Chamberlain Pale Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

Chamberlain Pale AleChamberlain Pale Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #181
Ranked #43,094
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Chamberlain Pale AleChamberlain Pale Ale
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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours a not so pale orange color with a very thin white head. The smell is mild and of grains. It is not particularly pleasant. The taste is quite a bit better, albeit very simple. It is of grains (slightly roasted) with a hint of citrus that primarily comes through in the aftertaste. There are some mild yeast and toffee flavors as well. The body is on the light end of medium and the finish is semi-dry. There is very little hop presence at all. This is a very basic beer, not offensive in any way, but not exciting either. I would definitely drink it again, but not if I was looking for anything interesting.

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Photo of illpass78
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 oz. on tap at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, served in a plastic cheater pint.

Appearance: Clear copper. Very thin head; mostly bubbles.

Aroma: A little bit of fruit along with some grass and a bit of herbal touch.

Taste: Toffee, grain, a little bit of citrus. Somewhat Bass-like. Herbal character from the nose is more noticeable on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy.

Overall: Nice traditional ale. Not a risk-taker, but a fine all-purpose ale.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light brown body . Small 1/4 in head. No detectable lacing

Smell is not very pronounced. I'm not getting much of anything . Maybe a slight malt smell

Taste is malt forward and not bad ! Very slight hop note on the finish

Feel is a bit over carbonated

There is nothing wrong with this pale ale! It would do anybody well on a hot day. But there are other pale ale's that I would reach for before I chose this one again. The 4.9 ABV doesn't help...

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

By far the best Pale Ale I've ever had. It has a great look out of the bottle - amber hue - although not much of a head or lacing. The smell was just superb - not your run-of-the-mill pale ale scent. Mouthfeel was okay, too carbonated for my taste, but speaking of the taste, it was great. Hints of fruitiness to go mix quite well with the bitterness of the ale. Overall, I consider this the best Shipyard offering I've had to date.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color. Smell is malty with a slight pine and citrus.
Taste follows the nose with a sweet malt with pine and citrus flavor.
Nice dryish malt. Not hoppy. Very nice EPA.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- thanks to my buddy Matt for this brew!

A- pale clear amber in color. Minimal head with poor lacing.

S- salty malty is all I get. some faint hints of pine and caramel come through. bready as well.

F- bready malts and piney hops.

M- malty/hoppy...malty/ seems to flip flop without any real true flavor. Light bodied though which is nice.

O- eh....not again but worth trying.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tapered pint glass. Poured about an inch head with a pretty Amber color. It has a super sweet smell with burnt sugar and malty caramel notes. It has a strong malty bread notes upfront with a piney hoppy aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all. Nothing special, not a lot going on, but solid.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden, amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked biscuits and wheat bread. I also get aromas of caramel, brown sugar, black pepper and a touch of grassy, clover and piney hops.

Taste: Very nice. Strong notes of toasted malt up front, imparting bready notes of whole-wheat crackers, pretzels and biscuits, followed by some nice caramel-like sweetness, some black pepper and coriander spices, and finished with some nicely balanced, piney, slightly bitter hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Very good beer, with good toasty, malty, slightly sweet, slightly bitter flavors. I’m very glad to see that a beer named for one of my favorite historical American heroes also tastes good. I’ll certainly get it again!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Didn't get the appearance since I drank for the bottle but carbonation was decent. Smells of mild if any English malts and hops not bad it doesn't seem to have hard water or skunk smell. Taste was pretty easy going to me it didn't have too much of a English malt profile with any tea taste or anything mostly biscuit and some earthy hops. Body was light I could drink it easy.

Overall it was a good pale ale worth picking up but not sure I would pay 2.50 for the single again.

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Photo of leantom
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bought a bottle to try on my regular drinking day. Here goes:

A: OK, not good or bad. Beer pours a clear brown with almost no head or retention time. Very little lacing, indicating a poor protein content.

S: Just average for a pale ale. Lots of amber and slightly-roasted malts producing a mediocre caramel background. Interestingly, the beer has a rather bready smell reminiscent of baker's yeast. No hops apparent.

T: OK, rather follows the nose. A very bready taste complimented by an average caramel malt backbone. The presence of English hops is apparent in the aftertaste, but these are mostly masked by the bready yeast and caramel malt.

M: Good, like a regular English pale ale. Very light.

O: Not a bad pale ale, but I probably won't be acquiring it again. Caramel and amber malt complimented by English baker's yeast. Some hope presence, but not much.

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Photo of risendragon
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shipyard is a company with which I go back and forth. I love some of their offerings, but others are just plain "blah" (Pumpkinhead, anyone?). This one is a great ale though. Bought today at MB in Hudson, NH.

A- Bronze, very good amber hues, head receded quickly.

S- Fruity at first smell, then the malts kick in. No discernible hop notes.

T- Malty, crisp pear and apple notes, with darker bread notes (think a dark wheat bread) and a slightly bitter finish. Hops again are not noticeable until the aftertaste.

M-Clean and crisp, a bit too dry for my liking though.

O- Good stuff! If you are a fan of crisp pale ales this is a great beer. Very refreshing after a warm day full of household activities!

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a one finger head with short retention.
Light but predominant aroma of British hops and biscuit malts, not really sweet.
Flavor of earthy and perfumy English hops, sort of caramels, mild grapefruit citrusy, light cocoa, minerals, grass, musk and lemon peel. A hint of pines after it warms up a bit. Nice dry aftertaste with a long but without any pike bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
That is a tasty English Pale Ale, very English, if you like the style you will definitely like this. If not, stay away. I did like its dryness and non-sweet profile, forces you to compulsively want more.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good start to the head but it dies out relatively quickly. Spots for lace. Dark gold color. Clear.

