RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
"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%

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Maverick34 (3239) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Draught from Habitat. Mahoganistical pourage. Nutty and malty. Sweet malt taste and faint hops.

gregorydeal (6) - butler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012 does not count
Beer poured with a nice thick head. Dark, and nice malty flavor. Carbonated appropriately. Good mouthfeel, good beer. For a winter warmer in summer.

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Mixes the heavy toffee/nut aroma with a more raisinesque/red wine background. If you had almond brittle, you will recognize the scent. Murky dark brown appearance. The beer is a toffee and caramel bomb with rum notes, not unlike Innis and Gunn’s ales, only with Shipyard’s hard water. Not ponderously overweight, but too thick for sessions.

jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle shared with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a clear amber body with no head, light lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and spice. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky with notes of sweet caramel malts, light spice and sugar. Nothing about this beer really stands out, very plain but not offensive.

hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle courtesy of James, split w James and Andy. Pours light brown/mud/chocolate syrup. Aroma spicy/nutty/chocolatey, palate is the same with more emphasis on the spices. Good compared to many other holiday spice beers b/c of the thicker body and more evident aroma. Wouldn’t enjoy more than 1 during a night, though.

rollinsr (748) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours a rich amber with barely any head at all to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and nutty with some raisin and prune notes dominating, also some hints of toffee. There is also a bit of smoked peat character to the aroma. The flavor of this beer again is very sweet with dark fruits and the nuttiness tends to stick to back of the palate even after the carbonation has subsided. Beer tastes worse as it warms up so beware.

User134089 (1644) - - APR 28, 2012
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was reddish brown, almost mahogany. Light gray lacing on the top that dissipated fast. The occasional film on the sides. Smelled roasty, toasty, caramel malts and some toffee. Reminded me of a Newcastle. Tasted very malty. Roasty, nutty, caramel, toffee, all light across. Still like a Newcastle, not like that is necessarily a bad thing. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Surprisingly long finish. Smooth and consistent. Not a bad beer, it had its moments. I’d probably try it again on a cold winter day on the East Coast.

hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
On draft at the shipyard brewpub. Clean brown color. No head. Tastes like butter. Not much else going on. Although drinkable.

gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pretty normal brew. Tastes like a pretty bland pale ale. Tan head, amber hue. Rather boring.

fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2012
A hazy red beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is nutty, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, wood, and sweet malt.

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