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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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (7035) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2008
As pleasant aroma as and English Strong Ale will offer. Sweet malt with dark fruit fills the nose. Bitterness hits early in the sip, hides as sweet fruit and chocolate take over, and returns to a slow fade. There is also a mild hop effect and the alcohol warming is marginal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle:   Fiery amber, quite clear, strong carbonation, decent sized head, foamy, so-so lacing.   Nose is primarily biscuity and nutty.   Reminds me of a toned down Hibernation Ale.   Pretty much the same on the tongue, certainly biscuity, malty, bready, with soft nutty notes.   Seems like there is another very light spice in there.   Maybe a dash of ginger.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, somewhat full.   Finish is a bit tangy, very minor astringency.   Perhaps its a bit green.   Other than its biscuity and nutty aftertaste, its a little minearaly on the tongue.   Yeah, this is a toned down Hibernation for sure, just doesnt really have all the heaviness and fruitiness that Hibernation does.   Not bad for a Shipyard.


2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
AirForceHops (6689) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Poured a clear, dark ruby color, light khaki head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy nutty malt; less caramel malt; moderate to heavy herbal hops; light spicy hops; butterscotch, buttered pecan and slight alcohol. I got to say the color and nose is the only thing it got going for it. I didnt like the after taste or anything before it. Shipyard has a few brews I like.... this isnt one of them. I will never buy again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Mahogany hue with a lasting small off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hinted of spices, plum, candycorn, pipe tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts malty and sweet then leads into a spicy and biscuit background. Very dry and chalky palate, with some lingering spice. A solid but not overwhelming winter brew. Nice to have once.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blutt59 (6552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
bottled, amber color , frothy tan foam, has a lot of prickly hops, some dryness, plain with some cardboard, never really goes anywhere

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6479) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to chestnut body with a one finger frothy beige head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is malt driven with a lot of biscuity and slightly sweet caramel malt. Just a light bit of English hops. One of the better aromas from a Shipyard beer. The flavor is really a pretty good attempt at making a beer that doesnt scream butter bomb like most Shipyard offerings. Somewhat sweet up front with just a light touch of their house character if you want to call it that. Finishes with a light touch of English hops, some nutty malt, and a little burnt caramel. Medium bodied with a slight clinginess on the finish. This isnt all that bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2005
I bought the last 2 22 oz bottles of this on sale at my favorite package store for the lofty price of 99 cents a bottle. I figured if nothing else, the price was right. I was pleasantly surprised with this nice brew. Pours a rich dark red with a decent smallish brown head. Taste of hops with some musky undertones. Hints of holiday spices and caramel are definitely present. Ill definitely seek this one out next Christmas season.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zita (6242) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
light sweet nuts aroma,golden, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter,

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Suttree (6235) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Butter, Again. I dont know why I bother with Shipyard beers. Tastes a little better than it smells, but geez...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6214) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Good cherry-to-light burgundy appearance. Mostly filtered, with a light amount of haziness. Big off-white foamy head. Aroma of light cinnamon, dry toffee and a hint of goldings or something similar. Not tremendously powerful. Fruity and spicy beginning, with a dry almost nutmeg like spiciness. Gains some sweetness, and balance. I enjoyed the flavor and it wasnt all that boring, the biggest problem was that it just didnt pack enough flavor in it. Lightly dry, nutty finish, more spice and lightly toasted malt. Quite reminiscent of the Fullers Vintage Ale line (though not as full flavored, balanced or interesting) but its on the right track, and for being a year old, it tastes pretty good. Hops and a hint of brown sugar linger on the aftertaste as well as a bit too much bitterness and alcohol. This vintage (2004) has some definite aging potential, as this didnt seem to get watery at all.


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