Tremont Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

67 Reviews
Tremont AleTremont Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 79
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A feverish misty rise of effervesce within a sharp clarity of muted orange coloring. Modest size spongy cake head is a finger high but shows some resilience in its stay. The lace leaves only moderate impressions behind.

S: soft with sweet toasted grains and some earthy hops. Graham crackers and cinnamon toast come to mind. The flavor is sweet again of warm toasted malt, octoberfest like, with a sweet floral hopping.

T: Small touches of honey and graham crackers with a sweet dusting of cinnamon. Sweet buttery and toasted grain base, more malt toned then hop, makes me unsure of the style at current time, but drinks like a decent octoberfest (which I later learned was completely off base). Things are even more convincing with a noticeable noble flowery fade.

M: The carbonation is still going strong long into the drink. Oily texture, light bodied with things thinning a bit near the end.

O: Overall a decent sweet toasted English ale. Still convinced this makes a better octoberfest.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear orange with a good off-white head and decent lacing.

Big bubblegum cotton candy scent up front, with some toasted malt following up. Different for sure, but a little off-putting.

Big ringwood yeast flavor. Candied fruit elements with a bunch of buttered toast. Watered down Old Thumper? Kinda. Flavor is a little too weak for me.

Decent carbonation and medium body.

Overall, not a hard beer to drink, just have to be sure he elements of the yeast are to your liking. Too thin and weak for my liking -- if I want this type of flavor or style, I can get Old Thumper and enjoy it. Not horrific, but no where near what this was when brewed in Boston.

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Photo of Amalak
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading some of the forum posts, it sounds like the beer I had is part of a rebranding effort or something. I had the Tremont Patriot Pale Ale, which I think is what this beer is. It's got a better label if anything.

I thought this was a good malty beer, smooth. It had a slight bitter aftertaste to give it a nice flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-copper color with a one-finger head that disappears after a minute.

Aroma is full of light hop bitterness, biscuit malt and a bit of buttery caramel.

Taste is smooth upfront with the light hop bitterness and biscuit malt showing through well. A bit sweet as well. Not too much of the buttery flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering biscuit malt, light hops and fruitiness. Not much else to detect.

Actually more drinkable than their IPA. The buttery flavor is reduced in this. Not bad.

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Photo of mirish72
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a glass into a Chimay goblet. It pours a dark copper color, with little head. The beer doesn't have the same level of hoppiness than a typical American pale ale and almost has a sweet aftertaste. It is very drinkable and fairly low ABV means you can have a few. Not a bad beer to have in the fridge but it probably wouldn't be the first thing I grabbed off the shelf.

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Photo of Stimack
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a copper color with a small off white head that had limited retention and little lacing. The aromas seem light, toasted malts giving a buttery like scent. Also some slight fruit aromas mixing around with a slight hop presence. The flavor is similar to the aromas but has a strong bready flavor. The hops also stick out more here as they linger at the back of the mouth giving a floral note. Over all this is an ok brew, picked it up on a whim while at Hannaford. I will try some of the others styles they carry but have never been really impressed with the Shipyard offerings.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of Feb 2009. Sampled in November 2008. Pours a clear amber tone with a light, beige head that fades after a few short moments. Lacing is about average. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Kind of medium on the tongue and not thin at all. The flavor is bitter and slightly creamy. The hops are evident but not overbearing. A pretty good brew.

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Photo of brewone
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper with a relatively thin creamy head which drops quickly.

S - This beer has a great nose with earthy british hop aroma. Definitely a bready/biscuity malt flavor which is excellent for the style. Also a yeasty character from the british yeast that isn't like most Shipyard beers, but is still there.

T - Strong malt flavor with bready yeast character. Hop bitterness is assertive but not overbearing. The hop flavor is earthy/floral, but is more in the background.

M - The biggest knock I have is the just slightly thin body for this style combined with a slightly high level of carbonation. Tough to get carbonation right in bottles, but this one doesn't match the body. However the dry finish is very refreshing and is very reminiscent of another.

D - Nice, drinkable english pale ale. Easily a beer to drink more than one of. The carbonation is annoyingly high, but letting it sit for a few minutes fixes that. Overall a surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle, this beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head. While there was a bit of malt in the aroma, I thought there was mostly a flowery bouquet, and thought it was lavender. The taste was pretty straightforward: a bit of bread and a nice hoppy finish. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy caramel malt and a spicy hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet caramel malt with a grassy and spicy hop. A touch of diacetyl as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very well done EPA.

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Photo of Hawthorne
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a nice brown color. However, looks here are a bit decieving. Indeed, the beer, while better than your average beer, is uninspiring. Tremont is drinkable, but lacks an excitement which is required of a beer that is designed for the premium market.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle (screwtop) from Hannaford in Gardiner. Pours a hazy dark amber with a good inch of off-white head. Smells like earthy spicy hops with some biscuit malt. Tastes like grassy, earthy, and citrusy hops with enough biscuit and caramel malt to balance it out nicely. Medium in body and moderate in carbonation. Very drinkable. Nothing exciting but a solid EPA for sure, and definitely something I'd be open to going back to.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with no carbonation. There is a white head that had some retention.
Not a lot of smell. A little sweet malt smell.
Tastes like a standard balance of hops and malts. Neither stands out over the other. A slight sweetness at the end.
Mouthfeel is a nice smooth thickness to it.
Overall, the beer is smooth and has good balance, so it is easy to drink. There is not a lot going on in the taste, however, so they might get boring over time.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this on tap last week at Summer Shack in the Back Bay. Pours with a dark amber color and a minimal fizzy head. The smell had a bit of citrus on the nose. The taste was just average. There was some hop presence, but not much. This beer also left a very strange aftertaste in the mouth after I finished it off. Not as good a beer in comparison to when I first had it years ago.

