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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2003
This used to be an old favorite of mine some 10 or more years ago. And I remember it being better than this bottle I have now. How time changes. Anyway, a deep golden brew with an ESB like head to go along. Not much retention here and slight lacing. Aroma is bitter with slight hop and malt fragrance. Medium bodied and crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Flavor could be stronger and as I remember used to be quite hoppy on draught. not anything outstanding but there are so many better than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Sort of a light amber, deeper golden color with a white head that could last a little longer. Has sort of a woody/earthy hop and caramel malt aroma and just a hint of roasted grain. Flavor is hoppy, bitter and has a banana ester not completely out of character from other blondes that I've had. Caramel and other base malts play a subordinate role in this session beer, but it has an evenly balanced finish and tea like aftertaste. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I had the IPA earlier and I like this one much more because the bitterness is much more subdued. Very drinkable and a very good alternative to macro crap if you can find it. It has much more character for a lighter style of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Deep golden, 1/2" white head. Sharp and fizzy sweet malts up front, then a slight hoppiness, then ZAP - it all just fades away - an almost nonexistent finish - thinly sweet. A mostly refreshing ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Orange/bronze color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor is a little sweeet, malty, and bitter. Strong carbonation. Leaves a bitter taste way on the back of your tongue. Not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Light amber body and nearly no head. Not much aroma, and the flavor is pretty mellow and uneventful. A bit of maltiness, a tad of hops, and ashy finish. Not something I'll try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Not much head, but decent lacing, clear golden color - aroma is slightly sweet - crisp and refreshing, with subtle malts and hps that mingle well with one another - slight caramel notes - finish is grainy, reminding me of macro-swill in some respects, but otherwise I enjoyed this - a quenching beer, good for a bbq or lounging out on a summer day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2003
Clear copper with a frothy, fairly lasting head. Smooth and soft. Surprisingly malty with big and sweet toffee notes. "Beery" finish. Very mild hop flavor/bitterness. Pretty flavorful aftertaste, which is lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Golden color with a small white head. The aroma had a wonderful sweet butterscotch or chocolate character that was unexpected but very enjoyable. The flavor was sweet as well with a noticeable Fuggles hop aftertaste. Nice session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2003
On draught in the terminal of the Orlando airport. Having a 4 beer sampler at an airport makes up for standing in a line with no shoes on any day. Rich gold color with a medium thin white head. Pleasantly floral hops aroma. Maltiness hits you at first but is immediately followed by hops. I noted the commercial description describes the experience of drinking the beer perfectly (for once). There is also caramel and/or butterscotch in the flavor which is a nice touch. Smooth finish. Kind of light for my tastes but it was pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), moderately malty (toasted bread, grain). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Good stuff. Pleasant equally malty & hoppy nose, and a pretty clean well-balanced flavor profile makes this one enjoyable.

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