Mystic Seaport Pale Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Mystic Seaport Pale AleMystic Seaport Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.38/5
Okay
45 Ratings
Mystic Seaport Pale AleMystic Seaport Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,447
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
45
pDev:
14.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of BlueHammer
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft on the first really warm day of the season. The color is a strong golden color. The lacing was white and wispy, leaving minimal lacing. The beer smelled of hops and wood with a slight sweet undertone. The first sip was malty for a moment before changing over to a hoppy bite. The mouthfeel was smooth. It left a slightly bitter aftertaste that was not unpleasant. It lingered pleasantly. This beer is very drinkable; half was gone before I'd realized it! A great way to kick off the warm season!

 520 characters

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of neil2me
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Villa Spirit Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the clear, shimmering amber brew. Head is frothy and lasts well, with nice lacing. Aroma is buttery sweet malts with light hops character. Taste follows the nose, and is pleasantly balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good, smooth and goes down like a two dollar, well, nevermind. Let's just leave it as worth checking out.

 478 characters

Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mystic Pizza in Connecticut...
Appearance: Pours a tawny, ruddy, dark-copper color with a decent-sized head that quickly receded and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma with hints of mild malts, caramel, and a touch of vanilla...
Taste: Biscuit-laden, with strong nuances of bread, butter, and crackers...
Good mouthfeel with an easy level of drinkability that went very well with the delicious pizza...
Worth a try if you're in the area...

 484 characters

Photo of Samdaddy
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter pale ale than most, the beer pours a deep yellow with a refreshing head. It goes great with dinner because of its drinkability, but its not the tastiest pale ale I've ever had. A few more hops may have given this beer the bite it needed. Overall, not a bad drinking beer especially if you going to drink the whole 6'er at once.

 337 characters

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Strong head formation with this one, no really need to encourage it. Slightly hazy gold to golden amber colored beer.

Smells malty and herbal, more like an English style Pale Ale. Sweet and malty with a fairly strong biscuit scent. Hops are definitely English, herbal pipe tobacco and tanned leather scents.

The taste starts out very sweet and malty, sweeter than I expected, toffee and herbal English hops. Fair amount of wood and vanilla in this one plus fruity English yeast flavors, this ale is actually a British Pale Ale taste wise. Good mellow ale, just a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad BPA, just a little on the sweeter side. Still not a favorite of mine.

 738 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, steadily carbonated, orange-copper coloring with a sparse, filmy coat on the surface. Aromas of tropical fruit and biscuits, both mild and smooth. Flavors of butter and biscuit, both sweet and rich, with a toffee twist at the end. The palate is cleaned by a slightly spiced, hoppy end character. The fruit sweetness is present again in the aftertaste, with berries and pineapple amongst the bunch. Slick, sweet, and slightly filmy finish. Very decent brew.

 530 characters

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Mystic Seaport recently and was pretty impressed. The color was a golden amber with a foamy, white head. Good lacing along the plastic cup I was drinking it from. The smell is sweety & malty, with subtle hints of hops. Taste follows this closely, and it is a smooth beer. Drinkability is high. Would be great on a summer day and will definitely be picking these up next time I'm at a local beer distributor.

 419 characters

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice deep yellow pale ale, but the head was rather low and almost nonexistent. There was maybe one spot of lace on the glass after a few moments.

The smell was of nice aromatic hops, with some pine and citrus (but very light).

The taste was mostly of bitter hops, all right, with a slightly unusual banana-like aftertaste.

Rather drinkable, went down easily, but there are better pale ales out there. Having been to Mystic Seaport, however, I look forward to going back and finding this on tap somewhere. It'll go good with a burger and fries.

 565 characters

Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful crystal clear amber color with a nice white head. There is tons of visible carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass. The aroma is malty but not sweet with some hop aroma in the background. The flavor is malty as well with a bunch of caramel and some hop flavor. This is a very balanced beer. The mouthfeel is light medium. Drinkability is average.

 381 characters

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange / amber in color with a thin 1/2" head that sported some large bubbles. No lacing developed. Has a mild caramel malt aroma. Mellow malt, caramel, orange, and very light bitterness make up the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel with a quick finishing caramel flavor and mild bitterness after swallowing. Lighter side of medium bodied. Could be a better drinking beer if flavor levels were kicked up a few notches, but it is not terrible.

 433 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear liquor with a gold/straw color. Good head that leaves a decent lace.

Floral hop, attractive mild spice.

The flavor is dry, but slightly sour. Kinda a traditional ale--notable hope with a solid malt base. Neutral overall taste. Moderate body with an above average carbonation.

 283 characters

Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hozersr
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mattjv
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this today after a recommendation from a family member. Poured from a screw top bottle with no freshness date.. the packaging started this off on the wrong foot but lets see how the beer is.

pours a pale amber color with moderate head retention, lots of bubbles racing to the surface. Smell is not highly pronounced but has the components to be expected from the style, mainly biscuity/bready malt and some floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. The taste is good but a little subdued much like the aroma. The high carbonation lends a crispness up front, which gives way to bready pale malt. Hops do come through in the finish, floral notes with a mild bitterness. Finish is clean and slightly drying.

Drinkability? quite high, I had one with dinner but polishing off the sixer in a sitting would be no problem. Overall this was a decent pale ale but nothing special, as most others have noted this is most at home washing down some pizza or quenching your thirst on a hot summer day.

 1,037 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium-sized white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, honey, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, honey and other fruits followed by a bready but thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are certainly several others in the style that I would choose first.

 804 characters

Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What else to drink with some Mystic Pizza? Regretfully consumed at the pizzeria last night.

The beer pours a light gold color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get much on the nose, just some light honey, celery salt and pepper. Flavors are very light in this watery pale ale, mostly consisting of light honey, light dough and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light with a watery finish. I assume the alcohol is fairly low, but even so I wouldn't call this beer drinkable. There is very little flavor and so it's a chore just chugging it down.

Perfect for thoughtless liquid consumption on a warm day, or to cut the grease in a mediocre pizza... not good for much else though...

 719 characters

Photo of RedChrome
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour produced a nice light orange color. A nice one inch white head quickly shrank but did stay almost a third of an inch. Loads of carbonation bubbles dancing through the body. Nice amount of lacing.

A nice malt aroma was the first, but sadly the only scent in this beer. I would have liked a slight citrus or hops tang to balance it out, but could detect none despite a few nosefulls.

A somewhat unidetifiable very bittersweet flavor. A light aftertaste is a blend of light apricot sweetness with tangerine citrus. A malt hit on second sip.

Tons of carbonation made this feel alive in my mouth. A nice consistancy with no notes of water.

I would enjoy this as a nice relaxing everyday average American beer. A great beer for wings and football, but not the best. I'd recommend it as a best among macros winner at a local bar but not much else.

 859 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale with good flavor, slightly sweet. Good carbonation. Contract brewed for Mystic Seaport.

103 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Mystic Seaport Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 45 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.