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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
03.20.05 12oz bottle, trade from MattA. Extra dark maple brown with small, fading head. Malt forward aromas of burnt toast, grape, pushcart chesnuts. Flavors in line with aromas. Finishes with tobacco, chocolate. Body is the only letdown here as it is not as rich and full feeling as it tastes and smells. Thanks Matt!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Deep brown/crimson. Small pale tan head. Sweet, grain, roasty malt nose. Faint smoke, caramel malts up front. Assertive medium body, finishing with earthen, dirty, robust european hops. Nicely done I must say. But nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2005
The good beer store in New Hampshire (yes, unfortunately there is only one) had only one six pack of this, and two bottles were missing out of it. So, I happily took two bottles from another beer I hadn’t had before to make a full six pack. Nice smoky, roasted aroma over a deep dark brown/reddish color. Smoky flavor that has just the right mouthfeel and slight hoppy in the aftertaste. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
As much as I am unimpressed with Shipyard’s Export, I am thouroughly impressed with this 2005 edition of Brewer’s choice. Nice nut brown ale from start to finish. Good nutty malt with a dry almost woody finish. Kudos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2597) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours a light tan, two finger head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep, clear red/brown color. Nose is a slight malt. Starts with an even mix of malts and hops, finishes with a burnt caramel flavor. Decent brown. $1.44 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
This one is on draft at a few spots around Tampa, and soon to be in bottles.

Rating #690
I’m rather impressed with this one! I must admit that the Shipyard Brewer made a nice choice with this Special Brown. It’s a beer that beer geeks; resembling myself, will be happy to endorse. One of my associates called it “Long Fellow Light”… and it is… just a bit lighter and a tad less toasty and bold.
The body is as the style suggests, BROWN, but with edges of amber and a full khaki head. The aroma and flavor bring-forth big notes of toffee and caramel, there is a robust nutty character that is found from start to finish, and a woodsy, lightly spicy, tobacco like finish. I also find a sweeter hint of golden apples and plums. The mouth feel is far fuller than many of Shipyards offerings, but the beer is surprisingly not so heavy and filling. I find a nice maly complexity…. with a light yeastiness of toasted pumpernickel bread in the finish. I also find a sweeter hint of golden apples and plums. I know I’ll be drinking more of this in the near future…. A rather nice session beer!

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