Prelude
Shipyard Brewing Company

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From:
Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #70
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,590
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.6%
Ratings:
593
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 10, 2022
Added:
Feb 27, 2001
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  58
SCORE
85
Very Good
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3 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Jan 10, 2022
 
2.46 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 03, 2021
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2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

Just too heavy for my taste, and for what I expected. I'm no expert, but this one was rather on the syrupy side and felt more akin to a chocolate porter. Overall just not my thing.

Feb 17, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by gueuzeonhigh from Maine

I'm always on the lookout for a satisfying "everyday" beer-- one that's super enjoyable given the occasion, doesn't break the bank, I'm not hammered after one bottle--- and I'm not embarrassed serving to my buds.
I've got a couple diverse styles-- and here's another for that list.
The beer's got a nice foundation of hops, has a bit of a citrus note, satisfying flavor body and a nice finish and mouthfeel.
It's become a go-to beer for me-- just as I stated in my opening-- and everyday beer-- not exception, mind blowing, but satisfying-- when I don't want to drain my wallet and I can't decide I reach of this one-- so far I haven't been disappointed.

Jan 07, 2021
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3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

I picked this 6 pack up on whim a while back and I've had most of the pack so far despite not having reviewed it until now. I just chalk it up to laziness. Anyhow, I think this one is just okay, a little too hoppy for a winter warmer, but it still deserves a proper review

Pours a cloudy dark amber with 2 fingers of beige head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves moderate lacing

The nose has lots of citrus hops, red malt, toasted bread, and caramel. It smells a little medicinal and floral, but it's not all that bad

The front end of the sip brings a moderate amount of toast and some light toffee. The swallow brings just an overkill of hops and pale malt, just a touch of nutty sweetness to balance it but otherwise not great

A medium body with no carbonation, this at least drinks smooth, but is hardly palatable given the aftertaste. Finishes mostly dry

Like I said to start it off, this one is not very good. Sure, it’s passable, but the hops kill the balance here, and that’s coming from a hop head. It would’ve been way better with more malty sweetness

Nov 18, 2020
 
4.06 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Oct 31, 2020
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 04, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Tantonys from Maine

Great tasting fun dark beer for all occassions! Dark ale nicely hopped as true old English beers were meant to be! Perfect! This is in the Stingo class! Nice going, Pugsley!

Jan 09, 2020
 
3.74 by porterman66 from Massachusetts on Dec 22, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ken3c from Michigan

On tap at the Portland jetport.

Dark brown/red. Clear. A little lacing. Foam ring and light foam island.

Served a little cold so aroma suffers but Carmel and bread notes appear after warming.

There seems to be a slight smokey flavor in addition to malt and carmel.

Tingling carbonation feel. Medium body.

Pretty decent for an airport beer.

Feb 23, 2019
 
3.82 by Mbubier27 from Maine on Feb 12, 2019
 
3.75 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
 
3.75 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 12, 2018
 
4.04 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Jun 29, 2018
 
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on Jun 13, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drtth from Pennsylvania

The dark redish amber beer pours out into a shaker pint glass with a 1/4" off white head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam around the glass and some islands of lacing on the surface. Sipping leaves scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas include some caramel from the malt, some roasted nuts with some touches of and there are some spices such as clove in the background but definitely noticable.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the caramel, the roasted nuts and spices all showing. The well controlled sweetness from the malt is nicely blended with some earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the persistent gentle carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the caramel, nut and spices fade to a slightly bitter semi-dry ending.

On the whole this is a fairly good winter warmer that I'd be willing to have again since it is smooth and easy to drink and the ABV is really large. It is a bit temperature sensitive in that the flavors open up and get a bit more complex as the beer warms. Not the best winter warmer I've tried but is still one worth trying.

Mar 06, 2018
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2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, red fruit, and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of herbal hops, spices, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long, Robitussin like. Yak.

Feb 21, 2018
 
3.67 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Jan 29, 2018
 
4.06 by jacktar1983 from Maine on Dec 12, 2017
 
3.62 by flek from Massachusetts on Nov 20, 2017
 
4.04 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 29, 2017
 
3.5 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Jun 30, 2017
 
3.52 by brewnme from Maine on Jun 06, 2017
 
3.63 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Mar 15, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a pint glass.

Very thin white head,that dissolves quickly.Light brown / dark copper in color,with medium clarity.Distorted light showing through the glass.Very light carbonation.

On the nose I get dark roasted malt,caramel,and toffee notes.Also some sweet bread and honey.

The palate follows the nose with roasted malts and caramel on the front end.On the finish I also get caramel,with some sweet bread,and smalls hints of dark fruit.

The body is medium with a slight stickiness to the mouth feel.Slight alcohol warming ,with a smooth finish.

Jan 30, 2017
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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

Pours a light brown color with a white head. Aroma is malty, with fresh bread and honey like sweetness. The taste follows the nose, with honeyed bread, buttery toffee, and assertive caramel notes. Light bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, this sweet ale that would be enjoyed most by those that like a more malt forward brew.

Jan 25, 2017
 
4 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Jan 16, 2017
 
3.64 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2016
 
3.75 by Icemann383 from New York on Dec 30, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Dark brown pour with thin tan top that fades to a ring. Aroma of cooked sugar, dark bread, and a slightly spicy booze. Flavor is very similar and that's a good thing. Semisweet, malty with a fairly clean, semi-dry finish. Never bitter, and as most other reviewers have mentioned, most importantly none of the flavor is overdone. Very enjoyable.

Dec 29, 2016
 
4 by powdersoldier from Washington on Dec 27, 2016
 
3.85 by mmorris15 from Maine on Dec 20, 2016
 
3.91 by williahd from Maine on Dec 18, 2016
 
3.45 by PSanger from Connecticut on Nov 13, 2016
 
4.17 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Nov 04, 2016
 
5 by Tommyboy555 from Maine on Oct 21, 2016
 
3.56 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 17, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Pours light brown in color with an off white head in the 2/5" range. The aroma smacks of winter warmer, you have the mild holiday spice rack, brown malt etc.

Taste gives impressions of all your usual winter warmer holiday beers from the big regional breweries. Maltiness is there but not overly thick or roasted. Not bitter. Nuances in the mouthfeel of those Thanksgiving and Christmas spice racks. Nothing overdone like a truckload of coriander or cinnamon. Chill. One of the better Shipyard beers.

Sep 27, 2016
 
3.83 by DruC4 from Michigan on Aug 10, 2016
 
4.34 by thoglund from New York on Jun 06, 2016
Prelude from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 593 ratings