Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Brewer's Brown AleShipyard Brewer's Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of wangbruins
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, dark brown with a one inch head with good staying power, for the first minute at least, and decent lacing

S- Piney, smokey, with lots of dark fruits

T- Dark cherries and raspberries with a very strong chocolate flavor to finish off

M- Thick but smooth with a great aftertaste due to the chocolate

D- Very easy and very good but since it's a limited edition, what's the point?

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this ale pours a dark brown/mahogany, thin muddy colored head with moderate swift carbonation

S - roasted malts dominate, with nutty notes as well, with a strong alcohol kick, and faint toffee highlights

T - sharp up front at first, then it melts into a splendidly mellow sweet toffee/roasted malt flavor, a very nice and highly impressive shift with a great flavorful finish

M&D - supersmooth, what a great beer, so smooth at the end, this beer would make an amazing session beer, nicely layered and complex, well done Shipyard

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Photo of msondel
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of JHendu
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a limited edition.

A: This beer pours dark brown/deep amber with an off-white head that's thick and beautiful. Some lacings...

S: This one smells a lot: Roasted malt (not to heavy), a nice mix of both floral and bitter hops. It also has a nutty coffee aroma along with some dried fruit.

T: At first there is faint roasted malt (caramell), followed by sweetness, fruit and coffee.

M: Mediumbodied, but powerful. Dry and a bit rough.

D: A very nice brown ale with a nice nutty carachter.

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Photo of jaluria
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew from Shipyard; quite excited to try it and I was not disappointed.

Appeared dark brown in my pint glass with an off-white colored head that left a touch of lacing. Seemed rather viscous in texture and opaque in color. Aromas of toffee, roasted malt, nuts, and hard candy; very appealing. The taste was dominated by roasted malt flavors, but other subtle flavors came out as well such as nuts and hard candy. Slightly bready in texture and coated my mouth nicely. Excellent drinkability; smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light brown color; a bit lighter than I would have expected. It has a thin off white head. The smell is pretty powerful. It smells of sweet caramelly maltiness. The taste matches the smell. It is very malty with heavy caramel overtones. There are only detectable hops on the back end of the taste, and they are mild. This is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. In general I like malty caramel flavors and this beer does it nicely.

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Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer pours a creamy looking 0.75" khaki colored head, and is a deep, rich brown in color. The head gradually recedes to a thin coating on the surface and a ring around the glass.

smell: Aromas of chocolate malts first greet the nose, followed by lighter notes of toffee and a nice English type hop aroma. Smells rich and delicious.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a higher medium, and the body around the lighter side of the medium range.

taste: Great flavors of toasted and slightly roasted malts fill my mouth and bring with them a light to moderate sweet, toffeelike character and notes of bittersweet chocolate. The hop flavor is light, as is the bitterness...blending perfectly with the nutty, toasty character of the beer.

drinkability: very easy...chocolatey and rich, a great brown

single bottle purchased at Woodman's and consumed in Madison...the label is notched as best by July '06

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Photo of ebeard2
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer by Shipyard I have tried, and oh boy does this one make a good first impression for the brewery. This beer has a dark brown color, with a hint of red in it. Any darker and you would think you were pouring a stout.

This beer has an excellent flavor. It has a nice nut brown flavor with hints of coffee thrown into the mix. If I had to pick one word to describe the taste, it would be delightful. If brown ale's are your forte, then I could certainly recommend giving this one a try. This is one of the better brown ale's out there.

Drinking this beer, it has a nice full body, not something you would really want out on the beach, but rather something when you are at home sharing a pint with friends. This beer has an excellent flavor and it should be drank slowly to savor every bit of it.

Overall I would without a doubt recommend trying this beer. It has a fantastic flavor.

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Photo of CherylM
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a welcome change this time of year. Much more flavor than other Spring offerings. Very rich brown color and is bursting with malts and hops. Medium body and not as heavy as the Winter Ales, but has just as much flavor and appeal. Very enjoyable and will be missed when it is off the shelves.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked and toasted dark bread and biscuits. I also get some notes of black pepper, lots of brown sugar and slight touch of floral, piney, hops.

