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



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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Pours dark dark brown with a thick tan head that disappears into a thin top. smells hoppy and slightly sweet. Tastes slightly sweet with a good hoppy bite and a sort of smoky flavor. Kind of thin in the mouth, small carbonation keeps it interesting. Overall, a good brown ale. But nothing too spectacular

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPA (17) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Pours dark brown with tan head. Highly carbonated, too high in my opinion for a brown. I had the same problem with their pumpkin ale the other day as well. Malty and very nutty with a slight hop bitterness and slight carmel flavor. Thin mouthfeel, finishes quickly and with little aftertaste. Very drinkable once the head settled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
As much as I am unimpressed with Shipyard’s Export, I am thouroughly impressed with this 2005 edition of Brewer’s choice. Nice nut brown ale from start to finish. Good nutty malt with a dry almost woody finish. Kudos.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattHimself (7) - USA - OCT 19, 2006 does not count
Pours much darker than I would expect from a brown ale, especially in comparison to Shipyard’s standard Brown Ale. The head was thick and looked rather creamy, taking some time to settle down. The scent had again a standard brown ale scent, with a bit more sweetness though. The flavor is a nice mix of hops and malts. Its got a bit on each, not too bitter, but not too malty. Easy to drink, but definitely not a beer you would drink to get drunk. While not really heavy, it tastes heavy enough. Overall, I enjoy this one, but its nothing I would rush out to grab.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bkochuna (5) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 5, 2006 does not count
good balance of malts and hops, aroma is predominately yeasty, great dark amber color, but for the beer tastes just a hair too much of alcohol for something that’s only 5.4% and this detracts somewhat, but for the most part very enjoyable

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