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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. Itís a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1297) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a clear orange Amber. Aroma of slight burbon. Taste is more of the same. Reminiscent of a scotch ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (874) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice amber brown with a thin beige head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, grain, chocolate, citrus and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a slight bitter and dry finish. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear ruby color. Aroma of toffee caramel biscuit. Light sweetness. Some roasted malt. Light bitter. Pretty smooth. Nice flavors. Decent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours deep amber with a thin tan head. Starts sweet and malty but finishes lightly spicy and bitter, especially as it warms.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"a nice soft nutty vanilla-based malty aroma is the beers forte. itís got a decent body and a pretty rich flavor. better than the norm for shipyard, too. kind of a one-trick pony flavor-wise, but pretty nice."

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - MAY 17, 2014
Transfer from BA - Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance - A deep red color almost on the verge of brown. Forms a nice head that retains for some time giving way to some decent lacing. Smell - A bit of sweetness and some maltiness. A fine hint of some tasted nut as well. Taste - The taste is very roasted malt heavy at the forefront. There is a little bit of sweetness that peeks through at the end as well as a bit of spiciness of nutmeg toward the end. Mouthfeel - A very nice level of carbonation and a wonderful creaminess that coats the tongue (especially at the forefront of the tasting when the carbonation is the highest). Overall - Alright, but nothing really too special for a winter brew as the taste is a little lacking.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwalking05 (3939) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
12 oz bottle. Deep mahogany with a decent khaki head. Aroma is of cinnamon, malt, brown sugar. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and holiday spices.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4172) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. The look is clear, reddish in color, and tan head. The smell is caramel, fruits, toffee, malts, and egh. The taste is caramel, fruits, cardboard, ok.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2281) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark reddish brown body, slightly creamy colored one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, small amount of light bubbles slowly rising near the edge of the glass. The smell had light spices such as cinnamon, clove, and toasted malt, some really super light dark fruits that come out as it warms a little. The taste was sweet yet spicey yet soft all around through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sat about a medium, soft carbonation on the tongue, sessionable, quick slightly spicey aftertaste and watery finish. Overall, so Shipyard makes a decent winter warmer, check, Iíll come back to this if I ever get the chance to.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettB (1097) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
August 10th, 2012 - I always struggle to say something intelligent about ESBís. Compared to the emotional charge that a deep, leathery, and well aged stout can imbue, ESBís seem sort of plain. Theyíre not a let-down, and often match the drinking environment better than the best sours or IPAs. But thereís hardly anything to say. The median ESB is the mean ESB is the modal ESB, with only slight variation, but thatís not so for Shipyardís Prelude Ale. Itís a tanned leather brown with an unfiltered murkiness, which gently perfumes the air with an exceptionally sweet aroma: crunchy leaves, clove, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. The first smell is divine, the second less so. The sweetness very quickly and aggressively becomes cloying, as it does in the flavor, where a combination of a sweet nuttiness and straight sugar make a fairly overeager ESB into anything but a sessionable drink.


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