Mystic Seaport Pale Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nebula1999
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hozersr
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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 jrand2621
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Shawnspl
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of cjgiant
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Westyn
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of timoteo833
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Roguer
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
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 -19.1%

Photo of Soxfan45
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of neil2me
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Mcooly
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of n2185
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
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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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Gmann
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Mystic Seaport Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.4 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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