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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 kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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 jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light frothy head that fades semi quickly even in my bubble producing SA pint glass. It's a very clear amber pale orange color.

N: Very much just a crisp pale ale. Some crisp ale aromas, light hop aromas but little. Little grassy, not much to it.

T: Also semi light, with some pale ale flavors, slight mild grassy hops, a touch of bitterness, slight fruity hop flavors. Overall very light flavor, but too light. A slight hop flavor, but still too light. Some pale hop flavors come out as well.

M: Lots of carbonation with light body.

F: Finishes a little more bitter as it dries off. It does leave a little of that pale grassy hop flavor too. The finish seems to be the best part. It leaves your mouth clean with a nice lingering pale grassy bitterness. Actually, the more I drink it, the more the nice hop pale flavors seem to build and I'm starting to enjoy it a lot more.

Would be a good summer beer with some pale hop flavors, but still too light overall.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-cask 5/29/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of caramel and citrus up front. There's a mild hops presence and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's a decent beer and if you want to have cask beer for the sake of having cask beer, then it will suit you. However, I found it just be an ordinary beer overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light, clear brown body with a small, fizzy ivory-colored head.

Smell: Ringwood aroma with light, buttery notes. Faint caramel. Herbal hop character.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness with a hint of butter. The hops impart flavors of citrus and herbs. Mild, lingering bitterness emphasized by the prickly carbonation on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a badass. This beer, not so much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny tangerine with butternut trim. The best part about the appearance, by far, is the head. Some beer just exits the bottle and enters the glass with such creamy solidity and with such a musical sound that you know the cap is going to look fabulous. This one is pale orange, lightly creamy and impressively sticky. Thick splotches of lace are abundant enough.

The nose is buttery, butterscotchy and somewhat citrus fruity. I get the impression that the hop bill is an Anglo-American affair, probably skewed toward the Brits. I think Chamberlain smells like an English pale ale.

Yep, English pale all the way. It's even underhopped, so all bases are covered. There's just enough pale malt to get the job done and just enough hops to keep things in relative balance. Actually, there's much more hop flavor than hop bitterness. This is an easy drinker that I can't imagine would be objectionable to anyone.

Unless, of course, your diacetyl tolerance is on the low side. Like most of the Shipyard beer that I've had, this one is buttery. I don't mind it, though, as long as it doesn't dominate the flavor profile, as it doesn't here. The beer tastes like lightly toasted white bread slathered with butter and bittersweet orange marmalade (maybe a little toffee too). Substitute 'wheat' for 'white' and that's what I have for breakfast several mornings a week.

The flavor becomes more more bold with warming and the bitterness, especially on the back end, increases as well. Like everything else, though, it stays on the controlled, 'kinder, gentler' side of things.

The mouthfeel seemed light-medium initially, but as I get into the heart of the bottom half of the bomber it appears to be firming up ever so slightly. A more full-bodied, stickier beer would not have worked nearly as well. The bubbles do yeoman's work, staying behind the scenes at all times, yet keeping things moving smartly along.

Chamberlain Pale Ale isn't a head turner, but it is a reasonably tasty, sessionable offering that is one of Shipyard's best. Only Old Thumper (of the ones that I've had) is clearly the superior beer. I can't say that I'd drink a lot of it if I was a Maineite, but I still had a good time from start to finish.

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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 Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask @ the General Sutter in Cask ale night in Lititz. Served chilled in an imperial pint glass.

A -Medium light amber w/ a fast descending head of beige w/ a very fine bead

S -nutty w/ a caramel and subtle pine hop note that is slightly floral, the malt has a gently buttery sweet nose

M - A fine twiggy hop w/ soft malt and bit of fruit and honey

T - Mild pear and golden delicious w/ fresh green hops that have a familiar casked ale herbal tea note and light grainy malt

D - A nice pale in more of the English style and very good drinkability on cask for sure. I have not had this in bottles, but I can almost bet it doesn't stand up to the smooth feel and sweet aroma this has. Very mild, made for sessioning, an easy to quaff pale

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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 smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 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 jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before Jan. '08:

Pours amber with a thick foamy head that descends to a rocky cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citrus and bready yeast. Underlying caramel sweetness gives it balance.

The taste is of carmelized sweet malt upfront. Citric undertones struggle to stay in there and manage to do so. Yeast (I'm thinking Ringwood) becomes more apparent as the drink progresses. Buttery diacytel is a bit much, but not enough to really make a gripe about. Finishes with a rather lackluster buttery sweetness.

The body is medium and is smooth.
This one is a decent pale ale - Nothing particularly special - Has nice qualities, but is a bit too buttery and yeasty for a truly "sessionable" ale, but is worth "checking out".

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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 Billolick
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow hues with a thin white head and a little bit of lacing.

S: big honey aroma with hints of caramel, wheat, and malts but no hop presence in the nose.

T: honey, malt, and caramel flavors up front with slight wheat notes on the finish.

M: medium body with hardly any carbonation that had a syrupy feel on the palate.

D: Decent beer but I like my PA's with a little hop character. Was a bit too sweet for the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a variety case picked up at Shangy's. Poured into a pint glass is amber with a short white head, no lacing.

American pale ale? There's nothing very American about it. The Ringwood yeast gives off a lot of creamy fruit in the aroma and taste while the hops are incredibly grassy. This beer also only leans to the bitter side of thing slightly, for a crisp and dry finish, but the IBU's here aren't too big. However, for what this beer is, and whatever it is, it's pretty decent and a nice session ale.

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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 Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color with some orange highlights. Thick fluffy two finger head. Nice lacing develops through the drink. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles rising furiously to the top. The aroma was very weak, only some bread and caramel were barely distinguishable.

Flavors were of caramel and bread, and was mildly bitter and slightly buttery. A hint of metallic tone hits the back of tongue during the swallow.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start. The finish is crisp the malts softly linger on the tongue. Drinkability is down a notch for me, as this was somewhat bland on the flavor front.

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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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle label displays a Union soldier in uniform and website where to follow the artwork of the illustrator. But first, let's do the beer. Tonight, my Sierra Nevada pint glass gets the honor of holding this brew inside it. On to the beer:

Filtered light orange in color, the head on this one rises very well, but gives back some. Smell has lemon zest, dry grain, and a dusty hop aroma. This brew has a biscuity flavor to it, a little bready too. A touch of buttery flavor creeps in, so this must mean those named flavors are its bread and butter. Haha! It's all good. This one tastes English inspired, not a hoppy brew at all.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also hop heavy, not much else coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent but unspectacular brew.

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