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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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only the second Shipyard I've had, and probably the better of the two. I was impressed with it's appearance - a very nice dark amber color, almost honey-like. The odor was a weird mix of malty sweetness with you regular beer smell. I wasn't entirely sure I liked it, but it was altogether that bad. Mouthfeel was just a bit better than okay. I was very impressed with the taste - a nice roasty, sweet, malt and hops flavor that was crisp going down. Overall, a decent beer. I'm glad I still have plenty to go through.

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Photo of dennarb
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer looks better than it tastes. Nice big head but light aroma are combined with an over-carbonated texture that makes this ale taste watered down.
Not unpleasant as a quick thirst quencher, but not something I want to go back to you with any frequency.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Pint glass.

1 finger head, creamy.

Smells almost like a lager at first then you notice the honey, biscuity.

First taste sweet honey, not very bitter, very mild hop.

Mild hop aftertaste.

All in all a good session brew.
Drink cold.

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Photo of illpass78
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: I love the look of this - it looks like liquid gold. It's a clear gold, but a very deep and hazy gold. It has a very short white head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is less than moderate.

Aroma: Smells of biscuit, malt and bitter fruits. Minimal hops in the nose.

Taste: More bitter than I was expecting. The hop presence is much more noticeable on the palate than the nose. Otherwise, taste follows the nose - grapefruit, maltiness, biscuit. Tastes like what it is - a no-nonsense session ale.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness isn't a negative factor here; finishes nicely and is easy on the palate.

Overall: Solid session beer. Easy and approachable but with enough flavor complexity that it isn't immediately forgettable. It doesn't really stand out as something I need a cooler full of, but I'd certainly have it again. Strikes me as a good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Proving once more that it pays to advertise, my local friend, jchlan109, made a trip to Maine and returned with this in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). Many thanks!

From the CAN: "Excellence In Brewing"; "Award-winning Shipyard Export Ale is a full-bodied beer with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle yet distinctive hop taste, and a very clean finish. Shipyard beers are all about drinkability, [CAN]sistency and balance and every batch is brewed by hand using only the finest ingredients. Ask for Shipyard Export Ale and the full line of Shipyard brews at your favorite port of call."

The Crack! was nice and loud, the CAN brimful, and the Glug inverted. I have gotten quite practiced at doing this and I CAN intuit when to back off of the pour so as to avoid overflow. The resulting two fingers of dense, tawny head evinced good retention and produced some nice lacing as it fell. Color was a deep, golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with just the slightest hint of a haze. My old friends, Croesus, Mammon and Midas came by for a taste but as usual, they proved incapable of sharing, so I went ahead with my business. Nose had a clover honey-like sweetness and when I closed my eyes, I swore that I was smelling lager! Mouthfeel was kind of full, thick and viscous and while the taste was very much like honey, it was cloyingly sweet. Ugh! I am not a big fan of sweet, especially in beer, hence my being a self-avowed hophead. The finish remained ungodly sweet and I was not enamored of it. There was nothing intrinsically wrong with this beer and it was stylistically correct, but it just was not my cuppa tea. YMMV.

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Photo of RockyCoast
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a consumer of beer brewed here in my home state of Maine, I'm often biased toward anything that's local. Shipyard's Export Ale is an exception. While Shipyard does brew several beers worth bragging about (the Pugsley's Series!), Export Ale is not one of them.

Beer drinkers in Maine leave Shipyard's Export Ale for the tourists.

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Photo of Zeke30
4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lush, golden brown. Upon pouring, aroma begins to be noticeable, which is a heavily malted scent. This I believe is Shipyards best work. Their IPAs usually miss the mark, but they're American style beers, are on point. Very drinkable, great color, not to heavy, not to light. This is a versatile beer. Whether its 9 degrees on a Maine night or a July 4th weekend, this beer is good to go anytime of year. Arguably it's best attribute is the aftertaste, which is sweet and malty and makes you want another round. Good stuff here by Shipyard, Cheers

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Photo of Omnium
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A- Odd enough, pours more of a darker gold instead of a nice yellow, a little haze goin on, no head except a little fizz ring, and no lacing.
S - Some dried flowers, a little wheat, thats about it.
T - Tastes like dried flowers a little tart sweetness, almost like an orange peel, and some mild bitterness.
M Simple and refreshing.
O - Typical blonde, nothing too special here.

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Photo of stella77artois
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served on-tap at a DiMillo's in Portland.

A - A medium golden-orange color with a 1/2 finger head. Small amounts of carbonation rising to top. A good looking beer.

S - Malt, a general fruity aroma, and a cheap sourness. Almost offensive.

T - A general cheap sourness was the most prominent flavor. Was almost like olive juice. A slight dark fruit taste in parts, about the only good thing about the taste.

