Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale AleShipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice copper brown color with a good sized head that shinks to a thin ring a leaves a little lace.
Nice flowery hop aroma with a good bit of sweet malt aroma evident.
The flavor is excellent with an up front sweet maltiness that is perfectly balanced by the hops. Some bit of a fruity sweetness also seems to come through and fade with each sip.
Nice crisp but creamy body and mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer, I must join JohnnyP in asking "why is this not sold in sixpacks?".

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.61/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is going to be quite biased because this was the first brew I've ever had from the cask. Under normal circumstances I probably would never order this beer, but it was being offered at Oldsmar Tap House, a delightful new bar that just opened here. My friend Sean, the guru of beer geekdom, wisely suggested that we should always order any beer that is available from a cask.

I'm so glad I did because this was literally one of the best beers I've ever tasted. The appearance constituted a solid gold color, with a tiny bit of a creamy head. The scent didn't leave much of an impression, it was malty with a slight phenol hint. However, the mouthfeel and flavor were astonishing smooth and refreshing. It was very lightly carbonated with a creamy wheat finish. I detected no bitterness in the flavor at all - which really raised the drinkability.

Although my friends and I were blown away by the tastiness of this beer, I have a feeling my impression of a bottle would be very different. I 'm excited about trying other varieties on cask at Oldsmar Tap House - which I highly recommend if you live in the Tampa Bay Area.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the arch opponent of the temperance movement in Maine while he was governor, has a great pale ale named in his honor. Pours a nice brown color with a good head. Taste is perfect for the style. Almost like when you first drank sasperilla soda, you know what a pale ale is with this. Good carbonation, the dry, but not sweet taste. This is a winner.

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Photo of Murph
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a good off white head with fades and leaves a nice lace behind. Wonderful malt and subtle, earthy english type hops are in the nose. Great malt backbone with some nice bittering hops but as in the nose they are much more subtle and earthy. Wonderfully creamy yeat not heavy this brew is very drinkable. I've only tried two brews from The Shipyard so far but they have both been excellent. Highly suggested, just make sure you serve these north of 50° to get the true character of them. Yet another huge thanks to the Bierman for this wonderful bier.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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 beernut7
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by this pale ale. Nice artwork on the 22 oz. bomber. Deep copper color with a stick foamy head. The aroma of mellow spicy hops has just a hint of sweetness to it. The first sip presents a buttery spicy ale with a bold malt flavor. The body is quite smooth ad heavy enhancing the balance of the flavors. The bitterness is immediately apparent and lingers well through the experience. Very nice brew.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Stimack
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I really like this Ale!

Don’t usually say much about the appearance of the bottle, but for this one I have to as being a history buff of the Civil War and Joshua Chamberlain being on of my favorite characters I could not resist! Has a real nice portrait of the Civil War General.

Ok, OK, back to the beer.

Brew pours to a perfect clear copper color with a very nice off white head that broke down to near perfect lacing through out.

The aromas from this brew are of fruit with light butterscotch and citrus (from the hops?) hints. Over all a real nice smelling brew.

The taste is very nice with malt and fruit flavors that stick around for most of the experience. Also notice the crisp hop taste that makes this a very nice Pale Ale. This is a brew that I am sure I could drink year around but probably more likely when the weather turns warmer through the fall months.

Over all a very nice brew, probably the best I have had, from the Shipyard Brewing Company!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another review from Friday's GEN Sutter Cask Night in Lititz, PA. It is a good thing that Paul is beer savvy or a bunch of guys all sitting around, pen in hand scribbling away, well, that might be disconcerting to a publican.

The pull produced a finger of deep-tan head with decent retention. The nose was mildly sweet with a slight graham cracker-like edge (biscuity). The color was a bright medium- amber. Seeing that kind of clarity in a cask ale was simply amazing to me. The mouthfeel was very creamy. The taste was slightly bitter, but in a most pleasant way that would appeal to even the most casual beer drinker. The finish was dry, bitter, and quenching. It reminded me of the scent released when rubbing fresh hops between one's hands. It's low ABV makes it an excellent candidate for a session beer.

I really miss being up in PORME.

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Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper color, maybe light brown depending on the light. I tried for a hard pour and a big head, got a nice foamy 2 inch cloud top that laced the glass nicely. Herbal, hop, nearly medicinal nose, somewhat odd sourness as well. Taste was very balanced, hoppy start, creamy, and very easy going down. Very good pale ale, better than most. A bit of a watery thin finish is the only downside, but this makes for a very drinkable pale ale. Cool name, fitting tribute to a great man. I like the beers that take a historical twist. I bought singles and bombers at the Shipyard brewery. Bottles were $1 and bombers $2, pretty cool.

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Photo of cpolking
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a sparkling copper-amber in color with a big somewhat pillowy head that leaves medium lacing in the glass.

The aroma is creamy, yeasty, biscuity and fruity with a cherry and plum type of fruit.

The taste is malty, creamy, nutty, hazelnut with a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy to start but the effervescent carbonation cuts through at the end to tickle the tongue and throat.

This is a really delicious pale ale and I would love to try this on tap in Portland, Maine.

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Photo of mainlyale
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber like a southern ice tea - small head stayed a long time- even to the end. nice lace. Smells of malt - sweet. Taste of citrus and malt - well balanced - lighter than expected. An excellent well balanced beer A very nice, drinkable beer. I will keep some on hand. I have a hard time finding it in my area, but I will ask some stores to stock it.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually bought this 22oz. bottle at Federal Jacks the day after I proposed to my girlfriend in Kennebunkport, ME.

