fishonmyplane (335) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance of this beer was alright; copper in color, with an unimpressive head. The aroma was mediocre as well. But the flavor has some very nice bitterness in the finish, making it an above average English-style pale ale. It's a bit on the hoppy side for the style, which for me is a plus.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. I like how shipyard has crafted thier brews after historic people of Maine(chamberlain and longfellow) I think this should be classified as an english pale ale. Lots of diacetyl, from the ringwood, just like all thier beers. Moderate amount of either fuggles or EKG in aroma. Taste is nicely balanced between light crystal malt and some hops. Not very bitter. Fairly smooth, with ligth/mod. body. One of the better brews from shipyard.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An incredibly solid and drinkable craftbrew. Great label, light PA and seafoam camel-colored head with flecks. Lots of English PA character -- buttery, fully-brewed hops and a good overall ale flavor schedule -- a little tannic, well-hopped without being crude or edgy. The foam tastes a little brassy. I was very impressed with the palate and the finish -- proper CO2. Enjoyable and very highly recommended. (This rating just goes to show you the difference between the APA hophead culture and a true English-style PA appreciation...)
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper hue. Sticky whitish head. Fruity nose, apples and the like. Starts sweet and smooth, caramel very evident. Medium body, lots of carbonation. Finishes dry and smooth. Very pleasant. Herbal and lightly bitter hops round out this brew well.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with a healthy head this beer has a decent malt backbone that is combined finely with malt to produce a simple, but acceptable harmony for a moderately tasty amber ale.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Topped with a nice thick head, this golden orange brew has a sweet malty aroma with hoppy undertones. the flavor is flowery, with a malt background. the finish has a strong dry hop bite.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has to be the best label in the entire Shipyard line. (for those of you that also collect) Besides that, the beer is rich in color, depth, and body. I’m not talking dark, but that great burnished copper that’s heralding a beer you can really sink your teeth into...so to speak. Malty, with that tangy bite of american hops on the way down. There’s a slight note of fruit in between, as is common with better pale ales. Good stuff. It’s worth it if you can find a 12-pack containing it.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice honey hue and a decent citrusy aroma. Fairly simple. A bit of the citrus I expect in the american pale ale style but a bit on the grassy side. Refreshing but could be a bit crisper.
deanand199 (2) - Oakdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2001 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent ale. Good taste and crisp
NCPurdy99 (4) - USA - AUG 2, 2001 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
although the taste of this ale is quite pleasant, the carbonation seems to distract from the otherwise kind robustness of this beer.
a unique taste which doesn’t seem to try to mimic any other popular brews.
personal preference: a hoppier bite to squelch the overly carbonated mouth’fill’ sensation.