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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tjsmith910
1.82/5  rDev -49%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Weird little beer here people. I poured it into a pint glass and was very much impressed with the Red orange color along with a 1 finger or so bright white head. That there is the only thing about this beer that was even impressive. It tasted like a light version of a light beer and it seemed to water down rather quickly. Very bitter and strong even with a ABV just below 5 % . Not my style.

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Photo of chimaylvr
1.82/5  rDev -49%
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 RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -38.9%
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 TheLongBeachBum
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Bomber. Single label wraps the main body. Dark green background hosts an oval which contains a portrait of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Color coded dark blue, red & white crown cap. The reverse of the label describes the background to the referenced “Chamberlain”, which is useful because as a Brit I never even heard of the dude. Described as a “Pale Ale”, no strength or freshness date listed.

Appearance: Darkened copper amber body with a lovely crystal lucidity. Decent sized creamy vanilla colored head that rises quickly and forms a nice finger thick head. Rolling carbonation with minimal lacing.

Nose: Well there the good start comes to a grinding halt. This one has a strange nose on it. It smells cold, chilled and stark, like frozen food that is well past its Best Before date….you pull it out of the back of the freezer and it has that stinky odor which is repressed, you know it’s off, but the low temperature is polite in restraining the degree of how bad this one really is. Mild sweet toffee malts and some caramel blend with bubble bath and soapy tit wanks…..not good.

Taste: Right out of the stalls this one is extremely bland when chilled, in short it sucks. Nothing more than watered down Iced-Tea, and not even Lipton’s at that!!! The aftertaste reminded me of the feeling of quickly eating an Ice Pop (I think that is Popsicle in the US). Freezer burn on the tongue with a shimmering hint of flavor. Defrosted flavors are not much better. Hints of lemon and tannins as it warms, but the flavors are shockingly flaccid.

Mouthfeel: Insipid, slack, loose, thin and watery… is just like Iced Tea in fact. Erm….yep, that’s it.

Drinkability: A “Libational Anal Glaucoma”…..i.e. I just don’t see my Ass drinking this one …last third was a drain pour. Shockingly easy to stick down the drain.

Overall: When I fist picked this one up, being a Brit, I knew not of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the Civil War hero, moreover I thought of an engrained infamous black & white image of the then UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain alighting an aircraft waving a piece of paper, the paper was his shambles of an effort to stave off WW2, namely the Munich Agreement. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a man of action it seemed, a fighter, as deserved hero - Neville Chamberlain was a sad pathetic excuse of a leader, a weak and wishy-washy stand-in who wanted to avoid conflict at all costs……..thankfully the UK ditched Neville Chamberlain in May 1940, just in time for he was ill-defined, weak and way out of his depth….they replaced him with the enigmatic Winston Churchill, a man borne of his time……somehow I feel the same about this brew, it needs to be ditched in favor of something stronger…..oh look I have an Okocim Porter….yep that’ll do.

Utter crap. Not befitting of such a Civil War Hero IMVHO. Bland and Forgetful…..just like Neville Chamberlain in fact….history will not be kind to this beer either I feel, but rightly so.


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Photo of mullenite
2.29/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a completely see through copper color with a thin, but solid, white head that recedes in to nothingness pretty quickly.

Nose - Very malty (this bottle is within date) with very little hops. Very sweet with lots of diacetyl.

Taste - Weird diacetyl taste doesn't match well with the crystal malts and complete lack of hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a good amount of sharp carbonation. A cherry on top of a pile of garbage.

Overall - If Magic Hat's Blind Faith had this mouthfeel or if this tasted good I would buy either of them again. As is though... not going to happen. I now officially give up completely on Shipyard.

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Photo of kjyost
2.39/5  rDev -33.1%
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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Photo of BeerRun13
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pors a clear golden orange. Has a small head and leaves decent lacing.
Malts and earthy hops hit the nose. Something is skunky in there.
Malty, yes. Hop bitterness too. A skunky cardboard taste is there for me.
Light bodied. A little to much in the way of bittering.
Drinkability?.... Just doesn't work to well for me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was listed on the menu at the restaurant as an IPA. I had my doubts as this place doesn't know beer all that well. Anywho...

Nice light copper/golden pour. Clean and clear with a 1 finger white foam perched on top.

The malty aroma told me this wasn't an IPA (and the label told me). Sweet caramel and a tinge of butteriness. I hope this isn't tainted. From what I've read in the reviews, though, is that the butteriness doesn't go away. Still, the hops are present and slightly fruity. A bit more earthy to me.

Yup, the butter is there. Yuck. I hate that stuff. For an APA I just can't justify it. It's caramel sweetness is tainted by it. The hops just don't live that long. Perhaps I'm overly sensitive to diacetyl, if that's what this is. blah. It's not all that powerful, which allowed me to finish the beer, but it takes a severe hit to taste rating.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
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 PorterLover83
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Had a very slight head and a little lacing. Looked a hazy copper. The smell was very piney to me in the hop form along with the taste. The taste also had a "trub" resembalence to me. Lighter to a medium mouthfeel it was not that bad of a brew. Drinkability seems OK.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Dewey0603
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish amber with a medium foamy head. The smell is light with only a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is sweet malt,floral flavors,and abit of hops. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing OK, but there is a mettalic and medicinal aftertaste. This really is an average beer at best. Sorry Shipyard.

