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

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

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped January 2014. Sampled on July 2, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow to light copper with a decent white head that eventually settles down to a ring.

The aroma has a touch of wheat, more of a touch of pale grainy malts, and a touch of clean hops.

The body is light to medium and good for the style.

The wheat does add a slight bit of character to this pale ale which might otherwise taste like a standard pale or pilsener. A low to moderate hop bite at the end. I think it is pretty refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kendo
3.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, orangey-yellow with a 1-finger white head on top. Some bits of lace on the glass.

S: Like a pilsner with some spice, if that makes sense. Also a tad bit lemony fighting a little bit of musty, spent cereal grains.

T: More pale than wheat on the palate - some lemony flavor at the finish stands out, providing some decent bitterness at the back end of the sip. As for the front end. . . well, I get lighter malt flavors (some biscuity or crackery malt), some fruity sweetness, a faint hint of wheat twang and . . . actually, that's about it. Modest lingering lemony bitterness lightens the overall impression, but after a few sips, even that gets lost behind a fruity sweetness lingering on the palate.

M: Decent creamy-type feel; carbonation is modest and not at all harsh or prickly. It's fairly active though. Heft is light.

O: OK. Nothing to write home about, but nothing really offensive about this beer, either.

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2/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard Summer Ale

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint. Served chilled.

A) A decent looking amber with a thick foamy head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) The aroma is biscuits and lemon zest. A light refreshing scent.

T) Light malt, grass, twist of lemon , and a hint of apricot sweetness.

M) Not as light as I expected. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Finishes dry and zesty. Lingering aftertaste.

O) Not a bad summer option at all, but not a must have summer option either.

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2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of broadway848
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I plucked this from the cooler at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Altoona a couple of weeks ago (a real no-no, BTW) and set it aside for the right time. Yesterday, I drank both a Winter and a Spring seasonal so it simply makes sense to continue today with a Summer seasonal. Sorry about the use of all of the sibilants for my lisping readers out there.

From the bottle: "Handcrafted" and "C-H-E-E-R-S" spelled out in nautical alphabet flags.

I spent the best Summer of my life in Portland, ME in 1990 and I ate my share of lobster, drank my share of beer and had a rollicking good time. The label seems to invoke all of that, including wearing a sailor's crackerjack uniform and sporting an anchor tattoo.

My pour garnered a finger of dense, rocky eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a distinct wheat tang and a lemon-citrus bite. No, I did not squeeze a slice of lemon. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was very tangy from the wheat. I can understand why the uninitiated might want to cut the flavor, but it also speaks to the refreshing nature of the beer. Finish was quite dry, not gasping like some AIPAs, but more like applying alum to the tongue. Literally drying. Not bad at all.

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.08 out of 5 based on 582 ratings.
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