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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 576
Photo of tjsmith910
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some what refreshing but not what I was hoping for. Combination of average and just average with a bit of average on the side. I do not say this in this way to make a joke but here is my explination.

A - Very yellow, almost as if it way straight water and light yellow food coloring. About a 1 inch head that dissipated quickly.

S - I rate all beers as average due to my in ability to smell.

T - Expected more but got less. Not bitter but not tasty either.

M - Easy to drink with no after taste to speak of. Bad in this case because I was hoping for a wheatish one.

O - " Hey buddy, Ive had one of them before, tell me your opinion ".

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Photo of BobZ
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 Oz. Draft served in a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow, with a quickly receding 1” head. Left a fair amount of lacing though.

Smell: Nothing remarkable, mild, maybe some floral hops, I get little to no citrus which I expected for the style.

Taste: Much like the smell, an odd bitterness that persist throughout the beer; however, it doesn’t possess any real hoppy character. No real citrus to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation, not great but not horrible.

Overall: Saw this on tap at a local pub and thought I'd give it shot. Not a great example of the style it lacks both character and flavor. There are much better examples both regionally (Harpoon) and nationally (Sam Adams) readily available.

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Photo of jgurley
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold. Decent head that goes away quickly. No lacing. Smell is extremely mild. Not much. Taste is also very mild. A bit of white grape and citrus. Little bit of bitterness on the finish. Slightly sweet with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. A pretty good summer ale. Very refreshing and light.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured a yellow-orange colour with no head. None. It smells sort of like citrus and peach. With a little bit of an herbal undertone. The taste is pretty typical of a summer ale. It's very citrusy and tastes kind of like cloves or coriander. I'm not sure which. But that's pretty much what comprises the spicy notes. Nothing special, really. It's very light in flavour and body as a summer ale should be. So, that's right on. It's refreshing, I'll give it that. I'm not a big fan of that coriander/clove taste, though. Never have been.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow but clear and bubbly. Head is about a 1/4" high but drops to nothing. Nose is grassy with a background of sour lemon and malt. Taste is thin and crisp with a buttery biscuit malt body and a quick hit of fruity hops that dry out fast. Finish is dry and bitter but with a lot of the biscuit malt lingering. The definition of average but I enjoy it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By: October 2011

A: Pours a straw yellow with a fingers worth of head that fizzles to nothing within 30 seconds... pretty characteristic of Shipyard brews

S: Some hops, lemon peel, and maybe even some wheat. Fairly complex for this type of brew, actually

T: Grainy malts with a nice hop bite, but aside from that bite, not much hop presence. Some lemon, nice and refreshing

M: Light-medium body with medium carbonation

D/O: An easy summer drinker, with a decent abv. Doesn't try too hard at being a hoppy APA, but balances the malts and hops nicely

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Photo of mnrider
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Brown bottle--->Pint Glass. Twist off, with freshness date notched on side of label.

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow/orange. Small white head that has no retention at all, nor any lacing.

S: Sweat and fruity. Also some light grain.

T/M: Light bodied d refreshingly crisp. Taste has a weak mixture of malts, grains and hops. The hops are mostly noticeable on the back end. The finish is a little dry.

O: Not the best summer brew out. Still refreshing and crisp for summer, but this APA is weak with hops and looks and tastes for like a hopy lager.


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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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Photo of DmanGTR
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Wasn't very impressive. Gold, clear, and fizzy. White head that topped the yellowness slightly longer than expected. Grainy, touch of metallicness, but there's a slight perfume/floral aroma as well. Rather bland in flavor, save for a light metallic twang and cereal grain. Should have been served a bit colder (you'll probably never hear me say that again!). Good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle. Best by Oct. 2009 (probably should have drank it a little sooner).

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat and grain, along with some flowers, perfume and hairspray. The flavor is more of the same with grain, corn and some floral hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 StaveHooks
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a dense white head with great retention.

S - Lemon Citrus grain, wheat, husk, pale malt.

T - Lemon, wheat, pale malts, twangy husk, water apples.

This is a lackluster summer ale. It is more of an American pale wheat. It is far from an APA. An okay beer. Watered down and thin with a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Golden with a fluff of head on the top.