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Photo of erosier
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a medium bodied and medium sized tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, a hint of citrus, and a nice floral and citrusy hop aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes the same as the aroma - sweet roasted malts, hints of citrus and floral hops at the end. A bit bready tasting.
M: OK, was expecting to be crisper for a pale ale, but it was smooth with the right amount of carbonation.
D: OK drinkability, if the mouthfeel was cleaned up a bit it would be a lot better.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- color is very nice. A light aprocot color. very low head with medium lacing.

S- Earth hops aroma, notes of copper smell similar to a oopper ale. A touch of sweetness on the very initial smell. Finish is slightly warty and watery.

T- Prominant bitterness, and a very bright, acertive and acidic front note. The hop characteristics of this beer are a mix of citrus and earthy tones but yield to an unpleasant aftertaste.

M- very bright on front end, with sharp acid precense. Light but pleasant. A little too sharp.

O- Pale ales are a hard catagory to compete in and unfortunately this one does not measure up. The odd bitterness taste and the off aftertaste make this an interesting but not great beer.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A clean, healthy golden ale with some amber highlights. Some steady bubble activity going on inside. Head was a green tinted medium tight mass that dropped quick, leaving only a ring remaining.

S: Green apples, soap, grass clippings and some wet hay.

T: Light grape, red apple & fresh grains. Limestone undertone goes thru the whole thing. Finishes somewhat grainy with a subtle sweetness.

M: Thin and hard.

D: Boring. Not necessarily bad but nothing really desirable. Characteristics are simple and lack luster.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish-golden color with a small, almost creamy looking head. Decent lace.
Smell is musty, hops, malt, maye some caramel, all very light.
Taste is more pronounced but only malt, caramel & hops show up.
Medium effervescence & medium bodied, this is a middle of the road pale ale although it is darker than most. Nothing bad really, though nothing for the nose to enjoy, there's nothing to make this stand out, either.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was decent enough. Nice amber color with a good clarity to it and a decent amount of light carboantion bubbling up throughout. Rich head of white came up over the top and settled down nicely into a small crown.

The aroma was very earthy and malty. Not the usually hoppy pale ale I come across. Lots of bready malts and hints of light grain. Light hops as it warms, mostly piney. The flavor carried over quite well. Rich bready malts, hints of biscuit liek flavors and a light touch of pine hops. Nothign really standing out to me though and the whole thing comes across slightly average. Decent medium mouthfeel here with adequate carbonation and a smooth overall profile.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 oz bomber with a slightly different logo than depicted on the Beer Pic, but still a painting of the best part in the movie "Gettysburg".

Pours a nice healthy copper color, pretty standard for the style. A decent head drops off pretty quickly, leaving an even layer across the top.

Initial aroma is hops, not overly strong, but stronger than anything else. A little sweet malt, and some faint something I can't identify, chemical in nature. Not sure what it is. I first thought it might be soap in the glass, but then smelled soap, and that wasn't it. Something odd...

Flavor is mellow, with definite hop profile, but quite muted against the malty beerness of this brew. I am still learning buttery, and others say it's here- I can see why, but I can't pick it out myself yet. A sharp bitter end, sharper than the mellow balance earlier in the taste. It's almost a little sour in its flavor profile. All the things going on in this beer just don't work together. It's OK, but it does not at all grab me.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

What style is this? I was expecting APA, and the first notes made me think as much, but the BA style says Amber/Red ale. OK, maybe it's a little of all of these styles. Hard to categorize. But the real bottom line is that it really doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of Waltherpk380
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it from a bottle, pours a nice dark gold color, smell is very average for this style with a nice malty touch to it. Pretty average APA, interestingly those I am getting a lot of buttery diacetyl type flavors with shipyards brews, must be their signature. Taste is very malt forward and the hops make their presence followed that buttery finish. Refreshing, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cream, two-fingered head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Clear amber color. Citrusy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and malt, faint sweetness in the background and finishes without an overpowering amount of hops like some pales can be. 83¢ for a 12oz bottle from Cumberland Convenience Greenland, NH.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is rather disappointing with some faint malt and a sweet soap-like fragrance. The taste is a decent balance between the malt and hops but lacks in flavor compared to some of the better pale ale's out there. Overall, this is a rather average pale ale that doesn't really stand out in any way among the rest.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no date, bought at RSVP in Portland, ME on 10/30/09, drank on 11/04/09. Poured into a shaker pint, tight two finger white head, dies to about half of a finger and the constant carbonation keeps it there over a bright copper hued body. A light, bright malt nose, a little herbal hopiness to it, though not too much. Again light malt in the taste, with the buttery diacetyl an almost graham cracker like taste? A little pine, a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, medium/light with good carbonation, a creamy feel to it. Overall not a bad pale, not my go to by any means but I would drink it if presented to me.

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Photo of changeup45
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/8/2008. Just bought this one and a few other singles at a local store with quite a few craft beers. I generally haven't been a big fan of Shipyard but this one was a somewhat pleasant surprise. Pours a dark golden color with a moderate head. Not much in the way of aroma. Taste consists of a little malt, floral sweetness and a nice dry hoppy bite. Not bad and actually probably one of the better beers I've sampled from this company.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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 VelvetExtract
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Gold with small head.

S-Smell is pretty mellow. Not a hybrid Pale Ale/India Pale Ale. A mellow smelligng PA

T-Malty, not much hop. Again, mellow. A bit of grass.

M-Light and crisp.

D-Easy to drink but not a beer you really want to drink more than one or two. Lacks a unique taste.

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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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