Shipyard Summer Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Summer AleShipyard Summer Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Ratings: 596 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of kylehay2004
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw, clear with golden hues.. One finger frothy head.

S: Breads, light malts. No real citrus.

T: Lighter on the citrus than many summer ales, otherwise pretty standard.

M: Crisp, smooth, standard for a summer ale.

Overall: Shipyard has many choices but most of these are mediocre however I think the grading of this one has taken a hit by their reputation as it is actually a standard summer ale.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -3.2%

an extremely plain and almost flavorless summer beer, which is odd because it has more body than it needs to with this little flavor. brassy color, a little dull looking from the bottle but holding a decent white head and leaving some patchy froth lacing as I drink it down (very quickly). the best feature is the feel, great carbonation and a clean finish, but that's expected because there isnt much flavor to clean up. a really mild two row malt base is basically irrelevant, and the hops are for balance only, no real flavor to them. the thing I taste the most is the yeast, which is a clean and very basic ale yeast. I think more grain profile (not body) on this beer would make it a little better, but its good for mindless summer drinking. I much prefer it with spicy food, can cleanse the palate pretty will without getting too filling. nothing special though overall from shipyard. they save their magic for the signature series.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2/5  rDev -35.5%
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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Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Given as a gift from the father as part of a mixed pack. Feels a little out of season to be drinking on a summer ale on a chilly night, but ah what the hell. Pours a nice bubbly, gold... kind of BMC looking but the big head saves it. Light bodied, very thin on the palette, get some lemon zest type of flavors, a bit of Euro hop taste to it. Finishes nice and clean, super drinkable. Yeah, it could be a little tastier but it is what is is, a super drinkable beer that goes down easy. Not bad at all.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that slowly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of lemons and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lemon citrus and wheat, but the flavors aren’t that strong. No bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would make for a good selection on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I'm reviewing this beer, I'm not sure it's the right one. Mine has a very different label and the beer does not fit the style of an APA. However the beer would be a very good Blonde or a bold Kolsch. But for an APA, the brew is under-malted, under-hopped, and has no amber colors or caramel notes. The beer does have a very firm bready pilsner flavor and texture, with ligth citrus spiciness, and a hint of lemons, pears, earthy, yeasty flavors and a solid texture that lends smoothness and an airy feel. Nice beer, but not a Pale Ale.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that declines quickly and fails to leave much lacing

Smell: Modest graham cracker and butterscotch aroma

Taste: Starts out with a graham cracker flavor that is joined, after the swallow, by a diacetyl laden butterscotch bomb; a slightly prickly hop presence complements the sweet malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: You will have to enjoy the Ringwood-induced butterscotch complement to the wheat and hops notes that otherwise characterize this beer; unfortunately, I don't

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled floral with some citrus notes. Mild caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted a little spicy with an odd mustiness. There was some caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This wasn't really a great pale ale. There was an odd mustiness that didn't work for me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small bubbly white head with limited retention. Aroma of weak malt with some yeast. Taste of weak wheat malt is overall quite boring with again a weird and off taste of yeast coming through. Light hops at the end provide a dry aftertaste. Definitely boring for a style that doesn’t produce much in term of great beers.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/10/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and a slight bitter astringency lingering after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky/bready/chalky mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a solid English pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and balance of pale male, earthy hops, and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

American Pale Ale huh?Anyways pours a clear golden with a thin wispy head but with good carbonation,aroams a really muted some light citrius but not much there.Taste is buttery from the yeast strain with a light hoppy note taking over as i drink more with a toasty taste lingering in the finish.An easy drinker not a bad beer but I wouldnt seek out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front, with flavors of honey and caramel. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a less than ordinary beer and wouldn't be the first one that I'd pick.

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Photo of nickfl
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - One finger of white head on a clear, light golden body. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Slightly spicy aroma with a slightly toned down version of the standard shipyard yeast in the background.

T - Spicy yeast and sweet malt up front. The initial impression quickly fades to a strange, harsh, perfume-like spice character and clinging, soapy bitterness. The spice fades, but the harsh bitterness remains through the finish along with a stale, cardboard quality.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Wow, this is likely the worst summer beer I have ever had. It is stale, harsh and totally lacking in character.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of smithj4
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$1.99 single 12 oz. bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: This is one of those beers that the combination of malt, hops, and whatnot come together to remind me of sniffing chicken-flavored bouillon cubes.

Taste: Pale malt, a touch of wheat, and with just a very slight sweetness. One tiny drop of soap. Faintly floral, a hint of lemon, and a dash of spice. A few ladles of broth. That's about it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Sorry, Shipyard, I didn't care for this one. Not exactly the best use of $1.99.

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