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 B967ierhunter177
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear gold color with 1/8 inch head and thin, lasting lace. The aroma is of citrus with cake and hay. The flavor is lemony with bread and piney notes. There's a mild but long lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste that follows a light mouthfeel. Shipyard Export Ale is a good beer, recommended.

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of malt, bit of caramel sweetness, grain and a bit of herbs.

T: Clean taste of malt and fresh grain, mild caramel sweetness and a bit of herbs. Nice bitterness and a finish that is quite dry.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: Good drinker that goes down easy. Good for a few.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a orange yellow, with a half inch of white head that leaves a ring of lace. Smell is clove, ginger, biscuit, and some orange. Taste is all of those things with clove and ring wood yeast the most dominant flavors. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry in the finish, and easy drinking. This is a o.k beer, not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap from a cask conditioned offering into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a thin white head, almost no carbonation.

Smell: Sweeter smell of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste was warm, malty and hoppy flavor, more sweet like honey than anything.

Overall: Not bad, but not my first choice for a beer, never been a huge fan of the Export anyway, cask conditioned was a little better than the regular brew.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Non cask conditioned review.

Appearance: Amber with about one finger of off-white head.

Smell: Strong malts and some mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong malts and hops. Some caramel flavor maybe.

Overall: Good brew, not my first choice though.

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Photo of mainlyale
4.62/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't tried this beer before now - being from Maine and all. But it is really good - just the right balance of hops and malt - I can taste the cascade hops that must be in there. If you haven't tried this in a while - try it again - it is really good. I am a home brewer and this is the taste that I have been trying to get in my homebrew. I will always have some in the fridge from now on

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Photo of CHickman
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a 1 finger inch creamy white head that faded on the quick side; good lacing that clings to the glass and left spotty foaming and rings.

Smells malty, with roasted grains, light caramel, herbs and some faint hops; basically a malty aroma overall.

Tastes sweet and malty up front with roasted grains, caramel, light citrus hops, herbs, lemon and light citrus like grapfruit; this is malty overall, but has just enough hops to give it balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, smooth and almost watery, with a very light feel and very light carbonation and a finish that's almost dry. Highly drinkability, but the flavor is just average and it's kind of boring.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a thin layer of loose, fizzy, bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose is grassy with some faint malt and a little grainy with a little metallic undertone. The flavor is a little bready and a bit sweet up front with some caramel coming through. The hop character in the finish is citrusy and pungent, and leaves a faint citrusy, herbal aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a bit crisp and over carbonated.

This is a weird beer. It's a little unbalanced. The hop character isn't smooth and over powers what little malt comes through. This is probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Very beautiful golden amber color. Beautiful foamy head about an inch thick which lasts about 3 minutes. Mild lacing but the dark hazy gold color invites the lucky beer drinker.

Ar: Corn and sweet aroma. Nothing special. Rather faint.

Ta: While not horrible, it is mildly bitter, with a sweet metallic aftertaste. It hits the palate with a tart bitter burst and finishes with a mildly sweet character. Pretty average for the style.

Mf: Refreshing and crisp. Very smooth and drinkable. This aspect hardly offends. The aftertaste diminishes the refreshing part though. Detracts from the crisp bite.

Ov: Very simple while not seeming thin. Refreshing and is worthy of drinking 2 or 3. Almost tingly like a champagne. The aftertaste can turn away many but it grew on me. I can drink several of these and would probably ask for more. Cheers!

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber color with a great foamy head that sticks around. Nice lacing around the glass as well. Lots of carbonation, but nothing too obnoxious.

S - Smells great. Little bit of a flowery scent, some flowery, salty odors observed too. Not too fruity or flowery, and still smells like a proper blonde ale.

T - Nice upfront taste, kind of like a combination of sunflower seeds, saltine crackers, and a little citrus. After swishing it around in my mouth, I can also pick up on a little bit of some fruit, maybe apple. And definitely getting a buttery vibe from the aftertaste. Overall, a very good tasting blonde.

M - Refreshing and invigorating. A little watery, and the carbonation is there, but is not overpowering. Some stinging from the bubbles and the coldness of the beer (I keep em in the freezer before I drink em, and I make sure they don't freeze), but nothing unpleasant whatsoever. I do wish it had a little more body, but the taste more than makes up for it.

