Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
An incredibly solid and drinkable craftbrew. Great label, light PA and seafoam camel-colored head with flecks. Lots of English PA character -- buttery, fully-brewed hops and a good overall ale flavor schedule -- a little tannic, well-hopped without being crude or edgy. The foam tastes a little brassy. I was very impressed with the palate and the finish -- proper CO2. Enjoyable and very highly recommended. (This rating just goes to show you the difference between the APA hophead culture and a true English-style PA appreciation...) UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
This has to be the best label in the entire Shipyard line. (for those of you that also collect) Besides that, the beer is rich in color, depth, and body. I’m not talking dark, but that great burnished copper that’s heralding a beer you can really sink your teeth into...so to speak. Malty, with that tangy bite of american hops on the way down. There’s a slight note of fruit in between, as is common with better pale ales. Good stuff. It’s worth it if you can find a 12-pack containing it. Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Copper color with a small white head...Malty aroma...Malty flavor with a light hop finish...Good pale ale... morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
I think this is the best beer made by Shipyard. It’s also the hardest one to find (for me). Has a decent amount of hops for a pale ale and has a slight bitterness, but is balanced. chicagobears (473) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2006
A deep bronze with a dissipating head. Moderate carbonation. The aroma reminds me of maple leafs and honey. Crisp bitterness follows a slightly sticky honey and carmael. Slightly roasted malt. A fine blend of the English meets the coast of Maine.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2007
if i could get this beer on the east coast i would buy this one everyday. it is a wonderful beer that is full of flavor and is the best thing since sliced bread and fish chips!!! wonderful addition to the shipyard family Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of English dry hops with a nice medium sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a well balance mix between some English style hops with some notes of delicious caramel malt. Very well balance overall with loads of character but still easily drinkable. Full body with good carbonation. Really well made and possibly helps that I got a really fresh bottle directly from the brewery. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
The aroma is bready ringwood, right off the bat. Bitter English hops. Touch of yeasty butterscotch. Very English: great.
The appearance is clear golden yellow-orange. Good carbonation. Finger of white head. Bubbly but clear.
The flavor is apple skins with a touch of cider. Yeast-laden malts. Pale, dry malts. A good example of an English-style bitter ale.
The palate is dry and bready. Almost powdery. Fizzy too. Overall, the ringwood is just a little too strong in this one. Apples and butterscotch. I liked it very much. magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle courtesy of The Finn. Pours nice and golden with a nice amber hue. Taste is great malts and biscuit balancing nicely with crisp hops. Aroma and finish leave something to be desired, but quite solid. Wish I were in Gettysburg!
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Bottle from the sampler case. Pours with a beautiful head. The taste and balance is very good. You will like this beer.