S-Faint smell. Lemons, light malt, grass. Almost devoid of any hop presence.

T-Hops a bit more present. A bit lemony, lightly sweet and grassy. Metallic taste is not awesome.

M-Very bubbly. Lighter body.

D-Not hard to drink but not that enjoyable to drink either.

A step down from Sam Summer.

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Photo of dukekrueger
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry guys, Being a Brewer who is not a hop head, my opinion is tainted towards malty brews. I liked it, it was clean , crisp , lightly hopped, Bought only one in a sample pack, I will be heading back to the ABC store to buy more, before it vanishes along with summer.

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Photo of TommyW
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Cloudy yellow with a tall white head.

S- Not much here; some buttery malts maybe a little fruit.

T- Thin buttery malt flavors with a kinda odd twang to it. A very faint herbal quality towards the finish.

M- Very light body with a crisp carbonation.

D- For a pale ale, I get almost no pale malts and very little hop character. This reminds me more of an adjunct beer; definitely no a summer beer I'd have again.

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Photo of wrightst
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a gold color, leaning a bit towards copper. I utilize a no-head pour - let's get right to drinking.

The aroma/flavor was malty, with minimal complexity and almost no hop, but it was hopped nontheless. I was unable to pick up the buttery character that many reviewers referred to. Similarly "bready" shows up often, and if that means malty, I'm there. If it's something else, I have no idea what they are talking about. Bready to me means heavy, and this is a light ale.

Some reviewers complained of over-carbonation, but I didn't find this to be the case.

Average for the lack of complexity. Something's not working here, but I can't say for sure what that is. Still, it's a beer, and not terrible. There are better, but this was sessionable even.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint. freshness notch november 2010.

Pours a clear pilsner-esk golden straw color, light 1 finger fluffy head. spotty lacing.

Smells grainy with a bit of lemon grass to touch at.

Taste is really sweet and grainly for a pale ale, extreme bready yeastiness overpowers the sences, like chewing on a bisquit.

Light perky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a bone dry finish.

Its not the worst summer ale ive had but far from the best. your average NE summer ale from Shipyard.

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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 kingcrowing
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with basically no head at all. Nose is very faint and light with a bit of sweet malt.

Taste is ok, but the fruitiness from their house yeast is just too much for me, I'm really not a fan of it at all. I can't say it's too bad, there's a light honey sweetness.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes; served on tap at the Great Lost Bear.

Appears golden orange with a white foam head of tiny bubbles. There is a good amount of rising carbonation and some patchy lacework.

It has a crisp, sweet aroma. A little estery, some fruit -- peach and nectarine.

The taste is generally inoffensive. It has a light flavor, with some sweetness in the finish. There is a buttery aftertaste. There is a slight hint of sour fruit, like lemon.

It a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and is highly refreshing. It's great for summertime.

It has a medium/light body, It feels watery and leaves a slight coat. There isn't much carbonation to be felt.

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Photo of lou50rp
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Amber colored brew: a head which quickly dissolved.
S - A confused smell, not quite sure of what it was supposed to
T - Confused taste. some sweetness, some citrus, ending with a bitterness.
M - Average mouthful. leaning a bit toward watery
D - It is an Ok brew, but there are better summer brews available
especially for the price.

Expected more from Shipyard, but like a Maine summer it was confused and not sure what it wanted to be.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale golden wheat colour. Thin white head, visible carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, some sweetness.

Taste: Citrus, hops, bitterness in that order.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Light bodied, rather bitter. The taste of this beer leaves much to be desired. Refreshing like a summer ale should be.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color with a loose frothy head of thick bubbles that faded quickly. Not awesome, but looks like a summer brew should - light, but not like water (4.0). Pleasant light of sweet malts and thin citrus (3.5)

Taste isn't particularly well balanced, but I think it's pretty good - there is a bready malt backbone garnished by a surprisingly zesty hop bouquet and some orange (3.5). The mouthfeel is thin and it's drinkability is high, both well-suited attributes of a summer beer (4.5).

Overall, I think this is a tasty and totally refreshing brew. Well-done Shipyard. B

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this before from a bottle, but it seemed better from a can. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts, some sweetness. Taste is tart, lemons, wheat, malts, light sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Shipyard Summer Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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