Leans to the crystal malt aromas. There's enough hop to provide some balance.

The flavor is similar to the smell--quite British (earthy with dry caramel) with a good dollop of hop bitterness in the swallow. Relatively short aftertaste. Spritzy body. Round body.

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Photo of Roguer
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear transparent copper with a solid finger of white foam; short retention, mild lacing.

Caramel malt aroma, biscuit and bread forward. Slight sweetness to the scent.

Definite caramel malts, slightly dry hops. Sweetness about balanced with the nose - neither much more nor less.

Light feel, although there is a slight hop oiliness. Very balanced.

English pales aren't my favorite, but this is a balanced, easy-going beer. It actually reminds me of a slightly drier, slightly less sweet Boston Lager. Not a bad beer, and I wouldn't mind grabbing it again, but I'm not going to seek it out, either.

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Photo of scotorum
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a: Deep amber, inch plus white head receded to a thick surface foam and significant lacing.

s: Mild malt.

t: Excellent maltiness without much hop bite. This is my second one, for some reason the first was not nearly as memorable.

m: Medium, very smooth.

o: A fine English style ale. Which is to say for me, a very fine brew indeed. It's clear many if not most of us Americans tend not to favor this style. When it's good, I love it, although admittedly it is not necessarily the most refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice easy drinking english style pale ale. pours mostly clear, a bland bronze color with an inch or so of just off white foam. the nose is dry english biscuity malt, very little sweetness, which is key here. balanced by bittering hops only, this is a bready beer, malt forward, and quite crisp for its seeming lack of any hop intensity. its got a robust malt profile, but retains a lighter body, which is not easily achieved, and highly appreciated here. excellent carbonation also keeps this beer feeling light, as does its relatively lower abv compared to american styled pales. the finish is as crisp as any lager out there, clean and quick, refreshing and sessionable. i enjoy all the malt flavor without all the weight and sweetness, i thought this was a very well made beer. the perfect partner to some spicy garlic citrus chicken wings. bottle after bottle, ahhhh.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with an off white head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Kinda skunky, not not offensive. Pine notes, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied. Taste of roasted malts and hops. Some nutty characteristics.

Overall: Good beer, but not my first choice, I won't go out of my way to buy this one.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: nice copper color, 1 inch of fine cream colored head, moderate lacing

S: slightly metallic, sweet malt, a bit of grassy hop and butterscotch

T: sweet bready malt, a bit of a sourness then finishes with the diacetyl and metalic

M: Creamy and a bit of a bite from the carbonation

O: It may be a slightly off 6-pack but the diacetyl and slight metallic flavor of this beer left me disappointed. a friend called it an "insipid APA" but I think that may be a bit harsh. Still, I don't know if I'll give it a 2nd chance to make a better impression.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger white head on a golden amber slightly hazy body. nice lacing.

S: wet sock musty and earthy hops. Mild caramel malts and mild sweet grapefruit notes.

T: more toasted than caramel malts. The hops are a little bitter and sour and too musty with mostly earthy hop varieties. Overall the flavor is very bland.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this one doesnt taste good or bad. Its just a beer for which no part is memorable. I am not even sure how drinkable it really is as the hops and aroma are all very dull and dry. Definitley too sour for my liking,

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Photo of SawDog505
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a beautiful clear orange, with a one inch white head that leaves webs of lacing behind. Smell biscuit, carmel, citrus, and there signature ring wood yeast. Taste is similar all those flavors and the yeast in the finish. Body is medium, very lively, a dry finish, and very drinkable. This is a solid Pale Ale.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice straw/amber color but with very little head. Smells of earthy and piney hops and slight malt. Tastes of earthy tones with the hops and slight malt. Light/medium bodied beer goes down great with perfect carbonation. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was made to be poured from a cask. Delicious nose and great overall taste. Balance was excellent. The Shipyard knows how to do Cask beer from a long time ago. I think it was the highlight of the the Cask Featival at the Bulls Head, 13/15 April.

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Photo of mnrider
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown bottle. Twist off.

A: Pours a clear copper. Nice white head with pretty good retention. Plenty of carbonation with a small amount of lacing.

S: Buttery with a faint sweet smell. Some floral hops are mixed in.

T/M: light bodied with a taste filled with yeast and sweet malts. Hops are floral to taste and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste.

O: Very easy to drink. Nothing special about this average brew. Has some appeal but leaves me wanting more taste. At least a try.


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Photo of chimaylvr
1.82/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: has that clear, pale orange, deep yellow of a pale ale, appealing, it's best merit.

smell: sour, yeasty, butterscotch, malty

taste: reflective of the smell, yeasty. Astringent, pale to be sure.

mouthfeel: trying to to nice here. It's fair but the balance of ingredients will compliment it's feel and it falls short.

overall: didn't want to finish this one. We beer aficiandos drink for taste and this is where this beer fails. Only serious pale ale fans should try. Others, avoid.

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Photo of kjyost
2.39/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased form Happy Harry's, Grand Forks, South. Poured ~4C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: A hint of copper in the crystal clear straw body. Nice white head that is laying there forever and leaves nice lacing.
S: Earthy, lots of corny sweetness with a hint of malt. Also some raisin in there.
T: Meh. The sweet malt is in there with a great deal of the earthiness. It almost tastes as though there is some butyric in there, with hints of baby diaper.
M: Crisp carbonation and a nasty lingering metallic flavour stick there.
O: Dear good what an unpleasant beer. I hope this was a bad / old batch (the seasonal sold in the case was a summer ale). After this case though I am never buying another Shipyard beer again. Every beer has been mediocre at best or highly flawed.

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Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 350 ratings