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:
44
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 22
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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 ThreeDimesDown
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
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 mattjv
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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 smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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...

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Photo of Zorro
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
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!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
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 RedChrome
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Samdaddy
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Mystic Seaport Pale Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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