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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
From the cask at Rossi’s it poured a chocolate brown color with a thin off white head that left minimal lacing around the glass. The aroma was of sweet and bitter chocolates, nuts, and roasted caramel malt. The flavor shows much the same with milk chocolate, nuts, caramel, and some bittering from hops on the back end. This is more full bodied and roasted than their regular brown ale. This had a nice smooth finish of caramel and chocolate with a touch of hops. This is drinking really well right now and was very solid coming off the beer engine. I am glad I got to try this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2009
12oz bottle pours clear deep amber and tan head with brown highlights. This has a nice aroma full of caramel malts, nuttiness and some roasty malts. The taste is similar with lots of caramel malts moving into nuttiness, a dash of chocolate and mild notes of malt roastiness. Nice brown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of wheat, some earth, some pepper. Tastes earthy and chocolatey with some roasty hints on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Shipyard Brewer’s Brown Ale is a very clear, solid brown ale with a thin khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a sweet aroma, like caramel mostly. There may be a hint of nuttiness and a hint of coffee, but it’s mostly caramel. It’s medium-light bodied and lively. The finish is dry and pretty crisp. It leaves the mouth with a slightly astringent feel. It doesn’t taste sweet like it smells. It’s pretty malty with a touch of coffee and perhaps nuttiness. There’s a fair amount of leafy green bitterness. Chocolate and alcohol are in the aftertaste. This is a solid American brown ale. I just noticed the blue star on the orange background on the label. Is that supposed to make me think of Newcastle? Because, I prefer this to Newcastle, I think.

3.5
   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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2006
12oz bottle pours brown with a creamy tan head that stayed well and laced the glass. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet, caramel, nuts, a touch of chocolate, and brown sugar. Palate is smooth and creamy and mouthcoating. A full bodied brown that I enjoyed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle pours a murky, dark brownish red color with a tan head. Musty, sweet caramel malt aroma. Dusty, earthy, smoky, flavors with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Tap @ small bar. Pours deep brown and mostly clear, small off white ring. A good amount of hops in the nose as well as tons of roasted malts and nuts. A pretty damn good brown.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 29, 2011
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark but clear brown with a thick tan head. Slightly nutty and malty aroma with some caramel and toffee hints. Flavor is a bit mild but nice tasting. Smooth and sweet caramel malts with a nutty and slightly dry finish. A bit watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1077) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours brown with off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, bready, toasted malt and dark fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Toasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and some hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-dry. OK brew.


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