UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was fortunate enough to order this casked, so I’m going to rate it based on that. A perfect bitter, period. Creamy white head, copper color, fruity and hoppy, with a touch of malt for the kill. I must have put a dent in the cask with how many of these I ordered. I know I sure as hell put a dent in my wallet. My only complaint is that you lose so much in the bottled version. Probably my favorite from Shipyard. The hog on the label looks so tough!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber hue. Nice lacing on beige head. Roasted aromas. Excellant maltiness, kinda woody at first, alcohol, then hop bitterness. A wonderfully balanced brew, definately worth trying. This is my favorite brew from those guys at shipyard. Cant beat the thump.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mostly bland, but nothing too offsetting. This is teh characteristic beer that uses only ringwood yeast. Gives it a very distinctive but not the best flavor. It is easy to drink and the price isnt bad so I will have to try again.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 (BB 1/03) Ringwood yeast. Here we go again. This taste like all of the other Shipyard beers that I have tried. The house character is over the top. Very one dimensional.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Litlle earthy hop cones…Dried apple cookies…Otherwise boring…
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet with a hop finish, It certainly does not remind me of a ESB but more of those mainstream ales. I would drink it again but still struggle with classification.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best thing I’ve had yet from Shipyard; nice golden color with a fair though diminishing head (nice lacing) and a very fruity aroma (pears?) leads to a really wonderful full-flavored yeasty, white-wine-like, apple infused flavor. I don’t know if I’d call it a bitter; more like a really fine American amber ale or something. Could have a stronger nose and a bit more kick on the end, but this is a winner.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This appears to be an American-brewed version of a british beer. It’s sharp alright, and it’s got its fair share of hops, like many British brews do. Is it ’one of the best brewers in North America’, well, not IMHO, but it’s decent and drinkable. Cool wild boar picture on the label, which reminds me of Boar’s Head salami (same company? Probably not). Anyway, salami aside, this has a hint of bitterness which complements the malt. I recommend you check this ’thumper’ out.
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow it’s been a while since I had this, but this brewery has inspired me to brew my own beer. Maybe one of the best brewers in North America.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20