Tremont Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Tremont AleTremont Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-21-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by puboflyons:
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 BeerAdvocate
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle and six-pack carrier have nice traditional designs. Clearly marked "freshness" date on each bottle.

Appearance: Clear and copper like, with a thin white head that dissipates as you drink.

Smell: Waft of light sweetness and mild hop, very clean.

Taste: Dry, lightly bready with a strong up-front bitterness, probably to due hard brewing water which gave the hops an extra punch. A slight malt sweetness lies beneath the East Kent Goldings hops which dominate this brew.

Notes: We loved this all English ingredient very bitter, yet smooth, brew. We predict Tremont to become THE favourite amongst the locals in the very near future. It's already one of ours.

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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 Todd
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used to be "exceptional" but now it's just good. Unfortunately Tremont doesn't brew this in Boston anymore, and it's changed a bit as a result, albeit subtle to many drinkers. Everything is now contract brewed out of FX Matt in Utica, NY using one of Matt's in-house Ringwood yeast strain.

Hopefully Boston will once again be blessed with this brew, or rather it'll be brewed in Boston again.

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

Bright copper, with a white head that stays pretty well.

Great aroma - toasty maltiness with some Goldings character. The flavor is similar - toasty, chewy malt with a firm bitterness and a definite Goldings hop bite. Finishes with a nice round bitterness and with the hops hanging on for the ride. Not overly sweet, not overly bitter, just a very quaffable, enjoyable every day kind of ale.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my fall back beers again now that it seems to be back in the market more. I even got a beer drinker that used to only drink Amstel Light to drink this!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Thrasher
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fairly humdrum beer that doesn't require much attention. Just your basic pale ale. if you examine closely the yeast is very distracting. I won't say its name because I was a much happier beer drinker before I was made aware of this particular strain of yeast. Now when I drink certain beers that use it, all I can taste is the yeast: sour butter, overripe fruit. Anyway back to rating. Orange gold color with head that dwindles but leaves great lace. Aroma appealingly musty with some caramel sweetness. Malts of the typical pale-ale variety, fairly innocuous and pleasing; hops jump right in from the get-go with a tasty dryness, but get muffled towards the end. Yeast takes the reins to my chagrin. Aftertaste pleasant and appetizing. Mouthfeel good and thick if a fraction too fizzy. All in all a good beer, nothing special; my preferences veer away from this type of yeast (which I have had in other beers and not minded - here it's unfortunately a liability). Would be interesting if they got back to brewing in Boston with their own yeast instead of being contract brewed.

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Photo of far333
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orangey copper color, but really no head to speak of. I can't detect any aroma. The flavor is weak and watery, but there is a slight hop bitterness up front. No finishing flavor at the back of the tongue or lingering aftertaste. I actually almost sent this one back to the bartender.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft amber with a rather large billowy eggshell head.

Smells slightly citrusy with a very mellow malt background.

Sits as a standard middle of the road pale ale. Nice amount of crystal and caramel malt with a slightly dry middle. Little bits of citrus flavor make their way in towards the end. Very unoffensive.

Mouthfeel was nice and moderate. Just right for a pale.

Nice and drinkable. A defenite session ale.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber color, clear and glowing. White smooth lace covers the glass as the big dense head fades to a nice layer over the beer. Nose of earth and bready grains with a burst of some sort of floral. Interesting. Nice and balenced in taste. A lot of earthy toasted malts are followed by bitter hops and then topped off by a buscuity caramel sweetness. Slick in the mouth and pretty drinkable. The odd floral bready smell lowers drinkability for me if anything.

Decent. Interesting combinations in aroma and taste.

My next bottle of this, I feel I need to mention is not so good. I think something went wrong with this one. Its more sour (not good sour), kind of like funky apple smell. I can taste this as well. Not to mention there's absolutely no retention with this one. (FYI - My scoring is still based off the better bottle).

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Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Samdaddy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This English-style pale ale is good blend of malt and hops. It is what you would expect out of a traditional pale ale. It has a dark golden color and soft crisp head. Nothing outstanding, just a solid pale ale. The taste is good for a beer or two, but grows old on the old buds.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at cambridge 1.

I rather liked this beer. One helluva session beer. Fairly malty with a feint hop presence. I almost felt like it was a brown ale. Thick, creamy head.

Not much smell to her. But damn, one of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while. Wouldnt mind another one right about now.

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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 pbrian
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in Boston this weekend on anything but a beer expedition but luckily the hotel had this on tap. It was simply a nice english ale, a little dry, nice english hop presence, overall balanced pretty well. A couple of them went down invitingly.

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

Nice,solid ale. Goes will a variety of foods. Not too bitter- some sweetness toward the end.

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Photo of maestrotmbg
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable English style ale. Goes down easy with a light taste and smell that would be a great match with pizza. The light, clear copper color is very inviting, and the somewhat bitter, mildly hoppy flavor did not disappoint expectations. This would be a perfect beer with which to introduce newbies into the BA fold.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle like the one depicted and poured into a standard pint glass.
Had an attractive amber color and a firm off-white head and a good level of carbonation. Decent amount of lacing addes to the attractiveness of the brew.
Nose had a pervasive bready caramel malt aroma and a lower floral hops note as a supporting element.
Caramel malt flavor starts off not too strong but doesn't lose it's hold on the palate. Faint butterscotch taste hit mid-palate but disappeared before reaching an annoying level. Flowery hops kick
and a ghostly hard water minerally taste balance the prevailing malt profile. The feel was medium-bodied, slick and a tad oily at the finish.
Overall, this was a pretty quaffable beer. There's nothing remarkable about it but it would make for a decent session brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden orange with a briefly thick, foamy head. Nice rings of lacing. Aroma is of toasted pale malts and grassy hops held together with soft fruity yeast - a little bready. Dry, bitter British hop flavor with mild fruits and a small amount of malty sweetness in the finish. Some lingering grain. Medium body and very dry.

Not too bad, but nothing too special. A decent British style ale.

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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 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 PartyHatjo
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber color--more towards yellow than orange though. Hazy beer with a half inch white head that lasts for the majority of the session (albeit it thins out a bit).

Aroma: Stongly herbal hops, a slight toasty maltiness.

Taste: Initial a strong hoppy flavor, followed by a caramel sweetness. Toastiness is slight in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lightly carbonated brew.

Drinkability: Very smooth beer, I had this all night, because the only other stuff on tap started with Macro and ended with Lite.

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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 jcalabre
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 3 May 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular. it has a somewhat nice balance between hops & malt. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it. If it were around I would drink it

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Tremont Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 79 ratings