Shipyard Export Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Export AleShipyard Export 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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Ratings: 958 |  Reviews: 427
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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Photo of Natural510
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +8.8%
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 +11.2%
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%
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%
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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