fruits and some esters. Tastes a little spicy with the hops being a bit more present to the palate than the nose. Malts are definitely present. Some fruit and honey are in the mix as well. A quick swirl results in very little carbonation. It's very light-bodied going down with a little chalky aftertaste a few drinks in. No complaints here.

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Photo of Jayli
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a decent yellow/gold color with pillowey head that dissapated relatively quickly, no lacing to speak of. There was not much of an aroma. The aroma was a little sweet but not too much. The taste was faintly sweet from the malt with some fruity background. This beer isn't a beer that completely "wows" you but it is a good beer that isn't all that memorable.

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

This brew was the typical orangish color that you would expect from a APA, but the head looked too thin. There was a decent hop presence in the nose, as well as a mild bite in the taste. However, it wasn't nearly as hoppy as I would have expected. This brew just didn't really seem like an APA to me. There was a very mild malty sweetness after the mild hop burst; it maybe had a toasted malt character that seemed more like an aggressive red? Not bad, but just not what I had anticipated.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a sampler pack.

I thought this was by far the best of the 4 in the pack. A nice solid beer here. Great smell, nice hoppy taste, and smooth finish. Also not too high in ABV so you can easily put a few back. I would definitely come back to this one.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sampler pack. The drink had a wicked good sized head, almost an inch thick. Clear, crisp orange-amber appearance with bubbly lacing. Aromas were pretty darn good spiced hops; very subtly aromic. Taste had a hint of honey to it, sweeting the hoppy, doughy flavoring. Mouthfeel gives it a good crispness but it does have a slight over-watered texture to it. Overall, decently refreshing pale ale.

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Photo of changeup45
2.21/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled out of the bottle. I didn't like it. Golden colored topped with a decent foamy off-white head. Spotty lacing. Malts dominate the hops here with some caramel, honey and oats. Tilts too heavy on the malts for my liking. A little syrupy as well.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.1/5  rDev -36.6%
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 +3.3%
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 +5.7%
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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Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 963 ratings