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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light brown body with minimal head and lace.

Fruits and sweet malt make up the aroma of this beer.
Flavor follows the nose with nutty caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth finish.

Overall this is a very good brown ale. I would reccommend it to any beer conisseur.

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Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a delightful Brown Ale that is available (as far as I know) in the variety 12 pack. The beer pours a nice brown mahogany color with not much head or retention or lacing. This is a pretty clear beer as well. Right out of the bottle there was a slightly off white, slightly creamy head, then it dissipated. The nose on the beer very straightforward caramel malts, toffee, crystal malt. This has that old fashioned English toffee aroma, very nice with some roasted notes in there as well.

The taste is very enjoyable, very light, very mild and at 4% ABV, you can certainly enjoy a few. The beer is quite sweet and has a surprising almondy nut like flavor lurking underneath. The beer isn't complex and there are the slightly diacetyl toffee flavors, there is a slightly prickly mouthfeel very characteristic of the English style. There is some roasted notes, some bready malt flavors, a tinge of hop on the back end. Overall, this is an enjoyable, easy to drink, none too complex Brown ale, that is simple yet very good. The prickly mouthfeel and the diacetyl detract some points, but overall this is a good beer. L'Chaim.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap this beer was a pale copper color with good clarity. The slightly beige head was not much more than a skim but it left very good, torn-curtains of lacing. The aroma was of faint caramel malt and biscuity malt. The flavors were very washed out. Caramel malt, weak hops and a hint of nuts of the finish. Super boring, like a 'light' brown beer. The mouthfeel was average/smooth, the body was medium and the carbonation good. Totally forgettable.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp
A - Carmel and cocolate malts, some faint roast perhaps.. No hops.
A - two fingers of head, dark ruby-red brown. Head dissipates quickly.
M - light to medium body, medium carbonation.
T - Carmel malts followed by chocolate and just a hint of roast. Nice combination. Some earthy hops round out the flavor. Definitely not a stop profile but a nicely complex malty brown. Slight roast aftertaste.
D - Very drinkable with a flavor profile that can be nicely searched and enjoyed.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

This beer has been brewed again and should be out of retirement. Best before date of Aug 09 notched on the label.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head that possesses great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is very nice that features some sweet malt and caramel with hint of chocolate, not much in terms of hops in the nose.

T- The taste starts of very smooth with a lot of sweet malt and caramel. A good amount of hops make their presence felt in the finish. Very tasty!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very enjoyable Brown Ale that I wouldn't mind drinking again. Recommended!

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Photo of tigg924
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: leather brown, clear, small head

Smell: chocolate, big malt, small nutty odor

Taste: Not as complex as the browns I have been drinking--some burnt malt, toffee, light nuts--on the finish, and small hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, small bitter finish

Drinkability: This is not a favorite. Compared to the browns I have been drinking lately, this is not overly complex. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed once again in 2009, with a best of date as 11/09.

This brown has wonderful red, ruby hues within it's amber-brown body. good carbonation keeps this brew lively with a fine-foamy covering at all times.

The nose is pretty aromatic for this style, with roastie baker's chocolate, mildly sweet, mossy, hrbal balance on the nose. Spot-on for the style and you can easily detect the buttery, sweet English house yeast.

This is a crispy, zippy medium bodied malt body. mild chocolate and oats with a really nice, earthy, herbal hop balance. The house yeast is not at all intrusive. There's a slight fruity edge that pps out later on coupled with a peppery and bitter chocolate, smooth finish.

This is a very nice Brown.

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Photo of JayNH
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep brown/burgundy color with a small short lived head.

S- a sweet biscuity malt with a touch of spiciness.

T- burnt coffee dominates the taste. A bit of earthy hops in the finish.

M- Thin, watery and light bodied.

D- This doesn't taste like a Brown Ale, more like an Irish dry Stout. An overpriced one at that. Overall a disappointment...

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a Shipyard mixed sampler 12 pack.

This is the strangest looking brown ale I've poured. Instead of a nice dark brown you get a lighter colored one, sort of tan.. not too inviting. Aroma is lacking as well but the taste is pretty spot on. Being a brown ale and low in ABV, it goes down almost too easy with a nutty taste. Could improve though.

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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 changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3/16/2005. I've never really been a big fan of Shipyard but this is one of their better one's. $5 a six pack is a very affordable price too. This pours a dark brown-amber color and topped with a nice amount of foamy head. Malty aroma with a malty, slightly sweet, toasty flavor. Notes of chocolate as well. I guess this is a brand new beer that is going to be released on a limited basis in the northeast that started February, 2005

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Photo of kinger
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium to dark amber in color with a very quickly diminishing head and no lacing. What it lacks in appearance it makes up for in aroma and flavor. Lots of sweet malt with that trademark buttery goodness. Mouthfeel is alright I like my browns a bit thicker and creamier. Flavor is good, nice and sweet with a hint of bittering hops. Light caramel and buttery goodness round out this one. If it wasn't for the flavor I wouldn't consider this a brown ale, it's decent but that's about it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 12 oz. bottle from a mixed 12 pack

Pours tan/amber with a good head hat disappears pretty quick.

Smell is moderate. Some malt and caramel notes.

Flavors: A sweet brown ale with toffee, buterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar flavors; some floral notes and mild hoppiness.

