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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium to medium-light amber color with a silky white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing on the glass.

The nose is faint. Some malt comes through. Also notice some grass and earthy notes like wet hay.

The taste is very light with equal balance among sweet, sour and bitter. Clean very short finish. Understated. No unpleasant aftertaste. More malt than anything.

A nice beer for sessioning, but a little too thin for my tastes.

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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 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 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 Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and a finger and ½ of foamy head formed. Slightly creamy in texture. Settles fairly quickly. Clear bright Amber in color. Mostly copper/gold tones.

Aroma is of toasted grains, slight diacetyl. Bready as well.

Flavor is a bit sweet up front. Then some moments of fruity esters. Lots of bready tones. Slight hop bitterness towards the finish. Ends bready as well. Leans a little too sweet and shy on the hop presence.

Slight Carbonation. Medium/light body

Drinkable, sure. Exciting, not really.

An acceptable APA, but not really that exciting.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on August 12, 2009.

Copper looking beer, very clear, with a thin head. Simple beer on the aroma. Typical Pale Ale smell, malts and hops... however, very little intensity. The taste is earthy, probably from the hops. A good beer to drink during a hot summer day... nothing out of this world 'tho.

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Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Tight, creamy, and fairly sticky. Transparent. Bronze in color.
S) Sweet caramel. Toffee. Light floral and citrus notes.
T) Sweet malty nose. Caramel. Slightly grainy and dry. Mellow hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Medium bodied. Crisp and dry. A bit of tannin feel.
D) A well crafted PA. True to form. I'd drink another.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 berley31
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a small, off-white head, that diminished to hardly anything at all. Body was mostly clear and sparkling, with a slight haze, and a beautiful dark-orange color. No real lacing to speak of. Aroma wasn't anything special... lightly hoppy. Nice on the palate, with a light to medium body, slightly oily, and lively carbonation. Very nice flavor that starts off bitter and acidic, and finishes off... bitter, of course, but heavier hops than would have been expected. Overall, a very nice pale ale that I would easily drink again.

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Photo of TheRowan
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light with active carbonation to make small half finger head. A light coper color that can be seen through easily.
S: Sweet and clean smelling. Light citrus or dry hay.
T: Light, watery and clean. An Average pale ale. Sweet aftertaste and reminds me of summer.
M: Refreshing and active in the mouth.
D: Very drinkable and nothing to overpowering. Good and Average.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shows a best before date of 02/09.
Pours a nearly clear orange with a solid beige head that has good lacing and retention.
Smell is citrus and orange rind & earthy tones with some hints of butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is bit too watery and w/o the body of the previous Shipyard Ale's.
Bitter and dry at the finishe.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark(er) orange with a white 1-finger head that left some lacing.

Light toasted malt, some fruity aromas, and some floral notes. Nothing really in your face, but pleasant just the same.

Flavor is a little too subdued, giving it a watered-down edge. Still, you get some really great tastes here. A fruity edge with some bubble-gum notes, some biscuit-like malt, buttery elements, and a very pleasant bitter finish as the palate clears. The bitter is not sharp or overdone -- very pleasant.

Thiner side for sure for body, but it leads into drinkability. This was from a bomber, and I had no trouble downing this. If you are into extreme beers with over the top flavors, then avoid this one. But if you are looking for an easy drinker or a good BBQ brew, this might just be it. I am not a Shipyard fan, but this became the second brew from them that I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp.
A - Nice medium floral hops with light malt background.
A - Billowing white head (four fingers), clear light amber.
M - medium carbonation and body. Slick mouthfeel.
T - hops come out slightly ahead of the malt in a good balance. Slight bitterness lingers in the mouth.
D - Decent pale ale, really fills the mouth. I would drink this again.

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Photo of selecter70
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could've sworn that Concord Brewery made this, but then again, maybe it's the Union forces Civil War outfits that confused me. This special ale is a refreshing & simple pale ale that doesn't try anything funny or special. Simple & upfront. A nice golden pour to coppery brown & yelloe with thinnish head but nice lace. Nice mild florals & mild but flavorful malt up front that leads to a good clean, crisp hop bite. Easy to drink and not think about...

