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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 far333
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark yellow colored with a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Little to no aroma. Mild flavor of floral hops, with citrus highlights. A light hop bitter finish comes through. Smooth mouthfeel, but a little watery. Pretty light and average beer all around.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears a golden orange crystal clear hue with a pearl white two finger sized head of foam that leaves behind trickled rings of lace in my glass. Aroma some nice fruit (notes of cherry) aromas arise at first, blended with a mild hop aroma and buttery malt finish overall pretty pleasant not mindblowing but pleasant. Taste is crisp sweetness at first then a slightly woody tone creeps in on the scene with some earthy mild hop bitterness alright not bad, and I must note that the flavor seems a bit unbalanced toward the woody hop bitterness side of things. Mouthfeel is a bit thin lighter bodied ale not much texture here kind of boring in fact. However it's a beer meant to be drank as a session brew but I will continue my search for extraordinary brews.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When this brew was poured, it had a large white creamy head with small bubbles that lasted a good long time. This brew had good lacing to it and the body was clear with an amber hue. The flavor was smooth and lasted throughtout my rating of this brew.

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Photo of TheDM
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a creamy white head of fine to largely sized bubbles that lasted a long time and left a good lacing. Its body was a clear thin amber-orange color. I thought this brew was very smooth from start to finish with a light bitter flavor throughout. It had a mild bread hop aroma to it that was not very complex and rather on the plain side.

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Photo of BierReise
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This used to be an old favorite of mine some 10 or more years ago. And I remember it being better than this bottle I have now. How time changes. Anyway, a deep golden brew with an ESB like head to go along. Not much retention here and little lacing. Aroma is bitter with slight hop and malt fragrance. Medium bodied and crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Flavor could be stronger and as I remember, used to be quite hoppy on draught. Not anything outstanding but there are so many better than this one.

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

Pours a golden coppery color with a retentive head. Shipyard brews have generally been very favorable taste-wise to me and their flagship product meets that standard. The malt characteristic is immediately noticeable but it doesn't necessarily dominate the hops. In fact, the finish is both dry and hoppy. Overall, I thought the brew had very good balance. While my favorite Shipyard product is their IPA, I'd also be happy with this one any time. One of our favorite local restaurants in SW NH recently added Shipyard Export to their tap menu and my comments on the draught product would be similar.

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

Been a while since I had Shipyard, but their beers definitely have a distinctive taste.

A very nice rich amber color, not too much head, and no lace. Nice bright hoppy smell. Taste is rather malty with a dry hop finish. Good balance in the flavor, but is that Ringwood in the aftertaste?

Would drink again, but not if there was something else on that I hadn't had yet. Not a bad beer, just not exceptional.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: transparent, pale amber hue, head starts out big and fluffy creamy white, dies down quick. Aroma: Dry, clean, at first, but further investigations brings out a little citrus, and a touch of fruity, even piney hops. But that's stretching the nostrils quite a bit!
Good frontal feeling on the palate, a nice, though brief show of hops, then mellow and smooth. Light body, to the point of "watery". Tasty, but it sinks below the watery, thin mouthfeel too easily. Texture's not bad, but over too quickly. A malty sweet feeling rings through the taste, but doesn't redeem the overall emptiness.
A fine "light ale", a decent session brew for the less discerning, but I'll pass, thanks!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear copper color, with not much head, just a ring around the glass. The aroma is caramel malts, and spicy hops. The flavor is malty, caramely, with a fruity and spicy hop flavor. The malt and hop bitterness is well balanced in this brew. It is a light-medium bodied beer, easy drinking. I really enjoyed this one.

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

On draught in the terminal of the Orlando airport. Having a 4 beer sampler at an airport makes up for standing in a line with no shoes on any day. Rich gold color with a medium thin white head. Pleasantly floral hops aroma. Maltiness hits you at first but is immediately followed by hops. I noted the commercial description describes the experience of drinking the beer perfectly (for once). There is also caramel and/or butterscotch in the flavor which is a nice touch. Smooth finish. Kind of light for my tastes but it was pretty good.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a decent yellow/gold color with pillowey head that dissapated quickly.Not much of an aroma I thought a little sweatness but not to much,the taste was faintly sweet from the malt with some fruity background.Nothing spectacular but quite drinkable,but not anything to seek out.

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Photo of shirfan
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ouch. This is a confused (or at least confusing) ale.

Pours a deep gold, crystal clear, with a moderate head that rapidly vanishes.

Smell is sweet, fruity, a hint of grain and spicy hops. Dare I say, it smells like a macro.

Taste is definitely not what I expected; it strongly resembles an all-malt Labatt Canadian Ale. Light in body, sweet but thin malt flavor. Notes of grain and fruit. Hops finish is rather feeble; just a touch of spicy noble-type and not much else.

This is drinkable, but the beers I would class it with are far cheaper.
Not worth revisiting.

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Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark yellow gold color, clear as a bell...fugitive head that's down to spider tracks in ten seconds but which do lace slightly vertically and horizontally on the glass. Sweet malt aromas, notes of buttery pancakes with real maple syrup. Malt carries forth subtly into the primary flavor impression, discreet but faint, toffee and pale diacetyl with a distant lime and white pepper hop to balance. I like a bit more fruit and chewiness in a Pale, but this could certainly be seen as a good-natured session brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before July, 2003.