F - Was easy on the throat and stomach, not too dry, and quenched the thirst a bit.

O - Don't recommend. Not much better than an AAL, and would in fact drink many AAL's over this, as I've has several that are actually better tasting, and even ones that are similar in taste quality would be much cheaper. This is supposed to be a decent beer, but it just tasted off. Cheap sourness is the best way to describe it. Maybe the lines were dirty at the bar, who knows. Still though, I won't purchase this again.

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Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Beautiful deep translucent orange, 3/4 inch white head hangs on for a bit before slippping into a thin surface foam film with a heavy ring and little lacing.

s: Slightly floral.

t: Good modestly fruity-hops beer, refreshing on this hot summer evening. Liking it a lot more than the first one I had a week or two ago, perhaps because the beer is nice and cold, and it's 83 degrees warm in this office. Perhaps also because I've been drinking some strong IPA's lately and my palate is thankful for the lack of hopbites here.

m: Pleasant, clean and fresh with light-to-medium tongue heft.

o: Perhaps some proof that enjoyment is all in the presentation and the environmental conditions. Did not particularly appreciate the first one I had, but this one rocks. Very satisfying. That it only cost me a dollar warms my Scottish soul even as the beer cools my physical innards.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale and hazy. Light straw with a head of white foam that fell fast to some decent lace. Nose is floral, apple and lots of pale malt. Very low key. Bread, dough and caramel. Opens up with grass and earth. Citrus in back. Taste is grainy malt like it wants to be an amber with apples on top. Not really balanced. Plenty of cracker and bread. Diacetyl. A touch of hop bitter and oil on the tongue at the end and a small bite from the carbonation. Body is thin and not heavy. Doesn’t finish well because it finishes sweet and the diacetyl leaves bitter. It’s just ok.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Export Ale opens to a grainy nose, full of wet wheat, Grape Nuts cereal, whole wheat bread dough, biscuit, hay, and cracker. Toasted nuts and toast crust add light layers of baked complexity. A good measure of sugar helps offset the breads, most of it brown, but there are some nice fruit esters as well, including apricot, orange, and berry. Shades of grapefruit and pine from the hops add touches of citrusy bitterness, further offsetting the grains. As a whole, the nose is nice, being decently balanced, aromatic, and featuring a pleasant set of fruits and sugars to offset the breads, the nose suffering mainly from being light, but more importantly, somewhat plain, offering little in terms of a “wow factor,” and relying instead on simply presenting decent aromas in decent quantities.

On the tongue, the beer has a noticeably grainy flavor profile, with hay, Grape Nuts cereal, toasted bread, wet wheat, biscuit, toasted nut, and wheat bread making up the majority of the flavors. The brown sugars and fruit esters – again: apricot, orange, berry – do help offset this somewhat, as do grapefruit and pine from the hops. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, the flavors simply too weak to stand up to repetition, and the beer becomes even more heavily dominated by wet wheat, toast crust, and hay. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, lingering for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly good summer fare, being light and crisp, but largely suffering from a lack of sugars to help counter the heavy grain flavors.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up recently from Booths.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-amber hue with faint translucence and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of earthy yeast and stewed hops. A faint sweetness in the background. Meh.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, subtle grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, though there is a faint malty sweetness in the background along with a hint of cardboard. A very mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves, earthy yeast and weak malt.

Pretty dull. Nothing technically wrong - it seems well crafted but boring. Like a US version of John Smiths. Looks good, but the aroma and flavour don't hold your interest. Decent body though rather too dry. With so many great beers out there, this isn't really worth the trouble. Give it a miss.

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Photo of tkelley
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - clear bright orange copper color. Nice foamy head with good lacing and ok retention.

N - yeasty and malty . Floral hops. Tastes British, appropriately.

T - light and floral hops. Toasty biscuits. Ringwood yeast.

M - light and crisp. Really drinkable.

O - Reminds of summer. Ive had a lot of these over the years and I will probably have many many more.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/2013.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy light tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with some grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a pretty good smell but the taste doesn't match up in my opinion.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.56/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Relatively clear. Slight chill haze. Deep gold that falters a bit at the edges. Head is bright-white and drops to a small creamy collar and spotty head. Moderate carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Floral and fruity. Apples and flowers. Touches of citrus. Strong pale malt presence. Vaguely bready with a sharp soggy cracker. Ringwood yeast asserts itself from the start. Sweet, decidedly so. Biscuit dough.

Taste: Sweet caramelized biscuit dough. Layers of flowers and apple skin. A bit grassy with a decidedly herbal overtone. Cooked and caramelized malts. Big punch of yeast on the finish. Hops are minimal allowing the pale malts to take over. Some darker, amber, malts as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with a lingering yeasty flavor.

Overall: Ship this anywhere but here.