Not a heavy beer at all -- a little on the thin side, moderate carbonation.

A very easy drinking brown. Not too sweet; not too heavy; no overwhelming or cloying flavors and finishes clean. One of the better ones from Shipyard.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark ruby-cola color with a foamy dark tan head.

S: a very nice roasted nuttiness, dark caramel, toffee and some alcohol.

T: The initial flavor had a rich, sweet roasted nuttiness with dark caramel, alcohol, and some toffee. There was a dried fruitiness (apples, cherries) and dark chocolate hints as well. The beer finished dry with some tart cherries.

M: medium-full, creamy, soft with a light carbonation.

D: Better then average drinkability. Slightly different.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not quite what I had expected, though I wasn't able to get a bottle when it first came out either.

A-Dark brown, with heavy head. Gentle pour wasn't enough to keep this beer from erupting right over the top of my glass.

S-Like a brown ale. Slightly sweet caramel aroma, not overbearing.

T-Very simple. Tastes like caramel and coffee.

M-Nothing exciting.

D-I'm sure I could drink a lot of these, though it would not be my choice to.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce, single bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.79...
The appearance was certainly the best thing about this beer in my opinion... Pours a deep, dark, ruby-red hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacing...
Very faint, nut-brown aroma present, but difficult to detect and extremely subtle and non-assertive...
Very light-bodied beer, with a mild roasted nut flavor along with a miniscule hint of malts and bread and butter thrown into the mix...
Certainly the lightest beer I've yet sampled from Shipyard, a really mild yet at the same time, flavorful and refreshing sample with a really weak 4% ABV...
Watered-down loose mouthfeel that was average at best led to a decent level of drinkability, mostly in part to the weak alcohol and lack of cloying flavors...
Worth a shot, but nothing to write home about...

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a variety case from the Beer Zoo in Carlisle, PA.

The bottles of Shipyard are quite unique in that have awesome picturesque pantings/photos on them. They are very attractive.

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle and comes out a dark crisp amber color. traces of tan flash thru the beer. that could be the light hitting it though.

I can smell something resembling orange and another aroma that i cant quite put my finger on.

The taste is minimal hops but just enought to cleanse your palate and it also has a nut type of flavor. It kind of reminds me chestnuts but nothing to extreme. It mixes in well with the hops.

This is a smooth beer and goes down with ease but leaves behind that chestnut flavor roast on my tongue. It is good beer. not the best but a good beer. A sixpack would be good.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from what notes I had at the time.

Pours a dark amber color, not too much head.

Smells of malt, chocolate and caramel coming though.

Decent malt flavoring with little hop bitterness, chocolate is the most evident.

Overall just an average brown ale, nothing outstanding to separate it from the others.

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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 cbreitro
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was in the Shipyard Mix 12 pack. I had hopes for the Brown Ale, but found it kind of weak in taste.
It had a decent, nutty/earthy taste, but not much of it.

The beer felt a bit watery going down, and the smell was quite timid. The beer was a pale brown color.

I guess you could drink quite a few of these, becuase it also seems pretty weak in alcohol.

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Photo of number1bum
2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a somewhat hazy sort of puke brown color (sorry but I couldn't think of a better way to describe the shade of brown). Lots of bubbles. decent amount of beige head and a little sticky lacing. Smell isn't bad, with a nice medley of malt aromas - caramel, toffee, little bit of toasted. There's a trace of butterscotch diacetyl, as well.

Oh boy...did I say a trace of diacetyl in the nose? Well, the taste is all diacetyl all the time. It hits you up front, and then the aforementioned malts try to leave their mark but they just can't get past the overbearing buttery/butterscotch diacetyl. And then just when you think some seemingly nice fruity and floral hops might get a turn...nope, sorry, more diacetyl. Mouthfeel is a little overly carbonated and is medium-bodied.

Way too much diacetyl kills this beer for me. Was this intentional? Boy I hope it's just a bad batch...although I won't have it again to find out. And boy am I sick of typing diacetyl.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a nice foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of grain with some roasted flavour. Taste is really malt but with more dry notes then sweetness. Some light bitter notes at the end with a weird yeasty finish. Body is a slightly watery with some adequate carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a refreshing brown ale but something seems off with the yeast.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overly active bottle as it is a gusher right from the bottle cap opening. Even gentle pours result in large frothy beige head of several cm. Bottle is notched best before July 06. Ooops. Didnt realize it was in my cellar that long. We'll see how this goes.
The beer is a deep mahogany color with some particulates floating. The aroma seems ok with no obvious infection scents so I will press on. Some caramel and some toffee with hints of cocoa powder as well.
First sip reveals a lite yet silky smooth body with mild carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose advertising, lots of malt but not overly powerful. I get some chocolate and brown sugar with toffee too. A little bit of harsh burnt flavor, could have just averted severe problems with the beer. There is no real hop presence and ABV is buried too. I think I could drink lots of this beer and not be bored or hammered. A decent brown ale. I hurt the appearance due to gusher action.

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Photo of mattd017
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark dark brown with a thick tan head that disappears into a thin top. smells hoppy and slightly sweet. Tastes slightly sweet with a good hoppy bite and a sort of smoky flavor. Kind of thin in the mouth, small carbonation keeps it interesting. Overall, a good brown ale. But nothing too spectacular

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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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Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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