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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 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Has a slightly malty smell and a light brown color. Taste is light, slightly malty and finishes with slight bitterness. Overall this was a pretty good light beer, but lacked any real taste that I would enjoy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Clear golden color with a medium head. Aroma is that of a macro, namely vomit and skunk. Body is light and has a tinge of adjunct flavor. Finish is clean. Terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nonians99 (8) - hingham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2002 does not count
A good main beer, it’s good up here

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Quite decent. Somewhat middle of the road, however, as well. Malty, not enough hops for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Orlando Beer Fest: Golden hue, nice little hoppy flavor. Very nicely balanced beer. Rerate from bottle: dark golden or light copper, decent head. hoppy nose, but a bit metallic in the flavor. I'm downgrading this a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Light golden copper, as label says. Whitish head is small, and mostly diminishing. Light aroma, not much going on. Light bodied, small malts, very big bitter finish, hopped out, apples and hops. Nothing outside of ordinary.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Strange yellow/orange-pale; Thin head. Smooth. Very slight bite. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
I read the previous ratings before drinking this beer, and I thought it was going to be an average beer. When I actually drank it, I was pleasantly surprised. It was far better than what I had been reading. It had a nose that was malty and yeasty. It poured with a small head and little to no lacing. It had a nice sweet malty taste, with a nice hop finish. This would make a great session beer. I will definately buy this again and again and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
This is one of Shipyard’s better beers. the color is a pale golden hew, however it is topped with very little head. the aroma and flavor are sweet and malty with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
If you put this in a plain glass with 300 other ales, I couldn’t pick it out. Not even with cliff notes. I’d much rather drink this than something mass produced, but it’s not really in the "microbrewed craft beer" class. Shipyard can do so much better than this. Boo.

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