This beer pours out dark tan in color with a beautiful fluffy head that didn't last that long. The smell is malty and sweet with just a hint of some hop character. Reminds me a lot of a british pale ale, although it is listed as an amber. The beginning is very predictable as the malt is very present. Towards the middle and end a nice hop bitterness takes over and finishes very smoothly. I would love to try this on cask.

Another great beer from Maine.

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Photo of scotorum
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
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 PiratePete
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kinda have to like this beer as I'm a Civil War reenactor in one of the companies of the 20th Maine. Chamberlain commanded the 20th at Gettysburg. Thankfully, this is a very good and drinkable pale ale. A light brown in colour with a lovely head - big and smelly. Hops and light spices to the nose. A smooth feel in the mouth, maybe a tad too thin, but I'm not complaining. At a reenacting event this beer is a must just as Little John's Root Beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shipyard's Chamberlain Pale Ale is a beautifully done English pale ale that can only be fully enjoyed at cellar temperature. It needs a rough pour to raise its head and release some CO2; and a bit of warming from the fridge. Otherwise, it's almost another beer entirely. It's clear golden-amber body is capped by a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice splashes of lace behind. The nose is rich with yeast character (buttery diacetyl and some apricot/dried dates/figs). It just reeks of Ringwood! It's medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge, and somewhat creamy due to its moderate carbonation level. The malt is grainy and rich with a bright caramel edge, and some grassy and leafy hops add a tea-like note that nestles in nicely with the butteriness to leave it kind of nutty. Well-rounded, full flavored, beautifully balanced. Very drinkable! Kind of a very special bitter in my opinion. Well worth seeking out for fans of English ales.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just the label on the bottle makes this ale worthy (if you are a Civil War buff), but it does have some other good points too. It pours a pretty standard coppery and bubbly amber with a two finger khaki head. The Ringwood (a Shipyard signature) is evident in the aroma as is butter and pine (the latter particularly appropriate for a leading microbrewery from the Pine Tree State). The taste is exactly what the redolence would suggest, a bit more of the caramel than the pine, I would say, and the finish is bready. There's a smooth feel to the mouth and more subtle carbonation than the plethora of rising bubbles would suggest. A fine ale for a clear, warm summer evening on the shore of one of Maine's many beautiful lakes. I just wish I could get cases of this stuff!

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Photo of beeroclock
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a auburn copper color w/ a nice fluffy white head that lasts. Smells of caramel and maybe some honey with some hop. Tastes slightly sweet with a nice bitter kick to it. The flavor holds on to your tongue and has a slight carbonated hint to it as it goes down. Excellent beer, Shipyard has got to be getting big with the beers they are producing, they are no slouch to the beer scene. 2 thumbs up!

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Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon revisiting this after some years, I have changed my opinion and find that this is a very good, solid ale.

Amber-gold, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and a few weak hints of lace.

Aroma is caramelised toast, butterscotch, bread, leaves hints of fruit.

Taste is dryish, well-balanced with light sweetness and bitterness, leafy, toasty, with light caramel-butterscotch yeatiness and hint of toasted buttered bread. Hop character is light but noiticeable, a bit leafy and faintly citrusy. It is very nice, characterful, easy to drink, and with a well-rounded, firm body.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a Captain's Collection 12-pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a light beige 1" head above the lightly copper brew. Laces well. Aroma is malty, with a tinge of hops and maybe a sniff of vanilla as well. Taste is reasonably malts for a Pale Ale, and then closes with a nice hit of hops. Well-balanced in a good way. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden color. A hard-pour produced a frothy head, which faded quickly to a thin layer. Some lacing down the glass. Some bread-like malty aromas, with the ever-present citrus-like hops hanging around in the background. Body was acceptable, and tongue was also middle-of-the-road. Biscuity flavors, with some sweetness, start out, with the familiar grapefruit-hop flavor giving it's finishing kick.

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of chilidog
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this in the Captains Collection that made it to Ohio.
A very good-lookind beer. Its clear copper color and thinner than expected off-white head made for a nice appearance. The head stayed around and did not fade as the lace ringed the glass with a thick film. The aroma had a citric hop to it. The taste was a well balanced blend of sweet creamy malt with some hop bitterness to crisp up the brew. An over-all buttery toffee mouthfeel made for a very drinkable, goes with a meal beer. At 4.9% abv, the lowest in the collection, it was easy for summer doings & busy times.

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Photo of purplehops
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chamberlain poured a deep copper red with a light tan head that left lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma was fairly malty with notes of caramel and some citrus and floral hop aromas present. Taste started with smooth crystal malt and toffee flavors and then moved along to some faint fruit and herb flavors. Toward the finish there were some flavors of alcohol along with hop bitterness. The finish was dry and well balanced with citrus hops playing off of the malty base and just a note of spice flavors in the background. Aftertaste was a lingering bitterness with some soft alcohol flavors balanced with some biscuit and crystal malt flavors. Mouthfeel smooth and easy on the palate with a medium heavy body.
Overall a very surprising brew from shipyard. I don’t like Chamberlain in the bottle and I only tried this because it was on cask. A good move by me. On cask it was much smoother and the complexity of the ingredients was much more noticeable. The flavor of the citrus hops were really standing out here as well as the biscuit malt flavors in the aftertaste. If I have to find a fault I would say that it is a wee bit heavy for a pale ale, IMHO.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of English dry hops with a nice medium sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a well balance mix between some English style hops with some notes of delicious caramel malt. Very well balance overall with loads of character but still easily drinkable. Full body with good carbonation. Really well made and possibly helps that I got a really fresh bottle directly from the brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has a fruity yeast scent and some mild hopping. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor that is light with some caramel notes. It also has a bitter hop finish that balances well with the Ringwood yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It is nothing spectacular, but none of their beers are. It has good flavor and aroma. How can anyone really complain?

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