Shipyard Prelude Special Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
85
very good
571 Ratings
Shipyard Prelude Special AleShipyard Prelude Special Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 02-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
571
Reviews:
291
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.49%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Thor-just-umm-Thor
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of vtisme
4.95/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle poured into a snifter
A - Amber, brown, moderate lacing, the head remains forever!
S - Dark cherry, sweet chocolate
T - Toffee, caramel, hidden chocolate hops come through on the back end
M - perfect! this baby is smooth!
Simply fantastic! One of the, if not the, best winter style beers I can get in the area!

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Photo of horshack7
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of macawm
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep mahogany body with soft ruby highlights is capped by a firm light tan head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. When served only lightly chilled, it will maintain a solid head as it warms. The aroma is of a sweet caramel & light chocolate malt, some mild spice, and butterscotch-like diacetyl that actually adds greatly to the character! Reminiscent of a rich holiday cake! Very nice. The body is full with a very fine and restrained carbonation that leaves it exceptionally creamy and smooth - almost syrupy as the carbonation breakout foams up under the warmth of the mouth. The flavor is rich with some limited ripe fruit upfront, coat-tailed by a biscuity maltiness that's slathered at first in caramel - and later in soft milk chocolate, a mild spiciness as it crosses that palate and then a firm butterscotch, some mineral-like & leafy hoppiness and an underlying bitterness in the finish. Long, lingering and almost as rich as the flavor itself - the aftertaste is massively impressive with swirling notes of caramel, butterscotch, drying bitterness and leafy hoppiness! Do yourself a favor and enjoy this at cellar temperature as a dessert beer. Fantastic! Absolutely worth seeking out as a special treat to be enjoyed with a good book in front of the hearth.

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4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of may favorite local seasonals, bought the big 22 oz. the day it hit the store. I may be a little biased, but her goes the review.
Beer pours a dark coppery brown with a full head of off white foam that left quit a bit of lace.
Aroma is all flowery hops and sweet caramel malt, very big aroma on this one.
Flavor hits with loads of creamy smooth sweet malt, not a lot of hop flavor in here. Light notes of chocolate and something that made me think of coffee ice cream.
Very drinkable but watch out for the high ABV, this is a great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Fernans
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This suprised me. Has beginnings of a malty, nut brown but shows some hops in the finish. Color is dark amber. Smell raisins, some earthiness. Taste, slight sweet malty, with some floral hints when the hops hit. Smooth mouthfeel, lingers in a good way. Very well put together. Great winter brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of pbrian
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really showcases the Ringwood yeast characteristics. Butterscotch aroma(along with hints of molassas), and buttery malty flavor have been mentioned more than once and blend beautifully with the bitter finsh. Great beer. I think a few months aging will do it some justice.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack for the holiday. Beautiful amber color with patchy lacing on the sides and medium sized head that dissipates after a bit. The aromas were fantastic: malt, ginger, roasted spices, sugar, molasses, and so much more. Definitely a top aroma winner for me. The taste represented the sweet tastes with a heavy malt flavor. Really nice and dry aftertaste. The drink definitely had a clean and crisp mouthfeel to it. Overall, a fantastic seasonal.

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4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cellared a case of the stuff from last winter and glad that I did...

A-pours a deep brown with a creamy 2-finger head that settles but doesn't dissapear.

S-malty, a little caramel

T-from my take, the cellaring has heightened caramel/malty flavor that masks the taste of the Ringwood yeast used in Shipyard's brews (this sometimes strong aftertaste has made me dislike a few of their offerings in the past)

M-Silky & smooth, with slight carbonation & a hop/sprice combo coming in at the end which complements the taste nicely.

D- incredibly well-balanced & smooth brew for carrying an ABV of almost 7%. I'll be interested to see if the taste matures more when I crack the case open again later in the year.

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Shipyard Prelude Special Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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