O - A very good session beer. Tastes great, looks great, goes down easy, and has a reasonable ABV, so you can slam a few back and still go about your daily routine. Great example of a blonde ale, will definitely drink again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

F.B.F.W. 4 life. It's very surprising given my location, but somehow this is my first beer from Shipyard. Best by date is July 2012.

Pours translucent, pale orange, sudsy white head retains well as a thick cap, some lacing left.

Light, plainish scent, fine for the style I suppose. Light lemony and herbal hops, bready malts.

Taste follows suit with lots of baked bread, butter and toastiness, with a faint adjunct skunkiness, similar to a lager. Light fruit and herbal hops and maybe some coriander.

Pretty spiky carbonation, certainly could be smoother, drinks easily nevertheless.

A safe, light ale that would be okay to session, not alot to write home about however.

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

The beer poured a medium golden blond and produced a one finger high white head.
It left little lacing after dissipating quickly.
The smell is of grain, malt and citrus.
Tasting the beer , the flavors appear accordingly. Nice mouthfeel finishes the tasting. Very drinkable light lager,with medium carbonation, just like it was meant to be for this style.

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

Tried the Shipyard Export Ale whilst in Orlando at the Ale House. The beer poured a clear golden pale color with virtually no head and no lace. The smell was mostly grain with slight lemony/citrus hop. The taste was very clean with cereal base and lemon hints. Mouthfeel was light in body and so so carbonation. Overall wasn't bad, good for a warmer winter night in FLA.

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Photo of kjyost
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle purchased as part of a mixed pack at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks, South. Poured into a Perfect Pint at ~5C.

A: Clear, straw golden body with a never-disappearing white head head that laces the whole way.
S: Buttery, a hint of apple juice. Some earthy hop that is pungent in a not-so-good sort of way.
T: A bit better. Hints of the apple juice with, at times, a decent malt backbone. Malt sweetness and a but of bitterness from the hops.
M: Strongly carbonated, perhaps overly so with a sticky metallic bitterness that is not good.
O: The best of a bad lot from this mixed 6 pack. Shipyard should ensure less stock put out there, as this likely was an old 12 (it included the summer ale) and they had a bunch of them stacked in the main section where it was room temperature for a long while... This is the type of "craft" beer that people would buy and not like due to age.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Pours copper color with a nice beige colored head
Smell: Not very strong with a faint sweet nutty, malty smell
Taste: Smooth and malty. Not much hops. Sweet malty flavor with a hint of caramel.
Overall a prety good beer. Would recommend. Nice malt flavor

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

The pour is a golden color with some nice white lacing down the glass and a decent head, although a bit soapy. Scents are a bit off, may have been the date of the beer. Not quite sure what an "American blonde ale is"...but to me, this is a cross between some type of a pilsner and possibly an APA. It is quite easy to drink, fairly smooth except a bit "tingly" on the back end and quite a bit yeasty. A decent beer for sure, just not a top grade micro-brewed beer but good in it's own right.

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Photo of dasenebler
1.77/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Ah Shipyard Export! It's been too long. And I've never reviewed you! Someone left part of a sixer in my fridge, so here goes nothing!

12oz. bottle, best by May 2012.

Pours an attractive, clear gold with a nice two-finger head. Some lacing on the way down, solid retention.

The aroma is malty, with very noticeable diacetyl. Not my thing.

Butter bomb! Wow, I had forgotten how Export is such a shining example of diacetyl run amok. Sure you get a kiss of hops and some biscuity malt, but this thing is all diacetyl. It's sad actually, because there's not a whole lot else wrong with this beer. It's not too sweet, and there's no other bad flavors aside from a huge dose of that yeast-produced compound that most brewers avoid like the plague. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, very force-carbonated tasting.

Why am I drinking this? Oh yeah, it was free. Avoid this beer, unless you like drinking popcorn.

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

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight malts, grains and hops and nothing much more which is disappointing.

T - Just like smell plain malts slightly sweet with caramel and slightly bitter hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Somewhat disappointing and just average overall.

