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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: light copper slightly cloudy color with a one finger white slightly foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some lacing around the glass

S: initially floral, but more caramel and hops come out as the beer warms

T: sweet through the malts, some really light brown sugar and caramel

M: light to medium, sessionable, smooth and slightly creamy, bitter aftertaste, but a watery sweet finish

O: this is decent for its style and decent for me

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a nice looking beer, quite handsome.
Burnished orange in color or copper, lots of tan foamy head and perfectly carb'd.
Plenty of butterscotch aroma here. Rather high for a pale ale. Fighting through I can smell desent sweet malts and some hops.
The diacetyl that was so prevalent in the nose isn't that pronounced on the palette. There is a good strong malt bill here. Sweet it is yes.
Hops have a bite but are very lean, too lean for an APA. There is a light biscuit finish.
Medium mouthfeel and sticky and a slight bitter finish.
Okay so is this an American pale or English.
The envelope please... survey said!!
I think it is English yes English. The low hop profile plus the excessive diacetyl tells me so.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - crystal clear light orange, touch of brown and yellow. frothy head about 1.5 inches leaves some good sticky lacing

s - mild sweet malts. not much going on in the smell here

t - very smooth and a touch of citrus to start, leads into some sweetness, and finishes with a touch of dry bitterness. every gulp is quite enjoyable.

m - pretty light. good carb and nice and frothy

o - easily one of my favorite shipyard brews. highly recommend for a tasty inexpensive pale

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Photo of taigor
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured light copper slightly cloudy color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Slight floral scents with hints of caramel and hops.

T - Slightly malty and sweet with brown sugar and caramel. Has a bitter hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

O - Just an average APA that somewhat drinkable. I would recommend it.

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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 lechroy
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into frosty mug in Sugarloaf. A is clean with rich two finger head. Slight reddish hue. S is friendly sweet and smooth peaches. Faint but really nice. T is a wonderful well rounded pale with a simcoe touch. Biscuit finish with good malt bill. M is well carbonated, and light for summer. O is a really smooth pale that I enjoyed. Nicely done. A face of Shipyard brews.

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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 fx20736
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an English Pint Glass producing a modest offwhite head that left wisps of lacing. Beer is a pretty coppery reddish-orange with tiny, almost invisible bubbles of carbonation.

Aroma; Some Diacteyl, followed by Caramel and a slight fruitiness. I detected no hop presence.

Mouthfeel: balanced.

Taste: Dry upfront with a slight sting. followed by some citrus and then some butteriness and then a burnt toast quality. Overall there is a little bite with a long, dry finish that is quite satisfying that leaves a slight tea-like aftertaste. It feels balanced and well made.

I like this beer alot. Reminds me of Fuller's London Pride. I am a Malt over Hops guy and this has some wonderful malt flavors. Hops do make a presence in the back of the throat but they are there to cut through the maltiness and provide a grapefruit tartness that rounds out the beer and makes it a complex, enjoyable drinking experience.

This will be a beer I will make a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of claytong
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not big on pale ales and i have heard bad things about shipyard but this one wasnt too bad. malts and caramel with the hops shining strong. much more bold than a 4.9 would make you think.
i wouldnt go looking for this beer, but i also wouldnt avoid it if there wasnt a better choice

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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 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 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 beer2day
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange gold color with 1-finger thick, creamy head. Active carbonation with many streams of small bubbles all around the glass. Decent strands of lace on the back side of the glass.

Nose is orange marmalade with understated grassy, herbal hops. Definitely more malt than hops in the profile.

Grassy hops with a light citrus set the tone. Orange, tangerine, a touch of grape, all accompanied by grassy hops. Not much in the way of bitters at all.

Feel is surprisingly creamy for an APA, with a bit of fizz in the finish.

A rather light, but refreshing, beer.

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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 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 gueuzeonhigh
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While this beer pours a little darker than what I expect a Pale ale should look like-- it still has the flavor profile of what I'd expect would be a pale ale.

This ale is somewhat more malt oriented than what comes to mind in an ale, but it does provide a nice balance between hops and malt sweetness. In some respects I'd like to call this a Witt but then after another sip I'm declaring this beer to be an ale.

Overall a nice mild cordial flavor.

The mouthfeel is cordial with a nice but limited finish.

The drinkability is superior- for one thing is the below 5% ABV.
But the flavor is satisfying enough and the body is bold enough to make this beer want to be enjoyed.

While it's not a "reference" pale ale-- it is a very enjoyable beer experience-- given the right circumstances. I think it's worth another bomber bottle in my cellar.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in Kennebunk at the KBC as part of a mix/six.

Pours medium amber with light layer of white sticky foam. Good retention. Light malty smell. Taste is a flavorful malt backed by a modest hop for the close. Notes of something 3/4s of the way through. Pepper maybe? Good carbonation. Very drinkable, nice pale. Not as powerfully hoppy as most Americans.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 beers2danno
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in a variety pack. Nice way to try them since you are not strapped to 6 beers if you don't like them.

A...deep honey color with amber head.
S...not much but a bit of hoppiness.
T...refreshing and bitter, plenty of hop taste, slightly sweet at first, decent finish.
M...crisp, good carbonation, medium body.
D...average thirst quenching, enjoyable...

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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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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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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On drat at The Inn on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a flowery hop with a moderate grainy malt.

The taste was malt driven with highlights of grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a good APA.

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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 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 kegger22
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale was copper colored with a small white head that quickly faded into obscurity. The aroma was largely caramel malt. The taste was a weak caramel malt in the flavor lead with small hops acting as second banana. Supporting cast of butter. Chamberlain doesn't make a strong statement in either direction, malt or hops. Nothing here to write home about. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied, oily and lightly carbonated. Drinkability was only so-so, just not good enough to worry about having another one.

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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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