Prelude
Shipyard Brewing Company

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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #77
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,035
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 13.53%
Reviews:
298
Ratings:
592
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Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  18
Gots
  58
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by smcolw:
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imagine a fresh poured Bitter from an drawn English draught. That is the Prelude. It has none of the "traditional" winter spiciness. This is solid bodied, highly hopped, darkish ale. The head and lace are particularly impressive.

I was completely surprised by this beer. I was expecting a run-of-the-road beer, but this was exceptional.

Mar 14, 2008
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shipyard for whatever reason gets a bad rap, or at least subpar ratings here on BA. I don't know a ton about them, but their beers are never as bad as folks make them out to be. I was excited about their winter box this year, four darker stronger types. this is good, a really hoppy big amber styled beer, majorly alive in the glass with good clarity and a deep burnt orange color. smells like European hops, but dosed like an American ipa. vegetal and bitter, but also just oily enough it seems. slight tinny notes in with the biscuit malts, and a brown sugar complexion as well. the taste mirrors the nose, I am surprised by the hops, did not expect this. highly enjoyable hop bitterness running all the way through it, upheld and kept in check at the same time by the grain, which is less sweet than it smells. hints of orange peel and pepper in there, but im not sure this beer is spiced. english yeast from what i gather. boldly flavored and strong but not too strong to be sessionable. this is a great take on a winter seasonal, unique too. I still liked the imperial stout better, but this is a nice addition to the winter mix pack!

Dec 23, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown long neck twist off with a best enjoyed before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Clear and bright dark garnet colour with a cake like head that floats on top and leaves lace all over.

Smell: Big aroma of butterscotch ... on the sweet side with hints of floral hop. There is even a touch of chocolate in the nose ... smells like ice cream drowning in butterscotch and a little hot fudge.

Taste: Silky smooth with a buttery malty mouth feel. Full bodied and rich in flavour with a biscuity and caramel malt sweetness ... there is even a hint of chocolate more towards the finish. Sizeable fresh juicy fruit falvour in the middle amonst the esters. Just enough hops to cut into the big malt character ... hop seem to linger for a bit. Residual sugar in the end with a leaf like hop flavour on the side and remnants of the buttery diacetyl.

Notes: Lots of great winter ales to come from the NE ... this one surely sits somewhere on the best of the best list.

May 08, 2002
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vast complex medal meriting winter warmer, without over-the-top ABV. Mint and clove and peppercorn and mellowed with a year of ageing. Medium mouthfeel and smooth for its style. A little roasting and hops here.Decent smooth though sparkling medium mouthfeel.

Mar 21, 2008
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socon67 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Feb 28, 2015
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Chuckeg15 from New York

2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jul 19, 2015
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Beergeeknut from Washington

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A very dark red with a little brown hue simply incredible. Head was very frothy a nice attribute.

Aromas: Hints of chocolate yet strong notes of cinnamon and allspice similar to their pumpkin ale but sweeter aromas.

Taste: Very full bodied nicely hoppy. Notes of chocolate and spices cinannmon and all spice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth a little bubbly but great.

Notes: I am something glad I picked up this one wow what a brew. Lace lines the glass from start to finish. Simply one of the best winter brews out there Shipyard produced a well crafted beer. Cheers.

Apr 02, 2005
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1" beige fine foam head. Very deep clear amber color verging on brown. Smell is malt but not much else. Taste again has malt and seems to me to have spices such as nutmeg though others didn't reference that. Has a hint of banana esthers. Good, interesting, but not particularly a standout.

Dec 27, 2011
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PhillyRiver from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious. Poured from single bottle that was walked home from the Foodery, into a clean tulip glass. Beautiful color- ranging copper to ruby, with an inch of caramel-colored head that laces nicely. Smell is honey-butterscotch, not complex but very pleasing. Taste is more complex, has a bite; feel is smooth, just short of syrupy but not thick. Alcohol a touch higher than I usually drink but still low for most people, would be sessionable, as there is no bad aftertaste at all. Normally I drink porters throughout a Cubs league championship game (haha, not normal) but I wish I had another of these for gametime.

Oct 18, 2015
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Guinness4me from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard has NOT let me down. This beer poured an Xmas red color with minimal head and soapy lacing.

Warming malts filled my nose and left me anticipated for the taste. It smells like Christmas.

Ahhh...malt, spices and caramel sweetness are full and robust. I find it has a nice balance of alcohol tempered with sweetness which would make this 7.50% brew a bit dangerous.

Its mouthfeel was fullfilling, yet left me yearning for more. Bravo, Shipyard. I'm taking a vacation in Maine next year just to visit you!

Dec 13, 2004
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macawm from Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful warmer start to finish. One of the best I've ever had in this category.

Jan 22, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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Zorro from California

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark red to brown colored beer with a smallish tan colored head.

Sweet smelling with a fair load of spice. Slight sour scent of rye detected. Vanilla, spruce and mint are the strongest scents. Lesser scents or ginger, cardamom and coriander.

Starts neutral in sweetness to down right dry and woody. Quite a woody and bitter version of the style, this one could never be mistaken for a spice cookie. Spices are mostly an aftertaste here really pickup more rye than anything. Actually pickup more mushroom than spice here.

Mouthfeel is reasonably full.

Very much the anti sweet and heavily spiced winter beer. Dry and woody with a hint of spices. Drinkability is going to depend on you liking a dry beer.

Dec 09, 2009
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A deep red color almost on the verge of brown. Forms a nice head that retains for some time giving way to some decent lacing.

Smell - A bit of sweetness and some maltiness. A fine hint of some tasted nut as well.

Taste - The taste is very roasted malt heavy at the forefront. There is a little bit of sweetness that peeks through at the end as well as a bit of spiciness of nutmeg toward the end.

Mouthfeel - A very nice level of carbonation and a wonderful creaminess that coats the tongue (especially at the forefront of the tasting when the carbonation is the highest).

Overall - Alright, but nothing really too special for a winter brew as the taste is a little lacking.

Jan 12, 2012
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flek from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 20, 2017
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necoadam from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep amber color with a nice head that stays with you the entire time.

Smell consisted of malts, perhaps toasted with a whiff of butterscotch. Some slight underlying of fruit can also be found.

Taste was good. Big malt flavors along with a bready taste starts out and lasts into the middle with some fruit and light spices mix in and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good control on carbonation. I just wished to see a little more spcies in this brew. Finished on the dry side.

Pretty good, perhaps one of the better offerings from Shipyard. Does a good trick on a cold winter's night.

Jan 27, 2005
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ninaturner from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Jan 05, 2013
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mmorris15 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 20, 2016
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wollefdoogylloj from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Dec 12, 2014
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Kurzman from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 30, 2017
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theo871 from Maine

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nov 19, 2011
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PsilohsaiBiN from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 30, 2015
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MI_beerdrinker from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 17, 2016
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish-copper color with moderate puffy head.
Smell is full of rich malts, with strong notes of caramel and toffee.
The taste is all about the malt, with sizable amounts of caramel, bread dough, and dark fruits evident.
Finish presents an extraordinary rich full mouthfeel with a slight hoppiness trying to balance the malt.
This beer is all about malt and was perfect on a cold winter night.
Thanks to BA mtanji for sharing.

Feb 18, 2007
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oct 03, 2015
Prelude from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 592 ratings