Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #95
Ranked #28,842
3.31 | pDev: 14.2%
Nov 29, 2021
Nov 01, 2014
Notes: Shipyard GingerBreadHead Ale is like a spicy, rich, gingerbread cookie you can drink. The warm flavors of molasses and brown sugar are accented with ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
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3.43 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2021
3.27 by Sgt_1991 from Georgia on Jul 02, 2019
3 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Today in New Shipyard Beer Sunday (Week 672) & I am very excited about the prospect of a brewery horizontal with/from these guys! The best summer of my life was 1990 in Portland, ME while the U.S.S. Normandy (CG-60) was in PSA at the BIW shipyard.

From the bottle: "Ale with natural flavor added".

Dang! Another screwed-up screw-top cap! This was the second time that I have been burnt in Pop!ping the cap, but no further today. I had no choice but to do a slow, gentle pour since this one had been awaiting my undivided attention for a while. Once sufficiently decanted into the awaiting glass, a vigorous swirl raised just over a finger of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention, quickly reverting to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. An ex had hair of this color, like rusty wire, & I used to call her "Rusty", much to her chagrin. Nose was redolent with ginger, treacle & bready malt. Liquid gingerbread! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The spiciness was immediate on the tongue. I really liked the way that it had established itself in the beer over time as well as allowing the slight sourness of the treacle to round the sharp edges of the ginger & (maybe) cinnamon). It was very evocative of biting into a gingerbread cookie! I took HomeEc (Foods) in high school & my favorite thing was baking. Cookies, cakes, meats, meats wrapped in dough, I just loved firing up the oven to see what would come out. We made banana bread for Thanksgiving & gingerbread cookies for Christmas that first semester & the smells still stick with me. This beer was so evocative of that! Mmm. Finish was appropriately dry as is to be expected when adding spices to beer. What a great beer on a frigid winter's day!

Jan 07, 2018
3.55 by coshag from Massachusetts on Dec 21, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

Bottle to pint glass.

Hazy dark brown pour. Medium head. Bready, spicy aroma. Apple, cinnamon,allspice, cloves.
Taste is sweet and malty; a nice mix of all the flavors found in the aroma. Spicy Ginger kick at the end.

Pleasantly surprised. One of the better holiday beers I've had.

Jul 24, 2017
3.25 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Jun 30, 2017
2.58 by mmorris15 from Maine on Dec 20, 2016
2.12 by pats3peat12 from Massachusetts on Sep 17, 2016
3.38 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2016
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3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

I purchased this at a grocery store, poured chilled from the bottle in a mug.

The color is dark amber bordering on copper with translucent clarity and thick light beige head with fine bead. The smell is very much like a gingerbread cookie -moderate spice with some sweet dark sugar in the aroma. The feel is okay -medium high carbonation and moderately sweet texture with some spice in the middle and mostly dry finish.

The taste is not bad with some ginger in the flavor with a mild sweet malt yet not a lot of flavor other than sweetness with a subtle yeast in the middle and some molasses in the back. This is not a bad beer but it does not make me want to have it again -it is basically as described beer with gingerbread flavor spice and sweetness

Jun 20, 2016
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3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

This gingerbread flavored brown ale pours a dark amber color with a medium foamy tan head with a fairly large amount of carbonation. The smell is sharply sweet and like the name implies of gingerbread. The taste is of molasses, brown bread, and most prominently of sweet gingerbread. The flavor is slightly artificial, but really not as much as you would expect from a gingerbread flavored beer. The gingerbread flavor is a little bit overwhelming. You can tell this is a beer, but the gingerbread flavor mostly out-competes the natural beer malt flavors. This is a difficult beer to rate because I actually like the taste in a strange way. However, it’s not at all what I would want if I really felt like a beer, so I can’t really rate it that highly. Still as far as flavored beers go it is better than average.

Jun 12, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh baked gingerbread cookies. Taste is gingerbread cookies, molasses, a bit on the sweet side, spices at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and enjoyable beer.