Not a terrible beer, but not a great beer by any stretch. Pale and sweet. Easy to drink with low impacts. I guess I can see the appeal.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 2/7/13

Appearance: Golden amber, lightly hazy - starts with a little, off-white head, fades to a nonexistent cap - not exactly blonde, not sure why BA calls this a blonde ale...

Smell: If this isn't Ringwood yeast, then I don't know what Ringwood smells like - floral with some fruitiness - sweet biscuits, caramel, and overly caramelized malts - pale malts - very sweet with very minimal bitterness

Taste: Caramel malts and Ringwood yeast - cooked, caramelized malts that are simultaneously sugary and light - pale, with some hints of light amber malts - some light fruitiness, grassy notes (the yeast), and something that reminds me of tea - mellow overall, lacking bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty smooth with some residual stickiness, nicely carbonated

Overall: Easy to drink, but only great if you want a rose of Ringwood

This is sweet and mellow. It's very drinkable, but it's not particularly interesting. Also, it's not an American Blonde. Sorry.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange and moderately cloudy but still translucent. Smells great as soon as you pop the bottle, malty and rich. Flavor is a smooth toasty malt and citrus and floral tinged hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is dominated by the very high carbonation. Tickles your tongue and you can see bubbles rushing to the top from the moment it is poured.

Overall: This beer has great flavors of malt in the finish and, to a lesser extent, some delicate floral hops at the end. The malt gives it a great “beer” smell and it is satisfying to swig. The carbonation makes it sessionable and it has a fullness that domestics lack, without being overbearing like a DIPA or a stout. I would def order this as a pitcher at the bar.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Export Ale has a very thick, foamy, off-white head, and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with few streaming bubbles, yet lots of lacing rings left on the glass. The aroma is of strong, somewhat rank fruit and an odd sweetness. Flavor is of turned fruit, dates, strange sweetness, white bread, essentially no bitterness, and a shade of paper. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shipyard Export Ale finishes wet and drinkable. This a weird beer with unusual flavor notes. It may not appeal to too many people.


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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, orange hue with active bubbling and a little head, head becomes very small after about a sip or too

S - Robust malt and some spicy hop zest, rich inviting smell

T - Toasted malts and some spicy hop cut, some very light citrus notes, the toasted malts are really apparent and are really good

M - Very clean and balanced, nothing to heavy, a nice

O - A good ale

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad pour.

This beer has some problems, though.

Smells: straight up lightly toasted barley, and hot wort. Popcorn. It's all dry, warm grains. Not bad, though. Clean, in a bad, macro kind of way.

Taste: all crackers, dried biscuit, fucking lembas bread. Burnt sugar and butter. Bitterness balancing it away.

Body: not as thin and wimpy as the horrible Shipyard Pumpkinhead. A decent thinness. Light. Quaffable . . . . swillable? ;)

Drinkable. Maybe funnel worthy?

Pros: gets you drunk, 10 times better tasting/smelling than macro swill. Not bad! But with Boston Lager out there, I don't see the need. ;)

Put it in a pitcher. Better than all the hipster swill, like PBR.
(This was all half jokingly.)

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chead, bright, dark yellow with a decent white head. Retention is good but mostly due to nucleation sites replenishing the head.
Smell is malt, biscuit, citrus and light fruits (grapes, apples). Good balance and a good amount of complexity for the style.
Taste is malt, light fruit, citrus, hops and some sourdough bread tang. Well balanced.
Medium bodied with effervescence strong up front but fades quickly. A solid brew with a drying, mostly clean finish.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arguably the most readily available and least appealing of Portland's brews.

Clear copper with a scant, pocked head. Quick to dissipate.

Smells like buttery marmalade with a glimmer of swampy, herbal hop spice. Tastes pretty much the same but with more must and butter.

Inoffensive like James Taylor.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with excellent clarity. The low white head slowly dissipates to a ring and a thin cap.

S: The aroma is dominated by a light graininess and low DMS. There is a low malt and hop aroma. Very mild light fruit esters in the background.

F: The flavor is a pleasing and crisp balance of malt sweetness and graininess with a moderately-low hops bitterness. The balance is slight towards the bitter side with a light citrus flavor lingering after the off-dry finish.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is some creaminess and light CO2 prickle.

O: This is an easy drinking refreshing beer with some bitterness.

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Photo of beermaker1
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden color, thin rapidly vanishing, fine bubbled head, very little lacing.

S: Nice maltiness, sweet, but not cloying.

T: Light, probably needs a bit more buttering, but it stays with you in the back of the mouth. Smooth.

M: just about right, not heavy, not light.

Overall this is a nice sitting around in the afterm
Noon after work beer, won't fill you up, but will offer a nice relaxing buzz at 5%.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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