Perfectly clear beer. Deeper in color than golden, but not quite amber. Just a wispy little bone colored head. Nothing but an edging is left in seconds. Lacing is slight, but nice to look at nonetheless. The aroma is complex. Sweet. Toffee-like. Buttery. A bit like carmel corn. And some dry hop tones come into play as well. The first thing I notice of all things upon tasting is the dryness of this beer. Leaves one longing for more. There's also a nice caramel presence and slight butterscotch. I'm not sure if Ringwood is the yeast of choice for this brewery, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that out. A little bit of the same fruitiness and buttery qualities that I remember from some of the Middle Ages brews are here as well. It's nicely carbonated in the mouth and has a body of about medium. Very quaffable and enjoyable.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light gold in color, with a tight white head. The aroma is quite light, mostly grainy with a bit of floral hops. Nice thing about this beer is a really smooth transition from a light pale malty body to a mildly woody, herbal hop finish. A good body to the beer too -- filling in the mouth while staying fairly crisp. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Rocko
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark golden color with a small soon fading head that leaves a thin lace. It's smell is malty sweet w/ a fruity addition, quite pleasant. The taste is also sweet, bready and complex. I like this ale, it's has nice features and is easy to drink. Somtimes it reminds of me some dark lagers, maybe it's the bitterness in the end which hints in that direction.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color with a mild head and small amounts of lace.A very crisp and well carbonated Ale that leaves a bitter finish in the mouth.A light body with a slight malt texture.A hop aroma and taste thats not too strong,but there.Leaves a refreshing feeling on the pallate with a touch of lemon on the finish.An overall fair Ale thats very drinkable,but could use some more hops.

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

pours golden with a little foam that will die after a short while, but it will leave you lace on the glass. the aroma is really weak, but you can pick up sweet malts and a little metallic smell.

smooth with a nice crisp carbonation and a thinner body (not real thin, but i wouldn't say medium), this is an easy one to drink. it has good malts in the taste, but i didn't get more than a hint of hops. there is also a taste of grains and oats from start to finish. i like my pales with a little more hops to them, so this one is lacking. it is a decent beer, a little better than average, but not a great example of a pale.

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Photo of purplehops
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a light honey yellow with a white head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is lightly malty with hints of alcohol. No spiciness from the hops or fruitinss from the yeast. The taste is light and crisp with some malt sweetness up front. The finish is refreshing with notes of citrus and a little hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. This is an easy drinking ale that is probably better in the summer than in the winter. A nice product but nothing really special.

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Photo of budgood1
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear light gold. medium carbonation produces a thin white head. buttery/fruity aroma with some pale malt notes. crisp and sharp with a bit of toasty malts and spicy hops. Medium to light body. the crispness and hop bitterness really gets in the way of any malt body, making for a thin mouthfeel. not a good rendition of an english pale ale.

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

Pours a golden orange with a nice white head. Well balanced with the right about of hops and malt in the smell and taste. A touch of fruit in the smell but nothing over powering. A little light for my liking but still a good beer. English style pale ales have never been my favorite, unless they are on cask!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The "best" beer on the Downeaster (the Portland, Maine train). I drink it right from the bottle. Peeking through the top I detect a nice copper color. It has a good blend of hops, and not overly carbonated. This last fact is crucial on the train, because the movement of the train can cause gastic disturbances. I always offer it to fellow passangers, enlightening them to what they are missing.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a nice head, that leaves a sexy lace. light tone on malt that has some bittering hops that are placed nicely. The aroma of pale malt if profound. The carbination leaves a sting in the mouth and palate. Very nice brew.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist off bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Sunrise golden hue with a bright clarity, big foamy head stays for most of the way.

Smell: Fruity and buttery aroma with a mild hint of caramel and spicy herbal hop and esters.

Taste: Crispness is there but feels too forced and spritzy, moderate body with a slick mouth feel. Light maltiness, buttery with a musty character from the diacetyl. Hops are more than ample with a straight up clean bitterness and lingering woody herbal flavour. Fruity with a pinch of estery alcohol. Finishes with a thin spreading of residual sweetness, diacetyl twang and left over hop.

Notes: A bit thin for my liking, this brew used to have a bit more body and oomph from what I can remember. Feels and tastes like it is filtered too much. Not bad for a lighter ale.

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Photo of cokes
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not particularly impressed with this one. Pours a solid golden body. Thin white head settles quickly to just and edging.
Smell is dominated by musty raw hops. There is some bready malts way in the background. There are also definate traces of that euro-lager skunkiness. I am suspecting this beer is somewhat stale.
Fainty leafy hops prevail in the mouth. Nondescript maltiness attempts to provide support. Not a good english-style pale ale. Not that good of a beer, period.
To make things worse, the mouth is numbed upon taking a sip by the extreme level of carbonation. Serves to mask the flavors. Decently creamy otherwise, but the damage is already done.
I'll pass on this one. I don't think a fresher offering would do much for me.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 956 ratings
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