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The Shipyard Brewing Company's flagship beer, is a full bodied ale, with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle and distinctive hope taste, and a very clean and traditional finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brianprentiss (676) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 I was expecting more from this micro brew. I had it on tap at the Orlando International Airport - this brewery is mistakenly listed as closed on a few websites, but it is certainly open. (8/4/04) The brew was smooth and crisp but just was lacking the "punch" I was expecting. There wasn’t really anything to distinguish it from an upscale Macro brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5452) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Pours a translucent gold with a medium frothy white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some candyish notes hiding in there. Taste is nice! Good balance between the malted sweetness and the hops. Some biscuity notes are there along with fainter toffee. The Fuggles make this a pleasantly hopped ale. Smooth mellowed feeling on the palate and a slightly bitter finish. Very nice beer and very drinkable. Would be a good session beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5933) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Pours a dark golden color with a thin white, slightly persistent head. At first blush I would call the aroma phenolic, but after further study I realize that it is more toffee-like. Has a slight bitterness in it not usually found in a blonde ale. Some sweet caramel notes up front with a heavy fuggles presence in the back end. Decent full body, slightly sticky, finishes well. Overall, decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Amber color, light carbonation, watery with little flavor. Not much to say about this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle - Amber in color with a quickly fading white head. Yeasty aroma with little hops. Flavor has a butterscotch/diacetyl undertone that is pleasent enough. Kinda watery with too few hops in the flavor and finish. Not one of Shipyard’s best efforts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Not exactly sure what an old-style Canadian ale is but this stuff is just average at best. Light copper color with a very fizzy mouthfeel. Lightly malted and hopped. Re-rate 7/2/04 don't buy this again if you can remember.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2004
(bottle) Pale amber with very small quickly fading white head.. Faint hops aroma. Initial malt flavor with a citrus/grass hops finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Sweet malt and buttery diacetyl in the aroma. Clear copper coloured with thin white head that recedes to ring with very thin cover. Sweet and malty with a decent lasting bitterness with diacetyl also prominent in the flavour. Smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Bitterness mitigates the butteriness somewhat but the diacetyl becomes overpowering as it warms. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2004
I had very low hops for this, but it actually exceeded my expectations. Pours light amber with a nearly nonexistant head and very few bubbles. Aroma is very yeasty following the pour and tapers off to floral and hoppy with a bit of toffee. Flavor is malty and sharply sweet, also with some caramel flavor. Feels fairly light and clean. Upon my first sip, I figured this would be classified as an APA, but as I drank more, it probably wouldn't make a great APA. As a "blond ale," though, this stuff isn't too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3769) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head and lots of carbonation. Floral and hoppy aroma mixed with a slight hint of grass. Flavor is an initial malt taste followed up by a bitter hoppy bite and a slightly dry malt finish. Bitter aftertaste and very watery.

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