PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Pours a dark golden color with a thin white, slightly persistent head. At first blush I would call the aroma phenolic, but after further study I realize that it is more toffee-like. Has a slight bitterness in it not usually found in a blonde ale. Some sweet caramel notes up front with a heavy fuggles presence in the back end. Decent full body, slightly sticky, finishes well. Overall, decent. bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Amber color, light carbonation, watery with little flavor. Not much to say about this one. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Bottle - Amber in color with a quickly fading white head. Yeasty aroma with little hops. Flavor has a butterscotch/diacetyl undertone that is pleasent enough. Kinda watery with too few hops in the flavor and finish. Not one of Shipyard’s best efforts. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 Not exactly sure what an old-style Canadian ale is but this stuff is just average at best. Light copper color with a very fizzy mouthfeel. Lightly malted and hopped.
Re-rate 7/2/04 don't buy this again if you can remember. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2004
(bottle) Pale amber with very small quickly fading white head.. Faint hops aroma. Initial malt flavor with a citrus/grass hops finish.
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Sweet malt and buttery diacetyl in the aroma. Clear copper coloured with thin white head that recedes to ring with very thin cover. Sweet and malty with a decent lasting bitterness with diacetyl also prominent in the flavour. Smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Bitterness mitigates the butteriness somewhat but the diacetyl becomes overpowering as it warms. Bottle. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2004
I had very low hops for this, but it actually exceeded my expectations. Pours light amber with a nearly nonexistant head and very few bubbles. Aroma is very yeasty following the pour and tapers off to floral and hoppy with a bit of toffee. Flavor is malty and sharply sweet, also with some caramel flavor. Feels fairly light and clean. Upon my first sip, I figured this would be classified as an APA, but as I drank more, it probably wouldn't make a great APA. As a "blond ale," though, this stuff isn't too bad. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head and lots of carbonation. Floral and hoppy aroma mixed with a slight hint of grass. Flavor is an initial malt taste followed up by a bitter hoppy bite and a slightly dry malt finish. Bitter aftertaste and very watery. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
This beer is modeled after Molson Export. Nothing much to this beer. It's a shame because most people try this Shipyard before they try other Shipyards. In my opinion, many of the other Shipyards are more interesting than the export ale. wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pours gold with a large white head. Aroma is floral and grassy. Flavor starts malt without too much sweetness. Finish is bitter and hoppy. Thin mouthfeel. Not much going on but what is there is nice.