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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Ratings: 966 |  Reviews: 429
Photo of beernbbq
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a Bass clone. Palt malt, slight bittering from a dose of what I assume are Fuggles. Highly quaffable and good for a session or a meal. Does not get in the way of food and goes down easy. Good when the only other beers on draft are the Macros.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, grassy and slightly sweet. Touch of breadyness as well. A medium bodied blond ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are fairly spicy with a touch of grapefruityness, yet it is not very bitter. It’s a blond ale, so the flavors are mild, but it does have some character to it, sort of like a very mild pale ale. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this brew twice on a recent trip to Maine. Rated it exactly the same both times. Funny thing is, I did not think I had tasted it twice until the time of writing after the trip upon comparing notes. Not bad I must say so myself! Second tasting was at the Portland airport. Shipyard brewpub tasting notes on the menu where quite good. "Full bodied, yet lighter in flavor, maltiness shows through initially, followed by a subtle and distinctive hop taste with a very clean finish. A golden ale with a coppery hue, reminiscent of a Canadian style ale of old." First tasting was at the Muddy Rudder in Yarmouth. This was my first beer upon arriving in Maine, I enjoyed it with a bowl of Crab stew.This was a deliciously fresh tasting and well built brew that had superior drinkability.

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Photo of stirgy
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a golden, slightly orange color with a head of white foam that receded and eventually fell back into the beer after a few sips. This is a nice and pleasantly bitter ale. Easy to drink. It has a dry bitterness with a fruity tang, along with a grassy hop flavor. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Loki
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught at the Florida Tap Room.

Served a golden honey color with a faint white head. The lacing was great, leaving an intrical web all around the glass.

Aromas of malt and hops. Very inviting.

The taste is sweet malt then clean hops with a nice spicy finish. One of the best Shipyard Products. Very balanced, even, and clean. Great combination of malt and hops.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit I am a closet fan of a good export ale. This one poured a medium gold color with a white head that was snap crackle pop like with carbonation from the bottom. The head receded pretty quickly though leaving a slick of white alonf the surface that continued to bubble. Smell was oily and slightly toffeeish with a butter aroma wafting here and there. Taste was malty and copper like with some wheat in the backbone of it. Very clean a crisp. A slight hop bite towards the end of the taste but nothing prominent. Pretty well carbonated adding to the crispness. I like this beer and would love to try it on cask for sure.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden amber with a nice thick white head. Smells of mild malts, bread, and a hint sweet citrus. Taste is well balanced with the caramel malt coming through at the end for a nice finish. Solid mothfeel. Highly drinkable. A very fine offering from good brewery.

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Photo of Brent
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle does not really state the style, and, for some reason, I thought this was going to be a Scottish heavy export. I was surprised when the beer poured a clear gold. The aroma was clean and fresh, and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel was very sturdy. Bright and malty on the tongue with a bit of cooked cereal that lingered through the finish. I'm still not sure this hits the pale ale style, and still seems to have some Scottish aspects.

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Photo of clvand0
2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a light amber color with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is not very strong, but it it a little fruity. The flavor is very malty and it has something odd in the aftertaste - possibly burned caramel mixed with citrus. Not a bad beer, but I don't particularly like it.

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Photo of aaronh
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking Pale ale. Honey colored body topped by a thick white head that shows excellent retention, but little lacing. Hop laced, fruity aroma, strong notes of pear or raisin. The taste is a good bit of malt sweetness, with some fruitiness mixed in. Slight bitterness on the finish, but not much. Mouthfeel is solid and enjoyable. Drinkability is also good, as this goes down smooth. Seems like a more traditional pale ale. I like this one.

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Photo of far333
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -7.2%
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 -3%
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 -25.9%
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 -8.7%
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 +23.5%
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 +6.3%
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 -14.8%
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%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.8%
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 -13.3%
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 +10.5%
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 +27.1%
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 +17.5%
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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Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 966 ratings