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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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1103) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours a light tan, two finger head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, clear red/brown color. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with an even mix of malts and hops, finishes with a burnt caramel flavor. Decent brown. $1.44 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Bottle 2006. Poured dark brown color with a large frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
Sampled in early 2005: I’ve never really been a big fan of Shipyard beers but this is one of their better one’s. $5 a six pack is a very affordable price, although I wouldn’t want to pay much more for their offerings. They also have a tendency of using the word "Special" in many of their beers. Maybe because they are a rather average brewer they have to use it to try and pump up their selections. Either way... This pours a dark brown, almost amber tinted beer. Topped with a nice amount of foamy head. Malty aroma with a malty, slightly sweet, roasted flavor. Some chocolate hints in there as well. I guess this is a brand new beer that is going to be released on a limited basis in the northeast that started February, 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9268) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2009
Tap at OTH. A nice change from the regular brown ale version. Pours ruby/brown with light mocha head. Aroma was malty, dark fruits, bready notes and nice roasted malts. Taste, some banana came forward as it warmed up, light roasted malts and caramel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Plovmand. Clear orangey brown with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, nuts and burned caramel. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel, notes of roasted malt and burned caramel. Hardly any bitterness. 220809

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