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

Froma 12 fl. oz. bottle with an Aug. '09 expiration date. Sampled on March 5, 2009. It pours a nice looking copper-orange with good carbonation and decent clarity. The aroma is a kind of caramel malt with a feint hop distinction. Taste is about the same but ends bitter like an ESB. Kind of nice.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Some retention,and decnt laceing. Aroma is buttery, with fruity hop notes as well. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is bready up front, fruity as well. Piney hops in the finish. I like it a lot!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the Sea Dog Brewery this one was a bright orange color with good clarity. The one-finger of white head retained itself as a clingy ring and left scattered lacing .The aroma was smoky (?) with a lot of roasted malt character for a pale ale along with some dry hops notes. The flavors were full of yeast, biscuity malt and some herbal hops that added a rather crisp and bitter finish. Rather weird for an APA but not bad at all. The body, mouthfeel and carbonation were all average.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with an average white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of buttery malt, light green apple and a touch of spicy hops. The taste is of buttery malt, graham cracker like, the hops don't really play a role here except for bittering. The feel is moderate with semi soft carbonation; finishes slightly bitter. An ok APA, a bit too buttery and not enough of a hop flavor for me.

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

This beer has all the defining characteristics of a Shipyard brew. It pours a clear golden amber with a smallish white head, some retention. The beer is decently carbonated. The nose is buttery malt, with a goodly dose of yeast. The taste is all Shipyard. There is plenty of diacetyl, toffee, and yeast. There is a dry saltene cracker like finish to the beer, with a slightly sweeter buttery malty middle, with a touch of dry caramel throughout. There is a nice balance to the beer, but the buttery toffee, the dry caramel, the yeast consistency, and the salty finish have Shipyard written all over it. It's a good beer, but the brewer isn't pushing the boundaries any with this fine selection. This one came in a 12 variety pack. Luckily I was able to split it open rather than having to purchase way more Shipyard than I would have preferred.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of Sept 08; oops. Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges light tan/ sweet tea in color with a one finger sized head. Some lacing and a bit of chill haze.

Aroma wasnt very hoppy at all. It really smelled almost like a brown ale. Slightly sweet and biscuity grainy as well. Not even a touch of hops in this one. Perhaps the age has really done this one in.

Nice flavor, but not APA flavor. More in the amber ale range. More of the biscuit (this beer has a lot of biscuit it seems) and graininess. Again, not much hops. I guess the hop bitterness adds some balance because this one is only slightly sweet.

Thin on the tongue and crisp. Not bad I guess. Grainy and biscuity and not at all like an APA. Easy drinker. I will pass in the future.

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Photo of PonyBar
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Shipyard product, Chamberlain Pale Ale, was poured from a 22 ounce "bomber" into a clear, clean 16 ounce mixing glass. Normally a draft product for me, I was happy to have one at home. A: A thin, reddish-orange hue, with no haze or sediment. A quick bit of head, then nothing. During the drinking, there was no brewer's lace either. S: Slightly piney, or floral, but not overpowering. Actually, the smell was one of a dated beer, but only partially. T: Despite my average A & S, the taste, really the most important part of the review, was enjoyable. A slightly thin drinking pale ale, closer to a "bitter" or an ESB in my opinion. Not as hoppy as many of the newer pale ales, but very enjoyable. Really, this is closer to a session ale for me. When Shipyard started brewing, this beer was probably considered "hoppy". Now many other breweries have passed it by in the rush for hop domination. M: Again, the word thin comes to mind for the mouthfeel. D: Drinkability is very good, as I could have many of these. Again, a decent pale ale, but a highly enjoyable, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mooseisloose
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Shipyard Variety Pack picked up for a bargain at the local supermercado. Twist off cap, smell is an earthy hoppy smell with a little bit of barleywine smell. Pours to a metallic orange color with a fizzy head. Taste is the earthy but dull bitterness followed by a citrusy sweetness. The finish stays sweet but the aftertaste is slightly bitter. This as my previous taste appears to be a definite east coast (more English) pale ale v. a West Coast Pale ale. A refreshing change from the cascades, yet tasty and highly imbibeable. This so far appears to be the best of the Shipyard's selection. This brew would go great with fish and chips, preferably beer-battered walleye or fresh codfish..

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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 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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Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.57 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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