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

Dulled gold in color with small cap of off-white head, little lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is pale but buttery and light caramel notes with little bits of herbal hopiness. Taste follows suit, a bit bolder than any blonde i have, very English in its construction. Medium bodied, lightly creamy. A decent, drinkable beer without much character.

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Photo of dbossman
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark golden with a huge frothy and sudsy white head; lacing is okay

S: A strange metallic and chemical aroma on top of sour grains and finally a pleasant herbal and citrus hop aroma--eventually this smells pleasant but the initial nose is odd and rather unpleasant at best

T: Like the aroma this starts off with an odd metallic and chemical flavor which eventually settles to some beer normalcy; bready grains and light citrus hops but then the odd flavors come back--this seems off

F: Fairly decent body with a pleasant stickiness--I just wish I liked the flavors that were sticking to them

O: This beer just doesn't work; I don't know what it's supposed to be but it just doesn't work as it is; something is off; I'm glad I just bought one as I don't think I will ever come back to this beer

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

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Beautiful clear deep gold with a very creamy and tall off-white head that slowly settles and has moderate retention.

Smell: Not picking up a whole lot here. Some bready malts and a sharp smell I can't identify.

Taste: Mild taste of malt and a hint of hops, nothing too bold or crazy, with a clean finish and a slight bready taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and smooth finish. Nice to drink.

Overall: Nice drinkable beer with a pretty mild, standard taste. Nothing crazy here. Not bad, just not impressive either.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid gold. Low head with no retention.

S - Bright scent, a little buttery. Not very appealing.

T - Not much taste at all. A very generic ale. There's a slight acidity on the front end, and a little bit of a buttery note on the back end.

M - Sharp and carbonated on the front end, but dies out quickly. Flat on the back end.

O - Not much flavor, but is very drinkable being a very generic ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pumpkin orange with a good clarity shows a strong and rapid rise of effervesce. A cream colored head is frothy and quick to collapse on top leaving no signs of lacing from its presence.

S: The aroma had instances of fresh green corn stalks, damp grains, and a finish of musky citrus, thankfully light enough in strength not to lower the rating any more.

T: Sweet dried corn, green leafy hops with a musky grain character. Sweet instances off set by wet hay. The flavor proceeds through a struggle of sweet and sour flavor, sour corn mash with buttered bread. Conflicting and not particularly good overall flavor wise. Leafy green stalks are left on the swallow.

M: light and buttery slick, the carbonation tame on the tongue.

O: A bit below average falvorwise in my book, kind of disorganized, coarse with an overall flavor that really doesn’t bind and flow well together, comes off as a mess. Cannot see a repurchase in the future.

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Photo of manitouman84
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent gold with a 1 finger head. Aroma mostly grainy and malty, hint of grass, butterscotch and a slight funk. Malt forward, cereal and a little yeasty, hints of caramel and somewhat buttery in the finish. Has a slickness to it from the buttery flavor, light body, finishes a bit off to me.

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Photo of output01x
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best Before DEC 2012) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that recedes after a few minutes to a nice even dusting. The body is a perfectly clear light gold with a great amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thin but even lacing covers nearly every inch of available glass.

Sweet caramelized malts carry notes of toffee and butterscotch. A light earthy and grassy hops aroma is noticeable in the background but is hidden quite well.

Light and sweet malts start the sip with a buttery biscuit flavor. A little grassy hops bitterness can be detected at this stage. As this beer is swallowed, it changes dramatically. Suddenly it becomes rich and bold, filled with toasted malts flavors. Notes of earthy whole grain bread, oats, oak, and a pinch of salt all come forth.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a drinkable yet filling beer. The body is rather light considering the flavors. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not detract from the flavors one bit.

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Photo of weller1js
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, golden amber, moderately carbonated, finger-thick white bubbly foam leaving similar lacing.

smell: balanced between light hops notes and corn-malt notes.

taste: begins clean but a bit watery, lightly floral hop sensation coupled with lighter malt notes, hops finish floral and bitter with a decent lingering.

overall: a step above average across the board, attributes are a bit more developed than a typical blonde, makes for a nice casual ale.

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Shipyard Export Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 937 ratings.
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