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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours ruby brown with off-white head and foamy lacing. Floral and cereal notes. Well balanced taste with a nutty aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gpekar (496) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Poured a clear dark copper with some red tint. There was a tall foamy tan head that became more creamy as it reduced to about 1". The aroma had molasses and a bit of a red wine tartness. The beer was lightly on the dry side with a nice hop bite with some citrus notes coming through after the intial tasting. The middle is slightly fruity with a good bit of malt for balance. The finish is on the dry side with a nice mild hops bitterness and a hint of spice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. 2007. Pours a darker amber with medium beige head. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet and caramelly. Flavor is moderately sweet, with some caramel and mabye hint of chocolate. Just a hint of spice and a medium toasty finish. Did not impress me much but not the worst of the winter seasonals.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (493) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2007
The beer pours a redish brown color. It smells both malty and hoppy with some spices in the background. It has a grassy, bitter taste with some roasted coffee in the background. There might be a hint of citrus flavor as well. This beer has a lot of flavor for a winter/holiday beer. Its good if you like it, but it might be a little busy for others.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap. Pours a deep, clear brown. Like all Shipyard beers, this one had too much hop flavor for me that covered up the malt.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Sweet smell. spices in the nose too. Weird taste, like christmas air freshner. lots of ginger and hops. Got quite hoppy in there too. Bottle was a goddamn year old, but it wasnt tainted or stale.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Beer # 400! Not quite what I expect from a winter / holiday beer. Slightly malty taste up front with a slightly hoppy finish. Nothing really special in the taste, aroma or appearance. Pretty much just an average beer.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
Other than the nasty aftertaste its not horrible per se. The flavor is actually somewhat pleasant and fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (445) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Dark brown pour with thin tan top that fades to a ring. Aroma of cooked sugar, dark bread, and a slightly spicy booze. Flavor is very similar and thats a good thing. Semisweet, malty with a fairly clean, semi-dry finish. Never bitter, and as most other reviewers have mentioned, most importantly none of the flavor is overdone. Very enjoyable.


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