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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed: December 1993
Available: November - December
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
Color: Deep Amber
IBUs: 47
OG: 1.070
ABV: 6.7%


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Sweet smell. spices in the nose too. Weird taste, like christmas air freshner. lots of ginger and hops. Got quite hoppy in there too. Bottle was a goddamn year old, but it wasnt tainted or stale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sailracer (479) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap. Pours a deep, clear brown. Like all Shipyard beers, this one had too much hop flavor for me that covered up the malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (470) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2016 Bottle from Signal Variety, Plaistow, NH. Aroma is caramel malty with a little bit of yeasty dough. Appearance is beautiful clear amber red with small white head and minimal lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with lots of caramel and liquor aftertaste. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture and average carbonation. Touches off reactions in the back of the mouth like tannins in wine. Finish is moderate. Overall, a nice looking beer with a good mouth feel. Not the most interesting aroma and taste in the world but highly drinkable and enjoyable for other traits.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (461) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2007
The beer pours a redish brown color. It smells both malty and hoppy with some spices in the background. It has a grassy, bitter taste with some roasted coffee in the background. There might be a hint of citrus flavor as well. This beer has a lot of flavor for a winter/holiday beer. It’s good if you like it, but it might be a little busy for others.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Beer # 400! Not quite what I expect from a winter / holiday beer. Slightly malty taste up front with a slightly hoppy finish. Nothing really special in the taste, aroma or appearance. Pretty much just an average beer.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
Other than the nasty aftertaste it’s not horrible per se. The flavor is actually somewhat pleasant and fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2009 22 oz bottle..hazy deep amber pour,thin off white head ,no lacing. Aroma of caramel and light chocolate notes.Flavor is much like the aroma ,caramel,chocolate,butterscotch with some fruitiness and alcohol. Medium bodied. Finish is very dry and earthy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2000
A decent brew, but I thought it was a little bit on the bland side. Balance was on the malt side, but the flavor was a bit dissapointing given the brewer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle The color is an amber/brown, with a foamy white head. Th smell is a little fruity, with some spice flavor and a malty overtone. The Taste is malry with some christmas spice, Some caramel flavor and some hints of hops. This beer is anice seaonal beer. It has the right ammount of flavoring for the time of year and has a nice and even body to it.


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