Chamberlain Pale Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Chamberlain Pale AleChamberlain Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 168
Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden brown with thick white head and moderate spiraling carbonation. Sketchy lacing.

Malty sweet smell, a little like champagne. Not much else.

The taste is thin at first with a solid hop wallop. In the style, it's kind of a weak flavor.

Mouthfeel is watery with a light carbonation bite and hop bite.

Drinkability is above average, if only because the flavor is too mild to be offensive.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers I had from Shipyard while up in Maine,pours a nice deep golden color with a big blooming head that leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is of lightly toasted malt and a little sweet,taste is malty dominat with some nice fruity estures that linger,light hop note in the finish to balance this brew out.Was told this is hard to find outside of Maine Iam glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This is a clear glowing orange in color with a moderate white head.

Smell – The hops here at the nose are slim to none. Mostly I’m getting a dull American grain smell.

Taste – The God awful rotten sugars are disgusting, and the grain is nasty as well. Where are the hops?

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and way too thin in the mouth.

Sinkability – No way I’m finishing a bomber of this crap.

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Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. A 12oz bottle with a best before 1/08 on the label, poured into a pint glass. Gold color, medium head, a little lacing. Not much aroma, mostly grainy. A muted hops taste, nothing really stands out. A pleasant enough beer, probably a decent session beer.

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Photo of twi1609372
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the whole foods market. was attracted to it by the label. I'm a big history buff and chamberlain was one of my favorite figures from the civil war. the beer overall has a good taste, smoth flavor. easy to drink, not overtly hoppy, slight grain/.cprn aftertaste but not too much. overall i would rate this a good all around beer, it's a good beer for a bud light drinker to be able to enjoy something different and appritiate that a beer does not have to be watered down to be drinkable, ie taste isnt bad.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are looking for a hoppy pale this is not it. It is a good english pale certainly worth a buy.

The beer pours nice it is honey amber in color beautiful head with great lacing

The smell is sweet full of crystal malts and beautiful classic shipyard buttery aroma

This is a nice pale full of buttery crystal malt flavor to start as the carbonation dissipates it leaves a pale malt and dry finish.

The mouth is smooth and never hash and is nice in the mouth

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Photo of petewheeler
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle, “best enjoyed before” date clearly notched.

Appearance: Perfect clarity of copper colour, sparse tiny bubbles rise quickly to the top for hold the formation of a thin off white lace.

Smell: Suggestions of fruit similar to dates, buttery toffee is big in the nose with some creamy malt sweetness also. Touch of citrus and flowers within the hop aroma.

Taste: Moderate body that retains a smooth body and a crisp carbonation. Snappish dry malt palate with a cracker like maltiness, toffee and grain with a vague roasted bite are well blended. Slightly estery with a clean mildly fruity and subdued alcohol. Hops are on an even keel with a marked yet modest bitterness, hops play on flavour also lending some citric piney flavours as well as herbal and floral. Diacetyl flexes throughout the brew and leaves its buttery trail far into the finish.

Notes: Quite a bold pale ale for a humble bodied brew, the yeast plays a big part in the brew from its by-products from the buttery diacetyl to the aggressive dry side of the malt. You'll see this one in their Captain's Collection 12-pack.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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 merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with a very attractive label depicting a portrait of its namesake. Picked up at a small shop in Wells, Me, and enjoyed by a crackling campfire at Dixon's Campground in Ogunquit. Pours a clear, amber body with an attractive, ivory head that hangs around for several minutes. Nice lace patches the glass all around.

Aroma features grapefruit and tangerine citrus hops, and a hint of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has an ideal carbonation level for this style pale ale.

Taste is quite smooth, with an excellent balance of hops and malts. Plenty of hops bitterness here, but a very well rounded pale ale that has a lot going on. Some tart apple notes jump into the profile midway through, and the finish is only slightly bitter.

My first Shipyard brew, and one of the better, bottled, Maine microbrews I sampled during my week in the Pine Tree State. This is an ale that I could enjoy time and time again. Very well done.

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Photo of Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber without freshness indication/dating. Pours clear slightly reddish amber, with minor lacing left behind the off white head, initially this one showed alot of carbonation, but it quickly calmed down to just a few bubbles rising. Nose is just some dull malt and things dont get much better after that, a bit on the watery side, just minor feel of malt and a wimpy hop non wallop, C'mon shipyard, if you put as much effort into the brew as yoiu put into the nice label, you would produce a better product and likely sell more of em...Down the drain about 1/2 of this one went...

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stellar Secret Santa jrdegriselles for this bottle. Poured right out of my cellar at 50 degrees. Little foamy at first but settles down. Dark amber in appearance & a little bubbly. Not much smell. Tastes of floral hops which is not my preference. Easy to drink. I would not call this an amber but a pale as it is labelled. Not bad but not especially good either.


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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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 magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, clean pale ale. Pours clear copper with the advertised white head. Crisp nose of crystal and pale malt, with golding and cascaded hops. Some peppery hops and a sour malt up front, with smoother caramel malt sweetness at the end. Nearly like an ESB. Far superior to Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of mkrass
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on tap in Portland, ME

Chamberlain quit his job as a college professor to join the Military during the civil war, now people join the Military because they can't find a job...

This was a deep amber with a little head along with a nice amount of lacing. A very malty aroma with a slightly earthy/hoppy nose.

It was somewhat heavy and felt pretty thick but it was a great session beer, very enjoyable with dinner.

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Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Duff_Man
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears a pale copper slightly hazed with chill, large foaming off white head with fine even lacing strung on my imperial pint with each sip. Aroma is full of pungent citric hops mild floral tones as well, really citrus zest is the dominant scent going on. Some pale biscuit malt notes going on provide enough sweetness to compete with the hops. I have to mention the Ringwood yeast note that comes out in every Shipyard brew I've ever tasted, that edge brings a tart almost sourdough note with a touch of oak barrel character and leather. Flavors collide hops and malts and than the Ringwood hammer drops, touch of toasted biscuit and citrus hops among the flood of yeast character that I already described. Mouthfeel is medium bodied oily with hops and carbonation is sturdy almost tickling the back of the throat. Drinkability is decent but the never ending Ringwood edge gets in the way of my enjoyment, solid New England style pale ale.

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Photo of j_hollings13
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Dface
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 350 ratings