May 24, 2016
2.94 by doobie77 from New Jersey on May 18, 2016
3.42 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2016
2.9 by robebo44 from Virginia on May 08, 2016
2.81 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
2.15 by Drunkie from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2016
3.94 by Breeding69 from North Carolina on Mar 21, 2016
4.02 by enelson from Illinois on Mar 17, 2016
2.88 by Nyrangersgrrl from New York on Mar 10, 2016
2.93 by Jerry01ws6 from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jdhilt from New Hampshire

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Gingerbread nose and flavor lives up to name, like drinking liquid gingerbread. 12oz bottle was a gift.

Feb 25, 2016
3.65 by milesweaver from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2016
3.47 by godawgs from Louisiana on Feb 10, 2016
3.66 by Ascherr from New Jersey on Feb 07, 2016
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3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours a clear yet almost opaque very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy tan head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of molasses, ginger, and brown sugar with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. Light notes of toasted malts. Overall, this one reminds me of a gingerbread cookie.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel + toasted + roasted malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of molasses and ginger spice with a hint of clove + cinnamon. No perceptible hop flavors but a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The smell of this beer really reminds me of gingerbread but it seems to be missing something from the taste (especially when compared with other beers that feature gingerbread flavors). The mouthfeel is much too light in my opinion and I want something with a richer malt flavor. Easy to drink though.

Jan 26, 2016
3.04 by avisong from Virginia on Jan 26, 2016
3.85 by olbubba from Florida on Jan 24, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/23/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spice, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, spice, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a good spiced brown ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Jan 23, 2016
3.03 by WdBaird from Rhode Island on Jan 23, 2016
2.68 by DinoBlueShoes from Maine on Jan 22, 2016
3.02 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Jan 16, 2016
2.91 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jan 14, 2016
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2.24/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Marraybay from District of Columbia

Look: Red amber; No head; Some residual soapiness on glass.

Smell: Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, molasses

Taste: Opens with an initial volley of unsweet gingerbread (artificial) flavor
that quickly transitions into tart note that carries thru to the finish.

Feel: Prickly and biting oddly enough. Not smooth.

Overall: Yuck - Bitter, prickly sour gingerbread.

Jan 12, 2016
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2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

Chicago 1/9/16 (12 oz bottle poured into pint glass). Very dark, murky brown appearance, minimal tan head which quickly dissipated. Smells of gingerbread and artificial vanilla. Taste of gingerbread, with brown sugar and very sweat.Heavy and bubbly carbonation caused somewhat harsh feel for such a sweet product. Beer was drinkable, but not something I would purchase again.

Jan 09, 2016
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3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very dark brown (or close to black) when viewed from afar, but when held up to the light it is clear dark brownish red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving only a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of molasses are present in the nose along with notes of brown sugar and hints of ginger.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of molasses along with notes of ginger.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is interesting in its own respect, but doesn't close to resembling gingerbread nearly as much as some of the other beers that I've had. It seems like it could use more of a maltier base and a better mix of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 09, 2016
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3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Antc2382 from New Jersey

Poured from bottle into a wine glass (random, I know)
A: dark brown, with some ruby accents when light hits. Slight lining of the beer with a tan ring, dusted on beer's surface. S: aroma is of spicy gingerbread. Smells like a gingerbread house. T: there is a slight root beer character to this beer but it does taste like gingerbread. It is good but has a little bit of an artificialness to it. Feels more watery as the beer goes on. F: actually pretty smooth but it does have a watered down feeling. Carbonation is somewhat lacking. This beer could use a crispness. O: I felt like this beer was ok, it had some good flavors and qualities but it had it's fair share of flaws as well.

Jan 03, 2016
3.1 by scruffwhor from Illinois on Jan 02, 2016
3.71 by Cooker_stp from New York on Jan 01, 2016
GingerBreadHead from Shipyard Brewing Company
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