Taste: Nice beer! Lots of bready, roasted malt flavors up front, followed by some good brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, and a touch of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes. There is just a touch of nicely balanced hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Nice beer. Good flavors of bready, roasted malt nicely blended with some brown sugar-like sweetness and slightly bitter hops. Recommended to all malt fans.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is fast becoming one of my favorite drinking beers, great refreshing taste, lots of malty, nutty tastes I love, not to sweet
with some good carbonation and low alcohol, some dry some hops back there, nice balance. I believe I had this several years back in a double pack brewers choice. Still just as
tasty, it would make a nice fall beer as well. Just a seasonal for the spring!! would make a great addition all year long! Nice one from the people at SHIPYARD

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Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a verydeep amber color with monstrous white pufy head.
Smell is notable for caramel and chocolate.
Taste is extremely nice. Good strong floavors of caramel, chocolate, and toffee abound.
Finishes tasteful, but a bit thin.
Very easy to drink. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Heathenaxe
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shipyard brewery is a good well-rounded brewery with a wide range of good brews. I picked up this one as the new seasonal. Poured a tantalizing mahogany brown with a cola like head. The smell was sweet and seductive with a hint of roasted nuts and dark chocolate, candied fruits. The taste was rich and creamy with hints of fresh brewed coffee, nutty peanut butter, and dusty chocolate. Last time I checked, this was a brown ale not a porter! But, it was a pleasant surprise and a questionable summer seasonal, yet a good beer overall.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Captain's Collection, a real nice brown ale. Pours a nice dark golden brown color. Smells malty, not too strong. Taste? A real nice malt flavor, a little earthy flavor too. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Finishes up nice, a great session beer. I'm quite surprised by this one. Shipyard's product seem to be a bit bland as of late but this one is a really great beer. A nice addition to their list.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a wonderfully sized head and a dark, red-brown look to it. Aromas had mixtures of nuts, esperro, malts and burnt caramel. The taste is wicked good, and probably is one of the best brown ales I have had. Nicely sweetened, but nothing too overpowering. Doughy malts with some nutty flavoring. Mouthfeel wonderfully compliments the drink, making it somewhat creamy and somewhat carbonated. Overall, a great brown ale.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pour: deep mahogany/amber, cystal clarity, inch of khaki foam that fades to a solid coating with good retention.

Nose: sweet caramel/toffee, roasted/dusty/biscuit malts, toasty nuttiness, fruity cherry finish.

Taste: chewy molasses and sweet caramel malts up front, dusty mid-palate transitions into a sweet/tart cherry and appleskin finish. Fairly complex for a brown ale.

Feel: light, thin and crisp, as per the style.

Drinkability/Overall: A fairly robust American Brown, good malt and fruit developments and easy drinking mouthfeel. A nice session brown.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm greeted with a very loud pop when I pry off the cap. The some foam then almost makes it out of the bottle before I can even pour it into my glass. Great, thock beige head that leaves a thick foam that stays throughout all 12oz. Good deep, yet clear brown, shoepolish hue. Great bubbling and lacing. Just an awesome looking brown ale. The aroma is filled with very rich toasted and medium rosted mlats. Mixed with some English and American smelling hops. The great great blending of hops and malt give this beer a roasted nut flavor with some toffee notes as well. More like bitter toffee. Smooth, clean palate. This is a great session beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with Blackie, obtained from Woodman's West, best by july 06

appearance: poured into a snifter for some reason...this is actually a very attractive beer...very nice garnet-mahogany, very deep body, very nice foamy head...great retention/lacing

smell: great aromas...light roasty tone, milk chocolate, sweet malty aromas, red apple

taste: again, pretty impressive...kind of took me by surprise. sweet malt, light woody nature, nice cocoa...very smooth and pleasant to drink

mouthfeel: pretty creamy, smooth, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of jadpsu
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Portland Me. at the Shipyard brewery. Picked up a 6 pack mix of Brown Ale and the Old Thumper. Brown Ale's are a favorite of mine.
Pours a dark brown with a red hue and a tan head and decent retention and good side glass lacing.
Aroma, is of a lot of roasted, toasted malts, aroma of coffee and maybe some raisens. Some floral hops provide some nice balance.
Taste, is creamy,with al lot of maltiness. Has low carbination and finishes with some sweet raisens.

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Photo of ericj551
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

At 3.8 % ABV, a good session beer. Diacetyl flavors are hidden a bit. If you like Ringwood beers this is the one to try. Its not as dark as I would expect a brown ale to be, but it is very falvorful for a mild brown. Definatly worth a try if you're at Federal Jacks or in the Kennebunk area.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an actual brown color. This has to be one of the few really "brown" ales. The head is thin, but laces nicely. The aroma is great. There is a strong roasted malt presence here. The taste is also malty; really malty. It tastes sweet, but not in a bad way. There are a number of caramel malts in this one; a real treat. The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body on it. I find it to be quite enjoyable and in turn very drinkable. Some may find this to be too malty, but I feel that this is a true brown ale, not only in color , but also in aroma and taste.

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