Mystic Seaport Pale Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Mystic Seaport Pale AleMystic Seaport Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.37/5
44 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:
#39,882
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
44
pDev:
14.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of n2185
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: Bubblegum, candy sugar, and diacetyl butter aromas dominate on the nose. No real hop aromas. It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell like APA I've ever had.

T: Similar to the aroma, bubblegum and candy sugar dominate with strong diacetyl flavors as well. The finish is sweet and bready.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: Perhaps this was an old bottle--I could not find any sort of dating system. While it's not terrible, it is far from good and has too much diacetyl for my liking. I'd really like some hop presence.

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Photo of Roguer
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely no head, no liveliness, no lacing, no foam. Brew is an oily-looking golden amber, nearly transparent.

Soft floral aroma, heavy on caramel and butterscotch. Slightly yeasty. Not particularly inviting.

Taste follows the nose. Diacetyl and caramel malt bomb. Very sweet, in a cloying and almost medicinal way. Tastes nothing like an APA. Difficult to finish the beer; no balance or hops at all.

Oily and slick mouthfeel; there's a malty, back of the throat quality to the flavor that makes this a slower drink than the overall body does. No sting or liveliness.

I wonder what the aim was; a Belgian pale, or an English ale? It's certainly not an American Pale Ale; everything seems wrong for that. I also wonder as to the freshness of the keg and the quality of the tap lines. Everything about this experience was sub-par, and not what I expected, but I'm not 100% convinced that it all falls on the beer. Regardless, I don't plan to seek it out in the bottle any time soon to verify or invalidate my first impression.

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Photo of Pando
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of timoteo833
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - this ale pours a golden yellow, with a thin white head that laces quickly, there is steady, but sparse carbonation visible

S - has that pale ale wonderfully hoppy aroma, there is a distinct and slightly piney hop profile, there is also a delightful citrus aroma as well, kind of an orange/grapefruit combination, smells nice

T - a bit more bitter than i expected, still tasty, a strong hop profile and evident citrine component, its tasty, but rather mediocre

M&D - as i stated this pale ale is too bitter to be highly drinkable, to me that is, but not hop bitter like i enjoy, more of a citrus bitter that i dont particularly enjoy, however many may enjoy it

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Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a wispy white head that settles into a light ring. Appearance is a notch or two above a macro lager.

The aroma is of light cereal grains, with a hint of metal, caramel and butter. Perhaps a note of brown sugar. No hop presence.

The taste is bready with some honey and caramel sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic note and some light grassy hop bitterness. Some fruitiness.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Drinks easy and crisp. Sweet on the palate but does finish with a light hoppy bitterness.

A disappointing APA but not sure if that was what Shipyard was going with. This maybe more of an English Pale Ale. I graded as an APA; I would bump up the score a bit if it is a EPA.

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Photo of Soxfan45
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Shawnspl
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kurzman
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Minimum lacing.

Smell was pretty weak. Aromas of doughy malts, sweet honey and citrus hops are detectable, but just barely.

The taste follows suit, being on the weaker side. Doughy malts dominate with some sweetness.

Watery, thin mouthfeel with average carbonation.

A basic pale ale. Nothing exciting about this one, but it does stay true to the style.

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Photo of jrand2621
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Westyn
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mcooly
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cjgiant
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the S&P Oyster Company restaurant in downtown Mystic CT. In a shaker pint glass.

Pours clear very ligh amber, golden tones, with touches of white foam. Smell is lightly bready, some honey sweet notes. Pretty tame.

Taste is that of a clean, drinkable pale ale. Some malty breadness, a light hop throughout, clean finish. Almost a blonde ale.

Not earth shattering, but a nice beer to drink on the deck of S&P on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness dating and new label art. Pours typical golden amber, light white head, leaving respectable lacing. Nose is soapy, lemony and floral. This is a fairly dull, (IMHO) pale ale, hops quite subdued, malt passable. Not much of interest here, middle of road brew. Micro with training wheels...

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Mystic Seaport Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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