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Shipyard Brewer’s Choice Special Ale Brown Ale (05-06, 09-13)



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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Brewer’s Choice Brown Ale is a full-bodied, dark brown ale made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops. Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley and Wheat malts combine to give this beer a nice smoky taste up front and a smooth, full body, finishing with a crisp hop bite at the back. Hops used in this limited edition brew are English Challenger, Styrian Goldings, and East Kent Goldings at the finish. Available February -­ March. 5.4% alcohol by volume

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: Light ruby with a thin off-white head, sharp yeast aroma with dark fruits, starts and ends lightly sweet. Medium body, solid carbonation, ends with a long nice aftertaste that has plum in it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5210) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 2005 bottle. I wonder what were the choices given to the brewer that he chose a brown ale??!! I can just imagine. . ."Well, it’s time for you to choose a beer, would you like to make a Trippel, dubble, maybe a Double IPA or a barleywine, how bout an Imperial Stout or a Dortmunder??" "I think I’ll brew a brown ale!!!" Haha, whatever. . .His choices were probably more like, "brown ale, pale lager, APA, IPA". Ok, ok enough of that.
Pour is a clear, dark, chocolate brown body, very fine bubbles rising rapidly to form a one-finger off-white head, with no lacing, and little retention. Aroma of light yeast, toffee, minerals and soft milky chocolate. Hints of flavorful, fuzzy, earthy green hops as well. Flavor begnis full of toffee and chocolate, light, sticky molasses/brown sugar and lots of crystal malt on the finish. English hops are flavorful, and quite restrained, little to no bitterness. Some mild fruitiness, a bit of nuttiness and touches of buttercream towards the end. Medium body with no wateriness. Pretty hard, filtered American mouthfeel, too much carbonation at first. For all of the full flavor, it’s only moderately complex. Well-made but very safe, as jay says.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3380) - Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Thanks to Matta for this one! Good tan head that forms over a deep Garnet colored body. Clean yeasty aroma with some light malt. No faults, no surprises in the flavor, just clean light sweetness with an uneventful palate. Decent but this stays in very safe territory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2005
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Strong copper with splashes of ruby. Small manilla colored head. Nose is toffee, lightly roasted malts, light choco notes, and light earthy hops. Taste is hoppy and laden with roasty notes and caramel. Light chocolate, dried nuts, light woody notes and some vegetal notes. Body is medium but is very dry feeling. Minimal carbonation feel to it. At times, this borders on chalky. Finishes is hoppy with caramel, dried fruit-n-nuts mix, and light coffee. Decent brown.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben1843 (6) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 (12 oz. bottle available @ Maggie’s Attic, Mount Dora FL)--Although this beer does have a lingering aftertaste, everything else is very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 9, 2005
Clear brown with a thick but soon forgotten head. Aroma is mostly malt. Taste is butter smooth with some more malt and no noticeable hop presence. I was expecting a bit more from a beer called Brewers Choice. Thanks Matta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
Bread nose, grains, then wheat germ. Hearty bread flavor. Like a fine pumpernickel. Very light chocolate. and i mean LIGHT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 2005 version. This is a beautiful beer. A little dark in color, lots of flavors. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle: pours clear brown with a thin tan head. Malty aroma. Light chocolate and tobacco flavor with a decent amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Lightly nutty. Finishes with a hint of chocolate. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
03.20.05 12oz bottle, trade from MattA. Extra dark maple brown with small, fading head. Malt forward aromas of burnt toast, grape, pushcart chesnuts. Flavors in line with aromas. Finishes with tobacco, chocolate. Body is the only letdown here as it is not as rich and full feeling as it tastes and smells. Thanks Matt!

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