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Photo of rextheone
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six-pack hoping to enjoy a decent IPA. Found that I was drinking a very ordinary Black Label, E&B variety, off-the-shelf, rot-gut, weak American piss-poor beer. Has a darker color and might be better than horse-piss Budweiser, but I doubt it. Definitely not worth the premium price.

If your taste is for a good American IPA, I refer you to Bell's HopSlam or Two Hearted. The Dogfish Head 120-90-60 will also satisfy.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do remember this beer as being slightly more interesting than it is now. I haven't had it in years and it seems a bit less dry, with more butterscotch, spicy, caramel blends in the malt. The beer pours a nice deep amber with nice creamy head, lacing, retention. The smell is quite enticing in that you'll get a nice waft of bready malts and caramel malts. The beer is modestly carbonated and does pack a bit of a spicy and peppery punch. The beer is quite good in the nose and in the body, but where it falls down is in the finish. There is a tart, slightly sour, almost medicinal quality hidden below the dryness. There is diacetyl, bread like malty notes, but the sourness insinuates itself a bit unpleasantly in parts. Not a bad beer, not as fondly remembered as I had wished, but I'm glad I gave it another go around.

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Photo of Damian
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on-tap at Delux Cafe, Boston MA

Poured a clear, medium crimson-amber with a small, white, frothy head that fell to a clingy film of lace.

The aroma was malty sweet, fruity and very British. Ripe berries were apparent along with caramel and a touch of diacetyl.

The taste was malty rich, nutty and quite dry. Toffee was noticeable up front. Some unpleasant, acrid notes appeared on the back end and carried into the moderately hoppy and citrusy finish. As the beer warmed, the hops became progressively stronger.

Mouthfeel was a bit overly fizzy with a lighter than expected body.

This beer would have been quite sessionable and rather enjoyable were it not for the harsh flavors on the back end and in the finish.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an uninspiring light copper colour with a mid to small sized head that leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is primarily dirty/earthy malt and some butter, with a touch of floral hops in the mix.

The flavour is much like the aroma, but weaker. Earthy malt (along with a bit of caramel that's not as present in the aroma) overpowers any hop flavour there is and the butter flavour doesn't mix in as well as it could/should. Very average. The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin/watery.

I have a friend who was obsessed with this brew and turned me on to Tremont stuff in college in the late 90's. The Ale was a much different, much better brew back then. Now it's very, very average, which is very very disappointing considering how tasty this one used to be...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark copper body with a white-colored, soapy head that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: How droll - an interesting aroma formed by an earthy combination of bready malts and flowery hops.

Taste: The ample amount of malt provides some nice caramel and biscuity flavors balanced by a spicy hop presence. The finish is distinctly sour, with a lingering dryness. Also, some odd salty flavor comes and goes (no, I am not eating pretzel sticks!).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, though easily forgettable, too. You'll end up wishing you had those pretzel sticks.

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Photo of billybob
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours amber color with a very large off white head and some lacing not much. each bottle had a little sediment on the bottom and one bottle i opened which had been in the frig overnight foamed over as soon as i popped the cap. so i am wondering if i got a good sixer here? smell slightly bready, taste slightly bready slightly caramel malt some hop, not much. i may give it a second chance otherwise i'll just pass on this beer.

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Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice golden brown, with a big foamy off white head. The nose has a light malty aroma, with a hop kicker. The taste starts off very full bodied, malty with a bit of alcohol bite, and finishes with a hop snap and a crisp bite. Bottom line, a very pleasent beer, not remarkable, but enjoyable.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale poured a clear, amber color with pillowy, off-white foam that persisted for quite some time, and then clung to the glass, coating it, as the beer was consumed. The smell was malty with a hint of sweetness and a touch of yeast. There was a pleasant floral aroma as well. The taste was malty with moderate hoppiness and light fruitiness (faint pear esters). This ale was nicely balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation. The tasty malt flavors lingered lightly. This was a very good and very drinkable, English style pale ale.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was received in my March MicoBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a nice orange-amber color with a good head that is leaving a splotchy lacing behind. Nose was initially strong of english malts and hops. I believe there is a hint of caramel malt in there. Taste is nicely balanced between those malts and hops. Bittering hops blend in nicely. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for a pale ale. Drinkability is near perfect as the 4.8 abv and the smoothness makes this a sessionable, pleasurable beer.

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Photo of hanco005
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer of the month selection, marked best if enjoyed before Aug 06 on this 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours honey amber and clear with 1 inch off white pillow like head, fades rather slowly, thick full impressive lacing that fades away in layers

S—bittersweet, slight citrus and floral, faint caramel

T—slight buttery cracker taste, bitter all the way through and even stronger as it warms, not really picking anything else out

M—crisp and refreshing, light bodied, good carbonation

D—very drinkable, a fine pale ale, easily a session beer as 4 or more would not be out of the question.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours with an amber body and a white head which breaks up into a million small groups on the surface of the brew.

Smell: Butterscotch and ripe fresh oranges.

Taste: Sweet malt is followed by a complex hoppy medium bitterness that is really enjoyable. Some citrus peel and breakfast tea.

Mouthfeel: A velvety rush of carbonation is followed up by a stingy strong fizz. This could be a limitation on the drinkability.

Drinkability: Some of the harsh edges (over-carbonation and unpleasant aftertaste) in this brew knock the drinkability down a notch.

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