Shipyard Brewer’s Choice Special Ale Brown Ale (05-06, 09-13)



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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Brewer’s Choice Brown Ale is a full-bodied, dark brown ale made with 5 different malts and 3 varieties of hops. Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley and Wheat malts combine to give this beer a nice smoky taste up front and a smooth, full body, finishing with a crisp hop bite at the back. Hops used in this limited edition brew are English Challenger, Styrian Goldings, and East Kent Goldings at the finish. Available February -­ March. 5.4% alcohol by volume

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPA (17) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Pours dark brown with tan head. Highly carbonated, too high in my opinion for a brown. I had the same problem with their pumpkin ale the other day as well. Malty and very nutty with a slight hop bitterness and slight carmel flavor. Thin mouthfeel, finishes quickly and with little aftertaste. Very drinkable once the head settled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 11, 2005
Nice hoppy/quasi-alcoholic roasted nose to this beer. Quickly-dissapeaing head and little else to impress by looking at it -- it’s a brown. The flavor is dry and crisp, for a brown, but relatively thin. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just wouldn’t be my "choice" if I were a brewer. But I’m not one. And that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2005
One of the better brews by whatt i consider a very mediocre brewer. This brown ale is very drinkable but don’t expect a big hop bite as it is very restained in the English tradition

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 I had the 2006 version of this the other day and despite them claiming it’s a different beer every year I beg to differ. It’s the same thing i tried last year...not sure why they put the year at the top of the bottles then... (2005) Pretty much an average brown in all categories. Nothing stands out about this beer except for the fact of how easily you can drink a bunch of them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours redish brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty and somewhat tart and slightly fruity. Slightly thin and watery. A definate malt presence and a very small hint of hops. Quite astringent on the palate and with a fresh crushed malt character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2005
A very tasty brew, smells of apples and raisins. Taste is complex with fruit, chocolate and even a touch of tobbaco. Lots of Malt and a very subtle hops flavor. For a brown ale, this is quite different. YUM.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle. Mahogany with a small beige head. Nose: leather, figs, pipe tobacco and hazelnuts. Taste: dark brown sugar, raisons and a hint of chocolate. Not bad, but far from "special".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Had this at my friends wedding...yeah he is that cool. Also had it at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. I occasionaly like a beer that goes slightly against the grain and this was a nicely kicked up brown that still retained all the classic brown elements. Robust and nutty are cliches when talking about browns, but hey that is what it is. The only thing that was kinda off putting was that it seemed a little over carbonated for a brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Sweet, caramelly aroma with some cocoa notes present. A few metallic notes are also in there. Transparent dark amber/reddish color with a big off-white/yellow head. Start is kind of watery and thin turning a little roasty and caramelly in the middle. Mild hoppy metallic notes to finish. Finishes thin. This is quite bland...the brewer could have chosen something a hell of a lot better than this for 2005...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2005
ruby brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel,butterscotch,bread and butter and fruit. Flavor has a minute roasted malt character.

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