Shipyard Summer Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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1/5  rDev -67.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -59.4%

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1.44/5  rDev -53.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It looks good, golden bubbles, light, fluffy head, not crazy active and then seems to mellow a bit too much.

The aroma is basically a funky, buttery, yeastie aroma that smells more like sour-sweet malt. a metallic tangy, wheat aroma seems interesting with honey and butter maltiness in the nose. Strange to say the least.

The flavor is all about the infamous, interesting and bazaar house yeast, it's too dominating in this style, sometimes it works, the Wormwwood yeast is fine in the bluefin stout and some others but in this delicate style, it just doesn't work. It seemd way too malty, with buttered bread and honey that is too cloying and relaxed. The yeast does not provide a criapy snap and also a rather funky, aftertaste. It's just not clean enough for a simple Summer brew, and there are so very nice summer brews out there! Sorry, guys i just cannot finish this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.92/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pale amber color, brief head, virtually no aroma.
"Special Ale", they say, but I'm scratching my head to find out what's so special about it...not a damn thing, I'm sorry to say. Summer ales are normally weizens or kolschs, but this bears earmarks of neither.
There's a touch of texture, a tiny hint of body...but this ale is practically nothing incarnate. Maybe I'm supposed to be playing poker with the buds, smoking cigars, and saying "Damn, this is great" because it's not Bud Light, but I'm not, so that doesn't matter.
Am I supposed to be mowing the lawn? Would that help?
At any rate, there's absolutely nothing to be enjoyed here.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
1.96/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not impressed with the summer ale from Shipyard. It sounded like opening a Pepsi when I popped the top. Poured a sickly brown color with a smell to match. It left a bitter/sour taste in my mouth and I struggled to get malt down. Wasn't smooth going down, either. I'll stick to Old Thumper.

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Mardukk
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy deep golden color with no head or lacing.

Smells of a wheaty beer with a touch of lemon finishing with an odd skunky smell.

A buttery harsh grainy taste attack the rear sides of your tongue. A hint of oily mettalic aftertaste lingers.

Heavier than your typical summer beer and much more harsh. Not terribly drinkable with the heaviness and harsh grain taste.

Overall, the worst "summer" beer I've ever had due to the oddly heavy body, buttery stale taste and high carbonation.

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Body is a crystal clear golden yellow that pours with a 1 finger white head that fades pretty quickly leaving a thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles can be seen rising to the top also.

S-Nose is really hard to pick up in this brew. Citrus comes through first with a sweet pale malt background.

T- There is almost nothing upfront in the flavor. I can pick up some faint pale malt. The finish is where it gets nasty. Out of nowhere a big seltzer water bitterness comes forward overshadowing anything present before. This bitterness lingers on and on.

M- Cloying carbonation and somewhat thin body. Not done very well.

D- I really hope that this beer doesn't always taste like this but form reading other reviews it still doesn't seem very impressive. I'm not a fan of seltzer water.

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Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Summer beers have a weird way of being just too light on all levels. This Pale ale could have probably used just a little bit more in the mash or just less water. I say this because I that most people who are willing to try this beer want something better than average. This brew falls under par for me because it's too much like a generic run of the mill Ale from a major brewery. Yellow, Clear, and light bodied.

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of cnally
2.01/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This guy is a weak pale orange color in the body, with a fizzy white head that falls down instantly and sits like a thin film.

A musty wheat based aroma, like an adjunct type beer full of grain--little to no hop character in the smell. Very wet dog-ish.

Immediately sour flavor. The problem is, the beer just cannot kick that sourness and the finish is a kick in the teeth of skunky corn and wheat. No true malt character at all, while there is a bite from the hops. Out of balance, unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is the strongest aspect of the beer, with a crisp, fizzy but not too fizzy feel.

Did I just get a skunk here? The bitterness is almost cleaning solution-esque, it is weird. I would not recommend this to anyone as long as this bottle isn't an anomaly.

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2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ScaryEd
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color with a finger of white head. Not much retention but leaves some splotches of lace.

The aroma is basically non-existent, but what is noticeable is some lemon and moldy wheat bread.

The flavor is surprisingly lemony and honestly a bit tart. There's a faint hint of bread here but the flavor is so muted by the lemon it's just not worth mentioning.

The feel is just the worst thing ever. It's extremely watery and even a bit oily, with carbonation so high I thought my stomach was going to explode after each sip. It actually burns going down.

Overall, I expected a mediocre yet drinkable summer ale, and got a terrible and completely undrinkable turd sundae. I don't know why I keep trying beers from Shipyard. For every solid beer they make, there's about 4 shitty ones waiting to take a huge dump in my mouth.

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2.06/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you want a summer beer, try a good wheat - this was very disappointing

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Photo of frankwoj
2.08/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Got a cheap deal 19.99. Terrible beer.Taste like old sourdough bread

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Photo of badenglishihave
2.08/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Typical summer ale. Pleasant but not especially stand-outish.

S: Not great. Slightly sweet, metallic smell.

T: Poor taste. Has a bite and a metallic aftertaste that resembles the smell.

M: Typical summer body, not bad.

D: Lighter than some comparable wheat beers.

Bottom line: Not really worth it.

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